City of Leicester College

City of Leicester College
The City of Leicester College
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Established 1965
Type Community school
Specialism Business & Enterprise
Location Downing Drive
Evington, Leicester
England England
Local authority Leicester
DfE URN 120297
Ofsted Reports
Students 1368
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Former name City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School
Website City of Leicester College

Coordinates: 52°37′34″N 1°03′40″W / 52.626°N 1.061°W / 52.626; -1.061

The City of Leicester College is situated on Downing Drive, Evington, Leicester. It is a mixed secondary school for ages 11–18. It has around 1400 pupils. It is a business and enterprise centre containing lots of areas for students to work with technology.



It is made up of two buildings, the main being the Gill Building containing rooms catering for the different subjects the college teaches which are English, Music, Geography, Religious Education and ICT and is 200 metres down the road from the other building, Wyvern which houses lessons such as Maths, Business, Art and Technology and ICT. The current headmistress as of 2010 is Anne Gregory.

It is in the east of Leicester on Downing Drive, off Spencefield Lane (B667).

The college provides education for ages between 11-18 for different levels from GCSEs to BTECs in a wide variety of course but specialises in Business, within the college each day consists of five different periods the student is split up into from which most lesson will be an hour long but some lessons may be provided to the student as a double lesson, the school opens at 8.25 and is closed at 3.10 and provides students with a half hour break and 45 minute lunch.


It used to be the City Boys' School which was founded in 1920 in buildings on East Bond Street. In 1928 the school moved to Humberstone Gate in the former buildings of the Wyggeston Hospital Girls School, built in 1878, which moved to a site in Regent Road now the Regent College sixth form. After 1944 it became City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School. After 1966 when the grammar school left, the former building on Humberstone Gate was used by Charles Keene College for a few years and is now Leicester headquarters of Age Concern, the school then moved to Downing Drive and situated on the current Wyvern side of the building as the Gill side used to be a different school and the school is joined together containing both the old buildings from Gill and Wyvern with a mix of new buildings such as the new shared sports hall and music/ design blocks.


It became known as the City of Leicester School when it became a mixed comprehensive in 1976. It merged with the Spencefield School in 1985. The Spencefield building on Downing Drive became the lower school which is now the Gill building, named after former Headmaster Mr. Gill.

Specialist status

It gained specialist status as a Business and Enterprise College in September 2003. With this was built the Business and Enterprise Centre (BEC) at the Wyvern Building.

New building

This school is on the "hitlist" to be rebuilt, as it is rapidly becoming outdated. It is hoped that the rebuild will start in late 2011.

Academic performance

It gained results slightly above average in 2010 for both A level and GCSE, the 7th best in Leicester at GCSE. At A level it was 3rd best in Leicester; the nearby Saint Paul's Catholic School gets Leicester's best A level results.


City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School

City of Leicester School

See also

  • It is not to be confused with the former City of Leicester College of Education in Scraptoft, which was taken over by De Montfort University and then bulldozed in 2006. The school are due for a refurbishment later this year.


External links

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