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Work starts on city secondary school’s expansion

Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WORK is set to begin on a major expansion to a city secondary school.



Fullhurst Community College, in Imperial Avenue, Braunstone, will expand into the vacant site formerly occupied by Ellesmere College.


It will mean the school’s capacity will increase from 900 in 2016/17 to 1,500 pupils by 2019/20. The expansion plans will provide permanent accommodation for this increase of 600 pupils.


The £15.8million project is part of Leicester City Council’s ambitious plans to invest up to £90million in a major programme of school expansion, including building a new primary school in the Waterside area of the city, as well as extending a number of other city secondary schools.


Some of the project will be funded by the council’s Basic Need allocation from the Department for Education.


The former Ellesmere College site is very close to Fullhurst’s current campus, and will become a base for years 7-8. The new facility, designed by local architects Maber, will cover 5,000 square metres, and will include refurbishment and extension of the current building as well as the construction of a new teaching block to the rear of the site.


Work has already begun to demolish some older buildings on the site in preparation for the new construction work.


The state of the art teaching accommodation, to be constructed by Willmott Dixon, will include 21 new classrooms, three science labs, a music room, food technology facilities and a drama studio.


Parts of the project will be constructed using modern methods of construction, which makes the construction period shorter. It means some modules of the building will be manufactured and prepared off-site.

There will also be external landscaping, with car parking and play areas, plus a courtyard with al fresco dining facilities.


Deputy city mayor with responsibility for education, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “Fullhurst is a school which has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and this has been reflected in the numbers of pupils who now apply for places here.


“This expansion will mean we can accommodate more of those pupils, as well as making use of a building that was previously standing empty.


“Overall, across our expansion programme, we will provide an additional 600 year 7 school places by 2019/20, and more than 3,000 new pupil places overall, across all secondary year groups.”