City of Leicester College
|Deputy Headteacher||James McKenna, Hilary Foster, John Andrews|
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|Former name||City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School|
City of Leicester College is in the east of Leicester on Downing Drive, off Spencefield Lane (B667). There are two main classroom buildings, Gill and Wyvern, 200 metres apart, and new buildings including a sports hall and music/design blocks. In April 2012 construction started to replace both Gill and Wyvern buildings as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
The college provides education for ages between 11-19 for different levels from GCSEs to BTECs as well as a sixth-form college. It offers a wide variety of courses but specialises in Business. 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.
As of 2009[update] the headmistress is Anne Gregory.
The school was founded in 1920 as the City Boys' School, on East Bond Street. In 1928 it moved to Humberstone Gate, to the former buildings of the Wyggeston Hospital Girls' School, which moved to a site in Regent Road which is now the Regent College sixth form. After 1944 the City Boys' School became City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School. In 1966 it moved to the Wyvern building on Downing Drive. The Humberstone Gate building, built in 1878, was used for a few years by Charles Keene College (subsequently merged with Southfields College to form Leicester College) and is now the Leicester headquarters of Age Concern.
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.
In 2010 the City of Leicester College gained slightly above average results for both A level and GCSE, the 7th best in Leicester at GCSE. At A level it was third best in Leicester.
Notable former pupils
City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School:
- George Beasley-Murray, Principal from 1958-73 of Spurgeon's College and President from 1968-69 of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
- Alastair Campbell, journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author
- Bernard Capp, Professor of History from 1994-2010 at the University of Warwick
- Mick Creedon, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary since 2007
- Sir George Deacon CBE, oceanographer and President of the Royal Institute of Navigation from 1961-64
- Paul Dempsey (presenter), sports broadcaster for Setanta Sports
- Prof Albert Hanson, Professor of Politics from 1963-71 at the University of Leeds
- Prof J. F. C. Harrison, Professor of History from 1970-82 at the University of Sussex
- Keith Hill, Labour MP for Streatham
- Flt Lt Harry Humphries, Adjutant of 617 Squadron during the Dambusters raid and the rest of the war
- Michael Kitchen, actor
- Gary Lineker OBE, retired footballer and current pundit and presenter of Match of the Day, and former Captain of Leicestershire Schools cricket team
- Joe Melia, actor
- Anthony Oakhill, pioneer in the treatment of childhood leukaemia with bone-marrow transplantation
- Sir Roger Sims, Conservative MP for Chislehurst from 1974–97
- Trafford Smith, Ambassador to Burma from 1967–70
City of Leicester School:
- Emile Heskey, footballer
- "Harry Humphries", Obituaries, Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2008.