City of Leicester College
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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 2009 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.
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.
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
- Prof 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
- Prof 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
- 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. In April 2012 the new build started to replace both Gill and Wyvern buildings as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The new building should open in October 2013 however it was first scheduled to be finished in October 2009 in order to bring in students.