City of Leicester College

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The City of Leicester College
Downing Drive, Evington, Leicester - - 107583.jpg
Established 1965
Type Community school
Headteacher Anne Gregory
Deputy Headteacher James McKenna, Hilary Foster, John Andrews
Location Downing Drive

Coordinates: 52°37′34″N 1°03′40″W / 52.626°N 1.061°W / 52.626; -1.061
Local authority Leicester
DfE URN 120297 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2000
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–19
Former name City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School

The City of Leicester College is a mixed secondary school for ages 11–18 in Evington, Leicester, England. It has around 2000 pupils and specialises in business.


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 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.

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

Academic performance[edit]

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[edit]

City of Leicester Boys' Grammar School:

City of Leicester School:


  1. ^ "Harry Humphries", Obituaries, Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2008.

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