The Cedars Academy

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The Cedars Academy
Longslade in the distance.jpg
Established 1959
Type Academy
Executive Headteacher Mr Hugh Howe
Headteacher Mr Jason Smith
Location Wanlip Lane
Coordinates: 52°41′09″N 1°07′14″W / 52.68593°N 1.12067°W / 52.68593; -1.12067
Local authority Leicestershire
DfE number 855/4029
DfE URN 140787 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours      Blue

The Cedars Academy is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in Birstall, a suburban village directly outside of Leicester city, England.


The school opened in 1959 as the Longslade Grammar School, which became a comprehensive in 1968.

Longslade was created at a time of innovation in Leicestershire with regard to education. Leicestershire had created what was to be known as the Leicestershire Plan. Education authorities are not renowned from learning from each other but Leicestershire received delegations from half of the other authorities in England as well as attention from the USA to see the novel changes in Educational policy that they introduced.

The school population in Leicestershire was expanding. In 1948 there were just under 44,000 children in Leicestershire but this had expanded to over 72,000 by 1968. This was not just population growth but movement from Leicester to the outlying suburbs like Oadby, Wigston and included in this list was Birstall.[1] The county was setting out on what was to be known as the Leicestershire plan for comprehensive education. Where other schools in England were converting existing grammar schools and secondary modern schools to comprehensive education by changing their intake, Leicestershire decided to change the age of entry. Some schools were converted into what they called high schools that served ages 11 to 14 whilst others were converted into upper schools that educated children from age 14 to 18. This idea had been tried out experimentally in Oadby and Wigston in 1957 and the second phase was in 1960 taking in high schools in Scraptoft (Hamilton High), Thurmaston and with both a high and upper school on the new site between Birstall and Wanlip.[1]

Previously a community school administered by Leicestershire County Council, in 2015 Longslade Community College converted to academy status and was renamed The Cedars Academy. At the same time the school expanded its age range to 11, becoming a full secondary school. This resulted in the closure of Stonehill High School.


The school serves a large catchment area including the villages of Anstey, Birstall, Cropston, Glenfield, Rothley, Thurcaston and Wanlip.[2]

The school also provides adult education and special needs education.

Academic performance[edit]

For a number of years, its results were well below average.[3] The Ofsted report in June 2013 deemed the school inadequate in achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management. Despite this, in August 2013 Longslade recorded their best GCSE results ever with students achieving 60% A*–C including English and Maths -in line with the county average. [4]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Longslade Community College[edit]

Longslade Upper School[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pye, N (ed.). Leicester and its Regions. School in Leicester. pp. 499–505. ISBN 0-7185-1108-5. 
  2. ^ Official site School web site
  3. ^ "Birstall Post". Birstall Post. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Longslade Community College" (PDF). OFSTED. June 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  5. ^ ‘CURRAN, Prof. Paul James’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007 accessed 21 August 2008
  6. ^ REED, Andrew John’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007 accessed 21 August 2008
  7. ^ Foster + Partners

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