£13m rebuilding of a Leicester secondary school

Finding ideas which spark inspiration in students so they can enjoy their education and make the most of their time at school can prove to be a rather challenging feat. In an attempt to make pupils feel valued, a scheme was announced by Tony Blair in 2004 to provide every secondary school throughout England with new buildings and innovative ways of learning in the 21st Century. Known as the biggest school building programme since Victorian times, the ‘Building School for the Future’ initiative was Labour’s £55bn plan to initiate a proactive change in children’s education.


The traditional school lay-out was turned on its head as rows of wooden desks facing a chalk board were replaced with Wi-Fi enabled ‘learning hubs’, using allocated laptops to carry out independent research.

A key part of the process was to maintain close relationships with staff, governors and pupils from the schools themselves, providing support and ideas every step of the way.

In March last year, work was underway to rebuild parts of English Martyrs School, in Beaumont Leys, as part of Leicester City Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme to rebuild every secondary school in the city.

Headteacher Marius Carney has welcomed the new build with much excitement, commenting: “The new all-weather sports pitch, made from artificial turf to meet international standards, will be a huge asset to the school. Another key development for the site will be the addition of a 400-seat auditorium which, for a school with a performing arts specialism, will really add to what we do here in terms of technical facilities.”

All students will be in fully functioning classrooms to inspire and motivate them to learn. As the sixth form is quickly growing in size, they will be getting their own common room to socialise and study areas for independent learning.

Councillor Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor for schools, said: “This is the next chapter in the life of English Martyrs, which is going to be full of outstanding facilities and an even greater teaching and learning environment.


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