Longslade Community College

Longslade Community College

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Longslade Community College is a comprehensive school and Specialist Technology College in Birstall, a suburban village directly outside of Leicester city.


There are over 1,000 pupils enrolled. The school is in the district of Charnwood in Leicestershire, and takes students from the ages of 14-19. Most pupils join the college from the local high schools; Stonehill High School in Birstall, but an increasing proportion come from the city of Leicester.

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

The college also provides adult education and special needs education.


The school opened 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...
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