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Longslade Community College
Motto Longslade is Learning
Established 1959
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr J Smith
Vice principal Mr S Reynard
Location Wanlip Lane
Local authority Leicestershire
DfE URN 120261 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1064
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14–19
Website .uk.sch.leics.longsladewww

Longslade Community College is a community upper school located in Birstall, a suburban village directly outside of Leicester city.


  • Admissions 1
  • History 2
  • Academic performance 3
  • Notable former pupils 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7
    • Video clips 7.1


There are over 850 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 school; 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.[1]

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 and included in this list was Birstall.[2] 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.[2]

Academic performance

For a number of years, its results were well below average.[3] In August 2013, the college recorded it's best ever GCSE results with 60% of students receiving grades A*-C including English and Maths. This is in line with the county average. 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.[4]

Notable former pupils

See also


  1. ^ Official site School web site
  2. ^ a b Leicester and its Regions, N.Pye ed, School in Leicester, p499-505, ISBN 0-7185-1108-5
  3. ^ Birstall Post, Birstall post. "Birstall Post". Birstall Post. Retrieved Feb 2011. 
  4. ^ "Longslade Community College". OFSTED. June 2013. Retrieved October 2013. 
  5. ^ ‘CURRAN, Prof. Paul James’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 21 Aug 2008
  6. ^ REED, Andrew John’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 21 Aug 2008
  7. ^

External links

  • EduBase

Video clips

  • LSSO Reunion in 2000
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