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Claudio Ranieri officially opens school

Published on 26 January 2017

LEICESTER City Manager Claudio Ranieri has unveiled a plaque at Forest Lodge Community Primary School to mark the official opening of the school’s new building.

Claudio joined pupils, teachers, parents and governors to celebrate the new facilities at the school.

Forest Lodge, in New Parks, has been completely rebuilt. It was the only school in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to submit a successful bid to the Government’s £4.4billion priority schools building programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing school buildings that are in the poorest condition across the country.

Leicester City Council joined forces with Forest Lodge to help it put together the successful bid.

The school’s new facilities include two school halls, which provide space for a range of PE and sports activities, dining and community use.

There is also a specially designed room for music, dance, sensory activities and performance, to help the school provide its enhanced curriculum.   

Forest Lodge has expanded as a result of the rebuild, providing a total of 210 more pupil places across all year groups.  

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Forest Lodge now has some fantastic new facilities and is providing more much-needed pupil places.

“It’s also great news that Claudio Ranieri will be unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion. I’m sure this will be a moment in their school lives that all the children at Forest Lodge will remember.”

The school has formed a partnership with Leicester City FC Community Trust to deliver a programme called ‘Premier League Primary Stars’ in PE lessons.

The programme will help boys and girls aged 5-11 to develop skills and ambition both on and off the sports field.

The Trust will also be providing a national primary schools programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and Leicester City to improve and enhance physical education and other curriculum areas.

Forest Lodge headteacher Claire Caldwell said: “We were delighted when we were selected for the priority schools building programme. It was a privilege to be part of this process, which enabled us to select the contractor we used and have input into the design. We worked in partnership with the Education Funding Agency, Bowmer and Kirkland and Leicester City Council. 

“Now our children, staff and community have a purpose-built learning environment fit for 21st century learners, which can only enhance even further the significant improvements we have made in the last few years. 

“Our school philosophy – that we are a unique family working together to be the best – coupled with our brand new school, will give more young people a chance of achieving all that they deserve, academically, socially and emotionally.”

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