Official opening for Keyham Lodge

Published on 01 July 2015

A SPECIAL school in Leicester is holding an official opening event after being transformed by the city council’s Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Keyham Lodge School, in Keyham Lane, caters for 98 students aged nine to 16 who have social, emotional and mental health needs. 

Thanks to its £6.7million rebuild, the school’s new building now also has spaces for girls and includes a primary hub to take both year five and six students. Amongst the new facilities are a large sports hall, fitness suite, ICT hub and food technology classroom.

Students moved into the new building in April 2014, but the official opening of the new school will take place on Friday (3 July).

The official opening will incorporate the school’s achievement awards event, and will also include a festival of fun for students, their families and the community.  Invited guests will be able to tour the school’s new facilities and meet students to find out what they like most about their new school.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Our £350million Building Schools for the Future project is our biggest-ever investment in city schools over the last 50 years. It means that children and young people will get to learn in modern, purpose-built buildings that are kitted out with the latest information technology and facilities.

“Keyham Lodge already helps students with complex needs to go on to achieve. The new facilities at the school will help teachers to ensure that every young person at Keyham Lodge reaches their full potential.”

Chris Bruce, executive headteacher at Keyham Lodge, said: “These new facilities are already making a huge difference to all our students and staff at Keyham Lodge. We’re delighted to be marking the official opening of our new school building.

“Our students typically face many barriers around learning before joining Keyham Lodge and it’s our aim to remove or minimise them, ensuring they are able to go on to a successful and happy future.

“Educating students in a building that looks as magnificent as this goes along way in ensuring all students feel valued in society. It is a wonderful environment to both teach and learn in, and we have all benefitted from this huge investment.”

Keyham Lodge School is linked with Millgate School, another Leicester special school, which also supports students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Millgate School has also benefitted from the city council’s Building Schools for the Future scheme, and plans to hold an official opening of its own in September.