Lutterworth College is ready for its new era

Head of Year 7 Dominic Lane and 11-year-old Year 7 student Alex Thomson during the official opening ceremony of Lutterwoth College's new Year 7 learning base, The Laurels. '(Picture: Andrew Carpenter)
Head of Year 7 Dominic Lane and 11-year-old Year 7 student Alex Thomson during the official opening ceremony of Lutterwoth College's new Year 7 learning base, The Laurels. '(Picture: Andrew Carpenter)

The opening of a refurbished new learning base for Year 7 students is proof that one town school is not sitting back on its laurels.

It is all part of major shake-up to education in the town.

Head of college Ben Solly, executive principal Judith Briers, head of Year 7 Dominic Lane and Year 7 student Alex Thomson (11) getting ready to cut the ribbon during the official opening ceremony for Lutterworth College's new Year 7 learning base, The Laurels. ('Mail picture: Andrew Carpenter)

Head of college Ben Solly, executive principal Judith Briers, head of Year 7 Dominic Lane and Year 7 student Alex Thomson (11) getting ready to cut the ribbon during the official opening ceremony for Lutterworth College's new Year 7 learning base, The Laurels. ('Mail picture: Andrew Carpenter)

The college has extended its age range downwards, from Years 10-13, to Years 7-13, while Lutterworth High School has extended its upwards, from Years 7-9 to Years 7-11. Add the new Sir Frank Whittle Studio School to the mix, and it amounts to the biggest overhaul of Lutterworth’s education system in a generation.

The Laurels was previously known as O Block and dates back to the college’s original building from 1880.

It has undergone a complete internal refurbishment and has been transformed ready to welcome the college’s first ever cohort of Year 7 students in September.

Year 7 students will use The Laurels for all their classroom-based lessons and it will also become the school’s main entrance and reception.

The college’s assistant head teacher Dominic Lane, who has led the introduction of Year 7 students into the school and will be its head of year, said: “We are very excited about welcoming Year 7 in September.

“Our teaching and support staff have worked hard throughout this year to make sure we provide the very best opportunities for these young people both in and out of the classroom.”

The Laurels was officially opened by Year 6 pupil Alex Thomson, of Lutterworth’s Sherrier Primary School, who will be among the first Year 7 students at the college.

The 11-year-old said: “I felt really honoured to be asked to open The Laurels. I can’t wait to start secondary school there in September.”

The opening ceremony formed part of the college’s annual Commemoration Day where past and present staff and students celebrated the college’s history and heritage.

Head of college Ben Solly said: “The opportunity to educate young people from Year 7 all the way through to Year 13 is fantastic.

“We know our teachers, who are subject specialists in GCSE and A level, will really stretch and challenge our Year 7 students from day one.

“The Laurels is an emotionally secure setting for our 11- and 12-year-olds to learn in and we know this will allow them to flourish.”