520 more places for Derby’s most popular school

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Derby High School will start accepting hundreds more students from next September to meet the growing demand for places between 11-16 years in the city.

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Based on forecasts, the peak year for Year 7 citywide will be in 2023-24, so Landau Forte College is working with Derby City Council to help provide enough places in the coming years.

The proposed full expansion plan means that an additional 104 students will be accepted into each annual group, giving the school an admissions number of 300 students per year, resulting in an additional 520 students at Fox Street by 2027-28.

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Initially, the school is expected to increase its capacity from 196 to 260 for next September as a temporary measure while work is being carried out on providing additional classroom accommodation.

A master capital scheme is proposed with a budget of £11.936 million, which will initially help expand the existing site to provide more space.

It is also proposed to purchase an additional site for the construction of a new classroom and also a second site and to redesign the building to provide more educational space.

This will result in eight new classrooms, two new science laboratories, a multi-religious space, a new café space, and additional IT equipment and furniture.

In addition, a new 15-place unit is proposed for children with autism and social emotional and mental health needs.



The building on the left was a later addition to the original building after the school began expanding

Landau Forte College has consistently featured in the top five schools in the city and county, and is also the most subscribed secondary school in Derbyshire. It currently has 1,200 pupils and with the additional places proposed, it will become one of the largest schools in the city.

The VIPs of the Landau Forte Charitable Trust work with the City Council

Alison Branick, Principal of Landau Forte, said: “We know secondary school student numbers are on the rise across Derby, and we are thrilled to play our part in helping meet this need.

“We have had a lot more requests for places in the academy over the past few years, so we are really looking forward to welcoming more young people through our doors over the coming years. We never want to turn away a potential student, and that will really help the expansion.”

The number of primary school students at the city level increased significantly between 2012/13 and 2016/17, which led to the implementation of 18 expansions in primary schools to accommodate the growth in the number of primary school students.

These higher numbers are now transferred to high school. Additional high school capacity was created at Bemrose School, Derby Cathedral School, Derby Moor Academy, Murray Park School, and West Park School in 2018 and 2019.

Yvonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children, Youth and Skills, said: “The project will help the council ensure that there are enough school spaces to meet projected demand in the coming years.

“We look forward to continuing our close partnership and working with confidence in the coming months to complete this exciting project.”

Landau Forte College was established in 1992 as a technical college in the city and its main sponsors were the real estate developer and investor Martin Landau and the Forte organization.

It became a city academy in September 2006. A new educational center was built in time for the 2007-08 academic year. The Landau Forte Charitable Trust is the educational trust that operates the college as well as the other Landau Forte Academies located in Tamworth.

The expansion proposal will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting in City Council on Wednesday, November 10, from 4 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on the council’s YouTube channel.

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