Government confirms site of proposed new 1,500-pupil school on edge of Leicester

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The Government has revealed where it plans to build a new 1,500-pupil secondary school on the edge of Leicester.

The Department for Education (DfE) has earmarked a 11.6 acre site near Beaumont Leys for a new free school, it has been confirmed.

Documents lodged with Leicester City Council show the Oadby-based Lionheart Academy Trust is being lined up to run the proposed Beauchamp City Free School.

A formal planning application has not yet been submitted to the council, but the DfE has indicated a three-storey building is planned for land off Ashton Green Road.

The school is intended to serve the 3,000 home Ashton Green estate which is currently being built to the north west of the city in a project being led by the city council.

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