Lancaster acquired specialist Sports College status on 1st September 2000; only three other schools in the East Midlands had achieved this designation at that time. The specialist status provided us with additional funding, facilities and staffing allowing us to enhance the teaching and learning for all our pupils.
In January 2005 Lancaster was granted a second specialism because of the high achievement of pupils at the school. As a result the school was awarded specialist status in the Arts; becoming one of only 64 schools in the country to have a second specialism at that time. The additional funding that accompanied Arts status enabled additional classrooms to benefit from Interactive Whiteboard Technology, Art and Drama to benefit from IT enhancement and a £50,000 Digital Arts suite to be developed.
Our desire to be at the forefront of sporting development at Lancaster, saw the first indoor tennis centre in Leicester to be built on our campus. The four court indoor facility is a landmark building bringing enormous benefits to our pupils, local community, the City and beyond. This joint initiative between ourselves and Sir Jonathan North cost in excess of £1.6 million and opened in January 2007.
Despite the demise of the national structure of specialist colleges, Lancaster has continued to promote whole school education using Sport and the Arts. For more information please click on the Sport or Art link.