Ellesmere College £11m rebuild to start in Leicester

Artist's impression of the new Ellesmere College
Image caption The new college will have facilities for outdoor learning
Artist's impression of the new college
Image caption The money has come from the Building Schools for the Future programme

Work is set to start on rebuilding a Leicester special school at a cost of £11m.

Ellesmere College, for pupils with general learning difficulties, is being built on the former Riverside College site, in Braunstone Lane East.

Pupils are due to move from their current base on Ellesmere Road to the new facility in August 2014.

Funding for the project has come from the city council's £350m Building Schools for the Future programme.

The authority said the new school will make a huge difference to students.

Lisa Pittwood, co-principal of the college, said: "We are really excited about the potential this new school building will bring.

"It is going to make a huge difference to students and the experience they have at Ellesmere."

The new site will include large playing fields, a four court sports hall, drama and music facilities, and facilities for outdoor learning.

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