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History of NLS

North Leamington School was formed in 1977 through the merger of 3 existing schools in Leamington: Blackdown High School, Leamington College for Girls, and Leamington College for Boys.

NLS specialised in Performing arts and became the first Arts College School in Warwickshire. It was granted Specialist School status as a Performing Arts College in 1999, thanks to sponsorship by EMI Music Sound Foundation (now Universal Music UK Sound Foundation) and retained this status until 2008.

The school moved to a new site on Sandy Lane in September 2009, formerly the Manor Hall teacher training and conference centre. New state of the art campus style buildings were constructed, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating and winning several awards by RICS, the Leamington Society, and The Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities.

The new environmental friendly purpose-built site for 11-18 year olds includes extensive facilities for students, staff and the local community to use including a theatre, sports hall, sixth form study areas, drama and dance studios, flood lit sports pitches, vast sports fields and much more.

The Central Hub building features a prominent sculpture by Walter Ritchie ‘Three Aspects of a Girl's Education’ which was commissioned for the old Leamington College for Girls site by Warwickshire Education Committee in 1961, and features figures of Boudica, Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie.