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Important buyers info for Leicester Forest East (LFE)

Leicester Forest East (LFE) is a settlement in Leicestershire, England, west of Leicester, straddling the M1 motorway. It is part of the Blaby district.

Leicester Forest East is a popular location among commuters and young families. It was developed primarily between 1920 and 1985, seeing major developments constructed along the Hinckley Road (A47) and to the south-east of the M1 throughout the 1930s. Large-scale housing developments took place in the 1960s, to the north-east and west of the M1 motorway. In the 1980s, a large housing project was constructed at the western edge of the settlement. The village takes its name from the ancient Leicester Forest. The streets through the housing developments to the north-east of the M1 take their names from Ann Packer and Robbie Brightwell, Olympic medalists in the 1964 Tokyo games.

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There are local shopping facilities at the eastern end of the community, including a newsagent, a post office, a bank, a small Co-op supermarket with a cash-dispenser. There are also numerous local shops along the Hinckley Road approaching the western end of the community, including a small Sainsbury’s, a chip shop, three hair salons and a petrol garage (the latter stopped serving petrol in the 1990s, continuing only as a service and MOT station until about 2013 when it closed altogether). The new community run Public Library is next to the Stafford Leys Primary School with the old library now being a dog-grooming saloon. There are two medical centres in Leicester Forest East, one at the eastern end housing a general practitioners, a pharmacy and a dentist, and another on the western end (Warren Lane) with similar facilities run by the same practice. There is a veterinary surgery along the Hinckley Road, next to Elliot Drive.

There are two pubs with hotels in Leicester Forest East, both on the A47. The Forest Park Inn is a recently refurbished family motel with outdoor patio seating. The other is a much older establishment called The Red Cow (which strictly speaking is in Kirby Muxloe). Both serve food and offer accommodation.

The Parish Hall is situated on King’s Drive, by the playing field/park. A new playpark was installed in early 2009. Recently the Parish Hall have played hosts to Clubszone, a local children’s activity provider running in the school holidays. They also host a community cinema which is on the first Thursday evening at 7.30 of every month (except July/August).

There are three places of Christian worship – St Andrews, an ecumenical church with Anglican and Methodist congregations. Also behind the church there is a local Cub & Scout Troop (92nd Leicester Forest East). There is a meeting house for Jehovahs witnesses in Hinckley Road. There is also the nearby Forest Chapel, where a playgroup and day care centre (Forest Chapel Day Care) operate

Schools

Stafford Leys Primary School opened in 1966 under the headship of Gordon Hill (who was better known as a football league referee).[4] The school takes pupils from reception up to year 6. The current headteacher is Mr A.Kitchen. In 2003, the Leicester Tigers star Freddie Tuilagi opened a new library building, one of the largest primary school libraries in the county.[5] In 2006, the school achieved the National Healthy Schools Standard, for its work in educating pupils about healthy eating, exercise, emotional issues and bullying.[6] The school has also attained the Basic Skills and Investors in People awards.[7] In its May 2006 inspection, Ofsted assessed the school as Satisfactory, point 3 on a four-point scale, saying “This is a satisfactory school, which has improved well since the last inspection, when it was judged to have serious weaknesses.”.[7] The Ofsted inspection in June 2009 assessed the school as ‘Good’ and identified a number of aspects which were outstanding.[7]

Secondary education will typically continue at South Charnwood High School in Markfield.

Holmfield Primary School, on the eastern boundary of Leicester Forest East, was closed permanently by Leicestershire County Council on 16 July 2010.

A new £4m school is being built on the former site of Holmfield Primary School. Fossebrook Primary School[8] opened for its first intake in September 2016, it provides primary years education to pupils living in Leicester Forest East and Braunstone Town. The school will eventually provide 210 places with the potential to expand as demand increases over the next few years. The Discovery Schools Academy Trust [9] has been selected to sponsor the school. The school has extensive parking for staff, parents, visitors and local residents.

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