A SOUTH Derbyshire school building which is set to close next month as pupils and staff transfer to a brand new multi-million pound facility could be set for a new future as a day nursery.
Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School will be moving from its current York Road home to a new £6.1 million development in Pennine Way.
The current buildings, including the main Victorian part of the school, will then become surplus to requirements.
However, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet will discuss potential uses for the site at its meeting on Tuesday.
In a joint report to the cabinet, Ian Thomas, strategic director for children and young adults and Jeremy Goacher, director of property at the authority, outlined the situation.
They said: “The normal process would be for the existing sites and buildings to be declared surplus to requirements and sold to help fund the authority’s capital programme.
“It was anticipated that the capital receipt from this sale would form part of the funding package for the replacement school currently under construction.
“(However) The authority has been approached by a private day nursery provider with a view to leasing the main building and possibly the additional annexe buildings, to offer day nursery facilities.
“The population is growing in this area and there is demand for additional high quality local day nursery places.”
The report therefore recommends that the cabinet grant approval to invite expressions of interest in acquiring the current Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School building to meet demand.