This is what happened to 19 lost schools across Chesterfield and Derbyshire – remembered by a generation of pupils

Schools are the lifeblood of communities across Chesterfield and north Derbyshire.

But as times have changed, many historic education buildings in the area became unfit for purpose and were transformed.

Some have remained in operation as education centres while others have been employed for very different purposes – often still serving the community as religious buildings, homes or offices.

A number of the schools on this list were kindly suggested by members of Chesterfield and District Civic Society.

Other former schools, which aren’t pictured, include Staveley’s National School, the first elementary school in Staveley near the church in High Street, and the former Mastin Moor School, which is now a private residence.

Woodthorpe’s village school was built by 7th Duke of Devonshire in 1862, and closed its doors in 2019.

Slightly further afield is the former Apperknowle primary school, on Barrack Road, which shut in 2008 and is now a private residence.

This list does not include former school buildings retained by the county council for educational use, mostly by specialist pupil-support units or for community education.

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