This is what happened to 16 lost schools in Chesterfield and north Derbyshire

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

Friday, 4th February 2022, 11:28 am

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

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.

This list has kindly been put together 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; the former Mastin Moor School, now a private residence; Woodthorpe’s village school, built by 7th Duke of Devonshire in 1862 and closed in 2019.

Slightly further afield, is the former Apperknowle primary school, on Barrack Road, closed in 2008 and 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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