£96k security improvements on way to Hull nursery after attempted break-ins

McMillan is the last remaining council-run nursery school in Hull
Hull's McMillan Nursery School is set for works to bolster security -Credit:Angus Young

Enhanced security measures to protect a nursery in Hull's Orchard Park from break-in attempts are set to be in place this month following the awarding of a contract.

Works worth around £96,145 are set to take place at McMillian Nursery School, in Orchard Park's 11th Avenue, to prevent security breaches according to a Hull City Council decision record. The improvements are set to include high-level security fencing, improved CCTV and lighting on the site.

Council Children and Learning Portfolio Holder Cllr Linda Tock said security improvements at the nursery were essential following the break-ins and damage. The works come after McMillan, which is maintained by the council, was among the schools inspected for reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in September.


No RAAC was found in the building. The discovery followed national concerns about the safety of school buildings which were constructed using the material which is prone to sudden failure.

Concerns were also raised over the future of the nursery in 2022 after changes in national funding made in 2012 caused financial problems. Orchard Park councillor Deborah Matthews said it would be catastrophic for local children if the nursery was forced to close.

There were proposals to transfer it to an academy trust but they did not go ahead and the nursery now stands as the last council-maintained one in Hull. It had around 160 children aged between two and five on its books as of 2022 and was rated Good by Ofsted following an inspection in October.

Cllr Tock said she supported the awarding of the contract to CMM Contractors Ltd for the works. The portfolio holder said: "Following the number of break-ins and damage to the nursery it is essential that security levels are increased."