Aspley primary school unveils plan to expand into empty children's centre

The former Aspley Children's Centre on Minver Crescent
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post)

A Nottingham primary school is set to expand as it takes on a former children's centre which had to close due to budget cuts. Nottingham City Council first announced in 2022 that it was planning to close the former Aspley Children's Centre on Amesbury Circus under a broader scheme that saw five being lost across the city.

The property was first built under the government's sure start initiative and featured early year services provided by the council alongside a private day nursery. As well as the council's closure of its services, the private nursery has also vacated the building and it has therefore been dormant.

Although the bulk of the former children's centre was situated on Minver Crescent, it also had an annex building on Amesbury Circus, which is the one being taken over. Nottingham City Council now says it has entered into a lease with an academy trust in Nottingham to take on the building.

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The Transform Trust runs the Rosslyn Park Primary & Nursery School and this facility's building wraps around the former children's centre. The academy trust is therefore planning to take on the building and fold it in to its current campus. The site will be used for the school's foundation classes, suggesting it won't actually lead to an expansion of school places.

Nottingham City Council says a refurbishment is planned to bring the property up to the academy trust's "required standards." Other sites run by the Transform Trust include the William Booth Primary & Nursery School and the Parkdale Primary School.