Demolition work looks set to begin at former Bennerley School in Ilkeston

Bennerley School, Ilkeston is to be demolished
Bennerley School, Ilkeston is to be demolished

It will be the end of an era for many former pupils of Bennerley School as work to demolish the buildings looks set to begin.

Though some of the buildings are still in use the rest will be bulldozed as they are not fit for use.

A digger has been at the Bennerley Road site in Cotmanhay in recent days and it looks as though the building will gone within a matter of days.

The site, off Cotmanhay Road, was handed back to the county council in 2014 after the school merged with the former Ilkeston School – now Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

The school had merged with Ormiston Ilkeston Academy in September 2013.

Students and staff are now based at the King George Avenue buildings in Ilkeston.

Former caretaker, Brian Meakin, of Cotmanhay, worked at Bennerley School between 1970 and 1993.

He said: “I remember there used to be an underground boiler room which was so hot, it was worse than going down the pit.”

Some of the buildings are still in use with local music station Erewash Sound using the school’s former media block. The playing fields have also been kept for community use.

The main block off Bennerley Avenue will this year become home to the Breadsall Pupil Referral Unit .

This block also contains the school hall and stage, gym and changing rooms, and the council is keen that all these facilities continue to be available for use by the community.

The media centre and the main building containing the old school hall are not part of the demolition plans and will remain. Any remaining empty buildings would be sold.