Decision to ditch plan caused dismay in town

Derby College Heanor

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New options for the old Heanor college site are being considered, bosses have this week revealed.

Derby College had been due to open a new £4.5 million digital studio college there this month, but the plan was dropped after it did not secure the number of students needed to make the project financially viable.

Now bosses at Derby College have said they are looking at various options for the Mundy Street site and will put them to town councillors as soon as they can.

The studio college plan was axed in May after applications from students to go there fell short of Department of Education targets to secure funding

The former Heanor Grammar School site was set to play host to 300 young people aged 14 to 19.

When the project was ditched it meant students who had been planning to attend, including 16 year 9s and 39 year 11s had to take up options at their 
current schools or elsewhere.

It also led to Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre in Derby expanding its curriculum to include the specially-designed BTEC courses in computer programming and digital media that had orginally been devised for the the Heanor site .

Nigel Gell, the college’s corporate 
director said: “We are currently considering various options for the 
future use of the Mundy Street site and will be returning to 
Heanor and Loscoe Town Council as soon as we have some viable alternatives to discuss with them.”

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