Buyer found for Hucknall college

The former college campus on Portland Road in Hucknall
The former college campus on Portland Road in Hucknall

A Nottinghamshire academy chain has bought a closed down college campus in Hucknall.

New College Nottingham has confirmed the sale of its former Hucknall campus to the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership.

The academy trust includes both secondary academies in Hucknall - The National C of E Academy and The Holgate Academy - and the new building is set to become their centre for sixth form provision.

Vice principal for commercial and recruitment Nigel Gell, from the college, said: “We were committed to finding the right buyer to ensure we left Hucknall with a positive legacy and this has been accomplished.”

The college was closed in September 2015.

Principal of the National Academy, Simon Jones said: “The new site is an ideal facility to benefit the students of Hucknall and beyond.

“The National Academy and Holgate Academy will continue to work together to provide a greater range of courses with the best quality teaching staff. Our partnership is confident that the new centre will raise students’ academic achievement, widen the range of opportunities on offer and help raise the aspirations of young local people.”

Ward councillor for Hucknall, Coun John Wilkinson added: “This is wonderful news for Hucknall – to have a major educational facility back in the centre of our town is a vote of confidence in our community.

“Having worked closely with my colleague, Coun Alice Grice, to ensure the building remained as a public sector asset, we feel ncn are to be congratulated on fulfilling their promise to leave Hucknall with such a legacy.”