Fully Equipped School To Let


Offers for all or certain assets will be considered.

16.7 acres

Fully Equipped School to Let


Derbyshire, UK


Ockbrook School, Ockbrook, Derbyshire DE72 3RJ – UNDER OFFER

Property Summary

  • Property available to Let
  • Property (with on site boarding facilities for 50+) and all school assets available
  • Total site area of 9.27 acres, available as a whole or in 2 lots
  • Stunning premises with beautiful period buildings (in excess of 60,000 sq ft GEA)
  • Suitable for a variety of uses STPP
  • Excellent trading potential
  • Trading has ceased. Operated as a co-ed nursery, primary and secondary independent school for 3 – 18 year olds


The school is situated in an elevated position overlooking the village of Ockbrook c. 4 miles to the east of Derby. This is an attractive rural location with rolling countryside to the rear of the site. Road connections are excellent with the A52 close by and the M1 c. 3 miles to the east.

The School

The school operated as an independent school for ages 3 to 18, until its ceased operating in July 2021.

It was founded by the Moravian Church in 1799 and was originally a ladies school, which became a fully coeducational in 2017. The site includes a nursery, primary and secondary school with a total capacity of 450 and on site boarding facilities for 51 across three houses.

Floor Areas

We understand the accommodation to comprise the following approximate gross external areas:

(It must be noted that these floor areas are provided as an approximate guide only.)

Tenure & Tenancies

The property is currently held by the Joint Administrators on a licence, but on the instructions of the freeholder is available with vacant possession to let on terms to be agreed, or the freehold may be purchased.

We understand that the western section of the main site (lot 1) comprising agricultural land, and The Lodge are sublet (details TBC).

Site Areas

Available Lots

The property is available as a whole or in 2 lots.

Lot 1 – Main School and associated buildings / Land
The two boarding houses (Broadstairs coloured pink and Lilley coloured yellow) may be excluded if not required. 

Lot 2 – The Grange

Rateable Value



An EPC has been commissioned and is available on request.

The School Equipment

The school and boarding facilities are fully fitted with the equipment required to operate as a school. These assets include a variety of school and office furniture, an extensive range of IT and audio visual equipment as well as a fitted commercial style kitchen to feed the students and staff. The various teaching blocks such as science labs, music, arts studios, sports and food technology all include the associated assets. The three boarding houses are fitted with domestic furniture and kitchen equipment, and the nursery school houses furniture, toys etc.

Additional assets include the sports equipment and grounds care machinery, laundry equipment, and school nurses equipment.

A full asset schedule is available on request.


We are verbally informed by the Local Authority that Lots 1 & 2 (other than the agricultural fields within the western boundary of Lot 1) fall within use class F1 (learning and non residential institutions), and that Lot 3 is within use class E (Commercial, Business & Service).

The property is situated within the Ockbrook Moravian Settlement Conservation Area.

The buildings on plots 1 and 2 and the land immediately around them are situated within an area designated as ‘Village and Housing Development’ (local plan no H3). This policy states that ‘infilling and small-scale housing development may be permitted, subject to the council being satisfied as to details of design access and location’.

The land to the north and west of the buildings in plot 1 and 2, and all of plot 3 is within the Green Belt.

We understand that the following are Grade II Listed:

  • School Main Building
  • Broadstairs and Liley Boarding Houses
  • Sundial to South of School

A Corsican Pine tree situated between The Sports Complex and The Grange is subject to a Tree Protection Order.

Interested parties should make their own enquiries of Erewash Borough Council. The number for the duty planner service is 0115 907 2244 ext 3391 Monday-Friday 8.30am-1pm or email planning@erewash.gov.uk

Alternative Uses

Subject to obtaining the relevant planning consents the fully equipped property may be suitable for a number of alternative uses including (but not limited to) residential, hotel, care home, alternative education use, outdoor centre, training centre etc.

The Sale Process

Offers are invited for the following assets:

  • The tangible assets held by the school
  • The name: Ockbrook School
  • The intellectual property held by the school including the web domain
  • The property: leasehold (terms to be agreed). Offers are invited for all, a single, or a combination of lots as detailed herewith.

Offers for all or certain of the above listed assets will be considered.

It is intended that the assets will be sold by way of private treaty. The vendors are not bound to accept the highest, or indeed any offer received.

Further information is available via the sole agents, Hilco Global Real Estate Advisory.


Nick Hughes MRICS

Senior Director

London Office

+44 (0) 7979 541238