Bilston Nursery School is a maintained local authority nursery school which opened in September 1999 although the site has provided education to the local community since 1878.
According to Wolverhampton Archives, St Edward's School opened on the site in 1878 catering for 234 children and 160 infants. From 1910 the school catered for infants and lower junior pupils until it became St Edward's CE Infant School in 1953. At this point the school taught infant pupils whilst older pupils were taught at St Leonards Junior School. In January 1970 the two schools combined to create St Leonards Junior and Infant School and moved to Albany Crescent.
St Edwards School Band 1931
In 1973 the Wolverhampton Street site was converted to create St Edwards Nursery School. In 1983 the school was grouped with Stonefield Junior and Infant School in Prosser Street, sharing a Governing Board. In 1995 St Edwards’ Nursery School, St Leonard’s and Stonefield were combined to create Bilston C of E School with a Nursery Unit remaining on the Wolverhampton site until...
In 1999 Bilston Nursery was school was opened and shortly after designated as an Early Excellence Centre in 2002. The early excellence centre programme was part of the Government’s strategy for raising standards, increasing opportunity, supporting families, reducing social exclusion and addressing child poverty.
Bilston Early Excellence Centre 2006
Bilston Early Excellence Centre offered a one-stop shop for families and children combining the nursery school with child care and services including access to health services and family support. In 2006 the school was designated as a Children’s Centre and underwent a £1 million refurbishment and expansion. A further expansion was completed in 2012 with the addition of further classrooms to cater for two year olds.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown visits the School
Bilston Nursery School and Children’s Centre continued to provide a wide range of integrated services successfully until 2016 when Wolverhampton City Council reorganised the delivery of its support services and moved all family support services from school based sites.
2017 sees the next chapter of the schools history including expanding the school to offer more places to families in the community, the launch of a Training Academy for early years professionals and the federation of Bilston Nursery School with Eastfield Nursery School creating a strong partnership for the future.
Bilston Nursery School