School building goes for £246,000

Uplands Middle School, Sudbury. ENGANL00120130522133935
Uplands Middle School, Sudbury. ENGANL00120130522133935
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A former caretaker’s house at a now-redundant middle school in Sudbury has been sold for £246,000 at auction.

School House, the former caretaker’s home at Uplands Middle School, needed refurbishment and came with a plot of 0.187 acres.

The school was closed in 2013 after the county changed to a two-tier schooling system.

The caretaker’s house sold for 23 per cent over its £200,000 guide price.

Money from the sale of property, which was owned by Suffolk County Council, has to be used to fund capital expenditure.

This programme is agreed by the council in February as part of the annual budget.

Capital receipts can be used anywhere in the county. The only restriction is that they have to be spent on capital - rather than revenue, for example on staff budgets.

A spokesperson for the county council said capital receipts usually supported the capital budget as a whole across the county.

The majority of the old school has been demolished with one section remaining. This is now used as Suffolk County Council offices for staff in Sudbury.

The majority of the playing fields were transferred to Ormiston Sudbury Academy and Tudor CEVC Primary School.

A small part of the site remains and a spokeswoman for the council said it was currently deciding on the future of this land.

All Saints Middle School in the town was also closed when the county changed to a two-tier system.

This site has been earmarked for a new primary school if the Chilton Woods housing development goes ahead.