School set to cash in

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STOKE College – the school attended by singer-songwriter Matt Cardle – has been given planning permission to build six detached houses on its land to raise money for roof repairs.

It has taken the Stoke by Clare independent school 10 years to get planning permission for the development, and the site is being sold by Savills by informal tender with bids due by the end of next week.

The proceeds of the sale will be used to carry out essential repairs to the main building, including its roof.

The school says that when the project is complete, it will be able to re-open the second floor of the main building, freeing up space and enabling it to demolish the prefabricated science and maths block on the site.

The school, which caters for pupils aged between three and 16, was previously the home of Matthew Parker, the first post-reformation Archbishop of Canterbury.