School site sold to sect

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Education chiefs confirmed this week that they have agreed to sell Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School to the Christian church sect Plymouth Brethren for an undisclosed sum.

The school, which has nine acres of land, is closing in July as part of the county’s move to two-tier from education, with a total of 40 middle schools in the county set to scrapped.

Suffolk County Council says no other applications were received for the school for its consideration, and so it has agreed the sale to the Larchcroft Education Trust for the Plymouth Brethren, subject to conditions.

Contracts are currently being drawn up and conditions include approval by the Education Secretary for the disposal of the school site, as well as structural and other surveys.

County councillor James Finch said there was clear support from villagers for the site to be retained as a school.