Village school near Shrewsbury sells for £60,000 over guide price at auction
A village school which closed two and a half years ago has sold for £60,000 over the guide price.
St Mary’s Primary School in Westbury was up for sale via an online auction through McCartneys, and with a starting bid of £325,000.
It included the four-bedroom school house and school hall, plus more recent extensions which had housed the classrooms, toilets and kitchen, and half an acre of grounds.
The estate agents said the property, “lends itself to a variety of other uses including residential – subject to the relevant consents”.
There was interest from a number of buyers which sparked a bidding war on the evening of the sale, which was all done online through the modern method of auction. The school sold for £385,000 and the estate agents said the buyer, who wants to remain anonymous, was “very happy” with their purchase.
It is not yet known what their plans are for the site. The school closed in July 2017 in a merger with nearby schools in Worthen and Hope.The school closed after the federation governing the three schools decided to consolidate teaching at Long Mountain School in Worthen, saying it would secure better education for the future.
Meanwhile the school site at Hope, which has also remained closed since the merger, has been left to fall into disrepair while Shropshire Council awaits the sign-off from the Department for Education to allow the site to be used for non-educational purposes.