Merger school site up for sale

Blackpool's Arnold School premises is on the market.
Blackpool's Arnold School premises is on the market.
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The site of the former Arnold School in Blackpool has officially been put up for sale.

The landmark building has been put on the market by its owners United Church Schools Trust following the school’s controversial merger with King Edward VII and Queen Mary School (KEQMS).

For the first time on Wednesday all pupils moved to the new Clifton Drive South site, which has recently undergone a £6.4m redevelopment.

The merger starts a new era for both schools and has been marked with a new maroon school uniform and name Arnold King Edwards – AKS.

Now the South Shore site of the former Arnold School is empty, its owners have appointed property consultants Edward Symmons to find a buyer for the 17.5 acres, which includes sports fields and buildings, for potential residential development or commercial use.

Edward Symmons says it has already received significant interest in the site.

Robert Diggle, partner at Edward Symmons’ Liverpool office, said: “The school site represents an opportunity for comprehensive residential development, subject to planning, but we also expect demand from other sectors of the market that might include nursing home or flat operators wishing to convert the existing school buildings on Lytham Road.”

The contentious merger between the two schools was first announced to parents back in 2011.

At the time there were protests from parents and teachers about the move.

For more information about the Arnold school site, call (0151) 236 8454.

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