A FORMER school which was designed by the architect of York railway station has gone on the market for almost £1m after being converted into a four-bedroom home.

The Victorian village school in Newton-on-Ouse, several miles from York city centre, has been transformed into a ‘stylish’ development almost three decades after it taught its last class.

Originally built in the 19th century, the former school was designed by George Townsend Andrews, and used as a school until the 1980s.

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After years of disuse, the building was finally purchased from its former owners – the local parish council – in 2018 and was turned into a modern family home.

Property developer Glen Shorrock, who designed the refurbishment, said he wanted to "make the most" of the building's architectural features to create a home 'flood with natural light.'

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He said: "When I first saw the school, which was for sale with outline planning permission, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.

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“I was so excited by the height of the building and the roof structure and how we would use the space, which had basically been divided into two full-height halls.

"I knew we could create a fabulous modern home within the school building.”

Listed for £900,000 by Croft Residential, the home has been described as ‘contemporary,’ while preserving original features including tall-arched windows and Victorian brick.

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The home includes new first and second floors, set back from the windows in order to maintain the building's church-style proportions. 

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Meanwhile, the home now features a high-spec kitchen, German-engineered oak flooring, underfloor heating and a vented heating system.

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Director of Croft Residential, the firm managing the sale of the home, Toby Cockcroft said: “I think what Glen and his team have created with the Old School is unique and I certainly haven’t seen anything else like it in Yorkshire, let alone in such a great location, close to York, Harrogate and both the A1 and A19.

“The interior is modular, with the rooms designed as contemporary ‘pods’ and they work fantastically well with the rustic exterior.

“The property is new on the market but the people who have seen it so far have been quite blown away by it.”