WORK is due to start on the conversion of a former school into luxury apartments.

The year-long project to build 21 flats at Claremont, on Trinity Road, Darlington, will begin in May.

In the late 1800s, the site was home to the Claremont School for Young Ladies, where students studied art, fashion and music.

Darlington Homes bought the building and surrounding land from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

The flats have been designed by Niven Architects.