North East Wales

Howell's School, Denbigh: Grounds on sale for £2.95m

Howell's girls school in Denbigh
Image caption Agents for the sale described the school as having 'development/investment potential'

A private girls' school in Denbighshire that closed last year has been put up for sale with an asking price of £2.95m.

Howell's School in Denbigh shut suddenly in August 2013 after the company running it went into liquidation with debts of £480,000.

Agents handling the sale say there has been considerable interest in the property.

The independent girls' school opened in 1859.

The main site is still being used for language classes and other studies, mainly by overseas youngsters, although the school itself is closed and the adjacent preparatory school has been sold.

The campus, covering 37 acres (15 hectares), is described as having "development/investment potential".

In addition to the main Grade II listed block there are three boarding houses and the former principal's house.

The sports facilities include an equestrian centre, open air swimming-pool, four tennis courts, sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall and caving centre. The sports hall is currently used by local clubs.

'Rich list' pupil

Crispin Harris, of Jackson Stops and Staff, said the estate was "commercially priced".

"At present it is designated for educational purposes and any purchaser would have to consider whether to apply for planning consent for change of use," he said.

Former headteacher Bernie Routledge and his former partner Helen Price took industrial tribunal action against Howell's School in Denbigh in September last year.

Mr Routledge was awarded £216,898. Ms Price, who was head of physical education, was awarded £83,537 by the same industrial tribunal.

Among Howell's alumni are actresses Nerys Hughes and Joanna Scanlan, Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee and Kirsty Bertarelli, named in the Sunday Times Rich List as Britain's richest woman.

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