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Historic school house offers a chance to invest in pupils' future

Students from a Milton Keynes special school are hoping to turn a derelict building into a much-needed community hub - and get some work experience along the way.

The Old School in Wolverton is a grade II listed building that has sat empty for a decade.

But now pupils at the nearby Slated Row Special School are raising money and volunteering to help turn it into something everyone can enjoy.

Charity Future Wolverton has been awarded grants to buy the building and keep it for the community.

It will be re-opened as a community centre, with a cafe and bed and breakfast accommodation which students from Slated Row will help to run.

Sixth-formers from the school already serve lunches to fellow students and hope it will add to their employability when they leave.

Sixth-formers at Slate Row Special School would help to run a cafe and B&B. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

But the old school house is looking a little unloved - and will need a considerable amount of money spent on it to get it back into use.

Future Wolverton is ask people to invest in a community share scheme to help raise the cash.

The charity hopes locals who got to grow up with the Grade I listed building will be keen to invest in its future - and the future of the area's children.

Locals are being asked to buy community shares in the old school house. Credit: ITV News Anglia.