Retford school to be sold for development

King Edward VI School in Retford
King Edward VI School in Retford

A HISTORIC Retford landmark has been put on the market after lying empty for three years.

It is hoped that the sale of the King Edward VI School will secure the future of the site and its building.

The six acre site on London Road dates back to the 1850’s and is being sold by its charitable trust owners following the construction of Retford Oaks High School and the Elizabethan High School and the St Giles School.

The school moved to the new locations about three years ago leaving the current site vacant.

The owners hope that by selling, it can be developed as a commercial or residential site, where the attractive Grade II listed buildings will be restored and maintained.

“This is a very important site for Retford, it is an iconic landmark which would make an ideal development opportunity,” said Kevin Benson from commercial agents Fisher German.

We have already had numerous enquiries from interested parties who have put forward ideas for enhancing or even complete redevelopment of the site.”

“I envisage it being developed perhaps as a mixed use scheme or completely residential.”

“There is an increasing demand for development sites and I anticipate that we will receive a lot of very good offers”.

The main school building was constructed in the 1850’s with further additions in 1926 and 1937 which included a classroom block and theatre block respectively.

The site has an expansive area to the north of the main buildings which could be available for brand new development and there is a huge potential to convert the existing buildings, returning them to their former glory.

The King Edward VI School is being sold by Fisher German with informal tenders invited by 12pm on Friday 13th May.

For further information, please contact Kevin Benson on 01777 719148 or email