The school was built in 1876 and provided an education for Girls and infant Boys until it closed 100 years later in 1976. The building was then used as Council offices until recently.
The Friends of the Old Girl’s School was formed to prevent this beautiful historic building from deteriorating due to being unused and to explore the possibility of bringing it into community use.
The Friends group continues to pursue these aims within the Governance of Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust. Four of the Friends group; Andrew Potts, Tony Hewitt, Alma Hodgson and Gary Limbert have become Trustees of the Community Trust.
North Yorkshire County Council granted a lease to Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust from April 2017
The Vision is to use the building in a flexible way to provide a multiple use facility for the Community. Ideas are still being developed but usage will have to generate sufficient income to provide for the management, upkeep and maintenance of the building.
The building will need considerable work to bring it back into use. Some grant funding has already been obtained to revamp the garden area to the front of the building, to carry out some repairs to the roof and bring the toilets back into use.
The Trust has recently been awarded National Lottery Funding for both the renovation work and the running cost for the first 3 years. Further funding has also been committed by Selby District Council for the renovation work.
Contractor tenders are being evaluated for the main renovation work and it is anticipated that the work will be able to commence in March 2018 with a projected completion in late summer.