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A village school in the Howe of Fife that was once at the centre of a closure row is on the market as a luxury home.

Dunshalt Primary School closed its doors in 2007 following a vigorous but ill-fated campaign to save it.

Now it’s being advertised by agents CKD Galbraith as ‘an outstanding property’ and carries a price tag of offers over £475,000.

It’s said to offer ‘superb spacious high-quality contemporary family accommodation of a standard seldom seen’.

Campaigners were devastated when the decision was taken to shut the school, which had a pupil roll of just seven.

The group, spearheaded by four local mothers, had fought hard to retain it and had rallied support from villagers, parents, former pupils and politicians.

They came up with alternative ways of funding and all seven pupils wrote heartfelt letters to local councillors.

But their months of campaigning all came to nothing when Fife Council’s children’s services committee agreed by 11 votes to nine to close it, along with Smithygreen Primary in Leven.

The council, which has a policy of examining the viability of schools with a roll of less than 55, said the primaries could not be sustained in the face of further reductions in pupil numbers.

Five years on, the school – which dates back to 1825 – is virtually unrecognisable from its former incarnation.

The building has been converted and extended to form what the vendors say is an ‘outstanding’ family home, enjoying a ‘striking external appearance with some lovely stonework.’

The Old School, as it is known, has two reception rooms, four bedrooms with en suite facilities and an office/fifth bedroom.

It has an open plan kitchen/dining/family room and a triple garage with a studio or granny flat above.

The blow of the school’s closure was softened slightly by the fact it helped schoolchildren on the other side of the world.

Its desks and chairs were shipped off to the hurricane-hit island of Grenada in the Caribbean through the charity Surplus Educational Supplies.

For further information about The Old School, visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk