Pudsey pupil buys up old school

Former pupil Sandeep Gupta enjoyed life so much at the Pudsey school that years later he has decided to buy it.

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Sandeep was shocked when he learned that the former Pudsey Grangefield School building, in Pudsey, was up for sale.

Mr Gupta, 41, who lives in Rawdon, Leeds, decided to make inquiries into the site and recently bought it at an auction at Leeds United Football Club for around 600,000.

Now he plans to transform the disused building into sheltered accommodation and a care home facility for around 40 or 50 residents.

Mr Gupta said: "I think Pudsey is a fairly affluent area and the provision for elderly people in the area is not that good.

"The building requires maintenance now and the longer it is kept shut the more damage will be done to its general condition."

Mr Gupta was brought up partly in Pudsey and India but he attended the school between 1991 and 1992. He also went back to Pudsey Grangefield School in 1994 to take an adult education course in French.

Mr Gupta, who owns Mr Values and Legrams Mills, in Bradford, said: "I have quite good, nice memories about the school and I was very shocked to find out that the school would be shutting down. I could see it getting closed and not being re-used for anything else and in the long run it would get shut down or vandalised.

"I found out that the place was being sold so I decided to make inquiries about the building."

Mr Gupta, who also owns a care home group called Chestnut House, has earmarked around 5million for the building's re-development.

As part of his plans for the site he hopes to gain permission to knock down the school's old science block and transform it into a separate care home facility.

"I think every memory of my childhood at the school was very fond," Mr Gupta said.

"I used to find the building very amazing and it was one of the places which has made me an admirer of old buildings.

"Most of the places I have bought have been grade two listed buildings around the similar age such as the mills and one of my care homes in North Wales."

The plans have entered the early stages of consultations with Leeds City Council and Mr Gupta hopes that work will be able to start on developing the site.