A disused school in Cambridgeshire is to reopen as a new type of educational establishment.
The Windmill School in Fulbourn was closed by Cambs County Council when it merged the county's special schools.
But a joint bid by the Cambridge Steiner School, which provides a child-centred education scheme, and Mencap has been agreed by the council.
Steiner School's philosophy is that education should meet the "needs of the child rather than those of society".
Council cabinet member for corporate services Alan Melton said: "I am delighted that we have been able to agree the sale of the old Windmill School to the Steiner School/Cambridgeshire Mencap partnership."
He also welcomed the group's "commitment to retaining the valuable community facilities such as the swimming pool".
The council supported the sale on a long leasehold basis which includes a clause to share any profit from a future sale should the school ever choose to relocate to another site - perhaps leaving the site vacant for residential redevelopment.