A trust that ran a special needs school has been given more than £3m by administrators after the school closed down more than two years ago.

Penn School, a non-maintained day and boarding school for pupils aged 11 to 18 with communication difficulties, closed its doors in July 2015 citing a “considerable drop in student numbers and income”.

The Church Road site was then sold to the government for more than £11 million.

Now administrators Deloitte have paid creditors around £8 million, with £3.6 million going to Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC).

The remaining £3,064,684 was passed back to the Rayners Special Educational Trust, which ran the school.

A statement to the media said: “On the administration coming to an end, the trustees will set up a new bank account for the charity, deposit the cheque and determine how best to invest these funds so that the proceeds can be used in furtherance of the charity’s objectives.”

A Department for Education spokesman said no new school has been approved to open on the site yet, and BCC said the payment covered the pension deficit and pension liabilities associated with members of the scheme who worked at the school.