Brit School bosses are eyeing the site of Selhurst School which is due to close next summer.

The performing arts school - which has produced a string of music stars including Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua and Kate Nash - could take over the building.

Nick Williams, principal of the Brit, told the Croydon Guardian he would be happy to work with the council to make sure the site does not go to waste.

But he warned that if it did make use of the buildings pupil numbers at the Brit would not increase.

He explained: "We are very keen to see it in educational use and we would be very happy to work with the council to support that. However, the land is owned by them and it would therefore not be appropriate to talk about its future.

"We recognise there are a lot of educational needs in Croydon and this should be our most important priority."

Croydon Council announced in March that Selhurst was to close because of falling numbers and that pupils would be transferred to surrounding schools.

Although most children have now moved, a few year groups are remaining and the facility will officially close in August 2008.

The Brit School is the country's only free performing arts and technology school.

Mr Williams added: "We are the size that we like at the moment and we do not want to grow anymore, a very big school would not suit our needs but our interest in the site would be the same as anyone else.

"We are keen to get something sorted with the council as we do not want to see the building wasted and for it to sit empty. I am not sure that we would even want it to form part of the Brit School as it stands now but we will offer any help and advice that we can."

A council spokesman said that until the school was closed and all year groups had been transferred there were no plans in place for the school.