09 February 2010

Education in Rushden could receive a £10 million boost under proposals currently being investigated by Northamptonshire County Council and four local schools.

The council is looking at proposals to create two all-through primary schools (for children aged 4-11) in Rushden, involving the amalgamation of Hayway Infant School with Denfield Park Junior School and Tennyson Road Infant School with Alfred Street Junior School.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The regeneration of Rushden town centre has presented us with an opportunity to build a brand new £6.3 million primary school at the Pemberton Centre site and so we are looking into the potential for merging Tennyson Road Infant and Alfred Street Junior schools.

“At the same time, the governing bodies of Hayway Infant and Denfield Park Junior schools are considering the possibility of a formal partnership for the two schools that would see a £3.7 million extension of the junior school to create an all-through primary school.

“The proposals represent a multi-million investment in primary education in the town which would allow us to provide modern school and community facilities.”

Both proposals are at feasibility stage. Parents and local communities will have the chance to take part in consultations at various stages.

  • Denfield Park/Hayway
    As part of its primary capital programme, the county council is looking at a potential amalgamation of Hayway Infant School and Denfield Park Junior School.

    The proposal is looking at the feasibility of extending the junior school to create an all-through primary school on the Denfield Park site with a new access for parents from John Clarke Way.

    The two governing bodies will be consulting from 8th February on the proposal to become a hard federation where a single governing body would be formed for the two schools.

  • Alfred Street/Tennyson Road
    The Tennyson Road Infant and Alfred Street Junior schools are included in the work to produce a vision for Rushden Town Centre that is currently being undertaken by East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.

    Tennyson Road Infant School is adjacent to the Pemberton Centre and East Northamptonshire Council plans to replace this with a new leisure centre at Manor Park.

    The county council is looking at the feasibility of acquiring the site of the Pemberton Centre and merging it with the Tennyson Road school site.

    The proposal being investigated is that a new all-through primary school would be built on this site to replace the current buildings at both Tennyson Road Infant and Alfred Street Junior. The Alfred Street Junior site would then be incorporated into the proposals for Rushden Town Centre.

    The governing bodies of both schools have agreed to set up a joint committee for collaborative working. Thinking is at a very early stage and whatever the outcome, both schools will continue to provide high standards of education.