02 June 2010

Education in Rushden and Wellingborough is set to receive a £8.5 million boost under proposals to be discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week (8 JUNE).

The council has been working with four local schools to explore proposals to create two all-through primary schools by amalgamating Hayway Infant School with Denfield Park Junior School in Rushden and Hardwick Infant and Junior schools in Wellingborough.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The proposals represent a multi-million investment in primary education which would provide modern school and community facilities in a learning environment that meets the needs of 21st century education.

“In both cases, the schools have demonstrated that there are very real benefits to closer working arrangements and they are keen to build further on the success of their collaborations. I look forward to discussing these proposals at cabinet.”

A move towards all-through primary education would allow for improved curriculum continuity, better tracking of children’s performances, and more collaborative working arrangements between all school staff.

  • Hardwick Infant and Junior Schools
    Following the resignation of the headteacher of Hardwick Junior School, a hard federation was created in April 2009 resulting in one governing body and one headteacher for the two schools. The proposal is to close the junior school and extend the age range of the infant school, with the schools brought together into one building thanks to a £4.5 million investment.
  • Denfield Park Junior and Hayway Infant Schools
    The retirement of the headteacher of Hayway Infant School has prompted the two governing bodies to work towards the creation of a hard federation with one governing body and one headteacher for the two schools. This will come into effect from 1 September 2010.

The schools and Northamptonshire County Council envisage the federation as the first step in the process of becoming an all-through primary school with a £4 million investment.

This process would require the closure of Hayway Infant School and the extension of the age range of Denfield Park Junior School to create an all-through primary school for children aged 3-11 in one building on the Denfield Park site.

The cabinet will be asked to support the consultation, which is scheduled to take place in June and July. If there are no objections to the proposals in the consultation period, the council’s director for children and young people will have delegated powers to approve the issuing of public notices. If objections are received, the matter will go back to cabinet for consideration.

The cabinet papers are available to view on our website.