02 July 2010

A ceremony will be held on Tuesday (6th July) to mark the start of the construction works for the new Maplefields School on its new site off Tower Hill Road, Corby.

The building project will see Northamptonshire County Council invest £15 million to provide a state of the art purpose-built special school for pupils aged 5-19 years which will include brand new post-16 facilities.

The new school will include specialist teaching rooms, a purpose built sports hall and all weather pitch available for community use. Vocational opportunities, namely food and nutrition, construction, mechanics and media studies will be available, together with a newly designed base for the Family Support Therapeutic and Outreach Team providing multi professional team rooms.

The school offers extensive support and training to schools in the north of the county and the new facilities will enable the expansion of the team to the benefit of children and young people and schools within the north of the county. In addition opportunities for pupils working on individual learning programmes will be available.

An extended day for pupils including breakfast and after school activities is planned.

Pupils and staff are very excited at the prospect of the new school which brings together the existing school community which is currently split over three separate sites in Corby and Kettering into one learning community. In December 2009 the school celebrated its second outstanding Ofsted Inspection.

Headteacher Lynda Morgan said: ”The new school will give us the opportunity to further develop and expand our work with our children and families and those schools in the north of the county providing excellent facilities to enable all our young people to achieve their best with new opportunities available for our students at post 16.”

GSS Architecture’s partner-in-charge Tom Lyons commented. “This environmentally-friendly new special school will be an architectural flagship for Corby. Its design incorporates a number of key technologies to help reduce the environmental impact. These include rainwater harvesting, high levels of thermal insulation, natural ventilation, green sedum roofs and solar thermal panels. A biofuel boiler will support an underfloor heating system. The green roofs will provide a focal point and will be clearly visible from the A6003.”

The construction works have commenced with completion due at the beginning of September 2011.