24 September 2010

Proposals for a multi-million pound investment in education in Wellingborough and Rushden reached an important stage today (FRI 24 SEPT).

The publication of statutory notices for the amalgamation of Hardwick Infant and Junior School in Wellingborough and the amalgamation of Rushden’s Hayway Infant School and Denfield Park Junior School signals the beginning of a six-week period where formal representations can be made to the council.

At the end of this period the council’s cabinet will make a decision on whether or not to close the schools to allow for the creation of two new primary schools.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “In both cases, the schools have demonstrated that there are very real benefits to closer working arrangements. The council and the schools themselves are keen to build further on the success of the collaborations with the amalgamation of both sets of schools. This would lead to the creation of all-through primaries providing modern school and community facilities in a learning environment that meets the needs of 21st century education.”

The proposals are:

  • Hardwick Infant and Junior 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. The two schools currently share one governing body and one headteacher.
  • Denfield Park Junior and Hayway Infant Schools
    The proposal is to close the infant school and extend the age range of Denfield Park Junior School to create a £4 million all-through primary school for children aged 3-11 in one building on the Denfield Park site. The two schools currently operate as a hard federation with one governing body and one headteacher.

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.