Plans to build a new primary school for Silverstone with a cash injection of £6.3million have been discussed and approved by Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet.
The brand new school, which will see Silverstone Infant and Junior Schools amalgamated, will be open in September 2016 as an all-through primary school with space for 420 pupils aged four to eleven, doubling the current capacity.
Replace existing junior and infant schools
The new primary school will replace the existing infant and junior schools which were presenting many suitability challenges due to their Victorian origins including lack of classroom space, accessibility issues and inadequate external space.
Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education said: “This is great news for Silverstone, we are investing over £6million into the new school and I’m so pleased that after consultation with staff, parents, residents and the public the plans have been approved and the new school can go ahead.
“We have worked closely with the headteacher and governors of the schools to develop the plans which will provide additional curriculum opportunities for pupils, as well as brand new sports facilities that will be available for the local community to use.
“We’re a growth county and with a new housing development being constructed in Silverstone, we’ll be able to meet the rising demand for primary school places in the area as the new school will have two classes per year instead of one class per year as it currently has.
“Places at the school will be increased gradually in line with the rate of new houses being completed in the area with 45 pupils per year group from September 2016, increasing to the school’s full capacity of 60 pupils per year group in future years.”
Funded by a combination of developer contributions and a Department of Education grant, construction for the new school will begin in summer 2015 at the north end of Silverstone village on land known as New Rookery Farm. It will provide expanded facilities including sports pitches and community facilities which will benefit pupils, staff and local residents.
The new primary school will retain its voluntary controlled Church of England status, with all pupils who currently attend the infant and junior schools transferring to it from September 2016.