03 June 2014

Proposals for a new special education needs school in Northampton and a new primary school in Kettering are due to be discussed at a meeting of our cabinet next week.

A report to be discussed next Tuesday sets out two sets of proposals relating to planning for school places in Northampton and Kettering, including:

  • Formally withdrawing plans to expand Kingsthorpe Village Primary School
  • Exploring the potential to create a new all-through special school on the former Bective Middle site in Northampton and provide additional primary school places at Green Oaks
  • Establishing a new primary school at Kettering East by the Peterborough Church of England diocese to serve new housing growth in the area.

Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “We have been in discussions with the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust about their wish to set up a special needs free school in Northampton to accommodate primary and secondary pupils.

“As a result of those discussions, we’ve identified the potential for the former Bective Middle School site to be used for this new school. As the trust already runs the adjacent Green Oaks Primary School, this situation also offers the opportunity for us to look at expanding that school, adding a potential 210 extra places.

“Meanwhile plans for a new primary school in the Kettering area are continuing to gather pace and at next week’s meeting, we’ll discuss the proposal from the Peterborough Church of England diocese to run the new school as a voluntary-aided school.”

Plans for Kingsthorpe Village Primary School’s expansion were not granted planning permission and as a result, the council is required to formally withdraw its proposals by publishing a revocation notice.

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The report can be found on our website.