20 August 2014

Proposals to amalgamate Silverstone Infant and Junior Schools and build a new primary school to increase pupil capacity have entered the next stage.

The current schools, which have a combined intake of 210, are at full capacity and the Victorian buildings have no room to expand.

Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, yesterday (19th August) approved a decision to publish a statutory notice to close Silverstone Infant School and merge it with the junior school to create a new all-through primary school, which will eventually provide spaces for 420 children aged 4 to 11.

The new primary school would be built at a site known as New Rookery Farm off Towcester Road and would open in September 2016.

What happens next?

Members of the public will now have four weeks to give their feedback on the proposed amalgamation.

Cllr Golby said: “With an increasing number of families in the local area and planning permission being granted for a new housing development in Silverstone, we recognise the need to increase capacity and are looking to achieve this by amalgamating the two schools and creating a brand new primary school.

“The new school would double capacity and ensure that every family in the village has the option to send their child to their local school. We have already carried out some consultation with the local community and there is widespread support for a new primary school.

“The introduction of all-through primary education would also allow for improved curriculum continuity, better tracking of children’s performances and more collaborative working arrangements between all school staff.”

How is the project being funded?

Northamptonshire County Council already owns the land where the new school will be built. The £6.3m cost of building the school would include £2m from section 106 developer contributions with the remainder coming from Department for Education grant allocations.

The amalgamation of the schools will be decided at a Cabinet meeting in November 2014.