03 March 2015

Plans for a new primary school to serve the Pineham Barns housing development in Northampton will be discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet next week (March 10th).

The new school is expected to be open for September 2017 and will provide 420 places for local children.

Two-form entry school

Land was set aside for a one-form entry primary school as part of the Section 106 agreement with the developers and the Cabinet agreed to buy a further 0.7-hectares in September 2013 to create a larger, two-form entry school to provide additional capacity within the town.

The Pineham Barns development, located close to Junction 15A of the M1, will eventually comprise around 600 new homes, with a further 225 homes on Banbury Lane. This is expected to create the need for at least 240 primary school places.

Academy sponsor

Councillors are now being asked to approve the start of the build, which will include a new community centre, and begin the process of appointing an academy sponsor to run the school.

Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “We have been working closely with the housing developer since 2010 to enable us to plan for future demand for school places in this area.

“By creating a two-form entry primary school, we can create the additional school places required now for the new homes as well as planning ahead for future demand.”

Roade expansion

Next week’s Cabinet will also be asked to approve the expansion of Roade Primary School following a public consultation.

If approved, the school’s capacity will be increased from 210 places to 420 in order to cope with demand created by new housing development in the village.

Both schemes are being funded by developer contributions and Department for Education grants.