18 August 2015

Proposals to expand Overstone Primary School, doubling the number of places available, have moved a step closer.

Northamptonshire County Council is looking to increase the number of pupil places from 105 to 210 to enable more children to attend their local school.

Statutory notice

Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for families and education, today (Tuesday) approved a decision to publish a statutory notice to expand the school.

He said: “Northamptonshire has seen a significant rise in demand for school places due to the rising birth rate, new housing developments and in migration to the county.

“Overstone Primary School is a popular choice for families in the local area and with new homes planned for Moulton and Overstone Leys, we are keen to ensure there are sufficient school places available.”

The expansion will see an increase from 15 to 30 children per year group, which will be phased in from September 2017, starting with the reception year.

New classrooms

Four new classrooms, group areas, storage and toilets will be built, as well as some remodelling and extension of existing spaces within the school.

The cost of the expansion will be funding through a Department for Education grant and section 106 contributions from housing developers

The publication of the statutory notice marks the start of a four-week consultation period. The proposed expansion will then come back to cabinet for further discussion in November.

If approved by cabinet, the plans will be then subject to the normal planning application process.