Work will begin on site later this month to transform a former Royal Mail sorting office into a modern all-through school for up to 2,200 pupils.
The Northampton International Academy will cater for pupils aged two to 19 with an all-through school provided by academy sponsor the EMLC Academy Trust, which also runs the neighbouring Castle Primary School.
Demolition work will begin on Monday 22nd June at the site in Barrack Road and is expected to last 12 weeks. The shell of the building will be retained and incorporated into the design of the new school, which will open to pupils in September 2017.
Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “This is an exciting milestone in the project to transform this derelict building from an eyesore in the local community to a modern, 21st century school.
“It is an important regeneration scheme for a deprived area of Northampton and the country’s largest ever school conversion project. Even more importantly, it will create much-needed additional school places at a time when demand for places is growing significantly.
“We will be working closely with the local community and other interested parties over the coming months as the next stages of work are planned and the full designs take shape.”
New school places
The £25million building project is being largely funded by the government’s Education Funding Agency and will help to meet the forecast need for 580 new secondary school places in Northampton by 2021.
Jan Marshall, chief executive at the EMLC Academy Trust, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council on this innovative project which will contribute to the regeneration of the whole area.”
There will be highways improvements to Barrack Road including enhanced pedestrian crossings and safety railings, while a school pick-up and drop-off point will be created to the rear of the building via a new junction.
The plans for the school also include a playground to the rear of the building, rooftop sports pitches and use of the playing fields at Castle Primary School.