06 March 2019

Two secondary schools in Kettering are undergoing multi-million pound expansions to cope with rising demand for school places. ​

Northamptonshire County Council, which has the statutory duty for ensuring sufficient school places is working with education providers to create 60 extra places per year group at Kettering Science Academy and 30 pupils per year group at Southfields School for Girls.

The £12.2 million expansion projects will create a total of 450 additional pupil places in Kettering, allowing schools to increase their admission numbers to support continued growth in the town.

Local places for local families  

The population in Kettering has expanded rapidly in recent years due to large-scale housing developments and in-migration to the town, meaning local schools need additional permanent capacity to accommodate growing pupil numbers.

The plans are due to be discussed at Cabinet next week (Tuesday).

Cllr Fiona Baker, cabinet member for children, families and education said:

 

“The number of children attending secondary school in Kettering is expected to rise by 23% by middle of the next decade, and we are looking to increase the number of school places available in order to provide local places for local families.

“As both are academies, each expansion will be subject to approval by the Regional Schools Commissioner.

“However, the county council is responsible for identifying funding for expansions at academies to accommodate growth in pupil numbers due to demographic pressures. These two projects are being funded by Department for Education grants and Section 106 developer contributions.” 

A four-week consultation period began on 25 February on the principle of expanding each school.