Schools which provide secondary education in Northampton have opened their doors to help accommodate a growth in the number of applicants due to start in September this year.
Despite the 420 additional Year 7 places that were added to the capacity already available in Northampton, the increase in the number of applications had left a deficit of 171.
As Northamptonshire County Council has a statutory duty to provide a sufficient number of school places it is working with six schools in the town to accommodate an additional 200 spaces over the next two years.
The places will be at:
- Abbeyfield School – 30 places
- Northampton Academy – 30 places
- Northampton International Academy – 60 places
- Northampton School for Girls – 20 places
- The Duston School – 30 places
- Thomas Becket Catholic School – 30 places
Each of the schools that have agreed to provide additional temporary capacity have academy status and have individual requirements for agreeing to expand.
Three of these academies will require capital works and improvements to the school sites to ensure they have sufficient space to accommodate the additional students that will be attending the school in future.
The county council is making an extra £2.3million capital investment to support the expansion and is also providing additional revenue money for each school to pay for the extra staff required.
Cllr Fiona Baker, county council cabinet member for Children, Families and Education, said:
“One of the statutory duties of the county council is to provide a sufficient number of school places in the county so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with a number of schools to accommodate a surge in pupil numbers for the next academic year.
“Going forward, our growing county means that we are continually faced with the challenge of providing more school places in the future and we will continue to work with our partners to make this happen.”
The medium and long term plan for meeting the demand for secondary school places in Northampton town remains the provision of a brand new secondary school to serve the town.
The county council continues to work in collaboration with a number of Academy Trusts to facilitate a successful free school application that will meet demand in the longer term.