Government approval for a new 1,200 place secondary 'free school' run by Northampton School for Boys has been welcomed by Northamptonshire County Council.
The new school which will be located in the Northampton area was part of the latest wave of Free School approvals announced by Department for Education this morning.
Education leaders at Northamptonshire County Council have welcomed the development as giving parents additional options, spreading excellent educational practice and helping address increased pupil numbers in the area.
Cabinet member for Children's Services Cllr Fiona Baker said:
"This is fantastic news for Northamptonshire and testament to the hard work of the school and our team which supported the bid.
"Northampton School for Boys is an excellent school with such a strong reputation so to now be able to go forward with a new Free School with such exceptional backing will be of huge benefit to the town and surrounding area and give parents new options.
"This new school will be a key part of rising to the challenges of growing pupil numbers in Northampton and we look forward to working with NSB to realise this potential."