Plans to extend a secondary school to provide 420 new primary places and create an ‘all-through’ academy have been formally submitted.
The £4 million scheme at The Duston School would see it open for pupils aged four to 18 from September 2015.
The Duston School became an academy in June 2012, and currently provides places for 1,300 pupils.
Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and education, Councillor Catherine Boardman (Con, Brixworth), gave the scheme the go-ahead in June, and the plans from developer Architecture Initiative have now been submitted to Northampton Borough Council.
The report says: “It is envisaged that the existing secondary school will become an all-through academy with the addition of the new primary school places.
“The proposed expansion is related to the general rise in the population of primary- aged pupils living in the area, which is the result of the higher birth rate and inward migration being experienced by the county as a whole and Northampton in particular.”
The report says the extra places are needed, when taking into account the number of new houses being built in the area. It refers to the 480 houses at the former British Timken site; 1,267 at St Crispin’s, and 550 at the Princess Marina site, and says a further development of 200 units at Dallington Gateway is expected to be fast-tracked.