Applications open for 360 places at new £30 million Northampton International Academy

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy
Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy
  • Total of 360 places available at new Northampton International Academy for 2016
  • The academy building will open in 2017 so temporary classrooms used for first year
  • Series of open days for parents to be held in September and October
  • School will eventually grow to 2,220 pupils in 2022

Parents in Northampton will next week be able to make an application for a place at the new £30 million Northampton International Academy (NIA).

The new school, which will offer places for children aged from four to 19 years old, is being built on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office off Barrack Road.

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy

The academy building will not be open to pupils until September 2017, but parents are able to apply for one of 60 reception primary school places and 300 secondary school places for the start of the next school year from Monday, September 14.

The pupils will be housed in a series of temporary classrooms on the site for the year before the building conversion is completed.

The academy will eventually grow by 2022 to take in 2,220 pupils, including 420 primary, 1,500 secondary and 300 pupils over the age of 16.

The new academy will open its doors in September 2016 with up to 60 pupils entering the primary phase in Reception class and 300 pupils entering the

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy

secondary phase in Year 7.

Andy Hardy, who has been appointed as principal of the academy, said the NIA’s vision is to create an outstanding and high performing international

academy, which offers a strong academic curriculum, specialising in modern and foreign languages.

He said: “Northampton International Academy will be unique. We would like to encourage local people to come along to one of our Open Day events, register their interest, apply for a place and be part of our future success.”

Jan Marshall, Chief Executive, EMLC Academy Trust, the sponsor of the school, said the school was going to be “state-of-the-art”.

She said: “We aim to transform lives through inspirational leadership, outstanding teaching and high achievement. Local people want their children to be enabled to become the best that they can be and so do we. At NIA we will nurture their individuality and widen their horizons and understanding of the world in which they live.

“The Trust has already made links that will enable the curriculum to be broad and academically challenging in the primary and secondary phases. We have a proven track record of academic success and, alongside the academic, NIA it will also focus on and develop technical skills.

“Pupils will have opportunities to work vocationally, in areas such as engineering, building and construction workshops and catering.”

For this year only, applications for a primary or secondary place are to be made directly to EMLC Academy Trust.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing nia@emlcacademytrust.co.uk or calling 01234 880154. Applications must be received by the closing date, Friday 31 October 2015 (secondary places) and Friday 15 January 2016 (primary places).

Parents can call a new information line (01234 880154) to find out more about the school, request a prospectus, register interest or to sign up to a regular newsletter. Further information is also available at the academy’s website at www.emlcacademytrust.co.uk

Anyone interested in learning more about the Northampton International Academy is invited to attend one of the Open Day events to discover more

about the opportunities on offer. These events will be held on:

• Tuesday 22 September at Castle Academy, St Georges Street, Northampton (6pm – 8pm)

• Wednesday 23 September at Hardingstone Academy, Martins Lane, Northampton (9.30am – 11.30am)

• Tuesday 29 September at Castle Academy, St Georges Street, Northampton (9.30am - 11.30am)

• Thursday 14 October at Stimpson Academy, Stimpson Avenue, Northampton (6pm – 8pm)

• Wednesday 21 October at Northampton Town Centre Library (9.30am-11.30am)

Parents will be able to register their child at the events.