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Consultation launched on school plan for former Royal Mail site

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A new consultation has been launched asking for people’s views on a proposed new secondary school on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton.

The David Ross Education Trust (DRET), which sponsors Malcolm Arnold Academy in Trinity Avenue, submitted an application to the Department for Education (DofE) to build a new school on the Barrack Road site in September.

The proposal was for a secondary school with 1,200 places with a specialism for performing arts. However, following feedback from more than 150 people, which revealed there was more of a need for a school specialising in academic subjects, DRET has decided to re-open the consultation before making another application to the Government.

Helen Stevenson, development director for DRET, said: “The feedback on our initial proposal was very positive. More than 150 people responded, over 95 per cent of which were in favour of the school. It was clear, however, that there was an appetite for a school that embraced academic subjects and focused on giving young people the best possible opportunity to go to some of the country’s leading universities. As a result we have decided that our initial idea to develop a school with performing arts as a specialism was not in keeping with the requirements of the community.”

The consultation has started and will run until Christmas.

To find out more information, go to www.barrackrd.co.uk If the school is given the go-ahead it will be open in September 2015.

 

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