An application has been put in to the Department for Education to build a new secondary school in Northampton, with the former Barrack Road Royal Mail sorting office the preferred choice of site.
The David Ross Education Trust (DRET), which sponsors the Malcolm Arnold Academy and a number of primary schools in the town, announced in July that it was working with Northamptonshire County Council to look into the possibility of opening a new secondary school with 1,200 places.
A number of sites have been considered, but the old sorting office, which has been derelict for the past 10 years, is the trust’s preferred choice.
The new secondary school would have a specialism for performing arts and it is expected it would open in time for the 2015/16 academic year.
Helen Stevenson, development director for DRET, said the trust would probably find out by the end of the month if the free school bid had been successful.
The next stage would be for the trust to be invited for an interview and then the DfE would make a final decision before Christmas.
Ms Stevenson said: “We are confident the Barrack Road site could be used as a secondary school. We are completely in favour of the idea of brownfield site regeneration.”
Ms Stevenson also revealed that DRET are now recruiting a headteacher for the new primary school due to open on the Malcolm Arnold Academy site next September.