An office block which is currently used by Northampton County Council staff could be converted into a secondary school, the authority has revealed.
In papers due to be discussed by council cabinet members next week, the authority has revealed potential sites for two new secondary schools, needed to cope with the increase in child numbers in Northampton.
Potential sites for the new schools include the John Dryden House office complex in The Lakes on Bedford Road, which is currently used by council staff, and the empty Royal Mail sorting office in Barrack Road.
In the documents, Kay Ringwood, the council’s strategic planner said: “As the current primary numbers work their way through, the bulge will reach year seven admissions to secondary schools in 2016/17.
“This is considerably more complex to manage than primary school expansions and proposals require a much longer lead-in time, as well as being expensive.”
Council staff who are currently based at John Dryden House are due to move to a new office complex in the town centre in 2016.
The council papers also reveal that another potential site for a new University Technical College (UTC) for teenagers aged between 14 and 19 could be the current Wootton Hall Police Headquarters.
A site for a new secondary school has also been reserved in Dallington Grange, but this is not expected to open before 2020.
The council documents also reveal plans for new primary schools in Brackley and in Pineham barns, south of Northampton.
There are also plans to build a new primary school in Silverstone to replace the existing one on the village.