Building work due to start on new £20 million school in Northampton

The Northampton International Academy is set to open in September 2016
The Northampton International Academy is set to open in September 2016

Building work is due to start on a new £20 million school being built on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton.

The Northampton International Academy is the UK’s biggest school conversion project and will provide a total of 2220 spaces for students aged from two to 19 years old.

The plans also include the construction of a private nursery, gym and residential apartments.

The school will be run by the EMLC trust, which also sponsors nearby Castle Academy.

The trust is currently consulting with the local community about the plans and has brought together a group of advisers, including former Northampton School for Boys headteacher, Sir Michael Griffiths, to help set up the school.

The school will have a strong emphasis on languages and primary schools tin Northampton are to be offered taster sessions in Mandarin and Spanish during the summer term, to prepare.

An ELMC spokesman said: “Building work at the Barrack Road site should be starting shortly; already a number of trees and bushes have been cleared from the front of the site in preparation for the start of the building work.

“Obviously there is a vast amount of work to be done as it is a huge building that has stood vacant for many years, however once it is completed it will be a great asset to the people of Northampton, enabling the regeneration of an unused site which currently has a negative impact on the neighbourhood.

“Over the coming months the pace of work will increase and people will notice more significant changes across the site.”