Academy trust in bid to run school at Northampton sorting office

Former Royal mail sorting office, 55 Barrack Road, Northampton.
Former Royal mail sorting office, 55 Barrack Road, Northampton.

An academy trust that sponsors three primary schools in Northampton is making a bid to run a new £20 million school on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office.

The EMLC Academy Trust, which is based in Olney and was set up in July 2012, wants to run the proposed school on the Barrack Road site, which has been bought by the Education Funding Agency.

Northamptonshire County Council has held a consultation on plans for a £20 million project to convert the site into a secondary school, as well as a commumity space and possible commercial unit, and potential sponsors have been invited to submit bids to the Department for Education.

The EMLC Academy Trust says its bid would build on links with nearby Castle Academy School in St George’s Street which it took over in January.

EMLC has presented its proposal for the Barrack Road school, which would be called the Northampton International Academy, to councillors and the local community during a consultation event.

EMLC Academy Trust chief executive, Jan Marshall, said: “The local authority has been aware for some time that there is a need for a new secondary school in the town and to offer new all-through provision, with a strong focus on academic subjects is something we know parents will be very excited by.”

The new development on the Barrack Road site would see 1,500 new secondary places opened up for local pupils, with 420 primary places and 250 post-16 places.

The next consultation events will take place on June 25 and July 17 from 3.15pm. Email rebecca.pinney@