Applications open for next year for new school set for police headquarters site in Northampton ahead of planning bid

Wootton Hall, Police Headquarters. ENGNNL00520130925110345
Wootton Hall, Police Headquarters. ENGNNL00520130925110345

The headteacher of the school which could be built on the site of the current headquarters of Northamptonshire Police says it is now open for applications for next year.

No planning application has been put forward as yet for Wootton Park School, which was given approval to open as a free school in September last year by the Department for Education.

A spokesperson for the trust said plans were due to be announced this autumn, hopefully next month, and, at this stage, it could only be confirmed that the school was “in the NN4 area”.

The school, which is set to open in September 2016, will offer a crime science specialism and will provide spaces for more than 1,000 pupils aged from four to 18 years old. The initial concept for the school took inspiration from the Police and Crime plan of Adam Simmonds, the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

No details have yet been given about what will happen to the police headquarters current on the site.

Dan Rosser, who was recently appointed as headteacher of Wootton Park School, said today that admissions for 2016 were open for reception and Year 7 aged children.

The initial intake, he said, would be 60 reception pupils and 120 Year 7s.

Parents will be able to use the Wootton Park School as a ‘bonus choice’ for their children for entry in to Reception and Year 7 in 2016. Applications can be made directly to the school via its website in addition to other schools being applied for through the Local Authority process.

This means that applicants may be offered two places, one from Wootton Park School and one through the Local Authority. Parents can then make their final choice once offers are made in March 2016.

Mr Rosser said: “With just 1,260 pupils when full, Wootton Park School will provide a nurturing and inspirational learning environment where every child will thrive and prosper,” Mr Rosser said.

“Our curriculum, which will be taught by talented, fully qualified teachers, will reflect the best of well-recognised and successful Cambridge courses including some ‘international’ subjects to enable our young people to experience opportunities available around the world.

“Our specialism, Applied Crime Science, will feature across our broad and balanced curriculum.

“Our new school will be unique by offering close working relationships with public services including the emergency services and we will offer a strong range of cultural, creative and leadership activities which extend learning beyond the classroom as part of our extended school day.

“I would like to remind parents that applying to Wootton Park School is an additional choice for 2016 only and we urge families to come and find out more about our vision for the school at one of our upcoming Information Events.”

Information Events are being held on Tuesday September 29 and Thursday October8 from 7.15pm – 8.30pm (with the Principal’s presentation 7.30pm) at Northampton Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive NN4 7HW and also on Saturday October 10, from 2pm – 3.15pm (with the Principal’s presentation at 2.15pm) at Wootton Community Sports Centre, Curtlee Hill, NN4 6ED.