Cash windfall ensures new Malcolm Arnold Academy will be built

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A NEW academy in Northampton is one of a select few schools in the country to receive Government funding to carry out building work.

The Department of Education announced yesterday that the Malcolm Arnold Academy, due to open on the Unity College site next month, is one of 77 capital projects, including just three in Northamptonshire, that have received approval to proceed.

The other two projects in the county to receive funding are the Kettering Science Academy, sponsored by Brooke Weston Academy Trust, and Kettering Buccleuch Academy, which is sponsored by United Learning Trust.

Councillor Andrew Grant, county council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is great news. This money is absolutely essential for the building works to take place at these academies and now we can start to see the work taking shape.

“The academy programme is important to us as one of a raft of measures in place to improve standards of education in the county.

The accompanying building programmes will have far-reaching benefits for the students the academies teach and the local communities they serve.”

David Ross, head of The David Ross Foundation which is sponsoring Malcolm Arnold Academy, said: “We are delighted that the students at Malcolm Arnold Academy will benefit from the grant awarded by the Department of Education to support it in providing them with a world class education.“

Meanwhile, the Government has said that a decision on any capital funding for an academy at Weston Favell School, which Northamptonshire County Council is still committed to setting up, will not be made until the government’s comprehensive spending review has taken place in October.