School plans for Barrack Road Royal Mail site in Northampton ‘on hold’

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

Plans to convert a former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton into a new secondary school have been put on hold for a year, the school trust behind the proposal has revealed.

Last year, the Chron revealed the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), which sponsors Malcolm Arnold Academy and a number of primary schools in the town, wsa working with Northamptonshire County Council to look into the possibility of opening a new secondary school with 1,200 places on the site of the vacant building in Barrack Road, Northampton.

The trust submitted a proposal to the Department for Education at the end of 2013 but it has not been regarded as a “priority project” because a “bulge” of school places coming through the system in Northampton is not likely to impact on secondary schools until 2016 and 2017.

The trust is now planning to resubmit a proposal at the end of this year with the intention of the school opening in 2016 or 2017.

If Barrack Road is chosen as the site for the school, it is believed some of the buildings may be retained.