Former Northampton Schools for Boys head in bid for free school

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A former head teacher of Northampton School for Boys has revealed plans to open a ‘free school’ in Northamptonshire.

Sir Bruce Liddington is the director general of E-ACT, which currently runs two free schools in London.

The organisation now plans to open a primary free school, which would not be controlled by the council, in Daventry.

The new school would be part of the Middlemore housing development on the eastern edge of Daventry.

Sir Bruce said: “We’re committed to offering educational excellence and through this free school proposal we aim to offer parents a local primary school in what is an expanding area of the town.

“We currently run two free schools in London and are confident of a successful application in Daventry.”

Plans for free schools were introduced by the coalition Government to make it possible for parents, teachers, charities and businesses to set up their own schools.

E-ACT is now working with residents, Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council to put together an application for the Daventry school.

Daventry District Council officially pledged its support to the application this week by formally offer land at Middlemore for the new school.

The leader of Daventry District Council, Councillor Chris Millar (Con, Guilsborough and West Haddon) said: “We’ve always supported the provision of a school at Middlemore and so we’re pleased to be working closely with E-ACT on trying to ensure its delivery by providing a suitable site for its development.”

The application for the Free School must be submitted to the Department for Education by the New Year with the outcome likely to be known in July 2013.

E-ACT is already the sponsor of both secondary schools in Daventry.