Moulton Primary School set for £3.8 million expansion after Northamptonshire County Council approves bid

Moulton Primary School is set for expansion to cope with the rising population in Northamptonshire.
Moulton Primary School is set for expansion to cope with the rising population in Northamptonshire.
  • Moulton primary School to be extended to allow for an intake of 30 more pupils a year
  • Councillors says move is necessary after 2,000 homes plan was passed nearby
  • Changes at Moulton will be implemented by September 2016, with the school’s capacity capped at 630

Moulton Primary School could see its capacity increase by 30 extra pupils a year to cope with population growth after a £3.8 million expansion scheme was approved by Northamptonshire County Council.

The governing body of the foundation school approved a proposal to expand from two to three forms of entry in December, following a period of consultation.

The fact is the face of Moulton is changing. We are soon likely to see thousands of new homes built nearby and we need to provide new places for them.

Councillor Judith Shephard

Yesterday, Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet rubber stamped a £3.8 million expansion scheme which will see nine new classrooms built in a three-story extension, a ‘remodelling’ of the existing school and a large studio space.

However a report that went before the cabinet members yesterday noted that members of the community had raised concerns about ‘construction access’, which will need to be managed via a site entrance through the adjacent land owned by Moulton College.

Councillor Judith Shephard (Con, Moulton) welcomed the expansion scheme, which will see the school take on 90 new starters a year, as opposed to its pesent number of 60.

She said: “We are so short of primary school places in Northamptonshire, so we need to provide the education facilities.

“The fact is the face of Moulton is changing. We are soon likely to see thousands of new homes built nearby and we need to provide new places for them.

“I am sure the school is very relieved.”

The school expansion will be funded courtesy of a £2.3 million grant form the Department for Education, around £1.5 million from section 106 monies and around £20,000 from the school itself.

A plan to build 2,000 homes on land at Overstone Leys between Moulton and Overstone, was given approval on April 1.

But the work will only be allowed to go ahead if the developers, Barratt Developments PLC, meet with a Section 106 agreement, requiring them to supply sufficient services for new residents.