New 420-place primary school planned for new housing estate in Northampton

(L-R) Steve Jelley, Chair of Hunsbury Meadows Parish Council, local resident Julie Norris and Chris Hatfield, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands
(L-R) Steve Jelley, Chair of Hunsbury Meadows Parish Council, local resident Julie Norris and Chris Hatfield, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands

A new 420-place primary school could be built on the edge of Northampton to serve a new housing development.

Plans for a new primary school in the Pineham Barns area of the town will be discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week.

The new school is expected to be open for September 2017 and will built on land close to the estate, which will eventually include 600 homes.

Councillors are now being asked to approve the start of the build, which will also include a new community centre, and begin the process of appointing an academy sponsor to run the school.

Councillor Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “We have been working closely with the housing developer since 2010 to enable us to plan for future demand for school places in this area.

“By creating a two-form entry primary school, we can create the additional school places required now for the new homes as well as planning ahead for future demand.”

Next week’s cabinet will also be asked to approve the expansion of Roade Primary School following a public consultation.

If approved, the school’s capacity will be increased from 210 places to 420 in order to cope with demand created by new housing development in the village.

Both schemes are being funded by developer contributions and Department for Education grants.