New 420 pupil primary school and community centre to open doors in Northampton
A newly appointed principal says she has been "overwhelmed" with responses to demand for places at Pineham Barns Primary School since building work began last August.
Pineham Barns Primary School of Wootton Fields, which is part of the Preston Hedge's Primary Academy Trust, is set to open its doors on Tuesday, September 5 for key stage one pupils.
The state-of-the-art school is fit with a cooking room for Design and Technology students to use as well as a large hall, which can be split into two areas, likely to be used for Physical Education and Drama, using bifold doors.
The building, situated between a business park and a woodland, also boasts a state of the art community centre fit meeting rooms, a hall and showers, which is adjoined to the school but with restricted access to the grounds.
The community centre is likely to be up and running from January 2018.
Principal, Caroline Stewart, who has been teaching in Northamptonshire schools for 20 years said: The school is founded on the vision of fun, creativity and achievement."
Caroline has visited students in the school's catchment zone since being appointed principal and has personally delivered books to pupil's homes giving her the chance to meet students and their parents or guardians.
The school, currently under construction, will eventually have a fitted ICT suite for one class to use while other children will have the opportunity to use iPads, with intentions to support children's learning outside of the classroom, Caroline says.
Upon opening, the primary school will have have a fitted kitchen, which will serve up healthy school meals prepped on site at lunchtimes, breakfast and at an afterschool club.
The principal said one of the first things the school has bought is 30 boiler suits and 30 pairs of wellingtons for reception students to use during messy playtime, muddy kitchen and visiting the woodland, which will be made a part of the curriculum in September.
The school will play host to 14 classrooms with over 40 teaching staff once it has reached full capacity in years to come with additional "breakout" rooms for smaller groups of learning.
Telescopes are also on the agenda for the school to purchase in a bid to encourage youngsters to take up birdwatching.
Spaces are still available for year one and year two students who live in Pineham, Hunsbury Meadows, Hunsbury Fields and Pineham Lock.
For further information about Pineham Barns Primary School and admissions, visit: www.pinehambarns.school.co.uk