New £6.3 million Northamptonshire primary school would “double capacity” of places in village


Plans to merge Silverstone Infant and Junior Schools and build a new primary school on a different site have moved a step forward.

The current schools, which have a combined intake of 210, are at full capacity and have no room to expand.

The county council plans to merge the two schools and create a new all-through primary school on the New Rookery Farm site, off Towcester Road. The new school would open in September 2016.

On Tuesday, councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, approved a decision to publish a statutory notice to close Silverstone Infant School and merge it with the junior school.

Councillor Golby said: “With an increasing number of families in the local area and planning permission being granted for a new housing development in Silverstone, we recognise the need to increase capacity and are looking to achieve this by amalgamating the two schools and creating a brand new primary school.

“The new school would double capacity and ensure that every family in the village has the option to send their child to their local school. We have already carried out some consultation with the local community and there is widespread support for a new primary school.

“The introduction of all-through primary education would also allow for improved curriculum continuity, better tracking of children’s performances and more collaborative working arrangements between all school staff.”

Northamptonshire County Council already owns the land where the new school will be built. The £6.3m cost of building the school would include £2m from section 106 developer contributions with the remainder coming from Department for Education grant allocations.

The amalgamation of the schools will be decided at a Cabinet meeting in November 2014.