Open day for Northampton international Academy taking place this morning

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy.
Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy.

Parents considering sending their children to a major new school being built in Northampton are set to attend another open day in the town today.

Yesterday dozens of parents attended the first open day for the Northampton International Academy, currently under construction at Barrack Road.

Many more are expected to attend another event at Hardingstone Academy, Martins Lane, today between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Parents will be able to register their child at the open day today and talk to academy staff about the school.

The new academy on Barrack Road will open its doors in September 2016 with up to 60 pupils entering the primary phase in reception class and 300 pupils entering the secondary school.

The academy building will not be open to pupils until September 2017, but parents have been able to apply for one of 60 reception primary school places and 300 secondary school places for the start of the next school year since Monday, September 14.

The pupils will be housed in a series of temporary classrooms on the site for the year before the building conversion is completed.

The academy will eventually grow by 2022 to take in 2,220 pupils, including 420 primary, 1,500 secondary and 300 pupils over the age of 16.

Andy Hardy, who will be the executive principal of the academy, said: “Northampton International Academy will be unique.

“We would like to encourage local people to come along to one of our open day events, register their interest, apply for a place and be part of our future success primary and secondary phases.”

Those who miss today’s event will also be able to attend open days at

Castle Academy, St Georges Street, Northampton, on Tuesday, September 29, between 9.30am and 11.30am; on Thursday, October 14, at Stimpson Academy, Stimpson Avenue, Northampton, between 6pm and 8pm and on Wednesday, October 21, at Northampton Town Centre Library, between 9.30am and 11.30am.