Potential sponsor of new Northampton secondary school vetted by Government officials

Former Royal mail sorting office, 55 Barrack Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120131007142350
Former Royal mail sorting office, 55 Barrack Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120131007142350

One of the sponsors interested in running a new secondary school on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton has been interviewed by Department for Education (DfE) officials.

The EMLC Trust, based in Olney, which sponsors three primary schools in Northampton, was invited to attend an interview at Whitehall on January 28 after applying to run the school.

The Chronicle & Echo understands that The David Ross Education Trust, the only other trust that put in a bid to run the new school on the Barrack Road site, has not been invited to attend an interview.

A spokesman for the EMLC Trust said: “The interview panel were keen to hear more about our vision for the free school and our curriculum offering.

“We also explained our relationship with our strategic partners to ensure the highest educational standards for the students in our academies.

“We believe that our interview showed us to be a committed and visionary group on a mission to transform life chances in Northampton.”

The EMLC Trust, which sponsors Castle Hardingstone and Stimpson Avenue primary schools, is expected to hear whether it was successful in the interview from the DfE by the end of the Spring term.