Bid to open church school at new Wellingborough housing development

Work is progressing on the Stanton Cross site, including this new bridge
Work is progressing on the Stanton Cross site, including this new bridge

People are being asked for their views on plans to open a church school as part of a major new housing development.

Work has already started on Stanton Cross, the £900 million residential-led development which is set to bring new houses, improved infrastructure and community facilities to Wellingborough.

An artist's impression of the Stanton Cross scheme

An artist's impression of the Stanton Cross scheme

With families setting up home there, schools will be needed and a proposal is being drawn up by the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET) for a school for youngsters aged three to 18.

And the trust is asking for people’s views on its plans with a survey on its website.

The survey states: “The Peterborough Diocese Education Trust is working with the DfE on a proposal to open a new academy school in the Stanton Cross area.

“This will add parental choice in an area of limited school places and where there is a planned new housing development that will further stretch existing school provision.

Another artist's impression of the new development

Another artist's impression of the new development

“We propose that this new school will be a centre of community and will be open for use as a new resource to be accessible outside school hours for local use.

“It will be part of the wider family of PDET schools working closely in partnership with local schools to best meet the educational needs of all members of our community.

“We are proposing an open, inclusive and welcoming faith school to serve the children of the Stanton Cross area with an all-through quality education.

“Our unique ethos celebrates the value and fundamental worth of each child and seeks to build confidence and transferable skills for employment.

“We need your views as we gather support to include with our application.”

One of the survey questions says the the trust is hoping to build a school in the next two years and asks how likely it is that you would want your child to attend the school.

The Stanton Cross scheme is being delivered by Bovis Homes and will include 3,650 houses and create more than 3,000 jobs.

It will also provide 110 acres of employment land and new schools for Wellingborough when complete.

As well as working on a proposal for Stanton Cross, the PDET is also working on similar plans for a church school to be built as part of the new Rushden East development.