Cabinet approves schools expansion

County council cabinet members have approved plans to enlarge the capacity of three primary schools in the north of the county.

The expansion of the three schools – Barton Seagrave Primary, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary, Kettering, and Wollaston Community Primary schools – will create space for 315 more pupils and is estimated to cost almost £8m, subject to any proposals being approved by the planning authority.

They are among 10 schools across Northamptonshire which will be given added space for more pupils.

The proposals will see an extra 210 places made available at Barton Seagrave – an increase in pupil numbers of 50 per cent – with a further 70 spaces at St Andrew’s and 35 at Wollaston.

The cabinet report estimated that increasing the capacity of Barton Seagrave would cost more than £4.2m, while £2.1m has been earmarked for the expansion at Wollaston. A final estimate has not yet been submitted for St Andrews.

Cllr Andrew Grant, the county council cabinet member for schools, said it was exciting the council was able to embark on a project of building new school facilities at a time of significant financial pressures.

He added: “We have been in consultation with the schools, headteachers and governors. They have all supported the proposals.”

The council will now study plans from architects for the new school buildings.