East Kettering applications stack up as school nears completion

Minister for Housing Brandon Lewis visited the school building site earlier this year

Minister for Housing Brandon Lewis visited the school building site earlier this year

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A new primary school in the planned Kettering East expansion is nearing completion less than two months before it welcomes dozens of new pupils.

Two new planning applications have been submitted concerning the Hayfield Cross C of E Primary School, which will be accepting foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils in September.

The first is for the erection of new signage at the entrance to the school, while the second is to convert the access, currently being used by construction traffic, into a formal school entrance.

Kettering Council’s planning committee is considering both applications at a meeting next Wednesday (July 22).

In the planing documents, applicants Alledge Brook say: “Ensuring the school can be accessed safely by children alongside car and other vehicle movements at the access and along the access road is critical.

“Pupils and staff need to be free to move around a busy school and be segregated from traffic.

“A stone footway separated from the access road by sleepers will assist in this regard as will the physically separate access with different surfacing (herringbone block paving) and Herras fencing for safety/segregation.

“Pedestrian paving in this area is to be upgraded for road traffic within a 6m designated zone.

“The speed limit for this part of the site will be five mph to enhance safety. This area will provide safe conditions for parents when dropping-off and collecting children.”

A headteacher has been appointed for the school, Craig Charteris, and in a recent update on building progress he said: “It is fantastic to walk around the school now with the classrooms looking almost finished with ceilings in and all the areas nearing completion.

“After September the plan is to transform the learning areas into unique and amazing places where the children will love to learn.”

For more information about the school, visit www.hayfieldcross.org.uk.