New Corby primary school gets the go-ahead to open

Cllr Catherine Boardman, school principal Nikki Lamond and Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust  chief executive Barry Day at the start of building work on Corby Primary Academy

Cllr Catherine Boardman, school principal Nikki Lamond and Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust chief executive Barry Day at the start of building work on Corby Primary Academy

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The Department for Education and Ofsted have given the go-ahead for the new Corby Primary Academy to open.

The school, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, will open its doors to pupils in September in temporary accommodation in the former Exeter Junior School in the town.

Principal Nikki Lamond said: “I am pleased that Ofsted and the Department for Education have validated our hard work in order to prepare Corby Primary Academy for its opening.

“We have recruited a highly-skilled and dynamic team of practitioners to offer the best education possible to our children.

“I look forward to welcoming our pupils on Monday, September 9, for their first day at primary school.”

The school will initially cater for pupils from Foundation Stage to Year 2, expanding to its full capacity of 420.

Building work on the new £6.3m school on the Oakley Vale estate started earlier this month after the project was held up by the discovery of rare crested newts at the site.

Pupils will move from the Exeter school to the new building, funded by the county council, in September 2014.

Barry Day, chief executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have received formal approval to open the new Corby Primary Academy in September which is very much-needed to cater for the increase in population in the Oakley Vale area.”