New free school to be built in Corby

It is planned to build the new free school next to Lodge Park Academy in Corby

It is planned to build the new free school next to Lodge Park Academy in Corby

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A bid by the David Ross Education Trust for a new free school in Corby has been approved by the Department for Education.

It is planned to build the new primary school next to Lodge Park Academy in Shetland Way, in the town.

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the trust, said: “We are delighted that our proposal for a new primary has been approved.

“Over the last few years the trust’s existing academies have made impressive progress, and we have achieved some of the most improved results in the country. This is based on us developing a strong network of schools and academies which are benefitting from shared resources, expertise and experiences. This is having a real impact for the outcomes of our students.”

The new school will be funded by the Department of Education and the David Ross Education Trust.

In keeping with the trust’s ambition to bring the best of the state and independent sectors together, it intends the new primary to be known as a prep school.

It will open in September 2015 and will eventually have 420 pupils from four to 11.

Ms Marshall said that while the announcement was a positive step forward, there was still much work to do.

She said: “A considerable amount of consultation with the public was undertaken when we developed the proposals. It is clear that there is real support, but now we want to work with residents, the local authorities and community leaders to strengthen our plans further.

“Our school will be free and open to everyone in the community. We are setting ourselves the highest possible standards and want ensure our students benefit from our close relationship with the independent schools sector and other state-funded primaries in our network. It is for this reason that we will be calling this a prep school.”