New school to open at Northamptonshire Police HQ

Northamptonshire Police headquarters at Wootton Hall
Northamptonshire Police headquarters at Wootton Hall

A new school is to be built at the headquarters of Northamptonshire Police.

The Department for Education has approved the opening of a new school at Wootton Park, just outside Northampton.

The Northampton Free School Trust announced the move, which will create Wootton Park School in time for the 2016/2017 academic year, today (Tuesday, September 30).

It means the police HQ will probably have to move to a new site by then.

The school has been backed by police commissioner Adam Simmonds, who said: “We welcome the further progress to establish a school that will promote police and citizenship values.

“No firm decisions have yet been made about the future of the current Northamptonshire Police headquarters on the substantial site that makes up Wootton Hall park and, over the next few months, feasibility studies will continue with regard to the future of headquarters and the whole police estate.”

In a statement, Mr Simmonds’ office said the school would have a vision which included three core principles – attainment for all, public service and a stronger society.

It will offer crime science as a specialism and will work closely with local services including the police and Northants Fire and Rescue.

Andrew Sortwell, Chairman of the Northampton Free School Trust, said: “I am delighted that the DfE has approved the opening of a new all through Free School.

“The school will be unique, promoting high academic achievement from 4-18. It will offer something very different in terms of its internationally focussed curriculum and enrichment emphases. As a result it will increase choice and diversity locally.”