Work starts on new primary school in Rushden

Cutting the sod at the site of the new Rushden Primary Academy

Cutting the sod at the site of the new Rushden Primary Academy

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The first sod has been cut as work gets under way on a new primary school in Rushden.

Architectural practice GSSArchitecture, which has an office in Kettering, says it has designed the school in Goulsbra Road as ‘an inspirational learning environment, with flexible spaces that can accommodate learning groups of various sizes’.

It will have 14 classrooms for pupils aged five to 11, as well as dining facilities, offices, external play areas and car parking.

The school is due to open in September 2015, and hopes to increase its intake over the next few years to eventually accommodate up to 420 pupils.

GSSArchitecture has designed the new academy for lend lease on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.

It will be run by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and known as Rushden Primary Academy.

A turf cutting ceremony was held at the site on Wednesday.