Corby school due to open in September will be a year late

David Ross, whose education trust is opening the Ashworth Preparatory School
David Ross, whose education trust is opening the Ashworth Preparatory School

A primary school which was due to open in September has been pushed back by a year.

The Ashworth Preparatory School was due to begin accepting pupils in September, but yesterday, Northamptonshire County Council revealed that it had been forced to create an emergency school called Learn Space on the Earlstree Estate in Corby because the school was not going to open.

The new school was announced about a year ago but last month Corby MP Andy Sawford raised concerns that no site had yet been identified.

It is being run by the David Ross Education Trust and will be named for Corby Victoria Cross recipient Lance Corporal James Ashworth.

Rebecca Gray, principal designate at Ashworth Prep School, confirmed today (Thursday), that the opening date had now been set back by a year.

She added: “It has been confirmed that the opening of Ashworth Preparatory School has moved to the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

“While it is clear that there is both need and demand for the school, discussions about the site are ongoing between the local borough council and the Education Funding Agency.

“We want to ensure that this school offers an outstanding education from the first day it opens and, as a result, we have agreed with the Department for Education that it is in the best interest our pupils to defer the opening for 12 months.

“The parents who have selected Ashworth Prep as one of their preferences will be contacted by the local authority’s admissions team.

“We look forward to keeping you updated with information about the site as things progress.”

Speaking about the creation of the emergency school, Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “When we learned that the proposed new free school at Lodge Park Academy and the new primary school at Priors Hall were not going to be open this September, we began drawing up contingency plans.

“Learn Space is a fantastic facility where we can provide additional school places under the excellent leadership of headteacher Ellen Wallace from the Woodnewton academy trust.”

Click here to read our story about the emergency schools from yesterday.