Council to discuss proposals for a new £8 million Rushden school

Councillor Catherine Boardman said additional primary school 'capacity' is needed to serve rising pupil numbers.
Councillor Catherine Boardman said additional primary school 'capacity' is needed to serve rising pupil numbers.

A meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week will discuss proposals to build a new primary school in Rushden.

A report due to be discussed on Tuesday June 11 asks for cabinet approval to press ahead with the creation of a new £8million primary school for the town and to begin the process of selecting who will run it.

Councillor Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education, said: “Additional primary capacity is needed in Rushden to serve new housing developments and rising primary pupil numbers.

“Although the responsibility for providing school places rests with the county council, there will be an open competition to decide who will run the school. We will run the competition and assess the proposals with the final decision being made by the Secretary of State.”

The proposals would see a 420-place school opening in September 2015 on a new site adjacent to the Goulsbra Road housing development.

The proposals are due to be discussed by cabinet at 2pm on Tuesday June 11 in the Blue Room, County Hall. The report is available on the council’s website at http://cmis.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cmis5live/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/2206/Committee/399/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx.