Full steam ahead at Kettering’s newest primary school

The new Hayfield Cross Church of England School at the Kettering East development
The new Hayfield Cross Church of England School at the Kettering East development

A new primary school will open in Kettering in September to serve the new Kettering East development.

Hayfield Cross Church of England School will be the first building on the Kettering East development, which – when completed – will have 5,500 new homes, four primary schools, a secondary school, parks and business areas. 

Hayfield Cross will have state-of-the-art facilities with teaching and resources designed specifically around the new National Primary Curriculum and aimed at providing an outstanding education for the children.

It is being opened by the Diocese of Peterborough and Northamptonshire County Council as a Church of England school, not an academy. Nationally, Church of England schools perform better than other schools.

The school governors have already appointed the new head teacher, Craig Charteris, who was the head teacher of Trinity Church of England Lower School in Aldwincle. Mr Charteris said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to lead this brand new school and we have huge plans to ensure the school itself will be exceptional in every way.”

Two assistant head teachers have been appointed who will begin working on aspects of the school ready for when it opens.

Initially the school is planning to open with three classes, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It is now enrolling children for September in these classes with additional classes added as the school grows and demand for places increases. The school has facilities for two classes in all year groups from Reception to Year 6 with the following year’s intake already planned as 60 children.

Construction work on the new school is progressing well and can be seen from the road between Barton Seagrave and Cranford.

For more information visit the school website at www.hayfieldcross.org.uk or see the school Twitter (@hayfield_cross) or Facebook page.