New school approved for Rushden

County council cabinet member for children and education Catherine Boardman
County council cabinet member for children and education Catherine Boardman

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet has given its backing to plans to build a primary school with 420 places.

The school, which has a budget of more than £8m, is to be built on a site adjacent to Goulsbra Road, Rushden, in time for the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

Construction work is due to get under way in spring next year, with consultations with local headteachers and councillors already having been undertaken.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, June 11, Cllr Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education, told colleagues recent housing developments meant a new school was needed.

She said: “Rushden is now in a position that there are new houses under construction and extra school places are required.

“About 870 houses are proposed to be built in this area before the end of the decade but part of that housing development is due to be started later this year.”

Cllr Boardman told the meeting she expected one of the academy sponsors already established in the county to take responsibility for running the new school.

Funding for the school’s construction is to be made via a combination of Government grants and contributions from housing developers working in the area.

She added there would be a phased intake of numbers to minimise the disruption to other Rushden schools.

The school has been designed by Kettering architects Gotch, Saunders and Surridge.

It will be a single-storey building and is to include solar panels.

A report presented to cabinet members described the proposed development as a 21st century school building.