Fire-hit school set to be demolished

The old Kingswood School
The old Kingswood School

PLANS to knock down a fire-hit disused school have taken a step forward.

Northamptonshire County Council has applied for permission to demolish the old Kingswood School, outbuildings and the site supervisor’s bungalow. Corby Council is expected to make a decision on the application by the beginning of next month.

On Saturday, May 5, flames ripped through the old school’s science block as 50 firefighters tackled the blaze.

The cause is still being investigated.

The school in Gainsborough Road opened in 1965 as a grammar school with 150 pupils. In 2010 staff and pupils moved to a new £26m school on a neighbouring site.

Headteacher David Tristram said he welcomed the news the old school is to be demolished soon.

He said: “The old school’s tower block has been part of the landscape of this part of Corby for many years.

“However, we have a brand new school here and, in some ways, we will be glad to see the old buildings knocked down. It is a shame that the life of the old school has come to an end with a fire.

“It held a lot of happy memories for people who were saddened by the fire.”

The county council plans to sell the site once the school has been demolished.

The Kingswood School was made famous by a BBC documentary series in 1982.

Cameramen were allowed into the school for an academic year to film pupils and staff at work and the then headteacher, Brian Tyler, appeared as a panellist on Question Time and on Any Questions. A follow-up documentary on the school was made in 2008.