Green light for new Rushden primary school to open in September

A tree-planting ceremony for the new school held earlier this year
A tree-planting ceremony for the new school held earlier this year

The go-ahead has been given for a new primary school to open its doors to pupils at the start of the new school year.

The Department for Education and Ofsted have confirmed that the new Rushden Primary Academy is ready to open.

I look forward to welcoming our pupils in September for their first day at primary school

Liza Davies

The academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), will open its doors to pupils in September.

A team of teaching and support staff has been recruited to ensure pupils demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour and achieve outstanding academic progress.

A £6 million building programme, funded by Northamptonshire County Council, to provide state-of-the-art facilities will be completed ready for the start of term in September.

The academy will initially accommodate 60 pupils in reception, 30 pupils in Year 1 and 30 in Year 2.

It is planned that the academy will grow in a controlled manner to its full capacity of 420 pupils over the following academic years.

Principal Liza Davies said: “I am pleased that Ofsted and the Department for Education have validated our hard work in order to prepare the Rushden Primary Academy for its September opening.

“We have recruited a highly skilled and dynamic team of practitioners to offer the best education possible to our children.

“I look forward to welcoming our pupils in September for their first day at primary school.”

Barry Day, chief executive of the GDFT, said: “I am delighted that we have received formal approval to open the new Rushden Primary Academy in September to cater for the increase in pupil numbers in the area.”

Places are still available in Year 1 and 2.

Parents interested in placing their child at the academy can contact Northamptonshire County Council’s admissions team via email at admissions@northamptonshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 1261000.

The new building has been designed by Kettering architects GSS Architecture.

The development is being project managed by Lend Lease and construction is being carried out by RG Carter.

For more information about the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, go to www.greenwoodacademies.org or follow @GreenwoodAcad on Twitter.