Gretton primary to become an academy

Gretton village school is to become a primary academy from September.

The school, which was rated good in its latest Ofsted inspection, will become part of the successful and prestigious Brooke Weston Partnership Trust, including Brooke Weston Academy, Corby Business Academy, Kettering Science Academy and the new Free School in Corby.

The move, which was unanimously approved by the governing body and after consultation with parents and carers, means that the school will become independent from Northamptonshire County Council.

With a £1m extension planned for an additional classroom and large hall, the school intends to increase its size from 105 pupils to 140.

Headteacher Jane Dooley, is delighted with the expansion plans and proposed change to academy status and what it means for the school community.

She said: “This is great news for Gretton Primary School and the Community it serves. The village has grown and we need an extra classroom and better hall facilities to accommodate this growth.

“It also means we can have more freedom over admissions and we are still welcoming applications for the 2012 reception intake from the nearby area. There may also be some spaces available in other year groups. Parents are welcome to call me to arrange an appointment for a chat and a tour of the school. We have a lot to offer pupils here at Gretton.”