Have your say on Wellingborough free school

All Saints head teacher Darren Smith, right
All Saints head teacher Darren Smith, right

Parents are being invited to hear about plans for a new free school for children aged four upwards.

Tresham College has teamed up with All Saints Primary School to propose a free school in Wellingborough.

In a bid to gauge opinion about it, a number of open evenings are being held so people can learn about the free school and what it would offer to the community.

A spokesman for Tresham said: “The main drive to set up the new school in Wellingborough is to create much-needed school places for the town as a result of a rise in population in the town.”

If approved by the Secretary of State, the free school will open in September 2015 with pupils in Reception, Year 7 and Year 9.

The school would then grow to 330 with Year 1 to Year 11 students and 60 Year 12 and Year 13 students.

It would offer a broad curriculum, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths.

Headteacher of All Saints Darren Smith said: “We are not in competition with the other secondary schools, we are offering this as a choice and diversity for parents and to ensure there are places for their children.

“It is something new, and I am very excited about it.”

The Tresham spokesman added: “As part of our proposal we must prove there will be demand from the local community and parents of young children and secondary children in the area.

“To try and highight the reasons for the new school, we have scheduled a number of information events.”

Members of the public are invited to a presentation between 4.40pm and 6pm on Wednesday, February 12, at All Saints Primary School in Castle Street, Wellingborough.

Another two events about the plans are being held for parents only next week.

For more information about the free school and what it will offer if given the go-ahead, go to www.wellingboroughfreeschool.co.uk.