New Kettering primary school welcomes first pupils today

Kettering’s newest school will open its doors to pupils this morning.

Hayfield Cross Primary School is the first building on the new Hanwood Park development, previously known as Kettering East, and will initially hold three classes.

Bishop John Holbrook officially opens the school

Bishop John Holbrook officially opens the school

The Church of England-run school, which was opened by Bishop John Holbrook, will grow in size as houses are built on the site with a secondary school planned to run alongside it.

Headteacher Craig Charteris believes it will be an outstanding school.

He said: “The buildings are state of the art and the core value here is that we provide outstanding education for every child.

“Everything including the teachers have been resourced to be the best that it can be.

“The aim is that we will stand out as a centre of excellence in Kettering and the surrounding area.”

The school will have 420 pupils spread across 14 classes once the development is completed and is hoping to run holiday clubs and a nursery.

Mr Charteris added: “We want to be more than just a school in this area, we want to be somewhere that attracts people.

“We want to be a hub for the community, a place where people can come for services and events and hopefully the community will feel it’s theirs as well.”

Permission for the development was granted about 15 years ago as a government initiative to improve growth, with the decision to build the school before the houses made a few years ago.

The site has taken about a year to build and is full of play zones and technology.

County council cabinet member for families and education Cllr Matthew Golby feels the school will be a real part of the community.

He said: “One of the important things to see here is that the school is the first part of the development so will be embedded as the real hub of the area.

“It’s great to see that the community is the heart of the school and it will help this development grow.

“It’s been a real endeavour to take in growth in the county which is important as people will want to move here because a lot of good stuff is happening.”

Assistant headteacher Jess Hardie is excited by the school’s future.

She said: “This is a really good opportunity for the school to grow with the community and the classrooms look fantastic.

“The space and the facilities that the children are going to have here is just incredible.

“It will be very child-centred learning and a very immersive environment so they will enjoy it.”