New Rushden school on schedule to open in September

A tree planting ceremony was held at the new school earlier this year
A tree planting ceremony was held at the new school earlier this year

A headteacher is looking forward to welcoming the first pupils through the doors when a new school opens in September.

Work on Rushden’s newest school in Goulsbra Road is progressing well and is on schedule to open in time for the new school year.

Rushden Primary Academy is being commissioned and paid for by Northamptonshire County Council as part of its statutory duty to secure new primary school places for the growing demand in the Rushden area.

It will be sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) and will be the fifth academy that the trust has opened in Northamptonshire.

Liza Davies is the new principal and is looking forward to getting started in the new job.

She said: “Everybody is very excited.

“To be involved at this stage is a privilege.

“This first set of children will get to shape the school and be ambassadors for it, and the staff feel the same.

“We will make the academy what we want it to be, which is successful, exciting and vibrant, and we can be part of that from the beginning.

“Everything is brand new, it’s purpose-built and we have got so much space.

“It is a big school, especially for a primary. It is geared to learning.”

Miss Davies said that she wants it to be an outstanding school and they want to be part of the community on the new estate.

The £6 million academy will initially accommodate up to 60 pupils in reception, 30 pupils in Year 1 and 30 in Year 2.

It is then planned that it will grow in a controlled manner to its full capacity over the following academic years.

A number of children have already had places confirmed at the school, but places are still available in Years 1 and 2.

The teaching team is in place, and they are keen to move in once the trust gets the keys to the building in August.

Miss Davies, who has been a teacher for more than 20 years, said: “I am passionate about giving children opportunities to explore their talents and interests.

“As principal, I believe it is my job to enable my staff so they feel confident in delivering exciting and engaging lessons so the children are enthusiastic and excited about their learning.

“At Rushden Primary Academy, my team and I will endeavour to create a purposeful and vibrant environment where everyone feels valued, respected and happy.”

Miss Davies will be joined by Sophie Turner and Genna Hawes as reception teachers and Lisa Dore as Year 1/2 teacher.

A parents’ evening for people to find out more about the academy and meet Miss Davies is being held on Tuesday, June 2, from 5.30pm to 7pm at Knuston Hall, Irchester.

Any parents interested in sending their child to the academy can contact Northamptonshire County Council’s admissions team on 0300 1261000 or by emailing

Anyone who would like to speak to Miss Davies about the new school can call Corby Primary Academy on 01536 430510 where she is based temporarily until the new building is ready.

The building has been designed by Kettering architects GSSArchitecture, the development project is being managed by Lend Lease and construction is being carried out by RG Carter.