Official opening for Rushden Primary Academy this week

Principal Liza Davies outside the new school
Principal Liza Davies outside the new school

Staff, pupils and invited guests will mark the official opening of a new £6 million primary school this week.

Sir Barry Day, OBE, chief executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust which sponsors the new school, will formally open Rushden Primary Academy on Thursday (October 8).

I am delighted to be formally opening Rushden Primary Academy

Sir Barry Day

He will attend a special assembly and welcome pupils and staff to the trust before unveiling a plaque.

Sir Barry Day said: “I am delighted to be formally opening Rushden Primary Academy.

“Northamptonshire County Council has provided us with an outstanding new building in which to educate our pupils.

“The academy will receive bespoke support from the trust’s primary consultants and will be able to benefit from the best practice developed by our other 20 primary academies.”

He added that: “100 per cent of all the trust’s primary academies have been judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted and I am sure that Rushden will be judged as outstanding as whilst Rushden Primary Academy will work closely with many academies within the trust, it will work particularly closely with the other nine GDFT academies in Northamptonshire.”

A £6 million building programme, funded by Northamptonshire County Council, has provided state-of-the-art facilities.

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.

The academy will be led by principal Liza Davies, and executive principal Wayne Norrie will monitor the progress of the new academy.

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

The opening of Rushden Primary Academy takes the total number of open academies sponsored by GDFT to 30.