PICTURE GALLERY: Rushden’s newest primary school

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

Pupils and staff are delighted to have started the new term in their new £6 million school.

Rushden Primary Academy welcomed its first pupils through the school gates on Monday and they have already settled into their new surroundings.

The reading den

The reading den

More than 40 children have started at the academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), and principal Liza Davies said there has been a lot of interest from parents thinking about sending their children to the school.

There are currently two reception classes as well as Year 1 and Year 2 classes.

She said: “The numbers are constantly growing, and we have had lots of interest for reception next year.”

It is planned that the school will grow in a controlled manner to its full capacity of 420 pupils in the following years.

We have had lots of interest for reception next year

Liza Davies

Miss Davies said parents had been very impressed with the new school and added: “They love it, it’s fantastic.

“They are all very positive about it.”

But it’s not just the pupils and parents enjoying the new purpose-built building, the staff were also looking forward to the first day of term.

Miss Davies said it was a privilege to work in a brand new school from it’s first day, and she has enjoyed being able to influence the design of the new building as well as fixtures and fittings.

Inside the Curious Cats classroom at Rushden Primary Academy

Inside the Curious Cats classroom at Rushden Primary Academy

The library, which will be known as the reading den, has Spiderman on the wall and characters from Frozen will be going up on the wall soon.

Classrooms have break-out rooms nearby where small groups can work away from the main class, and sofas will be available outside classrooms to encourage youngsters to read.

One room has been kept completely clear so it can be used for a range of activities, including role play, drama or artwork where a large area of floorspace is required.

The school also has a community room, which is already being used for the breakfast and after-school clubs and will be available to hire in the future.

Some work is still needed to complete the outdoor area used by reception pupils and the grassed area where the sports pitches will eventually be cannot be used for a year, although this will not impact on the children as they wouldn’t be using it until they are older.

The building was designed by Kettering architects GSS Architecture and construction was carried out by RG Carter.

Any parents interested in sending their child to the academy can contact the school or contact Northamptonshire County Council’s admissions team via email at admissions@northamptonshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 1261000.

For more information about the school, go to www.rushdenprimaryacademy.org.