Two groups have teamed up to submit a joint bid to open a special free school in Corby.
Maplefields Teaching School Alliance and Brooke Weston Academy Trust have decided to merge their bids to create a special free school in Corby.
Over the last six months both groups have worked separately on preparing proposals to go to the Department for Education to create this for the town.
But they are now working together to try and bring the plans to fruition.
A statement released on behalf of both groups states: “In agreeing to collaborate, both groups recognise that the greatest opportunity to secure a positive outcome lies in presenting a joint bid with the full co-operation and backing of Northamptonshire County Council.
“Working together, the bid has now been submitted for consideration by the Department for Education and a decision will be forthcoming in the next two months.
“The new joint proposal draws on the strengths of both organisations, highlighting the acute need for a special school to serve the town and the surrounding area.
“Should the bid prove successful Corby Free Special School will open in September 2017 as an independent and autonomous academy providing education for children with severe, profound and multiple, and autistic spectrum conditions, between the ages of four and 18.
“On behalf of all participants in the bid, we would like to thank everybody who has offered encouragement and support in this process.
“In the course of the next two years we will continue to rely on input and backing from the people of Corby as we look to create the new free school, and will keep the public informed of our progress.”