Seven new primary schools needed in the Daventry area by 2025 to cope with population growth

Seven new primary schools and a new secondary school need to be built in the Daventry area in the next decade to cope with the rising population in the town, the county council has revealed.

By Callum Jones
Friday, 20th November 2015, 5:29 am
Artist's impression of the Northampton International Academy which is being built  in the former Royal Mail office on Barrack Road, Northampton All architects images copyright of Architecture Initiative
Artist's impression of the Northampton International Academy which is being built in the former Royal Mail office on Barrack Road, Northampton All architects images copyright of Architecture Initiative

Figures show the number of pupils starting reception year in the town’s primary schools has risen by almost 40 per cent in the past 10 years.

The rising birth rate in the town has been the main driving factor behind the increase in pupil numbers but in-migration and new housing developments have also increased the need for school places.

Latest figures show the school admission team is receiving 267 applications a week for school places in the county, 37 per cent of these are for Northampton.

Artist's impression of the Northampton International Academy which is being built in the former Royal Mail office on Barrack Road, Northampton. A science lab. All architects images copyright of Architecture Initiative

Despite the pressure on school places, Councillor Golby said the local authority was determined to maintain its high percentages of matching pupils with their first choice school.

In Northamptonshire last year, 84 per cent of pupils received their first choice secondary school and 90 per cent got their first choice primary school.

Councillor Golby said: “We want to create local places for children. We don’t want to be busing pupils across the town or county.

“With new schools we want them to be the best they can be.”

Artist's impression of the Northampton International Academy which is being built in the former Royal Mail office on Barrack Road, Northampton All architects images copyright of Architecture Initiative

Two new ‘all through’ schools in Northampton are planned to open in September 2016; the Northampton International Academy in Barrack Road and the Wootton Hall Free School.

Across the county, the council says it needs to build a total of 31 new schools including six secondary and 25 primary.