Wellingborough special needs school could expand into Rushden

The former Hayway Infants and Nursery School in Rushden
The former Hayway Infants and Nursery School in Rushden

A Wellingborough school could create an ‘annexe’ in Rushden to create more student places in a bid to cope with increase demand for special needs provision.

Northamptonshire County Council is proposing to expand the pupil numbers at Rowan Gate Primary School, in Finedon Road, Wellingborough, by creating a site at the former Hayway Infants and Nursery School, in Rushden.

The proposal could create 56 more pupil places from September 2014 to serve the Rushden and East Northamptonshire area of the county.

The scheme, which will cost £1.76m, will be fully funded by a grant from the Department for Education’s Targeted Basic Needs Programme.

At a county council cabinet member decision meeting on Monday, Cllr Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education, welcomed the scheme.

She said it will help create much-needed provision for students with special needs in Rushden and East Northamptonshire.

She approved the decision to send out the scheme for public consultation at the meeting, at the county council offices in Northampton.

People will have six weeks to put forward their representations once the statutory notices have been published.

The cabinet will hear a further report in November following the consultation.

The county council has already received a number of letters backing the scheme, including one from Angela Griffiths, the headteacher of Denfield Primary School, Rushden.

She said the school can only see ‘positive benefits’ in the proposal.