Work continues on new Rushden school

A tree was planted by Sir Barry Day at the site last week
A tree was planted by Sir Barry Day at the site last week

Work is progressing on a new school to cater for the growing demand for places in the Rushden area.

A tree was planted by Sir Barry Day, OBE, as chief executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) to mark the start of the external landscaping work for Rushden Primary Academy.

The new school in Goulsbra Road is due to open in September, and will be the fifth that GDFT has opened in the county.

The new school is being commissioned and paid for by Northamptonshire County Council as part of its statutory duty to secure new primary school places for the growing demand in the Rushden area.

The £6 million building has been designed by Kettering architects GSSArchitecture, while the development is being project managed by Lend Lease.

Construction is being carried out by RG Carter.

The school will initially accommodate up to 60 pupils in reception, 30 pupils in Year 1 and 30 in Year 2.

It is hoped that the school will then grow and take in more pupils to reach its full capacity over the following academic years.

This latest milestone for the development comes after a turf cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of construction at the site of the new school last October.

Speaking at the time, Sir Barry Day said: “We are delighted to be opening this brand new primary academy to serve families in Rushden.

“We are well established within Northamptonshire and have already demonstrated that we are committed to the highest of standards.

“We expect outstanding levels of achievement in all areas of the academic and personal development of pupils.”

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