Northampton

More than 1,000 new primary school places in Northampton

A huge expansion of primary schools in Northamptonshire - creating more than 1,000 new places for pupils - has been approved by councillors.

Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet backed the plans to increase the intake of eight primary schools in and around Northampton.

Northampton has seen a huge increase in population with new housing developments on its outskirts.

Between 2001 and 2010 the town increased in population by 18,000.

By 2016 the population of Northampton is expected to rise by by another 14,000 to 226,400.

The town is expected to see more than 40,000 new homes built over the next 30 years.

The council agreed to back the expansion of the following schools in Northampton:

  • Kingsthorpe Village Primary School (increasing from 210 to 420 places)
  • Briar Hill Primary School (from 315 to 420 places)
  • Kings Heath Primary School (from 315 to 420 places)
  • Kingsley Primary School (from 210 to 420 places)
  • Standens Barn Primary School (from 315 to 420 places)
  • Sunnyside Primary School (from 210 to 420 places)
  • Weston Favell CE Primary School (from 315 to 420 places)
  • The Abbey Primary School (from 315 to 420 places).

The council said the expansion plans also depended on planning permission being given for building proposals such as a scheme to build a two-storey block with eight new classrooms at Kingsthorpe.

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