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Government supports new academies in Northamptonshire


A £55m building programme for two new academy schools in Kettering has been approved by the government.

Plans for the new Kettering Science Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy have received approval to proceed, said Northamptonshire County Council.

Work to improve Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton has also been given the go-ahead.

Academies are state-funded schools which can be sponsored by private firms, charities or religious groups.

'Great news'

Andrew Grant, county council cabinet member for children and young people, said: "This money is absolutely essential for the building works to take place at these academies and now we can start to see the work taking shape.

"The academy programme is important to us as one of a raft of measures in place to improve standards of education in the county.

"The accompanying building programmes will have far-reaching benefits for the students they teach and the local communities they serve."

The building programme will see the design and construction of the town's two new academies, Kettering Science Academy, which is sponsored by Brooke Weston Academy Trust, and Kettering Buccleuch Academy which is backed by United Learning Trust.

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