We are very pleased to let all parents know that plans have now been confirmed for an extension to our Primary building. The extension will enable us to offer 60 places in reception class on a permanent basis. Once the extension is complete we will have enough space to accommodate 420 primary age children.
The temporary classroom recently installed will be with us for two years. In September 2010 we will be opening a 7-classroom extension. We will also have a larger hall/studio, more space for group work, a projects room and a staffroom. The new extension has been designed so that it can be built with the minimum of disruption for the rest of the school. It will be situated to the rear of the current primary building and joined to the existing building at the external exit adjacent to current Y3 classroom. The playground will be extended so that the extra children can be accommodated.
Northamptonshire County Council has asked us to expand our primary phase. They recognise that our school is popular and that there is a need for more school places in our area. We have agreed to the extension because we think a 2-form entry primary phase will give a better balance in our all-through setting. We also think the new accommodation will potentially bring benefits to all our children.
The County Council has confirmed that the funds will be provided and their Buildings and Capital Development Team are committed to ensuring that the extension is of high quality and is ready on time. They are working with our original builders, Kajima, and our original architects, BDP, to make sure that the new building is in-keeping with the current design. A joint planning team of school colleagues, County Council Officers, contract managers from Kajima and architects from BDP is already in place and meets regularly.
Plans are well-advanced and the building work starts around Easter 2009. We expect to be moving in to the new building over the summer of 2010 and classes will start in there in September 2010. At the moment, we expect that the existing building will accommodate children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and the extension will accommodate Key Stage 2 children. We will no longer need the temporary classroom and it will be moved away from our site in summer 2010.
The extension to primary phase is not expected to increase our numbers in secondary phase. We already have provision for 8 forms of entry in Year 7. In the longer term, our own primary phase will have 2 groups in Year 6, matching our primary cluster partners Wootton, Preston Hedges and Woodland View Primary Schools. We think that 2 Year 6 groups in each of the primary settings should provide us with an 8 form Year 7 which can serve the local community very effectively.
Once final plans are drawn up, we will put them on display in school and invite parents and children to see what’s in store.
Tony Downing / Katherine Patterson
Principal / Vice Principal