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Expressions of interest invited from local schools to move to new primary school at Glenvale Park, Wellingborough

Schools and education

15 June 2023

A teacher with a class of primary school aged pupils

Local schools are being invited to submit ‘expressions’ of interest in relocating from their existing school into a new primary school at the Glenvale Park development to the north of Wellingborough.

The ‘relocation of an existing school’ opportunity has been launched following approval to go ahead at a meeting of North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive last week.

Glenvale Park will provide an additional 3,000 new homes and in preparation for new families moving into the area, the school, which has been built by the developer Glenvale Park LLP, is due for completion this Autumn.

As the estate grows and the need for school places arises, primary aged children from the Glenvale Park development will be able to apply for a school place as part of the normal admissions process for places for September 2024.

However, with an appropriate number of primary school places currently available in Wellingborough, it is not envisaged that demand to open a new school, and receive Department for Education funding, would be high enough until the start of the school year in September 2025.

This relocation opportunity will enable a local primary school which has poor or unsuitable accommodation to move to a purpose-built facility from September 2024 and the vacated smaller site could be re-purposed for other educational uses.

I’m delighted that we are now moving forward with this process and are at the stage of inviting expressions of interest from schools.

I’m very pleased that we can make use of this wonderful new school until the bulge of new demand comes through and offer some contemporary accommodation for an existing school which would face challenges with their current site.
Cllr Scott Edwards, the Council’s Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills
I’m delighted that we have found a clever solution so this wonderful new facility can be of use as quickly as is possible and that we are now moving forward at pace.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Expressions of interest are invited from local primary schools commencing on Monday, June 12 through to Friday, June 30 before a shortlisting and interviewing stage takes place between July 3 and July 14.

It is envisaged that a panel decision will take place during the week beginning July 17, followed by returning to the Executive in September. The process is scheduled to be fully completed by December 2023. 

More information about how to express an interest in applying is available on the schools and education pages of the council’s website.