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Have your say on the future of two Rushden schools

Schools and education

09 March 2022

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North Northamptonshire Council is asking for views on the future of two schools in Rushden.

The schools are:

  • Tennyson Road Infant School which provides education for children aged 4 to 7 years. 
  • Alfred Street Junior School which provides education for children aged 7 to 11 years.

To address several financial and operational challenges at Alfred Street and Tennyson Road schools the Council was approached by the governing bodies from both schools to support an amalgamation.

Council officers support the request of the governing bodies and agree that the proposed amalgamation would be to the benefit of children in the local area. It would also seek to address financial concerns regarding the long-term viability of operating as two separate schools. 

There are currently three options being explored:

  • Option 1 – maintaining things as they currently are
  • Option 2 – one of the schools is closed
  • Option 3 – both schools are closed and a new primary school established
Supporting children in their education is very important to us and our role here is to make sure that whichever option is decided upon helps provide children with the best chances possible.

It’s important that as many people as possible have their say to make sure that everyone has had their view and all sides of the issue have been fully explored.
Cllr Scott Edwards, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive member for Children, Families, Education and Skills
Our young people are the future of North Northants so it’s important that they receive the best education possible. Ensuring the right school arrangements are in place is essential so it’s important we get this right.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Have your say

People can have their say by completing the online questionnaire

They can also write to: North Northamptonshire Council, Initial Consultation: Tennyson Road Infant School and Alfred Street Primary School, Sheerness House, Meadow Road, Kettering, NN16 8TL

The consultation will run until midnight on Friday, 29 April, 2022.