More than £2 million investment in schools across North Northamptonshire to be considered at next week's Executive meeting

Schools and education

10 May 2024

A teacher with a class of primary school aged pupils

Two papers will be considered at next week's Executive meeting proposing a combined investment of £2,027,560 in school buildings across North Northamptonshire.

The money would pay for further refurbishment at Alfred Lord Tennyson Primary School and the fit out of the relocated Wilby Primary School, to the site at Glenvale Park.

The total sum for the work at Alfred Lord Tennyson Primary School would be a maximum of £749,300. This project is the final phase of adaptations to enable the school to function as a one form entry primary school following the amalgamation of Tennyson Road and Alfred Street Schools.

The money will reconfigure and refurbish current classrooms to meet current standards, create break out groups space, improve toilet provision and a play area for Reception and Year 1 to 6 classes. If approved, the project will be delivered in two consecutive phases with the final phase completing in August 2025.

The funding for the fit out of the Glenvale new school in readiness for Wilby School to relocate will also be considered. The Executive approved the proposal to relocate Wilby Primary School to the Glenvale Park site for September 2024 use on Thursday 16 November 2023, following a statutory process and consultation.

Next Thursday, Executive will be asked to approve a budget of £1,278,260.10 to ensure the school is fully fitted out to enable the opening of the new school in September 2024.

The surroundings and environment in which the children of this authority learn are hugely important and we are committed to working with schools and partners to get this right for our pupils.

These funding allocations will make sure that responsible bodies can start to plan ahead and get projects started to do the necessary works so pupils and teachers can learn and work in a comfortable space.
Cllr Scott Edwards, Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills
It’s a cornerstone of the vision of this council that every school has access to high-quality learning facilities and that we will care for our young people, providing them with a high-quality education and opportunities to help them flourish.

In the last 12 months we have spent £9.8m on NNC Schools and this proposed additional funding will go towards better surroundings and ultimately better outcomes for the children and young people of North Northamptonshire.
Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council