New primary school to double village intake

A new £6.3 million primary school will combine two existing schools and double the number of pupils, if plans get final approval.

Silverstone Junior School and Silverstone Infant school are set to become one all-through primary school which will open its doors to 420 pupils in September 2016.

Northants County Council originally said it must receive all developer contributions related to a 220-home scheme at Catch Yard Farm before giving the go-ahead to the school.

But it has now allocated funding and as long as planning permission is granted, building of the new school will begin on the New Rookery Farm site in Towcester Road next summer.

With demand for the 210 school places in Silverstone already at bursting point, many families are being turned away due to legal limits on class sizes, so the new site, including 14 classrooms and sports fields, which will double the school’s capacity, is said to be welcome news.

After the planning application is submitted this August, there will be a statutory consultation period for three months along with public notices on the proposals.

There will then be a tendering period ahead of construction beginning in June 2015 and is expected to take 13 months to complete.

But first there is a public exhibition in the school hall at Silverstone Junior School, on Thursday, June 19 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Anyone is free to view the plans and meet with the architect, project managers and representatives from the schools and county council.