Sister school to Wootton Park School approved to open in Hardingstone area.

Sister school to Wootton Park School approved to open in Hardingstone area.

The Department for Education today announced that Northampton Free School Trust’s application to open Wootton Park School (Hardingstone) has been given the go-ahead to progress to the ‘pre-opening phase’ in this wave of free schools.

This new 11-16 secondary free school will follow the highly successful model established by the all-through Wootton Park School at nearby Wootton Hall Park which opened in September 2016 and was graded ‘Outstanding’ in all inspection categories by Ofsted in July 2019.

The school will help meet the significant and growing need for high-quality secondary places and will also increase parental choice and diversity of local secondary provision in this area of Northampton.

Dan Rosser, Principal of Wootton Park School, commented: “Our plans for the school have been warmly welcomed by parents and the wider community and we are thrilled that we are now able to progress our plans and make our vision a reality. As a team, we have developed a vast range of skills and knowledge of what it takes to open and establish a new free school. It is with this certainty of success, that we are confident that Wootton Park School (Hardingstone) will be the next ‘Outstanding’ free school in our Trust.

“Our new sister school will deliver strong academic achievement, develop strong values and promote citizenship, community and service and will enable every child to thrive and prosper. Through tried and tested teaching methods and holistic development, each of our learners will gain the confidence and skills to positively contribute to local communities and to participate in a global society. Our curriculum will promote social mobility and enhance the life chances of all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged.”

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said: “The team behind Wootton Park School (Hardingstone) should be proud today; the free school application process is rightly demanding, and I pay tribute to them for their tireless work throughout the application phase. I wish them the very best of luck as they begin working towards welcoming children through the doors of their new schools in the years to come, and look forward to supporting them as they prepare to open.”

Roberta Brittle, Chair of Trustees, commented: “We are delighted to have been given the green light to enter the pre-opening phase for Wootton Park School (Hardingstone). As a Trust, we are extremely proud of our first school and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to open another outstanding school to help meet local demand in Northampton.”

Wootton Park School (Hardingstone) plans to open with an intake of 180 Year 7 learners, growing organically with the same intake each year.

One of the first tasks of the Education and Skills Funding Agency is to secure a suitable site for the school. A provisional opening date will be agreed with the Department for Education once a site has been secured.

Governance leader: Vacancies!

The governance of the school is strong. Relationships between governors and senior leaders are highly positive and constructive, based on a mutual understanding of support and challenge. Together they uncompromisingly strive for excellence and have a strong vision for the future success of the school.” Ofsted July 2019

Northampton Free School Trust is seeking additional governance leaders in order to build upon our committed and passionate team of governors and members. In particular, we are keen to hear from prospective governors with legal expertise.

To find out more and to apply, visit us here:

Local Authority Support: Free School Proposals

The Local Authority has identified that additional primary and secondary capacity is required to meet both current and forecast demand in the town.

The Trust is delighted to receive support from the Local Authority to submit our bids to the Department for Education.

As well as helping the Local Authority fulfil its statutory obligation of providing sufficiency of school places in Northamptonshire, the proposed new free schools would help provide increased choice and diversity of school places for parents of pupils being educated both now and in future years.

Thank you to Northamptonshire County Council for their support.


Our vision is to create outstanding schools in Northampton, delivering strong academic achievement, developing strong values and promoting citizenship, community and service.

We employ tried and tested teaching methods and the holistic development of each of our learners allows them to gain the confidence and skills to positively contribute to local communities and to participate in a global society. Our curriculum promotes social mobility and enhance the life chances of all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged.

Our learners bring pride and joy to Northampton through their good character, active participation and service and academic achievement.

Well-being at Northampton Free School Trust


We embrace well-being as a powerful tool to growing the capability, independence and resilience of our learners and staff, enabling them to realise their richest potential.

We foster in learners and staff the ability to solve their own problems, generate their own opportunities, equipping them to thrive in their future lives and careers

As is the case at Wootton Park School, well-being will be a key focus area for our proposed free schools.

Wootton Park School: Graded Outstanding by Ofsted!

Wootton Park School rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

We are delighted that our school received the top grade in all five inspection categories of its first Ofsted report: overall effectiveness, leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

Ofsted praised the school for its outstanding leadership: “The principal, together with senior leaders and governors, leads with unapologetic ambition and an unwavering determination to secure the highest possible standards of education and well-being for pupils and staff”.

Inspectors also noted that “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is of a consistently high quality” and that “Achievement is outstanding in the early years and at key stages 1 and 3″.

To read the report, visit Wootton Park School’s website here

Engagement Event!

The Trust behind Wootton Park School is proposing to open another two high-quality schools for Northampton.

In order for our proposals to be successful, we need to demonstrate to the Department for Education that the schools are well supported and that we have engaged with parents and the wider community about our plans.

To share your views, please visit us at our engagement event on 9th October 2019. Our events opens at 4pm with a presentation at 5pm.

To help us plan for the event, please book your place by visiting and entering code hygy9

We look forward to meeting you!

Open Evenings: Wootton Park School

Families of prospective Year 7 learners are invited to visit our exceptional all-through school.

Come and find out why you should choose Wootton Park School for your child.

Year 7 Open Evenings

  • Tuesday 17th September 2019
  • Wednesday 25th September 2019
  • Thursday 10th October 2019

To book you place, please visit and enter code: yzn4v

Principal’s presentations will take place at 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm.

Please note the tours led by Learner Ambassadors will finish at 7.30pm.