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.