Call to support estate’s bid for primary school

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A CAMPAIGN to support the calls for a primary school on Daventry’s Middlemore estate has now been widened out to parents across the whole town.

Middlemore Residents’ Association, which is fighting for a school to be built on the estate, now wants to gain evidence that people elsewhere in Daventry also support the plans ahead of applying for government funding.

Following Northamptonshire County Council’s decision not to provide one, the residents have been working to set up a ‘free school’.

The association has been working closely with E-ACT to finalise and submit to central government before the application deadline which is later this month.

A spokesman said: “While we have the necessary number of child applicants required to submit the government application, obviously with parents from other local estates also backing us, it will help show that there is a demand for an additional primary school within Daventry and this will further support our application.

“We have had contact with parents from Lang Farm and Ashby Fields who have been unable to secure their child a place at the local Ashby Fields School as it was already full.

“We are now asking that these parents and parents of children approaching school age come forward and support us.

“All they have to do is state that, if they were unsuccessful at gaining a place their local school, having the opportunity to send their child to a newly built school close by on Middlemore would be their preferred choice.

“To do this simply visit www.middlemore.co.uk for further details.”

Land for the school has been a matter of controversy.

Two sites previously earmarked for a primary school have either had houses built on, or been given permission for homes to be built on.

However, Daventry District Council has now specifically said it would leave aside part of Site Eight on the estate for the residents to provide a free school in the near future.

Free schools are a government initiative which allows community groups to set up their own schools without the need for the local education authority to step in and run them. Instead their plans have to be signed off by Government, which then provides money to run them.

E-ACT, a not-for-profit education body, already works with the Parker E-ACT Academy and Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village in Daventry.