School places ‘the problem is immediate’

The allocation of primary places has demonstrated Daventry’s immediate need for a new school, say campaigners.

Figures released by Northamptonshire County Council show that of all the primary schools in Daventry only one – the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV) Primary and Nursery – has places left for September’s intake of starters.

Also, all of the village schools immediately surrounding Daventry – Badby, Staverton, Braunston and Welton – are also full.

Further examination shows that Badby, Braunston, Falconers Hill Infants, St James, Staverton, The Grange, and Welton, were oversubscribed, meaning some parents and pupils who put them down as a first choice did not get a place.

When schools are oversubscribed the council goes through a process to allocate the places, starting with those with special education needs and using distance as a final tie-breaker.

Tamlyn Coleman is one of the residents on Daventry’s newest estate, Middlemore, trying to get a free school.

They say that the rise in children starting primary education in Daventry means a new school is needed now, not several years down the line when the Monksmoor school might be built.

He said: “There’s no news on Middlemore school, hopefully we’re progressing through the system.

“But seeing as all schools are at capacity except Southbrook, it only helps our fight.”

Schools with places include Barby, Boddington, Brixworth, Bugbrooke, Chipping Warden, Crick, Guilsborough, Kilsby, Kislingbury, Long Buckby Infants, Newnham, DSLV, The Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford, Weedon Bec, Woodford Halse, and Yelvertoft.

NCC said there had been a surge in the numbers of primary school-aged children. It has taken some steps to address the lack of primary school places by giving permission for some schools to expand, including Weedon Bec Primary School.