Step forward in plans for new school in Daventry

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Proposals for a new school in Middlemore, Daventry, are moving forward as an application to the Department for Education is being shaped.

Education sponsor and social enterprise E-ACT is working with local residents, Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council to put together an application for a Free School on the estate.

Daventry District Council officially pledged its support to the application this week by writing to E-ACT to formally offer land at Middlemore Site 8 East for the new school.

It follows recent meetings between the Council, E-ACT and the Middlemore Residents’ Association to discuss the way forward for education provision on Middlemore.

The Free school proposal is also supported by Northamptonshire County Council, which will be helping the bid by providing information for a business case.

Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, said: “We have always supported the provision of a school at Middlemore and so we are pleased to be working closely with E-ACT on trying to ensure its delivery by providing a suitable site for its development.”

Representatives of the Middlemore Residents’ Association, commented: “We are naturally delighted with the support we are receiving for this project. We shall continue to work with all parties to see the new school in place and look forward to seeing the day when Middlemore Primary School is open.”

The application for the Free School must be submitted to the Department for Education by the New Year with the outcome likely to be known in July 2013.