Proposed site for new Corby secondary school announced

A proposed site has been allocated for the new Corby secondary school, anticipated to open in September 2020.

The school, which will be sponsored by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), is proposed to be built on land north of the Oundle Road and the village of Weldon, subject to planning permission. If plans for the school building are approved, the school aims to open its doors to its first set of Year 7 students in September 2020, potentially through phased completion of the building.

The academy was among 111 free schools outlined by former education secretary, Justine Greening, in April 2017. It will help to alleviate the growing need for school places in the region, providing up to 1500 new school places by September 2024.

Mark Woods, Chief Executive of CMAT, said: “We are thrilled that a proposed site has been allocated for the new Corby secondary school and to have confirmation that the school will aim to open to students in September 2020.

“CMAT has a strong track record in improving standards, achievement and attainment across schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and the immediate surrounding areas. We will be working hard to ensure our successful vision and values are at the heart of the new school from the very beginning so that we can secure the best possible learning environment for every child.

“We are looking forward to working with the local community to decide the new name and brand for the school. We want the children of Corby to feel a part of this exciting development and can stamp their own mark on the school to confirm it is one which they can feel proud of.”

Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Corby is continuing to regenerate and with this we need high quality infrastructure to support its growth. This new school is a welcome addition to our Borough and will provide our young people with a further high-quality place of education in which they can learn, progress and thrive.”

The school will become the eighth secondary school to join the Trust and will be just a short journey away from the Trust’s secondary schools in Peterborough and Stamford – Nene Park Academy and Stamford Welland Academy.

The Trust, which was founded by the governors of Swavesey Village College – a school regarded as being outstanding in all respects – has a history of delivering rapid improvements in standards and achievement. Nene Park Academy, North Cambridge Academy, Stamford Welland Academy and Sawtry Village Academy have all seen their GCSE results and Ofsted grades improve since joining the Trust.

CMAT was also chosen in April 2017 to run a new special school in Northstowe – a planned new town of around 10,000 new homes near Cambridge. The Trust had already been confirmed as the sponsor of the new secondary school and sixth form in Northstowe in 2009. The new secondary school in Northstowe is set to open in September 2019.