Proposals to create new primary school in Northallerton

This story was published 1 October 2020

North Yorkshire is consulting on proposals to build a new primary school to serve an area of Northallerton where new homes are being built.

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We are proposing to build a new mainstream primary school for 210 children aged 4 to 11, which will serve the North Northallerton Development Area. The school would have potential to expand over time if necessary, providing places for up to 420 pupils.

Work has already begun on the development area, which runs between Stokesley Road and Darlington Road and is expected to eventually contain 859 homes, with approximately 120 homes a year being built. The area has also been identified for further development over the coming years, with many more homes expected to be developed in the area over the coming years.

Most schools in Northallerton are situated in the south of the town, where the majority of housing exists, but these schools are becoming increasingly full as more families move into the area and many are close to their capacity, with limited opportunities to expand.

The new school would serve the North Northallerton site and also provide school places across Northallerton in the medium to long term.

The school would not include nursery provision on site, although it could be included in any future expansion if it becomes necessary. Northallerton already has a wide range of childcare providers who offer childcare and education for children from birth to five.  This includes eight private nurseries offering full day care and most of whom also offer out of school provision for older children. Additionally, there are nine childminders along with a pre-school and out of school club at a local primary school. 

Executive Member for Skills and Education, Cllr Patrick Mulligan said: “The need for a new school site on the North Northallerton development was identified early in the stages of planning the development. We know that existing schools surrounding the development will not have the capacity to provide places for the number of families expected to be moving into the town over the coming years and a new school will be needed.

“We are inviting people to give their views on whether the proposed size and age range of the new school is suitable and the proposed admission criteria for the school, which will be based on proximity to the new school.”

An opening date has been provisionally set for September 2022. It is expected the cost of creating a new school on the site will be in the region of £5m to £6m. The developers of the North Northallerton site have agreed a contribution of about £950,000 towards the construction costs of the new school and the rest would come from central Government. Planning permission for the school was granted on September 1, 2020 and now further consultation is taking place with the public and other organisations on the planned school.

In line with Government regulations, the school will be run by an Academy Trust, which will be chosen at a later date. The trust will set its admission criteria, but North Yorkshire County Council intends to propose the new school in Northallerton does not have a defined catchment area, instead it is likely to propose that admission to the school is determined by proximity to it.

Take part in the consultation and comments on aspects of the proposal.

The consultation closes on October 23 at 5pm. All responses received by the closing date will be included in a report to the Children and Young People’s Service Executive Members on November 3, 2020.