Proposed new Primary School at North Northallerton Development Area

We are consulting on a proposal to establish a new mainstream primary school, to primarily serve the North Northallerton Development Area. The proposed new school will also support general school place sufficiency in Northallerton.

It is intended that the new school will be a free school (a state-funded school, operating as an academy, independent of the local authority) in accordance with Department for Education guidance.

The age range of the school will be 4-11, providing places for 210 pupils (one form of entry) with the ability to expand to 420 places (two forms of entry) should that be required in the future. The school will provide places for boys and girls (mixed). 

The expected opening date is September 2022.

Background

The North Northallerton Development Area (NNDA) covers approximately 50 hectares and is identified as the strategic site for development and growth in Northallerton.

The NNDA is expected to contain 859 houses, running in a northern band between Stokesley Road and Darlington Road. Development has started, leaving 649 dwellings to be completed and occupied. The latest indications are that a build rate of 120 dwellings per year is expected

Hambleton’s Local Plan has been revised and a further 670 houses are being added to the east of the existing NNDA. This forms part of c.1380 dwellings which, it is proposed, are to be constructed in Northallerton in the medium to long-term:

Site name

Expected no. of dwellings

Status

Multiple sites

65

Planning permission granted – several small sites at various stages

North Northallerton

646

Planning permission granted – under construction

Multiple sites

671

 

Local Plan sites – planning permission not yet granted

Since existing housing in Northallerton is concentrated to the south of the town, the existing schools in Northallerton are also clustered in the south. These schools are becoming increasingly full as primary pupil numbers are now rising alongside housing growth.

School

Type of School

Alverton Primary

Community School

Applegarth Primary

Community School

Brompton Community Primary

Community School

Broomfield

Community School

Mill Hill Community Primary

Community School

Romanby Primary

Community School

Sacred Heart RC Primary

Academy

The above schools are collectively close to their operational capacity and there are limited opportunities to expand these schools further.

The effects of the pandemic on the rate of house building and the housing market generally is not yet known. There is therefore potential that, having commenced the required process, NYCC may subsequently decide that September 2022 ceases to be the desired opening date. The situation will be kept under review.

Demand for a new school site

It is considered that a new school site should be developed to serve the immediate growth area formed by the NNDA, and also support general school place sufficiency in Northallerton for the medium to long-term.

The impact of all of the planned housing could not be met by expanding existing school sites in Northallerton. A significant portion of the NNDA falls into the catchment area for Applegarth Primary School. Applegarth School is landlocked by housing and therefore has no scope for expansion.  This was a key factor in the initial consideration of whether Northallerton’s existing primary schools could be expanded, or whether a new school would be required. 

Along with Applegarth, the NNDA also falls into the catchment areas of Alverton and Brompton Primary Schools. There is now an upward trend in pupil numbers at primary phase, particularly in younger age groups, which will increase pressure on school places across the town.  As a result, it is anticipated that by 2022/23 Applegarth, Brompton, Alverton and Romanby Primary Schools will all reach their capacity.

On the basis of the current forecasts including extra pupils arising from housing, it is anticipated that a new school site would be needed from September 2022 onwards (see proposed school location).  The projected shortfall of places would continue to rise, largely due to the impacts of new housing, from 2023 onwards without the introduction of additional provision.

It is assumed that the new school would initially open for Reception pupils only. The second year of opening would see Reception and Year 1 pupils accommodated, adding a further year group for the third year and beyond until a full roll of 210 is achieved. This is quite a common opening profile for newly established schools and helps to avoid destabilising existing provision.

There is no proposal for nursery provision on site, although it could be included in any future expansion to 2 form entry should that become necessary. Northallerton already has a wide range of childcare providers who offer childcare and education for children from birth to five.  This is offered through a mixed model of provision and includes 8 private nurseries offering full day care and most of whom also offer out of school provision for older children. Additionally, there are 9 childminders along with Romanby School’s pre-school and out of school club.  Rosedene Nursery has recently moved to premises at Broomfield school and Sacred Heart School will be offering nursery provision in this location from Autumn this year. 

Funding and site

The local authority has the statutory duty to ensure that sufficient school places are available.  It receives capital funding to address this ‘basic need’, although it is acknowledged by central government that this funding does not meet the full costs of providing additional pupil places.

It was identified in the early stages of planning for the NNDA that the development of a school site would be required. An agreement has been signed which secures both the site and a developer’s contribution of around £950k towards the construction costs. The site has capacity for future expansion if required to a total of Primary 420 places (2 form entry).  The required land transfer is currently being progressed.

A planning application for the design and layout was submitted under reference number NY/2019/0220/FUL. Planning permission was granted on 1 September 2020. Having this approval provides confidence that the remaining processes to establish the school can now commence.

The County Council’s Executive has approved an initial budget allocation for this scheme made up of both funding received from central government and the amount expected from the developer’s contribution.

Costs of developing a new school

The cost of developing a new school building on the site provided in Northallerton  will be determined by the required procurement exercise which will commence in Autumn 2020. However, based on known projects elsewhere, it is considered that the cost of a new school on this site might be in the region of £5m to £6m. 

Admission arrangements

The Academy Trust chosen to operate the School would determine the oversubscription criteria for admissions purposes. NYCC intend to propose that the new Northallerton School would not have a defined catchment area. Instead, we would  propose that priority for admission to the School would be determined by proximity to it. Catchment areas in Northallerton are historical and did not anticipate the NNDA which cuts across sections of the catchment areas for Alverton, Applegarth and Brompton schools.  There are no obvious natural boundaries with which to create a new catchment and we do not support arbitrarily introducing new boundaries by taking areas from Applegarth, Brompton and Alverton’s existing catchment areas. To do so  would disadvantage existing families and schools.

The presumption route process

It is no longer possible, unless all other options have been exhausted, for the local authority to open a new community school. Under the government’s Academy presumption it is assumed that any wholly new school will be an Academy. The local authority is required to ask for expressions of interest from sponsors to allow the Secretary of State to decide whether to enter into a funding agreement with a particular academy trust for the running of the school.

The proposed new school is therefore expected to be a mainstream free school under the DfE free school presumption process.

The formal statutory consultation, which sponsors are required to undertake under section 10 of the Academies Act 2010, takes place during the pre-opening phase of the school i.e. after the sponsor has been selected, and is not part of this process.

Who are we consulting?

Copies of this document have been sent to the governing bodies of all local schools as well as to the Church of England and Roman Catholic Dioceses, Councillors, Early Years providers, parish, town and district councils, unions and professional associations and the local MP.

The Council is consulting generally at this stage to invite any comments on aspects of the proposal prior to publishing the specification for the proposed new school. Planning permission for the specific design and layout was granted on 1 September 2020.

Responses

Because of current restrictions we are unable to hold a local drop-in session.  However, we welcome your feedback on the proposals by completing a response form online.

Give your feedback

What happens after the consultation finishes?

All the responses received by the closing date will be included in a report to the Children and Young People’s Service Executive Members on 3 November 2020. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

Summary of proposals

School type

Mainstream primary

Age range

4-11

Reception to Year 6

Published admission number

30

Size / Capacity

210 places

Opening date

September 2022

Opening profile

First year of operation:

Reception only

Second year:

Reception and Year 1

Adding a further year group for the third year of operation and beyond until full opening is achieved

Admission arrangements

Oversubscription criteria to be determined by the chosen Academy Trust.

NYCC intend to propose that the new Northallerton School would not have a defined catchment area. Instead priority for admission to the School would be determined by proximity to it.

A map showing the location of the proposed new school in Northallerton

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North Northallerton Primary School Places 2021/
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Pupil forecast excluding pupils from housing developments 1410 1457 1451 1468 1482 1481 1470 1496 1465 1460
Pupil forecast including pupil yield from approved applications 1469 1546 1573 1623 1660 1659 1648 1647 1643 1638
Pupil forecast including pupil yield from approved applications and known Local Plan proposals 1469 1547 1582 1649 1706 1725 1734 1753 1769 1771
Current available school places 1505 1505 1505 1505 1505 1505 1505 1505 1505 1505
Available school places including new school of 210 places   1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715 1715

A graph showing Primary Pupil Forecast for Northallerton