Daventry’s new Monksmoor Park CE Primary School is set to open its doors to pupils this autumn following the completion of building work.

Construction of the £4.275million new premises finished in May and it will shortly be handed over to The Diocese of Peterborough, which will run the Church of England school and welcome its first children into Reception class in September.

The DDC-led project has been funded by contributions from Monksmoor’s housing developer Crest Nicholson as part of its planning obligations on a site within the development.

The new building is a Sunesis Kenyes 1.5FE build, which provides a versatile, single-storey school. Built by Willmott Dixon Construction to high environmental standards, it includes a range of teaching spaces alongside general classrooms and school hall, as well as staff, welfare and administrative rooms and an outside learning area.

The Diocese of Peterborough Board of Education and members of the Governing Body of the new primary school have also recently announced the appointment of the school’s first headteacher, Katie Towers.  

The Monksmoor development on fields off Welton Lane is one of Daventry’s Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) to accommodate the town’s significant future growth, and has outline planning permission for 1,000 new homes, employment and community facilities and a primary school. 

Councillor David James, Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder, said: “Improving local learning facilities is a priority for our Council so it is very pleasing to see this wonderful new school completed in good time for the beginning of the next school year. 

“This will be an excellent educational facility that will serve both Monksmoor and the wider community for many years to come. I know the new headteacher Katie Towers is very much looking forward to welcoming children to the reception class in September and I wish everyone involved all the very best on their exciting new journey.” 

Mrs Towers said: "I am thrilled to have this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.  As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, Monksmoor Park will have a strong Christian ethos, which will drive our curriculum.  

"We have already set high expectations and I can’t wait to meet the first young members of the school. Our school will have a strong family feel. It will be a place where parents and members of the local community will be welcomed and encouraged to share in its daily life. 

"Together, we will create an inspiring learning environment to enable our children to flourish and develop the skills they need to become confident, independent learners."

The Rt Revd John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth and Chair of both the Diocesan Board and the Governing Body said: "The school is a partnership between Northamptonshire County Council, Daventry District Council and the Diocese.  We have been delighted with the work that has already been undertaken and are now thrilled that we can welcome Mrs Towers as Headteacher.  

"We are so excited by the prospect of creating a brand new school community and look forward to working together to create a special place of learning which enriches the lives of everyone."

There are places available in Reception for this September and, in order to secure a school place, parents should apply online via the Northamptonshire County Council website

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From left: Project Manager for DDC Rob Saunders, Headteacher Katie Towers and Cllr David James
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