Local parents now able to apply for a place for their children at the brand new Northampton International Academy

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When applications open for school places on Monday 14 September parents applying on behalf of their children will have a new choice in Northampton.

For the first time, local parents will be able to apply for a place at the brand new Northampton International Academy (NIA) – the £30 million development which is the country’s largest ever school conversion, transforming a derelict Royal Mail sorting office in the town centre into a state-of-the-art 21st century school.

NIA will be an all-through free school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 years. It will eventually grow by 2022 to take in 2,220 pupils. This will be made up of 420 primary, 1,500 secondary and 300 pupils over the age of 16.

The new academy will open its doors in September 2016 with up to 60 pupils entering the primary phase in Reception class and 300 pupils entering the secondary phase in Year 7.

Applications for both primary and secondary places at the NIA can be made from Monday 14 September.

Artist’s impressions give a glimpse into the innovative learning environment. From modern classrooms, interactive learning to the latest ICT and new technologies, the school will offer pupils the very best teaching facilities, designed for 21st century learning. The academy will specialise in foreign and modern languages.

For this year only, applications for a primary or secondary place are to be made directly to EMLC Academy Trust. Application forms can be obtained by emailing or calling 01234 880154. Applications must be received by the closing date, Friday 31 October 2015 (secondary places) and Friday 15 January 2016 (primary places). Parents can call a new information line (01234 880154) to find out more about the school, request a prospectus, register interest or to sign up to a regular newsletter.

Anyone interested in learning more about Northampton International Academy is invited to attend one of the Open Day events to discover more about the opportunities on offer. These events will be held on:

  • Tuesday 22 September at Castle Academy, St Georges Street, Northampton (6pm – 8pm)
  • Wednesday 23 September at Hardingstone Academy, Martins Lane, Northampton (9.30am – 11.30am)
  • Tuesday 29 September at Castle Academy, St Georges Street, Northampton (9.30am – 11.30am)
  • Thursday 14 October at Stimpson Academy, Stimpson Avenue, Northampton (6pm – 8pm)
  • Wednesday 21 October at Northampton Town Centre Library (9.30am-11.30am)

You will be able to register your child at the events.

NIA’s vision is to create an outstanding and high performing international academy, which offers a strong academic curriculum, specialising in modern and foreign languages.

Jan Marshall, Chief Executive, EMLC Academy Trust said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for the people of Northampton – our vision of a state-of-the-art international academy is becoming a reality. She added: “The Trust has already made links that will enable the curriculum to be broad and academically challenging in the primary and secondary phases. We have a proven track record of academic success and, alongside the academic, NIA it will also focus on and develop technical skills. Pupils will have opportunities to work vocationally, in areas such as engineering, building and construction workshops and catering.”

To ensure pupils progress at pace, the academy will offer a school day which extends from 8am until 6pm. There will be intensive and additional tuition where needed, enrichment curriculum activities and links to local, national and international experiences. Pupils will be stretched to reach personal goals and higher standards of education so that everyone fulfils their individual potential. From team sports to debating societies from photography to cookery and a wide range of theatre visits, exhibitions, shows and events, we will offer a busy social calendar with lots of activities for pupils to choose from including:

  • The aspirational design will provide an uplifting learning environment. Large circulation spaces and high ceilings will bring in light and colour to the spaces, allowing for open learning break out spaces and social areas. State-of-the-art technology will ensure pupils gain the technological skills needed for excellent learning and achievement.
  • The academy will be committed to a strong ‘parent partnership’. A three way relationship between pupils, parents and staff to enhance pupils’ success and welfare, communication, standards of behaviour and home learning.

Andy Hardy, the NIA’s new Executive Principal added:

“Northampton International Academy will be unique. We would like to encourage local people to come along to one of our Open Day Events, register their interest, apply for a place and be part of our future success

Artist's impressions of the inside of the Northampton International Academy

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