Last night I went to a consultation meeting at Castle Academy to hear about the proposed merger of Castle Academy with Northampton International Academy which is being developed in the former Sorting Office on Barrack Road. The two schools are run by the same Academy Trust – EMLC and it seems to make sense to merge the two, giving pupils a continuous education from the age of three to eighteen. There are huge benefits for children staying in the same environment as they progress from primary to secondary school, they are familiar with their surroundings, they will know or have seen the staff in the new school, the school ethos will be similar and perhaps most important the staff will know the pupils.
The primary school will be able to use the senior school facilities such as the sports hall and theatre and even have lessons in science labs. There really isn’t a down side to the idea of a merger. The younger pupils will remain in the Castle Academy premises and in Year 4 the pupils will move into a part of the new building. They will have separate entrances and separate teaching space until they move into Year 7. I was impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of the Principal of Castle Academy, Lorna Beard and the Andy Hardy the Principal of NIA.
The Business Merger Plan will now go to the Free School Team and it has the support of NCC.
These are exciting times for the whole school community and the opportunities offered to pupils look promising.