Corby school expands in £1.8m project

A Northamptonshire school has expanded in a £1.8m project to help meet a shortage of pupil places in the area.

The expansion of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School in Corby includes 12 new classrooms and a new nursery building.

The number of pupils places has gone up from 120 to 290.

More than 20 schools in the county expanded in the past year to help find 7,000 more places needed by 2014.

Our Lady of Walsingham school was officially opened by the Bishop of Northampton Rev Peter Doyle and the Mayor of Corby Judy Caine on Friday.

Acting headteacher Rachael Byrne said: "As our school is continually growing in pupil numbers it is brilliant that we now have the facilities to cater for these children.

"The improvement to the buildings, as well as the ICT technology, that we have invested in will really help to improve and develop the way that we teach our children both now and into the future.

"We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the project, as it has made our school an even brighter and vibrant place to learn."

Northamptonshire County Council schools admissions manager Sarah Cook said rising birth rates and more people moving into the county had contributed to the increased demand.

New classrooms have been added to schools in Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby.

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