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Sir Christopher Hatton


Exciting Planning Application News

Read our latest press release here....

We delighted to inform you that we have put forward plans to the Borough Council of Wellingborough to obtain planning permission for an additional teaching block which will provide capacity to expand its school admissions by 30 students in each year group.


Mrs Victoria Bishop, Executive Principal, said “Our oversubscription levels have reached the point now where an increasing number of parents are unable to gain a place for their child at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.   As a consistently oversubscribed school that is in the top 7% of schools nationally, this planned expansion will help to relieve future over-subscription levels, and therefore ensure that more young people in Wellingborough can benefit from the exceptional educational offer that Sir Christopher Hatton provides.”


Our current school site was built in 1960 and designed originally for a smaller intake of 800 pupils.  A new block was funded by the Department for Education in 2001, which enabled the school to increase its pupil admission numbers to 1200.   The new expansion will increase the Academy’s admissions figure to rise to over 1400 pupils.


Mr Colin Hinds, Director of Finance and Operations for Hatton Academies Trust said “The Academy is now bursting at the seams and we have been increasingly unable to meet the rapid growth in demand for school places at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.   Coupled with that, the projected net migration into the town over the next 5 years as a result of planned housing developments will only exacerbate the problem.  We look forward to receiving feedback from the community on these exciting proposals”.