Published: 00:01, 28 November 2016
| Updated: 09:30, 28 November 2016
A new primary school in Tonbridge is accepting applications for next September.
Bishop Chavasse Primary School will be located next to the Somerhill Green housing development at the east end of Tudeley Lane, subject to planning permission by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.
The school is part of the Tenax Schools Trust and will welcome reception age children born from September 2012 to August 2013.
The new building will include state-of-the-art facilities with outdoor space for recreation and sport and games.
Temporary buildings will accommodate the school’s first year group, adjacent to the permanent building construction of which will start in summer 2017. Children will move into the new permanent building from September 2018.
Ian Bauckham, CEO of the Tenax Schools Trust said: “We are very excited that after two years of planning we are now able to share the news that, subject to planning permission and signing a funding agreement with the Secretary of State, this fantastic new primary school will be built in Tonbridge.
The town’s population is growing and many residents have told us how much they want a new school. We are privileged to be able to help deliver this for the town’s children.
"We are now finalising the appointment of the headteacher, and we look forward to meeting parents and children to tell them about the new school over the coming weeks.”
Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said: “Bishop Chavasse School will be a fantastic addition to the educational map of Tonbridge.
"Tenax Schools Trust have worked incredibly hard with the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency to deliver what the community needs - a new primary school in Tonbridge. I am pleased with the result having spent much of the past year ensuring all parties have delivered this year. I am now delighted that the school plans to open in September 2017.
“This is an ambitious target but I am confident the Trust can deliver as demand is high and their reputation for providing first rate education is proven in many other schools across the community. That’s why I have full confidence in the leadership of the school and am sure they will ensure Bishop Chavasse becomes a school to be proud of in the coming decades".
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