Thursday, 12 January 2012

Complete our Likes & Dislikes Survey

Check out today's Sevenoaks Chronicle (Jan 12) P21 for our mini-survey on secondary school provision for Sevenoaks.  We want to hear your views so that we can work to ensure sufficient secondary school places in the Sevenaoks area that meet the needs of the community.  The coupon can be dropped off at the Chronicle's offices in the High Street, or at the collection points at Sevenoaks and Edenbridge Leisure centres.  Alternatively you can complete it online below.  The survey will remain open for you to register your views.  Responses provided by the 24th January will be used in initial analysis.  If you'd like to keep up with news and progress please sign up for email alerts from us below.  
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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Kent is expecting to need places for more than 9,000 extra pupils

According to this article on the BBC News, it is not just future secondary school places that will be under pressure within Kent.  With so many additional primary school places being required, what will the impact be for Sevenoaks.  Extra places were created within many schools last year... how long can this continue?  Kent is looking to create an additional 120 in the Tunbridge Wells area this year.

Knole Academy Developments Open Evening

Wed 11th January 5pm - 8pm Knole in Sevenoaks see plans for new development and ask questions...

A great opporutnity to visit the Knole if you have never previously done so. Go and see what the only state school in town has to offer.

Knole Open Evening Announcement

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Right Grammar School?

The run-away success of the grammar school petition over the last 3 weeks demonstrates the strength of feeling about the ridiculous situation whereby Sevenoaks does not have sufficient secondary school capacity for its children. News that 400 children are signed up on the petition for a Christian Free School re-inforces concern over the shortage of secondary school places. 

With population increases in the pipeline, and current capacity for less than 50% of the population, it will take more than these two options alone to solve the problem in its entirety. We need all parties including the existing school to come together to see how we might work on a unified solution to the problem. 

If KCC is successful in opening 120 grammar school places in Sevenoaks, these places need to be accessible to children from the Sevenoaks area. Therefore grammar schools that use top marks as their main selection criteria (super-selection), rather than geography cannot be the answer. The current petition calls for "a grammar school in Sevenoaks, to provide a local grammar education for local boys and girls" - but is that wording strong enough?

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