Concern Hawkenbury school may open year after scheduled

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No planning application has been submitted for a new Tunbridge Wells primary school, which is set to open next year.

Hawkenbury Village Association fears the opening of the new-look St Peter’s School will now be delayed until September 2020.

The school is needed to facilitate the 235-home Hawkenbury Farm development and played a role in convincing councillors to grant planning permission for the estate in 2017.

St Peter’s is already a school in Windmill Street in Tunbridge Wells on three small sites. But this would close and re-open as Hawkenbury Road’s first primary.


Dean Kenward, Chairman of Hawkenbury Village Association, said: ‘There are a number in Hawkenbury area who are thinking of applying.

‘Some people have children who will be school age in 2019 and moved here because of the school. Now they don’t know which school they will go to.

‘There could be a gap between schools now as the old St Peter’s could go before the new one opens.’

Kent County Council has confirmed no application has been made. The authority said an application could now be made in August or September.

The new St Peter’s was originally proposed to be able to accommodate a two forms of 20 pupils every year.

But, as the Times reported in April, Kent County Council’s latest plans show the likely option is to now have one form entry of 30 pupils a year.

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