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Bid to expand Tunbridge Wells secondary school

by William Mata

Bid to expand Tunbridge Wells secondary school

A two-storey teaching and sports hall block could be built at St Gregory’s Catholic School in a bid to accommodate more students.

This proposal would see the secondary in Reynolds Lane, Tunbridge Wells, grow from a five to a six class entry intake, providing 30 extra spaces. 

Kent County Council has submitted the planning application to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to enhance the comprehensive amid growing demand for spaces.

This is all part of a £25million investment that could see Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, The Skinners’ School and The Judd School also expand.

Deficit

St Gregory’s is the first school for which the authority has launched an application to expand and the Catholic school’s intake from 180 to 210.  

Councillor Roger Gough, Cabinet member for Education, said: “In Tunbridge Wells there is forecast to be a deficit of school places.

“We anticipate this will be the result of pressure from indigenous population growth and new housing developments, including those at Hawkenbury Farm and Paddock Wood.

“Each of these popular and successful schools are ideally placed to meet the increased demand for places arising primarily from Tunbridge Wells town.”

The planning application is currently being processed by the borough council. To view it in full detail, visit: 18/02129/COUNTY