Council Leader Confirms Funding For Sevenoaks Grammar School

Posted on Oct 20, 2012
Council Leader Confirms Funding For Sevenoaks Grammar School

Kent County Council (“KCC”) Leader, Paul Carter, appeared on BBC South Eastern News on 19th October discussing the Sevenoaks grammar school proposal. He stated that he had met with the Head and the chair of governors of a grammar school “in this very room, this week,” where they “discussed the possibility of that school being the sponsor of an annexe in Sevenoaks”, that “everything is going very well,” and that “money would be set aside for a grammar school in Sevenoaks.”

Reacting to the news, Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaigner, Sarah Shilling, said:-

“In the week that Sevenoaks children found out their 11 plus results, it is great to hear from the Leader of KCC that the Sevenoaks grammar school plan is progressing well, and that funding will be made available for the school. 1,150 Sevenoaks children in years 7-11 currently attend out-of-district grammar schools and so, with a growing population as well, new grammar school places are desperately needed in Sevenoaks.”

“I understand that a number of Kent grammar schools are interested in becoming the sponsoring parent of the Sevenoaks grammar annexe, and that private discussions between KCC and these grammar schools are progressing well. I hope to hear definitive news from KCC in the near future.”

I am also pleased that the Knole Academy is going ahead with its new building project on the Bradbourne campus. Once the building is completed in 2014 or 2015, it will then be possible for Knole to vacate the KCC-owned Wildernesse campus, leaving the way clear for the KCC-funded grammar school annexe to occupy this site.”