1,150 Sevenoaks area children travel to grammar schools in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells every day. Therefore, if the Sevenoaks Grammar School were to be established, a significant number of grammar school places in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells would become freed up for local Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells children, which would be to the considerable benefit to the people of those towns and nearby villages. It will also considerably reduce rush hour congestion near to the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells grammar schools as the buses from Sevenoaks will largely be replaced by local children walking to school.
Children in other parts of Kent, including children in towns and villages near to Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells that do not have grammar schools, such as Kings Hill, would also benefit from a grammar school in Sevenoaks. Fewer Sevenoaks children would take places at Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells grammar schools, meaning that these other children would be awarded places there instead. This would mean less travelling and travel costs for these children as well, and this would hopefully also improve social inclusion in those towns and villages.
Finally, many of the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells grammar schools are already heavily over-subscribed with no further room to expand. There is also anticipated to be a surge in school age children in West Kent in the near future, which will place further pressure on admissions for the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells grammar schools. A Sevenoaks Grammar School will immediately release the pressure on these schools by creating much-needed new grammar school places in West Kent.