Tunbridge Wells school to open on former hospital site

Old Kent & Sussex Hospital Organisers said the school would be on the old hospital site, subject to planning consent

Related Stories

A free school that will open in Tunbridge Wells next year is to be based on the former Kent and Sussex Hospital site, its founders have said.

The Wells Free School will open in temporary accommodation on the site, while a permanent base is developed there subject to planning consent.

Organisers have also appointed the school's head teacher.

The Department for Education (DfE) approved plans for the Kent town's free school this summer.

Tunbridge Wells parents called for another school to be built in the town centre after more than 800 children across Kent were denied places at their three preferred primary schools this year.

Public meetings

The highest numbers of pupils who missed out were in urban areas such as Tunbridge Wells.

Jude O'Connor, chairwoman of the school's founding committee, said the school would be part of the Berkeley Homes redevelopment of the hospital site, subject to planning permission.

She added: "While the permanent site is in development and subject to the funding agreement with the DfE being signed, the school will open its doors in September 2013 in spacious temporary accommodation also located within the Kent and Sussex site."

The school is taking applications for places until 16 January and two public meetings are to be held on 1 and 4 December at the United Reformed Church, where the plans will be discussed.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Kent



Min. Night 2 °C


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.