Stour trust to open first school at Chilm­ing­ton de­vel­op­ment

Pupils may use build­ings at Jem­mett Road un­til new class­rooms are ready

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Plans to build the first of four new pri­mary schools on the town’s big­gest-ever hous­ing es­tate will be dis­cussed at con­sul­ta­tion events.

The Stour Academy Trust will be re­spon­si­ble for open­ing the school at the Chilm­ing­ton Green de­vel­op­ment in Ash­ford.

It could set up as a satel­lite school by us­ing build­ings at the for­mer Ash­ford South School in Jem­mett Road be­fore mov­ing into a new premises by 2019.

The school could also pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and those on the autism spec­trum by work­ing with the Wyvern School in Ash­ford.

Stour Academy Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon O’Keefe said: “We are very hon­oured to have been se­lected to run Chilm­ing­ton Green Pri­mary School.

“Our col­lab­o­ra­tive model of schools work­ing to­gether for the ben­e­fit of all chil­dren has proved highly suc­cess­ful and we look for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity as the school grows and de­vel­ops.”

The trust runs the re­cently opened Fin­berry Pri­mary School with a sim­i­lar model of us­ing the old school build­ings in Jem­mett Road first.

This led to Kent County Coun­cil se­lect­ing the trust as the spon­sor for the Chilm­ing­ton school.

KCC ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer David Adams said: “We are de­lighted that the Stour Academy Trust has been ap­proved to spon­sor the first pri­mary school in Chilm­ing­ton Green.

“We are ab­so­lutely con­fi­dent in their abil­ity to cre­ate a school for Chilm­ing­ton Green which pro­vides high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, and is a cen­tre point for the newly form­ing com­mu­nity.

“We aim to open the school in Septem­ber 2018, ini­tially off-site in build­ing on Jem­mett Road, while we work to build the per­ma­nent school build­ings.”

There are to be two open evenings at Fin­berry Pri­mary School, on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 11 and on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7, with res­i­dents be­ing in­vited to share their thoughts and ideas.

The for­mal con­sul­ta­tion has started and will run un­til Fri­day, Novem­ber 10.

To take part or find out more about the scheme visit www. stoura­cade­mytrust.org.uk/ Forth­com­ing-Acad­e­mies

Stour Academy Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon O’Keefe and, right, artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment at Chilm­ing­ton Green

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