Los­ing art deco-style gem

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lack of ac­com­mo­da­tion in their new schools.” Mr Bax­ter says the new-build will “se­ri­ously com­pro­mise the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion” de­liv­ered by the school and would cost far more in tax pay­ers’ money than the re­fur­bish­ment work he favours. But there’s a risk in turn­ing down the pro­posal.

Chair­man of the gov­ern­ing body Paul Ad­dis said: “We can say no, but if we do that’s it, we’d risk be­ing pulled out of the pro­gramme. I’ve been in­volved with the school since 1977. My daugh­ter was a pupil here and so was my late wife. The Lang­ton is in my blood. I wouldn’t do any­thing to harm it. But we’re left bang­ing our heads against a bu­reau­cratic brick wall. It’s pub­lic money and we want to see value for money – the par­ents want to see value for money.

“We can’t pos­si­bly make a de­ci­sion as im­por­tant as this with­out parental sup­port.”

Mr Ad­dis says the school would rather shun the ESFA’S new three-storey school in favour of mov­ing to land near the Lang­ton Boys’ school.

Much of the land on which the girls’ school stands is owned by an en­dow­ment fund, which would plough back any money raised from the sale of the site – likely for hous­ing – into any move. “One al­ter­na­tive is to pull the whole lot down, sell the site and re­lo­cate whole­sale,” said Mr Ad­dis.

It is un­der­stood at­tempts may be made to have the main build­ing listed to pro­tect it from de­mo­li­tion.

What do you think? Email ken­tishgazette@thek­m­group. co.uk or write to Gazette House, 5-8 Boor­man Way, Wraik Hill, Whit­stable, CT5 3SE.

The school was her­alded in the ar­chi­tec­tural world when it was built after the Sec­ond World War; right, gover­nors’ chair­man Paul Ad­dis

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