In areas where parents are still lucky enough to already have grammar schools, they know how valuable they are. That is why some schools are attempting to expand using an allowance in current regulations for existing schools to open new ‘satellite’ campuses which operate under the banner of the existing school. We hope to see existing grammars using this regulatory ability to expand into new areas, giving more families the benefit of a grammar school education.
A girls annexe of the Weald of Kent Grammar School in Tonbridge, Kent was finally granted approval by the then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, on 15 October 2015. The annexe of the school will now open in Sevenoaks in September 2017.
Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence and MP for Sevenoaks, welcomed the Government’s decision. In a press release, available here, he said:
“I am very, very pleased with the decision to approve Weald of Kent Grammar School’s application to build an annexe in Sevenoaks. I have strongly encouraged the Minister to reach this decision, which will finally end the absurd situation of Sevenoaks being the only area in Kent not to have a grammar school. It will also help to ease the growing pressure on school places in West Kent. Parents will have more choice, pupils will have shorter journeys and more of them will be able to access high quality schooling on their doorstep.”
Following this successful application, the Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaign is now campaigning for a boy’s annexe in the town and discussions have now opened with other grammar schools in the West Kent area to see if they will sponsor this. To keep up to date with the progress of the campaign, please click here.