Public Consultation – Bishop Chavasse Primary School

The Tenax Schools Trust has launched a public consultation on its plans to open a new Church of England primary school on land adjacent to the new Somerhill Green housing development at Tudeley Lane, South Tonbridge. The Trust want to hear views on: the need for a new Church of England primary school; the proposed site; admissions arrangements; and curriculum plans. It also wants to know whether the local community agree that the Government should fund the school to open from September 2017.

The Bishop Chavasse Primary School will be two-form entry primary school with 60 places in each year group. We propose up to 25% of places (up to 15 places annually) will be allocated on the basis of parental attendance at a Church of England church, and that at least 75% of places (at least 45 annually) will be available to families of all faiths or none.

Our Christian values and ethos will drive the passion for outstanding teaching and learning in an area where there is currently a shortage of primary school places due to population growth and new housing development.

The Trust will be holding a public meeting at The Angel Centre, Angel Lane in Tonbridge at 7pm on Monday 12 December. The proposed Chair of Governors for Bishop Chavasse Primary School, Cherie Sargent said “We look forward to welcoming Tonbridge residents to our meeting to hear about our exciting new school. We want to know what local people have to say because Bishop Chavasse Primary School will first and foremost be serving Tonbridge families and their children”.

The consultation runs from Thursday 1st December through to Wednesday 11th January 2017. You can find out more about the consultation and respond online through the Bishop Chavasse Primary School website www.bishopchavasseschool.org.uk/consultation. If you are interested in applying for a place, applications are now open for children born between September 2012 and August 2013, and an online application form is available through the school’s website.