State of the art temporary buildings are being installed on part of the site that will house the permanent building in Baker Lane, South Tonbridge. The school will open with two reception classes and high quality playground facilities for 60 children.
The school has already appointed two reception class teachers and admin staff. Headteacher Donna Weeks said “We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of reception pupils and have an exciting programme of commemorative activities lined up to recognise the uniqueness of our founding pupils”.
The school was due to open in 2016 but was delayed when the original land purchase fell through. Ian Bauckham, Tenax SchoolsTrust CEO said “This site is perfect for a school and is adjacent to new family housing. There are not enough existing school places in Tonbridge and with new developments coming on stream we are helping to meet demand for excellent school places”.
Cllr Richard Long who is the county councillor for Tonbridge said “‘I am delighted that the Bishop Chavasse School is opening on schedule in time for the start of the new academic year. Tonbridge has grown and needs the extra places to complement its existing range of very good schools. Although the new school will be a state funded free school, KCC is fully supportive and as the local member I will do whatever I can to help it flourish’.
Cllr Long is picture with 4-year-old Hugo who will be starting Bishop Chavasse Church of England School in September. Mum Alicja Czeplina said “We are so pleased to see that work on site is now well underway. Hugo is very excited. Tenax Schools are very good schools and we feel very lucky that this school will be on our doorstep”.
Also pictured are Donna Weeks the Headteacher, Ian Bauckham the CEO of Tenax Schools Trust and Chair of Governors Cherie Sargent.