Response from KCC regarding the primary school in Hawkenbury
The HVA has received a response to our email sent to KCC, regarding the school that is to be built in Hawkenbury. I have attached it below for your attention.
The bottom line is that KCC will build what they have set out to build and we will not get the 2 form entry school that we were promised as part of the Hawkenbury Farm development. See our article here. The situation will arise where parents living in Hawkenbury will have to drive their children across town, to underperforming schools such as Temple Grove. Alternatively, you may have to consider homeschooling or private education.
It is also noted that the decision to continue with mixed age group teaching is a decision for the school and its governors, and not KCC as previously stated. Our understanding is that the school will need to fund the extra teacher required and that KCC will be providing the necessary classrooms, so that mixed year group teaching is no longer down to a space constraint. It is also clear from the letter that the school and its governors are responsible for the decision whether to increase the number of pupils from 20 to 30 across all year groups from 2019 or to stagger the approach. The school and the governors intend to restrict the expansion of the school until 2025, at which point all year groups will consist of 30 pupils.
We have created a poll on Facebook to judge what the requirement from new parents will be from 2019 and 2020. Please take the time to fill it out, so that we can feed this information back to KCC. Facebook Poll
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