Plans for Da Vinci primary and secondary school in Sevenoaks to be submitted to Depertment for Education in March

PUBLISHED: 09:28 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 27 February 2017

Will Sevenoaks soon host a new all-through school?

Will Sevenoaks soon host a new all-through school?


It aims to help ease the squeeze on school places in the district and for neighbouring Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells too

An application will be made in March to build a new primary and secondary school for Sevenoaks.

Those behind plans for the new ‘all-through’ free school - to be known as the Da Vinci School - will submit plans to the Department for Education next month.

It will be a mainstream, non-selective, offering places from reception year through to year 11.

The site of the school has not yet been revealed but the primary is planned to be accessible to children in the rural areas of Hildenborough, Leigh and north Tonbridge.

Da Vinci’s secondary element would plan to offer places to students from Edenbridge, East Grinstead, Lingfield, Crowborough, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, Kings Hill and Tunbridge Wells, where “significant pressure for places is building and where there are fewer choices outside of faith, grammar and private schools”.

A spokesman for the education professionals behind the project said: “The catchment areas for those who currently travel out of area will shrink to reflect this. With only around 30 per cent of Sevenoaks pupils attending mainstream secondary provision within Sevenoaks district this could become quite a concern. It has been shown that there will be a need for 307 Year 7 places in these areas in 2019, increasing to 832 in 2025, and again this is without taking account of any planned housing.

“The team is asking that the local community show support to demonstrate to the Department for Education that there is demand for a new mainstream school in this area. “The Da Vinci School will not only provide a great place to learn for a wide range of pupils but will also ease pressure on other local schools that are currently over-subscribed and difficult to get into.

A public information evening takes place this Friday, March 3, at 8pm at the Eden Centre in Edenbridge and another at the Masonic Hall in St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells on March 16 at 8pm.

A public petition set up in support for the school can be found here.


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