What will the new school be like?
- It will be a two form entry primary
school taking children from Reception
through to Year 6. When full, it will
have a roll of 420 children.
- It will have a strong focus on a
caring, family-like ethos, where every
child is valued, and where the school
works closely with the family to ensure
children are happy coming to school and
enjoy their learning.
- It will be underpinned by inclusive
Christian values, and children will be
taught the importance of living by those
- In the early years, the focus will
be on the development of the whole child
and on outstanding teaching of the
basics, in particular reading, writing
- As children get older, there will be
increasing emphasis on high quality
teaching of traditional academic
subjects so that the highest possible
standards are reached and children are
fully prepared for transfer to any
- To complement their studies, there
will be a strong emphasis on the
development of character for example
through sports, music, debating, outdoor
activities, trips and visits.
- The new school will benefit strongly
from working closely with Bennett
Memorial, and other schools in the
Trust, for example by sharing specialist
teachers and facilities so children have
access to a really top class range of
opportunities. Bennett's culture of high
expectations and standards will inform
the approach to learning and personal
development at the new school.
When will the new school open?
- Up to 1050 new homes for Paddock
Wood are included in the local council's
Core Strategy for housing growth. This
will cause the town's population to grow
by about quarter. It is expected the new
developments will attract many young
families and so the already high demand
for school places will increase. Paddock
Wood Primary School does not have the
capacity to expand further, so Kent
Count Council have stated clearly that a
new two form entry primary school will
be needed to meet the needs of the town.
- Outline planning permission is
likely to be determined by summer 2016.
- If this happens, Kent estimate that
a new primary school will be needed from
2018 onwards as the population grows, so
that is when we would aim to open. If
this date gets delayed for any reason,
we will respond accordingly by adjusting
the date of opening.