Trenport donates site and £4+ million to new community school
Source: Steve Loader
An all-new £8 million primary school at Peters Village is due for completion in February 2018.
The school is more than twice the size originally planned for the new community, after a successful proposal was made to amalgamate it with the primary school in nearby Wouldham village.
It will have 18 classrooms, a large hall, music room and library, plus playground and playing fields.
The project has been consistently described as a ‘win, win’ situation for Kent County Council (KCC) – as education authority – and Peters Village developer, Trenport, which transferred the school land to KCC for a nominal £1 and injected £4.43 million towards the build.
Trenport Director Chris Hall explained: “A new primary school for Peters Village was rightly part of the planning brief, but once we started preparing the overall development site, Wouldham primary school instigated an approach by KCC Education about creating an enlarged school to take pupils from there too.
“The department felt that, without costly refurbishment, the old village school had reached the end of its useful life.
“It meant moving the new school’s site closer to Wouldham, but this in turn created more space for badly needed housing development.”
However, he stressed that the school is very much a KCC scheme, Trenport’s involvement ending with the injection of cash and sale of the land.
The contractor for the project, Tonbridge-based Baxall Construction, began building the new school in January 2017 and a KCC spokesman said: “We are confident that the school will be completed next February.
“It will be a school that both Peters Village and Wouldham can be proud of, with the latest heating and services technology, airy classrooms and ample space outside where the children can play or enjoy sport.”