Chilmington Green School offers first places to new pupils
Chilmington Green School reached another milestone in early March 2023 as the new secondary school offered places to its first cohort of Year 7 students. The school had been oversubscribed reflecting the high demand amongst local families for a new school in this part of Kent.
Opening in September 2023, the school will initially be housed at Ashford South Building on Jemmett Road, formerly home to Chilmington Green Primary School, before moving to a brand-new, purpose-built school building in Chilmington Green. A refurbishment programme is currently being carried out by Kent County Council on the Jemmett Road site and it is hoped the incoming students will be given a sneak peek of their Year 7 classrooms towards the end of the Summer Term. The site will benefit from additional classrooms including a fully-equipped science lab.
With the support of United Learning, Principal Designate Jon Rutland is quickly building a team of skilled and enthusiastic teachers and support staff to ensure the school can provide a full, engaging and challenging curriculum from its very first day. He is also working on the uniform, pastoral structures and enrichment programme which will include a range of sport and arts activities. Recruitment for the Local Governing Body is well underway with the intention of ensuring strong representation from the local community.
The Department for Education has now signed the Funding Agreement which gives the go-ahead for the school to open and so the countdown for its first day can begin in earnest!