The organisations who will manager the schools at Kents Hill Park have been appointed, and it’s good news: they both run outstanding schools locally at present.
The SEN unit will function as an extra campus of the existing Slated Row school.
The primary and secondary schools will be run as one all-through school, but taking in extra children at each stage, by the Kingsbridge Educational Trust, who run Oakgrove at present.
Kingsbridge are consulting on the admissions arrangements for their school now, and you can have your say. The details are on their website at www.kentshillpark.school and the consultation closes on Wednesday 29th November at 5pm.
Basically, they are proposing that:
- the infant school will be sized for, and have catchment of, Kents Hill Park only.
- The junior school will have the same catchment as Heronsgate School – Kents Hill and Kents Hill Park homes will be most of the closest ones giving them priority. Children who attend the infant school will have an automatic junior place.
- The secondary school will have a catchment to the west of our area, plus Kents Hill Park, but not the rest of our area. Children who attend the junior school will have an automatic secondary school place.
Please respond to the consultation and also let us know what you think. Thank you.
In a shock decision, after Government interference, MK’s Labour Cabinet has decided to give the Government the whole say over who manages all our new schools including Kents Hill Park Primary.
Cllr Jenni Ferrans at Kents Hill Park Primary School
But the earliest the Government can appoint managers is Autumn 2017 – too late for the 2017-18 school year, and the Government’s last appointment was an academy that has failing schools! Oakgrove School has offered to accommodate the extra children in 2017-18.
Your Lib Dem councillors think MK Council should still go ahead locally with the primary school, to get it open on time, with a good academy managing it.
Please sign our petition or ask us for a paper petition, quickly, if you agree!
The Council’s consultation on the planning brief for the developments on Kents Hill Park including both the housing and the schools will close this Sunday, Sept 13th, so please get your comments in to them! The development proposal comprises:
- a secondary school to serve the MK south-central area
- a primary school to serve the new housing plus an extra junior class in each year to take the existing overflow from the area
- 286-303 homes or small commercial or mixed use units
For more information on why it’s happening, and the process being followed, see our Development Special published early this year.
For more information on the proposals and the school proposals, see our KentsHillSpecial2.
Update: Heronsgate have agreed to take the 2016 intake to the junior school, and those children will then stay at Heronsgate until they move up to secondary school. It’s intended that the new school will open on the new site on Kents Hill in September 2017.
To see the questions residents asked at the meetings the Parish Council convened, and the answers, see our Kents Hill Questions and Answers.
To see the planning brief that the Council is consulting on, see MK Council’s website at
The Liberal Democrat’s Pupil Premium provides schools with extra money to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This will help whole classes move forward faster together.
In our area all our schools have benefitted this year and will be getting even more next year:
Monkston Primary School £33,019
Kents Hill School £16,198
Walton High £127,092
Oakgrove School £147,028
Don’t forget that the Lib Dems in government have just announced free hot school meals for the under 7s.
Thank you to all the residents who took part in the events to decide how the new Kingston Library could be used.
We will keep you posted on progress.
MK Council are starting to design the new Kingston Library on the site of the old Tavern Pub. Residents are invited to take part in community workshops so you can have your say.
For example: How much space for a toddlers area, for computers or displays? Do you want space for meetings or advice sessions?
What is prioritised will depend on what you say so please do take part.
The nearest workshops to you will be on:
- Tuesday, 16 July from 7-8pm at Walton High, Fyfield Barrow, Walnut Tree, MK7 7WH
- Saturday, 20 July from 2-2.30pm at Oakgrove Leisure Centre, Venturer Gate, Middleton, MK10 9JQ
You can also see more on the MK Council web site at: http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/library_services/displayarticle.asp?ID=91839
There’ll be more space in the new library!