Development Plans: Hartley – A letter from Mrs Goosani, Principal

Development Plans: Hartley – A letter from Mrs Goosani, Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

Development Plans: Hartley

As you may be aware there has recently been an announcement relating to proposed plans for the future development of the community of Hartley. Sevenoaks DC have this week published committee papers that provide a first glimpse on the next local plan consultation document which includes this information.

Future plans include proposed bespoke replacements for both Hartley Primary Academy and Milestone Academy, onto a new co-located site. The new academy buildings would be located close to the current Corinthians site.

This is a hugely exciting and welcome opportunity for both academies. The old infrastructure of the existing Hartley building is presenting more challenges, particularly in the winter. With decreasing budgets it is more difficult to maintain the buildings and provide the physical learning environment our children deserve.

Leigh Academies Trust are working with the landowners to develop ideas regarding both academies and to ensure that everything we would seek in a new building and grounds is considered and included. Hartley Primary Academy has outdoor learning at the heart of its offering and this would be provided for in any future development.

A new building for Hartley would potentially allow it to expand to be a three form entry school which would help us meet the growing demand for places at our already heavily oversubscribed academy. Increased pupil numbers generates more income which in turn enables us to provide additional resources for learning.

Any new build would also include at its core a new pre-school facility, replacing the current, old mobile unit Such a development would greatly enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities to both increase the number of places available and opening times.

Through the current proposals Hartley Primary Academy would have access to adjacent sports facilities as part of the new provision. Our academy prides itself on its sporting achievements and commitment to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which develops health and well being. This is therefore a very exciting offer.

Links with Milestone are currently very strong but being next door to each other would provide wonderful opportunities to build on professional partnerships benefiting the children.

Finally, close to the school it is planned that there would be a community meeting area which we have long dreamed of having so that our families have access to a meeting point and where stronger community and school links can be built.

Having seen the new build proposals appear across the county and within the Trust, the staff and myself are very positive about the potential for these plans to provide the very best for our children, families and community.

There will be a public consultation on Wednesday 11th July from 2pm until 8pm at the members’ bar in Corinthians Sports Club to which everyone from the community is invited.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S Goosani