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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:06 am 

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Just thought I'd post this as I've not spotted it reported - apologies if you all already knew.

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/canterbu ... _1_2900699

Canterbury grammar school outlines plans to move out of city

Early consultation on moving to Herne Bay site

A secondary school in Canterbury says it has been offered a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to move lock, stock and barrel to a new site in Herne Bay.

And if the deal is agreed, it would see Barton Court Grammar School move into state-of-the-art new buildings on land donated for free.

Parents were informed of the opportunity this week which could see the school shift from its city centre site opposite the former Canterbury prison, to land previously used by Herne Bay Golf Club.

A series of consultations will now take place. If all goes to plan, the school could be open by September 2017.

A consequence of the move would go someway to easing pressures on grammar school places in the area. A key part of the financial deal would see the school needing to expand its current four form intake to as much as six.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Kirsten Cardus said: “We are a very successful grammar school which is very popular and oversubscribed.

“The governors have a desire to significantly improve the facilities available to our students and, if possible, expand the school to meet the overwhelming demand for places.

“The options available are extremely limited on our small city centre site.

“We are delighted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has presented itself whereby a location in Herne Bay has been offered as an alternative site for the school from September 2017.

“Mark Quinn, from NewmanQuinn and Quinn Estates, is offering the land for free and is helping the school raise funds to build a brand new state-of-the-art school with the latest sporting and learning facilities.”

Among the facilities which would also be open to the local community, would be artificial pitches with floodlights, six tennis courts, a modern clubhouse and a cricket pitch.

Ms Cardus added: “While this is very exciting news we must advise some caution as this project is within the very early stages of planning and this is a very early consulation period.

“There is a long way to go, with planning permission and sufficient funds still to be secured.”

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