Open days for new West Sussex school

A brand-new school on the borders of Crawley and Horsham will be opening its doors to children next year and prospective families can learn all about it at three upcoming open events.

Kilnwood Vale Primary School will offer a purpose-built environment for children to ‘grow, learn and flourish’ in Faygate as part of the GLF Trust, which already has two schools in West Sussex. The school will join Forge Wood Primary, which opened in September 2016 and Southgate Primary, both in Crawley.
The new school will be become part of the wider group of schools across Surrey, Croydon, Wokingham and Oxfordshire, and will benefit from the Trust’s experience of opening new schools. The most recent GLF school to have an Ofsted inspection was Chestnut Park Primary in Croydon, which opened in September 2015 and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in every category when the report was released June 2018.
Kilnwood Vale Primary School will open next September with a class of 30 Reception children. The school’s nursery will also open in September with places available for two, three and four-year-olds.

“Our new school will benefit from sharing outstanding resources and support in every aspect of school life,” said Jon Chaloner, CEO of GLF Schools, “We are looking forward to welcoming the first families to the new school which will be at the heart of the Kilnwood Vale community. Opening a new school is always an exciting time and we are delighted to have this opportunity.”

Planning permission for the single-storey free school was granted in the summer and work is underway on the Faygate site, with construction team Wilmott Dixon working on the project.
The school will ultimately be two-form entry, with associated nursery spaces. There will be drop-off access at the new building, which will be set back from the road. Further parking will be provided in the neighbourhood centre, with a park and stride in the next phase of development.
Applications for places at Kilnwood Vale Primary School have already started rolling in after the first open event last month, and there are three more events before applications for places close.

The next open event will be held on Saturday, November 17 at Bewbush Barn Church, Frances Edwards Way, and prospective families are invited to attend the session which starts with a presentation at 10am.

There will be further events on Wednesday, December 5 at Forge Wood School at 2pm and 4pm, where there will be the opportunity to see another of GLF’s new schools. The final session will be on Tuesday, January 8 with a presentation at 4pm at Faygate Village Hall. The closing date for applications to join the first cohort is January 15, 2019, with offers being made on April 16.

Further information about the school and how to apply for places can be found on the website at www.kilnwoodvalesch

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