March 2002 (896COS) (1/3)
groups and local organisations have joined forces to form the
Edenbridge Vision Group to help save Eden Valley School from closure.
move follows concern amongst parents and local people in Edenbridge
about the proposed closure of the school.
Group has produced an innovative plan called the 'The Edenbridge
Vision' to turn the school into a college and a centre of learning
and excellence in the town. It includes a marketing plan to encourage
local parents to send their children to the facility.
of the Edenbridge Vision have been given to Kent County Council,
who fund the School, urging it to consider the alternative proposal
before it takes a final decision to permanently close the School
which, many fear, would have an adverse effect on the rural community.
Edenbridge Vision aims to meet the needs of the whole community
in the town in a new and innovative way and puts forward an integrated
educational and community facility by working with partners.
plan suggests proposals for how the school could be developed
to become a thriving community college providing secondary education,
vocational courses and lifelong learning and joining-up the services
and facilities with the Astor Youth Centre.
Jill Davison, Sevenoaks District Council's Member for Edenbridge
North says: "Eden Valley School must be kept open and
it is essential that the needs of the children and the local community
are fully met. It is vital that the Edenbridge Vision is given
a chance to become a reality".
Davison continues: "Residents in Edenbridge must have
convenient and sustainable access to services and facilities on
one site, enabling a much higher level of community participation
for all age groups."
for the school include:
many years, Eden Valley School has provided secondary education
for local children and hosted a range of community activities.
Edenbridge Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council reflect
strong local opinion, by viewing the possible closure of the School
with deep concern at a time when it is improving and community
needs have been demonstrated through a variety of consultations.
a recent community appraisal, 78% of the 1606 people surveyed
supported the need for secondary education in the town.
a public meeting on 6 February, the Edenbridge Vision was circulated
by Edenbridge Town Council and generally endorsed by those present,
including Sir John Stanley MP and Kent County Council Cabinet
Member Cllr Peter Lake. It was also endorsed at the Edenbridge
Town Forum on 7 February. There was overwhelming support for keeping
the school as a centre for education, lifelong learning and community
representatives will be attending KCC's Cabinet meeting on Monday
18 March to hear the debate about the future of the school.
The Edenbridge Vision Group includes representatives from:
Eden Valley Parent's Action Group
Edenbridge Town Council
Sevenoaks District Council
Local KCC member Peter Lake
multi-agency group has worked on the proposal including local
housing associations, West Kent College, the police, the voluntary
sector, health providers, Edenbridge Baptist Church and youth
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