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The cost of Change....!
Hello some time ago I contacted you to ask your TV/Radio Station to support the parents of pupils of Eden Valley School, at that time the school was under threat of closure by Kent County Council.
Unfortunately the school is to close by the 31st of August this year, however parents are now faced with issues connected to that decision and would like the support of the media.

Parents having been forced to send their children to the two nominated single sex schools Bradbourne Girls and Wilderness Boys are now being told they will have to bear the cost of new uniform, and have been offered a measly £50 "Discretionary Grant" towards the cost. You may say so what, however the uniform for Bradbourne Girls can only be obtained from John Lewis Bluewater and that the coat is compulsory and costs £48.


  • School Scarf compulsory £18.50
  • School Blazer £23.50
  • School Skirt fixed waist Navy £18.50
  • School Blouse twin pack £11.75
  • School Pullover Navy £13.50
  • School Badge £2.95 x the number of items it is attached to?
  • PE KIT Compulsory
  • Games skirt £8.95
  • Polo Shirt £10.75
  • Sweatshirt £13.50
  • Jog Bottoms £10.50
  • Cycle Shorts £10.25
  • Leotard £11.75
  • Leggings Navy Blue £10.25
  • Sports Socks 3 pairs £4.45
  • Science Lab Coat £21.00 Compulsory

Total £221.10p for one pupil not including some other items on the list, it is expected that the uniform cost will rise to around £300 or more.
Now I would ask you, do you think it is fair that parents should have to bear the burden of the uniform cost when the change of school has been imposed on them. A Parent Governor recently said in the Edenbridge Courier, many parents are on low incomes and send their children to Eden Valley because it is local to where they live.
Additionally I would like to add that the number of Public Objections to closure came to 1628 this included a petition of 1500 signatures, the number that were infavour of the school closing was 59.

Your News Team should contact KCC Local Education Authority
Representative Dr Ian Craig or the District Schools Officer Chris Lay
or Cabinet Chairman Leyland Riding for their comments.
The District Schools Officer Chris Lay or Head Teacher Sara Kemsley can
be contacted at the school in Edenbridge 01732 863152

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