Eden Valley Parents' Action Group formed to try and save Eden Valley
School from closure is now known as the Eden Valley Parents' Support
main Brief now is to assist where we can the Eden Valley pupils
transfer to the new Schools particularly those in Sevenoaks.
are especially concerned to try and secure the full cost of new
school uniforms from KCC who are responsible for the closure process.
Unfortunately KCC are only prepared to make what they call "a
discretionary grant" payment of £50 for each child towards
the new uniforms which at Bradbourne School for Girls is likely
to cost approximately £300, and Wildernesse Boys over £100.
say they are not obliged to make any payment. Surely they could
and should. Is this attitude fair and reasonable given they have
closed the school against many of the parents wishes? Parents have
not chosen Bradbourne or Wildernesse but they are now the nominated
secondary schools for the Edenbridge children. EVPSG consider the
discretionary grant derisory, harsh and lacking any compassion,
and particularly appalling for those parents who simply cannot afford
the full cost, and why should they in any event in all the circumstances.
should in our view pay the full price of every child's new uniform
as a natural consequential cost of their decision to close Eden
Valley School (including those Year 6 pupils who were down to start
at Eden Valley in this coming September who we understand are not
even entitled to the £50 voucher). They should not pass this
burden onto parents who have not sought themselves to send children
to new schools.
said they would do what they could to ensure the smooth transfer
of the children - they have failed at the start. Their headed notepaper
says they are INVESTORS IN PEOPLE - they should invest more in the
children. They say the £50 is no more than a "goodwill
gesture". Unfortunately little goodwill has been generated
copy of letter from KCC attached.
c/o Wayside Cottage, Uckfield Lane, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8
Tele: 01342 850609 Fax: 01342 850443