A parent consultation has begun at the Weald of Kent Grammar (WOK) School in Tonbridge to see if parents would be happy for the school to go co-educational (mixed). If parents agree this will remove the major legal obstacle in setting up the Sevenoaks annexe. Their responses are requested by 21 March 2014.
After talks with the Educational Funding Agency and KCC, Weald of Kent’s governing body unanimously agreed to the parent consultation. Existing WOK students will continue to be educated at the Tonbridge campus. Over half of WOK students currently come from Sevenoaks so the opening of the new 6 form entry Sevenoaks campus is expected to free up a significant number of grammar school places for Tonbridge students – making it easier for local children to go to local schools.
Also, this week, Weald of Kent approved a further change to its 2015 admissions policy by giving equal priority to Tonbridge and Sevenoaks students, as opposed to its previous policy of putting Tonbridge students first and Sevenoaks students second. This change was necessary to enable the Sevenoaks annexe to admit Sevenoaks students.