Kent

Edenbridge parents campaign for new school in West Kent

Parents in Edenbridge have started a petition calling on the local authority to consider opening a secondary school in the town.

They say children have to get a bus to school in places including Oxted, East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells.

Audrey Batchelor, one of the parents behind the campaign, said her son had to get up at 0600 GMT in order to get to school on time.

Kent County Council said there had not been a sufficient increase in demand.

'Shipped out'

Ms Batchelor said: "In 1931, they had four schools here and a population of 5,000.

"Now in 2010 we have one primary school and all the children are being shipped out everywhere."

In a statement, the council said: "Each year we review the supply of school places in the different communities of Kent.

"The demand for school places changes with demographics, school popularity, and economic circumstances.

"There has not been a sufficient increase in demand for a new secondary school in Edenbridge."

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