Kent

Free school planned for Wye village

A free school could open in a Kent village in as little as two years if it is given the green light by the government.

Campaigners plan to use the site of the old Imperial College in Wye for the location of the secondary school.

Margaret Williams, chairman of the Wye Free School Committee, said projections showed there would not be enough school places within the next five years.

She said it would be a comprehensive school for "children of all abilities".

'Community hub'

Ms Williams, who is a former deputy head of a private school, said the current two-tier system in the area involving the eleven-plus exam was "academically divisive".

She said: "We already have the names of 120 families who are supportive of our plans so their children can benefit.

"Many younger families are settling in this area and many already have to go to primary schools outside the village. We want to provide for these children as they reach secondary school age.

"We see the school as becoming a community hub for the village and for surrounding villages as local people gain from the facilities the school will provide."

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