Barton Court Academy

A new purpose-built free school in Canterbury received unanimous planning approval from Kent County Council.

Barton Court Academy Free School, which will be built by Kier Construction, will cater for 1,050 pupils aged between 11 and 18.

Key facts
  • Replacement school buildings
  • Accompanying sports block
  • Multi-use games area
  • Extensive landscaping

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The site has been in educational use since 1967, although the current school closed in 2015 due to a low pupil intake. This means it is ideal for redevelopment for educational purposes. 

DHA worked with client Kier, Noviun Architects and the school trust to develop an effective layout that prioritised sustainable travel to the site. The new school aims to welcome students in September 2021.

The proposed scheme sees the demolition of existing vacant school buildings which will be replaced with the purpose-built modern school, as well as an accompanying sports block, multi-use games area and extensive landscaping.

The sports hall, main hall, health and beauty studios and the outdoor sports facilities will all be available to local groups out of hours and during the school holidays, ensuring the community is involved in the new site.

Barton Court is the latest of a significant number of school projects DHA has helped to secure permission for with Kier Construction. Close correspondence with the assigned Planning Officer at Kent County Council ensured statutory consultation responses were addressed promptly, leading to the unanimous planning approval. 

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