Growth approved for Wilmington schools

Kent County Council’s aspirations to support the growth of Wilmington Academy and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls in Dartford saw DHA score top marks when the plans went before the planning committee.

With pupil numbers predicted to rise, and so many already travelling to and from the schools in the area, the big issue for the DHA team was how to effectively and safely manage traffic at peak times for pupils, staff and residents.

DHA’s transport team picked up the challenge and designed  a number of mitigation proposals, which through careful negotiations with the Local Highway Authority were seen to be of material benefit to the local area.

The expansion plans entailed the Academy growing from a six Form Entry (FE) to an eight FE, which when combined with post-16 pupils would see the school roll rise to 1,325 pupils.

The Grammar School extension would facilitate the expansion of the school from a 4FE to a 5FE school. 

With a well-considered transport mitigation plan in place, permission was granted for Wilmington Academy, part of the Leigh Academies Trust, to add a further two forms of entry thanks to a new three-storey teaching block within the existing grounds, plus new car parking spaces, games courts and a playground.

The proposals at the Girls Grammar School, also permitted at committee, involve the provision of a new teaching block with attached sports hall and rooftop games court. To improve access for coaches entering the boys and girls Grammar Schools a new drop-off loop is to be provided on the site, removing the need for these vehicles to route along narrow roads.

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