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DHA scores top marks at The Prep

The staff and nearly 380 pupils at Sevenoaks Preparatory School will be able to celebrate its centenary in 2019, with new teaching facilities after DHA secured planning permission for a new teaching hub.

While the school’s facilities at Godden Green, near Sevenoaks, meet the highest standards expected of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (the equivalent of Ofsted), the school wanted to do even more to inspire its Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils.

With the school sitting in the Green Belt and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), DHA was set the planning task of securing permission for new facilities to provide science, arts, maths and English teaching. The ambition was also for the new building’s central space to serve as a library and café.

Working closely with Tunbridge Wells-based architects Hazle McCormack Young (HMY) and Project Managers Sawyer & Fisher, DHA engaged with Sevenoaks District Council and undertook a public exhibition to help secure local support.

Headteacher Luke Harrison said: “A new block would be wonderful, but couldn't we do something more imaginative, bolder? Of course we could, and giving The Prep a real heart or hub was it.

“My number one aim is for our pupils to leave here with the confidence to be themselves: nothing is more important. We do this through community. This is why creating a new heart to The Prep matters so much and is a project worthy of our centenary.”

With permission also granted for temporary accommodation for the pupils, work is now under way on the Centenary Centre.

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