With the announcement of the decision on new school at Kings Hill, the church has put out this statement:
“The Rochester Diocesan Board of Education is disappointed not to have been chosen by the Department of Education as the preferred sponsor for a new primary academy in Kings Hill, West Malling.
The Diocese believes that it put forward a credible proposal to run a new primary academy which would have served local families and provided much need facilities on behalf of the local community.
Director of Education, Alex Tear said, “This is a disappointing decision by ministers who I believe have failed to recognise the strength of the Diocesan bid and what it would have delivered for the Kings Hill community. We have asked the Department of Education to re-consider their decision and will be asking for further clarity on why the bid was not successful”
The Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend James Langstaff said, “We are very disappointed to have been unsuccessful in our bid to open a new school at King’s Hill. This does not, however, diminish our desire to serve this community and to develop the presence of the Church there; we will give urgent attention to how this may be possible.”
The Diocese of Rochester is committed to the community of Kings Hill and will continue to work in partnership with the congregation of St Gabriel’s and other local organisations to support local families.”