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Second Ebbsfleet Garden City primary school set to open next year

PUBLISHED: 10:34 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:34 08 November 2017

Hope Community School

Hope Community School

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Admissions for the reception class are already open

A second primary school serving 420 pupils is set to open at the Ebbsfleet Garden City next year.

Hope Community School will be run by the New Generation Schools Trust at Springhead Park, where hundreds of new home are being built.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation gave planning approval for the school and a nursery this week, with admissions for the reception class already open ahead of an anticipated opening date of September 2018.

The plans for the free school were submitted by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), who are an agency sponsored by the Department for Education and accountable for government funding for the provision of new education facilities.

Ian Piper, chief executive at EDC said: “We are delighted Ebbsfleet Garden City will soon see its second primary school up and running with work expected to start immediately.

“The growth of the garden city continues at real pace with many leading house builders on site and more to come in 2018.”

Paul Weston, chairman of New Generation Schools Trust, added: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone in the delivery of a brand new school for the community of Northfleet.

“The design process has been challenging and exciting and the end result is a modern, purpose built facility which will provide an outstanding educational environment for local families.”

Ebbsfleet Garden City’s first school, Cherry Orchard, in Castle Hill, opened in September to its first pupils, while a third school is in the pipeline, earmarked for a 2020 opening, after plans were approved as part of a 600-home scheme by Keepmoat in Northfleet East.

More than 600 new homes were started in the garden city over the last 12 months, which also saw its first pub and restaurant opening.

A new hotel will open in January and the EDC recently announced a series of multi-million pound investments in electricity provision and improvements to the A2 as well as creating a network of cycle and walking routes to link up the entire garden city.

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