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Open days announced for new Faygate School

A brand-new school on the borders of Crawley and Horsham will be opening its doors to children next year and prospective families can learn all about it at three upcoming open events.



Kilnwood Vale Primary School will offer a purpose-built environment for
children to ‘grow, learn and flourish’ in Faygate as part of the GLF Trust,
which already has two schools in West Sussex. The school will join Forge
Wood Primary, which opened in September 2016 and Southgate Primary, both in

The new school will be become part of the wider group of schools across
Surrey, Croydon, Wokingham and Oxfordshire, and will benefit from the
Trust’s experience of opening new schools. The most recent GLF school to
have an Ofsted inspection was Chestnut Park Primary in Croydon, which
opened in September 2015 and was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in every
category when the report was released June 2018.

Kilnwood Vale Primary School will open next September with a class of 30
Reception children. The school’s nursery will also open in September with
places available for two, three and four-year-olds.

“Our new school will benefit from sharing outstanding resources and support
in every aspect of school life,”  said Jon Chaloner, CEO of GLF Schools.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the first families to the new school which
will be at the heart of the Kilnwood Vale community. Opening a new school
is always an exciting time and we are delighted to have this opportunity.”

Planning permission for the single-storey free school was granted in the
summer and work is underway on the Faygate site with construction team
Wilmott Dixon working on the project.

The school will ultimately be two-form entry, with associated nursery
spaces. There will be drop-off access at the new building which will be set
back from the road. Further parking will be provided in the neighbourhood
centre with a park and stride in the next phase of development.

Applications for places at Kilnwood Vale Primary School have already
started rolling in after the first open event last month, and there are
three more events before applications for places close.

The next open event will be held on Saturday, November 17 at Bewbush Barn
Church, Frances Edwards Way, and prospective families are invited to attend
the session which starts with a presentation at 10am.

There will be further events on Wednesday, December 5 at Forge Wood School
at 2pm and 4pm, where there will be the opportunity to see another of GLF’s
new schools.

The final session will be on Tuesday, January 8 with a
presentation at 4pm at Faygate Village Hall. The closing date for
applications to join the first cohort is January 15, 2019, with offers
being made on April 16.

Further information about the school and how to apply for places can be
found on the website at


Crawley students take home win at regional robotics competition

This week saw four Year 8 students from Thomas Bennett Community College attend the STEM Club Robotics Regional Competition organised by Tomorrow’s Engineers and in association with the RAF.



It was an exciting day for all four students and the day was made up of several parts.  The students were tasked at the start of the day with the building and programming of a robot to carry out a number of specified tasks based around the idea of humanitarian aid. 

They also researched and made a presentation on current and future use of technology, for this they chose to do prosthetic limbs.  The final part of the competition was a teamwork challenge, for which they had to solve a simple engineering problem using Lego.

The day ended marvellously with the team winning the prize for the best research presentation.  They also qualified for the national competition to be held at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

Stuart Smith, Head Teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College said:

“We are incredibly proud of the team who did an exceptional job on the day.  We’re very much looking forward to the team competing at the Big Bang Fair and we’re hopeful for another win!”

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