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School closures and merger agreed
Two school closures and a merger have been agreed as part of attempts to reduce the number of empty school places in Kent.

St Luke's Infant School, in Tunbridge Wells, and Hothfield Village Primary School, near Ashford, will be shut.

St Paul's infant and junior schools, which currently operate separately in Tunbridge Wells, will be amalgamated into a single primary school.

The decisions were made by the Kent School Organisation Committee (KSOC).

Governor 'disappointed'

The committee meeting was the latest in a series looking at proposed primary schools closures or mergers.

The plans were begun by Kent County Council in 2005 in an effort to combat falling pupil numbers.

Chris Storr, KSOC chairman, said Hothfield and St Luke's both suffered from having small rolls, while the latter also had problems with a "cramped" school site.

Ron Carden, Hothfield's chair of governors, said he was "disappointed for the children, the parents and the staff".

The merger of St Paul's infants and juniors was designed to eliminate the difficulties of having "two head teachers, two policies and two different organisations", Mr Storr said.

"It makes much better sense for a primary school to be all-through from ages five to 11, with one head teacher in charge," he added.


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