Lift Off for School Extension
Children and staff from the Discovery School, Kings Hill, celebrated the opening of their new school extension by releasing 350 red and blue balloons into the sky.
The extension will provide eight new classrooms, two changing rooms, a music room, library and increased medical care facilities and office space, enabling the school to eventually run at its full capacity of 420 pupils. There are currently 290.
The project was funded by the Kings Hill Development Partnership (Liberty Property Trust UK and KCC) as part of planning obligations on Phase 2 of the development and was completed on time, within budget and to an extremely high finish.
The school’s oldest and youngest pupils – eleven year old Laura Pope and four year old Sydney Reid – formally opened the extension in front of an invited audience of those involved in the construction of the project, including senior representatives from Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, builders Denne Group, architects Lee Evans Partnership, various other contractors involved with the build and Kent County Council.
The extension was blessed by Father Derek Carpenter whose grandchildren attend the school and who officiated at head teacher Alison Farrall’s wedding.
Before releasing the biodegradable helium balloons, the children entertained guests with choral singing and Key Stage 1 children performed the Circle of Life from the Lion King.
“The children, staff and governors very much enjoyed the celebratory ceremony for our new extension,” said headteacher Alison Farrall. “The joyful singing and dancing culminated in a helium balloon release on the playground. We are all extremely pleased with and proud of our beautiful school which will serve the local community for years to come. We would like thank Liberty Property Trust UK and KCC for the funding and support for our beautiful new school.”
Andrew Blevins, Managing Director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd said that the school was a focal point of the community. “Kings Hill now has a traditional community with homes, shops, restaurants, places to work, sports facilities and every-day amenities and we are delighted that the school is so popular. with people living here and in the towns and villages nearby. We are delighted to be so closely involved with the school and to provide support for its expansion.”
Kings Hill is a thriving community with around 4,000 people living in the residential village, 15% of households having one or more individuals employed by a business on site. Around 100 companies are based at Kings Hill, ranging from international and national corporates to SMEs.
There is a good range of shops, restaurants, a pub and coffee shop in Liberty Square, together with the usual 'High Street' amenities, such as a dry cleaners, post ‘n packing warehouse, florist, hairdressers, chemist, card shop, opticians, dentist, vet, estate agents and recruitment agency which serve both the business and residential communities at Kings Hill.
A 90,000 sq ft David Lloyd Leisure racquets, health and fitness club opened in 2006 and there is also an 18-hole PGA golf course, a day nursery and University of Greenwich conference centre.