02 DEC 2016

Helen drops in to check on progress at Marden Primary

Marden Primary School plans for growth ahead of new housing developments

 Helen Grant MP at Marden Primary School with (L – R) Governor and architect Richard Hawkes, Head Teacher Malcolm Goddard, Governor and land investment specialist John Weir and Governor Andy Puncher.

The advent of significant new housing development in the Low Wealden village of Marden is precipitating the need for extra infrastructure, including school places.

Over 500 new houses have planning consent in Marden and the school's expansion is to cater for an expected increase in pupil admission numbers from the existing 280 to 420. That's 50% growth, from 40 children per year group up to 60.

Local MP Helen Grant visited the school recently to see how the plans were coming along and offer any help that was needed. Helen said 'There's still a way to go in terms of securing adequate funding and appointing the right contractors. Marden Primary's Board of Governors is blessed with some highly qualified professionals with considerable expertise in land and buildings. I am sure they will carry the expansion through successfully in the end and I am here to help if called upon'.

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