Michael Hails ‘Right Decision’ on Grammar School Admissions

weald of kentMichael has welcomed the decision by Weald of Kent Grammar School not to exclude parts of his constituency from its 2017 admissions policy.

The announcement made last night means that areas such as Westerham, Crockham Hill and Brasted will all now be included in ‘Category A’ of the Oversubscription Criteria.  The proposed changes, which were due to come into force in time for the opening of the new grammar school annexe in Sevenoaks, would have led to pupils from these areas having a lower chance of admission to the school.  The school will next consult for the 2018 Admission Policy.

Michael raised his concerns with the school as part of the recent consultation process.  He said: “This is the right decision by Weald of Kent.  It is vital that the places at our new annexe go to local pupils.  My constituents across Sevenoaks will now have access to a grammar school education for their children, regardless of where they live.”

Brasted Flooding – Public Meeting

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Michael and Jon Hardey with Kent Cty Cllr Richard Parry and Sevenoaks District Cllr Anna Firth and representatives from Thames Water, the Environment Agency and Kent Highways

Michael co-chaired this public meeting with Jon Hardey, Chairman of Brasted Parish Council, following the flooding and subsequent damage to properties which residents experienced earlier this year.

Michael said:  “I was delighted to be invited to co-chair this meeting last Friday.  Having visited Brasted during the floods in February, I saw first hand the impact which the high water levels had on residents’ properties.

The meeting was attended by 40 local residents with representatives present from Thames Water, Kent Highways and The Environment Agency together with Kent County Councillor Richard Parry and SDC Councillor Anna Firth. This provided a good opportunity for the community to come together to share ideas about how a similar situation could be avoided in the future.

As a result of our meeting a technical working group, comprising of all three agencies, has been established to meet quarterly with Brasted Parish Council. It will work through all the issues raised and especially address what can be done to reduce surface water from heavy rain. The local Environment Agency team are also preparing a bid for a scheme to improve flood prevention for both Brasted and Sundridge, and I will be supporting that bid.”