Posted on 9th June 2020

Maintaining social distancing, colleagues came together this week to celebrate a new TKAT school.

A special hand-over event was held on 8th June 2020 to mark the completion of construction of a new school in Sidcup for children with special educational needs. Cleeve Meadow School has been designed to provide specialist education for 120 pupils aged 11-19 with moderate learning difficulties.  The new school will be managed by The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) part of its family of 45 Academies across London and the South of England.

Executive Headteacher Jenni Tyler-Maher officially took possession of the keys to the new building from Project Manager David McPherson, on behalf of the construction team at Galliford Try.

Representatives from those involved in the project came together to celebrate the end of the building works. After words of thanks were given to those instrumental in making the new school happen, a mini tour of the building and grounds took place.

Built within the grounds of Cleeve Park School, Bexley Lane, the building has been designed by architects Pozzoni. The new free school has 12 teaching rooms, a therapeutic hub, large open plan library and IT space. Facilities also include a specialist music department, performing arts centre and a full-sized artificial football pitch that will also be available for Cleeve Park School pupils to use.

Existing and new pupils will be welcomed from September 2020, once all the IT facilities and furniture are installed.

The school has been made possible through a partnership approach by TKAT and the London Borough of Bexley. The total cost of the project was £13 million, with funding being provided by Central Government, along with a £3million contribution from the London Borough of Bexley.

Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Education Cllr John Fuller attended the event and said “I’m delighted to see this new school handed over today, especially considering the challenging circumstances the country has faced over the last few months. I’m looking forward to seeing the pupils enjoying these great new facilities – which have enabled us to deliver our aim of delivering the right education to Bexley pupils within their home borough”

Dr Karen Roberts, TKAT CEO said “It is great to see a vision become a reality today – all the collaborative hard work has come to fruition. The community has really come together to support this project and I’m sure it will inspire the next generation of learners to achieve their potential and shine”


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