Rolvenden Primary School joins Tenterden Schools Trust

Rolvenden Primary School joins Tenterden Schools Trust

Rolvenden Primary School has joined the Tenterden Schools Trust, following a consultation period with the school’s governors, staff and parents.

The popular primary school, which was founded in 1837 and currently has a roll of around 100 pupils, officially became part of the Trust on 1st November.

As a result of the move, Tenterden Primary Federation Executive Head Teacher Mrs Samantha Crinnion is taking on executive responsibility for Rolvenden within the Trust.

The Tenterden Schools Trust was launched in December 2016 to bring together four Tenterden schools under a multi-academy trust: Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Tenterden Infants School and Tenterden Church of England Junior School (The Tenterden Primary Federation), St Michael’s Church of England Primary School and Home Farm Nursery.

Commenting on the latest expansion, Tenterden Schools Trust CEO Mrs Sally Lees said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Rolvenden Primary School to our Trust. We have been working closely with the school over the last year and it is so pleasing to be able to confirm that our close relationship will continue into the future. Rolvenden is a small village school dedicated to serving its local community. There are many challenges for small rural schools but by working alongside other schools in the Trust, we are confident that Rolvenden will be able to continue to provide an excellent education to current and future cohorts of children in and around the village.”

The major sensory art installation, which formed a centrepiece for Tenterden’s weekend Christmas Market (22-24 November), saw children from Rolvenden join with those from Tenterden Junior School in the expanded Trust’s first community project (click here for photo story).

The children also worked alongside members of the Memory Café, continuing the supportive relationship established by the Trust with Tenterden Dementia Friends in an earlier art collaboration in 2018. A group also took part in the Light Parade at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on event.