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Historic day as Angley School becomes High Weald Academy

By Weald Courier  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

NEW BEGINNINGS:  Robert Jackson, the new principal of the High Weald Academy which was formerly Angley School in Cranbrook

Robert Jackson, the new principal of the High Weald Academy which was formerly Angley School in Cranbrook

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HISTORY is being made today as Cranbrook waves goodbye to an old school as it becomes a brand new academy.

At midnight Angley School officially ceases to exist and the site will become home to the High Weald Academy, complete with a new head teacher and uniform as well as bold plans for expansion.

Executive head teacher of Angley, Debbie Coslett, will step back from her role and Robert Jackson, who had previously been head of teaching for two years, will become principal of the academy.

In 2010 Mrs Coslett and Mr Jackson were brought in after Kent County Council asked Hayesbrook School, in Tonbridge, to support the sports college, which was £500,000 in debt with damning Ofsted inspections.

Mr Jackson said this week: "All those things that are good about the school will continue but there is also the excitement of a new school and we have plans for new buildings too."

The new school opens just days after Angley celebrated its best exam results in a decade.

Mr Jackson said: "You only had to see the look on the faces of the students as they got their results to know it's been a great year."

The new school will be sponsored by the Hayesbrook School Academy Trust which has taken on Mrs Coslett as its new chief.

Mr Jackson added: "We have spent half a million pounds on the site over the summer.

"Every single classroom has at least been painted and the whole place feels different."

Mr Jackson said they were now working to bring a new 3G artificial sports pitch to Cranbrook.

"It will be available for the school during the day but also for the community during the weekends and evenings as there is nothing like it in the area," he said.

He added talks had taken place with local sports clubs to discuss the plans and said he also wanted to replace the sports hall and build a new science block.

The High Weald Academy will open its gates to students for the first time on Wednesday.

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