Building a sustainable future for our school and our villages


Brenchley21 is a Community Interest Company created to serve the Parish of Brenchley and Matfield. It’s purpose is to consider ways to safeguard our community primary school and explore ways to contribute towards the evolution and sustainability of our our villages.

Safer for our pupils

‘The new school will be a lot safer because we won’t have to cross the road’

Pupil aged 7

Enhancing education for generations to come

A modern school building will support our excellent staff to further enhance the education of local children for generations to come. It will also improve the financial viability of the school by enticing more parents to entrust the education of their children to our school.

Andrew Cunningham
Chairman of Governors

More Space to Learn

‘We will have more room inside and be less cramped’

Pupil aged 9

Better links to outdoor space

‘I like the doors onto the playground so we can go straight out to play and go out quickly if there’s a fire’

Pupil Aged 9

Disabled Access

‘The lifts will help disabled people so we get more of a range of people at the school’

Pupil Aged 7

It’s simply a win win

The school buildings were built on a budget and never intended to last forever, so a new school will significantly improve the learning environment for local children. Additional homes are needed in the villages and the inclusion of a mixture of 'downsizes' and affordable properties, with below market rents, is to be applauded.

School parent

Brenchley21 – driven by desire

I support the Brenchley21 initiative because it is not lining the pockets of fat cat developers but is instead driven by the desire to provide our community with a fantastic new school!

School Parent

Better facilities for children with special needs

‘When I do my extra work it’s in the classroom and it’s noisy and distracting.... in the new building special needs children can go to a quiet place to do their one to one work’

Aged 9

Connection with nature

‘If there’s glass we might see nature like birds and breezes and leaves flying around and it might make you all calm’

Pupil aged 6

Information Presentation

A number of public meetings have been held and below  are slides that have been used to tell the story – many of you will have seen these.  The scheme is constantly being refined and hence some of the drawings are already out of date, but it still serves to demonstrates the proposed concept, in order to stimulate constructive feedback from the community – which is always welcome.

Latest Draft Plan

Community feedback has lead to numerous iterations of the draft plan, below is the latest version. Do not rely on this version for any exact details, as the scheme is in constant refinement based on numerous factors.

Latest Draft Plan

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Latest Website Updates

  • Date Set for Public Meeting

    Date Set for Public Meeting

    A public meeting will be held on the 30th April.Read More »
  • 2nd Email Sent to Paul Oliver Smith 27/03/19

    2nd Email Sent to Paul Oliver Smith 27/03/19

    Dear Paul, Whilst we acknowledge that there may be questions regarding the Village school project. We have endeavoured to publicise our ideas through the local Roundabout magazine, firstly in September’s …Read More »
  • Email Sent to Paul Oliver Smith 27/03/19

    Email Sent to Paul Oliver Smith 27/03/19

    Dear Paul, Following our meeting on Saturday morning, I have had further discussions with my colleagues. Whilst we were  disappointed that you had not arranged a meeting to discuss the …Read More »
  • Comment received

    Comment received

    Having grown up just outside Matfield and now living near Brenchley the scale of new housing development being forced onto the region is troubling. Very large estates are being built …Read More »
  • New Website

    New Website

    As part of our commitment to involve the entire community we are proud to launch this website. Information will be added over the coming weeks as we move into the …Read More »

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