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KNOLE ACADEMY Building Ambition 2012 is an exciting time for Knole Academy: with an £18m development, community and charity initiatives, not to mention its excellent arts programme, there is plenty to talk about this year. Vine takes a look at what’s in store

NEW BUILDINGS Knole Academy is very excited about its forthcoming building which has £18m of funding from the Department of Education. This will include an extension of a brand new expressive arts and Sixth Form centre with sports hall and AstroTurf, which is due to be available for community use in the evenings and at weekends. There will be a state-of-the-art performance space with a suite of music rooms and a recital room; a four-court sports hall; multi-gym and dance studio and a new suite of Business Studies and Science classrooms. The extension will also provide new Design and Technology and arts and graphics spaces. Academy students are working with architects and designers to create some of the outdoor spaces and give their ideas about the academy of the future. It is planned that the building will also incorporate renewable energy sources.

TWELFTH NIGHT Knole Academy has an amazing track record of high-class professional quality productions. This year is no exception. Rehearsals are in full swing with a talented cast of 22 players who are rising to the creative challenge of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Professional theatre designer Jenny Saunt has designed a magical set with an exciting animated backdrop and the Elizabethan costumes will set the standard of dramatic action to perfection. Talented students have worked on set painting, animation and stage fighting and a troupe of minstrels will add musical magic. Performances will be from Wednesday 14 March to Friday 16 March.

Birds Eye View The Knole Academy

ROOM TO READ The school community is uniting behind a major fundraising campaign for the charity Room to Read. The challenge is to raise £12,000 by 12.12.12 to provide the funds needed to build a library for a Zambian school. The money raised will pay resident builders to use local materials and locally produced books to create a much-needed reading space for the children who currently have no books and nowhere to read. This is no mean feat but the school has set up a Rotary Interact Club to focus its efforts and drive the campaign forward. An inter-house talent show was held in January and, with an inter-house quiz in April and a summer event, the charity reps are hopeful that their target will be reached. Nearly £2,000 has been raised so far.


Our choir and art students visited Sevenoaks’ twin town Rheinbach in Germany in October and plans are now in place for a trip to Pontoise this October. Links with the schools and local communities there are important to Knole Academy. Closer to home, from an initial project on communication last year with Valence School, Rockdale Housing Association, Dorton House School and First Steps Nursery, strong links are now firmly established and flourishing. Another highlight in this term’s calendar is our involvement in the Sevenoaks Community Theatre production Journey To The Throne at the Stag (February 8–11). Some 30 dancers will be taking part in this impressive multi-media show which tells the story of the Queen and our times from 1926 to 1953 through drama, dance, music and photography.

n Visit or call 01732 454608 to arrange a tour of the school

Vine Magazine | February 2012 | Issue 56