Rosherville Primary Academy Granted Approval for Expansion and Relocation to New Site in Ebbsfleet Garden City

Rosherville Primary Academy in Northfleet is set to embark on an exciting new journey as plans for its expansion and relocation have been approved. The school, part of the Aletheia Academies Trust, has been granted permission to move to a new site at Cable Wharf in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

The expansion and relocation have been long-awaited, with the school having plans in the works for over 20 years. The move will see Rosherville increase its provision by over 70%, welcoming 99 more pupils to its community. The new site, set to open in September 2025, will still retain the school’s name and will cater to children from the new housing development in the area.

The Aletheia Academies Trust, which currently runs 12 schools, will also welcome a new addition in September 2025 with the opening of Alkerden Church of England Primary. The public had the opportunity to give their input on the new facility during a consultation in November, before the planning application was submitted and ultimately approved by Gravesham council.

The £10 million expansion project will include a two-storey building, a multi-use games area, a 3G artificial grass football pitch, playing fields, and a playground. The new school will also feature a school hall and a science laboratory, which will be open for use by the wider community. In addition, the site will have sensory planting, trees, and a green roof to promote biodiversity.

The new building has been designed to meet the Department for Education’s latest requirements for new schools to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. The school will also have a 26-place nursery and cater to 15 special educational needs pupils.

CEO of Aletheia Academies Trust, Steve Carey, expressed his excitement about the new plans, stating, “We always wanted it to be very inclusive of the whole community. This is an expansion and relocation of an existing school – it is not a brand new school. The idea is to create a great opportunity to bring the two communities together – the existing Rosherville community and the new community to create one community.”

Co-chair of governors, Emma Bonner, and her daughter Demi, a pupil in Year 5, were also thrilled about the expansion and relocation. Demi shared, “I’m looking forward to it being a bigger school. I like the idea of the big football pitches and the science lab.” Emma added, “It is important the existing community around the current school is welcomed as much as the new pupils.”

The new Rosherville Primary Academy will be built on two floors and will be directly delivered by Kent County Council. The land for the new site was awarded to the local authority as part of the Cable Wharf housing developer’s contributions. The school is being brought forward alongside the development of the new Cable Wharf neighbourhood, which includes 598 new properties, shops, cafés, and amenities.

The move to Cable Wharf marks an exciting new chapter for Rosherville Primary Academy and will provide much-needed additional primary provision in the growing area. With its modern facilities and inclusive approach, the new school is set to become a cornerstone of the community in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

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