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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary Academy

An academy of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community


    The origins of our primary school building date back to 1909 when the school was built for boys only. Girls and infants transferred to the school in later years and extensions were added. This is a picture of how it used to look before Ewins Close and new housing in Old Kent Road were built. 

       On 29 July 1980 during the school summer holiday, the whole school was almost completely destroyed by fire but was open for business in time for the new academic year which started in September. Here is an excerpt from the diary of the then Headteacher Mr Silletto: “The local church offered the use of the new Wesley Centre, when completed, and this was accepted. During August, seven mobile classrooms arrived with two mobile toilets and a staffroom. I returned early from holiday and met local officials and subsequently became involved in the planning of the new building on the previous site. Everyone including County officials, local officials, teaching staff, cleaning staff and parents cooperated splendidly. Stock and equipment began to arrive very quickly and parents turned out hundreds of books to replace our losses which were substantial. On 9 September, the school reopened on time and within minutes of the assembly of the children, the school was almost fully operational.”

    The new building (which today houses the school office, small hall and Year 3, 4 and 5 classrooms) was completed in 1982. Further works took place in 1992, by a firm called Coombs in Canterbury and the new building was officially opened by the Rt Hon Patrick Mayhew QC MP on 5th March 1993. This building houses the large hall and Year 6 and Years 1 and 2 classrooms.






    Finally, the Reception block was opened on 25 July 1997 by then local MP, Archie Norman.