Maidstone Grammar School for Girls’ expansion plans featuring Second World War Visitor’s Centre Approved
Article by Katie May Nelson, local democracy reporter, KentOnline
A school’s wartime past will come to life when the new visitor’s centre is opened. MGGS got permission to open the facility as part of a new block of classrooms.
Two older teaching blocks, one of which is used for science lessons, will be demolished, and the school will be able to increase its roll from 900 to 1,050 pupils.
MGGS will be able to take on an extra 30 pupils from year seven meaning it will be at full capacity by September 2027.
The visitor’s centre will be used for exhibition space for visiting primary school pupils to gain an experience of what life was like during the Second World War.
There will also be opportunities for members of the public to take part in guided tours down to on-site air raid shelters and wartime tunnels which run under where the building is due to be sited.
The school moved to its current location in 1938 and three shelters were constructed so learning could continue during the air raids.
The plans included showing where the tunnel runs under the building along the floor. There will also be solar panels on the roof and some sheltered outdoor seating.
The building will include five new classrooms, five science labs, a science prep room, five music suites, a music classroom, PE store, and a music store.