Woodlands Primary school built?..... The great move.... The first
on our History Tour.
Our History tours are divided into several short sections. This section
of the tour will tell you about the school we replaced and about
the first year as the Woodlands School.
Woodlands Junior shares
the same site as Woodlands Infant on the Higham
Wood estate in
the north side of Tonbridge. The Junior School is older than the
Infants School but only by a few years. This page tells you about
why the two Woodland schools were built and their first few years
The Woodlands Schools
were built to replace
an overcrowding school in Bank Street (near the Saturday market).
The Slade School in Tonbridge, was also built to ease the overcrowding
of the Bank Street School.
Boys from the latter school were transfered over to Slade whilst
the girls and infants remained at Bank Street. Slade School was
originally know as a boys school.
Bank Street School
accommodated boys, girls and infants. Towards the end of 1964 and the beginning
of 1965, most of the children transferred to the two new primary
and infant schools being built on the Higham
Lane estate in the north of Tonbridge. These two schools are
now know as Woodlands Junior and Woodlands Infant.
The building, which used to be Bank Street School, is now
an office block.
The photo on the left shows
the school just after it closed in 1965.
This is how the building looks today. It is know
as Bank House.
Although it has been altered,
you can still see some of the features. If you look closely at
the photo you can see the two identical entrances, one on the
left and one on the right.