The town of Ashford has expanded substantially in the last few years, particularly due to its position on the rail link between London and Europe. One particular area of growth has been the estate of Park Farm to the south of Ashford, near to the village of Kingsnorth.
Furley Park opted to convert to an Academy in November 2013 forming ACE Learning, a multi-academy trust in partnership with Hamstreet Primary.
The original single form entry school was opened in September 2000, the second phase soon followed in response to the growth in population in the area, and plans are under way to expand further as we grow to a large three form entry primary.
The academy is sited on one side of the Park Farm Estate and overlooks woodland and fields to the rear. The building is currently all on one level with 17 classrooms, an administration area, large hall, well-equipped kitchen, extensive library and a wide variety of digital resources. The classes accommodate 30 children each with three classes in each year group for Foundation and Key Stage 1 and two classes in each year of Key Stage 2.
Why is the school named Furley Park?
Sir John Furley was born in Ashford in 1836. He was one of the earliest presidents of the Red Cross Society and a founder member of the St John’s Ambulance Association. When deciding on a name for the new school it was felt that a link with the town was important. As a result Furley was considered due to the local associations and Park to retain the belonging to the estate Park Farm. Whilst the estate itself is not very old, the woodland in front of the school has a path way which joins to the old roman road leading to Aldington and Lympne. Moreover, areas of the estate were traditionally part of a manor and moated. One remaining moat is to be found at the children’s play park in the centre of the development.
The School Logo
Furley Park Logo was introduced in 2004 when the school reached full capacity. It was designed to reflect the association with Sir John Furley and therefore it is representative of the Maltese Cross that features in the St Johns Ambulance logo. The figures in school house colours represent the children of Furley Park reaching and growing out from the school in the centre through the circles representing Park Farm, Ashford and the Wider World.
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