The New School at West Heath

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The New School at West Heath (or simply The New School) is an independent school in Sevenoaks, in southeast England. It caters for children for whom mainstream schooling has become insufficient, for varying reasons. While many are not mentally or physically disabled, many have been through harsh circumstances and suffer from related things such as emotional trauma, which fits with the school's motto, "Rebuilding damaged lives."

The school, founded in its current form as a charitable trust on 14 September 1998 as The Beth Marie Centre, is based in of parkland on lease from Mohamed Al-Fayed, who has contributed almost £3 million GBP towards the school. The building formerly housed the school where Diana, Princess of Wales received her childhood education along with her two older sisters, Sarah and Jane. It was then called West Heath Girls School and was a very exclusive girls school with around 100 boarding pupils.

"The school is becoming a real living memorial to the life of Diana, Princess of Wales and her companion Dodi Al Fayed." --Valerie May, Principal

History and grounds

The old school house was originally built in the 18th century and was the home of the Elliot family.

It became a school in 1932, at the time being West Heath Girls School, a very exclusive girls' school with around 100 boarding pupils. Both Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales and her sister Sarah (now Lady Sarah McCorquodale) spent their childhood education there. Other notable alumni...
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