Decision details

New primary school at Knights Park, Tunbridge Wells

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


1.    The proposal requires the provision of a new school building on land west of Knights Way, Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 3UQ.  The first phase of the accommodation will be delivered in line with the new EFA school baseline designs, which have smaller footprints than the Kent Standard of recent years. 

2.     The intention is to build a 1FE building for 210 pupils, with 2FE ancillary facilities in the first phase. This will allow the school to be easily expanded to accommodate future need and ensure that the school meets the pupil demand arising from the new development and local demand from population growth.

  1. Capital

              i.   A sum of £3.742 million and a school site have been secured in respect of developer contributions towards education as set out in the Section 106 completion document dated 28/01/14. The constrained site is smaller than normally made available for a 2FE school, although the site can accommodate all of the required facilities.

            ii.   The total cost for phase 1 is estimated to be in the region of £5.4 million. However the cost net of the developer contributions is expected to be approximately £1.3m. The costs of the project are estimates and these may increase as the project is developed.  If the cost of the project is greater than 10% the Cabinet Member will be required to take a further decision to allocate the additional funding.

  1. Revenue

              i.        Furniture and Equipment - £6,000 per classroom will be provided towards the cost of furniture and equipment. This will be given to the new school’s leadership team for them to undertake procurement.  

            ii.          Start-up Costs: KCC will provide a budget of £50,000 for start-up costs which will typically commence from January through to 31 August prior to the new school opening on 1 September 2015.  This is to cover the costs of employing appropriate staff.  On opening, the new school will be funded directly by the Education Funding Agency. 

           iii.          Pupil Growth Funding:  In accordance with the Pupil Growth Policy established by KCC and its School’s Funding Forum, the school will receive guaranteed funding as follows:

·  Year 1 - 60 pupils

·  Year 2 - 90 pupils

·  Year 3 - 120 pupils


           iv.          The costs of the satellite unit would be met from the Dedicated Schools Grant, with funding being provided to the special school to run the provision.

c.            Human - The school will appoint additional teachers and support staff as required. 





The Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform has agreed to:


(i)            Allocate £5.4million from the Education Learning and Skills Capital Budget to fund the capital costs of the new primary school at Knights Park.

(ii)          Authorise the Director of Property and Infrastructure Support in consultation with the Director of Law and Governance to enter into any necessary contracts/ agreements on behalf of the County Council

(iii)         Authorise the Director of Property and Infrastructure Support to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.


Publication date: 01/05/2014

Date of decision: 25/04/2014

Effective from: 10/05/2014

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