Decision details

19/00003 - Provision of additional accommodation at Finberry Primary Academy

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


In 2014 the Education Cabinet Committee resolved that a new 2FE primary school at Cheesman’s Green, Ashford, would be commissioned and a competition to secure a sponsor was held. The Stour Academy Trust was appointed to sponsor the School by the Secretary of State for Education and in 2015 a funding agreement for a 2FE school was signed between the Trust and the Secretary of State.


The primary school, known as Finberry Primary School, opened in September 2015 in a temporary facility.


Planning permission for the 2FE permanent school was secured with the permanent site opening for pupils and staff in September 2017. 2FE of infrastructure was delivered but only sufficient classrooms for 1FE of pupil. The classrooms needed to accommodate the 2nd FE of pupils will be required from September 2020.



The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education is asked to:

a) Release £2,800,000 from the Children, Young People and Education Capital budget to allow an 8-classroom block to be added to Finberry Primary School to enable the school to accept 2FE of primary aged pupils (60 pupils per year) in line with the Academy’s funding agreement.

Publication date: 06/02/2019

Date of decision: 06/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

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