Marisa White (Area Education Officer – East Kent) was in attendance for this item.
1) Ms White introduced the report. There had been objections to the planning proposal associated with the expansion and therefore, the planning application was going to be considered at Planning Committee and there was to be a site visit for members of the Planning Committee. The school had taken a temporary one form of entry ‘bulge’ in mobile buildings on the school site and the proposal was also to be subject to a full business case that the Academy would have to put forward to the Regional Schools’ Commissioner, subject to planning permission.
Work was being undertaken with Highsted Grammar, the girls’ grammar school around a funding agreement to expand by one form of entry as well. However they had chosen to take forward their own build proposals.
2) In response to questions from Members, it was noted:
· 5 options had been considered and there had been meeting with residents who were unhappy with the siting of the expansion proposed. As part of the planning process, the options were being reconsidered.
3) RESOLVED to endorse the recommendations in the report.