Issue details

Primary commissioning Plan in Dartford District - 12/01947

All school expansions are now listed as individual decisions and therefore the overarching decisions have been abandoned.





The Cabinet member is asked to agree to the proposal to;


a)  Commission a permanent enlargement to Dartford Bridge Primary School by1fe for September 2012

b)     Commission permanent enlargements of Stone St Mary’s CE Primary School and Knockhall Primary School by 1FE each for September 2014 (or 2013 if feasibility studies permit)

c)      Confirm permanent enlargements of Manor Primary School, Fleetdown Primary School and Oakfield Primary School by 1FE each for September 2013


How the decision relates to BS4K and Corporate Objectives

The project is in line with Kent strategies and in particular supports the following;

Bold Steps for Kent prioritises 

3  Ensure all pupils meet their full potential

4: Shape education and skills provision around the needs of the Kent economy

9. Support new housing growth that is affordable, sustainable and with the appropriate infrastructure


The Commissioning Plan

One of the key strategic roles of the Local Authority is to ensure there are sufficient education places of high quality available to the children and young people of Kent.  This responsibility is intertwined with our other strategic duties; to promote high standards in schools, and to be the champion of children, families and their communities.  The new Commissioning Plan will set out how Kent will discharge its responsibility as the Strategic Commissioner of education provision


Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision

The cost of the expansions to Stone St Mary CE Primary School and Knockholt Primary School are likely be in the region of 1.4m and 1.7m.

The cost for Fleetdown Primary School has not yet been established but it will cover the cost of refurbishment and refreshment of existing buildings

The cost for Manor Primary School are considerably less estimated at about £35,000 and has been identified in the medium term plan.


The cost of Oakfield Primary School is estimated at 280,000 and has already been identified in the medium term plan.


The cost of Dartford Bridge Primary School is £30,000 and has been identified in the medium term plan.


If this proposal does not go ahead there will be a risk of there being insufficient Year R places for parts of Dartford for September 2013 and / or 2014.


Decision type: Key

Decision status: Abandoned

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/12/2012

Decision due: Not before 1st Jan 2013 by Cabinet Member for Education, Learning & Skills

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Simon Webb, Principal Primary Adviser Email:

Consultation process



The consultation list and procedure is according Part 2 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006

Aims and level(s) of consultation (KCC consultation levels attached)

Gather opinions

Key consultee groups

Parents and pupils, head teachers, Chairs of Governors, local members, MPs, District Council, Parish Councils, local residents and the Locality Board.

Start and finish dates of consultation.

24 Apr 2012 to 19 Jun 2012

Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation. Please state where this can be found

Date of publication of consultation outcomes and updated Equalities Impact Assessment

Before 12 September 2012

Informing Only (Who and when)


Has the matter already been discussed by a Cabinet Committee?

The commissioning plan for education provision 2012-17 was discussed at 9 May and 10 July 2012 meetings

If not when will be it discussed by the Cabinet Committee and the date of the meeting


Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?



Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision? Is it All Members?

Dartford North East - Mr Avtar Sandhu, Dartford East - Mrs Penny Cole.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe – Mr Richard Lees, Wilmington – Mrs Ann Allen


Financial implications: Simon Webb - Area Education Officer – West Kent 01712 525110 -

Legal implications: 12/01947

Equalities implications: Effects more than two electoral divisions