Issue details

Primary Commissioning in Tunbridge Wells District - 12/01948

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 commission permanent enlargements of Southborough CE PS, St Marks CE PS, St Matthews CE PS, Pembury PS and Langton Green PS 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

These proposals are incorporated in the 'Commissioning Plan for Education – Kent'.  Additional provision above the original requirement in the Commissioning Plan has been sought in light of the need to maintain 5% surplus capacity in planning areas that indicate levels of demand that are higher than district average.


Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision

 Costs for each of the five permanent enlargements are not known at this stage, but is expected at being between £1.5 - £1.75m for each enlargement.


If this proposal does not go ahead, there will be a risk of there being insufficient Year R places for parts of Royal Tunbridge Wells town for September 2013 and future years.


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 information regarding the planned changes outlined in the consultation document.

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.

Please check the consultation webpage at the following link:

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? It was discussed at ELS Cabinet Committee on 9 May and 10 July 2012


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?

Tunbridge Wells West – Mr John Davies, Tunbridge Wells South – Mr James Scholes, Tunbridge Wells East – James Tansley, Tunbridge Wells North - Mr Roy Bullock

Financial implications: Simon Webb, AEO, West Kent, 01732 525110,

Legal implications: 12/01948

Equalities implications: Effects more than two electoral divisions