Issue details

Proposed expansion of Iwade Primary School, Sittingbourne

The Swale section of the Kent Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2013-18 has identified a need for up 87additional Reception Year places within Swale district.

The expansion of Iwade Community Primary School will help to address these pressures and adheres to the principles of our Commissioning Plan as it increases capacity at a good, popular school.

Financial Implications:

It is proposed to enlarge Iwade Community Primary School by 210 places taking the PAN to 90 (3FE) for the September 2015 intake and eventually a total capacity of 630 places.

a.         Capital - The enlargement of the school requires the provision of 7 additional classrooms, as well as ancillary facilities.  A feasibility study has been completed. The total cost is estimated to be in the region of £3,500,000 of which £1,946,501 will be funded from Targeted Basic Need and the remainder from the Basic Need Budget. 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.

b.        Revenue - The school will receive increased funding through the Delegated Budget on a 'per pupil' basis.

c.        Human - Iwade Community Primary School will appoint additional teachers, as the school size increases and the need arises.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Swale Central;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 06/01/2014

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Kevin Shovelton, Director Education Planning & Access 01622 694174; 01227 284407 Email:, Marisa White, Area Education Officer - East Kent Email: Tel: 01227 284407.


·             A public consultation meeting was held on 18 November;

·             the views of the District and Parish Councils, the local County Councillors; Governing Body of the school, the Staff and Pupils will be sought;

·             an Equalities Impact Assessment will be conducted; and

·             the views of the Education Cabinet Committee will be sought.

o       On 27 September 2013 the Committee endorsed the Kent Commissioning Plan, which identified a need for additional places in the planning area of Swale District.

o       The Cabinet Committee will consider the proposed decision on 14 January 2014.

Financial implications: Report Author Marisa White Area Education Officer – East Kent 01227 284407 Relevant Director: Kevin Shovelton Director of Education Planning and Access 01622 694174

Legal implications: 14/00004


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