Issue details

Proposal to increase the designated number of places offered at Broomhill Bank School, Tunbridge Wells

This decision will be taken in two parts.  Part 1 has been approved and implemented – to issue the public notice.  Part 2, key decision to allocate funds, will be taken following completion of the statutory FED publication period.


It is proposed to enlarge Broomhill Bank School by 56 places increasing the designated number of places to 136 for the September 2014.


  1. It is proposed that KCC funded improvements to the school will provide all necessary teaching rooms including specialist teaching spaces.  Facilities within the school will be improved and designed to meet the needs of students. A feasibility study has been completed. The total cost is estimated to be in the region of £2 million of which £1.75 million will be funded from Targeted Basic Need and the remainder from the Basic Needs and Special Schools Review 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.


  1. Revenue - The schools delegated budget will be allocated on an agreed number of commissioned places in accordance with the High Needs funding methodology of ‘Place Plus’.
  2. Human – Broomhill Bank School will appoint additional teachers, as the school size increases and the need arises.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Tunbridge Wells West;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/04/2014

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer - West Kent 01732 525 330 and 01622 694174 Email:, Kevin Shovelton, Director Education Planning & Access Email:


·       Education Cabinet Committee: 27 September 2013.

·       Education Cabinet Committee: 14 March 2014.

·       Public Consultation - Held between 10 January 2014 and 26 February 2014.

·       Public meeting was held on 21 January 2014 and a drop-in information session for parents was held on 6 February 2014.

·       Headteacher and Governing Body

·       Local Member for Tunbridge Wells, West:  John Davies

·       Local Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

·       Area Education Officer


Financial implications: Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer - West Kent 01732 525330 Kevin Shovelton, Director of Education Planning and Access 01622 694174

Legal implications: 14/00042(a) and 14/00042(b)

Equalities implications: Allocate £1.75 million from Targeted Basic Need budget and £250,000 from the Basic Need budget


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