Issue details

Proposed Expansion of Garlinge Primary School & Nursery, Margate

To permanently expand the school from 3 forms of entry to 4 forms of entry adding 210 school places.


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

 Bold Steps for Kent prioritises 

  • Ensure all pupils meet their full potential
  • Shape education and skills provision around the needs of the Kent economy

Financial Implications:
Capital – The enlargement of the school requires the provision of 9 additional classrooms as well as ancillary facilities.  A feasibility study was undertaken and a planning application has been submitted.  The total cost is estimated to be in the region of £2,500,000.  Appropriate funding has been identified as part of the Medium Term Capital Programme.  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.

Revenue – For a period of three academic years from September 2014, the school will receive protection for an additional 30 Reception Year pupils at the rate of £2,727 per pupil.  For each additional classroom, resulting from the expansion of the school, the sum £6,000 will be allocated towards the classroom setup costs.

Equality Implications:
The equalities impact assessment can be accessed via the following link:

Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Margate West;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/01/2014

Department: Education & Young People's Services

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


The Education Cabinet Committee considered this proposal as part of the Commissioning plan at its meeting on 27 September 2013. It will be considered further by the Committee at its next meeting in March.  
A consultation is currently running and can be accessed via the following link
A public meeting was held on Wednesday 8 January.
Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision?
Margate West – Mr Jeffrey Elenor

Financial implications: Marisa White Area Education Officer, East Kent County Council 01227 284407 Kevin Shovelton Director of Education Planning and Access 01622 694174

Legal implications: 14/00021(a) 14/00021(b)