Issue details

Proposal to Enlarge Joy Lane (Community) Primary School, Whitstable

To seek approval to the permanent expansion ofJoy Lane (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 commissioned. The total cost is estimated to be in the region of £1,500,000.  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.

b.          Revenue – For a period of three academic years from September 2015, 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 of £6,000 will be allocated towards the classroom setup costs.

c.          Human – Joy Lane Primary 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: Whitstable;

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

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

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 matter was included in the Commissioning Plan considered by the Education Cabinet Committee on 27 September 2013 and will be further considered in detail on 14 March 2014.
Public consultation between 13 January and 28 February2014
Public meeting - Thursday, 30 January.

Area Education Officer: Marisa White.
Local Members: Whitstable – Mr Mark Dance and Mr Mike Harrison.


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: 14/00018

Equalities implications: Allocation of £1,500,000 from Education, Learning and Skills Capital Budget