Issue details

Amalgamation of Loose Infant School and Loose Junior School, Maidstone

To seek approvalon the proposal to amalgamate Loose Infant School and Loose Junior School, Maidstone, by closing the current Infant and Junior Schools and establishing a three form entry, single community primary school for children aged 4 to 11 years.


a.          Capital

The proposals can be implemented without the need for significant capital expenditure as the new primary school could operate as an all-through school on the existing Infant and Junior school sites.


b.          Revenue

As a result of an amalgamation the two predecessor schools will become one school and consequently this would result in the removal of one of the lump sum funding allocations (£120,000).  The amalgamated school would continue to be funded at 100% of the two lump sums for the remainder of the 2014/15 financial year from September 2014 to March 2015. The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2013 provide funding protection for amalgamating schools for the first academic year. Therefore, it is proposed that protection will be provided on the lump sums at 85% from April 2015 to March 2016. (2 x £120,000 x 85% = £204,000). From April 2016 the amalgamated primary school would receive one lump sum, currently £120,000.

c.          Human

It is proposed that all teachers and support staff employed at Loose Infant School and Loose Junior School (at the time of the proposed amalgamation) will transfer to the primary school.



Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Maidstone Rural South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/03/2014

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Kevin Shovelton, Director Education Planning & Access 01622 694174 and 01622 525330 Email:, Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer - West Kent Email:


  • Executive Headteacher and Governing Body Governing Body of The Loose Schools’ Federation.
  • Junior School Council.
  • Principal Primary Adviser for Kent.
  • Public consultation.
  • Public meetings.
  • Local Member for Maidstone Rural South: Eric Hotson.
  • 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: 1400037