Issue details

Oakley School, Tunbridge Wells: Refurbishment and increase of designation pupil number

The Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform has agreed to:

      i.        Increase the designated pupil number from 188 to 206

    ii.        Allocate £1.5 million from Special School Review Capital Programme Budget in order that the school may be expanded

   iii.        Authorise the Director of Property and Infrastructure Support in consultation with the Director of Law and Governance to enter into any necessary contracts/ agreements on behalf of the County Council

   iv.        Authorise the Director of Property and Infrastructure Support to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts

Financial Implications: The capital costs, of rebuilding, refurbishing, relocating and expanding the schools in the Special School Review, are currently in the Capital Programme. £63m identified for the Special school programme has been set aside for these projects. Further information was provided in the report to the Cabinet Member when he tooks his decision.
Human resource implications: If required, the schools will appoint additional teaching and support staff at the appropriate time.
Legal Implications: Any implications were contained in the report to the Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform
Equality Implications: An Equality Impact assessment was completed as part of the SEN review

Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Tunbridge Wells South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/08/2014

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Kevin Shovelton, Director Education Planning & Access 01622 694174; 01622 221151 Email:, Rebecca Spore, Director of Infrastructure Email: Tel: 01622 221151.


The proposed decision was considered by the Education and Young People's Cabinet Committee - 23 July.

The relevant Local County Councillor was also consulted.

Financial implications: Kevin Shovelton Director of Education Planning and Access 01622 694174 Rebecca Spore Director of Property and Infrastructure Support 01622 221151

Legal implications: 14/00097

Equalities implications: Financial criteria exceeded.