Issue details

Proposed new primary school at Finberry, Cheeseman’s Green, Ashford

The Kent Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2013-18 identified the need for a new two-form entry primary school at Finberry, Cheeseman’s Green in the Ashford district. 1.2 The Local Authority sought promoters for the new academy and Stour Academy Trust were chosen by the Secretary of State for Education to promote the new school. The academy will be established through a funding agreement with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and open on land owned by the local authority. Agreement is needed to allocate £6 million from the Education and Young People’s Services Capital Budget in order that the proposal may go ahead.

Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Ashford Rural East; Ashford Rural South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/03/2015

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: David Adams, Director of Education 03000 414989 and 03000 416677 Email: Tel: 01233 898559, Kevin Shovelton, Director Education Planning & Access Email:

Consultation process

Financial Implications
The proposal requires the provision of a new 2FE school building on the Finberry development, Cheeseman’s Green, Ashford.
a. Capital
The total cost for the new school project is estimated to be £6 million. 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
i. Furniture and Equipment - £6,000 per classroom will be provided towards the cost of furniture and equipment. This will be given to the new school’s leadership team for them to undertake procurement.
ii. Start up Costs: KCC will provide a budget of £50,000 for start-up costs which will typically commence from January through to 31 August prior to the new school opening on 1 September 2015. This is to cover the costs of employing appropriate staff. On opening, the new school will be funded directly by the Education Funding Agency.
iii. Pupil Growth Funding: In accordance with the Pupil Growth Policy established by KCC and its Schools’ Funding Forum, the school will receive guaranteed funding as follows:
• Year 1 - 90 pupils
• Year 2 - 120 pupils
• Year 3 - 150 pupils
Human – The school will appoint additional teachers and support staff as required.
Bold Steps for Kent and Policy Framework
This proposal will help to secure our ambition “to ensure every child will go to a good school where they make good progress and can have fair access to school places” as set out in ‘Bold Steps for Education’.
The Kent Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2013-18 set out the additional demand for school places to be met by commissioning additional places across Kent.
Kent County Council’s strategy for children and young people with special educational needs and who are disabled (SEND) identified the need to add 275 additional SEN places in Kent for pupils with Autism and Behavioural Needs.

Equality Impact Assessment
An Equality Impact Assessment was completed as part of the process to seek Academy promoters. To date no comments have been received and no changes are required to the Equality Impact Assessment.


Link to Cabinet Committee consideration in July 2015 as part of a report on Capital Funding allocations:


Financial implications: David Adams, Area Education Officer – South Kent 03000 414989 Kevin Shovelton, Director of Education Planning and Access 03000 416677

Legal implications: 15/00022

Equalities implications: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m