Issue details

Proposal to expand Wyvern School, Ashford

Kent’s Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aims to address, amongst other things, gaps in provision.  Therefore, the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent (2015-19) sets out the intention to commission 250 additional SEN school places.  The Plan also mentioned a specific need to expand Wyvern School by up to 80 places.  


In reaching this decision I will take into account:

  • the views expressed by those attending the public consultation meeting on 15 September 2015, and those put in writing in response to the consultation;
  • the views of the local County Councillors; Headteacher and Governing Body of Wyvern School;
  • the Equalities Impact Assessment and comments received regarding this; and
  • the views of the Education and Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee, which will be added after the meeting on 15 December 2015


Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Ashford South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 20/10/2015

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Keith Abbott, Director of Education Planning and Access 03000 417008 and 03000 414989 Email: Tel: 01622 696588, David Adams, Director of Education Email: Tel: 01233 898559.

Consultation process

Financial Implications

a.         Capital – The enlargement of the school requires the provision of additional classrooms, as well as ancillary facilities such as a medical room for the primary department.  A feasibility study has been completed and the design is being developed. The total estimated cost of the expansion is likely to be in the region of £3.9 million.

b.         Revenue - The school will receive increased funding through the Delegated Budget.  Special schools are funded using the DfE Place Plus funding methodology for High Needs Pupils. 

c.         Human – The school will appoint additional staff as required, as the school size increases and the need arises.

Legal Implications:
Any legal implications will be explained in the report to the Cabinet member prior to him taking his decision.

Equality Implications: An Equality Impact Assessment has been completed as part of the consultation. The equalities impact assessment can be accessed via the following link:

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Public Consultation commenced on 8 September and ended on 5 October 2015. A public meeting was held on Tuesday, 15 September 2015.

A total of 31 written responses were received, 27 of which supported the proposal. 


 Views were sought from the following:

The Local Members Cllr D Smyth: Ashford South     

The Headteacher and Governing Body

The Area Education Officer for South Kent


The Kent Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2015/19 was discussed at Education & Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee on 24 September 2014.


An Equality Impact Assessment has been completed as part of the consultation.  To date no comments have been received and no changes are required to the Equality Impact Assessment.


Financial implications: David Adams Area Education Officer – South Kent 03000 414989 Keith Abbott Director of Education Planning and Access 03000 417008

Legal implications: 15/00083


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