Issue details

16/00085 - Special School Programme - Additional Costs for Portal House Special School, Dover

Proposal to expand Portal House School, Sea Street, St. Margaret’s at Cliffe, Dover, Kent, CT15 6SS

Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/08/2016

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: David Adams, Director of Education 03000 417008 and 03000 414989 Email: Tel: 01233 898559.

Consultation process

Financial Implications

The Education Cabinet Committee papers of 21 June 2013 and 14 January 2014 described a nil capital cost to the expansion, predicated on the current building.


However, the expansion from 1FE to 2FE would be required before the DfE rebuilt the school.  This was because it was expected that the rebuild design and planning could prove challenging and take longer than first anticipated. 


The plan was for the school to expand to 2FE from 2013, within its existing building. However when it was confirmed that the DfE will initiate the rebuild in 2017/18, it was later acknowledged that a further decision would be sought to approve KCC funding for the additional accommodation.  The expenditure is now included in the budget book.


Capital – the estimated contribution to the project cost is in the region of £2.5m and appropriate funding has been identified as part of the Medium Term Capital programme.  The revised costs are estimates and if the final cost of the project is greater than 10% of the revised costs, the Cabinet Member will be asked to make a further decision to allocate funding.


Revenue – For each additional classroom, resulting from the expansion of the school, the sum of £6,000 will allocated towards the classroom setup costs


Human – Chantry Community Academy will appoint additional teachers, as the school size increases and the need arises


The proposals will be presented at the 22 September 2016 EYPS Cabinet Committee.


School consultations can be found at:

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

Legal implications: 16/00085


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