Issue details

16/00101 - Proposal to expand Marden Primary School

The Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education will be asked to agree to:

 

      i.        Expand Marden Primary School, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9JX, from 280 places to 420 places, increasing the published admission number (PAN) from 40 to 60 for Year R entry in September 2018

     ii.        Allocate the budget from the Basic Needs budget (full details to be provided within the Education and Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee Report)


In accordance with Appendix 4 Part 2 16 (a) of the Council’s constitution, the Council’s Executive Scheme of Officer Delegation provides that “Once a Member-level decision has been taken……the implementation of that decision should be delegated to officers…”  In this instance it is envisaged that the
Director of Infrastructure will inherit the authority to act and will enter into any necessary contracts/ agreements on behalf of the County Council or further delegate responsibilities in accordance with 16 (c) of the same scheme “Senior Managers exercising delegated powers will…be able to sub-delegate…functions to more junior officers”

Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Maidstone Rural West;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/10/2016

Decision due: Not before 1st Jan 2018 by Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education
Reason: In order to ensure that the council conforms to statutory and local governance requirements.

To seek agreement to the expansion of Marden Primary School, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge.

Lead director: Keith Abbott

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer - West Kent 03000 412209 Email: jared.nehra@kent.gov.uk.

Consultees

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2016-20 identified Marden as an area of future need and Marden Primary School was therefore proposed for expansion to meet that predicted demand.  The Plan was considered and endorsed by the Education and Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee on 15 December 2015 prior to the final version being considered and approved by Cabinet on 21 March 2016. 

 

A public consultation commenced on 23 September 2016 and closed on 21 October 2016.  Further information is available on the School Consultation webpage:

www.kent.gov.uk/schoolconsultations

 

The outcome of the consultation was due to be reported to Education and Young People’s Services Cabinet Committee on 23 November. The report was deferred, pending further discussions on the design and planning process and will be considered by the Cabinet Committee at its meeting scheduled for 22 June 2017

Financial implications: Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer for West Kent 03000 412209 Jared.nehra@kent.gov.uk

Legal implications: 16/00101

Equalities implications: This proposal will help “to ensure that Kent’s young people have access to the education….necessary to support Kent business to grow …” as set out in ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015 - 2020)’ and supports delivery of KCC’s responsibility to provide sufficient, high quality places where they are needed as set out in the ‘Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2016-2020’ Financial Implications: Will be set out in the report that will be considered by the Children's, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee. Legal Implications: Any legal implications will be identified in the report that will be considered by the Children's, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee Equality Implications: An Equality Impact Assessment has been produced and can be viewed here: www.kent.gov.uk/schoolconsultations .