Issue details

18/00062 - Proposed changes to Specialist provision in Maidstone and Malling

Proposed Decision:


The Cabinet Member is asked to consider and endorse the recommendations to:


  1. increase the designated number of places offered at Five Acre Wood School from 330 to 465 places (including Satellite and Nursery provision) from 15 March 2019.
  2. expand the Satellite provision of Five Acre Wood School at Holmesdale School, Malling Road, Snodland ME6 5HS from 70 to 150 students aged 11-19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties from 15 March 2019.
  3. establish a Satellite provision of Five Acre Wood School at Palace Wood Primary School, Ash Grove, Allington, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0AB for 30 students aged 4-11 with moderate to severe learning difficulties from 01 September 2019.
  4. establish a Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) within the school for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) at East Borough Primary School.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Maidstone Central; Maidstone North East; Maidstone South; Malling North;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/11/2018

Decision due: Not before 14th Dec 2018 by Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education

Lead director: Keith Abbott

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Jared Nehra, Area Education Officer - West Kent Tel: 03000 412209 Email:


15 January 2018 - the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2018-22 was endorsed by the Cabinet Committee.


In accordance with the Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance (April 2016): Making ‘prescribed alterations’ to maintained schools, there was a need to undertake a formal statutory consultation process.


An education consultation has been completed prior to the cabinet committee.  Further information is available on the School Consultation webpage:


The results of the consultation will be reported to the Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee at the meeting on 29th November 2018.


Financial implications: There are no additional capital resource implications anticipated from these proposals.

Legal implications: Any legal implications will be identified in the report to the Leader before he takes his decision to agree the capital expenditure required to provide the school with additional accommodation.

Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment has been produced and is accessible online via the following link: