Issue details

19/00038 - Increase in the age range and the designated number at Oakley School, Tunbridge Wells



Oakley School is the PSCN school for Tunbridge Wells.  Its designated age range is 2-18 years.  All other PSCN schools in Kent are designated up to age 19 years (ie include Year 14 - young people who turn 19 during the academic year).  Oakley School has established a separate company which is an Independent Specialist College (Oakley College) for young adults aged 19-25 years.  This takes young people who are aged 19 (i.e. Year 15).  The anomaly of Oakley being the sole PSCN school without provision for Year 14 and the fact pupils have a one-year gap before they can enter Oakley College needs to be addressed.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Tunbridge Wells South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/04/2019

Decision due: Not before 3rd Jul 2019 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: David Adams, Interim Director of Education Tel: 03000 414989 Email: Tel: 01233 898559.


A consultation took place in April/May 2019 with a public notice issued in June/July 2019.


The Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee received a report on this matter on 28 June 2019.


The view of the local member were sought as part of the consultation.


Financial implications: Oakley School will receive the funding for the pupils in line with the funding allocated to special schools through KCC’s funding formula. There is no capital expenditure for this proposal.

Legal implications: N/A.

Equalities implications: The Equality Impact Assessment is in place.