Issue details

19/00031 - Increase in the designated number at The Elms School, Dover - WITHDRAWN



The Elms School is a good school designated for 96 pupils with behaviour and learning needs. Currently the school has 130 pupils on roll. This number is expected to increase to 158 from September 2019. It is necessary therefore, to regularise this situation and increase the designated number of the school via a statutory process.


Legislation requires that statutory proposals are undertaken where the number of pupils on roll of a special school exceeds its designated number by more than 10%. Therefore, we are proposing to increase the designated number to 158, to regularise the current position and to increase the number of places available. 


Proposed decision:


Increase the designated number of The Elms School, Dover from 96 to 158 places


Decision type: Key

Decision status: Withdrawn

Division affected: Dover Town;

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

Decision due: Not before 30th Apr 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, Assistant Director Education (South Kent) Tel: 03000 414989 Email: Tel: 01233 898559.


A consultation will take place in April/May 2019.


The Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee will receive a report on this matter in June 2019.


The view of the local members will be sought as part of the consultation.


Financial implications: The Elms School will receive the funding for the pupils in line with the funding allocated to special schools through KCC’s funding formula. A feasibility study needs to be undertaken to access what, if any accommodation will need to be needed to enable the increase in the designated number.

Legal implications: N/A

Equalities implications: The Equality Impact Assessment is in place. No adverse impacts have been identified at this point.