Issue details

20/00038 - Proposal to increase the designated number at Five Acre Wood School, Boughton Lane, Maidstone, ME15 9QF from 465 to 580 places from September 2020

The Cabinet Member for Education & Skills is asked to agree the proposed change to Five Acre Wood School, Boughton Lane, Maidstone ME15 9QF to increase the Designated Number from 465 to 580 places from September 2020.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

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

Notice of proposed decision first published: 07/04/2020

Decision due: Not before 18th May 2020 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
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 Education and Skills

Lead director: Keith Abbott

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Nick Abrahams, Area Education Officer – West Kent Tel: 03000410058 Email:


In accordance with the Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance (October 2018): Making ‘prescribed alterations’ to maintained schools, there is a need to undertake a formal statutory consultation process. 


The consultation runs from 3rd March 2020 to 31st March 2020.  Further information is available on the School Consultation webpage:


Financial implications: There is no requirement for further additional accommodation to be provided for the proposed increase in the school’s Designated Number, and therefore no capital expenditure relating to this proposal. Five Acre Wood will receive funding for the additional pupils that it admits in line with the funding allocated to special schools through KCC’s funding formula.

Legal implications: There are no specific legal implications for KCC. The change relates to children who are under the statutory school age.

Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) has been produced and is accessible online via the following link: No issues have been identified in the early stage EqIA, but the assessment will be reviewed as the project continues.