Issue details

22/00044 - Proposal to make prescribed changes to St Nicholas (Community)Special School from September 2022

Proposed decision:

Issue a public notice to:

(i)            Establish a satellite provision for 24 primary aged pupils at Parkside Primary School

(ii)          Increase the designated number from 285 to 310


And, subject to no objections being received to the public notice:


(i)            Establish a satellite provision for 24 primary aged pupils at Parkside Primary School

(ii)          Increase the designated number from 285 to 310


Reason for the decision:

St Nicholas (Community) Special School is unable to expand on its main school site and demand for PSCN Special school places in Canterbury district is increasing. The establishment of satellite provisions on mainstream education sites provides additional capacity whilst also enabling the school’s expertise to be shared with the host school and provides St Nicholas students the opportunity to integrate, (where appropriate) with their mainstream peers.



St Nicolas (Community) Special School is a day provision for boys and girls aged 4 to 19 with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN). In addition to the main building at Holme Oak Close, the school also operates primary satellite provision at Chartham Primary School, Canterbury Primary School and St John’s C.E. Primary School. St Nicholas School also has secondary satellite provisions at Spires Academy, Canterbury Academy, as well as with Canterbury College for post 16 students. These satellites provide students with opportunities for integration at a mainstream school or College. The new satellite will provide additional opportunities and choice for integration for St Nicholas pupils.


Options (other options considered but discarded):

 St Nicholas Special school cannot be expanded on their main school site. A feasibility was commissioned to look at expanding the current satellite provision at St Johns CE Primary School, however the identified area was not appropriate or cost affective when compared to the feasibility for the provision on the Parkside Primary site. Parkside Primary School currently hosts the St Nicholas Nursery on site. The old swimming pool building area was identified as a location that can be redeveloped to create the new satellite provision. A new modular building will be provided on the site with facilities to include two classrooms, therapy room and additional small rooms required for the provision.


How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’:

This proposal will help to secure our ambition “to ensure that Kent’s young people have access to the education, work and skills opportunities necessary to support Kent business to grow and be increasingly competitive in the national and international economy”


The proposal also supports KCC’s SEND Strategy 2021-2024. The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent's children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Canterbury City North; Canterbury City South;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/04/2022

Decision due: Not before 25th May 2022 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lead director: Christine McInnes

Department: Education & Young People's Services

Contact: Marisa White, Area Education Officer - East Kent Email: Tel: 01227 284407.


The report is planned to be taken to the CYPE Cabinet Committee on 10 May 2022.

Financial implications: Capital The capital costs for the project are £270,000 and will be funded through the High Needs Provision Capital Allocation 21/22. Revenue As per KCC policy a total of £6,000 per newly provided learning space will be provided to the school from the DGS revenue budget. KCC will work closely with the senior leadership teams of both schools to ensure that all appropriate accommodation and facilities are provided to enable them to deliver an effective curriculum.

Legal implications: Service level agreements specifying the responsibilities of each party and setting out any revenue costs to be covered will be put into place between St Nicholas Special School and Parkside Primary School. Any further legal implications will be identified in the report to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills before she takes her decision to issue a statutory public notice.

Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment has been produced as part of the consultation process. A DPIA has not been completed as there is no risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals.