I. Authorise the allocation of £1,225,000 from the Children’s, Young People and Education Basic Need Capital budget to complete the permanent expansion of the satellite of Whitfield Aspen Primary School (Dover), thus increasing the agreed allocation from £8,265,000 to £9,490,000.
II. Authorise the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Director of Education and General Counsel to enter into any necessary contracts / agreements on behalf of the County Council.
Reason for the decision:
The intention was to open the satellite for the September 2019 academic year. However, due to a number of reasons the satellite site was not occupied until September 2021.
The contract sum has been extended as a result of commercial decisions by KCC arising from:
Additionally, the sports field was not included in the handover as a revised design was required which required the contractor to complete a section 73 planning application amendment. Due to the level of work required to ensure that the sports field is fit for purpose, specialist sports field contractors have been engaged to tender for the works at a cost of £450,000. An additional £275,000 of capital funding was agreed via a non-key decision in August 2022 (decision number 22/00077) to enable to works on the sports field to be completed.
The expansion of Whitfield Aspen Primary School from 2FE to 3FE on a Satellite site was agreed by the Cabinet Member in 2016. The expansion of the School being to support primary school places required within the Whitfield Urban Expansion (WUE). This is a plan to add up to 5,750 new homes in Dover. The WUE masterplan included provision for three new 2FE primary schools of which the Whitfield Aspen Primary School satellite would be one.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: Dover West;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/08/2022
Anticipated restriction: Part exempt - View reasons
Decision due: Not before 20th Sep 2022 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Lead director: Christine McInnes
Department: Education & Young People's Services
Contact: Lee Round, Governor Support Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decision was due for consideration at Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee meeting on 13 September 2022. Due to meeting postponement, the decision needs to be taken out of cycle. Details available in published decision documentation.
Legal implications: KCC as the LA has a duty to ensure sufficient school places are available.
Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment has been completed. A Data Protection Impact Assessment was not required.