(i) Agree to the proposal to rebuild and expand Teynham Parochial CEP Primary School from 210 to 420 places increasing the published admission number (PAN) from 30 to 60 for September 2025 (1FE to 2FE) from September 2025.
This decision is conditional upon planning permission being granted.
· Reason for the decision
Agreement is required to rebuild and expand Teynham Parochial CEP Primary School from 210 to 420 places increasing the published admission number (PAN) from 30 to 60 for September 2025 (1FE to 2FE). The proposal includes demolition and rebuilding of the current school due to the building condition and complexity attached to expanding the current building. It therefore proves more cost effective and efficient to rebuild and expand. Project costs have been estimated at £10,000,857 The proposal will be brought back to Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee for a further decision on the allocation of Capital budget and to gain permission to issue a public notice.
· Background – Provide brief additional context
The current primary school building was constructed circa 1970 as a temporary building using a basic SEAC component type construction. The building is now approximately 50 years old and shows many symptoms associated with being beyond economic repair, making it difficult and costly to expand and more cost effective to re-build. We are proposing to permanently increase the size of the school by 1FE to meet the primary school pupil needs in Teynham related to housing developments in the area.
Current plans are to construct the new school first and subsequently demolish the current school building, plus provide a multi- use games area (MUGA) on the location of the old school. The expansion in the number of pupils would be a gradual process from September 2025 onwards. The additional places will enable the school to run a two form of entry school starting in September 2025 when the published admission number would increase from 30 to 60. The school capacity would grow each year, finally reaching a capacity of 420 in 2031.
· Options (other options considered but discarded)
Consideration was given to expanding the current school building by 1 form of entry; however the building is now approximately 50 years old and shows many symptoms associated with being beyond economic repair, making it difficult, risky and costly to expand and more cost effective to re-build the school.
• How the proposed decision meets the objectives of ‘Framing Kent’s Future – Our Council Strategy (2022-2026)
This proposal will help to support Framing Kent’s Future – Our Council Strategy (2022-2026) Priority 1 - Levelling up. ‘To maintain KCC’s strategic role in supporting schools in Kent to deliver accessible, high quality education provision for all families.’
The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2021-2025 sets out the need for commissioning additional school places in Kent.
· Financial Implications
A feasibility study estimated final costs at pre planning stage at £10,000,857. The project includes a total rebuild of the whole school designed to BB103.
The expansion of Teynham school is also linked to new housing developments in the Teynham area. A total of £3,851,155.89 in developer contributions has been requested with £1,413,243.89 agreed and £2,437,912 still requested. A total of £201,844.17 has been collected.
This would indicate a KCC Capital Contribution of £6,149,701 would be require and is expected to be funded from Basic Need Capital Programme. However, this is subject to a further key decision by the Cabinet Member for Education & Skills once planning permission and final costings have been agreed.
Revenue costs of expanding the school under basic need is expected to be fully funded from the ring-fenced Dedicated Schools Grant: School Block. Available revenue funding will be allocated in accordance with the prevailing Kent County Council School’s Growth Funding Policy. The current funding offer is:
There are no revenue Council General Fund implications expected from this proposal.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;
Decision status: For Determination
Division affected: Swale East;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/01/2023
Decision due: Not before 8th Feb 2023 by Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Lead director: Christine McInnes
Department: Education & Young People's Services
Contact: Marisa White, Area Education Officer - East Kent Phone number: 03000 418794 Email: email@example.com Tel: 01227 284407.
Legal implications: Any legal implications will be identified in the report to the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education before he takes his decision.
Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment has been produced as part of the consultation process and is attached. The assessment identified the following positive impact: • Sufficient local Primary provision for children in Teynham and the local area. No adverse impacts were identified during the assessment. The EqIA: https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/20142/widgets/57062/documents/33341