School Expansion

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PROPOSALS TO MAKE A PRESCRIBED ALTERATION TO

HOATH (COMMUNITY) PRIMARY SCHOOL

School Lane, Hoath, Canterbury, CT3 4LA

 

School and Local Authority Details

The proposals to make a prescribed alteration to Hoath (Community) Primary School, School Lane, Hoath, Canterbury, CT3 4LA from 1 September 2016 are being published by Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.  Contact Name and Address: Marisa White, Area Education Officer, Brook House, Reeves Way, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3SS

 

Publication Date: 7 January 2016

 

The Proposal

It is proposed to permanently expand the school from a capacity of 63 places to 105 places from September 2016.  This proposal is subject to obtaining planning agreement for the new accommodation that the school will require in order to expand.

 

Consultation

A public consultation was carried out by the local authority during the period 30 September to 4 November 2015.  A public meeting was held at the school on 14 October 2015.  Details of the consultation can be found at: http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/hoath/consultationHome

The outcome of the consultation was reported to Kent County Council’s Education Cabinet Committee on 15 December 2015.  The report included a summary of the written responses received, and the views expressed and questions raised at the public meeting.  The report can be found at:

http://kcc-app610:9070/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=832&MId=5824&Ver=4

 

Description of alteration and evidence of demand

It is proposed that the school is permanently enlarged , adding a total of 42 places, increasing the published admission number of the school from 9 to 15 for Reception Year entry September 2016.  The published admission number for subsequent years would be 15 and the school would grow over a seven year period to reach a total capacity of 105.  The school would be provided with three additional classrooms.  The original hall, which is currently used as two classrooms, would be converted back to a hall, allowing the school to use the hall again for PE and extra-curricular activities.

 

The Canterbury district section of the Kent Commissioning Plan for Education Provision 2015-19 identified a future pressure in the Herne, Sturry and Marshside planning areas.  This Commissioning Plan can be viewed at: www.kent.gov.uk/educationprovision

The 2016-20 edition of the Kent Commissioning Plan also identifies a growing need for additional primary school places in the planning areas, with a predicted deficit of 37 places in 2016 increasing to a deficit of 74 places by 2019.  The new edition of the Plan was endorsed by the Education and Young People’s Cabinet Committee at their meeting on 15 December 2015 and can be found with the committee papers at:

http://kcc-app610:9070/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=832&MId=5824&Ver=4

 

The school is popular with 44 applications for a Reception place for entry in September 2015.  The school is inclusive and its location means it is ideally placed to meet the forecast demand for primary school places in the planning area.

 

Objectives (including how the proposal would increase educational standards and parental choice)

This proposal would enable the school to operate as a half form entry school and make class organisation easier in the future. The Reception Year will be taught separately in one class and the remaining three classes will have two year groups, with a class-size limit of 30 children. Increasing the pupil numbers at the school will mean that the school will receive more funding.  Very small rural schools face financial challenges and increasing the size of the school will also help it remain viable for the future.

 

The school was judged as good by Ofsted in June 2013 and was described as a school where pupils achieve well and attainment at the end of Year 6 is typically above average in reading, writing and mathematics.

 

The school has a strong ethos making a valuable contribution to supporting parental choice in the area.  These proposals will help to secure Kent’s 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” as set out in ‘Increasing Opportunities, Improving Outcomes: Kent County Council’s Strategic Statement (2015-2020)’.

 

The effect on other schools, academies and educational institutions within the area

The gradual expansion of the school would ensure a minimum impact on other schools and academies in the locality.  Some of the schools in the planning area have had to admit pupils over their published admission numbers in order to provide places for local children.  This proposal will help to relieve this pressure.

 

Project costs and indication of how these will be met, including how long term value for money will be achieved;

The total cost of the project is estimated to be in the region of £950k.    A feasibility study has been completed and a planning application has been submitted.  Appropriate funding has been identified as part of Kent County Council’s Medium Term Capital Programme.

Implementation and any proposed stages for implementation

The date on which the proposals are planned to be implemented is 1 September 2016.  Should the Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform agree that implementation of the proposal can go ahead; the decision would be subject to planning agreement.  If planning agreement is obtained, it is proposed to implement the proposal from September 2016.  This would mean that up to 15 children would be admitted into the Reception Year in September 2016 and subsequent years, allowing the school to grow to a total capacity of 105 over a seven year period.

 

The procedure for responses: support; objections and comments

A public notice was published in a local newspaper on 7 January 2016 and is available on the school’s website: http://www.hoath.kent.sch.uk/ and Kent County Council’s website: http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/hoath/consultationHome

 

Within four weeks from the date of publication, any person may send in a response supporting, objecting or commenting on the proposal to Marisa White, Area Education Officer, Brook House, Reeves Way, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3SS; or email school.consultations@kent.gov.uk.   The final date for sending in written representations is: 4 February 2016.