Kent County Council continues to provide the increasing number of school places needed for the growing number of families in the county.
Roger Gough Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Demand for school places has been growing for the last five years. More than 10,000 primary places have already been provided by the county council.
“As demand continues to grow Kent is working hard to make the places available for more than 23,000 primary and secondary extra children who will need school places over the next five years in Kent. 15,700 of these are for secondary school places and almost 8,000 for primary.
“Much of the additional provision will be achieved by expanding existing schools. While in many cases the need for new and expanded schools is dependent on future housing development, the increase in demand for education places continues to be significant. As a result Kent will need 37 new primary schools and 10 secondary by 2022.
“For some years now we have seen an increase in the number of babies being born across the whole of the UK population. This coupled with the increase in the number of families moving into Kent as well as the additional housing being built across the county has already seen us expand 89 primary schools and 39 secondary since 2010.
“Each year we produce and update the ‘Commissioning Plan for Education Provision’. This plan provides a very detailed breakdown of where the extra places are needed for each Kent district and how we are working hard to provide parents with school places in good or outstanding schools near to their homes.
“Despite this considerable pressure, the county council continues to exceed its target for parental preference for school places, with 87.2% of parents across the county securing their first preference primary school on offer day in 2016.
“As the school age population continues to grow, we will plan for and respond to this demand and ensure wherever possible that parental preference is met.”
The county council has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places for all children in the county, although it no longer has direct control over all schools.
Government dictates that where new schools are needed these have to either be an academy or a free school. Free school projects are led by the government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA).
The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2017 / 21 is available through the link on this page:
Just under 200,000 children and young people aged 4-16 years are educated in Kent schools. In 2016-17 there are 2139 private and voluntary Early Years providers and accredited child-minders, one maintained Nursery school, 28 Infant schools, 28 Junior schools, 399 Primary schools, 99 Secondary schools (of which 32 are selective), 22 Special schools and 7 Pupil Referral Units
Below is a breakdown by district of where the places are needed in Kent:
Primary school places
|District||By 2017/18||By 2018/19||By 2019/20||Between 2020-21 and 2022-23|
|Ashford||210 place new school in Chilmington Green.
210 place new school in Willesborough.
70 place expansion of Charing CE Primary.
|210 place expansion of Chilmington Green Primary School.
210 place expansion of Finberry Primary School.
|Canterbury||35 place expansion of Wickhambreaux CE Primary.
105 place expansion of Whitstable Junior School.
|210 place new school in Canterbury.
105 place expansion of Pilgrim’s Way Primary.
210 place new school in Herne Bay.
|1050 primary places in new provisions in Canterbury (locations to be confirmed).
210 place expansion of Wincheap Primary School.
420 place new school in Sturry/Broadoak.
315 place expansion of Hersden Primary School.
630 primary places in one or more new schools in Herne Bay.
210 place expansion of Briary Primary School.
210 place new school in Whitstable.
|Dartford||30 temporary Year 2 places in Dartford North.
30 temporary Year 3 places in Dartford North.
105 place expansion in Dartford Rural South.
|210 place new school in Dartford Northern Gateway.
210 place new provision in Dartford East.
|210 place new provision in Ebbsfleet Green.||210 place expansion of new school in Dartford Northern Gateway.
420 new school in St. James Lane.
210 place new school in Station Quarter North.
210 place expansion of Cherry Orchard Academy.
210 place new school in Ebbsfleet Green.
420 place new school in Alkerden.
|Dover||30 temporary reception year places in Deal.||210 place expansion of Deal Parochial Primary School.
10 place expansion at Preston Primary School.
|70 place expansion of Guston CE Primary.
210 place new school in Sandwich and Eastry.
|Gravesham||210 place new school called Hope Community School.
105 place expansion within Higham / Cobham and Shorne.
105 place expansion within Istead Rise or an adjacent planning area.
|210 place new school in Gravesend Southwest||210 place new school in Gravesend Southwest.
210 place new school in Springfield Park.
210 place new school in Northfield Embankment West.
315 place new school in Northfleet Embankment East.
|Maidstone||60 temporary reception year places in Maidstone North.
210 place expansion of Headcorn Primary School.
30 temporary reception year places in Maidstone
West or 210 place expansion of Jubilee Primary School
|420 place new school in Maidstone North.
140 place expansion of Marden Primary School.
210 place expansion of Harrietsham Primary School.
|420 place new school in Hermitage Lane.|
|Sevenoaks||105 place expansion in Sevenoaks Rural South East.
210 place expansion in Swanley and Hextable.
|210 place expansion in Sevenoaks Town.||105 place expansion in Halsted and Knockholt.|
|Shepway||30 temporary reception year places.||105 place expansion of Palmarsh Primary School.
30 temporary reception year places in Folkestone West.
105 place expansion of Sellindge Primary School.
21 place expansion of St. Nicholas CE Primary School New Romney.
|210 place new school in Shorncliffe Heights||21 place expansion of Greatstone Primary School New Romney.|
|Swale||210 place expansion of Minster-in-Sheppey Primary School.
210 place expansion of Bysing Wood Primary School.
|210 place expansion of Regis Manor Primary School.||210 place new school in Eastchurch and Warden Bay.||105 place expansion of Sunny Bank Primary School.
420 place new school in Quinton Road, Sittingbourne.
210 place new school in Wiles Lane, South Sittingbourne.
210 place expansion of Teynham Primary School.
210 place new school in Queenborough and Rushenden.
210 place new school in Faversham.
|Thanet||420 place new school in Manston Green, Ramsgate.
420 place new school in Stonehill Park, Ramsgate.
420 places new school in Westwood Cross, Broadstairs.
105 place expansion of St. Gregory’s RC Primary School, Margate.
420 place new school in Westgate or Birchington
|Tonbridge and Malling||210 place expansion of Valley Invicta Primary School, Leybourne.
210 expansion of Wouldham CE Primary School.
420 place new school called the Bishop Chavasse school.
|630 primary places in new provisions (locations to be confirmed).|
|Tunbridge Wells||280 place expansion of St. Peter’s CE Primary School.
210 place new school in Paddock Wood.
|Totals||1,995 permanent places.
150 temporary reception year places.
30 temporary Year 2 places.
30 temporary Year 3 places
|2,516 permanent places.
30 temporary reception year places.
|2,765 permanent places||10,276 permanent places|
Secondary school places
|District||By 2017/18||By 2018/19||By 2019/20||Between 2020-21 and 2022-23|
|Ashford||60 Year 7 Places||150 Year 7 Places
600 place new school
|Canterbury||450 place expansion||600 place new school||300 place expansion of new school|
|Dartford||1200 place new school|
|Dover||150 place expansion|
|Gravesham||450 place expansion||450 place expansion||600 place new school|
|Maidstone||300 place expansion
900 place new school
|150 place expansion|
|Sevenoaks||450 place expansion|
|Shepway||900 place new school||60 Year 7 Places|
|Swale||300 place expansion||600 place new school|
|Thanet||600 place new school||600 expansion of new school|
|Tonbridge and Malling||
750 place expansion
|Tunbridge Wells||300 place expansion||900 place new school||300 place expansion|
|Totals||1500 permanent places||3900 permanent places||60 temporary Year 7 Places
2550 permanent places
|210 temporary Year 7 Places
3900 permanent places
Expanded and new schools from September 2010 onwards:
|District||Expanded primary schools||New primary schools||Expanded secondary schools||New secondary schools|
|Tonbridge & Malling||6||3||4||1|
|Includes new schools opening to September 2016, excluding amalgamations and academy conversions|
|Includes all permanent expansion projects implemented and/or approved since 2010|
|New schools includes secondary academies becoming all-through and offering primary provision for the first time|