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Consultation on the Future of Furness School

UPDATE 1 May 2015 - Public Notice Period 

The consultation on the future of Furness School has ended and the outcome of the consultation was discussed at the Education and Young People’s Cabinet Committee on 15 April 2015.  A webcast of the Furness discussion can be viewed here and a copy of the report can be viewed here

Mr Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform, considered the responses to the consultation and agreed that a Public Notice should be issued.  The Public Notice, Record of Decision and Statutory Proposal can be found below (see Consultation Documents). 

The closing date for sending in written responses supporting, objecting or commenting on the proposal is 28 May 2015 and should be sent to Ian Watts, Area Education Officer, North Kent, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4AE or by Email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

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 Original Consultation Text

Kent County Council and the Interim Executive Board (IEB) for Furness School have agreed, with regret, to launch a public consultation on a proposal to discontinue Furness School by 31 August 2015. The Consultation Document below provides information on this proposal.

The consultation period will run from 4 February to 25 March 2015, allowing additional time for school holidays.  Parents and carers will be consulted at a separate meeting followed by individual discussions with parents about placement options.  A public drop in will be held at the school during the Public Consultation on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

There is a response form attached to this document, which should be returned to Ian Watts, Area Education Officer, North Kent, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4AE, by Thursday, 25 March 2015.

Following the consultation period, feedback from the consultation will be reported to KCC Education Cabinet Committee on 15 April 2015.  All views expressed will be taken into consideration by the Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform when making a decision whether or not to issue a Public Notice proposing closure of the school.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Consultation on the Future of Furness School
Description UPDATE: A Public Notice has been issued. Please click on the page to see more information and relevant documents. The closing date for comments is 28 May 2015.
Dates From 1 May 2015 at 13:00 to 28 May 2015 at 23:59.
Status Closed
Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Sevenoaks
Consultation Topic General interest, Accessibility, equalities and diversity, Children and families, Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details

Ian Watts, Area Education Officer, North Kent, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4AE or by Email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk