The Governing Bodies of St James’ C.E. (VA) Infant School and St James’ C.E. (VC) Junior School, with support from Kent County Council (KCC), are consulting on a proposal to amalgamate the two schools in order to create one all-through primary school.

The Governing Bodies of the St James’ schools wish to consolidate their already close links with an amalgamation into one school.  The schools have well established existing ties and share the same site, with the schools only 4 metres apart at the closest point.  The schools share kitchen facilities and benefit from various cross-schools staff arrangements, including sharing the same Executive Headteacher.

The Governing Bodies of both schools have met with Kent County Council (KCC) and agreed that amalgamation of the two schools to create an all-though primary school would be the natural progression for the schools, which will secure benefits for staff and pupils.

This proposal is in line with Kent County Council’s policy as set out in the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2018-2022*, which states KCC believes that ‘all-through primary schools deliver better continuity of learning as the model for primary phase education in Kent.  When the opportunity arises, we will either amalgamate separate Infant and Junior schools into a single primary school or federate the schools.’

A copy of the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2018–2022 can be viewed at:

Following the consultation, the Governing Bodies will consider all views expressed and then make a decision on whether to issue a Public Notice.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by 9am on 04 March 2019, by handing it in at one of the school offices or emailing your views to

A public consultation meeting will be held at St James’ C.E. (VA) Infant School Hall, Sandrock Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3PR on  25 February 2019, at 7pm.


The consultation period runs from 04 February 2019 to 04 March 2019 (9am). 



  • Opened
    4 Feb 2019 at 09:00
  • Closes
    4 Mar 2019 at 09:00
  • Response to be published


Consulting Organisation Type School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Governing Bodies of St James' Church of England Voluntary Aided Infant School and St James' Church of England Junior School
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic Children and families, Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Open responses (e.g. letters and email), Public meeting
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