Update - December 2017

Following the consultation the matter was considered and endorsed by the Cabinet Committee for Children, Young People & Education at its meeting on 22nd November 2017.  

A copy of the Record of Decision is available to view in the Summary of Results section below.


Original Text

The County Council is the strategic commissioner of education provision in Kent and has a duty to ensure that sufficient school places are available to meet demand. The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent sets out our commissioning intentions and is revised annually. The 2018-22 iteration was approved by Cabinet at its meeting of 15 January 2018. The Plan forecasts an increasing demand for Secondary school places, which cannot be met locally without increasing provision within the town centre area.

With the support of the Governing Body, KCC is proposing to provide additional school places by expanding Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, increasing the PAN from 180 to 210. The expansion of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys by 1FE for September 2019 will act as the strategic response to the forecast population growth within the borough.

The consultation period will take place from Wednesday 20 June 2018 to Wednesday 18 July 2018 (midnight).  The outcome of the consultation will inform part the evidence base to be included in a Local Authority application to Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF).

Whether the proposals for expansion go ahead or not will also be dependent on the planning process. The additional accommodation required for the proposals will be subject to separate planning requirements which will include further public consultation.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midnight on Wednesday 18 July 2018 either by handing it in at the school office or emailing your views to school.consultations@kent.gov.uk 

An information drop-in session will be held at the school on 5 July at 5:30pm-7:00pm.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    20 Jun 2018 at 15:00
  • Closed
    18 Jul 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    12 Dec 2018


Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic Children and families, Schools, education and learning, Young people, youth
Consultation Methods Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Open responses (e.g. letters and email), Public meeting
Contact Details

Contact Jared Nehra, KCC Area Education Officer (West Kent), West Kent Area Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ or email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk