Update - March 2019.


As no objections or comments were received to the public notice published in the Gravesend Messenger on 17th January 2019 and closed on 14th February 2019, Mr Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education has confirmed his decision taken under procedures laid down in Kent County Council’s constitution that the proposed changes to Kings Farm School can be implemented from September 2019.  The Rochester Church of England Diocese and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark may appeal to the Schools Adjudicator against this decision within four weeks of the decision being made.

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



Public Notice - 17th January to 14th February 2019

The outcome of the consultation was reported to the Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee on 29th November 2018.  A copy of the report is available here. 

The procedure for responses: support; objections and comments

A public notice was published in a local newspaper on 17th January 2019.   The notice is displayed at all main entrances to the school. The public notice is also available to view below.

Within four weeks from the date of publication, any person may send in a response supporting, objecting or commenting on the proposal to Ian Watts, Area Education Officer (North Kent), Kent County Council, Worrall House, Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, ME19 4AE. Tel: 03000 414302; or email school.consultations@kent.gov.uk.   

The final date for sending in written representations is 14th February 2019.




Kent County Council (KCC) currently does not have sufficient local specialist provision in mainstream schools and too many children and young people have to go to a Special School that is far from their home to have their education, health and care needs met.

KCC have published a Strategy to improve the outcomes for Kent’s children and young people with SEN and those who are disabled (SEND) as our current special school capacity has not kept pace with population growth and changing needs and we are spending too much on transporting children to schools far away from their local communities.  KCC’s SEND Strategy 2017-2019 includes the aim of embedding a well-planned continuum of provision from birth to aged 25 that meets the needs of children and young people with SEND and their families.

The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2018-2022 sets out our commissioning intentions for SEN which include overarching aims to: -

  • Increase the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for Kent’s children and young people with SEN and disabilities.
  • Ensure Kent delivers the Statutory changes (required by the Children and Families Act 2014)
  • Address gaps in provision for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, improve the quality of provision, develop the broadest range of providers, and encourage a mixed economy of provision.

KCC has completed an Equality Impact Assessment to see if the proposal could affect anyone unfairly. We welcome your views on the assumptions we have made and the conclusions we have drawn. A copy of the document is available in the Consultation Documents section below.


Please let us know your opinion. 

There are a number of ways to give us your views on this proposal:

  • A drop-in is being held at the school on 2 October 2018 at 3.30pm until 6pm, where there will be the opportunity to ask questions and complete a response form.
  • By sending the response form to: Ian Watts, Area Education Officer North Kent, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4AE
  • Handing your response form in at the school. 
  • By emailing: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

All written responses need to be received by midday on 22 October 2018.



  • Opened
    24 Sep 2018 at 10:00
  • Closed
    22 Oct 2018 at 12:00
  • Response Published
    12 Mar 2019


Consulting Organisation Type
  • School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Gravesham
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Children and families
  • Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
  • Public meeting
Contact Details

By Post to:  Ian Watts, Area Education Officer North Kent, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4AE

Or email:  school.consultations@kent.gov.uk