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.  This duty applies to Special School provision, as well as mainstream settings.  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. 

In response to growing pressure for SEN places in Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling Districts, Kent County Council with support from the schools proposes to:

  • increase the designated number of places offered at Five Acre Wood School from 330 to 465 places (including Satellite and Nursery provision) from 15 March 2019.
  • expand the Satellite provision of Five Acre Wood School at Holmesdale School, Malling Road, Snodland ME6 5HS from 70 to 150 students aged 11-19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties from 15 March 2019.
  • establish a Satellite provision of Five Acre Wood School at Palace Wood Primary School, Ash Grove, Allington, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0AB for 30 students aged 4-11 with moderate to severe learning difficulties from 01 September 2019.

Valley Invicta Academies Trust, with support from KCC and the school’s Governing Body is proposing to:

  • establish a Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) within the school for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) at East Borough Primary School.

The consultation period will take place from Thursday 20 September 2018 to Thursday 18 October 2018 (midnight).  Following the consultation, the County Council will consider all views expressed and then make a decision on how to proceed.


Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midnight on Thursday 18 October 2018 either by handing it in at the Five Acre Wood, Holmesdale, Palace Wood or East Borough school offices or emailing your views to

Information drop-in sessions will be held at:

  • Open session 16:00 to 17:30, Thursday 27 September 2018 at East Borough Primary School
  • Dedicated session for current East Borough FAW Satellite students’ parents 16:00 to 17:00, Monday 1 October 2018 at Five Acre Wood School
  • Open session 17:00 to 18:00, Monday 1 October 2018 at Five Acre Wood School
  • Open session 16:30 to 18:00, Wednesday 3 October 2018 at Palace Wood Primary School




This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    20 Sep 2018 at 10:00
  • Closed
    18 Oct 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published


Consulting Organisation Type School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Maidstone, Tonbridge & Malling
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 Email:

By Post:  Jared Nehra, KCC Area Education Officer (West Kent), West Kent Area Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ