A copy of the Signed Record of Decision and accompanying documents can be found on our website here: https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=2372




PUBLIC NOTICE PERIOD 1 September 2020 to 29 September 2020

Following the end of the consultation period, Richard Long, the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, resolved to issue a public notice regarding increasing the Published Admission Number for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys from 210 to 300 from September 2021 by establishing a 3FE satellite on the Wildernesse Campus, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3SL.

A public notice is being published in a local newspaper week commencing 31 August 2020.   The notice is displayed at all main entrances to the relevant school sites. The public notice and complete proposal documents can be downloaded from the Summary of Results section 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, KCC Area Education Officer (North Kent), North Kent Area Office, Worrall House, Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4AE, or email school.consultations@kent.gov.uk.  The final date for sending in written representations is 29 September 2020.


This consultation is now closed.

Kent County Council are seeking views on a proposal to expand Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, by increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) from 210 places to 300 places, facilitated by the establishment of a satellite of the school on the Wildernesse site in Sevenoaks, from September 2021.

Kent County Council (KCC) as the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available. The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2019-23 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out our future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent. A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link:


It is forecast that there will be significant short and medium-term pressure for additional Year 7 places in the West Kent Selective Planning Group which indicates that additional capacity will be needed for 2019/20 and in later years.  The planning group includes all Grammar schools in the districts of Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tonbridge Wells.

In 2012, Kent County Council agreed to identify and pursue options to increase Grammar provision in that area.

Therefore, KCC has asked Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys to provide additional places for local children by expanding the school onto a satellite in Sevenoaks district.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midday on 6th December 2019 to:

Post: Ian Watts, Area Education Officer, Kent County Council, West 11, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4AE

Hand: Hand your response in to the school office at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John's Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XB

Email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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  • Opened
    28 Oct 2019 at 09:00
  • Closed
    6 Dec 2019 at 12:00
  • Response Published
    01 Sep 2020


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Children and families
  • Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details


Ian Watts,
Area Education Officer for North Kent
West 11,
Worrall House,
30 Kings Hill Avenue,
Kings Hill,
Kent ME19 4AE


Email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk