The Castle Hill Development:  In the past year a number of new residential development sites have achieved planning consent in Dartford. Discussions with developers and Dartford Borough Council have resulted in a school site being identified and allocated within the development known as Castle Hill.  The housing developments are estimated to produce approximately 420 additional pupils resulting in a demand for school places which cannot be met locally.

 Capacity and Location of the new School:  The new school will be for 420 children aged 4 to 11 years and will have 14 classes.  The school will be situated on land at the Castle Hill Park Development, Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Kent. 

Promoters of the new school:  KCC has identified a need for a new school and in accordance with Section 6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the Academy/Free School Presumption Guidance (October 2014) is seeking promoters to run the new school which will either be an Academy or Free School.  Details of the specification for the new school together with details of how promoters can apply can be found on the KCC website. The deadline for applications from potential promoters is 19 January 2015.  It is ultimately the Secretary of State who will make the decision of successful promoter which we anticipate will be by the end of March 2015.

An opportunity to have your say…

The details of the information drop-in sessions are provided below.  Ian Watts, KCC’s Area Education Officer for North Kent, will be there to give you some more detail on this proposal. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and give us your views.


on 9 December 2014

from 2pm to 4:30 & 6pm to 8:30pm

at The Observatory, Southfleet Road,

Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Kent, DA10 0DF

 Alternatively, you can let us have your views by emailing or by completing the online response form. (There is also a Word version of the form below).

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    1 Dec 2014 at 10:00
  • Closed
    12 Jan 2015 at 11:00



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

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