Update - October 2019.

The public notice period in respect of the proposed prescribed alterations to Oakley School, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 4NE, ended on 4 October 2019.

No new responses were received and therefore Mr Gough, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, has confirmed that his decision of 3 July 2019 will stand.

The proposals to:

  • Increase the age range from 2-18 years to 2-19 years and;
  • Increase the Designated Number from 242 to 252 places.

From September 2020 will now go ahead.



Public Notice – 6 September to 4 October 2019.

Details of the proposed changes to Oakley School and the responses to the consultation were reported to and endorsed by the Children, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee on 28 June 2019.  Mr Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Children’s, Young People and Education, having considered the recommendation from Cabinet Committee and all the responses to the consultation, agreed that a public notice should be issued. 

The public notice was published in a local newspaper on 6 September 2019.   The notice is displayed at all main entrances to the school.  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 Nick Abrahams, KCC Area Education, West Kent Area Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ, Tel: 03000 410058 or email school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

The final date for sending in written representations is midnight on 4 October 2019.



This consultation has now closed.

Kent County Council (KCC), with the support of the Governing Body of Oakley School, is consulting on a proposal to increase the age range at Oakley School from 2-18 years to 2-19 years and increase the Designated Number from 242 to 252 places.

Oakley School is the Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN) school for the Tunbridge Wells area.  Its designated age range is 2-18 years.  All other PSCN schools in Kent are designated up to age 19 years (i.e. include Year 14 - young people who turn 19 during the academic year).  The anomaly of Oakley being the sole PSCN school without provision for Year 14 needs to be addressed to ensure consistency in offer to children and young adults with PSCN across the county. The increase in the Designated Number is to allow for the additional young people within the school in Year 14.

Additionally, Oakley School has established a separate company which is an Independent Specialist College (Oakley College) for young adults aged 19-25 years.  This takes young people who are aged 19 (i.e. Year 15) a change to the designated age range for Oakley School will remove the current one-year gap between the School and College.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midday on 24 May 2019., by handing it in at the school office or emailing your views to school.consultations@kent.gov.uk


An information drop-in session is being held at the Oakley School, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4NE, on Wednesday 8th May 2019, 4.00pm to 6.00pm.



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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This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    25 Apr 2019 at 10:00
  • Closed
    24 May 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    05 Sep 2019


Consulting Organisation Type
  • School, college or university
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
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details

Email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

Post:  Oakley School, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4NE