Update - June 2020

The outcome of the consultation was presented to the Children, Young People and Education Cabinet Committee on 10 January 2020, who were supportive of the proposal. A business case was submitted to the ESFA by the Academy Trust for final approval to expand, however this has been placed on hold whilst additional information is obtained.

Further updates will be provided when available



This consultation is now closed.


Pilgrims Way Primary School and the Veritas Multi-Academy Trust are proposing to increase the Published Admission Number of Pilgrim Way Primary School from 45 to 60. This will add 15 reception places per year from September 2021, increasing over subsequent years to a total capacity of 420 school places for years R to 6.

Kent County Council is the Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision and Kent has a duty to ensure that sufficient school places are available to meet demand. The Commissioning Plan for Education Provision sets out Kent’s commissioning intentions and is revised annually. The forecasts show increase demand in Canterbury for Primary School places from new housing in the local area. One strategy for providing additional school places is to expand existing schools.  The Academy Trust board of Pilgrims Way Primary School have agreed to consult on a proposal to expand the school by the addition of a 15 places per school year.

The Academy Trust at Pilgrims Way are bringing forward this proposal with the support of the staff and governors and Kent County Council (KCC), as the Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision in the County.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midday on 22 November 2019, by handing it in at the school office or emailing your views to office@veritasmat.co.uk

An information drop-in session will be held at the school on Monday 18 November 14:45 to 18:00.

Following the consultation period the Trust will consider all comments received before submitting  an application to the DfE to affect the change. 

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
    4 Oct 2019 at 10:00
  • Closed
    22 Nov 2019 at 12:00
  • Response Published
    23 Jun 2020


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
  • School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Canterbury
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

Alison Moon
Trust Business Manager
Pilgrims Way Primary School
Pilgrims Way

Email: office@veritasmat.co.uk