This consultation is now closed.


Update - November 2019

This proposal was not taken further to Cabinet Committee.


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 the 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:

The West Dartford planning group is experiencing a shortfall of primary places due to an increase in population caused by inward migration and significant housing development.  Kent County Council is proposing to provide additional school places by expanding West Hill Primary Academy from 72 to 90 Reception places each year).
The Governing Body of the school has agreed to carry out a public consultation on the proposal to expand the school permanently, and if it were agreed that the proposal should go ahead, additional accommodation and facilities would be provided to enable the school to expand.
West Hill Primary Academy is a popular school. Planned development in the immediate area will mean that there are more children seeking a place at the school, than there are places available.  This provides limited scope to meet parental preference unless more school places are provided.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, 

  • By sending the response form to Garry Ratcliffe, Oakfield Primary Academy, Oakfield Lane, Dartford, DA1 2SW.
  • Alternatively, you may hand your response form in at the school.  All written responses need to be received by midday on 12th Nov 2019.
  • By emailing:

Alternative formats:
 If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email 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
    7 Oct 2019 at 12:00
  • Closed
    12 Nov 2019 at 12:00


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

Garry Ratcliffe, CEO
The Galaxy Trust
Oakfield Primary Academy,
Oakfield Lane,
Dartford, DA1 2SW