Update 22 May 2020

Following the End of the Public Notice period in regard to this proposal The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills has resolved that his decision of 03 April 2020 should stand.  Therefore, the proposal will be implemented from September 2020.



April 2020 update

A public consultation was held between 06 January and 14 February 2020. This consultation proposed that the satellite should add 168 places which would be 1FE of primary places and 2FE at secondary. During the consultation comments were received suggesting that the satellite should provide for 2FE primary and 2FE secondary provision, a total of 240 places.

The Children’s, Young People Cabinet Committee resolved that this should be the case and the proposal was changed accordingly.  Therefore, the prescribed changes as set out in the Public Notice will be as follows:

  • add a 240 place satellite provision of The Beacon Folkestone at the former Walmer Science College, Salisbury Road, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7QJ
  • Increase the designated number of The Beacon Folkestone from 380 places to 620 places.

A copy of the complete proposal and the public notice can be found below. 

Within four weeks from the date of publication, any person may send in a response supporting, objecting or commenting on the proposal to David Adams, Area Education Officer, Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Ashford, Kent TN24 8XU; or email school.consultations@kent.gov.uk.

The final date for sending in written representations is midnight 18 May 2020.



Original text

This consultation is now closed. 

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on the proposal to expand The Beacon Folkestone onto a satellite site at the former Walmer Science College, Salisbury Rd, Walmer CT14 7QJ from September 2020. 

The expansion onto the satellite site will provide a further 168 special school places for pupils with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN) increasing the designated number of The Beacon Folkestone from the present 380 places to 548 places. 

If you wish to find out more a public consultation meeting will be held at The Beacon Folkestone, Park Farm Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5DN on Thursday 30 January 2020 starting at 4.30pm.


Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midnight on 14 February 2020, by:

  • Handing you response form into reception at The Beacon Folkestone.
  • Emailing: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk 
  • Sending the attached response form to David Adams, Area Education Officer South Kent, Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Road, Ashford, Kent TN248XU

Or share your views by attending the public consultation meeting.



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.

Privacy: Kent County Council collects and processes personal information in order to provide a range of public services. Kent County Council respects the privacy of individuals and endeavours to ensure personal information is collected fairly & lawfully.  We will follow our Data Protection Act guidelines to keep your information secure and confidential.


  • Opened
    6 Jan 2020 at 09:00
  • Closed
    14 Feb 2020 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    20 Apr 2020


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

David Adams, Area Education Officer South Kent, Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Thomson Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8XU