Update - August 2019.

Following the public consultation that ran from Monday 25 February 2019 to Monday 25 March 2019, the Governing Body of Maplesden Noakes agreed to proceed with the expansion of the school from 6 to 8 forms of entry (from 180 to 240 Year 7 places each year).

A planning application for the required building works has been made submitted and is being considered.  Once planning permission has been secured, the Governing Body will complete a business case submission to the Department for Education for approval.



This consultation has now closed.

The Governing Body, in conjunction with Kent County Council (KCC) would like to expand The Maplesden Noakes School to help provide more places for local children.  It is anticipated that there will be significant medium-term pressure for additional Year 7 places in the Maidstone Non-Selective Planning Group, which could not reasonably be met by a Free School in central Maidstone or via additional temporary provision.  Therefore, KCC has asked Maplesden to provide additional places by expanding the school from 6 to 8 forms of entry (from 180 to 240 Year 7 places each year).

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 our 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 consultation period runs from Monday 25 February 2019 to Monday 25 March 2019 (midnight).  Following the consultation, the Governing Body will consider all views expressed and then make a decision on how to proceed.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midnight on 25 March 2019, by handing it in at the school office or emailing your views to school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

An information drop-in session will be held at the The Maplesden Noakes School, Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0TJ, on Wednesday 6 March 2019, 4.00pm to 7.00pm



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 Feb 2019 at 10:00
  • Closed
    25 Mar 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    16 May 2019


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

Email:  school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

Or contact the school directly: The Maplesden Noakes School, Buckland Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0TJ