This consultation is now closed


Update - July 2019

A consultation was held from 7th May to 4th June 2019, including a drop-in sessions on 13th May 2019.  There were two attendees at the drop-in session, but no consultation responses were received.

At its meeting on 28th June, the Children and Young People's Cabinet Committee considered the decision and resolved that the proposal to change the age range of Seal CE Primary School to include nursery provision for 2,3 and 4 years olds be endorsed.

A copy of the signed Record of Decision is available to view in the Summary of Results section below.




At present, Seal Village Pre-School is located on the site of Seal Church of England Primary School and the majority of their children feed into the school. We propose that Seal Village Pre-school become part of the school and is run as a maintained pre-school within Seal Church of England Primary School.

At present, the pre-school has access to the grounds, however becoming part of the school would mean they have access to all facilities within.

The school offers extensive CPD to staff and would aim to continue to develop the staff within the current pre-school. Through this new arrangement the children within the pre-school would be given Forest School as part of their Early Years curriculum offer, along with the use of the school’s technology, resources and facilities. There would be greater transition for children from pre-school into Foundation Stage as they would be situated in a classroom next door within the main building.  The pre-school would be located within the new building planned to be built this year and this will give the children more space and a nicer environment in which to thrive

As this is not an additional provision on site, it will not attract additional traffic to and from the school. The staff will remain the same within the nursery, however they will be employed by the school and contracted to Kent County Council rather than the privately run pre-school. The existing Pre-School will dissolve its charity and as part of a TUPE process, the staff will transfer over and be part of the school.

The Pre-School will be governed by the school’s governing body. and members of the current management committee will be invited on to the Governing Body, so the Pre-School are appropriately represented.

The Governors at TBF are bringing forward this proposal with the support of the staff and governors at both schools 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 noon on 4 June 2019 by handing it in at the school office of Seal CE Primary School, or by emailing:

An information drop-in session will be held at Seal CE Primary School on 13 May 2019 from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    7 May 2019 at 10:00
  • Closed
    4 Jun 2019 at 12:00
  • Response Published
    23 Jul 2019


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

Ian Watts, West 11, Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent ME19 4AE