The final decision on whether to proceed with the Sevenoaks satellite grammar schools was taken by KCC at their full council meeting on 29th March at County Hall in Maidstone.
KCC’s decision was taken four months before central government’s decision on whether to approve the Christian Free School (which will be announced by the end of July). An assessment of whether a suitable school site is available will form an essential part of central government’s decision on whether to approve the Christian Free School.
Many people have asked us if the Sevenoaks grammar satellites and the proposed Christian Free School can both share the vacant, KCC-owned, Wildernesse site. Unfortunately, as the Sevenoaks grammar satellites are likely to amount to a large KCC funded school, it will clearly be impractical for the two schools to share the Wildernesse site as there will be insufficient space.
In addition, it will be legally impossible for the two schools to share the same site. This is because the Grammar School will be funded by KCC, whereas the Christian Free School will be funded by central government.
In addition, both schools will operate under completely different legislation and will be under different ownership. Therefore, as a matter of law, only one of the schools can occupy the Wildernesse site which, significantly, is owned by KCC rather than by central government.