This note summarises the responses received following Staff and Parental Consultations with regard
to the proposal to develop a Weald of Kent Grammar Academy Trust Annexe in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Overview of Consultation Process
Weald of Kent Grammar Academy Trust initiated a public consultation process in 2013 in accordance
with DfE guidance on the principles of consultation. The governing principle is proportionality of the
type and scale of consultation to the potential impacts of the proposal or decision being taken, with
thought given to achieving real engagement with those concerned.
The DfE's letter of 13 December 2013 rejecting the initial proposal for a co-educational Sevenoaks
Annexe stressed the need for the admission arrangements under an expansion to reflect the gender
make-up of the existing school for the relevant age group.
Weald of Kent Governors met and agreed to consult parents on moving to a fully co-educational
provision. A consultation process was carried out in February 2014 to determine if parents wanted to
retain the current admission arrangements in Tonbridge. The outcome of this consultation process
clearly indicated parents wanted to retain the current admission arrangements.
Subsequently, KCC approached the Governors to discuss the option of Weald of Kent expanding into
Sevenoaks in its current format to satisfy the demand for Grammar School places for girls.
To keep parents fully informed of activity the school advised them of the ongoing discussions with KCC
and in September 2014 consulted them to help finalise a revised proposal.
2013 Consultation Key dates and events in the Consultation process:
Consultation opened on 12 June 2013;
Letters sent to local MPs, District Councillors, Weald of Kent parents, local Headteachers,
etc. on 12 June 2013;
Liaison meeting with KCC 17 June 2013;
Meeting with local Primary and Secondary Headteachers, 26 June 2013;
Public meeting with parents of Primary school children, Weald of Kent parents and
interested parties at Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge,
Public meeting at Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge with parents of
Primary school children in the Sevenoaks District and interested parties, 1 July 2013;
Public meeting at Amherst School, Witches Lane, Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2AX, for
parents/guardians of Primary school children in the Sevenoaks District and interested
parties, 8 July 2013;
Close of Consultation midnight on 17 July 2013.
Response to Consultation process:
The consultation generated 1026 responses
(95.7%) agreed that there was a need to provide an annexe in Sevenoaks 37
(3.6%) disagreed 7
(0.7) Don’t Know
Weald of Kent Sevenoaks Consultation Data
The respondents were composed of:
(66.2%) Parent/Guardian of a Primary School Pupil 179
(17.4%) Parent/Guardian of an existing Weald of Kent Pupil 24
(2.3%) Headteacher / Teacher / Support Staff / Educational Professional 35
(3.4%) Weald of Kent Pupil 86
(8.4%) Other interested party 15
(1.5%) School Governor 8
(0.8%) type of respondent not given
Support for Annexe by type of respondent:
Parent/Guardian of a Primary School Pupil
Parent/Guardian of an existing Weald of Kent Pupil
Headteacher / Teacher / Support Staff / Educational Professional
Weald of Kent Pupil
Other interested party
2014 Consultations February 2014 Consultation with Weald of Kent Parents on Co-education Provision
The consultation asked “Should Weald of Kent Grammar School expand by opening a second site in
Sevenoaks and in doing so become co-educational at that time?”
The outcome of this consultation
clearly indicated that Parents wanted to retain the current admission arrangement in Tonbridge.
(40%) Yes, expand into Sevenoaks and become co-educational. 221
(57%) No, remain in Tonbridge with the current admission policy 11
1254 Polled (1138 Parents & 116 Staff)
September 2014 Consultation with Weald of Kent Parents on Final Proposal
Staff, Parents and Carers of Weald of Kent pupils were asked 3 questions with a Yes/No response and
offered the chance to provide comments. The consultation generated 131 responses
(82.4%) were Parents/Carers 23
(17.6%) were Staff
Responses to the individual questions were:
Do you support the view that Weald of Kent Grammar School 22 66
Trust should offer more local provision?
Do you agree that Weald of Kent in its present structure should 21 56
offer additional Grammar places in
Do you support the Weald of Kent Grammar School Trust 21 61
proposal to open an Annexe in Sevenoaks?
Weald of Kent Sevenoaks Consultation Data