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Friday, 02 July 2010 19:24

Building Programmes and Cancellations: KOS July 2010

The BSF (Building Schools for the Future) project was conceived nationally as a series of annual waves of building programmes and has just been scrapped, with all new projects being cancelled. Kent has 16 Academies in existence or planned, some o fwhich have also seen their building projects delayed with an expectation of budget cuts. In addition Kent has seen six schools rebuilt under PFI schemes. This article on my website was linked to a KOS report about the cancellation of Building Schools for the Future.

Kent was first involved in Wave 3 of BSF. Schools are planned to be completely rebuilt under PFI (Private Finance Initiative) funding schemes, subject to a major rebuild from Government grant, or else receive substantial refurbishment again from direct Government grant.

In Kent construction began in the the following Wave 3 schools in 2009 and all are due to be completed this year, most by September.


  • Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs; Community College Whitstable, Whitstable; DaneCourt Grammar School, Broadstairs; Herne Bay High School, Herne Bay; King Ethelbert School, Birchington; Northfleet School for Girls, Gravesham; NorthfleetTechnology College, Gravesham;St George's CE Foundation School, Broadstairs; St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesham and Thamesview School, Gravesham.
  • The Ifield School, Gravesend

The Ifield School was rebuilt as part of Kent's Special School Review, but is funded through Building Schools for the Future. The school is also receiving the ICT Managed Service provided through BSF

In addition the following Academy building programmes have either been completed, or building is in progress and will be completed.

  • Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone; Folkestone Academy; Leigh Academy, Dartford; Longfield Academy, Dartford; Marlowe Academy, Ramsgate; Marsh Academy, Romney Marsh; New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone and Spires Academy, Canterbury.

The six following schools have been completely rebuilt under PFI schemes:

  • Aylesford School; Ellington  School, Ramsgate; Holmesdale Technology College, Snodland; Hugh Christie Technology College, Tonbridge; The Malling School and The North School, Ashford.

Those schools who will have been most shocked by the news are those in Wave 4, where planning for construction is mostly completed, and work was expected to begin later this year. These are:


  • Chatham  House Grammar, Ramsgate; Clarendon House Gramamr, Broadstairs; Foreland  (Special) School, Broadstairs; Gravesend Boys' Grammar; Gravesend  Girls Grammar; Grosvenor House Pupil Referral Unit, Herne Bay; Hartsdown Technology College, Margate; Hereson School, Ramsgate; Laleham Gap (Special), Margate; Meopham School, Gravesend; Northwood Centre Pupil Referral Unit, Ramsgate; Portal House, Dover; St Georges C of E School, Gravesend; St. Anthony's (Special), Margate; Stone Bay (Special, Private) School, Broadstairs; UrsulineCollege, Westgate.

Eight Kent Academies,or soon to be Academies are in a similar situation, except that the decisions on these are subject to Government Review later in the summer. These are:

  • Dover Christ Church Academy; Isle of SheppeyAcademy; Skinners Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells; The Astor of HeverCommunitySchool, Maidstone; The Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover; The John Wallis C of E Academy Ashford;  The Knole Academy, Sevenoaks and  Wilmington Enterprise College, Dartford.

The following schools in later waves would have had planning in early stages:

  • AbbeySchool, Faversham; Astor High School, Dover; Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne; Brockhill Park Performing ArtsCollege, Hythe: Brook Education Centre, Folkestone; Castle Community College, Deal; Challenger Centre Pupil Referral Unit, Sittingbourne; DoverGrammar School for Boys;  Dover Grammar School for Girls;  Foxwood (Special) School, Hythe;  Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne; Harbour (Special) School, Dover; Highview (Special) School, Folkestone;  Meadowfield (Special) School, Sittingbourne;  Pent Valle School, Folkestone;  Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Faversham; Sandwich Technology School; Sir Roger Manwood's School, Sandwich;   SittingbourneCommunity College; St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover; The Folkestone School for Girls;  The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone;  Walmer Science College and Westlands School, Sittingbourne.

Other Kent schools had not begun planning for BSF.

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