The school will serve the local community and will increase parental choice for all local families.
All new schools that open through the Voluntary-Aided schools capital scheme are required to have strong local integration and community cohesion plans to ensure that pupils from all faiths and none feel welcome at the school.
Schools created through this Voluntary-Aided schools capital scheme have the same freedoms as existing voluntary aided schools, including determining their admission arrangements.
Kingston Church of England Secondary School will be a non-academically selective, co-educational inclusive school. It will be open to all children from all backgrounds. Children from families of any faith or no faith will be able to gain admission.
The Admissions Policy for Kingston Church of England Secondary School will meet the statutory requirements of the School Admissions Code, the School Admissions Appeals Code and admissions law. Our admissions process will be inclusive, open, fair and transparent.
The new school will have six forms of entry with 30 pupils per form, giving a Planned Admissions Number (PAN) of 180. Each year 180 pupils will be admitted to Year 7. Up to 60 places will be ‘foundation’ places for children of families who can demonstrate Anglican or other Christian commitment. The remaining 120 places will be available as ‘open’ places, the majority of which will be allocated on the basis of proximity to the school. Any unfilled foundation places will become open places.
In accordance with the law, children with an Education Health and Care Plan will be admitted to the school where the Local Authority has specifically named Kingston Church of England Secondary School as the most appropriate placement. In the event of there being greater demand than there are places available to the school, places will be offered using over subscription criteria in keeping with the School Admissions Code.
The school also intends to establish a Specialist Resource Provision for 20 pupils who have social communication needs and autism.
It is proposed that a Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) should be established when the school opens, in September 2024 for up to 20 pupils across the school over time. This provision will be for pupils who have Social Communication Needs, including Autism, and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties. Each pupil would be broadly able to work within the curriculum expectations of a mainstream secondary school , but may need to access regular small group and 1-1 sessions to ensure social emotional progress or address gaps in learning. All pupils placed in the SRP would have an EHCP or, very rarely, would be undergoing statutory assessment for an EHCP.
It is proposed that the SRP would be housed within the school’s main buildings to maximise its position as an integral part of the secondary school’s overall offer and inclusive practice.
A qualified and experienced teacher will be appointed to manage this provision.
As the SRP would only be available for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, a Local Authority-led panel would assign placements for all the SRPs of the same designation.
The range of needs which the SRP would meet would be clearly and differentially outlined within the service level agreement with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames so that all parties would be aware of the distinctive offer of this provision to meet the needs of the children and young people placed there.