Kingston Church of England Secondary School will be state funded by the Department for Education and operated by Southwark Diocesan Board of Education. It will be a Voluntary Aided school which will be established by the SDBE in partnership with Kingston Local Authority, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
This new provision will address the current and future level of basic need which has resulted in demand for new high-quality secondary school places in the Kingston area. This provenance harnesses significant experience in 11-16 education provision – the Diocese of Southwark covers 12 local authorities across south London and part of Surrey, offering support and advice to 106 Church of England schools and academies and to FE and HE chaplaincies in the Diocese. 93% of the Diocese’s schools are judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, compared to 86% nationally.
The new school will have 6 forms of entry with 30 pupils per form, giving a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 180. This ambitious Church of England school will be non-selective, co-educational and as an inclusive school it will be open to all children from all backgrounds. Students from families of all faiths and no faith will be able to gain admission. In keeping with Free School requirements including the national Schools Admissions Code and related legislation, at least 50% of our pupils will be admitted without reference to faith when the school is oversubscribed.
Our vision is based around a broad and balanced curriculum with a value-added specialism in Science and Sport and delivered in a school with high expectations for learning within a caring and inclusive Christian ethos.
All trustees, governors and staff will work to ensure that every student achieves their maximum potential in a safe, supportive, high-expectation and high achieving school. In addition to the inherent parental attraction to a school offering an environment which is both caring and ambitious, the establishment of a Church of England school would widen choice at the secondary phase for parents and carers and widen diversity of provision in an area.