Following years of frustration for parents and councillors who have campaigned for a new secondary school in North Kingston, the DfE has finally announced today that a new free school will be provided at the North Kingston Centre from September 2014.
Kingston Educational Trust (KET) made up of Kingston University, Kingston College and Education Kingston put forward proposals to the Secretary of State at the end of 2012 which have been accepted.
Michael Gove passed legislation which stopped Kingston Council from establishing its own school and said that he would only fund a new school that was a community led free school.
Kingston Lib Dems are thrilled that KET’s proposals have been accepted and that we can finally get on and deliver an exciting new secondary school for our children in North Kingston. Previous Council decisions to build a new school were thwarted by Government policy, so this news is of huge relief to parents.
Adding his support, new Lead Member for Schools and Continuing Education, Councillor David Ryder-Mills said,
“Parents in North Kingston from across the political divide fought for this to happen, help shape the KET proposals and I am delighted all their hard work has paid off. In particular I would like to thank the 850 parents who expressed their support for the bid.”