Tory school plans “in chaos”

Millions wasted on inappropriate sites for schools


Cramped office block site to be used for new school

A cramped office block close to Kingston town centre is to be used as the site for a school after planning permission was granted.

The office site, which even the former Tory MP described as a “lemon of a school site”, was pushed through by Tory councillors despite concerns from those inside their own party, Liberal Democrat councillors and residents.

The new school will have a playground of only 389 square metres, less than 1 square metre per pupil. For context, guidelines* state that free range hens should be given four times more space!

Chickens have more recreation space than kids in new Tory Kingston school. A line drawing of four unhappy stick kids standing in cramped space, contrasting with a chicken with lots of space.

New school plans “chaos”

“The Conservatives’ plans for new primary schools in Kingston are in chaos” says local campaigner, Dave Ryder-Mills.

“We desperately need new primary schools but these plans are now seriously delayed and overbudget.

The latest plan to use a cramped site for a new school right next to a busy road defies common sense.”

Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Diane White added

“As the current plans stand, this is a completely inappropriate site for a new school. Ensuring adequate space for children to have outdoor physical activity is the least the council could do.

When Lib Dems controlled the council we ensured that the schools were built to the highest quality for its students.”


On time and on budget

When Kingston was last run by the Liberal Democrats, 2747 new school places were created, on time and on budget. Schools built and expanded included 

  • Fern Hill
  • Lime Tree (pictured)
  • Grand Avenue
  • Chessington Community College
  • Ellingham

The Liberal Democrats record of action on new schools contrasts sharply with the Conservatives' chaotic failure here in Kingston.

Record of Lib Dem school places delivery 2010-2014.

Permanent places. On time and on budget.


School Name Change in capacity 2010-2014
Castle Hill Primary School 96
Burlington Junior School 122
Burlington Infant and Nursery School 63
Coombe Hill Infant School 60
Ellingham Primary School 214
Green Lane Primary and Nursery School 30
Knollmead Primary School 30
Latchmere School 198
Robin Hood Primary School 0
Tolworth Junior School 60
Tolworth Infant and Nursery School 60
Coombe Hill Junior School 26
Maple Infant School 23
Alexandra Infant School 83
King Athelstan Primary School 30
Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School 210
Malden Manor Primary and Nursery School 27
King's Oak Primary School 51
Lovelace Primary School 138
Fern Hill Primary School 185
Christ Church New Malden CofE Primary School -40
Christ Church CofE Primary School 108
Malden Parochial CofE Primary School 62
St Andrew's and St Mark's CofE Junior School 60
St John's C of E Primary School 0
St Paul's CofE Primary School 0
St Paul's CofE Junior School 121
St Matthew's CofE Primary School 109
St Mary's CofE (Aided) Primary School 29
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School 0
Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School 0
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School 60
St Agatha's Catholic Primary School 82
St Luke's CofE Primary School 30
Lime Tree Primary School 420
Total 2,747

* Free range hen minimum space guidlines, Compassion in World Farming.

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