Plans to relocate adult education to make way for new secondary school

A £1.5million plan to move adult education and other services from their current north Kingston home, earmarked for a new secondary school, to new sites around the borough has been published.

Kingston Council has drawn up proposals to relocate several services from the North Kingston Centre in Richmond Road by September next year.

The new school is scheduled to open in September 2015, and Kingston Council is seeking government backing and funding for its plan to vacate the site and provide adult classes and services elsewhere.

The plan includes:

  • Kingston Adult Education service enhanced at King Charles Centre, Surbiton to provide new base
  • classes and courses at the Beaconsfield Centre, New Malden
  • Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport moved to Wellington Crescent, near London Road, Kingston
  • already merged Pupil Referral Units in one unit at the Dukes Centre, north Kingston.

Extra space will be created at the King Charles Centre and Dukes Centre.

Local history and archives will be open to the public at the Dukes Centre, and adult education courses will continue to be run at the Hook Centre, Chessington, and the Open Learning Centre next to Kingston Library.

The council has asked the government’s Education Funding Agency to foot the bill for the project including removal, refurbishment and building costs.

“To make way for the new secondary school and its much-needed places, we have to relocate the North Kingston Centre’s users. We wanted to make sure that valued services and courses are still spread across the borough’s four neighbourhoods.

“We have worked hard to find the best options for rehousing our services, accommodating them in buildings that we own to keep the cost down while ensuring continued provision in as conveniently located sites as possible. We will continue to work through the details with interested parties including service providers and ward councillors.”

Councillor David Ryder-Mills, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Schools and Continuing Education

The proposals are due to be considered by councillors on 5 December at the Policy and Resources Committee meeting.