Revised plans to relocate adult education services agreed

Adult education courses will move from north Kingston to Surbiton following a rethink over plans to vacate their current home to make way for a new secondary school.

Proposals to move adult education and other services from their current North Kingston Centre home to other sites around the borough were unveiled last November.

Beaconsfield Centre in New Malden was part of the original plan for adult education services. Currently the site is being used for one year by Orchard Hill, a college for disabled learners. As it is beneficial to keep this facility within the borough, alternatives were considered.

Now after further discussions and cross-party agreement some adjustments have been made to the original proposals, including: 

  • Most Kingston Adult Education courses will be housed in extra space provided at King Charles Centre, Surbiton from September this year
  • Some courses will be run at Newent House, Surbiton for the academic year from September 2014 subject to a change of use application
  • A review of adult education will be carried out, including possible closer partnerships with other providers in Kingston and Richmond, to finalise courses and locations for 2015-2016 onwards

Other services currently at the North Kingston Centre will be relocated as follows: 

  • Part of Malden Oaks Pupil Referral unit – Dukes Centre to bring entire centre together 
  • Kingston local studies and archives services (public) and Museum and Archives storage – National Conservation Services Collaborative Storage Scheme (off-site storage) and Dukes Centre (public) 
  • Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport – Wellington Crescent 

The government’s Education Funding Agency has agreed to meet the £1.4million cost of relocating services from the North Kingston Centre.

The new school in Richmond Road, which has secured multi-million pound government funding for construction, furniture, fixtures and equipment, is scheduled to open in September 2015.

For more information go to North Kingston Centre decant decision.