Two more free schools for Kingston approved

Two new schools for primary and secondary pupils in Kingston have been approved by the government.

Surbiton Primary School proposed by the GEMS Learning Trust will be two-form entry opening in September 2015.

Kingston Community School proposed by Chapel St will include a two-form entry primary opening in September 2015 and a three-form entry secondary from September 2017.

The government’s Education Funding Agency will find sites for the free schools and these will be announced in due course. 

Councillor Andrea Craig, Kingston Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Youth and Adult Learning, said: 

“This is fantastic news for Kingston and I welcome these new free schools to the Kingston schools family. They bring much-needed extra places and resources to the borough for local children and their families.”

Chris Kirk, Chair of the GEMS Learning Trust, said:

“We are excited by the opportunity to open a Surbiton Primary School to play our part in meeting the needs of an ever growing young population. We are looking forward to developing a vision for an outstanding school in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the local community. We believe that successful students are nurtured firstly through the engagement of their parents and carers, alongside international best practice in the curriculum, and the use of technology.”

Dr Russell Rook, Chief Executive of Chapel St Community Schools Trust, said:

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the community and families in Kingston by opening a new state funded school in the borough. Kingston Community School will be an all-through school and will serve children and families by providing high quality teaching and learning, beginning with Reception children in 2015 followed by our first cohort of Year 7 children in 2017.

We are excited about developing the school over the coming year ready to welcome children of all faiths and no faith in September 2015. We are aware of the increasing need over the coming years for additional school places and we look forward to further developing our relationship with the Local Authority to ensure we are all achieving for children in Kingston."

For more details about the new free schools go to and

Another new free secondary school already approved, Kingston Academy, is due to open in September 2015.