Green light for Kingston Community School

Kingston Community School will have a permanent home for its 420-pupil two-form entry primary school through a move to Norbiton.

Chapel Street Community Schools Trust submitted an application to us, which was approved at the Development Control Committee meeting on Thursday 21 April. Chapel Street worked closely with us and Achieving for Children, the joint Kingston and Richmond Children's Services provider, to develop the proposals. 

The school, which launched in September 2015, currently has its first Reception class intake at its temporary site in Acre Road.

Plans also include a double-height sports hall, raised play deck and 19 residential units. 

An Achieving for Children spokesperson, said: 

"Kingston Council and Achieving for Children have been working closely with Chapel Street Community Schools Trust for four years - long before it submitted its plans for the free school to the Department for Education.

"We encouraged Chapel Street to propose a two-form entry primary school within the Kingston/Norbiton area as we knew there was a high forecast demand for places. Of the 60 offers made on the national allocation day on Monday 18 April, 55 were to children living within a mile of the school.

"Standards at the school are high and we have every confidence it will provide an outstanding education for local children for many years to come."