800 parents back Kingston Free School
By adam_leone | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 13:53
Over 800 parents have backed a bid to set up a new secondary school in north Kingston on Richmond Road.
Kingston Educational Trust submitted plans to the Government just before Christmas.
The trust is an alliance between Kingston University, Kingston College, Kingston Council and its school improvement partnership Education Kingston.
Free schools are state-funded but operate independently of local authorities.
The proposed new six-form entry (180 pupils a year), co-educational, non-selective, non-faith school could open in September 2014 if it gets the go-ahead.
Public meetings were held to help shape the final plans, and 837 parents of prospective pupils have so far registered their support.
Councillor Patricia Bamford, Kingston Council's Lead Member for Children and Young People, said: "These are exciting plans for a school that is for the whole community, at the heart of the community."
"It will be the borough's first free school and will have many distinctive features."
"The borough already has first-rate schools, and the north Kingston school will be an excellent addition giving local children the best possible education."
A decision from the Government is expected in May.