What is the key criteria for approval under the Voluntary-aided schools capital scheme?
The DfE will only provide capital funding to support strong proposers to establish new voluntary aided schools that create good school places for children and young people where they are most needed to meet demographic growth and where there is evident demand from parents for the type of place that the school will offer.
Where will the school be situated?
The school plans to open in the Kingston-upon-Thames of south west London area – where our ongoing research is demonstrating that demand for additional secondary school places is needed. If approved to the pre-opening/Section 10 phase by the Department for Education, one of the first tasks will be to finalise plans for a site. Capital costs are a key consideration for all Voluntary-aided schools capital scheme applications. The DfE is looking to fund up to 90% of the capital costs of applications. Proposers are expected to contribute at least 10% towards the capital costs incurred.
Why are you proposing to open with only Year 7 classes?
Our proposed first year intake reflects where demand for places has been identified. When starting a new school we believe that it is really important to nurture the first year and establish the culture of the new school. Our first Year 7 classes will also be our first classes to take GCSEs and to be able to work with them exclusively for their first year will establish solid foundations for their success.
Will the school be selective?
No. The school will have an Admissions Code in the same way as all state-funded schools and our inclusive admissions policy will at all times be open, transparent and fair. We will be working closely with colleagues at the Department for Education and at the respective Local Authority throughout the admissions process. Children of all abilities, from all backgrounds, of all faiths and none, will be made welcome to apply.
If the school opens, will that mean less money for the other schools in the area?
No. The opening of the school would not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. The total funding any individual new school receives depends on the number of pupils attending.
Will Kingston Church of England Secondary School be inspected by Ofsted?
Yes. The school would be subject to inspection in the same way as an academy category schools. The school will also inspected by Ofsted prior to opening and will be subject to termly visits from the Department for Education during its first year.
Have you chosen a Principal for Kingston Church of England Secondary School?
No. We would expect to appoint a leadership team to start with the school no later than 9 months before the opening of the secondary school.
How will the school be accountable?
The school will be run by a Board of Governors who will be accountable to the charitable Trust which oversees the school. In addition the school will be accountable to the Secretary of State for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.
How can I show my support? As part of our application to the Department for Education, we need to demonstrate the support of the local community. To show your support for Kingston Church of England Secondary School, please complete this short form.