Wonderful news! We’ve got our new school

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Kingston Council’s Development Control Committee granted planning permission for the new Kingston Community School to be built at Coombe Road near Norbiton Station on the 21st April 2016. We had made a number of significant changes to the layout of the new school to answer the Council’s concerns from January.

The staff and parents are absolutely delighted with the news and we can’t wait to get started. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our magnificent parents for their support and in particular to Juliet Turner and Jo Wehring, the co-chairs of the PTFA, for all their hard work to rally everyone into action.

When the revised improvements went back out for consultation over 80 people responded with 88% in favour of the new school. The scheme also had the backing of Kingston and Surbiton MP, James Berry and Canbury ward councillor and portfolio holder for schools, Cllr Andrea Craig, who also spoke in favour of the new school confirming the very real need for more primary school places in this part of the borough.

Our acting Headteacher, Mary Elcock, commented “It’s been a nervous few months for the families of our school, but we are very pleased and relieved that our planning permission has now gone through. It is very much the Chapel St ethos for our schools to be at the heart of the communities they serve and the magnificent way the parents, staff, families and community have rallied to our support is wonderful to see. This new school will be a great asset for the local community for generations to come.”

The significant changes to the proposals include re-orientating the buildings on the site to provide almost 50% more playground space for the children and the buildings themselves have been reduced in height to improve the street scene and prevent overlooking. The provision of flats next to the school will offset the cost of providing the new school and the number of units has been reduced from 25 to 19 while the number of family units in the development has been increased. The school has also reached an agreement with nearby Asda supermarket to use its car park for a Park and Stride facility that parents can use on the odd occasions they need to drive.

Kristine Celosa, who lives opposite the site on Coombe Road said, “Our son is already at KCS and is very happy there. It is quite wrong to think that people in this area are opposed to the idea of a school, we think it will be a great improvement on the eyesore that is there at present and is really needed by the many young families in this community

Hannah Deveson, who lives in the Norbiton Village ‘C’ roads said, “We are delighted that there will now be a fantastic new school on Coombe Road. As a local family we fully support the plans and we will be sending our eldest to Kingston Community School this September. What a great asset for the area.

Juliet Turner and Jo Wehring, Co-chairs of the KCS PTFA said, “All the parents have been magnificent over the past few weeks we couldn’t wish for greater community spirit. We are all families from Norbiton and Canbury and we want a convenient school that we can walk our children to. KCS is developing into a great community school and the new building will be a wonderful asset we can all be proud of. Thank you all so much for your support.”

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