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(UK) Kingston: Autism school to be built by 2023; "90 places for four to 19 yr olds"

Nov 2, 2021, My London: Two new schools will be built in Kingston but some councillors are furious

SW London

Two new schools will be built in Kingston by 2025 but some local councillors are furious. The council will lease part of the Moor Lane Centre site in Chessington to the Department of Education (DfE) to build an autism school by 2023. This will allow 90 places for four to 19 year olds and be a special free school. The land will be available for 125 years for token rent. It was agreed that if the Moor Lane Centre site is no longer needed as a special school in the future, the council may need to allow it to be used as a mainstream education free school. Kingston Council also agreed to lease part of the of the Kingsmeadow site in Norbiton for 125 years on token rent to Southwark Diocesan Board of Education from September 2025. The school will be for 11 to 16 year-olds and be a voluntary-aided Church of England secondary school with 20 places. The DfE will pay for 100 per cent of the autism school but 90 per cent of the Church of England School, leaving the council to pay the additional 10 per cent.


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