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King Charles Centre to be sold and replaced by non-profit primary academy

A new school is set to open in Surbiton after the Kingston Council (RBK) approved the sale of an adult learning centre.

RBK said on Monday (October 7) that it had given the green light to sell the King Charles Centre on Hollyfield Road to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Education and Skills Funding Agency for a new primary free school in the borough.

This is expected to pave the way for the site to be taken over by GEMS Learning Trust, a non-profit charity that run primary 'academies' in in London and South England.

RBK said that the Kingston Adult Education Service run out of the Centre would move to be run in future from Guildhall in the town centre.

Councillor Diane White, the Portfolio Holder for Children's Services including Education, described the move as "fantastic".

The CEO of GEMS Learning Trust Jodie Croft meanwhile said the organization were committed to "creating exceptional schools":

According to RBK, Kingston will need an extra form of entry in Surbiton or Berrylands for reception class entry in September 2019 and September 2020, rising to two form entry from September 2021 onwards.

The GEMS Trust have two schools in the region — in Twickenham and Didcot — and both were rated as "Outstanding" by government education standards body Ofsted in their most recent inspections.

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