Surbiton: King Charles Centre to be relocated and replaced with a new free school

A new school is set to open in Surbiton after Kingston council approved the sale of an education centre.

The King Charles Centre located in Surbiton will become home to a new free school: GEMS Surbiton Primary Academy.

Jodie Croft, CEO of the GEMS Learning Trust, said: “I am so delighted that Kingston Council has approved the sale of the King Charles Centre and that the site will now become a much-needed school for local children and families.”

The new school is due to open in September 2022 reducing the need for students to travel outside of the local borough to schools in other regions.

Councillor Diane White, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services including Education, said: “We are committed to doing everything in our power as a council to give each child in Kingston the chance for the best possible education and we are confident this new school will play a role in doing just that.”

As the only adult education centre in Kingston, the King Charles Centre provides apprenticeships, skills, and support that are important for adult learners to have access to.

Playground located across the road from the adult centre. Picture: Marvel Kalukembi

The council agreed in October that it will allocate funding to keep the centre open. Those currently on the site will be relocated and continue to provide classes for learners.

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