New secondary school will be called Kingston Academy

The headteacher of The Kingston Academy will be Sophie Cavanagh

The headteacher of The Kingston Academy will be Sophie Cavanagh

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The new North Kingston secondary school will be called The Kingston Academy.

It triumphed over Hawker Academy Secondary School, The Cesar Picton Free School and River Park School.

The name was announced today by Kingston Educational Trust, the group behind the free school which includes Kingston College, Kingston University and a Kingston Council.

Headteacher-to-be Sophie Cavanagh said: “I am delighted with the chosen name of our school, The Kingston Academy. “We know it will be a popular choice as it is a name of distinction that captures our commitment to delivering excellence for our community.”

The school will be a co-educational, non-selective and non-faith school with six forms of entry for 11-18 year olds when it opens in September 2015.

Kenneth Dunstan who suggested the winning name said he was “pleased” with the result. A logo will be finalised in the next few weeks.

What do you think? The right choice? Leave a comment below or email letters@surreycomet.co.uk

 

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5:32pm Fri 2 May 14

Agamemnon & Cassandra says...

I am disappointed that the Hawker name was not included it would have been most appropriate.
I am disappointed that the Hawker name was not included it would have been most appropriate. Agamemnon & Cassandra
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8:32pm Fri 2 May 14

Kinston Parent says...

I think "Kingston Academy" goes well with Kingston College and Kingston University - after all, the Academy will be run by the two institutions.

Hawkers name has great LOCAL history behind it, but but it is LOCAL history. Internationally ( especially in Asia / East and I was told especially in South Africa!) , it has a really negative connotation, as hawkers means " lowly " street vendors paddlers eaking a living on the street. A few South Africans in the last meeting were cringing at the thought of it, there are a lot of SA in Kingston. I think the real meaning and significance of "Hawkers" in Kingston is easily lost. I would have to think hard before sending my child to a school called "Hawker" even though I know the history behind it.. It is really a no no in a lot of parts of the world, and in the age of the internet, I wouldn't want my child to be thought of going to a school "for" hakwers! :0)

Just my personal opinion.
I think "Kingston Academy" goes well with Kingston College and Kingston University - after all, the Academy will be run by the two institutions. Hawkers name has great LOCAL history behind it, but but it is LOCAL history. Internationally ( especially in Asia / East and I was told especially in South Africa!) , it has a really negative connotation, as hawkers means " lowly " street vendors paddlers eaking a living on the street. A few South Africans in the last meeting were cringing at the thought of it, there are a lot of SA in Kingston. I think the real meaning and significance of "Hawkers" in Kingston is easily lost. I would have to think hard before sending my child to a school called "Hawker" even though I know the history behind it.. It is really a no no in a lot of parts of the world, and in the age of the internet, I wouldn't want my child to be thought of going to a school "for" hakwers! :0) Just my personal opinion. Kinston Parent
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8:44pm Fri 2 May 14

Kinston Parent says...

Oops.. could my Username be changed to "Kingston Parent " please! I omitted the "g" and you won't let me change it!
Oops.. could my Username be changed to "Kingston Parent " please! I omitted the "g" and you won't let me change it! Kinston Parent
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