Councillors promise to put pressure on Government over north Kingston free school

The North Kingston centre is set to become the Kingston Academy by September 2015

The North Kingston centre is set to become the Kingston Academy by September 2015

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

'Maximum pressure' needs to be put on the Government to deliver the new Kingston Academy, according to a leading councillor.

New Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said he was "increasingly concerned" at a lack of information from the Department for Education (DfE) and Education Funding Agency (EFA) with just 15 months to go.

The opening of the school has already been pushed back by a year, from 2014 to 2015. The planning application has still not been approved.

He said: "Although the local authority is obviously a part of the school, the future of how it arrives is completely out of our hands."

Coun Andrea Craig, lead member for children, youth and adult learning, said: "We're at a point where we have to put maximum pressure on the DfE and the EFA, who are in charge of delivering the school.

"It can happen, and everyone wants to make sure it does happen."

But Sophie Cavanagh, appointed principal of Kingston Academy in March, said it would be "100 per cent ready" by September 2015.

She said: "Behind the scenes there is a massive amount of work being done. Rest assured it is on target."

A DfE spokesman said: "The Kingston Academy is on track to open in September 2015 as planned.

"A principal has been appointed and the North Kingston Centre site has been secured.

"Work will start soon, leaving plenty of time for it to open in September 2015."

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7:38am Fri 20 Jun 14

0753waterloo says...

The DfE and the school principal are both confident that the school is going to open in 2015, and have stated as much in this article.

What exactly do the Councillors hope to gain form exerting 'maximum pressure' , apart from headlines?

Let the PR & spin begin....
The DfE and the school principal are both confident that the school is going to open in 2015, and have stated as much in this article. What exactly do the Councillors hope to gain form exerting 'maximum pressure' , apart from headlines? Let the PR & spin begin.... 0753waterloo
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