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Kingston Free School bid 

Kingston Free School bid

By 2021 it is expected that there will be over 1,000 children and young people needing spaces at schools with special educational support across Kingston and Richmond. 

We want to meet this need and enter the competition to run a high-quality, evidence based, autism-specific school in Kingston.

The local authority in Kingston is proposing a school for up to 90 pupils aged 4-19 from Kingston and Richmond. Under the proposal, the new school will be located on the old site of Moor Lane Junior School (postcode KT9 2AA) and will cater specifically for children and young people with autism.

Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust develops schools that are inspirational and transformational, with a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum in an environment of high expectations and close individual focus. We are committed to providing an educational environment that will support the specific needs of children and young people with autism. Our educational philosophy, the Ambitious Approach, is underpinned by a School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework. With that as our guiding principle, we pursue two goals of equal importance for our pupils:

  • excellence in academic and social progress
  • an improved quality of life.

We currently work with local authorities and local groups who share our commitment to developing schools for children and young people with autism. 

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about our proposed curriculum and vision for the school please email Natasha Hawley at

Next steps

Our online survey and engagement drop-in are now closed and we will be providing updates on this webpage regarding our proposal in due course. 

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