Welcome to my latest update.
It’s an exciting time as we move forward with delivering a wonderful, new, autism-specific school in Kingston. From my conversations across the community, I know how much this provision is needed. I’m delighted that we will be able to provide excellent education and support for 36 pupils from September 2023.
As you may be aware, following unexpected news regarding the contractors employed by the Department for Education to build Spring School, we have found a positive solution.
Spring School will open to pupils in September 2023 on a temporary school site on Coombe Road in Norbiton. This is a purpose-built school site which Spring School will occupy for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years while work on our permanent Moor Lane site is completed.
We hope we can move into the site next month to support smooth transitions ready for opening to our first cohort in September.
As we prepare to open Spring School, we will be recruiting for a number of roles across the school. If you want to stand with autistic children and young people and make a difference, please do consider applying via our recruitment website.
Looking to the future
It has been a pleasure to visit so many wonderful schools across Kingston and talk with young people and their families on how we can support them. Spring School will be an ambitious school, in both name and nature, with a strong focus on both a social and academic curriculum. Our core focus is on ensuring quality of life for autistic young people - allowing them to understand themselves as valued community members, advocate for what they need and have pathways into sustainable and meaningful employment. If there is anyone in the community who wishes to be part of realising this aim, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We will continue to provide regular updates from the Spring School team, keeping you informed as developments unfold.
In the meantime, please stay tuned to our school website and Twitter account for photos and the latest updates on our ongoing progress.
Andy, Head of Spring School