Kingston’s schools, both state and private, are a main draw for families who come to live in the town. It is not hard to find a good state primary school in Kingston and the following are judged to be “outstanding” by the Oftsed government education watchdog: St Luke’s CofE in Acre Road; Latchmere in Latchmere Road; Fern Hill in Richmond Road; Alexandra Infants in Alexandra Road; St Agatha’s RC in St Agatha’s Drive; and Coombe Hill Infant and Junior Schools in Coombe Lane West.
The private primary and prep schools are: Educare Small School (co-ed, ages three to 11), an alternative school in Cowleaze Road; Surbiton High School Boys’ Prep (ages four to 11) in Surbiton Crescent; Park Hill (co-ed, ages two to seven) in Queen’s Road; Rokeby School (boys, ages four to 13) in George Road; Canbury School (co-ed, ages 11 to 16) a small school of no more than 65 pupils in Kingston Hill, and Shrewsbury House (boys, ages seven to 14) in Ditton Road, Surbiton.
Kingston has three secondary schools that stand out from the crowd. The two state grammar schools, Tiffin School (boys, ages 11 to 18) in Queen Elizabeth Road and Tiffin Girls’ School (ages 11 to 18) in Richmond Road are both judged to be “outstanding,” and their pupils are drawn not just from Kingston but from all over south-west London. The private Kingston Grammar School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) can trace its origins back over 450 years to a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I. Surbiton High School (girls, ages four to 18) is an all-through school in Surbiton Crescent.
The two state comprehensive schools each get above-average results at GCSE: Hollyfield (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Surbiton Hill Road is judged “good” and Coombe Girls’ (ages 11 to 18, with boys in the sixth form) in Clarence Avenue, New Malden is judged “outstanding”.
A new comprehensive free school is due to open in North Kingston in September next year. Marymount International School (girls, ages 11 to 18) in George Road is a private Catholic day and boarding school where pupils sit the International Baccalaureate. Kingston College in Kingston Hall Road is a sixth-form and further education college judged to be “good”.
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