We have been collecting questions from parents we have been meeting. If you have a question that we haven’t answered please send it to us here or come along to one of our open sessions.
Are we a fee paying school?
No. The Academy is not a fee paying school but we offer activities outside the usual school day including breakfast and after school provision which we charge for.
How many children can you take every year?
For 2017-2018: we have up to 60 places in Reception and 26 places in the Nursery. We will take another 60 in Reception every year until the school is full at 420 pupils.
Can we meet the Head Teacher?
You can find dates when you can meet the Head Teacher in a group session or individually here.
Can we meet the Head Teacher on our own?
Yes of course. Please contact us via our email email@example.com, or phone us on 020 7504 0533 to arrange an appointment. When you decide to put your child’s name down for a place at King’s Cross Academy we would like you to meet the new Head Teacher in an individual session so he can explain what your child will learn in nursery or reception.
Do you do home visits?
When you accept a place at our nursery or in a Reception class, our staff will organise a home visit to get to know you and your child.
How do we apply for a place in King’s Cross Academy?
New applications for Reception must be made on the Camden common application form at the start of the new school year and returned to the admissions department at:
Schools Admissions Team (Camden Council)
5 Pancras Square
Tel: 020 7974 1625
or apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk. Applications open at the start of September and close mid January.
If you wish to apply for a place mid-year please use the mid year application form available by clicking here.
If you require any assistance with applications please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
How do we appeal?
All applicants refused a place at king’s Cross Academy have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
For more details please click on the ‘Admissions Appeal’ in the ‘Quick Link’ section on the information page.
What’s the catchment area?
There is no catchment area. This is a new school being built to meet the need arising from the King’s Cross development and because there are more people moving into the area. As the school grows and there is competition for places we will use the same oversubscription policy as other Camden Schools. See our Admissions policy.
Is this a Free School?
No this is not a Free School. This is a new school built because of an increasing number of people moving into the area resulting in more school places being needed. It is a sponsored Academy. To see more about the people behind King’s Cross Academy go to the Governors’ Page of the website.
Does the school have a specialism?
The school does not have a subject specialism but celebrates its extraordinary location at King’s Cross. That means we celebrate our exciting past and the opportunities presented by our environment. We also join up with the many world-class businesses and organisations around us to provide extra activities for your children. Your children have unique opportunities to explore different subjects with the help of our extraordinary neighbours in King’s Cross. Central St Martins, Google, the Skip Garden and all our partners are developing plans to work with us and your children.
Your children are able to:
- uncover creative talents at the world famous Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design
- learn about their local environment at Camley Street Natural Park
- enjoy illustration in all its forms at the House of Illustration
- discover a passion for current affairs with journalists at the Guardian
- grow their own vegetables with Global Generation
- take part in cookery classes at the Waitrose Cookery School
- discover how the body works at the Francis Crick Institute
Is this a faith school?
No this is not a faith school but children learn about the variety and range of faiths of families in the area, respect the different faiths of their classmates and celebrate different festivals.
What does sharing a building with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children mean?
We are really proud and excited to be sharing a building with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. They are an existing outstanding school and bring lots of brilliant ideas to help children learn. We have separate classrooms but shared playground areas. All children and staff learn British Sign Language (BSL) so they can communicate with each other. Parents we have spoken to are delighted as they know that BSL helps all children learn and communicate. The whole building has a special sound system built in which means that every child can hear wherever they sit.
Is the school open a longer day?
Yes we have breakfast and after-school clubs. Breakfast club runs from 8am to 9am and the after school club runs from 3pm to 6pm for the Nursery children and 3.30pm – 6.00pm for all other children. There is a fee for these services – please contact the Academy for more details.
What are the outdoor spaces where children can play and do sport?
King’s Cross Academy has its own secure indoor and outdoor play areas. We also have priority use of a multi use games area (MUGA) within the adjacent Tapestry building and a new park within the re-erected Gasholder no. 8, just beyond the playground fence. Public swimming pools and other green spaces are a small walk away.
Do our children have a secure playground?
Looking after your children and keeping them safe during the school day is a priority for us. As a brand new school we have been able to use the latest security systems and design both in the school and around the playground fencing.
Do you have a school Uniform?
Yes we have a red sweatshirt and light blue aertex shirt with the school emblem on and your own choice of grey trousers, shorts or skirts. We recommend children wear comfortable shoes. If you would like them, we also sell fleeces and sports clothes which have the school emblem on. Uniforms are now available to purchase online, please see our uniform page under the ‘parent’ tab on the menu bar or click here to access the uniform website.
What are the options available for school meals?
We have our own kitchens and plan to cook fresh meals every day on the premises. Please note that all Reception, year 1 and year 2 children are entitled to free lunches. Unfortunately this does not apply to Nursery children and we have to make a charge for nursery pupils who stay for lunch.
Do the pupils have many educational visits throughout the year?
King’s Cross Academy is right in the centre of London with lots of exciting places to visit on our doorstop or just a short bus ride away. We are taking children out regularly on educational visits to galleries, museums and places of interest. We hope some of you join us on some of these visits. Parents’ consent forms are given out when the child joins the school, but for major outings parents are given early notification, and permission in writing are required before a child can go out.
How do you listen to parents’ ideas for the new school?
We really want to hear your ideas of what you think would work to make the school become highly successful. Please write in, phone in or come along to our open sessions.
How do you communicate with parents?
As we are a brand new school we have been able to get to know our parents right from the start. There is time at the start and end of the school day for informal conversations so we can raise any issues with each other easily. Additionally we hold monthly coffee mornings for all parents. We also communicate electronically, using email, text and the virtual learning platform (the ‘KCA Hub’).
How do you let parents know how their children are doing at school?
In Nursery and Reception children’s progress is reported to parents in a face-to-face meeting and via email (in the form of an e-profile) every term . In KS 1, parents are invited to attend a learning consultation every term where your child’s progress is discussed. A comprehensive end of year report detailing your child’s progress and attainment against the early learning goals / curriculum and future targets is also sent out. The Academy has an open door policy and believes that parents should be involved in the assessment process on a regular, ongoing basis. We actively encourage all parents to discuss their child’s learning and development with the class teachers and support staff at every opportunity.
Can my child learn another language?
In addition to learning British Sign Language all our children learn French from nursery throughout their time with us. As you look out from the school building you can see the Eurostar going by, linking France to England, and our children will soon appreciate the importance of speaking another language.
Are there any jobs for local people?
We advertise all of our vacancies on our website and through the KX recruit service at 11 Stable St N1C-just opposite the Academy Building. The web address is www.kingscross.co.uk/kxrecruit.