King’s Cross Academy is housed in the first two floors of the award-winning Plimsoll Building, in the heart of King’s Cross. The building is named after Samuel Plimsoll, a politician and social reformer in Victorian Britain and a coal merchant at King’s Cross.
The Academy overlooks a beautiful new park, framed by the historic guide frame of Gasholder No.8. The Gasholder is the inspiration for our school emblem. It encapsulates both the industrial past of King’s Cross and its new creative future. Dating back to 1850, the guide frame is now Grade II listed. It has been carefully refurbished and re-located alongside the Regent’s Canal to form a new, well-managed public space.
A State-Of-The-Art Learning Environment
Light and airy, the Academy space has been designed to create a wonderful environment for our pupils to learn and play in.
The Academy is well equipped with the latest technology for learning, an inspiring library and specialist food and design technology rooms. It also has a virtual learning environment, to which our pupils and their parents are be able to connect from home. We prepare fresh food for the children daily, in our own kitchens. Physical learning will feature highly and children have access to a safe multi-level playground, a secure multi-use games area in the building opposite and the adjacent Gasholder Park. In addition, public swimming pools and green spaces are a short walk away, including Camley Street Natural Park, a local nature reserve.
The School Day
The Academy runs an extended school day, including a breakfast club (Rise and Shine Club) from 8-9am and after school service (Plimsoll Plus Club) from 3-6pm.
Our Partner School
The Academy has an onsite nursery, with its own dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces (and its own admission arrangements). Our partnership with the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children (an existing, outstanding school) provides a rare opportunity for our pupils to learn British Sign Language as part of our broad, balanced and creative curriculum. Frank Barnes School shares facilities onsite as well as having its own dedicated facilities within the building.