King’s Cross Academy is a new primary and nursery school for King’s Cross. The purpose-built school is located in The Plimsoll Building at the heart of the King’s Cross development. The school opened in September 2015 with two reception classes and a 26-place nursery for 3- to 5-year-old children. As the King’s Cross community grows, the Academy will expand with places for 420 primary school pupils aged 4 to 11, plus the nursery.
Learning at King’s Cross Academy
The Academy provides children with a complete education, with a rigorous approach to the teaching of core skills in Mathematics and English, as part of a broad and balanced, project-based curriculum. The curriculum promotes children’s skills in listening, speaking, thinking and questioning and develop their social and emotional skills. Inspirational and enthusiastic teachers support and challenge children to develop their thoughtfulness, confidence and leadership in learning while increasing their knowledge and skills.
Learning from the area
The school is located in a unique environment and the Academy team focus on broadening children’s experiences by tapping into the many learning opportunities in the area.
The school joins up with world-class organisations in the surrounding area. That might mean exploring technology with Google; journalism with the Guardian; medicine at the Francis Crick Institute; or understanding nutrition at the Waitrose cookery school. Pupils are also able to learn about nature at Camley Street Natural Park, and grow their own food with Global Generation at the Skip Garden.
The new primary school is led by Emyr Fairburn, previously Deputy Head Teacher at Thornhill Primary School in Islington. During his time at Thornhill, Emyr developed innovative curriculum practices which resulted in the school being recognised as one of the top 200 schools in the country for children’s progress in learning.
King’s Cross Academy is sponsored by the King’s Cross Academy Trust, formed by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP), the owner and developer of King’s Cross, together with Michael and Clara Freeman, who have a long-standing commitment to supporting schools, educational charities and universities.
The Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children
King’s Cross Academy is co-located in The Plimsoll Building with the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. The two schools will share not just a building, but enjoy a close partnership at all levels. The Academy teaches British Sign Language and shared spaces give the children the chance to communicate together.
The school building and facilities
The two schools occupy the ground and first floors of the 14-storey Plimsoll Building – a new apartment building set alongside Regent’s Canal in the heart of the King’s Cross development. The Plimsoll Building houses 255 new homes and is currently under construction.
The Academy provides a state-of-the-art learning environment – the space light and airy, designed to create a wonderful and inspiring environment for children to learn and play. The school has its own secure playground within the grounds of the building. Next to the Academy is the new Gasholder Park and the children also have access to a multi-use games area in the adjacent Tapestry building.
If you are interested in registering your child for King’s Cross Academy or discovering more about the school, you can read the prospectus and request a meeting with the headteacher on the dedicated King’s Cross Academy website.