The King's School

PRESS RELEASE - Tuesday 15 March 2016

The King’s School, an independent Christian school which was started in 1981 by members of Basingstoke Community Church, is to close its doors at the end of the 2017 academic year.

The school was originally opened as a cooperative of church members and parents, and latterly it widened its intake to all children whose parents wanted an affordable independent education with a Christian ethos. Although academic achievement was of secondary importance to its Christian values, for the years that it has been operating The King’s School has achieved some of the highest GCSE grades in Basingstoke.

In recent years the school has come under increasing financial pressure. It has become clear that the model, which aimed at making independent education accessible to as many pupils as possible and which worked well in the earlier years, is now unsustainable.

Head teacher, Russ Beese, said: “This is a sad day for the entire school community. We have put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes to try to avoid this outcome, but unfortunately closure is unavoidable. We are now making every effort to ensure that our pupils and staff are able to make the difficult transition to new schools with as little disruption as possible.”

Phil Norris, Team Leader of Basingstoke Community Churches, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we make this announcement today. We are all extremely proud of the achievements of The King’s School over the last 35 years. Its legacy will live on within the pupils, staff and community.”

Basingstoke Community Churches

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