Headteacher’s Welcome

A Message from Mrs Sophie Cavanagh, Head Teacher

It is my great honour as the first Head Teacher of The Kingston Academy to welcome you to your new Outstanding local secondary school.  In the few years since it was established, The Kingston Academy has grown rapidly to become an important educational establishment serving the local community and gaining the strong approval of local families for all that we do here.  The school has received the ringing endorsement from Ofsted who delivered a faultless inspection report in June 2018 and judged the school to be Outstanding in all categories.  

Set up by Kingston Educational Trust, a collaboration between Kingston University, Kingston College and Royal Borough of Kingston, TKA is an innovative 11 – 18 academy which first opened its doors to pupils in September 2015.  The school has grown annually by a single year group.  We reached full capacity in 2021 with around 1200 pupils, to include our sixth form which opened in September 2020.

TKA is enviably located in newly renovated premises in North Kingston not far from the River Thames.  In September 2019, we took possession of our state-of-the-art new building which has proved to be a fantastic facility for our school and for the wider local community.  This new building houses a full sized sports hall, catering hall, numerous laboratories and classrooms, a lecture theatre and much more.

The unique partnership of our founding Trust provides many opportunities for enriching our pupils’ educational experience, through accessing a range of additional facilities and learning opportunities (from art gallery spaces to theatres to science experiments and much more beyond).  The school also offers an abundance of exciting enrichment opportunities for your child to explore in sport, enterprise, music, community engagement and cultural opportunities.  We want pupils to look beyond their own school and engage with the community around them and all it has to offer.

I am committed to leading an inclusive school that focuses on the serious business of achievement for all our pupils.  We have very high expectations from our pupils in terms of behaviour, hard work and demonstrating the commitment to embrace all the opportunities we will share together.  Our school nurtures respect, responsibility, reflectiveness and collaboration.  Above all, I am determined that our pupils will move forward in life as kind, resilient, confident individuals who are equipped to make a positive contribution, anywhere in the world.

We make it our priority to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary through excellent pastoral care.  We also work closely with our feeder primary schools, learning from their experience with your child in order that we can deliver the very best start for all.

It is my responsibility as your Head Teacher to provide your child with an outstanding education that nurtures their talents, interests and aspirations and, in line with our school motto, goes beyond what is ordinarily possible.  In partnership with parents, the community and our prestigious educational partners, I know that we will deliver a memorable experience for your child, the product of which will be happy, inspiring individuals who are equipped to face their future aspirations and challenges.





Mrs Sophie Cavanagh, M. Ed NPQH

Head Teacher