Sep 5th 2013: Headteacher appointed. After a thorough appointment process, ratified by the Department for Education, we are delighted to announce that Turing House’s founding Headteacher will be Colin Mackinlay. Read more ...
July 18th 2013: Our application process for 2014 entry is now open. Read more ...
May 22nd 2013: Fantastic news! We've been approved by the Department for Education to open our school in 2014. Read more ...
March 22nd 2013: Congratulations to our sister school, The Bristol Free School, for a successful result in its first Ofsted Inspection. Read more ...
March 8th 2013: Representatives of the Turing House Steering Group were at the Department for Education today, to be interviewed about their free school proposal. Read more ...
February 13th 2013: The DfE have assessed our proposal and have invited us to interview on March 8th. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the day.
December 20th 2012: We submitted our 2014 proposal to the Department for Education today! Sign up to our Mailing List to be kept up to date with our progress.
October/November 2012: Thanks to everyone who came along to our recent Information Evenings. We enjoyed meeting you and sharing our vision for Turing House School. We're recording all the answers to your questions here on our website. If you have any more questions, do get in touch.
September 9th 2012: Our awareness-raising campaign for the 2014 funding round began today, with the announcement of our new name, new proposed site and publication of our admissions policy.
July 13th 2012: Although not on the list of schools approved for 2013 opening, our Free School applications our campaign continues.
May 28th 2012: We had a very positive meeting with the Local Authority today about our planned admissions policy. We will be publishing details of the policy for wider consultation soon.
May 15th 2012: We had our interview at the DfE and put our case for the school to them in person. Beverley Sanders and Sarah Dietz said: “There are so many futures riding on this - we put our heart and soul into it. It was an opportunity to explain our vision in detail at long last.” Read more ...
May 1st 2012: Positive meeting with the Local Authority today about partnership working and site options.
April 19th 2012: Good news everyone! We've just heard that we've progressed to the next stage of the Free School application process. On May 15th we will be interviewed by DfE officials about our proposal. We're delighted with the news, and will be doing lots to prepare over the next couple of weeks.
March 21st 2012: Our steering group, and representatives from RET, met with some of our key ‘critical friends’ for a detailed discussion of our proposed admission policy. We discussed a number of options and everyone was very positive about the agreed outcome. We will soon be discussing our proposed policy with the Local Authority to obtain their input, and will announce further details when it has been finalised.
March 5th 2012: We met with our local MP Vincent Cable who was very interested to hear about our proposal. He has written to Michael Gove to indicate that he is impressed by our group, and will be following our progress with interest.
February 24th 2012: We did it! Our Free School application was submitted to the Department for Education today. Thank you to everyone who registered their interest and helped to spread the word during our marketing campaign. We gathered registrations for more than 1400 children in just 4 weeks!
February 9th 2012: We held a meeting for all of our registered parents to come and hear more about our school proposal and meet a representative from our sponsor, the Russell Education Trust.
February 3rd 2012: We met with Richmond Council’s Director of Education Nick Whitfield, and Head of School Commissioning Matthew Paul to discuss our school proposal. They were interested to hear more of the background to our Free School bid, and will be providing us with the data we need to support our application. If we are successful in obtaining funding to proceed then we will work closely with the Local Authority on an ongoing basis to ensure that we make a positive contribution to the local family of schools.
February 2nd 2012: We had a conference call with Paul Hodgins, Richmond’s Cabinet Member for Schools. We explained the background to our Free School proposal and he was very interested to talk to representatives of the Russell Education Trust about their experience of setting up free schools in other areas. He will be following our progress with interest, and we will continue to discuss our plans with him on an ongoing basis.
January 26th 2012: We formally kicked off our marketing campaign with a meeting for parents who wanted to find out more about our proposal and help us to spread the word.
January 23rd 2012: We agreed our partnership with our sponsor, the Russell Education Trust, and re-launched our website under the name “New Local School for Twickenham”.
November 2011: Our core steering group and critical friends began to meet and communicate regularly to consolidate our ideas for a free school proposal. The output of those early meetings was a vision document, providing information for potential sponsors. We also began to promote our ideas informally to our local contacts via a website and Facebook page.