Admissions Policy Context
Turing House aims for an inclusive intake, representative of the area it has been established to serve, which is the Middlesex side of Richmond Borough.
If schools aren't oversubscribed then admissions criteria are irrelevant, as all children who apply will get a place. However, Turing House has been oversubscribed since it opened in 2015, and over-subscription criteria have been used to prioritise applicants in line with the national Schools Admissions Code.
We want the Turing House admission policy to be simple, so that local families understand their chances of getting a place. We have selected over-subscription criteria that are similar to those of other local secondary schools, except that distance is measured with reference to two locations; a geographical Admissions Point as well as to the school itself. For more information please see our Admissions Point page.
We have also given priority to a small number of Founders' children. Free schools are allowed to do this in recognition of the substantial amount of time and dedication their founders have volunteered to establish the school, and their ongoing commitment to its governance. The Russell Education Trust has decided to include this criteria in the admissions policies from 2015 for all of its schools where the founding parents have pre-secondary aged children. In the case of Turing House, the Secretary of State for Education granted Founders’ status to the parent members of the Steering Group.
The impact on admissions is very low. The maximum number of places allocated in any given year will be 2 children within the school’s intake of 150. If all of the founders’ children applied, the total number would be 8 within a capacity of 1050 students, and some or all of those 8 children would also qualify for entry under other criteria.