The Russell Education Trust and the Turing House School steering group are pleased to introduce
their new school’s founding headteacher, Colin Mackinlay.
Colin is an experienced Headteacher and Ofsted Inspector who has successfully set up a number of
new schools. He has over 7 years of headship and wide experience of managing school improvement
projects and implementing best practice in schools nationwide.
Colin grew up locally and attended Chase Bridge, St John the Baptist, Grey Court School and
Richmond-Upon-Thames College. He also started his teaching career at the college after
graduating from Cambridge University, where he read Natural and Electrical Sciences. He has
taught a range of secondary subjects including A Level Physics, with many of his students
progressing to science and medicine degrees.
After his time as Head of Sixth form at the outstanding Ravens Wood School in Bromley, Colin
became Deputy Head of Feltham Community College before taking over the Headship at Coulsdon High
School in Croydon. In this post he worked with governors to address significant issues of
underachievement, financial deficit and leadership and brought the school out of special
measures. Ofsted praised his vision, leadership and commitment and the impact it had had on
school improvement. When the school converted to become a faith academy Colin moved on to the
London Challenge programme to lead another school in transition, before becoming a senior school
improvement adviser with Education London.
More recently, Colin has been a Senior Adviser at the Russell Education Trust and the Principal
Education Adviser for Bristol Free School and Becket Keys Church of England School. He worked
alongside the parent proposers, headteacher and staff at Bristol from proposal through to its
extremely successful first Ofsted inspection. He has also worked closely with the parent
proposers for Turing House since they first envisioned the school early in 2012.