May 21st 2014: Site talks have continued with Local Authority officers and
the DfE/EFA in recent weeks. We expect to meet with elected members as soon as possible
after the Local Elections – both main parties in the borough have expressed strong
support for ensuring that the school opens in September 2015.
Mar 27th 2014: Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting on Tuesday.
Your collated comments have been passed on to the DfE, and we have also clearly communicated
the community’s strength of feeling about our opening date deferral.
Mar 12th 2014: Turing House opening deferred until 2015. Read more...
Mar 3rd 2014: "Offers of places" and "Waiting list notices" were posted and
emailed to applicants today. Read
Feb 7th 2014: Details of our site negotiations remain confidential,
but we will publish details here, and via the Mailing List, as soon as we are authorised to
do so by the Education Funding Agency
Dec 20th 2013: Christmas Greetings, and an update on our progress. Read more ...
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
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
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.