How is the school governed?
See our Governance page for full details.
What is a Free School?
Free Schools are the only way to create new community schools under current education policy. See here for more information.
Do Free Schools get more funding than other schools?
Although there is some additional start-up funding to cover initial set-up costs as there is for any new school, on an ongoing
basis Free Schools are funded in the same way as other maintained schools, with their funds coming directly from central
The formula used to calculate their revenue varies between Local Authorities to ensure that they receive the same funding as other local schools. This funding is known as the Local Authority Central Spend Equivalent Grant (LACSEG).
Unlike community and foundation schools, Free Schools and Academies control their own budget and have freedom to decide whether to buy services from the Local Authority, another authority or from another organisation. They may do this separately or in a group with other schools.
Do national political parties disagree over free school policy?
The Free School policy was seen as quite radical when it was announced by the Coalition Government in 2010. There was
originally a lot of criticism by the Labour Party in particular, and some Liberal Democrat politicians too, because they were
worried about some of the freedoms that were potentially being given to free school groups. However, Turing House was
always intended to be very similar to other local secondaries. For example, we have pledged to follow the National Curriculum, only employ qualified teachers, and to meet or exceed national standards on school meals. We are also rooted in our local
community, with parents playing a significant part in the Steering
Group and Local Governing Body. We are
therefore in-line with the pre-election policies of both Labour and
the Lib Dems, as well as that of the current Conservative
Who is the school’s educational provider and what is their track record?
The school's education provider is the Russell Education Trust (RET).
RET worked with Bristol Parents Voice to open Bristol Free School in 2011. It is also the sponsor for Becket Keys CofE Free
School, which opened in September 2012. They opened two more free schools in 2013; Kings School in Hove, and St. Andrew the
Apostle School in Barnet.
RET is an academy sponsor approved by the Secretary of State for Education. It works in partnership with the national school improvement company, Education London (EL), and a group of outstanding partner schools, head teachers and Ofsted trained inspectors.
EL is highly respected for its support to a number of new academies and as the sole Education Services provider to the London Challenge. EL gave its private funds to set up RET and still gives a combination of pro-bono and at-cost support to RET free schools.