How will you ensure the school is good or outstanding?
By employing excellent staff, delivering a high quality curriculum and focussing unrelentingly on excellent practice so that our students benefit from the very best teaching and learning. RET have the skills, capacity, experience and track record to turn this vision into a reality.
RET's Bristol Free School, opened in 2011, was awarded a judgement of Good with Outstanding Features during its second year. Becket Keys, opened in 2012, was judged Outstanding in all categories. The two RET schools which opened in in 2013 mirrored this successful track record; see the reports for King's School and St Andrew the Apostle.
How big will the school and its classes be?
Turing House is smaller than many other local secondary schools, with an eventual capacity of 150 in each year group once it re-locates to its permanent site. In the meantime, its capacity has been restricted to just 100 in each year group (125 in 2016).
Each tutor group will have capacity for 25 children.
How/When do I apply for a place at the school for my child?
If you would like to join the waiting list for in-year admission to Turing House's founding cohort (for students born between Sep 1st 2003 and Aug 31st 2004), you can do so here.
Families applying for admission to any other year group should follow Richmond's secondary schools admissions process.
How big will the catchment area be?
Our Admissions Information page describes how places are allocated when we are oversubscribed (as we have been in all year groups to date). It also provides Admissions Maps showing where students in each new Year 7 cohort are coming from.
It is not possible to predict how big the admissions area will be for future years, but these maps should help parents to understand their chance of getting a place for their child.
Please bear in mind that so far our Year 7 cohort has been restricted to just 100 (or 125 in 2016), and that the admissions area should widen when this increases to 150.
What is the school like for its founding cohorts?
The school opened for Year 7 children in 2015. As they move up the school it is growing by another group of Y7 children each year, so the school will not reach its full size until 2021 when our founding cohort reach Year 13 (upper 6th form).
Students joining the school in its early years have the unique opportunity of starting a school at the very beginning of its life. Teachers are getting to know them individually and have extra time and resourcing to ensure that their learning needs are met. Experience in RET's other schools has been that students have made outstanding progress and have exceeded the very challenging academic targets that have been set for them.
Are you planning to create any primary school places?
No. Our proposal was for a Secondary School, and we have no current plans for a primary.
Does your school have a particular faith ethos?
Turing House is non-denominational, and we welcome children from all faiths and none. We teach Religion & Philosphy in line with local and national frameworks.
Will the school have a Sixth Form?
Yes, it will have a sixth form from 2020 when our founding cohort reach Year 12. See here for more details.
Does the school employ qualified teachers?
Yes. In common with other RET sponsored schools and academies, staff are employed under the the School Staffing Regulations that apply to all other maintained schools and academies and the nationally agreed pay and conditions for teachers and school support staff including pension schemes. There is more information here.
Does the school have different school hours / holidays?
The school's term dates broadly follow the same pattern as other local schools. INSET days are determined annually according to the school's needs.
The schools hours are similar in pattern to other secondary schools with 25 hours a week of taught curriculum in addition to pastoral time, breaks and lunch. Optional after school activities extend the day for many students.
Will you be inspected by Ofsted?
Yes. The school succesfully passed its pre-opening Ofsted inspection in 2015, has received DfE advisor visits in the meantime, and will be fully inspected during its third year.
There has been some debate in the media about whether or not Ofsted can inspect multi-academy trusts, like RET, in the same way that they can inspect Local Authority Education & Children's Services departments. Whatever the outcome of the debate, RET considers itself "inspection ready". In common with other multi-academy trusts it is already subject to detailed scrutiny by the Education & Skills Funding Agency.
Does the school offer an extended day option?
School is open from 8am, and breakfast is available. We run optional extra-curricular activities after school every day exept Friday, including provision for quiet study/homework. These activities usually last until 4.15pm. There are also early-morning activities on some days.
We eventually aim for our school facilities to be available for community activities and clubs in the evenings and at weekends, though that is something that will be developed over time.