I have heard that 80% of Turing House students will be from Teddington, is that true?
No, that is a misinterpretation of the admissions policy.
Turing House has been established to serve the Middlesex side of Richmond borough as a whole, not Teddington specifically. The school opened in Teddington because a building was available there, but currently only 6% of our students are from Teddington.
We have an Admissions Point on the Fulwell/Teddington border, because that is as far as it is possible to be from other co-educational secondaries. It is a fair and appropriate anchor for serving local need, but demand for good school places is borough-wide, and includes the area around the proposed permanent site in Heathfield/Whitton. We are therefore committed to striking an appropriate balance in serving both locations, and the area in-between.
Our current oversubscription criteria prioritise places by distance from both the Admissions Point and the proposed permanent site at a ratio of 80:20. However this certainly doesn't mean that 80% of the students are from Fulwell/Teddington - our students are distributed across several ward areas, as shown by the bar chart here.
Our allocation maps show that Turing House is successfully serving the demand from Heathfield and Whitton whilst still enabling families to gain access to Turing House from several other wards across the Middlesex side of the borough.
We continuously monitor our admissions to ensure that our policy serves the local need and demand appropriately, and the report on our most recent admissions consultation can be found here.
Will students have long journeys to school?
Not especially. Most secondary schools serve a geographically widespread area, with the average distance traveled by London secondary students being 3.1 miles.
In contrast, our 2016 cohort (for example) would need to travel an average of just 1.6 miles to get to Hospital Bridge Road, and our recent Student Travel Survey shows that average journey times are likely to decrease when the school is permanently re-located.
Secondary school students tend to travel independently and families take journey times and conditions into account when selecting their admissions preferences, balancing them against other factors.
Our Admissions Point prioritises families that live furthest from other co-educational community schools, so students from that central area would have to travel comparable distances to other co-ed schools too – not just to Turing House.
How will transport links be managed?
Many of our students live within easy walking distance of the proposed site, and most of the others are likely to use public transport. See our Student Travel Survey for details.
Hospital Bridge Road is served by several bus routes (481, H22, 110, 111) and is 8 minutes’ walk from Whitton station. It is also a short, safe walk or cycle ride from West Twickenham via the A316 underpass or bridges
We have already made contact with Transport for London to alert them to potential future changes in travel patterns during peak hours, and we will keep them up to date with our site announcements. They have been very accommodating and have said that, with timely input from us, they can position themselves to provide sufficient buses to cope with any new demand from the opening of Turing House.
Our school travel plan will be fully considered as part of the planning process.
How often do you review your admissions policy?
Like all state schools we review and determine our admissions policy annually in line with the statutory timetable set out in the national Schools Admissions Code.
Our Local Governing Body closely monitors admissions patterns to ensure that our policy is meeting its objectives. When changes are needed they will be put out to public consultation in line with the Code. Consultation on proposed policy changes are required to be undertaken 18 months ahead of any new policy coming into practice.
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