How was the permanent site decided?
We all know land is in short supply in our area, and expensive to obtain. We have published details of some of our past site preferences, and why they were ruled out. In addition to these we proposed several other local sites to the Education Funding Agency for investigation and suggestions were also made by Richmond Council and members of the local community.
Having considered the options, the EFA progressed the purchase of the Hospital Bridge Road site in consultation with Richmond and Hounslow Local Authorities. It is within reasonable distance of our central admissions point, and is large enough to accommodate not only a brand new school building and sports facilities but also outdoor playing fields, hard surface courts and recreation areas.
Why weren't you able to publish more detail about the process for securing a permanent site at the time?
All of the site information we published needed to be approved by the ESFA. They are very cautious about releasing details because commercial negotiations must be kept confidential. Leaked information can increase competition for sites or cause sensitive discussions to break down. It can also cause unnecessary distress to neighbours of sites if partial information can't be confirmed until negotiations have sufficiently progressed. However, we also recognise that lack of information can be frustrating too, so we have always published whatever we can.
How were local residents consulted on the plans?
Our pre-planning consultation took place in July 2018 and the formal planning consultation took place between December 2018 and July 2019.
Has Turing House been established to serve Whitton and Heathfield?
Yes! The school was established to serve the Middlesex side of Richmond Borough, and Whitton and Heathfield are very much a part of that. Many Turing House families already come from this area (see our ward data here) and they are highly valued members of our school community.
When we began our marketing campaign for a new school back in 2011 we sent information to all of the borough's primary schools, including those in Whitton/Heathfield. Our supporters also stood outside local primary schools and handed out leaflets.
Our site search has always included Whitton and Heathfield in its boundaries, and other sites in those wards were looked at by the Education Funding Agency.
I have heard that 80% of Turing House students are 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 less than 7% 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.
Our current oversubscription criteria prioritise places by distance from 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 wards. Our allocation maps show admission patterns for previous years.
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.