Turing House

Steering Group

Our Turing House Steering Group was founded in 2011 by a small group of parents who care about our local area and its people. We also care about education, and between us we have a range of voluntary and professional experience in the education sector. Faced with shrinking catchments and increased demand for our local secondaries, we could see our community breaking up as families moved away or chose non-local schools. We believed our area needed another excellent secondary school. We knew many other people agreed with us, so we decided to do something about it.

We outlined the vision for our school, which would cater for the aspirations of local parents, be part of the local family of schools, and complement other local secondaries by increasing choice and diversity in South West Twickenham and surrounding areas. After extensive research, we formed a partnership with a strong education provider, the Russell Education Trust (RET), who we're confident will deliver and run an outstanding school we can all be excited by and proud of.

With the help of a large network of other local parents, we spread the word, and encouraged local families to register their interest, rapidly gathering the proof of demand we needed for a Free School application to the Department for Education.

After the school obtained DfE backing, the Steering Group continued to work closely with RET to crystallise the school's Vision and Values and facilitate communication with local parents. In recognition of their ongoing contribution and commitment, the parent members of the Steering Group have been granted Founders' Status by the Secretary of State for Education. They continue to support the school, including serving on the Local Governing Body.

The Steering Group always encouraged local people to keep in touch with their ideas and thoughts. Turing House is a school that is wanted and needed by its community, and parental feedback and involvement will be a key feature of its future success.

The Steering Group includes:

Local Members

Janet Hilton

Janet Hilton was Chair of Governors of Stanley primary school for five years, and subsequently a parent governor, and vice-chair, at Teddington School. She became a National Leader of Governance in 2012, and now uses her skills and experience to support head teachers and chairs of governors in a range of other schools, both in Richmond and elsewhere. She has worked closely with Richmond's Council’s Education & Children’s Services Department on various projects, and is a member of the Local Authority Admissions Forum.

Beverley Sanders

Beverley lives in South Twickenham and has two children. She has a PhD in physics, and more than 15 years' experience as a technical analyst in the IT industry. She now works part-time as a Senior Business Analyst at a London university.

She takes an interest in local community and education issues and was a co-opted member of Richmond Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Education & Children’s Services between 2010 and 2014.

Justine Hamer

Justine is a West Twickenham resident and a parent of two children at a local primary school. She has had a long involvement in education both as a Governor and in project managing corporate sponsorship of an academy.

As a senior manager for an international management consultancy she led community education work both nationally and within Europe.

Justine has also worked in the education charity sector developing education business partnerships.

Sarah Dietz

Sarah lives in North Teddington and has two children. She has a background in business analysis, digital and database publishing. She works part-time as an analyst and project manager for a multinational market research company.

She has a strong interest in the local community and was Chair of her local residents' association for a number of years. She regularly volunteers to help with activities at her local primary school.

Marie Banks

With over 15 years’ experience in teaching, Marie is a lead practitioner in Mathematics. Within this role she worked as a consultant for Surrey LEA helping to improve teaching standards across a range of schools and developed an overseas teacher recruitment proposition which was successfully launched by an education consortium.

Marie's passion is coaching, training and mentoring teachers across all subjects. She also founded and ran a successful Maths & English after-school tuition centre for a number of years.

Marie lives in Hampton Hill with her husband, two chickens and two children, who attend a local primary school.

RET Advisers

Colin Mackinlay - Headteacher

Colin is a senior adviser at the Russell Education Trust and Education London and was the Principal Education Adviser for Bristol Free School and Becket Keys Church of England School during their establishment and early years. In Bristol he worked closely with the local parent group to translate their vision into excellent educational outcomes.

Colin advised and supported the Turing House Steering Group from an early phase in the project and has now been appointed as our founding headteacher.

More information about Colin and his education background is here.

Richard Elms

Richard has wide-ranging successful experience within education and specifically within the project management of Academies and Free Schools.

At the DfE he was the Project Lead for 17 open Academies and their associated building programmes. He was also responsible for elements of strategy, focussing on multi-sponsors and the addition of primary provision to existing Academies as well as dealing with other major changes in academies' nature. Richard was also a School Improvement Partner and National Challenge Adviser for four Academies. Currently, he is leading on a number of free school projects, two of which open in September 2013.

Before being seconded to the DfE for five years, Richard was headteacher of a very large, heavily over-subscribed and successful Training School and specialist Maths and Computing College. During his 20 years as headteacher, he also took on a "parachute" role as the Head of a school in difficulties, at the request of his Local Authority.

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