Turing House

Steering Group (2011 - 2015)

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

The parents outlined the vision for a school which would cater for the aspirations of local families, 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, they formed a partnership with the Russell Education Trust (RET), who they were confident would deliver and run an exceptional school that local families could be excited by and proud of.

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

The Steering Group worked closely with RET in the run up to the school's 2015 opening, 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 were granted Founders' status by the Secretary of State for Education and were appointed by RET as members the Local Governing Body (LGB).

The Steering Group included:

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 has used her skills and experience to support head teachers and chairs of governors in several other schools, both in Richmond and elsewhere. She worked closely with Richmond's Council’s Education & Children’s Services department on various projects, and was a member of their Admissions Forum. She served as Turing House's first LGB Chair for 5 years before retiring in 2020.

Beverley Sanders

Beverley lived in South Twickenham in the run up to Turing House being established, and now lives in Hampton Hill. She has two children. She has a PhD in physics, more than 20 years' experience as a technical analyst in the IT industry, and currently works as a Senior Business Analyst at a London university.

Beverley 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 was a West Twickenham resident when the Steering Group was formed, and a parent of two children. She had extensive involvement in education, both as a school 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 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 in an analytical and managerial role in the Civil Service.

She has a strong interest in the local community and has been Chair of her local residents' association for a number of years a well as volunteering at local schools and educational charities.

Marie Banks

With over 15 years’ experience in teaching, Marie worked as a lead practitioner in Mathematics for Surrey local authority, helping to improve teaching standards across a range of schools. She developed an overseas teacher recruitment proposition which was successfully launched by an education consortium.

She has three children and lives in Hampton Hill, where she founded and ran a successful Maths & English after-school tuition centre for a number of years. She now runs her own manufacturing and retail business.

RET Advisers

Colin Mackinlay

Colin was a senior adviser at the Russell Education Trust and Education London from 2010. He was the Principal Education Adviser for Bristol Free School and Becket Keys Church of England School during their establishment and early years. 

Colin advised and supported the Turing House Steering Group from an early phase in the project. He was appointed as the school's founding headteacher, from 2015 to 2019, and is now the RET Chief Executive.

Richard Elms

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

He was formerly the 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, before being seconded to the DfE for 5 years.

At the DfE Richard 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.

Richard was an RET Senior Advisor until 2016, and was the lead advisor for two RET free schools which opened in 2013: King's School, Hove and St. Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School.

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