Dear Mr Mackinlay,
Last Friday (30th July) I took the 481 bus from Hospital Bridge Road to Kingston at 7.45am. The bus was
full of Turing House pupils. I’ve travelled with busloads of pupils from other local schools over many years.
Often it is a nightmare of excitable, dishevelled, shouting, shoving children. My experience of your
pupils was quite different. I realise that you only have two year groups of children at the moment and
maybe they get rowdier as they get older, but I was so pleasantly surprised by the Turing House School pupils on
that bus that I felt I just had to write and tell you how proud you can be about their behaviour.
The children all looked neat and tidy and chatted quietly among themselves – no raucous laughter or shouting, but
smiles and quiet conversations. As soon as I got onto the crowded bus, one of the older girls leapt to her feet
and offered me her seat. In the past I have often been ignored by pupils of the other schools, and left to stand
in the midst of their loud conversations. The final amazement was when we got to the ‘Teddington Hospital’ stop.
The children filed off the bus quietly and in orderly fashion. As each one passed the driver to alight from the
bus, they turned to him and said ‘Thank you’ – it was quite enchanting and something I haven’t seen in London
since I was a schoolgirl 60 years ago. They then proceeded sensibly and quietly to cross the roads carefully, to
begin their school day. I must have had a smile on my face all the way to Kingston that morning.
Please pass on my praises to your pupils. They are a credit to the school and to their families. I was
especially thrilled with this exhibition of good, polite and sociable behaviour, as my grandson will be starting
at Turing House next term. Just looking at the school website, this morning, to find out your name and email
address, I was impressed with all that I saw and read. My daughter had already sung the praises of Turing House
School following the clear information she had received and the meetings she had attended at the school – a far
cry from her experiences with other schools over the years.
Many congratulations to you, your staff and your well behaved pupils and best wishes for the future of your