Turing House

Permanent Site Information

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has successfully secured a permanent site for Turing House School on Hospital Bridge Road in Whitton. It is a large greenfield site with more than enough space for our new school and sports facilities. The timing of our move is subject to finalisation of the project plan, and is anticipated to be in 2021. In the meantime, we continue to grow the school in high quality accommodation in Teddington & Hampton

April 2020 update: Richmond Council’s Planning Committee approved the planning application for our school's permanent home in Hospital Bridge Road in July 2019, and this was followed by the London Mayor's approval in December 2019. The S106 Agreement was subsequently finalised and signed, and Richmond Council issued the formal decision notice on April 23rd 2020. The construction industry is currently disrupted due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, have been working hard to ensure measures are in place across all of their sites to adhere to latest Government guidelines. They will now assess our new school site to ascertain when conditions will be suitable and safe for staff and subcontractors to work. As soon as we have more details we will update this page with timings for next steps.

For more information about the plans, please visit the project website: A New Home for Turing House School.  

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.

 Will students have long journeys to school?

No, 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

Our project team have been meeting with Transport for London about improvements to bus services and infrastructure and 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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