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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 anticipated to be towards the end of 2021. In the meantime, we continue to grow the school in high quality accommodation in Teddington & Hampton

Progress: In July 2019 Richmond's planning committee approved our site plans, followed by the London Mayor's approval in December 2019. The S106 Agreement was then finalised and signed, allowing the formal decision notice to be issued on April 23rd 2020.  The construction industry has since been disrupted due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) but our main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, have worked hard to ensure measures are in place across all of their sites to adhere to latest Government guidelines.

September 2020 update: Richmond's planning department have now agreed that all the pre-commencement planning conditions have been met, which gives the final green light for spades in the ground! The construction programme is expected to last around 60 weeks.

For more information about the building 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 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 all the options, the ESFA progressed the purchase of the Hospital Bridge Road site in consultation with Richmond and Hounslow Local Authorities. It is within reasonable distance of our nodal 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.

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.

 I have heard that 80% of Turing House students are from Teddington, is that true?

No, that is a misinterpretation of the admissions policy and certainly isn't demonstrated by our admissions patterns which can be seen here:

Turing House was established to serve the Middlesex side of Richmond borough as a whole.  Our admissions policy uses a nodal admissions point on the Fulwell/Teddington border, because this is as far as it is possible to be from other co-educational secondaries and is therefore a fair and appropriate anchor to serve local need whilst also minimising the impact on other schools. Eighty percent of our distance admissions are determined relative to this point, but they are still distributed across several wards.  We continuously monitor our admissions to ensure that our policy is serving local need and demand fairly and reasonably.

 

 Will students have long journeys to school?

No, not especially. Most secondary schools serve a geographically widespread area, with the average distance travelled by London secondary students being 3.1 miles.

Our nodal admissions point is 2.1 miles from Hospital Bridge Road and many of our families live closer than this, or along good bus routes, having taken journey times into account when selecting their admissions preferences. Our Student Travel Survey showed that average journey times would decrease when the school is permanently re-located.

Our nodal admissions point prioritises families that live furthest from other co-educational community schools, and so they would have to travel comparable distances whichever school they attended. 

How will transport links be managed? 

Secondary school students usually travel independently.  Many of our students live within easy walking distance of the proposed site, and most of the others are likely to use public transport, as demonstrated by our Student Travel Survey and the Transport Assessment that was part of the formal planning process.

Hospital Bridge Road is served by several bus routes (481, H22, 110, 111) and TfL will be modifying capacity on these routes to cope with changing patterns of demand when we re-locate.  The site is also 8 minutes’ walk from Whitton Station and a short, safe walk, scoot or cycle ride from West Twickenham via the A316 underpass or bridges.

How often do you review your admissions policy?

Like all state schools we review and determine our admissions policy annually during the Autumn term, 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 fair and reasonable. When changes are needed they are 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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