Turing House School site one step closer

The Education Funding Agency [EFA] has agreed terms with Hounslow Council for a permanent site for Turing School.

Published: Monday, 19th December 2016

The Education Funding Agency [EFA] has agreed terms with Hounslow Council for a permanent site for Turing School, in Whitton.

Over the past 18 months, the EFA has been looking to find a permanent site for the school. The school’s current site in Queen’s Road, Teddington, is not large enough to be a long-term option.

Following negotiations between the EFA and Hounslow Council, who own the open space behind Hospital Bridge Road in Whitton, Heads of Terms have been agreed for the purchase.

Building the school on that site will be subject to planning permission and full community consultation as part of that process.

Now that a permanent solution has been finalised for the school subject to contract, Richmond Council will continue to press for a fairer Admissions Policy for the local community in its borough.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council, said: “We are happy to have been able to assist our neighbouring borough of Richmond in agreeing the best outcome for the permanent 
site for Turing School.
“Decisions like this are important in that they go towards providing the best start in life for our children’s education needs.

“I am also pleased that Richmond Council will continue to work with the school on securing the fairest admission policy possible.”
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

“I am glad that the EFA and Turing House have now agreed terms for a location for the school.

“We have long held the view that the borough will need additional secondary school places in a few years’ time.

“Once completed, this school will give certainty to parents, and done well, I'm confident it will be an excellent school that is a valuable asset not only to the borough, but its local community in Whitton and Heathfield.

“One issue that must now be corrected is the published admissions policy. The school has already committed to reviewing the policy for when they move to the permanent site. I will continue to represent residents on this issue.”

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