Friday, 23 March 2018

UPDATE: Turing House – ESFA has finalised land sale for the permanent site, but questions remain over admissions policy

Richmond Council has reported that the Education Skills Funding Agency has finalised the land acquisition from the London Borough of Hounslow for a permanent site for Turing School, in Whitton.

THS has been looking for a permanent site since 2012 and negotiations between the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and Hounslow Council have taken 18 months. The school’s current site in Queen’s Road, Teddington, is not large enough to be a long-term option.

Following negotiations between the ESFA and Hounslow Council, who own the open space behind Hospital Bridge Road in Whitton, the acquisition is now complete.

Building the school on that site will be subject to planning permission and full community consultation as part of that process. It is expected that the planning application process, including an assessment of traffic implications, will commence in summer 2018.

Subject to planning consent, the new school facilities are likely to be ready for occupation in 2020. However, as the current facilities at Queen’s Road are unable to facilitate a further intake before then, the Council has agreed to offer the use of a nearby school site, Clarendon School, in Hanworth Road, Hampton.

Cllrs Gareth Elliott and Grant Healy and Whitton conservative Candidate Sophie Lister cautiously acknowledge the news that Turing House has made a firm commitment that the school will review their admission policy when their planning application is considered. The school has currently proposed an 80/20 split of intake with the larger number of pupils from its Teddington catchment area. Cllrs Gareth Elliott and Grant Healy have consistently opposed this policy and have raised on many occasions the impact this will have on local traffic and its unfairness to residents.

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