The Turner Free School is in the pre-opening stage and is scheduled to open in September 2018. It will be an academically ambitious and inclusive four form entry 11-18 Academy in the Cheriton area of Folkestone. In other words, it will be a grammar-style school for everyone. As a smaller than average secondary school all pupils will be known and educated as individuals. The school will have a knowledge-led curriculum, organised along the principles established by Professors Michael Young of the IOE and E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia, to ensure all pupils receive the knowledge they need to thrive in the modern world. In addition, to give pupils a leading edge for further education and employment, modern foreign languages will be emphasised, with the aspiration that all pupils will achieve a working standard by the time that they graduate from the school.

As a free school the Turner Free School will be a brand new Academy school; directly funded by central government and independent of Local Authority control. Like other free schools the Turner Free School has a responsibility to expand the educational offer locally, to promote higher standards inclusively, to address local social issues and to ensure excellent value for the public purse.

The Turner Free School, Folkestone's educational vision will be delivered by planning our activities around four pillars. These are:


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School Prospectus

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Press Releases and Coverage

Turner Schools given greenlight to open Folkestone’s first new secondary school
in a decade

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Turner Schools appoints first Headteacher of The Turner Free School

Having always lived and worked within the local community, I am determined to ensure that children in Folkestone are able to access an exceptional academic provision in a non-selective setting. Like Turner Schools, I strongly believe that every child deserves the very best education in order to secure a brilliant future for themselves. The Turner Free School provides a truly unique and exciting opportunity to improve prospects for children locally and I am thrilled to have been appointed as the new school’s first Headteacher.

Kristina Yates, Headteacher of The Turner Free School

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Read an interview with our Principal Designate, Kristina Yates about her plans for TFS.

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Turner Free School appoints Senior Leadership Team

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Interview with Turner Schools CEO, Dr Jo Saxton, May 22, 2018

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Tracy Luke (Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls) will join Turner Free School as its founding Chair of the Local Governing Body

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Admissions Information

Full information about how to apply to the Turner Free School for a Year 7 place for September 2018 can be found below.

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Application Form

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Please only apply here for Year 7 admissions in September 2018. Please note all spaces have been allocated so your application will be added to our waiting list.

Applications for September 2019 will be via the KCC Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF).

For general information about applying for secondary schools in Kent please see the KCC website admissions information.

If you have any questions or would like to be sent a paper copy of the admissions form please contact Sophie Lyons on [email protected]


If you wish to appeal the decision not to offer your child a place at Turner Free School, you must contact us directly at [email protected] to request an appeal form and information pack. Our appeals will be processed and heard by the Independent Appeals Service at KCC.

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2018 you can appeal between 1 March 2018 and 29 March 2018 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 15 June 2018. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.


We have now completed our consultation about the Free School. Thank you to all everyone who contributed to it.

The full report can be found below.

Turner Free School - Public Consultation Report

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