The Turner Free School is in the pre-opening stage, and subject to approval of a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education, 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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Press releases

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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Admissions Information

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

As the Turner Free School will be its own Admissions Authority for the first year we will run a parallel process to that run by Kent County Council (KCC). If you would like to apply for a place at the Free School please fill in the application form below AND fill in the Kent Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) either online or on a paper copy.

Turner Free School admission arrangements for 2018

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

The link to the KCC online admissions booklet will be added here when it has been published.

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


We welcome your thoughts and opinions on the Turner Free School proposal. Please read the Consultation Booklet and complete the short Questionnaire at the following links:

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