Turner Schools has just turned four. The difficult early years of starting out, setting up systems from scratch and appointing leaders are now behind us. The initial vision to bring about sea change in the educational provision in Folkestone has now been well established. Standards have risen over the last three years across our academies and currently only one of the academies is not officially graded as ‘good’ but has rapidly improved over the last 18 months. We have worked with leaders, trustees, members and governors to reset our priorities for the next two years following the pandemic. These are set out below and include our vision of where we want to be in 2023 and the roadmap of how we will get there. We have also set out the behaviours and standards we expect of all of our staff to demonstrate to help us achieve our goals.

Seamus Murphy CEO September 2021.

Our Ambition.

Better outcomes for more children in challenging communities in the South East.

By 2023 we want to serve over 5000 pupils, based in the southeast region and predominantly located in Kent. The trust will aim to serve communities that have significant challenges, but not be restricted to coastal areas.

A broader range of schools so that we can support as many children as possible.

By 2023 we will have a balanced mix of primary and secondary schools, with up to 15 schools across the trust, including alternative and Post 16 provision.

Stronger connections with employers, higher education and community organisations.

By 2023 we will eliminate the number of children who leave school with no qualifications increasing their opportunities to gain high quality employment. We will work closely with national education partners, such as local universities and have strong links to regional and local employers. We will be in partnership with a variety of non profit organisations, including but not limited to the creative sector.

Turner Expectations.

Turner staff will ‘Walk the Turner Talk

They will:

  • Speak and act with care: always show compassion and respect for children.

  • Act boldly: be ambitious for yourself and the children and young people we serve.

  • Learn from adversity: be evaluative, thoughtful and reflective.

  • Challenge convention: be curious, welcome difference and unfamiliar thinking.

  • Connect with others: support colleagues, parents and pupils to make a great team.

  • Use your voice: offer different views and ask questions.

  • Do what it takes: be relentless in pursuing the best for children.

  • Ask for support: be open and honest when plans go awry.

  • Don’t give up: be calm, resilient and measured when managing challenges.

The Trust we want to be.