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

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

News : 22 May 2018

Mrs Luke will continue her mission to improve education across Folkestone in this exciting new role.

Mrs Luke agreed to become the founding Chair of the Local Governing Body for Turner Free School, after announcing her retirement from the role of Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls (FSG) earlier in the year. Tracy has been at FSG for the past 17 years and was also Executive Principal of The Marsh Academy. Tracy has also been an Ofsted Inspector and is currently a National Leader of Education.

Tracy has an excellent track record both in school leadership and in governance.

Tracy Luke, Founding Chair of the Local Governing Body

I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to be involved with the first new secondary school to open in Folkestone in a decade and I look forward to supporting it from the outset to achieve success without selection.

I am especially delighted that I will be working with Krissy Yates, as Principal and Dr Jo Saxton, as CEO. I have huge confidence in both of these key leaders at Turner and know that their impact will be a massively positive one for children in Folkestone.

Turner Schools CEO Dr Jo Saxton says:

We are so privileged to have Tracy Luke as our founding Chair of the Local Governing Body at Turner Free School – she brings a depth of knowledge and understanding of running excellent schools in both the selective and non-selective sectors.   Tracy will be integral in supporting us to deliver our vision of “a grammar school for everyone.”

Principal Designate Kristina Yates says:

I am delighted that Tracy Luke will lead the Local Governing Body for the Turner Free School.  Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we open our brand new school, which will ensure success without selection for all our scholars. Tracy’s incredible successes in local education are well known and I look forward to working with her to deliver a powerful education for our first group of scholars in September.

Editors notes:

Turner Free School will offer a grammar-style education, focusing on preparing every pupil to succeed in the academic subjects of the ‘EBACC’; the range of GCSEs including English, Maths, Sciences, History, Geography and a Modern Foreign Language.
All pupils will be supported in learning French, as this will give them a significant advantage when accessing further education and professional employment.
TFS will open with 120 Year 7 students on the Pent Valley Technical College site in September 2018, the new Turner Free School will be a  secondary school where pupils will be inspired to work hard and succeed.

TFS was oversubscribed for places this September with over 250 applicants for the 120 places.  There is currently a waiting list for places for September