Turing House petition attracts 225 signatures within days of launching
By Teddington People | Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 10:46
Parents of prospective pupils at Turing House School have launched a petition for a full debate to be held by Richmond Council on last week's Government decision to delay its opening until September 2015.
Within days of its launch, the petition has already attracted 225 signatures and needs a further 775 for a debate to be triggered. A Facebook page has also been set up and gained more than 250 "likes" within a week.
Although the decision over whether the school can open this year rests with the Schools Minister, Lord Nash, the group of parents aims to focus attention on the issue.
Kevin McKiernan, one of the organisers, explains: "Our aim is not to be disruptive but first and foremost we want to draw enough attention to our cause so that the decision is reversed and the school can open on a temporary site in 2014.
"A lot of people have been let down by this decision. We were fully behind the opening of Turing House in September and so was our son. We attended all the meetings and were told we had a place only for that to be taken away a week later. We're now in a position where the Council will choose our school for us and, for many, that will mean it won't be convenient and they won't have had any choice in the matter.
"We've been really heartened by the amount of people rallying behind us."
The deadline for signing the petition is 13 April.