Sir William Turner (12 September 1615 – 9 February 1693)

William Turner was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, in 1615, the third son of the Turner family of Kirkleatham. In 1632 he was apprenticed to Jerrard Gore, a draper in the City of London. William prospered in this business and became a prominent member of the City community.He was knighted in 1662 and served as Lord Mayor in 1668. He became a merchant banker, and was involved in the rebuilding of the City after the Great Fire of 1666. William never married and devoted much time and money to charitable causes involving education and care for the poor, such as Bridewell Hospital in London and the Almshouses in Kirkleatham, opened in 1676.He died in 1692 and in his will he left £5000 to establish a boys’ school in Kirkleatham. Called the Free School, this opened in 1709, and was the first in a series of schools bearing his name to be located in the Redcar area of North Yorkshire. His charitable legacy continues through the Sir William Turner Foundation.

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Foundation Awards - 2022

In 2022 the Sir William Turner Foundation has offered over £30,000 to support Redcar's three secondary schools, Kirkleatham Hall School and Redcar & Cleveland College.

  • Sacred Heart School, £2500 for a monthly programme to help students overcome personal barriers and manage their workload.
  • Ryehills School, £2500 to launch a Reading Rewards scheme that encourages pupils to improve their reading skills.
  • Outwood Redcar, £7700 for 90 students to take part in sciences workshops at the Newcastle Life Centre.
  • Kirkleatham Hall School, £8135 for a year-long programme of outdoor activities to help to develop self-confidence and social skills.
  • Redcar & Cleveland College £9660 across three departments to set up a virtual reality room, to provide a 6-month programme of adventure training and to provide a life-skills course.

The education foundation offers grants to cover the cost of activities and equipment that will 'enhance the education of pupils who live or study in Redcar.