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John Taylor Free School is an 11-18 school with an inclusive approach that will offer high quality education for all local 11 – 18 year olds. It will:

  • Be non-selective, welcoming children of all faiths, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Offer a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum, underpinned by exceptional support, care and guidance.
  • Be a learning hub for the wider community, seeking to contribute to cohesion in an area of new housing development with limited alternative local amenities.
  • Work effectively alongside neighbouring schools.
  • Equip its young people with the knowledge, experiences, skills and attributes to enable success beyond school.
  • Further the innovative heritage of John Taylor High School, through the extension of its founder school’s strengths: the achievement and progress of the most able, the acquisition of key learning skills, and the development of leadership attributes and experiences – both within and beyond the taught curriculum.
Admission Numbers

The school has an admission number of 210 for entry in year 7 (i.e. seven classes of thirty children in each class).

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

Oversubscription Criteria

The criteria in this section apply to entry at all phases of the school.

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
  2. Priority will next be given to the children of staff who have been recruited to fill a skill-shortage area.
  3. Priority will next be given to children living closest to the school. Distance is measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the schools main entrance.

Random allocation undertaken by a body unconnected with the Academy Trust will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-3 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy/free school is equidistant in any two or more cases.

Random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all, and exceed our PAN.

Waiting Lists

The school will operate a waiting list for Year 7. Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, either in writing or via following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list. The childs position on the waiting list will not be fixed and will be subject to change.

Application Process

The school will process applications outside the normal local authority process for co-ordinating school offers. This means you will need to complete your LA common application form for your other choices of school in addition to a separate application for this school.

Applications for this school should be sent to Admissions Clerk at the following address John Taylor Free School c/o JTMAT, Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire DE13 8AZ

Offers will be made on 01/03/2018. If we have not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, they will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once we have a signed funding agreement.

The application form can be obtained here.


All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appellants should contact Admissions Team via, Staffordshire County Council by 31/03/2018 for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process will follow.

Admission Outside of Age Group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested.

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

Late Applications

All applications received by the school after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list i.e. either in writing or via email to


Home Address: The home address is where a child normally lives.  Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school. If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.

It is the committed aim of the Free School, to serve the children and families of the local community within which the school resides.  The school will aim to be the school of choice for these families – irrespective of their social, economic, religious, ethnic or cultural background.

The school will regard all its students, and staff, as of equal value, and will promote the British Values of inclusion, tolerance, respect, and the celebration of diversity.  It will do so with specific regard to gender and sexuality, religion and ethnicity, and physical and mental disability.

John Taylor Free School will be proactive in providing a high quality formal and informal education for all its children and will audit curricular, cross-curricular and extra-curricular delivery of its inclusion agenda.  In addition, the school will take its responsibilities seriously to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.  We will have clear and appropriate sanctions in place, aligned to those of John Taylor High School, for students who are openly intolerant, abusive or aggressive in a manner aggravated by their prejudices.

As at John Taylor High School, the Founder Academy, all staff at the Free School will be appropriately and effectively trained in order to work positively and proactively in the context of the ‘Prevent’ agenda of anti-radicalisation.  Extremist views and behaviours of all descriptions will be challenged and – where appropriate – escalated and reported.  Activity under ‘Prevent’, as with safeguarding, will be securely logged and recorded.  Senior and pastoral leaders in particular, but all of the school’s community – including the members of its Local Governing Body – will ensure that the school’s procedures and practices are based upon the most current requirements and best practice.  This is undertaken under the auspices of the Multi-Academy Trust Board and its senior leadership.

John Taylor Free School will promote a series of Open Evenings which may need to be done either at John Taylor High School or with limited access to the school site, as construction will still be on-going. These will be confirmed at a later stage.

The school’s pastoral system will be based around the vertical tutoring model that is long established at John Taylor High School.  Initially, students will be divided into six Houses.

Collaboration with John Taylor High School will be a feature of the Free School. The ability to access specialist facilities across both sites (enabled by their close proximity) will provide strong experiences for the students.