First Headteacher’s Blog

Mrs Sue Plant

The last month has been a whirlwind for me.  Since my appointment, I have been meeting prospective parents and children, planning transition events and getting to know the John Taylor Free School Team.  I will be writing a regular blog to keep you all updated as the plans progress; it is all moving very quickly as we get ready for September 2018 so I hope you find regular information helpful.

The open events we have held have been a great success, with people coming from all over the district to find out more about the Free School.  Most of you are aware that there is no catchment and that an application to us is in addition to your local authority offer, so in effect, it is a bonus choice this year.  We will continue to hold events over the next few weeks and will be coming to places around Tatenhill to share our vision for the school, answer any questions and help you get to know more about the John Taylor Free School.  This will enable you to learn more about the school and how it will work for your child.

Over half term, as well as spending time with my family, I have been planning the transition programme for our first cohort.  I am conscious that this can be a stressful time for children and their parents and we intend to make the transition as smooth as possible.  We have already booked a “bonding day” at Lea Green Outdoor Centre for June 2018.  The aim for the day will be for children to get to know each other and the staff that will be teaching them, make new friends and have some fun.  There will be some challenges, some teamwork and a lot of laughter involved!  We will also be hosting a “meet the tutor” evening so that parents and children have the opportunity to ask any questions and get to know their tutor.  The personal tutor is a very important person in a student’s life.  They will meet together every day and will be the first point of contact for any queries or questions.  The personal tutor provides pastoral and academic support for your child and so building relationships together is part of this process.  Further induction events are being planned for September – more on this in the next blog…

Other events happening at the moment are plans for the uniform and for the recruitment of staff.  We want the uniform to be distinctive and smart.  Students at the John Taylor Free School will be part of a very special community and we want them to be proud of being founding members.  Your children will be the role models for future cohorts of students and together, we will make sure that the school develops into an outstanding centre for education.  Being smart in appearance and having a positive approach to learning are key principles for success.  Recruitment of staff is another crucial part of this process and we will be holding an event in the near future for anyone who is considering applying to be part of the John Taylor Free School Team.  Again, more on this next time.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to a member of the team – don’t hesitate to get in touch.  We know that this is an important decision and we are more than happy to speak to you individually.  Enjoy the rest of half term.

Sue Plant

Sue Plant
Head of School Designate