January Blog

13 days in post and just 228 days until we open, no wonder our plans are moving on so quickly!  Our social media community is growing rapidly with over 682 people following us on Facebook alone.   We have visited site a couple of times over the last week, and as you can see from the photos the teams of people working there are making significant progress on a daily basis.  With only 17 days until our application deadline, we are hitting the road to give prospective students and their parents chance to come and find out what John Taylor Free School has to offer.  Parents who have already submitted an application are also welcome as we reveal our uniform and specific transport plans for different localities.  Find out more about our roadshows here.

If you are considering your application, I would like to summarise some of the facilities our school can boast.

Site Visit Jan 18Our school community will be centered in a single building which will ultimately have 1550 11 – 18 year old students.  All curriculum areas are suited together in zones within the 3 storey building – except for PE which has its’ own dedicated Sports Centre including dance studio.  Children starting their secondary education at John Taylor Free School, will be able to navigate their way around safely and confidently, without having to move between buildings.  This will be reassuring for many in year 6; I know from my daughter that getting lost is a significant concern.  At John Taylor Free School, children will not have to worry about lots of buildings and which one to go to.

The site has extensive grounds including 25,000 trees which will provide outstanding learning opportunities and facilities for social times.  With a full size running track, rugby, football and hockey pitches and an outdoor pavilion as well as a sports hall and dance studio we have superb sporting opportunities.  A garden has already been installed and the children will have the opportunity to finish this by working with us to design the planting scheme.

Inside, we have a theatre with tiered seating and industry standard technology – the drama studio is separated by retractable doors giving flexible learning opportunities.  We will ensure that students can excel in performance as well as technical theatre skills.  Our dining area has space to seat students and staff together at meal times, with glass doors to the outside area and a sky light above – it will be the heart of the school as we eat together.

Using technology to enhance learning is a key element of our curriculum.  Interactive LCD panels, mobile devices, cameras in the Food room, 3D printers and table top technology will be used across the school to maximise the opportunities students have.  The Science Labs and Science Studio will enable students to really engage with these subjects as they have the latest equipment which is being installed next week.

If you want to know more, see the uniform or discuss specific transport issues, please join us for our roadshows in Hatton, Burton Library or Rosliston.  I look forward to meeting you there.

Sue Plant

Sue Plant
Head of School Designate