headteacher’s blog

New Beginnings

The last week of term is finally upon us.  For myself and my 11-year-old daughter it is a week full of mixed emotions.  Back in April, I wrote about transition but now that it is finally here, it [...]

Coaching for Excellence

Coaching has been a valid tool for improving performance in sport, business and industry for many years and on Friday I attended a National Coaching Conference where 200 representatives from all [...]

News Update

With 80 days to go, it is a good time to update you all on progress towards opening John Taylor Free School. We have completed another step in our journey by completing our Pre-Registration [...]

Letter to Applicants

Dear applicants, First of all, I would like to thank you for the time and effort you have taken in writing your application.  We had over 400 people attend our recruitment event – the excitement [...]


  With half term upon us, I have been reading and reflecting on well – being.  There is plenty to read; lots of articles in the press and on social media about mental health in young people [...]

February Blog

A month in post and what a month it has been!  I was reflecting on everything that the Free School team has achieved in that time over the weekend.  Our followers on social media now exceed 900, [...]

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. [...]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all! I am writing this as I prepare to start the new term. Usually, it is not a great way to spend the last day of the holidays – preparing for the term ahead; it’s [...]

December Blog

As the end of term approaches, we have some news for you.  We are working with key stakeholders to develop reliable and affordable school transport options for students attending the John Taylor [...]

November Blog

I love this time of year.  Both of my children have birthdays; we’ve had Halloween, bonfire night and then there is the run up to Christmas!  This autumn has been a bit of a challenge for me to [...]