John Taylor Free School

Welcome to John Taylor Free School. This is the first new school to be built in Staffordshire for a generation and I am delighted to be the founding Headteacher. Since we opened, we have worked hard to build a strong JTFS community; together we are creating a school which is not only outstanding but “stands out” from others. John Taylor Free School develops both the academic success which enables students to continue their educational journey, in addition to those characteristics which enable them to thrive personally and in society –  JTFS students will “succeed and thrive”.

We expect students to explore the world around them with a curious and open mind, to learn to lead and know when to be led; to be prepared to try, fail and learn so that they can be even more successful next time around. Team work, resilience, respect and a passion for excellence are all central to our culture and climate.  Students, staff and the community around the Free School are prepared to support each other to live and learn together.  

John Taylor Free School is a creative and innovative environment. We are at the forefront of educational research and deliver success through a coaching for excellence model. Our staff are as committed to this vision as I am, and together, we will not settle for anything less.  We have high standards and expectations for our students; we expect everyone to strive to be the very best that they can be.  When students “Turn Up, Work Hard and Be Nice” they can achieve anything!

I hope you are just as excited as I am about the opportunities available for students. Our school is a vibrant and warm community with a positive climate for learning at its heart.

If you have questions or would like to know more about our school, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mrs Plant
Head of School

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Leadership for 2022

13 Dec 2021

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been advertising and then interviewing for the Student Leadership Team at JTFS.  We are looking for dedicated and hard working young people who can demonstr...

Our wonderful JTFS Community

30 Mar 2021

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." I have received some lovely emails in the last week from members of our local community com...

Exploring the importance of "R"

05 Feb 2021

Our STRIPE approach to the curriculum is very important to us and as Children's Mental Health week draws to a close, I thought it was a good time to explore the R; reflective and resilient learner. Ju...

That thing that can't be done

08 Jan 2021

As I was preparing for the start of the new term, I thought very carefully about what messages I wanted to give to staff on the first day back. Over the Christmas holidays, it felt like the expectatio...

The JTFS Community Spirit

01 Dec 2020

"It takes a village to raise a child" This quote is usually attributed to an African proverb and suggests that an entire community of people must interact with a child in order for them to grow up in...

Back to School – in a whole new way this year!

04 Sep 2020

The start of term is always exciting. New equipment, uniforms, shiny shoes, and a sense of new beginnings. This week has been a challenging start to term but a great one too. It felt like such a long...

Let's reset the sail

09 Jul 2020

After 4 months of working remotely, we are now preparing to welcome our students back into school.  It feels like a long time coming.  When we first went into lockdown, we thought it might b...

Leading By Laptop

20 May 2020

Leading by Laptop Is definitely not my style. I am a people person. I like to see people, talk to them face to face. Until last month, I only sent emails when absolutely necessary, held meetings whe...

Let's just take the next step

20 Mar 2020

As a headteacher, there are times when you are faced with challenges.  Sometimes it is about a lesson that hasn’t worked out, a set of examination results that weren’t as expected or...

We have saved you a seat...

07 Feb 2020

We have started our new recruitment round at JTFS and as I have written before, I always find it an interesting and exciting part of being a Head. The privilege of talking about the school, the commu...