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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. I am looking forward to working with students who will be the founding cohort, and their parents; together we are going to create a school which is not only outstanding but “stands out” from others. John Taylor Free School will develop 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 will 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 will all be central to our culture and climate. Students, staff and the community around the Free School should be prepared to support each other to live and learn together.

John Taylor Free School will be a creative and innovative environment. We will be 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.

This is an exciting time as our community comes together and the school opens it’s doors - I hope you are just as excited as I am about the opportunities available for students. Our school will be 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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Important Forms and Documents

Announcement

Proposed Admission Arrangements 

The Board of John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust is consulting its stakeholders and partners on proposed changes to the admissions arrangements for John Taylor Free School from September 2020.
The consultation document – outlining the rationale and the proposed changes - can be found here. 
In compliance with the requirements for such proposals, a period of six weeks will elapse before the consultation period closes on 8th January 2019.

100 Days

06 Dec 2018

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8 weeks gone in record time!

26 Oct 2018

The last 8 weeks have been the fastest 8 weeks ever.  We opened our gates on 5th September to a large group of students who couldn’t wait to be the first through the gate and what an exciting time we...

National Young Mathematician's Award

24 Oct 2018

  The National Young Mathematician's Award aims to inspire the next generation of mathematicians. Teams from schools across the UK have the unique opportunity to tackle a never-before-seen mathemat...

#ilovemyjob

07 Oct 2018

It has been an incredible week.  We have hosted a Royal visit and the National WomenEd Unconference in the same week – quite a lot to pack in but I have never felt so proud of my job and pleased that...

John Taylor Free School is Officially Open!

06 Oct 2018

Staffordshire’s first brand new high school for nearly 30 years has held its official opening. His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO was present to cut the ribbon on the new £30million Jo...

The Opening Week of John Taylor Free School

07 Sep 2018

“Success has always been easy to measure, it is the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement”   The team of staff and students at John Taylor Free School are feeling justly pro...

2 weeks to go!

23 Aug 2018

A year ago this week, I saw an advert for Head of School, John Taylor Free School. The role it described was my dream job. A forward thinking Multi-Academy Trust with a Teaching School, a brand new b...

New Beginnings

17 Jul 2018

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 seems m...

Coaching for Excellence

19 Jun 2018

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 repr...

Have you earned your Stripes?

06 Jun 2018

We have had a very exciting week with the new staff induction and a “getting to know you evening” for students and parents. Throughout these events, I have been explaining to the new community at John...

The Challenge and Opportunity of Recruiting Staff to a Brand New School

06 Jun 2018

John Taylor Free School is in the unusual position of being able to recruit a team from scratch. This presents some challenges, in terms of getting the right “fit” for the team from the outset and not...