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 time since we waved the Year 7 and 8 students off on 20th March not knowing how long we were going to be remote working for.
We have made plans, re-worked those plans and written them again. There are one-way systems, signs, hand sanitizer everywhere. Classrooms are in rows, break and lunches are staggered.
But with all these changes, some things have remained the same; the high standards and expectations that we expect of students at JTFS, quality learning and strong relationships are the threads that keep our community together.
The students have all taken part in a range of induction activities designed to allow them to settle into/back into life at school. You will hear more from their Progress Leaders about this soon.
We have not only welcomed a new group of students but also a whole new set of staff to John Taylor Free School. Teachers across all subject specialisms join the team along with Learning Support Assistants, Assistant Progress Leaders and Support Staff. I am delighted to say that everyone has found their feet quickly and it is lovely to see our school community growing.
I couldn’t be more proud of the way the students have handled the changes and the new way of working. It was delightful to see them excited to be back, with their friends and back into school life. They have settled well, responded to all our requests, and done so with a smile. I am so pleased to be leading a school in person again instead of leading from a laptop!