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Pupil Premium Statement

Last year and in 2014 John Taylor High School was named as a leading Secondary school in the West Midlands in relation to the support offered to Pupil Premium students, being the only non-selective recipient of a Pupil Premium Award in Staffordshire. John Taylor Free School follows their highly successful approach. 

At John Taylor, there is a clear and firm belief that the single factor that unites all students who receive Student Premium is that they are recipients of Student Premium.  We recognise that each child is an individual, and as such our provision for and intervention with Pupil Premium students is targeted to address their individual barriers to learning and achievement. 

We believe that closing the gap happens through the following strategies:

  • Dealing with student’s complex needs, through safeguarding, through the Prevent strategy, through a strong programme of PSHE and citizenship. Through the engagement of outside agencies including the Local Authority where necessary.
  • The vertical tutorial programme significantly benefits more vulnerable students and this programme will mirror the success of JTHS.
  • Equality of opportunity, which we seek to do through equality of access to the enrichment programme, through equality of access to technology, through equality of access to experiences and by providing safe and secure areas where students can study.
  • Through raising aspiration. By getting students involved in national competitions, by letting them have a strong careers awareness and by giving them opportunities for success amongst their peers and the local community.
Announcement

We are now recruiting for teachers and support staff

John Taylor Free School opened in September 2018 with a full cohort of 210 year 7 students and we are oversubscribed for 2019.

We are now looking to expand our staff team accordingly. If you are excited about the prospect of joining a brand new school with a distinctive educational philosophy, we would like to hear from you.

Our school is research led, with a coaching for excellence model. We want everyone in our school community to succeed and thrive; staff as well as students.

If you are interested in joining our team please see our recruitment pack and download an application form here.

Deadline for Teaching Staff is 15th February 2019

Deadline for Support Staff is 1st March 2019

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