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Year 7

Students are taught in mixed ability groups. There are 6 lessons in the day (50 minutes each). Students have a Personal Tutorial session 4 mornings a week for 20 minutes; these are in vertically arranged groups of approximately 20 students. Once a week, this is a full 50 minute lesson.

“We believe in the power of education to improve lives – and the world.” This statement, at the heart of John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust, will also be at the heart of the curricular and enrichment programme offered at John Taylor Free School. All themes and subjects, and the effectiveness of their delivery, have been constructed to improve the lives, both current and future, of the students we serve, and in so doing enable them to in turn improve the world around them – locally, nationally, and globally.

Students at John Taylor Free School know that they must “turn up, work hard, and be nice” in order that in turn they can “Be Amazing!” This ethos of rejecting complacency and mediocrity is at the heart of the Free School’s values, and percolates through our curriculum, pastoral care and behaviour management, and into the wider opportunities of leadership and challenge that we present young people with throughout the seven years they are at the school.

The curriculum builds extensively on a thematic model created in-house at John Taylor High School. The STRIPE curriculum is worth 50% of the timetable with the remaining lessons in English, Maths, Music, Modern Foreign Languages and Physical Education not taught as part of the STRIPE curriculum but as discrete lessons whilst still developing the key skills of STRIPE.

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The STRIPE programme achieves the following outcomes:

  • significant impact on student ‘readiness’ for the secondary curriculum
  • more cohesive student interactions as they integrate from different local primary schools
  • enables students to focus on skills development as much as knowledge and understanding
  • heightens appreciation of the links between subject areas across the curriculum
  • raises levels of participation, via the ‘passport’ of competencies that compels all to engage
  • improves levels of enjoyment in learning
  • provides stretch and challenge for students of all abilities and aptitudes

However, unlike some ‘blended’ learning/topic-based study, STRIPE achieves the above without compromising the academic and assessment rigour of a traditional subject-by-subject offer.

Personalised Learning

John Taylor Free School is committed to ensuring that learning is personalised to meet the needs of the individual student. In lessons, staff will plan for all learners to ensure that they are challenged appropriately, that they all produce an excellent standard of work and that where appropriate, students are stretched to achieve even more.

The John Taylor Free School will have a SENCo in place to oversee the needs of students who have additional needs (LAC, EAL, SEN and catch up). Students will be assessed to support the identification of additional needs. Learning Support deployment (i.e. in-class support/withdrawal etc.) will be dependent upon the needs of the student cohort.

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.

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