Update – 11/09/2017 – Admissions

The school has an admission number of 210 for entry in year 7 (i.e. seven classes of thirty children in each class).

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

Admissions to all John Taylor Multi Academy Trust schools are via the Local Authority website with the exception of John Taylor Free School a link for this can be found here.

Update – 21/06/2017 – Time Lapse Video

Why not check out a time lapse video of our new school building http://branstonschool.onsitetimelapse.co.uk

Update – 27/05/2017

Building work at Tatenhill continues at pace!

Update – 12/04/2017

The Department for Education has announced this morning that John Taylor MAT has been successful in its application to run the new free school being constructed in Tatenhill. Opening in September 2018, the school will serve 11-18 year-olds in the locality, particularly the new housing developments in and around Branston Locks.
The £30 million construction, the first secondary school to be built in Staffordshire for almost twenty years, was one of 131 new free schools announced in this latest wave of applications. It is amongst one of the largest approved and, once at full capacity, will have approximately 1600 students on its roll.


Update – 03/01/2017

You will be pleased to note that John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust has had its application to lead the proposed secondary free school in Tatenhill selected for interview. This is the next stage in the process. Please see the link to the article in the Burton Mail (Tuesday 3rd January) in which this news is presented.


As the article states, the Trust is delighted to have received this positive news from the Department for Education. Thank you for your continued interest in our proposal. You can help us demonstrate our engagement with the community by encouraging others to also sign up to our mailing list and receive updates. The link for this is here:


Naturally, we will continue to keep you informed of any developments as and when they happen.

With best wishes and thanks.

The Free School Project Team
John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust.


You may be aware through the local media that John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust has submitted its application to the Department for Education to manage the proposed new school situated near Tatenhill.  A copy of the news story as featured in the Burton Mail is hyperlinked below:


Many thanks for your interest in our proposals, and we look forward to providing you with further updates as and when we are able.

With best wishes.

Free School Application Team, John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust

Free School Bid

John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust proposes to establish a Free School to the west of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire in order to meet a demonstrable and increasing need for secondary school places in the locality, created by new housing developments. Our proposal, endorsed by local schools, Staffordshire County Council and the Regional Schools Commissioner (West Midlands) will ensure effective provision for local demographic growth (projected to require an initial planned admission number of 150 (5 FE) for September 2018, rising to a certain 8 FE by 2022 with the potential for a further 4 FE by 2031).

John Taylor Free School (working name) will therefore look to open in September 2018 with 5 FE into Y7, and Sixth Form provision (approximately 100 in Y12) and subsequently flex its growth pattern in line with housing completion, windfall developments and demographic changes.

Our Vision for the Free School

Proposed Branston Road High School

John Taylor Multi Academy Trust wishes to build on the success of the John Taylor High School and use their expertise and educational leadership in the area to copy many of the key areas of the curriculum in the new 11- 18 8FE free school.

The Trust will encourage a wide range of groups such as scouts/guides, sports clubs and community groups to use the school facilities to enable all age groups to come together. The Trust will facilitate summer schools, weekend activity courses and some learning opportunities for the local community.

The Curriculum will mirror many of the successes of the broad and balanced curriculum on offer at John Taylor High School and build on the Ofsted-praised ‘STRIPE’ (Self Manager, Team Worker, Reflective, Innovate and Create, Participate, Enquirer), skills curriculum that enables young people to become independent learners with excellent attitudes to their own learning. The new free school will follow and further develop the high quality student leadership programmes at all levels.

The new John Taylor Free School will work closely with John Taylor High School at post 16. The two schools will share aspects of their timetables and employ some key staff across the schools to enable the Trust to offer a wider range of A levels and support those courses that would be difficult to sustain in any single school.

The Trust already has strong relationships with business, universities and is the host school the National Forest Teaching School Alliance. We will use these relationships and expertise to enable the Trust to push all students, whatever their background to achieve their very best. The Trust has already been praised for its work with disadvantaged students and intends to develop this strongly in the new free school.

The school will:-

  • Have an inclusive approach that offers the best education for all local 11 – 18 year olds.
  • Be non-selective, welcoming children of all faiths, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Offer a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum, underpinned by exceptional support, care and guidance.
  • Be a learning hub for the wider community, seeking to contribute to cohesion in an area of new housing development with limited alternative local amenities.
  • Work effectively alongside neighbouring schools.
  • Equip its young people with the knowledge, experiences, skills and attributes to enable success beyond school.
  • Further the innovative heritage of John Taylor High School, through the extension of its founder school’s strengths: the achievement and progress of the most able, the acquisition of key learning skills, and the development of leadership attributes and experiences – both within and beyond the taught curriculum.

Further Reading

What can you do?

We hope that after reading about the plans for John Taylor High School Trust and seeing the detailed information on the above you are able to support the plans for us to open a comprehensive school for 11 – 18 year olds in September 2018.

Any questions?

You can contact us via email at freeschool@jtmat.co.uk or write to John Taylor Free School Bid, John Taylor Multi Academy Trust, Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood, Staffs, DE13 8AZ