TO 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. As a partner school in John Taylor Multi Academy Trust, we believe in the power of education to improve lives and the world. We play an active role in JTMAT and the National Forest Teaching School; working collaboratively with others is at the heart of what we do.
I am thoroughly enjoying working with our staff team, the students and their parents; together we are creating a school which is not only outstanding but “stands out” from others. John Taylor Free School develops both 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 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 are all central to our culture and climate. Students, staff and the community around the Free School are prepared to support each other to live and learn together. John Taylor Free School is a creative and innovative environment. We are at the forefront of educational research and deliver success through a coaching for excellence model.
We are in the fortunate position of being oversubscribed for the first two years and in September 2020 we will have 690 students in years 7-9. Therefore, 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. As a member of staff, you will be part of securing the vision of “succeed and thrive” for all members of our community. You will be prepared to be flexible, adaptable and dependable – you are willing to go above and beyond to help our students be outstanding learners and responsible young people. If you are applying as a teacher, you will be prepared to forego the immediate opportunity to prepare older students for external examinations, but the trade-off will be that you will be part of a new, thriving learning community that has a coaching culture and values evidence-based research and innovation. If you are applying for support staff roles, you should still be prepared to enjoy the challenge of working with young people and role modelling positive adult behaviours. All our staff are also part of a strong and successful MAT, with The National Forest Teaching School and SCITT providing excellent opportunities for professional development, leadership training and the chance to support new entrants to the profession. We will support you to succeed and thrive too!
John Taylor Free School is a vibrant and warm community with a positive climate for learning at its heart – join us and you will be part of something special – the chance of a lifetime to create a strong culture of success where coaching underpins continual professional development; excellent standards, mutual trust, respect and learning is what we do, all day every day.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Mrs S Plant
Head of School