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. I am looking forward to working with students who will be the founding cohort, and their parents; together we are going to create 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 be 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. Our staff are as committed to this vision as I am, and together, we will not settle for anything less.

This is an exciting time as our community comes together - I hope you are just as excited as I am about the opportunities available for students. Our school is a vibrant and warm community with a positive climate for learning at its heart.

If you have questions or would like to know more about our school, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mrs Plant
Head of School

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