Our Governors

Meet the JTFS Local Governing Body

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Stephanie Turner

Gaining a First Class Honours Degree from The University of Leeds, in Theology & Religious Studies, Stephanie went on to gain a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and a post graduate qualification in Workforce Planning. As an Associate Member of the CIPD, Stephanie is an active member in the Derbyshire and Nottingham branch as a trained mentor. Stephanie has ten years HR experience in the public sector with considerable experience in recruitment, project management, workforce planning and employment law. In her spare time Stephanie is a keen swimmer. She joined the school of Governors in the summer of 2017.

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Ian Burns

Ian Burns is the Managing Director of Cameron Homes Limited, a privately owned residential developer; a position held since 1994. Ian has experience as a Local Authority Councillor working at both Parish and District level. He was a Trustee of the Armitage with Handsacre Village Hall and has lived in Burton on Trent for the last 11 years. Ian has a keen interest in supporting the transition of young people from education to the work place.

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Katy Boyce

Katy is an Associate Solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland LLP. She specialises in Financial Services Disputes and Investigations. She has a Masters in Law and Business Management and a Law degree. Katy has a keen interest in education, as it was the foundation of her career, and values its importance. Katy lives within the community of the John Taylor Free School and has first-hand knowledge of the area. In her spare time she enjoys practising yoga and spending time with her friends and family.

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Jeanette Hodgkinson - Chair

Ever since I retired as a criminal barrister in 2005, I have volunteered as a school governor in local primary and secondary schools.  Both of my, now grown up, children were privileged to attend John Taylor High School and my interest in school governance originally came about as a way of giving something back for the excellent education they received.  I joined John Taylor Free School as Chair of its Local Governing Body at the very start of its journey in 2017.  I have always been passionate about the role of education in providing better life chances for young people and now, as a very experienced governor, I am proud to be in a position to support the Head of School and her leadership team in delivering their vision for every child to ‘succeed and thrive’.  I am also a member of the JTMAT Audit and Compliance Committee.

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Peter Robinson – Staff Governor

Health and Safety

As a founding teacher at John Taylor Free School, Peter is incredibly proud to have been given the opportunity to work at JTFS, to shape the course of the students and the schools future. He is certain that the work that has gone into creating the curriculum, building positive relationships with the students and developing a strong team will result in an excellent education for the students; providing them with a future in which they can succeed and thrive.

Peter sees the governor’s role as being vital in ensuring this excellent start continues and that the vision, ethos and values are upheld as the school grows in both student and staff numbers. He feels strongly that in order to make this happen, it is essential that strong positive relationships are developed between the governing body and the staff of the school.

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Charlotte Hopkins – Parent Governor

Safeguarding Governor and Vice Chair

Charlotte is a serving head teacher of a local Primary Free School that has recently opened with one year group and will continue to grow year on year, similar to JTFS. Prior to that, she was headteacher of another Burton Primary school and was part of the team that took it out of Special Measures to Good. She knows the Burton area well and is looking forward to offering her 25 years’ experience in education to help bring the JTFS vision to life, that all students will 'succeed and thrive'.

Charlotte Archer – Parent Governor

Charlotte joined the Local Governing Body in October 2019. She has almost 30 years’ experience working with children and 25 years in education specifically. Charlotte is the parent of a student at the school and was drawn to the role because of a wish to be a part of, and support the inaugural years of JTFS. She believes that strong links with feeder primaries, inspirational role models and the ongoing nurture of students is fundamental to a successful career in secondary education.

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Sue Plant

Sue is the Head of School at John Taylor Free School. She has worked in education for the last 23 years with experience of a wide range of schools and different settings. Her extensive leadership experience spans 2 highly successful Multi Academy Trusts based in the East Midlands. She has established a Teaching School Alliance and School Centre for Initial Teacher Training and understands the importance of professional learning for teachers and leaders.

If you wish to contact the JTFS Local Governing body you can do so by emailing Mrs S Byrne - Clerk to the Governors at:


Or writing to Mrs S Byrne, Clerk to the Governors 

John Taylor Free School

Branston Road



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JTFS Transparency Document 2020-2021


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