Dear Parents and carers,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to John Taylor High School. We are extremely proud of our whole school vision, which is ‘One Community, Striving for Personal Excellence’. This is at the heart of John Taylor and highlights the great importance of having a strong, inclusive, diverse community which works effectively together, so that everyone, is able to achieve their personal excellence. The whole school vision is underpinned by the four core values chosen by our school community.
Respect – to be thoughtful of the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. It also means looking after our environment.
Kindness – to treat everyone the best that you can. No matter who they are or how you feel about them you treat them with fairness and respect.
Integrity – a person's commitment to honesty and a willingness to do what’s right.
Perseverance – is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it until the end, even if it’s hard.
As an ‘outstanding’ school we have a proven track record of providing a high-quality education for young people, and we celebrate their academic and personal achievement with them and their families. The governors, staff, and parents are not, however, complacent and share a great ambition for the future of the school community.
At John Taylor High School we have exceptionally high standards in all respects. We strive to develop our students, who through determination and resilience, reach the best that they can be, in all they do. We insist on considerate behaviour which creates a safe and highly effective learning environment for all of the school community. We want our students to participate and seize every opportunity that the school has to offer.
Our motto here at John Taylor High School is ‘Turn up, work hard, be nice’, highlighting the important link between attendance and achievement. We want our students to be in school all the time and on time, so that they are not missing out on valuable learning opportunities. Sharing our high expectations with our students, ensuring that they are working hard and doing their best in all situations. Last, but not least – the importance of being nice. Our students are in a strong supportive community, based on mutually respectful relationships which will provide support, when needed to fulfil their potential.
John Taylor High School is at the centre of the John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust, and as a National Teaching and Research School, this provides us with access to a wide range of opportunities, all of which keep us at the forefront of innovation and most recent developments in teaching and learning. This continually enables us to develop classroom practice to ensure that our students have the best possible learning experience.
We are fully committed to preparing our young people to be thoughtful, capable, responsible citizens of the future. We believe in educating the whole child, and hopefully, this includes your child to enable them to leave school equipped for the opportunities and challenges of the fast-changing world.
We look forward to welcoming you to John Taylor High School.
Mrs K Cochrane
Head of School