Our Governors

Maggie Tate

Safeguarding and Vulnerable Students
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Maggie Tate retired 3 years ago from her post as Senior Deputy Head at a secondary school in Staffordshire. During this time she worked closely with the National Forest Teaching School. Maggie is passionate about securing improvement in schools and since her retirement has successfully worked closely with two challenging Birmingham schools. Within the community Maggie serves as a Magistrate in the Criminal Courts and has just been appointed to the Family Bench. She also volunteers at the local branch of Citizens Advice. In her spare time Maggie likes to play golf and enjoys walking with her two dogs and friends. Six grandchildren also keep her on her toes!

Stephanie Turner

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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

Numeracy Across the Curriculum

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

Literacy Across the Curriculum

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.

Peter Robinson – Staff Governor

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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

Research Led Practice

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 2021-2022

JTFS Transparency Document 2020-2021


We are Recruiting!

We are recruiting a variety of leadership and teaching roles across all subjects.

To find out more, click here!

Leadership for 2022

13 Dec 2021

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been advertising and then interviewing for the Student Leadership Team at JTFS.  We are looking for dedicated and hard working young people who can demonstr...

Our wonderful JTFS Community

30 Mar 2021

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." I have received some lovely emails in the last week from members of our local community com...

Exploring the importance of "R"

05 Feb 2021

Our STRIPE approach to the curriculum is very important to us and as Children's Mental Health week draws to a close, I thought it was a good time to explore the R; reflective and resilient learner. Ju...

That thing that can't be done

08 Jan 2021

As I was preparing for the start of the new term, I thought very carefully about what messages I wanted to give to staff on the first day back. Over the Christmas holidays, it felt like the expectatio...

The JTFS Community Spirit

01 Dec 2020

"It takes a village to raise a child" This quote is usually attributed to an African proverb and suggests that an entire community of people must interact with a child in order for them to grow up in...

Back to School – in a whole new way this year!

04 Sep 2020

The start of term is always exciting. New equipment, uniforms, shiny shoes, and a sense of new beginnings. This week has been a challenging start to term but a great one too. It felt like such a long...

Let's reset the sail

09 Jul 2020

After 4 months of working remotely, we are now preparing to welcome our students back into school.  It feels like a long time coming.  When we first went into lockdown, we thought it might b...

Leading By Laptop

20 May 2020

Leading by Laptop Is definitely not my style. I am a people person. I like to see people, talk to them face to face. Until last month, I only sent emails when absolutely necessary, held meetings whe...

Let's just take the next step

20 Mar 2020

As a headteacher, there are times when you are faced with challenges.  Sometimes it is about a lesson that hasn’t worked out, a set of examination results that weren’t as expected or...

We have saved you a seat...

07 Feb 2020

We have started our new recruitment round at JTFS and as I have written before, I always find it an interesting and exciting part of being a Head. The privilege of talking about the school, the commu...