Entrust Design State of the Art New High School

Staffordshire’s first brand new high school for nearly 30 years has opened to pupils for the first time. The £30 million John Taylor Free School in Tatenhill, Burton, has opened its doors to 210 year 7 pupils.

“I am delighted that we are opening with a full cohort and a waiting list for places. It demonstrates that parents want an education for their child which is based on both academic success and personal growth. JTMAT has a strong track record of excellence and we will continue this at John Taylor Free School.”

Sue Plant - Headteacher John Taylor Free School

The school has taken two years to build and features a specially-built dance studio with a sprung floor, drama studio, outdoor changing pavilion, sports hall, state-of-the-art science rooms and a large Learning Resource Centre including the library. The school has been designed and project-managed by Entrust, built by Seddon construction, and funded by Staffordshire County Council and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The school will eventually accommodate 1550 pupils including 6th form and is part of plans by Staffordshire County Council to add around 7,900 primary and secondary school places over the next five years, at an estimated cost of £151 million

Over the past five years, Entrust (a joint venture business between Capita and Staffordshire County Council) has supported the county council to add nearly 8000 primary and secondary school places by designing and project managing numerous refurbishments, extensions and new school builds. This investment from Staffordshire County Council has meant the majority of parents have been allocated the school of their choice at both a primary and secondary level.