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Left to right: Philip White, Sue Plant (head teacher) and Mike Donaghue

New £30million high school reaches major milestone

Staffordshire County Council’s first new high school for over 25 years has reached a major construction milestone.

The roof of the 1550 place secondary school has been put into place, making the building water-tight for the first time.

Officers from Staffordshire County Council, Seddon Construction, Entrust, sponsors John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (JTMAT) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency were at the building site to mark the significant milestone in the building’s construction, which is due to open to pupils in September 2018.

The £30million school is being built in response to planned housing developments and an increasing birth rate in the Burton area, and around 3000 new secondary school places will be needed in the town over the next 15 years.

County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability said:

Construction on this brand new high school has been progressing extremely efficiently and it is very pleasing to be able to celebrate this significant milestone towards the school opening on time in September 2018.  We are proud to be building a school that will offer the very best facilities and learning for the local community and we will continue to work with Seddon and John Taylor as we look forward to welcoming the first students to the school next year.”

CEO of John Taylor MAT Mike Donoghue said:

After a rigorous bidding process, and a huge amount of collaboration with Staffordshire County Council, Seddon, and the ESFA, we are delighted to see our ambitions for the new school take one step closer to reality.  Applications from prospective parents continue to come in rapidly, and we look forward to sharing our vision and excitement for the new school at our forthcoming Open Evening on 10th October.
“Our website: www.johntaylorfreeschool.co.uk is receiving plenty of hits and, as the only place to apply, it is a must for anyone interested in the new school and securing a place with us.  With no catchment area, we look forward to applications from across the town and beyond.”