New St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School headteacher John Taylor looks forward to new era

Education: Secondary / Wed 10th May 2023 at 08:54am

AFTER twenty one years at St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School, John Taylor has reached the pinnacle of his career by becoming the school’s fifth headteacher in 57 years.

Everyone you speak to regarding Mr Taylor will make reference to his quiet authority but also his dedication to the school.

Mr Taylor is aware of the legacy he inherits from Mr O Shea in the sixties and seventies to the much-loved Ms Heaphy who leaves in July.

Mr Taylor said: “The school is a partnership between those who were here in the past, those here now and those yet to be.

“My responsibility is to ensure the school is true to its values and its ethos whilst striving to be an outstanding institution.

“Ultimately, this is a life changing mission to educate and improve chances for students and their families”.

Mr Taylor inherits a number of great opportunities such as the new building earmarked for the school but also challenges as the Ofsted report pointed out: the sixth form requires improvement.

But as this interview shows, Mr Taylor is already putting the building blocks in place for a great future for the school.

Finally, some people say Mr Taylor is not the man he was. That’s because he has recently shed several stone and is seen most Saturday mornings running round the Harlow parkrun! Not only that, he cycles there and back!

The YourHarlow editor couldn’t catch up with Mr Taylor at the parkrun so he went up to Tripton Road to speak to Mr Taylor and discuss his vision for the future.

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6 Comments for New St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School headteacher John Taylor looks forward to new era:

Deborah Cruickshank
2023-05-10 16:16:10

Congratulations John, I carry fond memories of my time teaching at St Marks - at the time you were Head of 6th form! Fantastic to see a long term member of staff taking this role. A great sense of continuity for this wonderful community.

Clair Humphrey
2023-05-10 18:29:14

So pleased for Mr Taylor so well deserved I can’t think of a better person to take on the baton from Mrs Heaphy. He was amazing as a teacher and deputy when both my children attended St Marks, so personable and always asked about the my son when he left and went to uni. St Marks are lucky to have Mr Taylor

2023-05-10 19:28:05

Congrats, Sir! You were a fantastic Head of Sixth Form when I was there.

2023-05-10 19:47:36

Great news! I remember Mr Taylor as being incredibly supportive of the Sixth Form students; he seemed to know what each individual student was studying and would ask us about how we were getting on. He also has a brilliant sense of humour. Very pleased!

Bruce Downey
2023-05-11 16:28:34

Harlow education is on a upward curve, schools are being rebuilt and upgraded, Passmores Academy a fine example, and good teachers being promoted.

Luke Burton
2023-05-11 23:32:04

I am sure St Marks is a fine school, but where does its sixth form fit in when SFG is opening an sixth form designed to compete with high-performing schools in Bishop's Stortford? Surely those students wishing to pursue a further education in a sixth form environment will pick what's academically the best - i.e. those schools across the border or SFG.

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