When Art Inspires a Creative Journey

An eminent career in journalism beckons for Bridgwater boy, Jack Taylor who recently contacted his Haygrove School art teacher, Mr Barry Heath, to say thank you for being one of the most impactful people in his life. Jack attended Haygrove School from 2010 – 2015 and opted to study Art as one of his GCSEs where he found the freedom to be creative, the confidence to ask questions and the capacity to explore his interests and passions.

Jack recalls that, “My favourite place was the art classroom. I always knew that no matter what I could escape to work on my sketch books or my final pieces for the GCSE exam. It was there I discovered politics, history and an understanding of the world beyond the school curriculum.”

After studying A Levels at Richard Huish College in Taunton, Jack went on to Durham University where he was actively involved in the student newspaper, ‘Palatinate’, becoming Editor in Chief in his final year. His name is now on a long list of previous editors including Jeremy Vine, George Alagiah, Hunter Davies and Harold Evans.

Work experience at The Telegraph and the Sunday Times, where he found himself in the midst of the 2019 election newsroom as Boris Johnson secured his landslide victory for the Conservative Party, was followed by a few years of successful freelance journalism and latterly working at Sky News reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. With such illustrious contacts already, Jack is convinced journalism is his future career and is currently studying for an Masters in Investigative Journalism at City University, London and in the final stages of hopefully securing a place on the prestigious Sunday Times Graduate Trainee Scheme where he will work at one of Britain’s most respected national newspapers alongside award-winning journalists. Already Jack is amongst the top 10 candidates out of an application pool of 500!

Speaking about his passion for journalism, Jack said, “I have been headhunted for other roles in communications or policy, but I am too drawn to journalism. I find the outcomes of journalism, of holding power to account or giving the voiceless a voice, are too rewarding to want to give it up for a different career.”

Jack Taylor Alumni Story

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