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Practice and Procedures – Snow

It is our intention where possible to continue to open as normal during periods of inclement weather. We take our responsibilities to educate and care for young people seriously, and are aware of the impact on parents and carers if the school is closed at short notice.

However, careful assessment needs to be made about whether opening in snowy conditions is appropriate. There are several factors to consider. These include:

  • The severity of the weather at the time
  • The forecast and likelihood of an improvement or deterioration in the weather
  • The condition of the school site, and our ability to offer lessons as normal
  • Access to the school via local and regional roads for staff and pupils [Please note that significant numbers of pupils use local bus services, and as such the ability of the bus companies to offer a normal service is an important consideration]

We endeavour to provide parents with as much notice as we can. Our website ( is regularly updated during periods of poor weather. We also put notification about closure on our official Facebook page (“John Taylor High School Newsfeed”), on Twitter (@johntaylorhigh) and we send a text message to parents.

On days of potential difficulty due to snow, early inspection of the site is conducted and an initial decision is taken, dependent upon the above factors. Please note however this decision will be reviewed throughout the day as these factors are subject to change: the weather may deteriorate; the forecast may change; the ability of bus companies to operate may change or unforeseen other factors may impact on our ability to operate. Therefore we may be forced to close – even during the course of a school day. Again, we will always try to provide parents with as much notice as possible, and make every effort to ensure pupils and staff can leave the school and return home safely.

Sometimes these judgments are difficult. We appreciate your patience and understanding at these times.

J Twynham

Head of School


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Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School

Staffordshire county council have made a few changes to their guidance to schools, parents and carers regarding absence from school. The new guidance will come into force from 1 January 2018 and is detailed in a letter from Paul Senior Head of Education Vulnerable Learner Services 0-25 :

Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School

In addition, the Head of School at John Taylor, Mr James Twynham has issued a letter letter regarding:

Statutory Guidelines regarding leave of absence.

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Celebrating Outstanding A Level Results

Post 16 Open Evening, 12th October 2017 at 6.30pm. Join us to explore what it takes to achieve record breaking results.

Celebrating Outstanding A Level Results and Record Breaking Average Point Scores

Another outstanding year of A Level and BTEC results have been celebrated at John Taylor High School with over 56% of grades being achieved at A*, A or B. Early analysis has revealed that average point scores per student are the highest on record since the revised system.

John Taylor High School students outperform national data yet again:

Grade JTHS National results
A* 13% 8.3%
A *-A 30% 26 %
A *-B 56% 53.1%
A*-C 85% 77.4%

The students who aspired to Oxbridge are set to realise their ambition:

IMG_87677 students have successfully met the conditions of their offer from Oxford and Cambridge University. These include Imogen Clay (A*AA Philosophy), Hannah Jenkinson (A*A*A*A* Chemical Engineering); Kieran Mylrea (A*A*A*A* Natural Sciences); Emma Swift (A*A*A*A* Biomedical Sciences); Alexander Wakefield (A*A*AA Architecture); Daniel Wakefield (A*A*A*A* Architecture) and Amy Wilkinson (A*A*A*A* Natural Sciences).

A number of other students achieved exceptional results. They included John Crockett, Ryan Dingle, Bryony Hawkins and Roma Wylie (A*A*A*); Rebecca Kellaghan (A*A*A); James Kirke and William Gray (A*AAA); Holly Brandrick, Katie Burbridge and Francesca Cox (A*AA); Samuel Lippai (AAA) and at BTEC Level 3 Harvey Wedgbury (D*D*D*D); Charlotte Brookes, Charlotte Gillan, Caitlin Goodman, Anna Leason, Naomi Powell, Olivia Taylor, Megan Waddell, Cara Wilson, Toby Scarratt, Samuel Robinson and Alex Bradbury (D*D*D*); Kelsey Turner, James Bell and Hamzah Khalique (D*D*D); Thea Cummings (D*D*A); Tiana Roberts (D*DDD); William Smedley and Oliver Ford (D*DD) and Imaan Baig (DDD).

IMG_8775The intended destinations for these youngsters include Cambridge, Oxford, East Anglia, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield, York, Birmingham and Warwick, and their chosen subjects for study range from Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry through Physics, Engineering and Sciences, to Law, International Relations, Philosophy and Languages.

In total, 18 ‘A’ Level students attained 3 A-grades or more, and 21 BTEC students achieved triple “Distinction*/Distinction” awards – an increase on the previous year.

Mrs Spencer, Director of Post 16 said “We are very proud of this level of outstanding performance and these results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. Competitive universities and apprenticeship providers no longer base their judgements on academic performance alone. They want students to demonstrate a passion for their chosen subject. We encourage and equip our sixth formers to go well beyond an A level specification. This year’s students have been able to draw on their success in prestigious research placements, national competitions and on their extensive reading and independent research. We are also delighted with the achievement of individual students who have overcome personal difficulties or tragedies with the help of pastoral and support staff”.

“These achievements are testament to the incredible hard work and ability of our students”, said John Taylor’s Principal Mike Donoghue. “Comparisons with the results of last year, the first year of the new specifications with more challenging content and a different assessment regime, are largely positive – which has to be a cause of celebration.”

img_8789.jpg“We’ve seen nationally a considerable amount of turbulence in examination performance, and I note the news headlines today suggest that this year may be no different. But our students continue to perform very impressively.  We attribute this to their tenacity to succeed, and the highest expectations our staff have for them, coupled with incredible support from their families.  It’s no secret formula, but it’s a winning one. I firmly believe that there is nowhere better for Sixth Form studies in Staffordshire.

“It has been wonderful to see our students in school this morning, thanking the staff for their support, encouragement and expertise as they collect their results.  I would like to thank the ‘class of 2017’ for the massive contribution they have made to school life here at John Taylor.  They have been amazing, and I know that they will go on making a great difference to those with whom they study, work and socialise.

“We send them all our congratulations and every best wish for continued success in further study and employment.”

Prospective parents are invited to Open Evenings of October 12 for the sixth form and October 19 for Year 7

Anyone interested in joining the sixth form should email  Applications for 2017 are still being accepted.


Important: Our Telephone Numbers Are Changing!

Why are our numbers changing?

Staffordshire County Council (SCC) have decided to withdraw their telephony service to schools at the end of the current contract due to the diminishing role the Local Authority has within schools and academies. Unfortunately the school has never owned its own numbers and due to technical reasons SCC cannot transfer our existing numbers to the Trust’s chosen provider, Entrust Education.

All schools within who subscribe to the current SCC telephony service are in the same position as John Taylor high School.

When are our numbers changing?

Our numbers are due to change on the 4th August 2017 . The actual migration process will begin at 4:30pm on the previous day  and will be completed before 9am on the 4th August 2017.

What are our new numbers?

We have decided to publish our two main numbers for parents. Please update our contact information as soon as possible on or after 4th August 2017:

  • Main School Number: 01283 247800
  • Student Absence Line: 01283 247858

What happens if I phone the old school numbers after we have migrated?

If you contact the old main school number (01283 239300) after we have migrated you will be prompted to redial our new number. We have taken the decision not to auto forward calls to our new number as this does not encourage parents, suppliers and other contacts to update their details.

If you contact any other number after the migration you will hear silence; no dial tone or no line busy tone.

Are there any cost savings associated with the new system?

Yes. Due to John Taylor’s unique position in the Trust (JTMAT) we have been able to secure discounts that will reduce our on-going telephony costs by approximately £2 per handset per month combined with a comprehensive call package.


John Taylor MAT successful in free school bid

John Taylor MAT successful in free school bid

12th April 2017

The Department for Education has announced this morning that John Taylor MAT has been successful in its application to run the new free school being constructed in Tatenhill. Opening in September 2018, the school will serve 11-18 year-olds in the locality, particularly the new housing developments in and around Branston Locks.
The £30 million construction, the first secondary school to be built in Staffordshire for almost twenty years, was one of 131 new free schools announced in this latest wave of applications. It is amongst one of the largest approved and, once at full capacity, will have approximately 1600 students on its roll.


Mike Donoghue, CEO John Taylor MAT

CEO of the Trust, Mike Donoghue expressed his delight upon hearing the news: “It is both an amazing opportunity, and a deeply humbling honour to be given the privilege to lead the new school and help shape its community. As what will be the newest addition to our family of schools, we are committed to giving our all to make its children academically successful and personally well-rounded – young people that their parents, and we, can be proud of. The first steps on that journey started some time ago with our vision for the new school, and our pace will now quicken with this approval of our plans. Our application team have worked tirelessly towards today, and this is a much-deserved reward for their efforts. The group now becomes the delivery team, and I’m incredibly fortunate to be working alongside them. We have a busy time ahead!”

Chair of John Taylor MAT, Gareth Moss added:  “We are delighted that the achievements demonstrated within our existing schools have been reflected with this prestigious appointment to run the new school in Tatenhill. Our proposal was based on providing the best possible education to this new school and we look forward to being an integral part of the new community. The Trust and staff are delighted with this success and we will make the School one that we can all be proud of.

This achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all of the staff across the Trust and I would like to thank them for their determination to provide the best education possible for our pupils.”

The trust has been recording interest in the free school from prospective parents, prospective staff and the wider community via its website:

John Taylor Free School site

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Higher Education Presentation

All Year 12 parents and students are invited to attend a presentation on Tuesday 21st March at 6.30pm on Higher Education in the school hall. This is suitable for all students who are intending to apply to university or are unsure about their options. For further information please email