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John Taylor Pupils Rise to The Challenge of Newly-Graded GCSEs with More Top Grades Than Ever

John Taylor High School is celebrating the achievements of their year 11 pupils after receiving excellent results for their GCSE and BTEC courses. There has been a rise of almost 6% of grades attained at the two highest grades awarded compared with 2017 results. Almost a third of the results recorded by pupils at the school were at the new 9 to 7 grades (including A* or A for GCSE qualifications and D* or D for the BETC qualifications).

Under government reforms, GCSE grades for the majority of subjects are now awarded on a scale from U, being the lowest, to 9, being the highest. At John Taylor, 122 grade 9’s, 199 grade 8’s and 286 grade 7’s were achieved by the pupils. This represents a phenomenal return on the efforts of both the pupils and staff throughout the duration of the courses.
The school’s analysis indicates that, yet again, John Taylor have again significantly exceeded national expectations for progress. This shows that our young people do better by attending John Taylor High School than if they went elsewhere.
Many pupils gained outstanding results. Particularly noteworthy in this context are Benjamin Revill, Abigail Ramsey, Kate Silcock and Cara Williams all of who gained at least ten GCSEs at grade A*,8 or 9. Mai Mulvey, Oliver Turner, Jacob Catterall, Benjamin Fossett, Samuel Ehlen, Hannah Williams, Isobel Gurr and Osla Campbell gained at least eight GCSEs at these top grades.

Progress has been a key focus this year and has been exemplified by the terrific performance of pupils such as Jack Ashely who far exceeded his end of your targets. His story is not atypical at the school.
Jack said, upon opening his results, “It was a bit of a shock and surprise but a really nice feeling after all the hard work and persistence to achieve the grades I did.”

Interim Head of School, James Twynham is very proud of the achievements of the pupils this year.

Mr Twynham said: “We are really delighted with the results that the pupils have achieved this year. Like all schools, pupils and staff have had to step up to the challenge of the more rigorous and demanding qualifications that have been set by the exam boards. We are particularly proud of how well the school meets the needs of the most-able students and it is brilliant that the school continues to be seen as a high performing school.
“This is based on the simple but effective formula of high quality courses, taught well by expert staff, to hard-working students supported effectively by their families and our community.
“It is clear from these results that pupils can thrive in the learning environment that staff cultivate at John Taylor High School. We are matching pupils to the correct courses whilst retaining a broad and balanced curriculum that opens doors for the next stage in their lives. We are looking forward to continuing those relationships with the pupils who join us into our successful 6th Form. For all the pupils, however, I would like to congratulate them on their success and wish them the very best for their futures.”

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JTHS Celebrates Record Breaking A-Level Results

Students and staff at John Taylor High School have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have exceeded the success shown in previous years by increasing the percentage of grades achieved at A*-B to an impressive 63%. Additionally, 36% of all grades were achieved at A or A* compared with the national figure of 26.4%.
A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. They include Lucy Barlow (A*A*A, Georgia Bishop (A*AAA), Freya Cowie (AAA), Nathan Di Giorgi (A*A*AB), Jason Dierker (A*A*AA), Daniel Garforth (A*A*A*A), Rebecca Hand (A*AA), Lauren Harrington (A*A*A*B), James Haslam (A*AAB), Jacqueline Hollyhead (AAA), Alex Holmes (AAAB), Darcy Horler (AAA), Kingsley James (AAAB), Ryan Knight (A*A*AA), Ewan McMullen (A*AA), Jessica Robb (A*AAA), Harriet Smeeton(AAAB), Luke Tinning (A*AAB) and Harry Triptree (AAAB).
These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications where 76% of students achieved al least a Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone this year, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include: Jarred Evitts (D*D* and A*A in his two A-Levels), Abbie Marshall (D*D*D), Megan Gaunt (D*D*D*), Paige Haynes (D*DD), Tom Lacey (D*D*D* and an A at A-Level), Paras Panesar (DDDD), Poppy Talbot (D*D*D), Lydia Thacker (D*DD), Zoe Rippon (DDD and B in an A-Level), Rachael Sprason (DDD) and Rosie Warren (D*D*D).
A special mention goes to Tom Lacey who received a national commendation for his creativity in BTEC Art and Design.
Intended destinations for the Class of 2018 includes Oxford, Imperial College, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cardiff, Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham, Loughborough and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Biochemistry, Sports Management, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Business Management, Computer Science, Law, Theology and many more.
Several of our students have secured places on highly competitive degree and higher apprenticeship pathways on the back of their results. Catherine Jones, for example, has confirmed her apprenticeship within the Home Office whilst Ben Hodson-Walker will be pursuing Engineering with WSP Engineering.
Alison Spencer, Director of Post 16 said “We are very proud of this level of exceptional performance and the tenacity and resilience of all of our students; some of which have overcome very challenging personal circumstances this year. These results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. The combination of strong pastoral support, excellent teaching and opportunities to experience some ‘fun’ along the way has resulted in John Taylor students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”
“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said interim Head of School, James Twynham. “The school continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational Post 16 courses. Providing a broad curriculum to a diverse and large student body is central to our core beliefs and it is very satisfying to see them being successful.
“It is also very clear from these results that our focus on quality teaching by expert subject specialists, together with a culture of hard work and high expectations provide an environment where students can thrive and realise their full potential. With these qualifications, they have opened many and varied doors to life beyond John Taylor High School. This success is also down to the fantastic support the students receive from their parents and the wider community connected with the school. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their hard academic work, thank them for their contributions to the wider school community and wish them every success for their collective futures.”
A Level 2018 photo

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Evening 2018

On 29th April 2018, the Sir Bobby Robson Ballroom at St George’s Park hosted John Taylor High School’s annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening. The event provided an opportunity for parents, JTHS staff and DofE volunteers and leaders to join students from years 10 to 13 as they collected their awards. It was an amazing evening with 106 students receiving their Bronze Awards, 46 students receiving their Silver Awards and a very impressive 22 students receiving their Gold Awards. Gold Award recipients, Lizzie and Lorna expertly hosted the evening. An inspiring speech, given by Mr John McAvoy, taught students the importance of building a legacy that lasts by helping others.
As well as the main awards, two very special awards were presented. Year 11 student Lois received the Colin Kellett Memorial Award for outstanding contribution. Lois, who received her Silver Award, so impressed the leaders and volunteers by her determination and leadership qualities that the award, usually reserved for a Gold Award recipient, was presented to her. Lois also delivered a passionate account of how DofE has impacted so positively on her as an individual.
The second special award, the Holly Brown Memorial Award, was presented to Bronze Group 2 who were recognised by leaders in in having gone beyond what is usually expected of a team when completing their expeditions. Presented for the first time this year, this award has been introduced to remember Holly who tragically lost her life in July last year, the day before she was due to embark on her Bronze expedition. Holly was part of Group 2 and they completed their expedition in September and are deserved recipients of this award.
Fund-raising is a central part of the DofE programme in its aim to allow young people to support others less fortunate than themselves. This year has been no exception and it was with gratitude that £1000 raised in donations was presented to the Footprints Orphanage Charity in Kenya.
Whilst praise should go to the students for their amazing achievements, huge thanks must also go to Martin and Karen Hulbert and their team of volunteers. Without their unwavering support for the students and the hundreds of hours of time they commit each year to training the students, this valuable extra-curricular activity would not be possible. Thank you also to Mr Fogarty for his work in promoting DofE to our students in school.

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Sport Relief 2018

Following a week of Sport Relief related activities involving both pupils and staff, John Taylor High School has raised an incredible £4068.79!
Organised and supported by the Sporting Young Ambassadors and PE staff, a large number of events took place, including table tennis competitions, Young Ambassadors and staff cake sales, JT Strictly Come Dancing, a staff fitness session and the main event which was the Sport Relief Mile for all Key Stage 3 pupils during their lessons on the Friday of Sport Relief week.
Well done to everyone involved!

Cake Sale

JT Does Strictly Come Dancing

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Magistrates Mock Trial – April 2018


Magistrates Mock Trial

In March, a team of fifteen year 8 and Year 9 pupils took part in the regional heat of the Magistrate Mock Trial competition at Derby Magistrates’ Court. The competition aims to replicate a courtroom experience, with pupils taking the part of lawyers, witnesses, usher, legal adviser, magistrates and courtroom artists.

Our team was split into prosecution and defence teams and were given the details of a case to prepare: Sam Fenton, played by Harriet in Year 8, was accused of carrying a knife in a public area without due reason. Our prosecution lawyers, Louis and Laura set out to prove the case, using the statements of their prosecution witnesses Alex and Maisie who convincingly testified that Harriet’s character was definitely carrying a knife and was a huge danger to society. Defending Harriet, Isabelle and Eden set out a staunch defence using the witness statements for the characters played by Harriet and Katie.

On the day, our teams were pitched against opposing teams from other schools and they presented the cases in front of magistrates who were also judging their performance. Alice, as the Usher, ensured that the courtroom ran smoothly and according to protocol and Imogen, our Legal Advisor, expertly guided the magistrates on matters of law. Our magistrates – Charlotte, Katie and Hannah – sat with a real magistrate and at the conclusion of the case, debated the outcome, eventually delivering a verdict based on the evidence they had heard.

On the day, our team were narrowly beaten into second place, but they should all feel really proud of themselves for the immense hard work that went in to preparing for the day and for their poise, confidence and coolness under fire in an adversarial courtroom setting. They really were a credit to themselves and to JTHS. The judges commented on how well they had practised and on the professionalism of their performance. Next year, we will be returning to win!

In the meantime, Charlotte and Emily have been entered into a national competition for their artistic impressions of the courtroom, and we eagerly await the results, which should be announced in May.

We would also like to thank Mrs Richardson, JTHS governor and local magistrate, who arranged a trip for the team to the court prior to the event and very generously gave her time to watch the team practise and to share her expertise with the team.

Ms J Budge

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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.