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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



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


Y7 & Y8 girls indoor athletics competition

On the Thursday 24th November 16 Y7 and Y8 girls took part in an indoor athletics competition at Robert Sutton. There were a variety of schools taking part which made the competition very intense. Both Y7 and Y8 took part in various track and field events, but at different times. Both teams were doing well, but it was the final relay that decided the overall positions! Considering it was Y7s’ first time taking part in this event, they did extremely well, placing third overall, taking home some medals. Congratulations to Y8 who absolutely smashed it winning the event, bringing back some silverware, and qualifying for the next round. Well done to all the girls who took part.

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Sports Talent Inspiration Programme

picture7Each year a number of pupils are put forward, by the JTHS PE department, for the Staffordshire Sports Talent Inspiration Programme.  Last year Y9 pupil, and keen badminton player, Ethan Dalley was lucky enough to be selected and has since attended several events.  The events are intended to inspire young athletes, provide advice on fitness, psychology, nutrition, funding and much more.  The events so far have included meeting Craig Heap, Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics, a motivational talk, sports psychology, presenting awards, a fitness measuring day at Staffordshire University and an evening with Olympians Ian Marsden and Joe Clarke

picture6We asked Ethan what was his best experience on this Programme; “I feel really lucky to have been asked to participate; my best experience during this program was listening to the talk by Craig Heap on how to keep calm and focus when competing.  He said that he had worked with a coach called Steve Peters, who had written a book called the Chimp Paradox. This book was about when you play a sport and when you get annoyed or when you’re not focused that it’s not you playing your sport it’s another part of your brain and chimps also have this part of the brain giving the book it’s title.  When I got back home I decided to buy the audio book.  This book has helped me enormously in understanding the psychology of competitive sport”


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Success in Maths

We started off this academic year with a focus on sixth form enrichment….

On Tuesday 11th October some of our female mathematicians took part in the UKMT Girls Olympiad.  This was a two and a half hour test that consisted of five questions.  They all had a good attempt at the questions and it was great to see them having a go.  This is a great chance for them to see some very challenging questions that do not rely on being taught anything above what they have already learnt but rather the ability to apply their Mathematical skills.  Well done to Amy Wilkinson, Hannah Jenkinson and Emma Swift of Y13 and well done to Lauren Harrington, Cathryn Dunicliff and Sama Chaudhary of Y12.

Our next event was the Senior Maths UKMT individual challenge.  This year there were entrants from 2,000+ schools across the country.  29 students from John Taylor took part in the challenge and of those 25 managed to score high enough to get a certificate.  Certificates are given out to the top 60% of entrants.  Well done to everyone who took part.  Special congratulations to the four students who went to represent the school at the TEAM Challenge.  Well done, Amy Wilkinson, Hannah Jenkinson, Lauren Harrington and Soran Nokes.


Gold Certificates

  • Harry Stuart (Y11)
  • Hannah Jenkinson (Y13)
  • (BEST IN YEAR13)

Silver Certificates

  • Soran Nokes (Y12)
  • (BEST IN YEAR 12)
  • Amy Wilkinson (Y13)
  • Ryan Dingle (Y3)
  • Emma Swift (Y13)
  • Edward Martin (Y13)
  • Lauren Harrington (Y12)
  • John Crockett (Y13)
  • Kieran Mylrea (Y13)
  • Henry Stubbs (Y11)
  • Samuel Jackson (Y12)
  • James Kirke (Y13)

Bronze Certificates

  • Joel Yates (Y13)
  • James Ruttley (Y12)
  • Anna Franklin (Y11)
  • Rowan Senior (Y13)
  • Ben Gilmore (Y11)
  • Amelia Beresford (Y11)
  • James Haslam (Y12)
  • William Gray (Y13)
  • Paul Moughtin-Leay (Y12)
  • Niamh Webb (Y11)
  • Joseph Todd (Y13)
  • Katie Burbridge (Y13)