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248 Road Closure

Dear Parent / Carer,

We have been informed by Derbyshire County Transport that a road closure will be operating on the 248 route from next Monday for a week. County Transport have agreed a diversion route with Viking Coaches and the service will start 5 minutes earlier than normal. 

This will only affect students at the start of the route. Other students will be collected at their usual time. Please see the attached letter for more details.

With best wishes

Mr J Twynham
Deputy Head of School

Servive 248 road closure letter

Message to Parents 02.05.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to communicate the following information to you:

Year 7 and 11 Rooming

As you may be aware our Year 11 students will be entering an assessment period on Tuesday. As a result of the rooming to allow for this, our Year 7 students will be moving from their current classrooms in J Block to the main school building. This will be a real positive for our students as it will allow them to have some lessons in specialist rooms e.g. Science Labs and finally see some more of the school site! Seating plans will be adapted accordingly to ensure our Track and Trace system continues to work effectively. These changes will be implemented in the week commencing 3rd May and will continue throughout the three-week period. Students will continue to have breaks and lunches in their current zoned areas.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to say how impressed we have been with the resilience that the students have shown and we know they will continue to take these changes in their stride. 

Year 11 will be moving to the J-Block classrooms for their assessments. They will also move to the field and covered area for their social times. Year 12 will move to the tennis courts.

Year 11 arrangements during the next few weeks

Parents of students in Year 11 will receive a letter shortly detailing additional arrangements for year 11 following their assessment window.

Tick-Tock Video

It is disappointing to report that a trend first seen on Tick-Tock has made its way into JTHS. Unfortunately, damage has been caused where students have used the ear loops on face masks to cut through plastic chairs in some classrooms. We are replacing the damaged chairs, but we would like parents to know that if there are any further examples of this wilful damage and lack of respect for our school environment, we will use the seating plans to identify students and seek reimbursement from parents.

Eid 2021

We are fast approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and with it the celebration of Eid, please can we ask that any parents who intend for their children to remain off school to celebrate Eid notify us in advance.

Please email Mrs Keeling l.keeling@jths.co.uk (years 7-11) or Miss Spurrier a.spurrier@jths.co.uk (6th Form) with the student’s name, year and form group. In your email state clearly that you intend for your child to be absent to celebrate Eid.

We know that there will not be a clear date for Eid until closer to the 12th May but once you know which day your child will not be attending again please email and keep us informed.

We hope to provide as little disruption to Eid celebrations as possible however if you do not notify us in advance we will follow normal attendance and safeguarding procedures and will be contacting you regarding your child’s absence. If we are unable to contact you on the day this may result in your child absence being recorded as unauthorised.

We would like to wish you a very pleasant Bank Holiday weekend. We will see the students back in school on Tuesday.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Year 11 Trip to Alton Towers

Dear Parents/Carers

Please click on the following link to see letter giving full information on Year 11's trip to Alton Towers and arrangements for their final week.

Year 11 Arrangements and Alton Towers Trip Letter

Regards

Upper School Office

Duke of Edinburgh Letter

Dear Parents

Please see attached letter for year 9 students:

DofE_Bronze_Y9_April_2021.pdf

Please note, this has been resent as some parents didn't receive the attached letter, sent via ParentPay last week.  

Kind regards

JTHS

Message to Parents 16.04.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope you have enjoyed a break with your families over the Easter period. This term we hope to be able to bring back elements of the school experience that we have been unable to offer due to COVID restrictions.

The Government released updated guidance on the 6th April in relation to the wearing of face coverings in schools.  Having undertaken their review the Government has said that secondary age pupils should continue to wear face masks when in school, where they cannot socially distance at 2m.  As such we will continue to require students to wear face masks on their way to morning registration, as they transition in corridors and in indoor social spaces, in lessons and on their way out of school at the end of the day. This is in addition to face masks being worn on all forms of school transport. The Government has suggested the need to wear face coverings in school is likely to be removed as part of ‘Step 3 of the Road Map’ due to come into force on the 17th May 2021. We will update you on this nearer the time.

We are looking forward to welcoming the students back for the summer term on Monday 19th April. Please can you ensure that you have reviewed the behaviour and uniform expectations as set out in our two previous communications. We anticipate your support with this during the term.

Please ensure that students continue to complete the LFD testing using the kits provided on a twice weekly basis (Monday and Thursday mornings).

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Message to Parents 01.04.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

We wrote to you this time last year at the start of, what we thought would be, a short period of national lockdown. So much has happened in the past year. Our school community has experienced a huge range of emotions during the last 12 months and we have all been affected to different degrees but the generosity of spirit that our community possesses has not wavered. As we move into our Easter holiday, we would like to share some information with you.

LFD Testing

Please can we ask that you continue to test your children using LFD test on a twice weekly basis on a Monday and Thursday morning. Results should be sent to TestRegister and the Government test register. Please report any positive PCR results to covidpositive@jths.co.uk

The attached document has been provided by Staffordshire County Council to help with decision you may need to make should you suspect a case of COVID in your household.

School testing flow chart

Covid Testing Letter from Staffordshire County Council

We have been asked to share the following letter with you from the Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council. We would also like to pass on our thanks to for the fantastic support you give to us as a school, and to your children.

SCC School letter 26.03.21

Traffic Congestion on Dunstall Road

Due to the location of the school, traffic congestion occurs at the start and end of the school day. Please can we ask parents to be considerate of other road users to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible during these times.

Return to school - uniform

Upon return to school, we hope that the weather will be better as we move into the summer. As such, we are asking that students do not wear outdoor coats in lessons, unless they are given specific permission by the member of staff if it is too cold. The standard expectation is that students will wear their blazers over their shirts and ties. A plain, black jumper will be permitted under the blazer, but this must be logo free and not a hoodie.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

From September, we will be replacing our current PSHE programme with a new RSHE curriculum that is based on the statutory requirements as set out by the Government. We would like to garner input from yourselves about its content. Please see the attached Curriculum Map. We are using this as a starting point and would welcome any feedback you may have about the proposed content. We will speak to the students in the summer term. Content will be delivered through tutor period, morning registration and bespoke drop-down sessions (Year 11). If you have any comments to make, please forward these to the following email address: rsheconsultation@jths.co.uk.  This consultation period will close on 14th May 2021.

RSHE Consultation Information

Finally, we would like to wish you all a very happy Easter holiday. We hope that you are able to spend some quality time with friends and family. We would like to ask that students in all year groups continue to be mindful of the hands, space, face recommendations in order to reduce the risk of having to ask any students to self-isolate, especially those in examination years.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Message to Parents 27.03.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we move into the final week of the school term, we would like to share the following messages with you.

Year 11, 12 and 13 Exam Board Assessments – Process

We have issued detailed instructions to parents and students to those who would have been participating in the summer exam series this year. These instructions detail the process the school will use to assign Teacher Assessed Grades to the students. As part of this, we have scheduled an assessment window beginning in early May. All the information students and parents will need can be found on the link below. We will be issuing an assessment timetable very shortly.

https://johntaylorhigh.schoolzineplus.co.uk/news?nid=146

LFD Testing Kits

This week we have issued additional LFD testing kits to the students who have consented to carrying out the tests at home. The students now have sufficient testing kits to continue to test during the Easter Holidays. This is at the request of central government. Please can we remind you to undertake these tests twice a week on Monday and Thursday mornings. We would like to express our gratitude for how well this process has been supported by yourselves and for submitting your results in a timely manner. We have noticed that the buttons for recording positive and negative results are very close together. Please take care when inputting results. If you do make an error, please do let us know as soon as possible via covidpositive@jths.co.uk.

Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing

We have been asked by the local health and protection team to recommend to families that, in the event anyone tests positive for COVID-19 using an LFD home test or is symptomatic, all members of the household should book a PCR test. Additionally, please do not use the LFD kits as a confirmatory test. They are specifically produced to identify asymptomatic cases.

Behaviour Expectations

We acknowledge that the transition of returning to school following the three-month national lockdown has proven to be challenging for some students. It is essential for all students work with staff to maintain the standards of behaviour we expect from our students at John Taylor High School. In response to the national pandemic, we have had to adapt some of the expectations we have of our students. The link below details these addendums to our behaviour for learning procedures. We thank you in advance for supporting any decisions we make in school.

John Taylor High School (jths.co.uk)

We hope that you have a good weekend.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team.

248 Bus

Two separate buses are collecting this route this morning. Please can Rosliston and Coton pupils wait at their stops until it arrives.

Message to Parents 20.03.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to apologise for the late sending of this week’s message however, we have just a couple of messages to share with you today.

LFD Testing at home

Thank you for supporting your children with completing their LFD testing. Please can we ask that students complete their home LFD testing ideally on Monday morning and Thursday evening? The reason for this is that it will support the 48 hour in-school track and trace process and identification of close contacts.

We would also like to remind parents that the home testing is to help identify any positive, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. They should not be seen as a confirmatory test if an individual is displaying symptoms. If your child displays any of the main or precautionary symptoms, you must book a PCR test at a local authority test site and they must not attend school until the result of this test is confirmed as negative.

By way of reminder, the symptoms indicative of COVID-19 are:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

Precautionary symptoms may include headaches, aches and pains, feeling very tired for no good reason, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, sometimes tummy ache.

Awarding of Qualification Grades

We will confirm the process that we will use to award grades for the summer exam series very shortly. We want to ensure clarity of the process for both students, parents and staff.

We hope that you are all well and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Bus Route 004

We have been told that the bus has broken down. as such, there will be a 30 min delay on this route this morning. Many thanks