- JTHS named 'best school in Staffordshire'
- Remote Prizegiving 2020
- Exam results 2020 - Letter to parents - 13th July 2020
- School buses - Staffordshire County Council letter to parents
- Summer Career Resource Pack
- Instrumental music lessons in September
- Art Wow wall week 13
- Year 11, 12 & 13 - Virtual Careers event
- New Sporting Young Ambassadors.
- Pink Lady Food Photographer of the year 2021
- Y9 - English Task and Resources
- Y10 - English Resources
- Maths Summer websites
We are delighted to share the following article from Derbyshire Live with details of the recent announcement form the 'Real Schools Guide 2020' naming John Taylor High School as the best secondary school in Staffordshire. We are so proud of our whole community in achieving this accolade.
'One community, striving for personal excellence'
Tuesday 14th of July would have seen a number of students from across the school receive their awards at our annual whole-school presentation evening. This year that was obviously not going to be possible to host the event. However, we were not willing to compromise on recognising and celebrating the effort and achievements of JTHS students throughout this year. Those recognitions range from ethos, community engagement and leadership awards, to community services, sporting and academic successes. As a result Mrs Davies, Mrs Kirkpatrick and Miss Redfern formed a great team to pull together the nominations, awards, medals, vouchers, prizes so that we were able to post these to students and create positive end to the term for award winners. Prizes were distributed last week and this week nominating staff members have called home to offer the praise that they would have provided, were they able to attend in person. A PowerPoint of all award winners and prizes can be viewed on the link below, along with a brief well-wish video and congratulations from our ‘remote guest-speaker’ Ama Agbeze, Captain of the 2018 Commonwealth Gold-Medal Winning netball team.
Our thanks go out to all organisations that support with the running of this event and have continued to do so this year, with a special thanks to the Dunstall Key Trust and Draper’s for their awards for students. The final thanks must be reserved for our dedicated staff, including teaching, learning support, pastoral and support staff who have continued to work tirelessly in school and at home to support students and their learning – it has been a real team effort! Thank you.
Congratulations to all award winners in 2020 and we look forward to seeing you all in September.
*This is a PowerPoint presentation including audio and a video link
Dear students and parents/carers,
2020 has proved to be a very challenging year in many ways, none more so than the uncertainty around exam results and how they will be calculated. Earlier in the year we sent you information from Ofqual about the process that all school would be asked to go through in order to submit grades and rankings for all students to the relevant exam boards. This full updated guidance can be viewed on these links:
As a school we have followed all guidance implicitly and have submitted all required information to the relevant exam boards for them to complete their standardisation procedures. In order to provide a little more information about exam results in 2020, including the arrangements for results days, we have created the following newsletter including a small number of useful articles. Please note that arrangements for exam results days have also been posted out to you.
We are hopeful that the summer results are no more stressful than usual and have attempted to prepare to address any concerns you may have with regards to collecting results in the current situation as well as understanding your options once receiving them. This will largely follow our usual model.
Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any further questions.
Mr J Blanchenot
Deputy Head of School
To help keep you stimulated over the summer break, the Careers Team have summarised lots of different courses that you could complete and websites that you may want to explore further to find out about different careers. We hope you find this useful.
Instrumental music lessons will start again, face to face, in September for students in Key Stage 4 and 5 only.
We will update you as soon as we can regarding lessons for KS3 students.
Dear Y11, Y12 and Y13 students,
On the 7th and 8th August, What Career Live and What University Live, are hosting a virtual Careers event instead of their usual shows at the NEC. In the past students from John Taylor have attended these events and have given very positive feedback on the impact it had on their career choices.
The virtual event will be a highly engaging online experience, replicating the physical event format. Students will be able to speak to universities and companies to get all the information they need to make a decision about their future.
Places are limited so in order to register for this event click on the link below:
Once registered, you will receive your login details via email closer to the event.
If you have any questions then contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Do you enjoy food and photography? Then enter this open competition.
Why should I Enter?
What should I Enter?
Look at the following website for categories of food photography you might enter You will find some amazing inspiration on the following link
Perhaps a starting point for your image making could be ‘Food on the table’ or Pink Lady Apple a day award
You will have the opportunity to see your work displayed at a prestigious gallery to be announced shortly, giving your work free high profile exposure. This is intended to help publicise your creativity, and encourage and inspire others to develop their skills in food photography for the following year.
Your image will be appreciated by some of the leading figures in the photography and food industries during the judging process
A dedicated page will be added to our website showing an in depth profile of the overall winner featuring the winning image
You will receive a dedicated press release promoting your image to international photography and food media
Your hard work and creativity will be credited wherever the image is used and will be seen by millions of people across the globe
Register An Account
For entry into the Junior Categories, the entrant must be 17 years or younger on the closing date. For entry into the Adult categories the entrant must be 18 years or older on the closing date
Entry to the Young (under 18) categories is free of charge. A maximum of five entries may be submitted to the Young (under 18) categories.
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Donna Evans - John Taylor High School
To support students with their GCSE studies next year in English, the English Department has set a Summer Engagement task which is included below as well as in the 'summer learning' newsletter to be published before the end of term. All students are expected to complete the tasks and submit them to their English teacher in September.
You will also find a second document attached with some important information regarding the GCSE set texts.
In September, your son or daughter will continue their studies of English Language and Literature and we would like to share some resources that they might find useful. On the attached document, we have recommended some texts, DVDs and media clips and the ISBN numbers of their set texts.
As a school we subscribe to MyMaths (www.mymaths.co.uk school login: taylor, school password: square) and Century Tech (www.century.tech pupils have their own login - Please check that they can access this website before the Summer break and email their teacher if they need their password to be reset). All pupils will have used them either during remote learning or when at school during their Maths lessons. Should during the Summer your child wishes to do a little bit of Maths can I suggest they log onto these websites and take a look.
Century Tech has “learning nuggets” that appear at the top of the students Century Tech homepage in their “recommended path”. Century Tech is a great resources as it learns what are the students strengths and areas for development, the artificial intelligence then places appropriate topics to work through on the pupils homepage, with videos, notes and then questions to try, this is a great independent learning tool. The more time you spend on it the more tailored to your needs it becomes. This website does work best if you use Chrome.
MyMaths has easy to navigate resources on all topics as well as some engaging mathematical games. Try a homework task on any topic you have covered, or have a go at tasks from the KS3 or GCSE revision packs (under ‘Revision & Assessment’ on the left hand side).
Below are also other useful websites you may wish to look at which do not require a login:
Try a 5-a-day sheet for a quick task (5 levels available from grades 1 to 9) or have a look at the Conundrums if you like a good Maths puzzle! If you are in Year 10 have a go at the practice papers or the worksheets if you want something more topic specific.
A great website for Maths puzzles, they have created separate sections of their site for tasks suitable to do at home:
We want all students to have a restful Summer, but if they do want to do a little bit of Maths, these are excellent resources.
We look forward to supporting and continuing your childs Mathematical journey in September.
The JTHS Maths Department.