- All - Communication with School
- Y11 - Easter revision programme
- All - Message from the Head Teacher regarding Barton Bowls Club
- All - School Drop Off and Pick Up
- All - Volunteers needed for Employability Skills Workshop.
- All - Hollie Guard
- All - Safer Internet Day
- PTA - Fun Quiz Night Fundraiser
- PTA Quiz - Appeal for Raffle Prizes
- Y13 - Parents Evening - 5th February 2020
- Y11 - Parents Evenings
- Y11 - National Citizen Service (NCS)
- Y11 - Post 16 Options
- Y11 - GCSE English Revision
- Y11 - GCSE Food Prep & Nutrition deadlines
- Y10 - Iceland Trip
- Y10 - Maths Tests
- Y8 - Maths Test Tuesday 28th January
- Y8 - PGL Trip
- All - Harry Potter Book Night 4th February 2020
- All - Author Visit
- All - Bugsy Malone rehearsals during February half term
- All - Lichfield Literature Festival
- All - SZapp update for iPhones
- All - Snow Closure Procedure
As per our mobile phone procedures, pupils should not be using their mobile phones to contact parents during the day. Any contact with parents must come through the school, and pupils should see the relevant school officers to facilitate this. Unfortunately we have had a number of incidents recently where parents have arrived to collect their child and the school has been unaware of any contact. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
We will be running a programme of Easter revision sessions for selected subjects. Those that choose not to do one will be completing sufficient amounts of exam preparation during their curriculum time. We will be publishing the timetable and more details for this after half term.
Please be aware that Barton Bowls and Social Club is private property and is out of bounds to students during school hours. In addition, unauthorised individuals who enter the premises during ‘none trading hours’ will be monitored on CCTV and reported to the police.
Mrs K Cochrane
Drop-Off Before and Pick-up After School
Please can we ask that parents and carers who are dropping off before school or collecting pupils after school are mindful of other road users? The roads around the school do get very busy and we have had one or two near misses with our pupils, particularly given that it is quite dark at these times at the moment. Additionally, we would ask that cars are parked within the normal road regulations. Please do not wait for pupils where there is a zig-zig marking on the road outside of the school.
Thank you for your support with this.
On the 2nd March 2020, our Year 10 and 12 students will take part in employability skills interviews as part of their Careers Programme at John Taylor High School. This is a vital step in our students journey towards employment and this for many, will be their first ever interview with a professional. The aim is for all students to gain an insight into how they should prepare for an interview as well as conduct themselves during the process.
With over 300 students to interview, we need lots of people to interview the students and for that reason we would like to invite parents and friends of the school to volunteer their services for the day.
The interviews will take place in the training centre from 9.30 am until 3.40 pm with a break for refreshments at 11.10 am and lunch at 1.10 pm. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a buffet lunch will of course be provided for all those who volunteer on the day.
We would be delighted if you could join us for the whole day however if you cannot attend for the whole day then we would be more than happy to welcome for either the morning or the afternoon if preferred.
Please contact me via my email email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.
Mr C. Knight
Hollie Guard App and Consent.
Please find attached information from Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board in relation to Consent and an app which helps keep men, women, boys and girls safe.
Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 11th February. Students will be marking this in school with assemblies led by their Heads of Year. To support parents in ensuring internet safety resources are available using the following link.
We have also attached for you a range of posters to support parents with Social Media. These guides have been created by the Online Safety Alliance.
It would be wonderful to see a hall full of people on 24th January!! It will be something to look forward to post-Christmas and is a great way to raise funds for our school.
Year 13 Parents Evening is scheduled for Wednesday 5th February 2020. Your child will be given a paper booking sheet by their form tutor which they will then use to book 5 minute appointment slots with each member of staff. Please make sure your child knows what times are convenient for you to attend. It is advisable to leave 5 minute gaps between each appointment to ensure you can move between different rooms.
We have two calendared Parents’ Evenings for our Year 11 cohort these are scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rd January and Tuesday 28th January 2020. You will only be required to attend one of the Parents’ Evenings and this is determined by half year group population that your child is part of.
- If your child has Core PE on a Friday Period 1 and Period 2 you will be required to attend the parents evening on Thursday 23rd January 2020.
- If your child has Core PE on a Friday Period 3 and Period 4 you will be required to attend the parents evening on Tuesday 28th January 2020.
Please check your child’s timetable on Go4Schools.
Your child will be given a paper booking sheet by their form tutor, they will then use this to book 5-minute appointment slots with each member of staff. Please make sure your child knows what times are convenient for you to attend. It is advisable to leave 5 minute gaps between each appointment to ensure you can move between different rooms.
NCS have been into an assembly this week to publicise their summer programme for Year 11. Ask your son or daughter about the about the visit. This is a fantastic volunteering opportunity which takes place over 4 weeks after the GCSE exams finish. There are a range of dates available and the cost is heavily subsidised. Interested students took a form away frmo the assembly.
In order to make sure you get your son or daughter's place reserved you should:
1. Visit https://wearencs.com/ to find out more and get signed up, or
2. Return the form with cash payment on Year 11 parents evening on Thursday 23rd or Tuesday 28th January. NCS will have a stand at both of these events.
3. Alternatively, you can return the form and tick card payment to receive a call from them or they can take a card payment on the evening.
More details can be found in the following letter from NCS:
Post 16 Decisions
Following a series of assemblies, open evenings and taster lessons last term, all Year 11 students have discussed with their Tutors the pathway that they wish to choose for their Post 16 studies. This information is being collated and will be communicated at the start of next month. As part of this communication, parents will be offered three different methods to discuss these options e.g. face to face meeting, telephone call or a return slip to confirm that the options are correct. Please can I confirm that current students DO NOT need to complete an application form to join our Sixth Form.
Year 11 are now beginning a detailed programme of revision for their English Language and Literature exams. Students will also have a series of mock exams on their literature texts over the next term.
Please refer to the schedule attached for details.
***GCSE FOOD PREPARATION & NUTRITION****
NEA 2: British Cuisines
35% of your GCSE
Section A: 15.11.2019
Section B: 13.12.2019
Section C: 17.01.2019
Section D: 24.01.2020
Section E: 14.02.2020
A reminder that the Y10 Iceland trip meeting for parents is on Thursday 30th January from 6pm - 7pm in the school hall. Please bring a photocopy of your child's passport with you.
All Year 10 students will have a Maths test in their lesson on Thursday 6th February, based on the topics they have covered so far this year. Students will need to bring their own calculator for the test, these are available through ParentPay if needed. Students will be provided with a copy of the attached revision list and given suggestions on how to prepare for the test. AQA revision guides are also available through ParentPay should you wish to purchase one. If you do purchase any Maths equipment or resources on ParentPay, please ask your child to show the receipt to their teacher to ensure they get the items as soon as possible.
A reminder to all parents of students attending the PGL trip to Boreatton Park in July 2020. Please ensure medical forms are completed and returned to either Miss Sears or Miss Simnett by the 14th February. Additionally the second payment for this trip needs to paid via parent pay by 20th February. If there are any issues please contact Miss Simnett or Miss Sears via e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you.
We will be holding our second Harry Potter Book Night on Tuesday 4 February 2020 from 4 to 6 pm in the LRC. All students are welcome to join us for a few hours of all things Harry Potterish, including games, potion-tasting and a quiz finale. Any student wishing to dress up as a Harry Potter character is very welcome to do so. There will be a prize for the best costume on the night.
Places are limited to 30 students. If your child is interested in attending, they need to sign up in the LRC and collect a parental permission letter. As the event finishes at 6pm students will need to ensure they are able to be collected from school by a parent or guardian.
We have arranged for some of Ben's books to be made available for sale in school in the run up to the day, at a cost of £6 each. If your child would like to get their book signed by Ben on the day, there will be an opportunity to do so at lunchtime on 25 February.
Full cast rehearsals for Bugsy Malone are scheduled for Wednesday 19th February and Sunday 23rd February (during the half term holiday). Both rehearsals will take place from 9.30am - 3,30pm in the school hall. Please encourage your child to attend if at all possible.
Please see the attached poster for details of family events that may be of interest as part of the Lichfield Literature Festival in March.
iPhone users, please click on the link below for details of an update for SZapp.
Very occasionally, during periods of difficult weather, we have to make the decision to close the school. Please read the attached letter for important information and details of our how we communicate a closure to parents/carers. Thank you.