John Taylor High School
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Dunstall Road
Barton under Needwood Burton Upon Trent DE13 8AZ

Phone: 01283 247 800
Fax: 01283 247 799

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Parent & Student support for home learning


Dear Parents/Carers


We hope that you are well and that you were able to enjoy the lovely weather over the weekend. We are now entering our fourth week away from school. We are missing the students terribly and we look forward to a time when we can welcome them back into school. We just have a few messages for you at the start of this week.

  • INSET day 3rd July. Given the current situation in schools, the MAT Board have taken the decision to postpone this INSET day and it will now be a normal school day. Please see the letter <<here>> from the CEO of JTMAT, Mr Donoghue, for further details.


  • Completing work. We have asked the students to complete their remote learning either in their books or saved to their Office 365 accounts for printing at a later date. Some students have begun to fill their books with work. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions on non-essential travel, we are unable to arrange for new work books to be collected from school or to be sent out via post. Therefore, we would ask that students complete any work and save it to an electronic file. If this is not possible, students should complete work on paper which should be placed into their workbooks. This will be collated when school resumes.


  • Curriculum Content. The Curriculum information is being updated on the school website. Curriculum Maps of the content taught in each subject can be found <<here>> and then by selecting the Curriculum Maps button. We hope that parents find this information useful in understanding what their children are being taught at JTHS.


  • Year 9 Reports. This report is due to be published on 18th As we published full reports to replace the cancelled parents evening in March, we have decided to postpone these reports. We will evaluate our position on this as soon as we know more about how and when schools might re-open. There are a number of other reports scheduled to be published later this term. As above, we will evaluate our position on this as soon as we know more about how and when schools might re-open.

  • Lockdown Challenge 2. As we mentioned last week, we would like to showcase some of the fantastic home learning experiences that have been taking place since starting back after the Easter break. If your children are happy for us to celebrate their work and share it amongst our wider community, please could you forward a picture or short 10 second video to Mr Twynham ( or via Twitter (@johntaylorhigh or @JTHS_Blanchenot)



  • An update on the visor production. We thought you would like to know that by the end of this week we will have produced close to 5000 visors for front line staff.These have gone to 80 different places including:
    • COVID wards, general wards, respiratory wards in Hospitals in Derby, Burton, Portsmouth, Leicester, Birmingham children’s hospital, Good Hope and Nottingham
    • Nottinghamshire custody suite, local police
    • St Giles hospice, Barnados, Mencap
    • Care homes in Lichfield, Derby, Burton, Ruabon
    • GP surgeries in Lichfield, Derby, Burton, Uttoxeter, Cheadle
    • Community care workers/ nurses in Lichfield, Derby and Burton
    • Rapid response in Burton

As we come to a stage where our laser cutter is in desperate need of a service and sourcing materials to manufacture with is becoming difficult, Miss Dowler has been working with an industrial manufacturer to get the visors into mass production. This has now happened and they can be mass produced in quantities of 1000's each day. has already donated 15,000 headbands to schools across the country to support manufacture. We will continue to take requests for the visors but will be outsourcing the manufacture to using the kind donations given by parents from the JTHS community.

As ever, we will keep you updated with any key information as soon as it becomes available to us. Take care and stay safe.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The following document has been created by our IT support team in order to support with any all aspects of IT at JTHS. Students will need to log into tjeir school account in order to access it.

Student guide to IT @ JTHS

Further support can also been found on the 'Useful Links' menu on the website as well as on the 'Remote Learning' page. Both can be accessed from the website homepage:

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

It is vitally important that parents and students and able to access Go4Schools during periods of self-isolation and potentially school closure. If the school is required to close, we will be using this portal to set class work.

The link below will take you to a help guide to support you as a first time user or if you have forgotten your password. Please remember that parents must use the email address that we have stored for you in our system and students must use their school email address.

This resource will also explain how to access all work set during school closure

If you have any questions regarding the use of Go4Schools, in the first instance, please check out the extensive online help section in the main menu. If you still need assistance, please email :

The school will attempt to answer your go4schools problems or queries in a timely fashion

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The following document gives details of a selection of websites which are recommended by our subjects. If they are in the 'All subjects' section then they are relevant to all subjects and/or have been recommended by a range of different subjects.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

In the event that school closes, if you have any new safeguarding concerns regarding your child, you should report these directly to the relevant Local Authority safeguarding team. The following information and contact details taken directly from the safeguarding section of our website:

If you have a concern that any student is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive information (intentionally or unintentionally) please contact the police on 101 or children’s services for Staffordshire on 0800 1313 126 or Derbyshire on 01629 532564 or Derby City on 01332 641172.

The website safeguarding can be accessed here:

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)