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Celebrating Outstanding A Level Results

Post 16 Open Evening, 12th October 2017 at 6.30pm. Join us to explore what it takes to achieve record breaking results.

Celebrating Outstanding A Level Results and Record Breaking Average Point Scores

Another outstanding year of A Level and BTEC results have been celebrated at John Taylor High School with over 56% of grades being achieved at A*, A or B. Early analysis has revealed that average point scores per student are the highest on record since the revised system.

John Taylor High School students outperform national data yet again:

Grade JTHS National results
A* 13% 8.3%
A *-A 30% 26 %
A *-B 56% 53.1%
A*-C 85% 77.4%

The students who aspired to Oxbridge are set to realise their ambition:

IMG_87677 students have successfully met the conditions of their offer from Oxford and Cambridge University. These include Imogen Clay (A*AA Philosophy), Hannah Jenkinson (A*A*A*A* Chemical Engineering); Kieran Mylrea (A*A*A*A* Natural Sciences); Emma Swift (A*A*A*A* Biomedical Sciences); Alexander Wakefield (A*A*AA Architecture); Daniel Wakefield (A*A*A*A* Architecture) and Amy Wilkinson (A*A*A*A* Natural Sciences).

A number of other students achieved exceptional results. They included John Crockett, Ryan Dingle, Bryony Hawkins and Roma Wylie (A*A*A*); Rebecca Kellaghan (A*A*A); James Kirke and William Gray (A*AAA); Holly Brandrick, Katie Burbridge and Francesca Cox (A*AA); Samuel Lippai (AAA) and at BTEC Level 3 Harvey Wedgbury (D*D*D*D); Charlotte Brookes, Charlotte Gillan, Caitlin Goodman, Anna Leason, Naomi Powell, Olivia Taylor, Megan Waddell, Cara Wilson, Toby Scarratt, Samuel Robinson and Alex Bradbury (D*D*D*); Kelsey Turner, James Bell and Hamzah Khalique (D*D*D); Thea Cummings (D*D*A); Tiana Roberts (D*DDD); William Smedley and Oliver Ford (D*DD) and Imaan Baig (DDD).

IMG_8775The intended destinations for these youngsters include Cambridge, Oxford, East Anglia, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield, York, Birmingham and Warwick, and their chosen subjects for study range from Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry through Physics, Engineering and Sciences, to Law, International Relations, Philosophy and Languages.

In total, 18 ‘A’ Level students attained 3 A-grades or more, and 21 BTEC students achieved triple “Distinction*/Distinction” awards – an increase on the previous year.

Mrs Spencer, Director of Post 16 said “We are very proud of this level of outstanding performance and these results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. Competitive universities and apprenticeship providers no longer base their judgements on academic performance alone. They want students to demonstrate a passion for their chosen subject. We encourage and equip our sixth formers to go well beyond an A level specification. This year’s students have been able to draw on their success in prestigious research placements, national competitions and on their extensive reading and independent research. We are also delighted with the achievement of individual students who have overcome personal difficulties or tragedies with the help of pastoral and support staff”.

“These achievements are testament to the incredible hard work and ability of our students”, said John Taylor’s Principal Mike Donoghue. “Comparisons with the results of last year, the first year of the new specifications with more challenging content and a different assessment regime, are largely positive – which has to be a cause of celebration.”

img_8789.jpg“We’ve seen nationally a considerable amount of turbulence in examination performance, and I note the news headlines today suggest that this year may be no different. But our students continue to perform very impressively.  We attribute this to their tenacity to succeed, and the highest expectations our staff have for them, coupled with incredible support from their families.  It’s no secret formula, but it’s a winning one. I firmly believe that there is nowhere better for Sixth Form studies in Staffordshire.

“It has been wonderful to see our students in school this morning, thanking the staff for their support, encouragement and expertise as they collect their results.  I would like to thank the ‘class of 2017’ for the massive contribution they have made to school life here at John Taylor.  They have been amazing, and I know that they will go on making a great difference to those with whom they study, work and socialise.

“We send them all our congratulations and every best wish for continued success in further study and employment.”

Prospective parents are invited to Open Evenings of October 12 for the sixth form and October 19 for Year 7

Anyone interested in joining the sixth form should email  Applications for 2017 are still being accepted.


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

CommunityNews & Events

Archery champ

by Daniel Hodson-Walker, Y13

I won the Derbyshire Championships that were held in September. I had to shoot at 70, 60, 50, and 30 metres, which consisted of shooting three dozen arrows for each distance; 144 arrows in total.

I have also won the East Midlands Junior Championship, which was based indoors. There are three separate targets, which are 40 centimetres in diameter. I scored 540 points out of a possible 600.

In my next competition I take part in the Junior National Championships; nearly 350 juniors are entering.


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JT students make England rounders team…..for another year running!

Congratulations to Lucy Graves, Lizzie Beaver and Frankie George who had trials for England Rounders and succeeded for yet another year running. Frankie will be representing U16s and Lucy and Lizzie will be representing U19s. This is a phenomenal achievement ladies and as a school and PE department we are very proud of what you have achieved.

Watch out BBC ‘Sports Personality of the year!!!’


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Year 5 and 6 indoor athletics festival at John Taylor

On Tuesday 15th November we hosted an athletics festival in the sports hall for Y5 and 6 pupils who are in the John Taylor family of primary schools.

New events were created and all the pupils who attended took part in an obstacle running course, sprint relays both individual and in teams and five field events. Many of the younger sporting leaders had not helped out at an event like this before and had a wonderful time and gained a lot of experience to the extent that they are hoping to run the Y3 and Y4 festival in February.

Of course the event could not run without the help of the older Young Sporting Ambassadors who oversaw all the events.

Congratulations to Richard Crosse, Kings Bromley who were winners on the night.



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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In recent years, each Christmas we have collected items to put together shoeboxes to support Operation Christmas Child. These collections have always been successful. This year there was a decision made to change our focus and instead, to contribute to our local community and to those families who may need some support. The decision was to contribute to a local foodbank which was established in providing for local families. Thank you to everyone who contributed and who has made a significant difference to the lives of people less fortunate. The response was phenomenal and staff and students have already requested to repeat this  next year.

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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)