LRC News

Delighted Year 7 pupils have received a wonderful gift from the John Taylor Charitable Trust.

For the past few years, they have generously supported the ‘Bookbuzz’ initiative from the national BookTrust charity, which provides children starting secondary school with the opportunity to choose a new book of their own.

This year, pupils could select their favourite title from these twelve established and highly recommended authors.

At John Taylor we encourage ALL pupils to maintain the reading habits established at primary school, and believe that spending time engaged in reading for pleasure should be a vital part of every child’s day.  We know that ‘success’ in life, be that achieving high academic standards, finding a rewarding job or enjoying good mental health, can be all be improved by reading.












All Year 7s should be familiar by now with the Accelerated Reader scheme.  This is simply where your child reads a book (from a wide selection appropriate to their abilities and interests) and then takes a quiz afterwards.  Please have a look at the Bookfinder website to see the enormous range of books available, and maybe get some Christmas present ideas! Other excellent sites for book-buying or book-borrowing inspiration are the Booktrust’s Bookfinder pages or the World Book Day website.   We know your support, encouragement and enthusiasm can make all the difference. Happy Christmas Reading!


CommunityKS3KS4KS5News & Events

Be E-Safe

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating. Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way. This year there have been three occasions where there has been the inappropriate use of social media which has involved several students at John Taylor. We would like all of our parents to be aware of this so that you can support your child to use social media appropriately and avoid any future upset. Below is a summary of an assembly that has been delivered to each year.

What is social media? The collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. This implies a positive method to communicate with friends. However, this may not always be the case, highlighted by a clip shown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp5nScG6C5g

The Law:

Malicious Communications Act 1988: electronic communications which are indecent or grossly offensive, convey a threat or false information or demonstrate that there is an intention to cause distress or anxiety to the victim would be deemed to be criminal.

Communications Act 2003: electronic communications which are grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing, or false, used again for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another could also be deemed to be criminal behaviour.

CommunityKS3KS4KS5News & Events

PTA News

Chair – Emma Thompson (emthompson24@gmail.com)
Vice – Vacant
Secretary – Judy Tjon Soei Len (stevenandjudy@talktalk.net)
Treasurer – TBC
50/50 – Heather West

We have had a volunteer to be our new treasurer, however we still require a parent to be Vice Chair or events manager.  Please email Emma Thompson  if you require any information regarding this role.

 Our next fundraiser is the Quiz on 27th Jan 2017,get your teams of 4 together (see entry form on the back page)

Please be aware we have a parent to parent Facebook page; it is a closed group to parents at JTHS so please read about the Charitable Trust (www.jtct.org.uk),which relies on annual donation from parents; it’s a way of providing ongoing benefits to the school, ie the upkeep of the minibuses, providing reading books for the new Y7s etc. For those parents who are unable to support PTA events, the Charitable Trust is another way of helping  provide important extras for our children while at the school.

If any parent feels they can actively participate in the Charitable Trust please contact school.

This year our biggest donation to school was for £7,211 towards alterations to the school hall and we also paid for the author Tom Parker to visit our Y7 and Y8 children.

Please feel free to attend our meetings, which are held in the Training Centre, and where Mr Donoghue and at least one other member of staff attend informing us first-hand about new school initiatives and projects, eg the curriculum changes for Y9 and A levels. We also briefly discuss past and future events, but we hold separate planning meetings for events.

Future PTA dates (ALL WELCOME)

  • Mon 9th Jan 2017
  • Wed 8th March 2017
  • Tues 9th May 2017
  • Mon 3rd July 2017




KS4News & Events

Sex, Lies and Nanotechnology!

x-NanoTech.pngOn 21st November, Professor Jon Preece, Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, gave a lecture to a group of enthusiastic Science students from Y11-13, and members of the local community. The lecture dispelled some of the most common myths about current nanoscience and technology; everything from evil microrobots to health hazards associated with the use of nanoparticles. Professor Preece went on to uncover the truth about research’s most fascinating nano-breakthroughs, including a miniature nano motor, which is powered by light alone! Along with a variety of other nano machines, research into this incredible technology was recently awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Everyone present left the hall with a far better understanding of some of the most exciting science of this age, and it was brilliant to extend our knowledge of Chemistry far beyond the breadth of the school curriculum. We would like to thank Professor Jon Preece, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Mr Fogarty for organising this fantastically informative evening.


News & Events

Hello Charnwood House!

Charnwood 08 is in the lead for merits and so the merits trophy goes to them! They have quite a stranglehold over it, now holding it for the entire half term. Congratulations to them.

The House Leaders are hopefully going to introduce the form competition and charity activities for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the next assembly, but in the meantime forms are now busy getting festive with the Charnwood Winter Wreaths competition!

We’ve also found we have many superstars in our house. For example, Amelie Scroggs in C04 has been appointed ambassador for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and so we had a little chat:

Whx-Annie.pngat inspired you to become a ballet ambassador?

I particularly liked the look of the workshops which were being conducted in the show and was asked if I would like to become an ambassador, to which I agreed.

What age group will you be teaching?


What does the role of an ‘ambassador’ involve?

Fundraising and helping with workshop based programme. It’s a lot of team work and we go to a mentor, who works in shows, three days a week

How often do you go to Birmingham and do this?

I go religiously every week and then training is once a month.

Is this something you want to do in the future?

Yes, I would like to go into costume design in the future. I think it’s very creative.

So well done Amelie!

We look forward to bringing you more exciting news from Charnwood House and its amazing students next half term. Until then, have a wonderful festive period!


CommunityNews & Events

50/50 Draw Results

1st      A Jones             26           £30.00
2nd      L Caldicott      147           £20.00
3rd      J Toomes          53           £13.50

1st      E Taylor              9           £30.00
2nd      T Qerimi         137           £20.00
3rd      C Watson        135           £13.50

1st      A Jones             92           £30.00
2nd      S Hunt            113           £20.00
3rd L Kirke 130 £13.50

Membership is slightly down on last year, falling from 87 to 78 members with a total of 127 numbers between them.  The total amount raised is £1,524 giving a £762 donation to the School with the remaining £762 to be used for the prize fund.  We have only had 16 new members this year but it’s not too late if you would like to join you can start your membership to run from December for £9 for the remainder of the academic year.  If you would like more details about this please contact Heather West directly via email at heatherawest@hotmail.com.

Thanks to all those who continue to support this.

CommunityNews & Events

Table Tennis Roll of Honour 2016-2017

  • UNDER 13 BOYS—Champions
  • UNDER 13 GIRLS—Runners Up

Competing in the Staffordshire Schools’ Table Tennis Championships for the first time, our teams performed exceptionally well.  In the Under 19s championship the team of Tom Reynolds, Nathan de Giorgi, Jason Dierker, and George Robson drew their final against Thomas Alleyne’s School of Uttoxeter but became champions by winning more games in the match than their opponents.

At Under 16 Boys level, the very young team of Ben McHoul, Cameron Tringham, Cameron Jones and Jack Montgomery played against boys who were two or three years older than them but managed to win two matches against Thomas Alleyne’s and De Ferrers B to finish third.  All four boys played well above their expectations and gained a great deal of confidence from the experience.

At Under 13 Boys, Ben McHoul, Cameron Jones, Jake Meacham and Khurram Rashid won all of their matches comprehensively by a 4-0 margin to become the County Schools’ champions.

Finally at Under 14 girls level, Charlotte and Emily Barratt along with Abbie Talboys finished runners up losing to Oldfields School, Uttoxeter in a very close final.

So thanks to lots of hard work and a thriving and competitive school table tennis club our pupils proved worthy ambassadors of the school at the first time of competing in these competitions.

CommunityNews & Events

Community  afternoon tea for the retired community of Barton

John Taylor Sporting Young Ambassadors recently held their termly community afternoon tea in the hall at John Taylor. Over 30 retired local members of the community of Barton under Needwood visited for an afternoon of sporting entertainment and refreshments in the school hall.  A number of sports where on offer; table tennis, new age curling to name a couple. The visitors were also entertained by Y13 pupil, Sophia Ford, who sang beautifully to the audience.

All this cannot go on with out the help of other staff; thanks to Mrs Beere for the wonderful cakes and scones and also to Mrs Sharp for helping things run smoothly.

Amongst the helpers were the new and upcoming Young Ambassadors and Sports Leaders for many of whom this was their first time helping with these regular afternoons of entertainment. This event happens as a legacy of the Olympic Games which was held in London in 2012.

The date for the next event is Tuesday 28th February, 2.00-3.15pm. If you would like to come, please call school on 239300 from Monday 6th February so we know how much food to prepare for the afternoon. All new visitors most welcome.