Welcome to John Taylor High School

Dear Parent / Carer,

As we enter week two of our school closure I would like to update you on how the School Community has been responding.

Key Workers

The school has been open each day to provide emergency childcare provision for children of Key Workers. Thank you to those staff who have been involved with this. We are limiting our staff being in school by producing a supervision rota. The children have been fantastic and we are glad that we are able to support our Key Workers in this challenging time.

We are putting plans together for emergency provision for children of Key Workers during the Easter Holiday. I would like to offer a special ‘thank you’ to Mrs Lord and Mrs Joseph who are co-ordinating this provision.

Remote Learning

We have all been learning what this means practically as we have moved through the week. Balancing working from home and supporting children with home learning is a challenge to us all. The school has, and continues to, evaluate the amount of work that is being sent home to our students. The key think here is to ensure that this is manageable. Therefore, we would suggest that KS3 students spend a maximum of 25 mins and KS4 students spend a maximum of 30 mins on the tasks set. KS5 students may be required to do work in a little more depth. This is not a substitution of teaching but is aimed at students keeping their minds active during the period of school closure.

There will be no work set for students during the Easter Holidays. We would encourage the students to read lots, spend time outside (within the Government Guidelines) and to keep connected with their friends and family.


The school will continue to communicate with parents using the SZineApp (Please make sure you have downloaded this to your devices), email and social media (Twitter: @johntaylorhigh and FaceBook: John Taylor High School Newsfeed). Again, we are evaluating our systems and are looking at streamlining this going into next week. There has, naturally, been a significant amount of communication between JTHS and parents/carers as we moved into this new way of working.

Teachers have had some lovely messages via Social Media and emails into school. Many of these were shared with all our staff this morning and it has really lifted the spirits of our staff. Thank you.

Finally, have a well-deserved rest over the weekend. Stay safe and look out for each other. #BeNice

With very best wishes
Mrs K. Cochrane
Head of School

Welcome from the Head of School


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to John Taylor High School. As an ‘outstanding’ school we have a proven track record of providing a high quality education for young people, and we celebrate their academic and personal achievement with them and their families. The governors, staff, and parents are not, however, complacent and share a great ambition for the future of the school community.

At John Taylor High School we have exceptionally high standards in all respects. We strive to develop our students, who through determination and resilience, reach the best that they can be, in all they do. We insist on considerate behaviour which creates a safe and highly effective learning environment for all of the school community.  We want our students to participate and seize every opportunity that the school has to offer.

Our philosophy here at John Taylor High School is ‘Turn up, work hard, be nice’, highlighting the important link between attendance and achievement. We want our students to be in school all the time and on time, so that they are not missing out on valuable learning opportunities. Sharing our high expectations with our students, ensuring that they are working hard and doing their best in all situations. Last, but not least – the importance of being nice. Our students are in a strong supportive community, based on mutually respectful relationships which will provide support when needed, to fulfil their potential.


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