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Message to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers

We have come to the end of a very strange half term without external examinations. We have a couple messages to share with you this half term. However, we would first like to thank the students in Year 11 and 13 as their time of compulsory education with us comes to a close. We are very fortunate to work with such fantastic individuals and we wish them every success as they move onto the next stage of their education.

LFD Testing During Half Term

We are conscious that some parents may start to run low on COVID tests over half term, we had been in contact with the DfE about bringing our next delivery date forwards to address this but unfortunately the DfE were unable to make the necessary changes to their system for us. If you find that you are running low on test kits, please ensure that at least one test is retained for the morning of Monday 7th June. This will ensure no students return from their holiday with a possible positive case.

Year 9 Timetables

From Monday 7th June, Year 9 students will be moving their lessons from E and D blocks to the main school building. This will help support the students in their preparation to begin their GCSE studies in September. New timetables will be issued during registration and Go4Schools will be updated prior to the return to school. Form rooms will be relocated as follows:

9J – U21   9T – L16   9A – U18   9Y – L18   9L – U19   9O – L20   9R – L17   9H – U23   9S – L15

We hope that you have a good Bank Holiday. We will see the students back in school on Monday 7th June. As we move into the final half term of the academic year, we will be expecting the students in full uniform. Please no sweatshirts or hoodies to be worn underneath blazers.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Information: EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Dear Parent / Carer,

We would like to bring the following information to your attention.

 With the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application deadline now less than 50 days away, the Home Office have asked us to remind parents, families, young people and staff that if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family members may be eligible to apply to the Settlement Scheme.

It is crucial that eligible parents apply to the Scheme yourselves and check whether you need to do so on behalf of your children. Eligible children are required to have an application in their own right and no child of any age is covered by a parent’s application to the EUSS. There is more information on this here on GOV.UK.

To provide additional guidance, an EUSS leaflet has been produced by the University of Liverpool, in partnership with the Home Office. It has been designed with children in mind and is intended to support both children and parents with information to help you apply to the EUSS. A set of accompanying FAQs are available too.

If this information is pertinent to you, please take note of this leaflet and our other EUSS resources to support an application for yourselves and your children. A list of organisations providing additional EUSS guidance and information is available on GOV.UK.

Applications to the EUSS are free and can be made online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme, where you can also find out more information about how to apply.

 With best wishes

 The Senior Leadership Team

Message to Parents 21.05.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have a few messages to share with you this week.

County Lines

We have been asked by Staffordshire County Council to share the attached letter about the approach that the local Police Force are taking in response to County Lines crime. This is for information only.

County Lines - School letter

LFD Testing

We would like to remind parents that, if you have consented to your child undertaking LFD testing, the students should be completing a test twice a week. Please can you ensue that the tests are completed on Monday and Thursday morning? This will just help to identify any asymptomatic individuals impacted by COVID 19. Anyone with symptoms must remain at home for a period of 10 days and book in for a PCR test at a local testing centre. If this comes back as negative, the students will be allowed back in school.

Barton Library

Barton Library is now fully open. We have been asked to remind parents and students that these are designated parking spaces for library use and that they should be left available to those members of our local community that wish to use the library.

Barton Green Spaces

Barton Parish Council looks after the fish pond, Collinson Park, Ash Tree Pocket Park and St James Garden on behalf of the village residents. Councillors are really keen to understand how these areas are used by all generations and if they would like to see any changes.
The green spaces in the village have probably been used by more residents in the village than ever before during the various periods of Lockdown and the need to 'Stay Local' for exercise and general wellbeing.

An online survey is available via the Parish Council website https://www.bartonunderneedwood-pc.gov.uk and clicking on the Green Spaces Survey link.  Hard copies are available on request from the Parish Council.

Change of Zones Next Week

Please note that the assessment window for Year 11 and 13 has closed, we will be reverting to timetables where Year 11 are based in the main block and Year 7 in the J-Block and mobiles. Year 11 will move back to the tennis courts for their social times.

Transition Work for Year 11 after Half Term

We have produced links to a series of resources to support Year 11 students who have applied to college. These can be found using the following link and we would encourage students to spend some time after half term looking at these. https://johntaylorhigh.schoolzineplus.co.uk/newsletter/article/1309

By way of reminder, we would like to ask parents of Year 11 students, who have applied to our Sixth Form, to check their e-mails about a communication sent yesterday regarding the transition programme for after half term.

We hope you have a good weekend.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Alton Towers Update

Dear Parent / Carer,

Please find attached update on next weeks Year 11 trip to Alton Towers.

IMPORTANT: please pay special attention to the testing and behaviour agreement requirements for the trip

Alton Towers Information Letter

Kind regards

Miss N Dean

Options Confirmation Letters

Good afternoon. Options confirmation letters have been sent to parents via email for students in Year 9. Many thanks.

Important Message to Parents 19.05.21

Dear Parents and Carers

We are writing this additional communication to you this evening to bring an issue that has presented itself in school during the last two days.

We have a number of students who are concerned about the ongoing violence in the Middle East that is being reported in the media. We have also been made aware that there has been a significant amount of social media traffic about this subject and how students may respond to this. Some of the content of these social media sites (Instagram as an example) are extremely concerning, in some cases containing illegal content e.g. hate crime. We would therefore encourage you to carefully monitor your child’s use of social media to ensure you protect them from this harmful material.

In situations where the feeling about a global issue runs high, we will consider our response as a school and support the students in their education of the situation. We really want our students to make informed views about current issues. This was the case with the Black Lives Matters movement where a suite of work on equality was delivered to the students.

In response to the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip, we will be delivering Year-based assemblies to our students in the coming days. It is important that our students have the opportunity to express their views on this matter, but this cannot be to the detriment of the learning that takes place in lessons. We would very much appreciate you having a discussion about this global issue with your children. Articles about this conflict can be found on the BBC News and Newsround websites.

We fully support our students in developing their understanding of global issues. Obviously, if students have a particular view that they wish to raise, we would encourage them to do so in writing or in person to the respective school offices.

Many thanks, in advance, for your support with this.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

A-Level History Textbook Deposit

Dear Parent / Carer,

According to our records, we haven't received the refund form for your child's textbook deposit.  Could you complete and return to parentpay@jths.co.uk as soon as possible, for us to process your refund.

History Textbook Refund Form

Regards,
History Department

Message to Parents 16.05.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you have had an enjoyable weekend. A few messages as we move into a new week.

Face Masks

A reminder that face masks are required on all forms of school transport. As per Government guidance, they do not need to be worn by students in school. However, if you or your child feel they wish to continue to wear face masks, we will be supportive of this. We do ask that all students continue to bring a face mask with them to school. This should be kept in a plastic zip-lock bag until such time it may be required.

Student Surveys

We would like to carry out a survey of our students to gain an understanding of participation in activities outside of school as well as how we could celebrate some of these achievements in school. As such, we will send out the following survey to all our students.

https://forms.office.com/r/9xdDQ7jNvS

This is an anonymous survey and no personal data will be shared with anyone outside of the school. We may share some of our findings with local Parish Councils as they seek to support young people.

Additionally, we have been asked by Dame Rachel de Souza, the Children’s Commissioner for England, to signpost a national survey called The Big Ask. This is aimed at gathering information on a national scale to investigate how the Government can support children following the COVID pandemic.

http://thebigask.uk/

Please can you encourage your children to complete these two surveys by Friday 21st May 2021?

Network Rail Video

We have had information from Network Rail that there has been an increase in trespassing on the railway network in the local area. Network Rail have provided us with a link to a 16 minute presentation for students aged 11-16. We will be showing this to our students during the course of the week.

The link is below:

https://learnliveuk.com/network-rail-secondary-school-safety-talk/ 

We would also strongly recommend that you watch this video, so you are prepared for the students’ emotions and response as this is quite hard hitting. The link will require you to register, please do this to access the video.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Bus Route 810

We have just been told the 810 has broken down. A replacement bus is on its way. There will be at least a 10 min delay

Message to Parents 11.03.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, the Department for Education have issued updated guidance for schools in response to the pandemic. The main change for our students is the guidance on face coverings.

The guidance recommends that students do not need to wear face masks in classrooms, corridors or social spaces from Monday 17th May. Additionally, it recommends that staff do not wear face masks in classrooms.

However, the guidance around school transport has not changed and there is a compulsory requirement for students to wear face masks on all forms of school transport, e.g. school buses or mini buses.

We are asking that all students still bring a face mask with them to school in the event that they are in a situation where a face mask may be required. We still hold some spare face masks for students who require them.

We do understand that there may be some students and staff who would like to retain the option of wearing a face mask in lessons. We will support this.

The reintroduction of face coverings for students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.

Students are still required to maintain good hygiene protocols by using the hand sanitation points around the school.

We would particularly like to thank our students for the positive manner they have approached the wearing of face masks to this point.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team