Just a reminder that BOTH the upcoming assessments in Maths are CALCULATOR papers. Pupils will need a scientific calculator and all usual maths equipment with them for both assessments:

pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, protractor, pair of compasses.

Unfortunately we are unable to lend them out for the assessments so please ensure they have them in advance.

Just a reminder that if pupils want additional practice at home they can use the websites,,, along with any revision guides and workbooks they may have to practice.

Finally may we wish Year 11 all the best for the upcoming Maths and other assessments.

Kind regards,

The Maths Department

Simon Curzon

Year 11
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Please find below a selection of online safety advice we have recently received that may be of interest.  Thank you.

  • Online Money Management - What Parents and Carers Need to Know

As more children and young people start to spend money online through gaming and social media platforms, a guide has been created to help parents and carers equip them with the skills they need to do this smartly and safely.

  • TikTok - Legal Action

The former Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, last week launched a legal campaign against TikTok on behalf of "millions of children whose data was illegally taken and transferred to unknown third parties for profit". You can read more on THIS website, where parents are able to register and potentially win compensation for their affected child. 

  • Instagram - New Tool to Protect from Abuse

Last week Instagram rolled out an update which included a new tool to prevent people from receiving abusive DM (private message) requests. This has to be turned on in Settings and you can find more information HERE.

  • Campaign - Gurls Out Loud

Gurls Out Loud is a campaign from the Internet Watch Foundation to empower girls to block, report and tell someone if they are asked by an adult for explicit images.
The I.W.F say that "every day girls are contacted online by adults who try to manipulate them.....our mission is to help you and all the girls you care about to block, report and tell someone you trust". You can find more information HERE.

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The following students have been awarded a Hot Chocolate with the Head this week.  Congratulations!

Emily 7J, Grace 7O, Isla 7R, James 7J, Lucy 7S, William 7O, Amelia 11Y, Archie 11Y, Edward 11Y, George 11Y, Jacob 11Y, Josie 11Y, Megan 11Y, Pippa 11Y, Zain 11Y, Sophie 12J

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Thank you to our previous winners for these great pictures of them enjoying their well-earned treats.
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The Geography Department are running a competition to mark Earth Day.  Students have to create a piece of artwork that displays the problems currently facing our planet. Examples could include posters using recycled materials, drawings, digital artwork or a sculpture made of rubbish. Please send pictures of your entries to Miss Barker ( - there will be prizes on offer!

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This is a free 6 week online course run by SCVYS for
11-18yr olds. The 'Wellbeing and Health Action Map'
will focus on emotional wellbeing, food-mood
connection, positive activities for wellbeing, healthy
relationships, helping others and planning ahead for
troubled times.

More information can be found by accessing this link:

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NCS for Year 11 and 12

NCS: what is it all about?

Designed for 16–17-year-olds, NCS is an inclusive summer programme that helps teens get the skills, experience and self-belief they need to achieve their potential - and smash their future goals.

Founded on the principles of social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility, NCS aims to make a life-changing difference to young people and how they approach life after school (something that can be daunting for even the most confident teens).

In just a few weeks, they’ll mix with new people from different backgrounds, conquer big challenges, pick up some invaluable skills and get the confidence they need to live independently. They will even take part in a social action project to do good in their local community. It’s the perfect steppingstone into adult life – just ask the 600,000 young people who’ve taken part.

What is in it for young people?

NCS can make a huge difference to the lives of young people across the country and help set them up for their future. Here are some of the things they’ll benefit from…

Social mixing: Working with other young people from a variety of different backgrounds to make a change in their community.

Excellent evidence on a UCAS statement or a CV: NCS helps them prove their ability to go above and beyond and challenge themselves.

Aspirational opportunities: Students will experience success in different environments and realise their potential through pushing themselves to take on new challenges. They will also experience university life as part of their residential experience.

Community engagement: By delivering a Social Action Project, students will discover that they have the power to make a difference in their local community.

Membership to a graduate network: NCS provides access to apprenticeships and work experience at extremely prestigious companies, amongst other opportunities.

Skills development: The programme helps students pick up many of the ‘soft skills’ employers are looking for.

For any further enquiries, please contact or to sign up, visit

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Facebook - Burton Albion Community Trust 

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Instagram - burtonalbionct


BACT NCS social media:

Facebook - Burton Albion CT Ncs

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Instagram - bactnowecan

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Vaccinations for Y10 will take place on 26th April, and HPV vaccinations for Y8 on 27th April.  You will have received an email giving you instructions on how to give consent for these. If you have any questions, please direct them to the School Age Immunisation Team using the contact details below.

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We are fast approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and with it the celebration of Eid, please can we ask that any parents who intend for their children to remain off school to celebrate Eid notify us in advance.

Please email Mrs Keeling (years 7-11) or Miss Spurrier (6th Form) with the child’s name, year and form group. In your email state clearly that you intend for your child to be absent to celebrate Eid.

We know that there will not be a clear date for Eid until closer to the 12th May but once you know which day your child will not be attending again please email and keep us informed.

We hope to provide as little disruption to Eid celebrations as possible, however if you do not notify us in advance we will follow normal attendance and safeguarding procedures and will be contacting you regarding your child’s absence. If we are unable to contact you on the day this may result in your child absence being recorded as unauthorised.


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The following students have been awarded a Hot Chocolate with the Head this week.  Congratulations!

Bill 7R, Evie 7L, Megan 7L, Sarah 7T.

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NSPCC Online Safety Hub

The NSPCC have made available a brand new online resource which will be useful for parents. Net Aware has partnered with Ambitious About Autism to bring online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND.

You can find the online safety hub HERE.

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Please can all leave of absence requests be addressed for the attention of Lynne Keeling- Attendance Officer. 

Requests for Leave of Absence should be made in advance of the required period of absence. This includes absence for Examinations (e.g. Music, Performing Arts), Sports Representation, Religious Festivals etc.

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Dunstall Cricket Club, situated just outside Barton under Needwood, is one of the success stories of local sport. Its home ground, the Deer Park, is among the most picturesque in all of the UK, where visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are assured of the warmest welcome.

For the past 25 years, the village club’s senior Saturday teams have competed among the elite of the Derbyshire County League. A thriving junior section, complemented by top-class facilities and a team of dedicated coaches, has ensured a clear pathway for generations of young players to fulfil their potential and ensure the club’s continued prosperity for many years to come.

For obvious reasons, 2020 was an extremely challenging one for amateur sports clubs, and at Dunstall it was no different. Coronavirus restrictions have enforced a very different method of operation, while most of our usual fund-raising streams were unavailable.

As we seek to bounce back from what was a difficult year for us all, we are on the lookout for new junior players across all of our age groups. We want to give local youngsters the chance to get active in a safe and inclusive environment, where their talents can be shaped and celebrated.

We run hardball teams at the under-11, under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19s age groups, with a softball ‘Kwik cricket’ option for those aged 9 and under. This year, following its COVID-related postponement in 2020, the ECB’s Dynamos and All-Stars programmes will also resume, offering the perfect introduction for children new to the sport – you’ll find details of how to register for these online.

We have a full training programme ready to roll out as and when coronavirus restrictions permit.

Does your child want to get involved? If so, just email Dunstall CC junior co-ordinator Jamie Benstead on to register your interest or raise any queries you may have. We’ll be happy to advise you on next steps and can’t wait to introduce you to our great sport.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With thanks and best wishes from all at Dunstall CC.

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Dear Parent / Carer,


You will have received full instructions this week of how to book appointments for Parents' Evening on May 6th, along with instructions for how to access the video calls. Please be reminded that the booking system opens on Wednesday April 28th at 6pm.  If you have any issues with the booking system, please email for assistance.

Thank you.

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On Tuesday 30th March six Sporting Ambassadors were ready to deliver the Easter boxes and flowers that had been collated by them for the local residents in Palmers Close, Barton.

Thanks must go to the local businesses of Morrisons and the Co-op who donated boxes, easter eggs and a large number of flowers to go into the packages.

A number of items were suggested to go in the box from various Teams meetings held for the Young ambassadors during the recent lockdown. Letters, a wordwheel, an NHS  rainbow picture, the winner of the 500 word competition and an exercise plan were just a few of the things put into the envelopes. One of the favourite things to go out to the residents were the "Happy Stones" with the number of the bungalows. The Young Ambassadors painted these over a number of weeks and were a nice addition to the Easter boxes. Ms Smith and Mr Irvine from the Technology Department baked some wonderful Easter cakes along with many other things for people to enjoy. The spare flowers were given to other residents in Barton. 

There are a number of people who help make this event run smoothly and our thanks to all who helped in any way.

Congratulations to the Young Sporting Ambassadors who delivered the items with expertise and chatted to the residents who were eagerly awaiting the delivery of their Easter boxes.  The whole event showed a true spirit of kindness, one of the core values of John Taylor.

Mrs Berry.


Julie Berry
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SEND Spring Termly Reports will be sent out on the 30th of April.


Mrs Turrell 

Leader of Inclusive Education (including SENDCo) 

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The following students have been awarded a Hot Chocolate with the Head this week for their fantastic efforts.  Congratulations!

Millie 7A

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Thank you to one of our previous recipients for this great picture of them enjoying their well earned treat!
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A polite reminder that all requests for Leave of Absence of any kind should be addressed for the attention of Mrs L Keeling, Attendance Officer. 

We would ask that all requests for Leave of Absence are sent in prior to the date of the leave required, this includes requests such as religious festivals. 

Thank you for your support with this. 

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During weekends and school holidays, if you have a Safeguarding concern about a child or young person please use the contact information below.



First Response (Monday- Friday 8am-5pm) 0800 1313 126

Emergency Out of Hours (Evenings and Weekends) 0345 604 2886



Non-Emergency- 101

Emergency- 999



Child Protection Referrals 01629 533190


Further information relating to Safeguarding, signposting and support can be found on the JTHS website

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Following the Easter holidays, the PE department will be offering extra-curricular sports clubs to students in KS3 and KS4. These will largely take place after school and will be subject to reduced numbers in order to safely comply with current Covid guidance. The exception will be Y11 who will have their activities on a Friday lunchtime.

We will run a ‘sign-up’ system via form tutors who have been sent both the timetable and the process for this. In order to give a wide range of students an ongoing opportunity to attend, this will happen on a week-by-week basis. The after school clubs will take place from 3.40pm – 4.30pm and only students who have signed up will be able to attend; they will be asked to wear their PE kit to school on those days as they do on the days that they have PE. A full timetable to start as soon as we return after Easter can be found on the following link:

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