Year 11 Timetable
After School & Saturday Classes
JSTC Reading Challenge for Years 7-9
Are you a SUPER READER? Join the JSTC Super Challenge and 'open your mind' to incredible places, people and adventures.
Local COVID alert levels:
what you need to know
Remote Education for
We've put together a handy reference sheet for parents and carers so that, in the event of further remote learning, you have a comprehensive guide to our commitment to, and our expectations of, students when it comes to learning from home.
UK Lockdown – January 5th 2021
Following the government announcement this evening, school will unfortunately be closed until further notice. We will continue to be open for vulnerable students and children of key worker parents by prior arrangement. Students who have a place booked in school should enter school through the main reception.
Covid testing will begin tomorrow for any students in school.
Virtual learning will continue via Microsoft Teams for year 9, 10 and 11 and online work will be set on Class Charts for year 7 and 8.
The Department for Education have also announced that the external vocational exams due to take place during January and February will still take place and students sitting these exams should attend school as normal on those days.
May I take this opportunity to remind parents that Class Charts is still our main form of communication with parents and children. It is vital that both parents and children log in to Class Charts to see key messages regarding the coming weeks.
We wish you all the best for the coming weeks and hope you and your family and friends remain safe and well.
UPDATED DfE Keyworker Guidance: Important - Parents Letter
Letter for Y11 Students (Examinations Summer 2021 - 13th Jan 2021)
BTEC/OCR – confirmation of exams taking place in January & February
IMPORTANT Exams Information - January & February 2021
Year 7 Transition
Year 7 Transition
Uniform and Behaviour
Home Support Guide
ERDF and Smart Energy Initiative
Introduction by Chair of Governors – Mr Peter Milson
There are further details in the links panel but in summary:
The Governing Body are all volunteers and there are currently 13 governors varying from teachers, parents and members of the local and business community. We work together with the Headteacher and his senior team for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at John Spendluffe Technology College.
What do Governors do?
Governors at John Spendluffe Technology College do not manage the Academy, that is the role of the Headteacher and his team; as Governors we aim to support them in doing this. At John Spendluffe we support a very successful Academy.
Governors are responsible for the strategic vision of the school and for supporting the Headteacher and his team in achieving that vision. Governors have responsibility for appointing the Headteacher, managing the Academy’s budget, setting annual targets and monitoring performance against those targets, all in the interest of raising standards of achievement.
To exercise this role, as well as the main governing body, there are a number of committees, the detail of which are in the links panel but as a an overview the committees are:
Our Governing Body are:
The governors are committed to parental and community engagement and there is always a minimum of two parents who sit on our governing body. Currently there are four governors who are parents of students of the school.
If you want to contact us then we would be happy to hear from you; please contact Mr J Treasure, Clerk to the Governing Body at the Academy or via the Governors contact email address: email@example.com.
We understand that Year 7 is a vital year for settling in and getting used to all the changes starting secondary schools brings. We also understand that, as parents or carers, this may be new to you too. Therefore, we've created a series of quick-links which give you direct access to important information you're bound to need or will be desperate to ask for.
Dear Parent/ Carer,
I want to reassure you that we remain vigilant with respect to the coronavirus outbreak. Our posters around school remind students to wash hands and use other simple hygiene techniques. Soap in toilet areas is checked three times a day and any reports of concerns are acted upon as a matter of urgency.
We get daily updates from the Government which we read and are guided by the advice.
I will of course contact you if there are significant developments. In the meantime we are continuing to work with your children and welcome them to school each day.
Ms J Shorrock
Coronavirus Information The Importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
The advice remains the same for travellers returning from the lockdown areas of Italy, that you should self-isolate even if you are not showing symptoms. The advice for other parts of Italy has been expanded to cover the whole country: if you have returned from anywhere else in Italy outside of the lockdown areas, you should self-isolate if you develop symptoms and call NHS 111.
The latest travel guidance can be found here:
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Latest Department for Education information: https://twitter.com/educationgovuk & https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/
Official JSTC Newsletters are usually published quarterly, and are a quick source to some of the activities and events happening in and around school. They're also a great place to find key information about the school such as important dates and developments.
The learning community at JSTC enables its students to grow and develop into resilient, responsible and respectful young people ready for the challenges of life beyond school. As an inclusive school we celebrate our students' successes at all levels nurturing their talents and ensuring they have the skills for the next step of their career goals.
Maximising your child’s potential
On entry to JSTC your child will have a range of data linked to their potential and, from this data, GCSE targets can be set. Children develop at different rates and therefore we wait until Year 9 before your child is given a specific GCSE target grade.
Therefore, in Years 7 and 8 your child will be assigned to a ‘flightpath’ that has a narrow range of potential GCSE grades they could achieve.
What will we measure?
We will measure your child’s progress against a projected GCSE grade. If your child makes more progress than expected in Years 7 and 8 then their target grade will be adjusted and a new, higher target put in place for Year 9. If your child makes less progress than expected we will support your child to help them gain the skills and expertise needed.