John Taylor High School

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John Taylor High School
John Taylor High School logo.png
Established 1957
Type Academy
Headteacher M Donoghue
Chairman of Governors G Moss
Location Dunstall Road
Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent
DE13 8AZ
Coordinates: 52°45′54″N 1°43′11″W / 52.7651°N 1.7197°W / 52.7651; -1.7197
Local authority Staffordshire
DfE URN 136323 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students approx 1500
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Kingstone
Website John Taylor High School

John Taylor High School is a specialist science and leadership academy located in the East Staffordshire village of Barton-under-Needwood, near Burton-on-Trent.

Founded in 1957, the school was named in the honour of John Taylor, who grew up in the village.

School performance[edit]

The school was last subject to a full Ofsted inspection in March 2014. This report judged the school to be Outstanding.

Academically, the school is consistently one of the top performing within Staffordshire. In the 2007 results, John Taylor achieved a 5 A*-C (including English and Maths) GCSE percentage of 69%. This placed the school fifth by performance in the county overall and top-performing state school.[1]

Based on the school's performance during the period 2004-2007 in GCSE, the school was ranked joint-ninth most improved in the country.[2] Subsequent to this, the school was awarded High Performance Specialist School (HPSS) status and awarded a second, additional specialism in Leadership. The school was used as the case study by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) for this new specialism.

Academic performance - GCSE[edit]

The school has seen substantial improvement in performance at GCSE-level with year-on-year increases and in comparison to other schools within the Staffordshire Local Authority.

Year  % of pupils 5+ A*-C GCSEs
inc. English & Maths
Ranking in county
(state schools)
2004 [3] 47% 11=
2005 [4] 59% 10=
2006 [5] 68% 1=
2007 [6] 69% 1
2008 [7] 77% 1
2009 [8] 71% 5
2010 [9] 72% 3
2011 [10] 72% 5
2012 [11] 73% 6
2013 77% 6

Notable alumni[edit]