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12th September

Year 12 Parents’ Information Evening

A letter has been sent out regarding Year 12 Parents Information Evening. This will take place in Chatsworth Hall at 7pm on Monday, 19th September, 2016.


7th September

Changes to bus times - Willington 215 and 217 services

The 215 service will pick up at Castleway, Beech Avenue at 0832 instead of 0837. The 217 service will pick up at the End of Beech Avenue at 0833 instead of 0839.  Please see the attached updated school bus timetable (version 2) for details.

5th September

Important information regarding the start of term

Wednesday 7th September – Year 7, Year 10 and Year 12 will be attending school.

Year 7 students will need to go straight to assembly in C Hall at 8.55am.  Year 12s will have their assembly in EC1 (in the Exam Centre) at 8.55am.  Year 10 students will need to go to the form rooms (the same form rooms that they were in last year) and their assembly will be at 10.05am.  Photographs for Year 7s, 10s and 12s will also be taken during the day.


Thursday 8th September – all students return to school.

During Period 1, all students will be in their form rooms with their form tutor.  All students need to go to their form room (the same form rooms that they were in last year) at 8.55am.


During the first day back, students will be given details of their timetable, the school code of conduct, details of uniform expectations and any other information that they will need to have for the start back to school.


John Port School’s timetable will be slightly different: Start and end times to the school day, however, are unchanged.  Students MUST arrive at school for 8.45am and be ready to learn for the start of Period one at 8.55am. We hope that the new timings will ensure a prompt start to the school day. 


If you bring or collect your child to/from school by car, please do not drop off/pick up children in congested areas. The main road through Etwall is very busy, therefore, we are encouraging parents to use the Hilton Road car park behind the Leisure Centre as a dropping off/pick up point. Students can walk the last few metres to and from school, making use of the pelican crossing.  If your child travels to/from school by bus, please see the further details and an up-to-date bus timetable below.


To enable students and staff to focus on the fundamental elements of school life, mobile phones and associated technology will not be allowed during the school day from 8.45am until 3.35pm.  These items should be kept at home, however if your child does bring a mobile phone to school, it needs to be kept switched off and in their school bag during the day.  John Port School takes no responsibility for these items.


If students require medication (such as an EpiPen or inhaler) that needs to be brought to school, please contact the School Nurse with details at .


We look forward to welcoming new and existing students to John Port School after the summer break.  We hope that all students are ready to learn and make the most of the opportunities available at John Port School.


5th September

New Bus Timetables

All students to arrive at school for 8.45am

School buses are contracted to arrive at John Port School for 8.45am.  Please see the attached School bus timetable 2016/7 for your information.  Some bus times have changed and we advise that students are waiting at the bus stop at least five minutes before the times shown.  Parents are responsible for their children arriving at school on time. The school works with the bus operators and Derbyshire County Council to try to ensure the smooth running of the bus services.  Contact telephone numbers can be found on the attached timetable, along with Derbyshire County Council’s school transport number.  Complaints regarding commercial (pay per board) services need to be directed to the bus operator.  Complaints about school service buses should be directed to Derbyshire County Council.  If you have any concerns about behaviour on the buses, please contact school.


25th August

Mobile Phone Use September 16

From September 2016 our school will focus on the fundamental elements of school life, ensuring all staff and students deliver the highest expectations of teaching, learning and behaviour. A key part of this is the banning of mobile phones and associated technology from the school day. From September students will not be allowed to use these devices on the school premises from 8.45am until 3.35pm.


25th August

GCSE Results

Many congratulations to our Year 11 students who have worked hard and been rewarded with the GCSE and BTEC grades that they deserve.  We are pleased that our students have achieved the qualifications to be successful with their next stages in life.

We are pleased that the average grade for all students across all subjects is a strong C grade and one third of our students achieved at least one A* or A.  In addition, 60% of students have achieved 5 or more GCSE passes at A* - C grades and 85% achieved at least one GCSE graded between A* and C.  We are also delighted that 9 students achieved A* and A grade passes in all of their subjects and one student Lucy Stokes achieved A* grades in all of her subjects.

John Port School’s performance is high again this year and these results are testimony to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.  The school has maintained its reputation for ensuring that our students realise their full potential, succeed with the pathway of their choice and fulfil their dreams and aspirations. 

C Sainsbury

Head Teacher


19th August

Sixth Form Results

Many congratulations to our sixth form students who have produced an ‘outstanding’ set of A Level results and are a worthy reward for their hard work and determination. We are also delighted that the majority have gained a place at their first-choice university or in a career they were seeking.

We are extremely proud that a quarter of the grades achieved by our students were at the A* - A level which included 1 student (Matthew Toynbee) who achieved A*’s in all of his subjects and 7 other students who gained A* and A grade passes in all of their subjects. In addition 50% achieved A* - B grades and approximately three quarters of our students achieved grades between A* - C.

This high level of performance has supported the average grade for all students in all subjects to be higher than a C grade and we recognise that this success is only made possible by the hard work of the staff and students.

We were also delighted with the results of our Year 12 students who have performed at a similar level to last year’s cohort.


Chris Sainsbury Headteacher said

“Many congratulations to our Sixth Form students who have produced excellent A Level exam results this year. I am delighted that the hard work of the students has been rewarded with success and a majority of students, in a highly competitive environment, have qualified for a place at their first-choice of university or in the career they were seeking.
We are extremely proud that a quarter of our A Level students achieved A* - A grades, half of our students achieved grades between A* - B and three quarters of our students achieved grades between A* - C. The average grade achieved by our students in all of their A Level courses is above a C grade, demonstrating that John Port Sixth form is one of the best performing centres in the area.
I would like to thank the staff and students for all the hard work and dedication that these results represent.”
Mr Chris Sainsbury (17 August 2016)


14th July

Non uniform day Friday 22nd July

There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 22nd July to raise money for a school garden project, headed by Athena house Eco captain Ella in Year 10. Students must bring in a £1 donation and will still be required to wear their lanyards. Full details can be found here.


30th June

Sports day programme

Sports day is coming! Monday 4th July (am) and Friday July 8th (pm). To see the sports day programme, click here.


30th June

Summer Cabaret Evening

An evening of musical entertainment provided by the staff and students of John Port School. And will include a buffet of freshly baked treats from Helen’s Bake House  and Tearoom. Friday 8th July - 19:00.

Adults - £12.00

Concessions - £8.00


27th June

NUT national strike action - Tuesday 5th July

John Port School will be closed to students on Tuesday 5th July due to NUT national strike action. We have a duty of care to our students and unfortunately we are unable to ensure sufficient staffing to guarantee student safeguarding.


22nd June

Reminder: Year 8 & 9 HPV Vaccinations

Year 8 and Year 9 girls will have been given a Vaccination Consent Form for the Human papillomavirus (HPV) in April. The vaccine will be offered in school on Thursday 23rd June, please note that this will no longer be offered routinely at the GP surgery. 

The consent form is available here for anyone who has not already returned one: Consent form 


16th June

Year 10 Half Term Progress Reports

Year 10 Half Term 5 Progress Reports will be distributed to Students today/tomorrow. Electronic versions including attendance data can be viewed on MCAS by the end of the week. Kind Regards John Port School General Office.


6th June

China trip May 2016

To discover more about our fantastic China trip, including a gallery, click here


6th June

Year 11 revision support

All Year 11 lessons are continuing and, if the exams are complete, are available for private study. A timetable of additional revision sessions is available here.


24th May

Show My Homework 

Homework update:

We are aware that a small number of students are currently unable to access the homework that has been set by their teachers on SMHW. All teachers are aware and the issue is being resolved. Affected students are still able to view their homework tasks by using the whole-school SMHW calendar. They should filter the calendar by selecting either their teacher or their teaching group.

The whole-school SMHW calendar can be found by clicking here


20th May

STEM Challenge

Following a very successful STEM challenge, we have made the papers! 

Click here to view the article.

If you'd like to see more pictures you can view them in our Galleries here


18th May

Science Revision Sessions

The Science faculty is very committed to ensuring your son/daughter receives as much support as possible in the run up to their Science exams. To help support them further during their study leave there are a number of sessions taking place that students are welcome to attend in addition to any other revision sessions their teachers have offered to them already.

Click here to view the timetable


16th May

English Year 11 post study leave

Information about the support that will be available to year 11's around exam time for English: English Year 11 post study leave letter


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