October 23rd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Well do to all our Year 12 and Year 13 students who have successfully navigated their way through the last 8 weeks. We have implemented changes and would like to remind all students, with your support, that they must sit facing forward at all times in lessons and also in their social areas (common room, study room, wooden gym).  We have needed to remind some of the importance of facing forward which, we feel, we shouldn’t need to do as Sixth Formers.  Thank you to those that always follow our new school policies. Again thanks to those that continually wear their face covering when moving around the school, this is useful as it sets a wonderful example to lower school students.

I would like to remind all students of the ‘rule of 6’ as they go through half term and for when they return after and that when they are in school that they should be social distancing and following protocols. We have placed hand sanitisers in all classrooms and social areas and that all students should be using them when entering and leaving the venue.  Our site staff monitor these regularly and ensure that are always working.   

It is important that students in Year 13 and 12 are monitoring their Insight, Teams and Outlook as these are the ways that we will communicate with your child. If your child is unable to attend school please let us know by calling in or emailing Mrs Walton on sixthform@tahs.org.uk, if they are well enough then please encourage them to use aforementioned platforms as this is where their teachers will set the work for the lesson, all students can submit work to their teacher via Teams or Outlook.

After half term all students will have a new timetable. This information will be on Insight.  A way to check this is for them to log onto Insight and put in a date after half term and it will allow them to see their timetable. It is important to check this before they return. This new timetable will also show skills sessions, where they will meet as a tutor group. If you have any queries regarding this then please email me younge@tahs.net.

All Year 13 students should be focusing on revision as well as their Next Steps. UCAS is open for applications for university 2021 entry. All students should have completed their personal statements and their form tutors or subject teachers should have been able to have provided feedback.  If you would like advice then please ask.

All students should be accessing Unifrog, we have instructed all to have logged on and should be looking at Post 18 opportunities, including university courses and apprenticeships. Unifrog is also for parents and if you would like help navigating this platform then please ask.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Thank you to all parents who attended Wednesday’s parent evening.  It was pleasing to see and hear so many conversations taking place throughout the evening. If you were unable to attend please contact your child’s tutor if you have any concerns. Thank you.

Half Term Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks

Over half term staff will be running virtual revision sessions throughout the week, please see the timetable for the sessions.  Thank you to all staff and pupils in these sessions.

GCSE Drama Students of the Week

Year 9: Kiera J and Libby H for excellent progress in our theatre review lessons

Year 10: Jasmin W for an outstanding attitude to learning in our theatre review lessons

Year 11: Lucy L for excellent focus and dedication with her devised piece

Excellent Health & Social Care Coursework Submitted

Here in the Social & Health studies department, we are very proud of the coursework that our year 11 Health & Social Care students have been submitting this week. The theory for this work was done during lockdown and since returning in September they have been applying their knowledge to 2 celebrities with outstanding results. We are so very proud of them all and looking forward to excellent results at the end of the course. If you are in year 9 and thinking of choosing Health & Social Care as an option, look through the pictures to see some of what you will be learning about. 

Geography News

Just a reminder for ALL year 11 Geography students:

On Tuesday 27th October, Miss Robinson will be running a ‘walking, talking’ mock revision session on both Paper 1 and Paper 2 of your Geography exams.

These will be:

Paper 1 – Tuesday at 10am-12pm

Paper 2 – Tuesday at 12:30pm-2:30pm

Both of the papers that we will be going through will be uploaded onto the Y11 Geography Teams files – you can either print these off if you would like a physical copy to make notes on OR have as an electronic copy.

Both of these sessions will be recorded and saved to the Y11 Geography Teams (if you are unable to attend one of/both of these sessions).

If you are attending these sessions, please join the session with your camera on so we can verify who you are.

Hope to see as many of you as possible!

Mission YTF

Mr Hollins is proud to announce that Joe H in Year 10 has won this year’s ‘Mission YTF’ competition. His entry, based on J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, placed first, beating all other entries from across Staffordshire. Well done Joe!

PE Update

We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.


PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams from 10am-12 on Tuesday 27th October. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. Students allocated a L2D do not need to attend.


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in on the first day back after half terms. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.


PE students of the half term- Yr 9 Core PE – Bella R and Callum R

Yr10 Core PE – Tasha M and Liam A

Yr11 Core PE – Ellie A and Sam E

Yr10 BTEC Sport – Harriet E and Alistair D

Yr11 BTEC Sport – Mia B and Ben T

Online Safety

How much do you know about the social media apps your children use? Have a look at these handy Parental Guides to, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp & TikTok.

MFL

ThisIsLanguage.com Leaders

In a controversial twist, former champion Joe seems to have lost all of his previous points after a group change – Grace A is now top of the table. Ben in Y9 has more than doubled his score, and it’s all to play for in the next few weeks with at least 10 people merely a hundred points behind the current champ.


Higher Tier Walking Talking Mock

Keep an eye out for messages home/emails/Teams messages about the WTM taking place Friday 30th October at 10:00am. We will be looking at the 150 word task, translation, and section B of the listening and reading papers (the bits all in French).


Please contact Mr Noon if you want to join.


Half-term joy

Check Insight from tomorrow if you’re bored. You will be without French lessons, and it’s OK to admit that life isn’t the same without us. Just go on Insight and find some French-based joy.

English Success

Well done on a very busy and productive term in English. Students have been working hard and particular praise goes to:

Year 9

Logan C, Luke N, Oakley P

Year 10

Harmony G, Henry F, Eloise P, Sarah W, Tim W, Neve R, Henry A

Year 11

Alexander C, Evie N, Ellie S, Evie B

Year 12

Charlie S, Martha M, Rosie Mai KP, Darius B

Year 13

Chloe L, Maddie M

Pastoral Update

So we have made it. 8 very long, challenging but also inspiring weeks. It’s now time to have a rest, reflect on what we have achieved and look forward to what the next half term may bring us all. 

Amazing Apprenticeships

On Tuesday 20th October our year 11’s had a talk on apprenticeships during their skills session. This was run by Daniel Birch from Amazing Apprenticeships and included information on the wide range of different apprenticeships on offer as well as how to start looking for an apprenticeship opportunity if that is a route you are considering. We hope they all found it useful. More information can be found on https://amazingapprenticeships.com/.

If you do have any further questions regarding apprenticeships then you can come to see Mrs Featherstone in room 74 – email first at featherstone@tahs.net.

School Website – Careers Section

You may have noticed that there is a new tab on the school website called Careers. The page includes; information about the local labour market, the support that is available to our students, links to subject career booklets and other important information in regards to future intentions. You will find the careerometer and skillsometer in the ‘exploring your careers ideas’ section, this will give you quick information about your potential pathways. We will be updating and building these pages over the next few weeks so if there is anything you feel would be useful then please let us know at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk. 

Career of the week

I have selected Speech and Language Therapists as our career of the week. Speech and Language therapists support people with a range of different communication barriers and special needs.  

Job title: Speech TherapistSpeech and language therapists help children and adults who have speaking and communication problems.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or a university course. For an university course you’ll need a degree in speech and language therapy that’s approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). If you’ve got a degree in a science or language-based subject, you could do a 2-year fast-track postgraduate course in speech and language therapy. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study You’ll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course. For an apprenticeship you’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of English language sensitivity and understanding the ability to work well with others to be flexible and open to change to be thorough and pay attention to detail excellent verbal communication skills patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include:talk to clients, observe them and use tests to assess specific difficulties plan and develop therapy programmes support clients through treatment work closely with colleagues like doctors and teachers coach parents and carers to continue their therapy at home keep detailed progress records work with groups or individuals to improve the way they communicate
What you’ll earn:Starting Salary from £24,907 up to £44,503 as your experience develops.  
Working hours, patterns and environment:28-40 Hours a week between 8am and 6pm You may work privately or for the NHS.
More information:https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/allied-health-professionals/roles-allied-health-professions/speech-and-language-therapist https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/speech-and-language-therapist

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Toyota Opportunities

Toyota have sent us an email to inform us of their new apprenticeship opportunities for 2021.  They will be hiring 36 students for our Production Apprenticeship  and 12 for our Maintenance Apprenticeship. They are hosting open evenings which need to be booked https://recruitment.toyotauk.com/  on

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

This could be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students and worth having a look at. 

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October 16th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week we have seen 18 students in Year 13 send off their UCAS applications. These students are applying to Oxbridge and will now have an anxious wait to see if they have been selected to attend an interview at their chosen university, Oxford or Cambridge.  These students have applied not only for medicine, veterinary and dentistry but also architecture. As well as this we have had students who have applied to UCAS for early childhood studies. There is no reason why students cannot apply now, the deadline for UCAS applications is at the beginning of January.  All students have been offered support on writing their personal statements for the application process, not just for UCAS but also apprenticeships and employment.  Please encourage your child to complete this sooner rather than later to ensure they are bale to submit their application.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Dodd for all her hard work with these students. Helping them with their personal statements and offering huge amounts of encouragement along the way. I saw some of these sessions and I can honestly say that all those that have applied really have appreciated the help.

Unifrog are offering some great webinars on applying to universities abroad. I sent some links to all Year 13 this week via Insight so that they could participate if needed.  I would recommend adding Unifrog to their Instagram account if they have one as they do have some very good hints and tips each day.  If you would like to access Unifrog then please email me and will send you the supporting information.

STUDY SKILLS

Week 4 is the final personal finance session, with materials available on Teams.

Y12

Please fill in your workbook with the final personal finance resources (pages 10-15).  Find out about how covid has impacted finances; benefits; taxes; alternative income; the history and future of trade unions and the different types of insurances (eg PPI, buildings, contents; motor; pet and health). 

Y13

Please complete the final personal finance information (workbook pages 9-12).  Find out about foreign currencies; supermarket inflation and calculating exchange rates.

Year 12 Virtual Tutor Evening

Wednesday 21st October 4.00pm – 7.00pmThe attached letter has been emailed out to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form team at sixthform@tahs.org.uk if you require anything further.

UCAS Competitive Courses for 2021 entry


We are delighted to share the good news with our school community that this year we have had an unprecedented amount of students apply for Competitive courses, which includes both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine courses. We have also had an additional Conservatoire application to study Music. 


We are incredibly proud, as always, of our students, and they have produced some excellent personal statements to support their applications. 
Applications are as follows:

InitialsCourse
NPConservatoire Application for Music
OAEngineering at the University of Cambridge University (Emmanuel)
EBMedicine
LDHuman, Social, & Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge (Magdalene)
AFMathematics at the University of Oxford (Oriel)
LFMedicine
AGMedicine
GHMedicine
LLDentistry
KLVeterinary Medicine
CMMedicine
AMPhysics at the University of Cambridge (Open Application)
MPMedicine
APMathematics at the University of Oxford (Christ Church)
ERBiomedical Sciences at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s)
DWFine Art at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s)
EWPhysics at the University of Oxford (Hertford)
FWMedicine
SWArchitecture at the University of Cambridge (St John’s)

The sixth form team will continue to work with the remaining year 13 students to ensure that they get all of the information, advice and guidance they need to secure the next steps of their future intentions. 

GCSE Drama Students of the Week


Leanne P, in year 11, for showing pride in her work with beautiful presentation in her book as well as an excellent written response in her portfolio. 


Ryan W in year 10, for a moving performance of Adam’s monologue from the play, DNA.

Whole school Non-Uniform

On Thursday 22nd October. Donations to be made via ParentPay.  50% proceeds to go to Sixth Form Forever Charity Douglas Macmillian Hospice.
To find out more about Dougie Mac please see 

https://www.dmhospice.org.uk/

Year 9 History – Remembering the First World War

Centenary of the Arrival of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station – 10 November 2020

Every year on 10 November, the Western Front Association holds a service of remembrance at Victoria Station to commemorate the arrival, in 1920, of the Unknown Warrior on his journey to Westminster Abbey. Because this year is the centenary of this happening, the Western Front Association is asking Year 9 students to write a letter to the Unknown Warrior. You can write as yourself, a young person in 2020, looking back on the First World War or you could pretend to be someone living in 1920 who has lost someone important to you in the war: a brother, a father or a friend perhaps.

If you would like to take part in this commemoration then you need to write a letter of no more than 500 words and email it to your class teacher by November 1st, 2020.

The Association will publish the most interesting and thoughtful letters on their website and in their magazine and offer some small prizes.

For full details please see this link:

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

Certificates have arrived in school for the following students who have attained their Bronze award in this Digital Award.

Congratulations, well done and certificates will be distrubuted next week.

Fallon C, Daniel F, Kacper W, Reece A, Alex P

MFL News

A NEW CHALLENGER JOINS THE FIGHT

After only a matter of days, Ben P has already started the long climb to the top of the ThisIsLanguage.com leaderboard.

He has already overtaken some year 10 students! Is current champ champ Joe H worried? Time will tell.

Year 11 Future Intentions

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Future Intentions Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2021 is available in this team.

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings for this event are now available on the parental login to insight. If you do not have this please email insight:@tahs.org.uk.

This is a virtual event that will be held via your child’s Office 365 account, full details will be sent to parents early next week.

Exam Update

We have now received confirmation that the GCSE and A level exam period for 2021 will run from: 

Wednesday, 26th May 2021 until Friday, 2nd July 2021. 

It is vital that students attend all relevant exams within that period and an individual exam timetable will be given to students. 

Exam results days have also been published: 

A levels- Tuesday, 24th August 2021

GCSE results- Friday, 27th August 2021

Revision tip #3

Using revision guides can be really helpful, but just reading it is pointless! You have to ‘engage’ with it in different ways… You can make notes, or use it to add to your classwork, but just reading it isn’t useful. ‘Transform it into something else and the information will stick! 

Keep up the good work, 

Mrs Peers

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Leon and Elin (9W2) for accurate mitosis posters, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 10

Amelie (10W1) and Sarah (10O3) for excellent test scores, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

Leo (11U1) for really good questions and wider information on the topic of nuclear physics and the Chernobyl disaster, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Liberty (11E1) and Sonny (11W1) for super homework, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 13

Raeley (13D), Jenna (13B) and Aaron (13E) for great results on statistic questions, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Well done!

English Success

From English, well done to:

Year 9: Billy T, Lucas W-S, Calli,

Year 10: William G, Ben P, Daisy C, Liam A,

Year 11: Lucy C, Ben B, Josh B,  Freya S,

Year 13: Torin N, Tom T

Latest from PE

We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Pastoral Update

Only one week to go until half term! It has been a tough half term in many respects but it has also been a really positive experience getting back into some form of routine albeit different from our previous ones. I know we are all getting ready for a rest but with one week to go let’s make sure we keep going keep making the fantastic progress we are making as a school and as a community. 
Congratulation to the following student for the achievement points:

Bednall M41 9E1
Wild T38 10W2
Gregory M37 10O3

Career of the week

This weeks career of the week was nominated by Mrs Bell – Thank you 😊

Job title: Bio ChemistA Biochemists will investigate chemical processes that take place inside all living things from viruses and bacteria to people.   A University course or specialist training with the NHS is the best way to pursue a career in this role. At university you could study: Biochemistry biotechnology biopharmaceuticals chemical and molecular biology microbiology genetics molecular biology In the NHS, you can train by following the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Entry requirements:You will usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study Some universities also offer a science foundation year as part of a degree if you have not studied science subjects to the level needed
What you’ll do:In the pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, your work will include: developing new products monitoring production quality control checking the safety of existing products In a hospital, public health laboratory or research institute, your work will include: carrying out tests on blood researching the causes of disease exploring new methods of treatment In agriculture and the environment, your work will include: genetically engineering plants to create pest-resistant crops improving the quantity of crops developing and extending the shelf life of produce monitoring the effects of pollution on the environment
What you’ll earn:£26,500 – £60,000 a year
Working hours, patterns and environment:38-40 hours a week – possibly night shifts Likely to work in laboratories or you could work in you could work in universities or colleges, or medical, veterinary or dental schools as an educational biochemist.
More information:You can find out more about becoming a biochemist from the Biochemical Society, The Royal Society of Biology or The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

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October 9th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This Thursday we will be sending the last of our competitive course applications to UCAS.  Mrs Dodd and all of the 16 students who are applying for these courses, such as dentistry, veterinary and medicine, have worked incredibly hard on these applications and we are pleased that our small rural Sixth Form has so many this year.

We have now run two sessions for photographs to be taken for your child’s Sixth Form Lanyard, these will be created and distributed to students in the upcoming week. For those that did not attend the last session and have not made prior arrangements for their photograph to be taken we will use their Year 11 image. It is very important that when students are issued with these lanyards that they wear them when they are in school.

Year 13:

Please encourage your child to complete their personal statement and to work on their UCAS application, each copy of their personal statement should be sent to their form tutor, or their subject teacher if needed. This can be done through Unifrog or the teachers Outlook email (@tahs.net).  For those applying to UCAS must ensure that all basic sections are completed and that they are ready for their personal statements to be entered. At this point a member of the Sixth Form Team will check their application. 

Year 12:

All Year 12 students must ensure that they are logged onto Unifrog, this information was passed onto them in Year 11 and they were encouraged to use this to help them make plans in their Post 16 journey.  Unifrog is very useful for all students to look at careers, university and apprenticeships. If you would like to join Uniforg as a parent and see how the platform works then please email me, younge@tahs.net and I will send you the details.

SKILLS SESSIONS

During week 2, we continue with the theme of personal finance.

Y12

Students are to fill in the workbook pages 6 – 8:  types of employment; what is debt?  Think about the difference between part time, casual and zero hours contracts; what a P45 and P60 are; how much income tax you might pay and the advantages/disadvantages of different types of debt.  You can find the necessary files on Teams.

Y13

Students are to fill in the workbook on personal finance from pages 6 – 8:  borrowing money and risks; value for money and making it.  Find out about APR, payday loans, work out different lending rates and how some people live with debt, also different types of investments, buying, selling and discounts available to you.  You can find the attachments on Teams.

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

You will have started to receive different assessments this week as a way to support your progress over the year. Your teachers conduct lots of assessments during your lessons, but these give you a chance to attempt exam questions in timed conditions. It is important that you see these as an opportunity to show us what you have learnt so far, which then allows your teachers to give you specific feedback on how to improve your exam skills. These will give you a focus for what and how you need to revise for your different subjects.

Trial Exams


Your mock exams will be held in February, with the Assessment Weeks giving you additional opportunities to practise before these exams. As you will be sitting full papers, you should see these as TRIAL EXAMS rather than mocks, as you will have had a whole term of lessons to guide and support you and for you to focus your revision independently. A timetable for these will be published after Christmas.  


Exams Update

We do understand that there is a lot of speculation in the press at the moment about next Summer’s exams. Be assured that we have regular updates from Exam boards and OFQUAL (the exam regulator), so if there are any official changes we will inform you and publish all details to the school website. For now, it’s important that you continue to work hard in lessons, show what you can do in assessments and revise independently. 

Revision Tip #2: 

When should you start revising? It’s never too early! My top tip this week is to start little and often. For example, you have three lessons a day… at the end of each day, you could spend 15 minutes, for each subject, reading over your notes, finishing or adding to tasks, and coming up with questions for things you need help with… then each time build this up, so you’re reading more and more of your notes. Eventually, you SHOULD be able to read your whole exercise book in 15 minutes! 


Most importantly though, all of the staff are here to support you through your assessments and trial exams, so that you are as confident as you can be.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

We are holding our meet the tutor evening to give parents feedback on how well students have done as they transition from year 8 into our year 9 on Wednesday 21st October between 4 & 7pm.

This will be a virtual event and full details of how to access the meetings will be emailed nearer the date. The appointments will be held on MS Teams, through your child’s account, please ensure that you know their log in to Office 365, username and password.

In the meantime ensure you have made an appointment to see your child’s tutor via the booking system on Insight – http://www.thomasalleynes.org – full login details have been emailed to all parents / careers we have an email address for. If you have any issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk for assistance.

World Mental Health Day

Saturday is World Mental Health Day, this year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All’ This will be well advertised in all forms of the media. You may see your favourite actors, sports stars, Royals and people in the community raising awareness of positive mental health and wellness. 

Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:

  • the ability to learn
  • the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

It’s not always easy to describe how you’re feeling. If you can’t think of one word, use lots. What does it feel like inside your head? What does it make you feel like doing?

You don’t need to sit your loved ones down for a big conversation about your wellbeing. Many people feel more comfortable when these conversations develop naturally – maybe when you’re doing something together.

If it feels awkward at first, give it time. Make talking about your feelings something that you do. Please make the time to talk to friends and family to check in on how they are and express how you are feeling. There is always staff at school to speak to if you need. 

MFL

Congratulations to all of Year 9, who recently survived their first grammar check.

In particular the following students did incredibly well:


Susie C, Logan C, Rosanna H, Calli H, Layla M, Ben P, Scarlett B-W, Victoria H, Bethan P, Edwin S, Elizabeth W, Libby L, Oakley P, Josh B, Josh F, Isabella G, Cicely H, Oliver H-P, Kristers L, Emily O, Hannah S, Hannah D, Jessica W, Martha B, Tom B, Charlie F, Molly H, James L, Alex L, Olly R
We are so pleased that they are going to be given free memberships to ThisIsLanguage.com, where they can start sharpening their skills, and try to beat the scores of the GCSE classes.


Year 11 speaking assessment

While we wait for OFQUAL and AQA to confirm how the speaking element will be marked in lessons, we will be using photo card style assessments to make sure you are still practising your skills. Please make sure you prepare and practise answering typical questions.

Learning Support Evening

Parents of Year 10 and 11 SEND pupils are invited to attend our first virtual evening.  Invites will be sent out via email at the start of next week, to all parents. The evening will introduce you to how school is supporting pupils in the school day, how to access Mircosoft Teams for remote learning and revision techniques to assist your son or daughter in their GCSE work.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 15th October between 5 & 6pm.

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Tomas for his excellent Chemistry work, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Morgan, Poppy and Vicky all for excellent effort in Science, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 10

Lucy for brilliant participation and high-level answers in Physics, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Elliot and Ellie-Mae for always working with great enthusiasm and dedication to Science, selected by Miss Thorley.

Jamie for excellence in Biology, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Jack for his enthusiastic approach to every lesson, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 11

Thomas and Luke for fantastic first assessment results, selected by Miss Thorley.

Joe for hard work on moles, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Aaron for a brilliant Chemistry result on Benzene assessment, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Well done!

English Success

The English department have been very impressed by lots of the good work we have seen this week. Well done in particular to:

Year 9

Martha B, Sam L, Harry W, Tom Y, Charlotte H

Yr 10

Lachlan M, Jenny P, Katie D, Nell W, Jacob W

Yr 11

Lucy M, Lucy C, Harry S, Toby P L, Evie N, Josh R

Yr 12

Imogen N, Robert F, Tom F

Latest from PE

We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Pastoral Update

This week has been a difficult week in particular for our Year 11 students. That said I wanted to thank all the students that have remained in school for their support of each other and for those that are at home to say ‘Well Done’ for the work that they have been completing. Only last week I wrote how pleased we were as a school to have got through 6 full weeks without having to have a large number of students at home. Now that we have faced this I am once again hugely impressed how as a school community we have coped with this.  We do not know what next week will bring for us but what I do know is that as a school we will face it together.


Well done to the following students for the points they have accrued :  Martha Bednall (35 9E1), Lennon Edwards (31 9W1) and Olly Radley (31 9W2)


Mrs Major (Assistant Head : Pastoral)

Elkes News

While we’ll be going through some of this in assembly before the end of the half term, I wanted to recognise some of the year 10 students whose teachers have assessed their efforts so far this year.

When parents have access to reports on Insight, one of the numbers is the ‘average effort grade’, and it’s basically a score out of 4, where a 4 would mean ‘Excellent’ (the best possible’) and a 1 would be ‘Unacceptable’ (the least possible) in all of their subjects.

These are based on the effort our students are putting in, and while we’ll have information on years 9 and 11 shortly, the following students are those at the top of the year 10 ranking and should be tremendously proud of the start they’ve made to the year!

Bethan T, Ellie-Mae B, George M, Fin T-S, Livvy E, Oliver E, Maddie H, Raph H, Tom N and Lucy O are our Elkes top ten, and there are many more who ought to have a look at this score with great satisfaction. Well done all, and keep it up!

Geography News


GCSE Geography revision sessions (Y11) will be beginning after half term, most likely to run on Tuesdays after school. More details will be given in Y11 Geography lessons, with a timetable to follow. 

Career of the week

This weeks career of the week has been nominated by Mrs Mood – Thank you very much!

Job title: Sound Engineer  Sound engineers work in studios and make recordings of music, speech and sound effects.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: University completing a foundation degree or degree in sound engineering and production audio engineering or music production You’ll usually need: at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree A college course You could do a Level 3 Diploma in Sound Production or Music Technology To get on a college course you’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course An apprenticeship You could complete a creative venue technician or technical theatre advanced apprenticeship, which have options in sound. To access an apprenticeship, you’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship You could also get a job working as an assistant in a recording studio or volunteer for hospital radio, music events etc
Skills required:. You’ll need: to pay attention to detail to be able to use computer operating systems, hardware and software efficientlyable to work well with othersable to accept criticism and work well under pressure persistence and determination customer service skills knowledge of media production and communication
What you’ll do:In your day-to-day duties you could: plan recording sessions set up the studio microphones and equipment operate recording equipment and add effectsrecord each instrument or vocal onto a separate trackmix tracks to produce a final ‘master’ tracklog recordings and other details of the session in the studio archive
What you’ll earn:£15000 – £40,000 a year depending on experience
Career path and progression:With experience, you could specialise in a particular technical skill, become a music producer, studio manager, or start your own recording studio.

Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk where you can find more information and current opportunities. If this career interests you, it is also worth looking at the videos on Icould.com  https://icould.com/?s=sound+engineer

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at featherstone@tahs.net

Upcoming events

Below are a number of upcoming events which students can independently sign up to.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Medicine Seminars

The Medic Portal will be running three free Get Into Medicine Seminars over the coming month live online.

They will focus on how to succeed in the medical school interview (updated for this unique year) alongside top tips from admissions tutors.

Please can you share the free opportunity with your students from Year 11 onwards. They can sign up here.

They will run on the following dates and times:

       14th October: 5pm to 6.30pm

       4th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

       18th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

Your students will also get to hear from a top European Medical School, The University of Nicosia, on their unique programme.

London School of Dentistry – virtual work experience

London School of Dentistry would like to inform you about their online dentistry taster course for students! This course was created by current dentists to help younger students experience what it would be like to study dentistry at university, allowing them to make an informed decision before applying and pursuing it as a career. 

Their main aim is to help students realise whether dentistry is the career for them.

They are offering a 3 hour course which supporting materials covering various aspects of the dental curriculum at university, along with tips on securing work experience, writing a strong personal statement and performing well during interviews. 

There is a cost to the course of £44.99, but the London school of dentistry state that it will allow
aspiring students to obtain some work experience in the current pandemic where in-person experience is very difficult to organise! If students are interested then they can sign up on: www.londonschoolofdentistry.co.uk

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October 2nd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Please ensure that your son or daughter is aware of the sign out and in procedure that we have implemented.  In order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

All students must use this system if they are leaving school and when returning into school if it is on the same day.  This is in order for us to ensure the safety of our students and to adhere to safeguarding and fire safety regulations.

As we have now taken most o the photographs of our Year 12 students we can start putting their ID together, for those that were not able to have their photograph taken then they will be required to be in school at 1.20pm on Thursday 8th October.

Y13

Students will need to:

Please complete pages 1 – 5 of the new ‘personal finance’ workbook which supports the 2 PowerPoints.  Find out about different payment methods and the best times to use them.  Also explore the costs of managing a household budget.  Fill in the blank budgeting sheet first then check your answers against the ‘budgeting sheet’ which is filled in.  This will be really useful for your future, including managing your budget (such as maintenance loan at university, or your first pay packet from an apprenticeship).  Please download these files from Teams – Mrs Dodd and myself will be checking to see who has accessed these.

Y12

The new focus for Skills lessons at the moment is personal finance.  For your Skills Session this week, please complete pages 1 – 5 of the new ‘personal finance’ workbook which supports the 2 PowerPoints.  Find out about income tax, NI, minimum wage etc and how council tax is spent.  Also find out about banking and explore which banks offer the best deals for students.  This will be really useful for your future, including setting up an account ready for a maintenance loan at university, or for your first pay packet from an apprenticeship.  Please download these files from Teams – Mrs Dodd and myself will be checking to see who has accessed these.

PE Update

We have begun practical PE lessons this week.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

A reminder to students in Year 11 and 13 that next two weeks are your first Assessment Weeks. You will be asked to complete some assessed work so that you can chart your progress against your targets grades. Your teachers will be able to guide your revision and help you develop skills for answering questions.  These will be completed in your classroom, but you will be expected to work in exam conditions, so completing tasks independently and within a specific time period. 


However, don’t worry- your staff have been planning assessments that will show your learning up to this point with a focus on what you have covered since returning in September. The best advice is to revise from what you have covered so far this term. 


Revision tip 1: Make a page of CORNELL NOTES summarising what you have learnt so far… See the link for how to make Cornell notes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtW9IyE04OQ

A Well Done…

Edwin from year 9 went above and beyond to make 44 boxes at home that all fitted inside each other. He worked out all of the sizes, assembled them in his own time. This was an extension from Miss Arrowsmith’s lesson in graphics!


Great job – Well done Edwin!

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Harriet and Daniel for excellent attitude and enthusiasm to learning, selected by Miss Thorley.

Year 10

Joseph for his consistent strive to better understand Science, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Year 11

Maddy for an excellent start to Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Billy and Daniel for brilliant cross curricula work to use maths skills to create a formula for calculating Half-Life in Nuclear Physics, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Kerys, Caitlyn and Eleanor for excellent effort in lessons, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Katelyn, Aimee, Ben and George, all for awesome participation in remote lessons, selected by Mr Crum.

Well done!

English Success

From English, we have had a lot of nominations for student of the week. Clearly all of the teachers are very impressed with the work being produced and the effort so many of you continue to make. Well done in particular to:

Year 9

Maisie Lawrie, Sam Lawrence, Garard Wall, Charlie Edge, Alisha Clarke, Amina Kirby, Ellie Baker, Joshua Beckett, Jayden Davies, Aaron Pike

Yr 10

Harriet E, Ella R, Liam A, Jack Van Hoek, Charles Fradley, Cerys Doughty, Tim Wild, William G, Neve Rounthwaite

Yr 11

Mollie B, Isla M, O’Shea Poole, Larbi Fadili, Alex Price, Bailey Redshaw

Yr 12

Lizzie Steele, Katie Gilbert, Eve Bednall, Sophie Whieldon, Rob Fuller

Yr 13

Aidan Rowland

Pastoral Update

With 5 weeks now completed I wanted to once again congratulate students on how well they continue to cope with their return to school. In particular the following students have made a tremendous start with the number of achievement points they have accrued: Martha Bednall (29), Ali Moustapha (25) and Savannah Omuso (25). Well Done!


The first half term is always a long one but we are over half way through and students need to be commended for their acceptance of all the new procedures that have enabled all year groups to remain in school not only safe and well but also to be able to resume and enjoy their learning within their classrooms. The atmosphere around school is extremely positive. PE lessons have resumed this week which has given both staff and students a real lift. It has been a pleasure seeing students out on the school fields enjoying their practical lessons. 

3 weeks until half term. Lets keep up all the hard work and progress we have made.


Mrs Major (Assistant Head : Pastoral)

Orme News

It’s incredibly inspiring to see the achievements made by Orme students, the number of credits accumulated is really very impressive. A special mention must go out to Aimee, Luke and Maddison in year 9 and Joseph and Milly in year 10. Well done to everyone for  all the positive behaviours across a number of different lessons.  The credits and attendance totals are even more important this year as we head towards the half term celebration assemblies, we may not be able to beat Elkes, Torrance and Whitmore on the sports field right now but we can beat them in the classroom.

House captain applications are still open, If you think you have the qualities we need; leadership, positivity, resilience and empathy then please write a letter of application and send it to me at Brassington@tahs.net  This should be no more than a single page so try to be clear and concise.

This coming week Mr Mitchell will deliver an assembly as it is Space Week. This will be delivered during our recovery session on Thursday, I am looking forward to learning something interesting about what’s going on out there.

“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”  Jules Verne

Torrance News

The first month of this academic year seems to have flown by! I’d like to congratulate the many students who had adapted to our new normal so well and have approached the last few weeks with positivity, patience and resilience. 


In this week’s skills session Year 11 have started to look at money matters, gaining an understanding of money management, credit scores and the impact they can have on future options and opportunities. We feel that an understanding of these matters is an essential life skill and  supports the work they have covered on mental wellbeing and self-awareness.  A number of students have expressed that they are keen to cover these topics so I look forward to hearing what they have learnt.Year 9 and 10 have continued their work on mental health and wellbeing, this week focusing on positivity and resilience. This has included stress management techniques and a range of activities to equip our students with the skills they require to handle stressful situations throughout life. As part of the focus on positivity, students were introduced to the Action for Happiness calendar. This month’s calendar is ‘Optimistic October’ and helps to give a positive focus through a short daily activity. Please see the link below if this is something you would like to engage with as a family during these challenging times. I have also included a number of other websites which support our PSHE curriculum delivered during skills sessions. 


Miss Keeling 
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/optimistic-october

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://barclayslifeskills.com/families/money-skills/money-talks/

Drama News

Many thanks to our year 11 GCSE Drama students for developing and performing their powerful, socially distanced dance piece for our open evening film. Well done to: Lily Williams, Heather Leech, Leanne Painter, Alyssa Whitehall, Lucy Lowther and Lara Taylor-Caine. 


Our GCSE Drama achiever of the week is Ella Russell in year 10 for her excellent response to her component 3 exam question, as well as her ongoing dedication and focus.

Well done to Ella. 

Message for all Year 9 parents

Year 9 have received their school photograph order forms in the skills session this week.  If you wish to place an order, please follow the guidance on the forms to pay order online directly through Tempest. If this is not an option, order forms can be handed in to the office up to Friday 16th October.

Rotary Writing Competition

Mrs Brophy is coordinating the Rotary club annual writing competition this year.brophy@tahs.net for those interested in entering. Details on support and guidance sessions to follow. Could you include the competition outline but not the privacy notice or application form please.

Career of the week

Having looked through some of the future intentions questionnaires there are a few of our Year 11’s interested in pursuing a career in rail. So this week we have chosen Train Drivers as our career of the week.

Job title: Train Driver    Train drivers operate trains on the rail network, carrying passengers and freight around the country   In this role you could be: check controls and equipment before a journeydrive the train between stations or freight depotsspeak with control centres along the route about any issuesfollow track signalling, safety and speed instructionsleave platforms and pull into stations safelymake passenger announcementscontrol automatic doorsposition and hand over engines to drivers on the next shiftrecord incidents like equipment problems, onboard issues or delays
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: an apprenticeship working towards this role by taking on another role for a rail company applying directly   Employers expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications.  
Skills required:You’ll need: concentration skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations the ability to operate and control equipment knowledge of public safety and security observation and recording skills the ability to work well with others and on your own knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device   You’ll need to: to be over 20 years of age    
What you’ll earn:Depending on experience a train driver can earn between £20,000 and £60,000 a year.  
Working hours, patterns and environment:Your working environment may be noisy and you may spend nights away from homeYou may need to wear a uniform35 to 40 hours a week
Career path and progression:Once you’re qualified, you could work on passenger, freight or engineering trains.   With experience, you could combine your job with instructing trainee drivers, who are learning new routes and cab controls. You could also become a driver trainer, teaching new starters in the classroom, working with driver simulators and accompanying trainees on journeys.   You could move into management, supervising drivers and making sure trains and crew are where they need to be on the rail network. Operations management is another possibility, planning future rail developments.

Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/train-driver you can find more information and current opportunities on the national careers service website.

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

Below are a number of upcoming events which students can independently sign up to.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Medicine Seminars

The Medic Portal will be running three free Get Into Medicine Seminars over the coming month live online.

They will focus on how to succeed in the medical school interview (updated for this unique year) alongside top tips from admissions tutors.

Please can you share the free opportunity with your students from Year 11 onwards. They can sign up here.

They will run on the following dates and times:

       14th October: 5pm to 6.30pm

       4th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

       18th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

Your students will also get to hear from a top European Medical School, The University of Nicosia, on their unique programme.

London School of Dentistry – virtual work experience

London School of Dentistry would like to inform you about their online dentistry taster course for students! This course was created by current dentists to help younger students experience what it would be like to study dentistry at university, allowing them to make an informed decision before applying and pursuing it as a career. 

Their main aim is to help students realise whether dentistry is the career for them.

They are offering a 3 hour course which supporting materials covering various aspects of the dental curriculum at university, along with tips on securing work experience, writing a strong personal statement and performing well during interviews. 

There is a cost to the course of £44.99, but the London school of dentistry state that it will allow
aspiring students to obtain some work experience in the current pandemic where in-person experience is very difficult to organise!

If students are interested then they can sign up on: www.londonschoolofdentistry.co.uk

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September 25th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Please ensure that your son or daughter is aware of the sign out and in procedure that we have implemented.  In order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

All students must use this system if they are leaving school and when returning into school if it is on the same day.  This is in order for us to ensure the safety of our students and to adhere to safeguarding and fire safety regulations.

As we have now taken most o the photographs of our Year 12 students we can start putting their ID together, when these are ready for collection we will notify all students through their Insight and place it on Insight notice board.  We do still have some photographs to take, these should all be completed by the end of next week.

Can all students in Year 13 ensure that they have all their work that was completed during lockdown accessible as this will be needed for revision purposes as we start heading towards mock examinations.

I have sent all Year 13 students notices to inform them that they must update the class teachers on Unifrog to enable them to complete their academic references. I have been informed that a number of students have not done this. Please could you check that they have done this. Unifrog is an amazing tool that we have purchased for the school and it really helps support our Sixth Form students in their how to preapre for their next steps Post 18. As well as utilising Unifrog to help with next steps I need to encourage all Year 13 students to register with UCAS, instructions on how to do this was sent out in July.  Please email younge@tahs.net if you are unsire and I will help.

PE Update

We are commencing with practical PE lessons from 28th September.  The activities delivered will be based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

You have an assessment fortnight from the 5th October- 16th October.

This means that within your lessons, you will be asked to complete some work alone and using exam style questions to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for your exams next Summer.

To prepare for this make sure that you are revising what you have been studying since returning in September. We are excited for you to show us what you can do!

Mental Health 

Next week is the official launch for the Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health Support Team in Schools. Natalie and Bridie have already been working with students from our School and across the pyramid. 

Each day next week we will be sharing on videos on insight, with your teachers and social media MHST’s  5 ways to wellbeing including the topicsTake NoticeBe Active GiveKeep LearningTechniques for taking notice. 
If you are interested in a referral to the MHST please contact your childs Head of House. 

Logo Competition

Check out the details on the logo competition by following this link:

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Jack B for gaining 100% in his first Biology homework, selected by Mrs North.

Georgie S and Lucas WS for excellent understanding and contributions to class discussions, selected by Miss Thorley.

Luke N, Charlie F and Ben S for their positive contributions to Biology lessons, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Holly T, Josh B, Molly H, Chloe SA, selected by Mr Melland for making excellent contributions in their Physics lessons.

Year 10

Livvy E for excellent effort in biology, selected by Mrs North.

Liam A and Thomas N for fantastic assessment scores and attitude to learning, selected by Miss Thorley.

Evie P, Charlie A, Izzy M for working very well through the work on acceleration, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 11

Mollie B and Leo M for effort and progress in Biology, selected by Mr Milward.

Finley E for an excellent start to Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Year 12

Helena B and Alfie B for a strong start in the A Level Biology course, selected by Mr Milward.

Jamie D for an excellent Chemistry test result, selected by Mrs Evans.

Animal Care Students of the Week are:

Year 10

Katie B and Katey G for an excellent start in Animal Care, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Nat S, Emily T and Lucy M for excellent Animal Care coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

English Success

The whole of the English Department have been really pleased with your efforts since we returned. The following students have been nominated by their teacher as being fantastic this week… Keep up the good work!!

Miss Beevor:

Year 9 

Jess C, Joel M

Year 10

Jack W

Mrs Hunt

Year 9

Holly T

Year 10

Tom N

Year 12

Lizzie S

Year 13

Aidan R

Mr Brassington

Year 11

Josh B

Year 10

Georgie S

Year 9

Kai H

Mrs Bell

Year 10

Jake L

Miss Cann

Year 9

Oliver H

Charlotte H

Year 10

Abi C

Mrs Peers

Year 10

Rhys R

Charlotte J

CHANGES TO ENGLISH LITERATURE GCSE- Year 11:

As you will be aware, there have been some changes to the English Literature GCSE. Students will no longer be tested on the Power and Conflict poetry anthology. You will still be tested on An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, The Sign of Four and ‘unseen’ poetry.

If you wish to buy your own copies of the texts, they are available on the school shop for £13.85 (called Year Ten Lit Pack) and can be collected from Mrs Peers.

Revision guides will be available after half term.

New Arrivals

We have had two Rhea chicks hatch on the farm. They have been named Ray and Chris. They will stay on the farm until they are bigger and then they will go home with one of our farm staff.

Our Environment

Do you want to make a difference to your school and your local community?

Are you environmentally focused and can see changes that need to be made?

Do you want to work as part of a team to support our Eco-School Committee and to push our school to be awarded a Green Flag status?

If so…

Eco-School is an opportunity for our school to be awarded a Green Flag status. We have a team of students in Year 13, led by Okii, who last year worked with Mrs Rudge to ensure that all buses and minibuses that were dropping of and collecting students from TAHS turned their engines off while students were embarking and disembarking, they spoke about how they would like more bike sheds so students could be encouraged to travel to school by bike and be able to securely lock them up. Mrs Rudge has since provided 2 further bike sheds on the school site. We have also been able to secure an area of land on the school site that we can use to plane trees on. This is only the start of our journey. I will be working with Okii and his team in Year 12 and 13 to see what else we can achieve this year. We are also going to ask for representatives from Years 9-11 to join our team and to help make a difference.

If you would like more details then please email me younge@tahs.net.

If you would like to apply for a place on the committee then please email me with the reasons why you would like to join, what changes you think we could make to the school to improve our environmental status, this should be no more than 500 words.

Closing date 5th October

Elkes News

4 weeks in and still the new timetable presents challenges and changes for us, but the students continue to adapt well to them. I miss seeing our Elkes tutors so often, and I know they’re enjoying the skills sessions which currently take the place of form time. Our tutor meeting was a great start to the week, and while it’s just not the same on Zoom, being together in some sense was a real boost. For  a wide range of reasons, and for each making progress on their various paths, special mentions this week go to Harvey P, Joely and Selena, and Tom K.

As ever, if there’s anything we can do, just mail parker@tahs.net or attwood@tahs.net

Whitmore News

Today we have completed the four week timetable, the new look school day has become more of a routine. Miss Arbery and myself are still keen to hear the positive activities that you are participating in away from the classroom. Please e-mail us with your news at arbery@tahs.net and jones@tahs.net 

Career of the week

Job title: Care WorkerCare workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.
Entry requirements:You could take a college course, which may help when you look for work. Courses include: Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social CareLevel 2 Diploma in Care Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course   You could get into this job through an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship or a lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:You’ll need: sensitivity and understandingthe ability to work well with otherspatience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situationsthe ability to accept criticism and work well under pressureto be thorough and pay attention to detailcustomer service skillsa desire to help peopleexcellent verbal communication skillsto be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do:In this role you could be: getting to know clients and their interests and needshelping with personal care like washing, using the toilet and dressingfood preparation, feeding and giving out medicationcarrying out general tasks like housework, laundry and shoppinghelping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write lettersgoing with clients to and from a residential home You could also be: supporting families with new caring responsibilitiesgiving emotional and practical support to children and young peopleworking with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development planshelping to organise leisure activities
What you’ll earn:Starter: £12,500Experienced: £25,000
These figures are a guide.
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at an adult care home or at a client’s home.Your working environment may be physically demanding.You may need to wear a uniform.You will work 35 to 40 hours on a shift rota including evenings and weekends
Career path and progression:You could progress to a more senior role, managing people or services.As your career develops, you can move on to higher level qualifications, such as a foundation degree, social work degree or Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Year 11 and 13 Questionnaires

Just a reminder that we would like our year 11 and 13 students to complete their future intentions questionnaires. If they haven’t completed the questionnaire yet they will have received an email this week with a reminder.

Their answers will allow us to identify the support they need this year with their decision making for the end of their key stages.

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September 18th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I do feel that we have embraced the ‘new normal’ and that all new systems that we have implemented are being adhered to.  I would like to reiterate that students in Year 12 and 13 have been provided with study areas within school to allow them to complete school work when they do not have a taught lesson.  We have been asked by the community to politely remind students that if they do leave school during the day to go home that they do maintain social distancing and follow government guidance on the use of face coverings etc.

All Sixth Form students that from Monday 21st September in order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

All students must use this system if they are leaving school and when returning into school if it is on the same day.  This is in order for us to ensure the safety of our students and to adhere to safeguarding and fire safety regulations.

I have sent all Year 13 students notices to inform them that they must update the class teachers on Unifrog to enable them to complete their academic references. I have been informed that a number of students have not done this. Please could you check that they have done this. Unifrog is an amazing tool that we have purchased for the school and it really helps support our Sixth Form students in their how to preapre for their next steps Post 18.

A few days ago I messaged all Year 12 students and explained that unless they do not have a lesson on Tuesday, that they must be in school for period 3 to have their photo taken for their lanyard. This is part of our safeguarding policy and it is also part of their school uniform to wear their lanyard every day. Year 13 students were issued with their photographic ID last year and the Sixth Form Team will be taking photographs in the theatre. A schedule has been sent to all students via Insight. If Year 13 have lost their ID then please ask them to let me know younge@tahs.net and I will arrange a time for their photo to be taken.

Mrs Bell has sent the folowing message:

6TH FORM SKILLS 

Skills sessions for Week 4 are as follows.  Information and workbooks are available on Teams and Insight.

Y12:  immunisation and vaccinations; healthy eating habits

Y13:  stress and stress management including tips for better sleep

Eco-School is an opportunity for our school to be awarded a Green Flag status. We have a team of students in Year 13, led by Okii, who last year worked with Mrs Rudge to ensure that all buses and minibuses that were dropping of and collecting students from TAHS turned their engines off while students were embarking and disembarking, they spoke about how they would like more bike sheds so students could be encouraged to travel to school by bike and be able to securely lock them up. Mrs Rudge has since provided 2 further bike sheds on the school site. We have also been able to secure an area of land on the school site that we can use to plane trees on.  This is only the start of our journey. I will be working with Okii and his team in Year 12 and 13 to see what else we can achieve this year. We are also going to ask for representatives from Years 9-11 to join our team and to help make a difference.

Wellbeing Sessions

PE Update


We are commencing with practical PE lessons from 28th September.  The activities delivered will be based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight next week. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Year 9 Photographs

Year 9 school Photographs will this year take place on Tuesday 22nd September during their Period 3 lesson. Students are asked on this day to ensure that they are wearing smart and correct uniforms including a white shirt, their house tie and if they would like, their blazer. We ask that students remove their black jumpers for these photos if they are wearing them.

News from Science

Call for Club members!

Staffordshire University is offering our Year 10 students the opportunity to join a free ‘Virtual Club’, which will be a mixture of webinars and demonstration videos taking place over 10 weeks on Saturdays from October to December 2020.  The club will appeal to students interested in Science and Engineering.

Club members will receive free materials at the start of the club to enable them to fully participate in the webinar sessions.

The University are also offering a ‘Virtual and Live Club’ which will initially be virtual, but it is hoped that in January club members can be invited onto the campus, in line with Government Guidance.

For more information and an online application form please click on the link below:

Application form

This term we are continuing with our Science Students of the Week award.  Students will be selected from all year groups who have excelled in their science studies and will receive an electronic certificate.  We will also be continuing with our fortnightly award for students who have performed exceptionally well in their Animal Care studies.

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Maddy and Joshua have been selected by Mrs Gwynne for an excellent start to Biology. 

Charles has been selected by Miss Thorley for great scientific knowledge in class discussions.

Alfie has been selected by Mrs Dykes for his excellent knowledge in Chemistry.

Year 10

Charlie has been selected by Mrs Dykes, who remarked that ‘Charlie was on fire with is photosynthesis this week in biology!’

Chloe has been selected by Miss Thorley for working hard to master ionic formulae.

Alex has been selected by Mrs North for excellent attitude in Biology, both class work and homework.

Year 11

Tyler and Madison have been selected by Mr Mitchell for a really positive start to lessons in Physics and good understanding of topics taught so far.

Harley has been selected by Miss Thorley for fantastic contributions to lessons and a brilliant positive start to the year.

Year 12

Jess has been selected by Miss Thorley for her efforts in starting BTEC Applied Science.

Eleanor has been selected by Mrs North for fantastic engagement in Forensic Science.

Year 13

George has been selected by Mrs North for excellent work on Applied Science coursework.

Isobel has been selected by Mrs Gwynne for a promising start to Year 13 Biology.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Year 11

Amber, Ollie and Jacob for excellent contributions in class.

Well done!

History Year 11

Just a reminder that all Year 11 have an exam on Year 10 work (Medicine through Time) before the end of September. Homework is revision for this exam.

Torrance News

Another busy week this week. I feel the 3rd week back has really demonstrated how well the students are adapting to the new school routine and systems in place. It is great to see so many achievement points being awarded. A special mention has to go to Mr Pollitt’s form group (9T1) who have all picked up multiple achievement points and not a single behaviour point – what a fantastic start to the academic year!

Next week the students will have another skills session with their form tutors where they will continue to focus on mental health and wellbeing topics. These sessions are crucial to ensuring that our students can identify mental health concerns and develop strategies to enable them to deal with potential challenges to their wellbeing.

As there wasn’t chance at the end of the last academic year, I would like to let all Year 10 Torrance  students know that applications are now open for House Captain. Please send your applications to keeling@tahs.net by Monday 28th September, I look forward to reading them!

Orme News

As we all approach the end of the first month returning to school I am as always surprised and impressed at how well you all adapt to anything life throws at you. It has been described to me as the “new normal”, though I wouldn’t like to see this phrase used myself. When we use a word like normal we forget that the current situation requires a response, it is a challenge that needs us to gather ourselves as a school community and coordinate our efforts in keeping the school a safe and welcoming environment despite the challenges. It has given me great pleasure to see Orme students responding to this challenge by realising more is expected, that we must do better to ensure that we can also achieve what we did before as part of normal school life.

Orme students have shown this willingness to be resilient and rise to the challenge by returning to lessons and showing some excellent work and effort. I would like to give a special mention to a few of our year 9 students this week who have managed to accumulate double figures in achievement points already, this is more challenging with fewer lessons each day meaning less opportunities to impress.  Sophie and Harry from 901, Luke Jordan and Isabelle from 902. I am immensely impressed by the start you have made, showing that despite our days being far from normal, you can still work hard, achieve, and enjoy success as we always have done here at Thomas Alleyne’s. Well done!

Year 10 Orme students, we are looking for House Captains. If you think you have the qualities we need; leadership, positivity, resilience and empathy then please write a letter of application and send it to me at Brassington@tahs.net  This should be no more than a single page so try to be clear and concise.

This coming week Mrs Major will deliver an assembly on resilience during our recovery session on Tuesday, hopefully we can all take something from this as we continue to face Everyday challenges. This week’s quote is on that theme of adversity, challenge and resilience

“In the face of adversity, we have a choice.  We can be bitter, or we can be better.”  Caryn Sullivan

Mr Brassington

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

Quite a few of our students will be starting to think about their options for the future and making decisions about which subjects to choose, or what career and educational pathways to take once they have completed their time with us.  The Future Intentions team thought it would be useful to have a regular section in the round up to introduce you to a range of different careers and also to inform you of any upcoming events which may support you with your choices.  

We would like to say a huge thank you to Lorna who recently completed her A Levels at TAHS for designing us our logo. Lorna inspired us for our first ‘Career of the week’ section!

Career of the week

Job title: Illustrator  Illustrators produce drawings, paintings or diagrams for use in products like books and greetings cards, or on packaging.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: a university course an apprenticeshipapplying directly University Course: Entry requirements You’ll need a higher national diploma or degree in illustration or a related subject like fine art or graphic design. You’ll usually need: between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree Apprenticeship – Entry requirements You could do an advanced apprenticeship in graphic design, then with experience and further training, move into illustration work. You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
What you’ll earn:£14000 – £40,000 a year depending on the hours you work
Working hours, patterns and environment:Your day-to-day tasks may include: discussing requirements, or ‘briefs’, with authors, editors or designers negotiating prices and timescales deciding on the right style for illustrations creating illustrations using hand drawing, painting or computer design packagesYou could work in a creative studio, from home or at a client’s business. You may work for an organisation or be self-employed and work from home.
Career path and progression:With experience and graphic design skills you could work for a design agency, publishing company or magazine. You could also move into specialist work, for example architectural or archaeological illustration   For further information, have a look – this is a really great insight into the career path of an illustrator and talks about her love of her profession   https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/learning/craft-careers/craft-careers-how-leigh-hodgkinson-became-illustrator  

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

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September 11th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week has been successful with our Year 13 and 12 students focused on learning, not only in lessons but also the new systems we have implemented around the school. 

Students in both year groups do not need to be on the school site if they do not have a timetabled lesson. If the student does choose to stay on site then there are venues which they can use to study. The Common Room and Study Room are available all day. These areas are set out like classrooms, as per the guidance we have received, which means that the students will be facing forward whilst they are in there.  They can access the wooden gym, this also is only available to Sixth Form students. Period 3 they can use the canteen, the Theatre and Ede Studio as lower school will all be classrooms. We hope that you can reiterate the importance of your child following all guidance that we have introduced.

We have ensured that all Sixth Form students are able to purchase food and hot drinks whilst maintaining their bubble. When they are on break and lunch Room 65 is open for hot and cold food. This is a great opportunity and the food will be cheaper than similar food that they could purchase from shops in town.

If your child chooses to leave the school site during a non-taught session then please can you ensure that they understand the importance of social distancing and the purpose of wearing masks. This will not only support the school but also the local community.

As stated previously we are not expecting students to wear suit jackets as part of the current school uniform, notice will be given for when this will change, however we must impress upon them the importance of following all other aspects of the school uniform policy. For ladies they must wear a skirt of a suitble length for school, a blouse, smart jumper and shoes or boots. These are not part of the uniform policy; trainers or pumps, short tight skirts, ‘pleather’ skirts, jeans, t-shirts and hoodies or jumper dresses. Gentlemen can wear smart trousers, shirt, tie, jumper (no obvious branded logo) and shoes or boots. As with the ladies unifom, these are not part of our uniform policy; trainers, hoodies and jeans. Please support us by talking with your child about expectations around school uniform.

Year 13 students should now have ensured that they have updated their Unifrog information with their new academic teachers, this will enable their class teachers to write their subject reference and their form tutor to complete their part of the academic reference. This can be done by logging on to Unifrog and follow the instructions.

All Year 13 students should now have sent their form tutor a copy of their personal statements, this applies to all students including those that have already decided they are choosing another path Post-18. Their form tutor will read this and return it using Unifrog with feedback and amendments. 

UCAS is open for applications for competative course such as medicine, dentistry and vetinary and OxBridge applications should also be submitted soon as the deadline for this is only a few weeks away.

Year 12 are currently in their induction phase and teachers are being asked to assess them on certain areas inculding; punctuality, homework, Sixth Form 7 and bridging work.  This information will be collated and will be communicated with you.

Over the upcoming weeks I will be providing information on Unifrog for parents which will offer help and support on how to access and navigate this virtual platform. 

SKILLS SESSIONS

All Y12 and Y13 students have 3 ‘Skills’ sessions on their 4 week timetable as part of their 6th form pastoral programme.  It is essential that they complete this work regarding social, emotional and general health plus citizenship which forms part of their 6th form agreement and our duty of care.  Powerpoints and workbooks can be downloaded from Insight or Teams.  Any queries, please contact Mrs Dodd or Mrs Bell.  The theme of this weeks Skills session was emotional well being.

Office 365 & Insight

More details are to be provided in school but as a reminder all students have office365 accounts and staff are using the teams app contained within for class and homework.

Access via office.com

login: schoolusername@tahs.net eg smithdavid09@tahs.net

Password: as per school login

Insight: thomasalleynes.org

login is the same as the school network

A guide with videos are contained within this presentation and this will be backed up in school.

https://bit.ly/2RdSaDY

Pastoral Round Up

A huge well done to students this week for completing their first full week with the new systems in place. We appreciate, particularly for our Year 10 and upwards students, that there has been a lot to get used to and I would like to thank them for acting so responsibly this week. To our Year 9 students you seem to be getting to know the site well now and I hope that you are starting to feel part of the Thomas Alleyne Community.

Elkes News

Having seen most of our students back this week, I’ve been really pleased and impressed at how many have adapted to the changes and systems in place, helping new students find their way, working with us on social distancing and mask wearing, and getting back into good habits in lessons. Hearing from students and parents about the ways our students have coped and in some cases flourished during the pandemic is refreshing and reassuring, and I wanted to give particular mentions to Garrard W, Xanthe, Alfie A and Hannah C (not all Elkes students!) for getting involved in tremendous initiatives like local food banks, youth groups, businesses and family support during recent months, all of whom are great examples of what makes our community so special. I hope you’re all enjoying being back with us, and if we can do anything to make the coming weeks easier, just let us know.

Mr Parker

Whitmore

A busy and tiring first full week back in school. It is always a shock to the system following the summer holidays. It was good to see all of the Whitmore students in with their form tutors on Thursday afternoon for the skills session. Also to see the exotic animals in 10W1’s form room which is based on the farm. The vast majority of our students have made a good impression and have been awarded credits and it was nice to share that information with form groups and put some faces to names. 


Miss Jones 

Orme News

As we come to the end of our second week back at school and back in face to face lessons I have been reflecting on how the new beginning of a  school year brings with it the end of summer,  it has been particularly enjoyable this week to see our school community within their year groups enjoying the social time around the school building, the good weather has only added to this as we have been able to enjoy this communal time in outdoor spaces.

As next week also marks the Great British Beach Clean I was reminded how well our students look after the school environment, the privilege of enjoying a clean and pleasant space between periods of work really helps me to maintain a positive and productive attitude, I will let you know how this holds up when grey skies and rain arrive.

 I hope that you all take the weekend as an opportunity to further recharge away from daily pressures, I will be heading away from the often-gloomy skies above Stoke on Trent to recharge this weekend and am reminded of some slightly pretentious but certainly relevant lines from Shelly,

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”

I hope that Orme students and the rest of the school also enjoy the weekend in your own “silent wilderness” and return on Monday recharged and productive. 

Mr Brassington

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

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September 4th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Welcome back.

This week has been a very positive return to school for our Year 12 and 13 students.  This is a year like no other, and we are pleased that our Sixth Form students have taken on board the changes that we have implemented.

Each student has had a session delivered by their form tutor which explains all the changes that we have implemented, inlcuding the change in breaks and lunches and where they are able to purchase food from at break and lunch.  We have ensureed that all are aware of the one way system that we have in operation around the whole school site and they are aware of all the academic opportunites that they can access this year.

Students in Year 12 and 13 are one ‘bubble’ and as such we have provided them with areas that they can use during lesson tim if they have a study period.

Periods 1 and 2 – in addition to the Sixth Form area(s), they can study in the wooden gym if on a non-contact, Sixth Form 7 and/or Study Skills. 

Period 3 alongside the Sixth Form area(s), they can study in the Canteen, Theatre or the Ede Studio 

These areas have been set up to reflect the government guidance and we cannot permit students to alter the seating arrangements in any way.  All chairs and tables are facing forward.  We have explained the inportance of this to students, could I ask that you reiterate this with them. Whislt students are in these areas they must be considerate of others and keep noise to a minimum. Chairs and tables must be kept in the same place, for example chairs cannot be moved so a group of students can sit together and tables must not be sat on. 
We had agreed that students may leave the school site in their study period but we request that this should be kept to a minimum and masks should be worn.

We request that if a student has a driving lesson that these are not arranged during lesson time and that if medical appointments are needed, where possible, these are also made outside of lesson time.

If you need to communicate with any of the Sixth Form Team then could I ask that you email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

French ThisIsLanguage.com Leaderboard

Congratulations to Polly Jones in Year 11 and Joseph Hall in Year 10, the current all-time high scorers on ThisIsLanguage.com for Thomas Alleyne’s High School, with a combined total of 5300 points, which is the equivalent of around 45 hours of work. How long can they stay there though? Kacper Wielechowski and Grace Atkin aren’t far behind …

Pastoral Round Up

As a new member of staff, I feel that was able to share some of the feelings that many of our returning students would have felt this week, particularly our Year 9 students starting their first day at High school. The changes that have been made to school however have meant that everybody is working together to ensure that we can all adapt to our new surroundings and systems. I personally want to thank all the student’s for dealing with so well and supporting each other at this time. I have really enjoyed my first week at Thomas Alleyne and I am now looking forward working with you all in the future.

Helen Major Assistant Head for Behaviour and Wellbeing.

Elkes News

I’m sure I’m echoing the sentiments of colleagues when I say how tremendous it was to welcome Elkes students back this week, and also to see the year 9s finding their feet in their new environment. We’re all at different places in terms of familiarity with the site and systems, with our groups, changes to lesson structure and so on, but the adaptability and maturity shown by so many has been hugely impressive, and I wanted to thanks those students who have just come in, taken on board why certain things have had to change and got on with it, because they are the ones who make this school community a safe and positive place for us all. As ever, if parents or students need anything at all, just get in touch.

Mr Parker

Torrance News

It has been lovely for me to meet the students of Thomas Alleyne’s this week and as the new Head of Torrance I can definitely relate to the nerves that our new Year 9 students will have felt starting here at Thomas Alleyne’s this week. I have been so impressed with them all getting to grips with the new safety measures around school.

To start the academic year, all students completed recovery sessions as part of their RESPECT programme with their form tutors. It was great to see them engaged in discussing the events of the last few months, how lockdown may had impacted on mental wellbeing and looking at strategies that can be helpful if they are feeling anxious about returning the school, COVID-19 or any of the challenges they face. As part of this session, staff and students also took time to consider gratitude and benefits of taking time to focus on the positives in their lives and our communities. Gratitude for our key workers and the NHS was a clear part of these discussions which is also reflected by the impressive news that I heard on my first day here, that 19% of our Year 13 leavers are going on to pursue careers in the NHS.

I’d like to say a big well done to all the students this week as we get used to our new normal and thank them for a wonderful welcome to the Thomas Alleyne’s school community.

Miss Keeling

Whitmore

It has been fantastic to welcome all of the Whitmore students this week. You looked really smart in your uniform and approached the return to school with maturity. 


The routine of the school day and route around the school are hugely different but it has been reassuring to get back into the classroom and deliver lessons face to face and communicate verbally with students. 
In PE lessons, we have been discussing the importance of exercise and physical activity and the role that plays on both physical and mental health. Many students are enjoying having the walk to school back and some sporting clubs returning in the community. I hope that we are all able to enjoy some physical activity at the weekend so we are energised and prepared for a full week in school next week. 

Miss Jones 

Orme News

First of all, a huge welcome to all Orme students as you begin the 2020-2021 academic year!

For those of you returning to Thomas Alleyne’s, we are glad to have you back as you continue your journey through education. For those new students who are just joining us in year 9, I encourage you to make the most of your time here. The experiences you will have at Thomas Alleyne’s will always improve with both the effort and application you put into being part of both the Orme and wider school community.

It has been a real and welcome pleasure for me to finally return to my classroom this week and teach. Whilst the work we have completed through remote learning has been worthwhile it cannot truly replicate the experience of being face to (socially distanced) face in a classroom. Whilst I, like many of you I am sure, felt a little anxious about being back in a classroom it very soon felt like the most natural place to be, even with all the new rules.  

Each week I select quotes, thoughts or lines from literature to hopefully help the school community reflect on the challenges that are part and parcel of each and every day. For this week I have used a line from The Foresters that I am sincerely hoping will prove to be true, “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.”  Alfred Lord Tennyson.

As always the orme team are here to help you with any issues that may arise as you begin this new challenge.

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

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July 17th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Thank you to everyone in our school community for your support this term. We hope you have a wonderful Summer and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

We will be in touch in the second half of the Summer with short films to support students’ return.  Please continue to send questions to us and we will address these in our Summer news. 

I would  like to offer my personal thanks to governors and our staff team. 

Take care and stay safe.

We hope that you have found all our school communication useful and that we have been able to answer all your queries regarding online learning, face to face session.  Mrs Dodd provided all Year 12 students with the opportunity to have a live session to discuss next academic year and Unifrog and UCAS. If you or your child has any questions about next year then please let me know.


We will communicate back to school information through Parent News and school comms.

I hope all students have worked to the best of their ability this year and that next year has less challenges. Please see Parent news for frequently asked questions.

STUDY IN WALES VIRTUAL FAIR, 4th SEPTEMBER 2020

Thinking about studying in Wales? With eight universities, one conservatoire and hundreds of courses, join Swansea University at our online and interactive Study in Wales Virtual Fair to find out more.

The event will feature all universities in Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Student Finance Wales and England. You can attend up to ten bilingual webinars with live Q&A on essential topics such as choosing a course, personal statements, student finance and the benefits of studying all or part of your course in Welsh. 

This interactive event will enable you to visit exhibition stands and chat to representatives, view information and videos, download prospectuses and take part in live webinars in the virtual auditorium.

The event is completely free of charge and is open to Year 11 – 13 students, parents and teachers.

Swansea University appreciate that it’s difficult to make decisions about university study when you can’t visit open days. They are here to help and this fair is designed to provide you with everything you need to make the right decisions. 

If you would like any further information, please contact Mrs Bell on bell@tahs.net.  Otherwise please click this link to register:

https://bit.ly/39hcY5X

Amazing Apprenticeships

Check out this website for help and support:

https://bit.ly/30hTBWd

UNIVERSITY LIFE

If you are anxious or maybe excited about starting university, find out more about student life at university eg clubs, student ambassadors, sports teams here:  https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/get-involved, and here:  https://www.brunel.ac.uk/student-blog/Post?id=932023ca-721a-4168-b428-ccdb820b1c64.

Year 8 Transition

This is my final edition of Year 8 Transition information via Round Up. I hope that you have found this useful and that we have been able to resolve your queries and answer your questions. If you find that over the school break you do have questions then please visit the school website and see the Covid-19 and Year 8 Transition pages. Here you will find many frequently asked questions, uniform and behaviour expectations and first day back details.

On the first day back we are asking all Year 9 students to arrive through the main gates at the front of reception, there they will be sign posted to the basketball court.  If you are intending to drive your child to school can you please use the public car parks in Uttoxeter to drop off and collect.  The first day for Year 9 students will be Wednesday 2nd September and we would like students to arrive no earlier than 8.15 am.

Year 9 students will spend period 1 with their form tutor and complete a range of activities including a school tour. The rest of the day will spent in taught lessons.

Over the last few weeks I have sent assemblies with activities to complete and a from that can be filled in and sent to their new form tutor. If these forms are emailed then their form tutor will send them a ‘getting to know you’ reply.

Please be aware that Miss Keeling does not start TAHS until September 2020, if you have any questions regarding Torrance then please email me younge@tahs.net

Support over the Summer


Congratulations to Lily in year 10 who has been accepted onto the young associates programme with The London Ballet Company. Lily auditioned on video for a place at the prestigious school and from September will undertake monthly classical training. Lily studies GCSE Drama at TAHS and was a dancer in our Autumn production of The Tempest. We look forward to following Lily’s progress on the programme.

September 2020-21

Dear Students,

I hope you have a great holiday and really look forward to your return in September. Your timetables will be available on insight from Wednesday 2nd September. You will receive a printed copy on your first day in school,

kind regards. Mr Mitchell

History

Year 10 – thank you to everyone who has contacted their teacher to let them know how much progress they have made working through the lockdown lessons. It is very important that we know who has done what to support our planning for September. Please help us with this by asking your son / daughter if they have emailed Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young with this information and encouraging them to do so if they have not contacted us.Live revision lessons (reviewing all of Year 10 work – not just lockdown work) are continuing over the summer at 3.00pm on a Tuesday with Mrs Johnson – please email Mrs Johnson if you wish to take part so that you can be added to the Team.


Year 12 – all students should be working on their A level coursework throughout the summer. Live coursework sessions are taking place weekly to review progress and support future work.

Elkes News

I hope all of you are safe and well as we draw this term to a close, and wanted to take this chance to say that from speaking to students and parents, and from receiving messages and emails, I’m incredibly proud of our students and the various ways in which they’ve grown and managed during this period of great change. I know some are looking forward to a well-earned rest, while others are going to use some of their holidays to get caught up and get on track in preparation for September. Whatever happens between now and then, it’s fantastic to know that so many of you have got the fortitude to take it in your stride. While our doors are closed there are still many services available in our local community for support should you need it, and you’ll have seen elsewhere in here the main methods for getting in touch. Take care, look after yourselves and each other, and I’ll see you soon. Mr Parker

Torrance News

It feels very strange for me today as I sit at home writing this week’s Torrance news, as today is my last day at Thomas Alleyne’s and therefore my last day as Head of Torrance. I wanted to take the time to reflect on the last couple of years and share a few thoughts with you as I move on. I joined Thomas Alleyne’s in January 2019, taking over from Mr Hawthorne as Head of Torrance. These were undoubtedly very big shoes to fill, as Mr Hawthorne was a much loved teacher and member of the Thomas Alleyne’s Community. That being said, I was immediately welcomed with open arms by both staff and students alike and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all during my time here. I remember the first assembly I gave to all students was on the topic of change and trying not to be afraid of it, but to embrace it. I think it’s safe to say that we have all had to deal with a great deal of change over the last few months, but now more than ever, I am so proud of all of the students of Thomas Alleyne’s and how they have adapted to our ‘new normal’. September will bring even more change, with a new school day structure, new routines and for Torrance students a new Head of House. I hope you embrace the changes fully, make the most of the opportunities presented to you and welcome Miss Keeling as the new Head of Torrance in the same way as you welcomed me. I wish everyone the very best for their futures, at Thomas Alleyne’s and beyond.

Whitmore

Like all the reigning Olympic Champions, who are able to keep their titles an extra year due to the postponed Olympics, I assume we get to keep the Gold coloured ribbons on the House Trophy a little longer. I would like to thank all of our students for their hard work during a very strange school year. I enjoyed the commitment you showed to extra curricular activities, your help in the community and your dedication to your studies. I would also like to show my gratitude to our Whitmore pastoral team, who throughout the year have had your best interests in mind and have kept the link with you and school over the past months. I hope we can all enjoy a safe and happy summer. 

Psychology Superstars!

Thank you to all next year’s year 12 Psychology students who have made a great start to the course by completing a series of activities for their bridging work including writing a script about eye witness testimony for a famous court case, completing an OU course in introductory psychology, exploring the phrenology of their own heads and researching about the parts of the brain by creating a new one – below are a few examples of our favourites!  Really looking forward to starting the A-level course with you in September!

In Game Chat

Online games are really popular amongst children. 59% of 5-15 year olds play online games, as games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Roblox become increasingly important part of their social lives.

While playing games online is often great fun and a good way to chat, there is a chance that your children will play with people they don’t know who may  use in-game chat inappropriately to expose them to harm or risk.

https://bit.ly/32tDqI8

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July 10th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

If your child is interested in applying to Oxbridge, or medicine, veterinary, or dentistry courses, then please tell them to register their interest for a virtual exhibition for these courses. UCAS have said the places on these courses are going really quickly.

The details are below:


The deadline for UCAS applications for these competitive courses is 15 October 


UCAS virtual exhibition – 23 July 2020
7:00 – 23:00 

Students can register here: ucas.com/vet-med

This online event means your child can explore courses at universities and colleges around the UK. It’s perfect for anyone considering applying to Oxbridge, or medicine, veterinary, or dentistry courses. 

Students will have chance to speak directly to subject and admissions specialists via 1-2-1 or group chat, listen in on topical seminars, and pick up digital prospectus’ and other information.  

If you’re child would like to involved in future virtual events then please ask them to register their interest at ucas.com/virtual-exhibitions and UCAS will email them as soon as booking is available. 

If your child or you have any questions, please get in touch at events@ucas.ac.uk

To support the idea of virtual tours further Mrs Dodd has requested that you access the Cambridge Virtual Open Days, if your child interested in any of the competitive courses., this is open to all students in Year 11 and Year 12.  There is a wealth of information about Cambridge courses, Colleges, their facilities, services and life as a student in Cambridge on their Virtual Tour which can be found here: www.virtualtour.study.cam.ac.uk I will look to see if there is anything similar for Oxford too.  

The Sixth Form Team and I have been looking through Unifrog and UCAS over the last few days and have noticed that there are still some students that have not logged on to Unifrog in a long time and some that have not registered with UCAS!  I have ensured that all Year 12 have received a message on Insight to encourage them to do this.  It is usual that as this time we would be focusing on their Future Intentions, unfortunately due to our current situation this has to be delivered remotely. This means that your child will need to work on these tasks at home. 

In order to help the teachers write tutor and academic references each student in Year 12 must assign their teachers to their subjects. 

All students in Year 12 have been instructed to provide a draft of their personal statement, if this is done on Unifrog it will be sent straight to their form tutor. There is no need to print a copy off. The tutor can edit the document and return it to the student, it really is very user friendly.  I would also suggest that all students who have an Instagram account follow Unifrog, in their bio they have useful links and hints and tips for all students.

In our Head Teacher update we have prepared answer to some frequently asked questions, I have included some below. I do believe that these answers really will help your child to be fully prepared for the changes that we have had to implement in order to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.

Do I need to wear my full sixth form uniform when we return?

We are proud of how smart our sixth form students look in their business-like attire and know that they take great pride in wearing it so will expect students to adhere to the sixth form dress code upon return. During September, sixth form students will not need to wear a blazer unless they wish to do so. It is a safeguarding requirement that all post-16 students always wear their sixth form lanyard/ID card.

What about food – will I still be able to go into town?

Our priority is to make the school as safe as possible, and therefore upon return we request that the sixth form do not go into town to purchase food or other items. However, we will be providing a sixth form servery where students can purchase food which will prevent the need to leave site. As always, students are welcome to bring their own food with them to school.  

Can we use the common room?

Yes, the common room will continue to be a dedicated study space for sixth form students. Initially we ask that students do not use the kitchen area, and that they ensure the space is kept tidy without clutter to reduce the likelihood of infection and to support our cleaning team. In addition, we will be changing the seating to ensure that the area is as clean and safe as possible.

Where will we go at break and lunch time if year groups must stay in bubbles?

When we return, we ask that sixth form students stay in the sixth form area during this time, including the lawn area in front of the sixth form block. 


Y13 UCAS ADVICE ON CLEARING

Please visit this link if you are interested in clearing.  This means you want to change your university course for reasons such as:  you have changed your mind; you haven’t applied yet; you haven’t met the course conditions; you haven’t received any (or any suitable) offers or you have declined your firm offer.  Please contact the 6th form team if you would like further support.

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/what-clearing

Student Life

Derby University have shared some recordings of live sessions about different subjects, student life and finance.  Please click this link if you would like more information: 

https://bit.ly/3fhDduX

Late Application & Clearing

If you want to make a late application to university (for Y13’s) or if you want to find out more about clearing, Derby University have provided this useful information:

https://bit.ly/3iVOBiD

If you would like to find out more about the entire UCAS application process, personal statements, firm or insurance places, or book a place on Derby University’s live sessions, please click this link:

https://bit.ly/2W797mp

Year 8 Transition

This next week should have been a week where all our Year 8 students would be in school and would have said goodbye to their Middle School teachers and celebrated the last four years of their education journey.  All at Thomas Alleyne’s are excited to welcome you all to our family.  It may not have been our usual transition process, but I hope that you have found all our weekly communication useful. I have enjoyed sharing our plans and ensuring that you all know your pastoral team and have access to us so that you can ask questions.

Thank you so much for all the questions that I have received over these weeks and if you have any further questions then please email me at younge@tahs.net

If you have visited our school website recently then you will have seen the three transition presentations that we have made available to you, this week we will be adding four more, one for each house and I am adding the email addresses of your Head of House, Student Support Assistant and Form Tutors to this weeks update in case you do not have access to them.

We are hosting a Summer School for our Year 8 students, if you have not replied and would like your child to attend then please complete the google form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScC1jEGOT1_grkUSakvVRWl5A_vzHSMxjlAkW1yWBH1dJApUg/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on younge@tahs.net

New Editions

This week we have had three Hebridean ewes donated to the farm, all settling in well.

Domestic abuse support during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Advice and guidance on helping someone you suspect may be suffering domestic abuse is available using this link: 

https://safelives.org.uk/reach-in

If you believe someone is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system:

   
https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/research-learning/Silent_solution_guide.pdf

Elkes News

I have just finished delivering a face to face lesson in room 7 and again I have enjoyed the opportunity to support them with their home learning, the year 12 group were able complete some independent work on poetry, and it’s great seeing them all back in school again, discussing how they’ve been during lockdown and getting into routines again.

Following last week’s roundup, I’ve had several emails from parents about the brilliant ways in which our students have been demonstrating their maturity and resilience over recent weeks, from cultivating vegetable patches, to supporting families with care, to learning new skills and undertaking new challenges, and I’d love to hear more from you! Please email parker@tahs.net if your son or daughter has impressed you and deserves recognition when we return!

Orme News

I asked you this week in assembly to think about the question “why me?”, I have continued reading around this subject and came across this though experiment from the Jewish psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, who said:

To draw an analogy: a man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the “size” of human suffering is absolutely relative

The thought experiment is intended to help you focus your perspective outwards rather than inwards. It reminds us that even though things may seem difficult at a particular point in your life, we should also be aware enough to understand what we have to be thankful for. There might come a day where you look back on this moment and feel you did not appreciate the time you have right now, so as we turn our thoughts towards the summer break try to enjoy each day and be grateful for what it gives you whilst also looking towards your future, your goals and asking yourself, “Why not me yet?

Torrance News

Over the last half term in the RESPECT programme, students have been looking at keeping healthy during lockdown, focussing on things such as routine and sleep and how these can have an impact on their physical and mental health. For our final task in the RESPECT programme, I have asked students to consider the idea of mindfulness and how this could impact their day to day lives positively. The last few months have been so hard on so many people and I am so proud of how our students have responded to these difficult times and the resilience they have shown, but there is no shying away from the impact this change in way of life has had on everybody. I hope that this week’s work will help students to reflect on everything that has happened over the last few months and to help them refocus their energy as we move into the summer holidays.

As always, myself and Mrs Collier are here for Torrance students whenever you need us, please just drop me an email on wrightl@tahs.net or collier@tahs.net

Whitmore

This week I have been marking some fantastic Btec assignments on sporting injuries and have also enjoyed being in Key Work School for 3 days. I have also met with a few Whitmore students on 1:1 appointments, it has been great to catch up. If you are in Y9 or 10 and would like an appointment before we close next Friday please let myself or Miss Arbery know jones@tahs.net & arbery@tahs.net

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