May 27th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Examinations

Please see the timetable below for examinations that are taking place after half term. We hope that all students manage to recharge over the break and return after half term ready for the next challenges.

DateMorning Examination (9.15am)Afternoon Examination (1.15pm)
Monday 6th June Year 13-Health and Social
Year 13-English Language  
Tuesday 7th JuneYear 11-Maths
Year 13-English Literature  
Year 13-Maths
Year 11-Geograghy  
Wednesday 8th JuneYear 11-English Literature
Year 13-Psychology
Year 11-Further Maths
Year 13-Geography
Year 13 Further Maths (core 2)
Year 13 AS Maths
Thursday 9th JuneYear 13-Business
Year 13-RE
Year 13 D & T
Year 13 Biology
Year 11 History
Year 13-Biology and AS Biology
Year 13-D & T Year 11-Physics
Friday 10th JuneYear 11-English Language
Year 13-History  
Year 13-Physics

Exam Conduct

As a reminder, please can all students ensure they are in normal full uniform for all exams and arrive fully equipped. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

Although we have a number of weeks of exams ahead, we are looking forward to celebrating the end of exams with the year 11 prom. Please remember, that in order to attend this event, students conduct in exams will be taken into consideration.

For the latest revision timetable covering Saturdays and the upcoming half term please see this file:

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Congratulations to Sadie B in Year 13 who was nominated by Mrs Hunt and Mrs Bell to receive a head start with her university reading as recognition of her extremely hard work and amazing progress in both English’s.  Many thanks to The Reading List Foundation for funding the award.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 6th June 2022

Year 12

Understanding exam question. Work sheets from the student room to help with revision tactics.

School Walk – Year 12 Marshals

Any Year 12 student who does not want to walk could help and be marshal. If you are interested in helping, please see Mrs Ibbs. Any student not walking or marshalling will be expected to come into school.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

English Students of the Week

Well done to all of the students who were nominated by your teachers for this week’s student of the week award in English:

Y9 Louie R, Evie B, Bethany S, Lola T, Billie O, Emma-Louise O, Kieren C

Y10 Sam L, Finn P, Izzie H, Sophia A

Y11 Eloise P, Harry F, Xanthe S, Thomas L, Joe H, Lochlann H, Mya

Y12 Philippa B

There are only 2 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to really think about your ending.Have you fully resolved your story, with a clear resolution? If you’re writing an essay, has your thesis statement (your “golden thread” of argument) led to a clear end point? 

Work of the Week

Year 12 Literature students have this week been given the opportunity to “turn teacher,” presenting a lesson to their class on one of their set poems. Phillipa taught the class about Christina Rossetti’s poem “Remember,” which features in their “Love through the Ages” anthology of poetry. Here is a slide from the powerpoint she produced to support her brilliant presentation:

Book recommendation

We asked 9UL to recommend books this week – and they couldn’t decide. So here is a bumper crop of half term reading suggestions:

“a good girl’s guide to murder” by Holly Jackson – recommended by Colette – is a fantastic “whodunnit” that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Billie recommends “It’s Behind You” by Kathryn Foxfield – a mix of reality TV show and horror/thriller. Finally, Theo recommends Peter’s Crouch’s autobiography, for those of you pining the end of the football season.

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

We were very happy to see over 100 Y11 students attend the breakfast revision session this morning before the GCSE maths exam.  The students who attended have commented how useful they thought it was.

The next maths exams are on Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Before each of these the maths department will be running breakfast revision sessions from 8-8.30am.

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision based on the advanced exam information for each paper.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator 

 Calculators can be purchased through the online shop, everything else can be purchased from the maths department.

Free Latin session for KS3 online learning in the summer.

Please see the link below if you are interested in finding out more about the Latin Summer School. No prior knowledge is required but there will be a mixture of activities about one of the oldest languages in the world.

Summer School 2022 — The Latin Programme – Via Facilis

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mr Melland would like to nominate Libby H (Year 10) for outstanding results on her recent Physics assessment.

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate Emma-Louise O (Year 9) for excellent attitude and commitment to science lessons.

And also, Isabelle E (Year 9) and George R (Year 9) for their enthusiasm and effort to present to the whole class. 

Miss Thorley would like to nominate David B (Year 10) for impressive problem-solving skills.

Well done!

Year 9 ICT

Check you Talaxy year 9 for your home learning project that is to be handed in on Teams by the 1st July.

Full details are on the assignment and we want to see some creative and informative work discussing the following hypothesis:

Children under the age of 16 should not be allowed by law to have social media accounts!

News from PE

Congratulations to the Athletes below for a fantastic team performance at Shobnall in the District Athletics championships!  Results will be out after half term.

Year 9

Will G, Lewis A, Jonte H, Sam M, Rhys M

Year 10

Dan B, Joel M, Ethan D, Ben P, Tom L, Tommy R

Year 9

Katie F, Guna G, Chloe B, Daisie J, Ebony F

Year 10

Lizzie W, Rosanna H, Olivia Y, Martha B, Susie C, Calli H, Sophie H

Music News

Year 11 GCSE Music Revision Class: Tuesday 7th June 3.15pm until 4pm

Year 13 A Level Music Revision Class: Wednesday 8th June and Monday 13th June

Band  rehearsals are on a Tuesday lunchtime

Choir rehearsals are every Thursday after school at 3.30pm

Thank you to choir and band members for their hard work and dedication. Audiences will be able to hear them at the Summer Concert on Wednesday 13th July.

This years’ House Music Competition is on Friday 8th July. Meetings for House Music will be the first week back after the half term holiday. Please see Mrs Todd for further details. Your House Music captains will be formally announced in that week. 

Calling Year 11 Uniform Recycle

The pastoral team are wanting to recycle school uniform, if you would like to donate your uniform can this be taken to the Reception Office.  We will accept blazers, shirts, trousers, skirts, tie’s and PE kit.

Yr 8 into Yr9 Send Evening

Thank you to all the parents and carers  who attended our SEND evening on Thursday.  It was lovely to meet so many young people who are looking forward to starting Alleynes in September. The evening gave an opportunity for parents and pupils to tour the school and ask questions about how their child can be supported here.  We look forward to meeting more parents on the next  YR 8 into Yr9 SEND evening on Thursday 30th June from 4.00pm.

MFL Musings

FINAL GCSE exam writing, 16th June PM.

Mr Noon will be going through how and what to revise for the writing exam Monday P2 and Wednesday P4 for the first 2 weeks back.

Thank you to every student who took part in the Spring student voice, it’s very useful to know that you enjoy Gimkit, Sentences of Doom, Tick Me Quick so much, and we’re delighted to find that so many of you appreciate the Sentence Builders we have introduced this year.

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Life Coach. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #037 – LIFE COACH – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Life coach | Explore careers | National Careers Service

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May 20th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Examinations

It has been another successful week of examinations, with student’s conduct being exemplary. Please see the timetable below for examinations that are taking place next week. Good luck to all students for the forthcoming week.

DateMorning Examination (9.15am)Afternoon Examination (1.15pm)
Monday 23rd MayYear 11-Geography
Year 13-BTEC Health and Social
Year 13-Further Maths  
Tuesday 24th MayYear 11-French-Listening and reading
Year 13-Psychology Year 12-BTEC Biology  
Year 12-BTEC Chemistry
Wednesday 25th MayYear 11-English Literature
Year 13-English Language
Year 13 Business
Year 12 BTEC Physics
Thursday 26th MayYear 13-History
Year 11 Spanish  
Year 11-R.E
Friday 27th MayYear 11-Chemistry
Year 13-Geography  
Year 11-Computer Science  

Exam Conduct

As a reminder, please can all students ensure they are in normal full uniform for all exams and arrive fully equipped. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

Although we have a number of weeks of exams ahead, we are looking forward to celebrating the end of exams with the year 11 prom. Please remember, that in order to attend this event, students conduct in exams will be taken into consideration.

For the latest revision timetable covering Saturdays and the upcoming half term please see this file:

Friday 27th May – Year 11

Friday 27th May will be the last day that Year 11 students are required to be in school. In the morning all students will be completing their GCSE Chemistry exam. This exam is due to end at 10.15am where students will have their usual break time and attend their period two lesson. Students that are entitled to extra time will be given a short break and then will also return to their period two lesson.

At 11.30am students will be invited to the canteen to enjoy a final complimentary brunch with their peers and staff. Students are then requested to make their way to the field where they can enjoy some time with their friends and take part in signing each other’s shirts. We would request that students bring a spare shirt to be written on.  We want students to really enjoy this final day but we must insist that students are considerate of what they write on the shirts and if we feel that a student has not complied with this we will contact family and request that the student is collected from school or asked to leave the site.

Students will be able to remain on the school field until 12.50pm at which time we will be asking students to make their way off site.

Computer Science Students – For students that are completing their GCSE Computer Science exam, we have arranged for Mr Cartwright to be available from 11.30am in room 43 for students that would like the opportunity to take part in final revision before the examination in the afternoon.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 23rd May 2022

Year 12 & Year 13

Try out a range of different revision activities as shown on the revision wheel.  Please the link below informing students about the Forest app:  BEST PRODUCTIVITY APP!? – FOREST APP REVIEW – Bing video.

Students will also be given a copy of the attached revision wheel.

Year 12 – ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD (RYLA)

INTERESTED IN A FREE YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD?

Funded by our local Rotary group, this is an amazing opportunity over Summer 2022.  You need to be aged 16-17 between Saturday 6th August 2022 to Friday 12th August 2022.  You will take part in a mixture of physical and mental challenges to help you develop leadership experience, confidence through achievement, health, fitness, character and tolerance as building blocks to the quality of life.  You will also be assigned a personal mentor during the week.  Applicants will need to attend an interview before being accepted.  If you are interested, please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office for an application form.  Deadline to apply for this is Thursday 26th May, 2022.

School Walk – Year 12 Marshals

Any Year 12 student who does not want to walk could help and be marshal. If you are interested in helping, please see Mrs Ibbs. Any student not walking or marshalling will be expected to come into school.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

School Walk 2022

The school walk will take place on Friday 15th July.  This is an important tradition of Thomas Alleyne’s High School that has taken place regularly since 1968 and forms an important part of the school’s social and educational life. 

Students from Years 9, 10 and 12 will all participate in the walk which is 12 miles through rural Derbyshire. The route will be carefully marshalled by the staff of the School. We are asking for a contribution of £8 per student to help towards the cost of the coach travel.Students attended an assembly last week giving them details about the school walk and a letter has been given out today which includes a permission slip and payment details.  The deadline for both of these is Tuesday 24th May.  Please return the permission slip to your child’s form tutor.
We know that there are many parents and even grandparents of our students who will have taken part in the school walk in the past.  If you would like to share any memories please email these to the school office office@tahs.org.uk.

We are launching a new team of students who take an active and important role in our school and school life – the student leadership group.

Starting with two students from each house from year 9 and two from each house in year 10 and will meet once each half term.

Student leaders will:

  • suggest improvements for our school environment, our school day, our facilities, our school rules etc.
  • organise student events – these may be social events or charity fundraising events or collections
  • review and give feedback on school policies
  • come up with solutions for problems that arise in school
  • take an active role in school events such as the school walk and open evenings

To be involved in this brand new and exciting team, to make a difference and to make our school better YOU need to:

Write a brief letter/email to your Head of House/ Pupil Welfare Officer:

  • why you want to be part of the student leadership group
  • what skills or qualities you can bring to the group

The deadline for handing in your letters to your Head of House/ Pupil Welfare Officer: Wednesday 25th May. If you have any questions please see Mrs George in room 62.

French Warm Up

Warm up for GCSE French listening and reading exam Tuesday 24th May in room 11 from 8.05.

English Students of the Week

Y 9 Alex, Lola T, Isabell D, Callum H, Zac A, Harry G, Bethany S

Y 10 Sam L, Lyla KCatherine M, Millie WB, Maddi H, Macie C

Y 11 Katie S, Liam A, Molly H, Xanthe S, Gemma B, Molly D (and everyone in year 11 who prepared so well for their first exam and is still working hard to prepare for their upcoming GCSEs!)

Y 12 Liliana K

Y 13 Katie G

There are 3 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to really think about any characters you’re including.Can you make them speak, and use interesting verbs and adverbs to help convey their feelings? Make sure any speech / dialogue drives your story forward.

Y11 exams – revision

It’s the final Y11 Wednesday revision slot next week, focusing on Romeo and Juliet. Miss Beevor will work with levels 5-7. whilst Mrs Brooks will work with levels 2-4. Work of the Week

Year 10 have been working on poetry, learning their GCSE set poems. This week’s work comes from Logan and Katherine in 10U1, where they’ve been listening to class discussions and making really detailed notes. Well done to you both!

Book recommendation

Lottie in Y13 recommends “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell. She’s been revisiting this book as part of her Year 13 English Language coursework, exploring how the writer accommodates to the reading ages of her audience (and comparing it to older texts with similar reading ages). Her investigation was really interesting, and the text is too!

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

We were very happy to see over 100 Y11 students attend the breakfast revision session this morning before the GCSE maths exam.  The students who attended have commented how useful they thought it was.

The next maths exams are on Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Before each of these the maths department will be running breakfast revision sessions from 8-8.30am.

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision based on the advanced exam information for each paper.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator 

 Calculators can be purchased through the online shop, everything else can be purchased from the maths department.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate Bethany S (9H1) and Matthew L-B (9H1) – both of these pupils have displayed a superb attitude in their Biology lessons and contributed fully to class discussion. 

Mrs lambert would like to nominate Katie S (10H5 Science) for improved performance on our most recent assessment.

And also, Rebecca W (12C Biology) for excellent performance on the Transport assessment.

Well done!

News from PE

Badminton

Due to the rising temperatures in the Sports Hall badminton on a Friday afternoon has now finished for this academic year. Thank you to all students that have been attending throughout the year, it has been a fantastic opportunity to get some exercise and make new friendships and I hope you have all enjoyed it. See you again next year! – Mrs Simpson

Anyone for Cricket?

Checkley Cricket Club outdoor training for junior cricketers is on Friday evenings, 6-8pm and run teams at all age groups- under 8, 10,12, 14 and 16. Checkley are recruiting “junior” coaches suitable for boys and girls in Yr 10- 13, with full training and support available.  Please contact Alan Woods (Junior Co-ordinator)   aj.woods63@googlemail.com if you are interested.

Year 9 Cricket

In the first match of the season we travelled to St Josephs College and after a brave performance we unfortunately lost the game. It was a great experience and one for the team to build on.

Team: Lexi C, Issy G, Corey B, Mathew J, Matthew F, Oliver B, Max G, Toby R, Ben W, Josh B, Kai B

Music News

Year 11 GCSE Music Revision is after school on Tuesday 24th May 3.15 until 4pm.

Year 13 A Level Music Revision will be on Wednesday every week until the exam on 14th June.

Band will be every Tuesday lunch in room 67. Please bring your packed lunch with you at the start of lunch. All are welcome.

Choir is after school every Thursday 3.30 until 4.15. All are welcome. No audition needed.

Future dates for your diary; 

Friday 8th July House Music Competition 

Wednesday 13th July, 6.30pm;

Music Summer Concert. 

Performing Arts News 

Kathryn Whetter who played Frenchy in our fantastic production of Grease earlier this year has won a prestigious place with the National Youth Theatre Summer programme. 

Alumni from the National Youth Theatre includes Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Sir Daniel Day -Lewis, Catherine Tate, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Derek Jacobi,  

Timothy Dalton and Matt Lucas. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for Kathryn and will stand her in excellent stead in the future.  

Year 11 Prom

I am pleased to provide further details regarding the Year 11 Prom. This year’s Prom will take place on Friday 8th July at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The event will run from 7.30pm – 11pm and the evening will include a buffet style dinner of sandwiches, snacks and desserts, a DJ, photobooth and a bar serving non alcoholic drinks. The price of the ticket is £25. Students can purchase tickets from Monday 9th May and the deadline will be Friday 27th May. 

This week’s job of the week is a Kitchen Fitter. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #036 – KITCHEN FITTER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Kitchen and bathroom fitter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Dr Yacoobali here, Chief Dental Mentor!

Now that we’re right in the thick of UCAS season, I’m delighted to announce that I’m hosting Dental Mentor’s free, live, virtual Get into Dentistry Conference on: 

Sunday 29th May2:00pm – 5:30pm

At this stage of your journey to Dentistry, you need to be going a lot further than nailing your exams. You need to know your UCAS Application inside out

That includes writing the best possible personal statement and participating in extra-curricular activities that make your application to Dentistry stand out

And the sooner you start writing this winning application, the better!

To help you with this, I’ll be hosting a free Virtual Get into Dentistry Conference on Sunday 29th May. I will be providing a comprehensive guide to getting into Dentistry, including: 

  • Application timelines 
     
  • UCAS and CV Building
     
  • Awards and Scholarships 
     
  • Getting Dentistry Work Experience 
     
  • Dental Leadership Programmes
  • Personal Statements 
     
  • Dentistry School Interviews

We’ll also be joined by a recently successful applicant to Dentistry who will share their insight into what it takes to get accepted

Attendees who stay for the entire conference will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance: a fantastic addition to your UCAS Application!

Click the link below to book your place on the next Get into Dentistry Conference on:

Sunday 29th May, from 2:00pm – 5:30pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE https://airtable.com/shr7JL0vaCAzEYUo1

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May 13th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Exams w/c 16th May

This week has seen the start of the Year 11 and 13 examinations, and we are very impressed with the way in which all students have conducted themselves both before and during the examinations. Please see the examination timetable below for examinations that are taking place next week. We would like to wish all of our student’s good luck – we know they will do themselves proud.

DateMorning Examination (9.15am)Afternoon Examination (1.15pm)
Monday 16th MayYear 11-RE
Year 13-BTEC H&S Human lifespan
Year 11-Computer Science
Year 13-Further Maths
Year 13-BTEC Sport
Tuesday 17th MayYear 11-Biology  Year 11-IT
Wednesday 18th MayYear 11-English Language
Year 13-BTEC Forensic
 
Thursday 19th MayYear 11-History  Year 11-Drama
Year 13-AS Maths
Friday 20th MayYear 11- Maths
Year 11-Animal care  
Year 11-Business
Year 13-Biology
Year 13-H&S

Exam Conduct

As a reminder, please can all students ensure they are in normal full uniform for all exams and arrive fully equipped. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

Although we have a number of weeks of exams ahead, we are looking forward to celebrating the end of exams with the year 11 prom. Please remember, that in order to attend this event, students conduct in exams will be taken into consideration.

For the latest revision timetable covering Saturdays and the upcoming half term please see this file:

Year 12

To access Unifrog and complete the competencies. Use Unifrog to research options after Sixth Form.

Year 13

Revision time.

Year 12 – ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD (RYLA)

INTERESTED IN A FREE YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD?

Funded by our local Rotary group, this is an amazing opportunity over Summer 2022.  You need to be aged 16-17 between Saturday 6th August 2022 to Friday 12th August 2022.  You will take part in a mixture of physical and mental challenges to help you develop leadership experience, confidence through achievement, health, fitness, character and tolerance as building blocks to the quality of life.  You will also be assigned a personal mentor during the week.  Applicants will need to attend an interview before being accepted.  If you are interested, please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office for an application form.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

School Walk 2022

The school walk will take place on Friday 15th July.  This is an important tradition of Thomas Alleyne’s High School that has taken place regularly since 1968 and forms an important part of the school’s social and educational life. 

Students from Years 9, 10 and 12 will all participate in the walk which is 12 miles through rural Derbyshire. The route will be carefully marshalled by the staff of the School. We are asking for a contribution of £8 per student to help towards the cost of the coach travel.Students attended an assembly last week giving them details about the school walk and a letter has been given out today which includes a permission slip and payment details.  The deadline for both of these is Tuesday 24th May.  Please return the permission slip to your child’s form tutor.
We know that there are many parents and even grandparents of our students who will have taken part in the school walk in the past.  If you would like to share any memories please email these to the school office office@tahs.org.uk.

Reports

Years 9, 10 & 12 reports are now available on Talaxy for students and parents.

https://idp.tascsoftware.co.uk/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FOpenId%2FAskUser

English Students of the Week

Y 9 Guna G, Ellie C, Sophie B, Emily L, Harry O, Maddie E, Ethan S, Bailey W

Y 10 Jack G, Lily U, Amy S, Layla M, Aileen L, Amy S

Y 11 Lewis M, Eva G, Sylvia S, Livvy E, Jack W, Josh W, Alfie H, Daisy C, Tasha M, Lucy M, Jasmin W, Sadie O’B, Emma W, Katie D, Joe Ha, Thomas L, Alex B, Charlotte J, Beth J, Ella R

Y 12 Tess S

Y 13 Imogen N, Eve B

There are 4 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to really build a sense of place, or mood. Try to use adjectives and verbs which are ambitious, but more importantly, that are clear and precise. Try analysing your own choices – if someone else were to read them, would they convey the message you think they do? Look at our work of the week for more inspiration.

Y11 exams – revision

Keeping on the theme of writing, Year 11 have their Paper 1 exam next week. For last minute creative writing inspiration, try https://randomwordgenerator.com/. You can choose by word class (“write a story entitled <random word>”), or even find random images. Thanks to Harriet G for the tip.

Mr Hulme is running “An Inspector Calls” revision on Wednesday 18th, which is also the day of Language Paper 1. 


Members of the English team will be in the English rooms from 7:45 on the morning of the exam, for drop in reassurance / last minute clarifications.

Work of the Week

Elisha in 9UD has been working on analysis of writers’ choices/methods. Here you can see her using the what – how – why frame to develop her thinking.

Billy in Y11 has been honing his genre writing skills – we think this is a brilliant opening paragraph… and the rest of his narrative is a very thrilling read. We particularly like the personification of dawn, which nods nicely to Greek epics like the Odyssey.

Swathes of green and blue gently rocked the longship as she sliced swiftly through the swirling sea. Her prow cut the waves like the swords at the belts of her sleeping crew. Dawn was thrusting its bright head above the horizon to the east and the faint outline of friendly Viking lands could be seen ahead. The only one awake was the helmsman. He held his steering board firmly in his hands as he guided the ship skillfully on his own towards the distant hulk of land. Fingers of blue were ripping apart the woven purple fabric of the sky and blissful light streamed down on the muscular, sleeping bodies on the deck.

Well done to Elisha and Billy!

Book recommendation

Mrs Hunt wants to make a recommendation this week: “Humble Pi” by Matt Parker. It’s a non-fiction book exploring what can go wrong when people don’t get their maths right. Whilst it’s been a little tricky to understand in parts, it’s a fascinating read and definitely one for (aspiring) A Level mathematicians, engineers, or chemists. There are four ‘deliberate’ mistakes in the book, and Mrs Hunt has spotted two. If anyone can enlighten her as to the last two, she’ll be eternally grateful…

Computer Science Paper 1

Make sure you are ready by using all the revision resources provided in you pack. On this link here there are last minute tips, and quick fire online revision to sharpen your brain prior to the exam.

Good luck to all and remember write nothing you get nothing – give every question a go!

https://sway.office.com/9BOfO21Mk3JJWDSQ?ref=Link

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

Before each of the GCSE maths exams the maths department will be running breakfast revision sessions from 8-8.30am.

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision based on the advanced exam information for each paper.

The maths exams are on: Friday 20th May, Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator (for paper 2 and 3).  Calculators can be purchased through the online shop, everything else can be purchased from the maths department.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Mrs North would like to nominate Emily T in Year 12 for superb performance in her Applied Science unit 1 mock exams.

Mr Crum would also like to nominate Emily T and also Elizabeth C (12D) and Adam D (12C) for excellent performance in the Applied Science mocks.

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following Year 12 students – Harry S, Izzy R, Lydia M and Finn McC for consistently making excellent effort on their Physics Homework.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate the following Year 11 students – Molly D, Evie A G, Max D and Maddie H for huge improvements in quantitative chemistry, it is lovely to watch your confidence grow!

And also, Charlotte J, Tom L and Joe H for unwavering dedication in Chemistry, you are going to smash this!

Well done!

News from PE

BTEC Sport

Year 12 Unit 1 A&P resit exam Monday 16th May – Use Active Learn to revise

Year 10 – All should be working on Unit 1 Coursework on body systems for homework.

Extra Curricular

Athletics Practice Tuesday

Cricket Practice Wednesday

Year 9 Cricket Thursday 19th May away v St Josephs

Rounders Practice Thursday

Badminton Friday

Fitness Friday

Year 9 County Rugby 7’s

On Thursday our U14 rugby team travelled to Stafford Rugby for the County Rugby 7’s Finals.  Playing on fantastic facilities the tournament was very well organised and all games played in a great spirit.  Unfortunately we didn’t perform to our best and made a number of uncharacteristic errors. We battled hard in all 6 games winning 2 and losing 4.  Player of the tournament was Corey, Try of the tournament went to Jonte with a length of the field special.  Tackle of the tournament went to Adam F. 

Team – Toby (captain), Oliver, Max, Corey, Tom, Henry , Sam M, Sam F, Adam F, Adam R

Athletics club

All years athletics after school on Wednesday – everybody welcome

Rounders Club

Thursday after school – all years welcome 

Under 15 County Cricket

On Thursday evening the U15 Cricket team travelled to Newcastle and Hartshill Cricket Club to play Clayton Hall.  Alleyne’s won the toss and elected to field. After the second over the decision to bowl by captain Minshall proved to be a good as Griffiths took the wicket over their opening batsman and in the fifth over Ashton took the second wicket with only 17 runs being added.  Unfortunately despite some imaginative fielding positions and strong bowling Alleyn’es were unable to make inroads into the middle order.  Minshall called upon a variety of bowlers but Clayton started to get into the match, their opening batsman hitting an unbeaten 54.  With plenty of wickets in hand Clayton accelerated the scoring in the middle overs.  With 3 overs to go Bulmer and Higgs were able to pull the rate back to 16 runs off 3 overs.  Clayton’s innings closed at 143 for 4 of 16 overs.  This left Alleyne’s with plenty to do.  Captain Minshall and Cantrill opened the batting with an explosive start, scoring 25 runs off the first three overs.  Both Cantrill and Minshall regularly hitting the boundary in their inning.  Unfortunately, Cantrill fell to the last ball of the third over and Alleyen’s couldn’t quite gain the same momentum that the openrs had set. They lost 2 quick wickets to some fast, accurate bowling from the home side. There was some resistance offered from Layton, Higgs and MInshall but the match was getting away from the visitors. Alleyne’s were reduced to 41 for 6 off 8 overs.  In the closing overs Minshall started to accelerate the run rate with an excellent unbeaten 57 but time and strong bowling was against him. Clayton eventually won the game by 48 runs.

Geography

Year 13 revision on Wednesday 18th will be the final Edexcel workshop on exam technique. All year 13 should attend. Room 7 at 3:05pm. 

Year 11 revision will be on Wednesdays right up until the exams. 3:10pm in room 6a. 

Y12:

You will be receiving a letter in your geography lessons about the upcoming residential trip to Liverpool in July. Please could you ensure that you complete and return the reply slips by Friday 20th May and make your payments via ParentPay by Friday 27th May.

Any questions or queries, please contact/see Mr Harris.

Year 11 Prom

I am pleased to provide further details regarding the Year 11 Prom. This year’s Prom will take place on Friday 8th July at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The event will run from 7.30pm – 11pm and the evening will include a buffet style dinner of sandwiches, snacks and desserts, a DJ, photobooth and a bar serving non alcoholic drinks. The price of the ticket is £25. Students can purchase tickets from Monday 9th May and the deadline will be Friday 27th May. 

This week’s job of the week is a Jewellery Designer! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #035 – JEWELLERY DESIGNER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Jewellery designer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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April 29th 2022

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Year 13 Leavers Prom

Year 13 leavers prom is fast approaching. Friday 27th May at the Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Tickets are available to purchase via ParentPay at a cost of £35.00. Ticket price includes food and DJ.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday 13th May.

Don’t miss out on a great evening of food, music and “awards”

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 9th May 2022

Year 12

Barclays life skills:  what are the current skills shortages and how can you develop these to make you stand out in the job market? 

Barclays life skills

Year 13

Revision time.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

RS Revision

Saturday 14th May 10am – 12pm. – there will be an optional revision session in room 2 to support students with the Religion Paper which will be on 16th May. All welcome. Please bring your revision guide with you if you attend. There will be a session on parts of Christianity and Buddhism relating to the Advanced Information and a chance to talk through practice questions.

English

There are 5 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to think about your starting, and ending, points. It can be easy to write a story (or an essay) which essentially says “and then… and then… and then…” but it’s not very interesting to read. Why not start in media res (in the middle of the action)? Similarly, make sure you know where you’re heading. We like our analogies in English, so think of it like a journey. Are you aimlessly driving around the local roads (storylines) until you run out of fuel (words)? Or do you have a set destination in mind, and enough fuel to get there?Work of the Week

We love it when a teacher from another subject sends us something “Englishy” their students have done. This week, Y9 have been working on raps in Music. Mrs Todd was so impressed with Teigan’s, she just had to tell us all about it. We were impressed too! Here’s some of Teigan’s rap, entitled You No Longer Know Me.

You don’t know her favourite song anymore.

She changed it.

It was Pompeii, but that’s the same as yours,
and now it’s new rules.

Got a new haircut – it’s quite short and it’s blonde, too.

Not like her long brown hair you used to put behind her ear.

Well done, Teigan!

Book recommendation

Imogen in Year 13 thinks everyone should read “Emma” by Jane Austen. She thinks it’s a great explanation of life as a woman in Regency England, but it’s also a really engaging storyline. Luckily, it’s out of copyright, so you can even read it online! Emma, By Jane Austen

New Life on the Farm

Geography 

– Reminder to all year 13 students that after school revision for the next 2 weeks will involve watching webinars put together by Edexcel examiners. These include exam skills and content which will be useful to support your revision. Please attend on Wednesday 3:05pm in room 7. 

– Reminder also to year 11s to attend after school revision on wednesday and fridays with Miss Robinson in 6a. 

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

Before each of the GCSE maths exams the maths department will be running breakfast revision sessions from 8-8.30am.

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision based on the advanced exam information for each paper.

The maths exams are on: Friday 20th May, Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator (for paper 2 and 3).  Calculators can be purchased through the online shop, everything else can be purchased from the maths department.

 Exam Stress: Tips and techniques for keeping last-minute nerves at bay and performing at your best!

Free webinar aimed at GCSE students – we will discuss do’s and don’ts for last minute revision, tips for keeping your cool during the exam and ways to kickstart your motivation in this final stretch.

The free webinar takes place on Wednesday 11th May at 7:30pm.

Sign up at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FAWlM49wToSOilPz59tdOw

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Mrs North would like to nominate Alistair D in Year 11 for excellent engagement in GCSE+.

Mrs Lambert would link to nominate – Will P and Joel B in Year 12 Biology for excellent verbal contributions to lesson this week, particularly regarding data handling questions. 

Well done!

Art Winners

News from PE

BTEC Sport

Year 10- Exam 9am Monday 9th May. Good luck to all!  Revision materials are available to all on Active Learn.

Year 11- All Assignments should be completed. Please ensure everything has been uploaded to Teams.

Year 12- Re-sit Exam 16th May. Ensure you are using practice papers, revision materials on Active Learn and folders.

Year 13- Unit 2 Resit Monday 9th May. Make sure you review examiners reports and read through your January exam.

PE

Tuesday – Athletics practice

Wednesday – Cricket practice all years

Thursday – Year 10 Cricket v Clayton Away.  Rounders Practice. Year 9 County Rugby Tournament.

Friday – Badminton practice.  Fitness Club

Music News 

Thank you to Year 11 Music Students for working incredibly hard on their music course work and supporting each other in performance recordings. 

Well done to all. 

Year 11 Prom

I am pleased to provide further details regarding the Year 11 Prom. This year’s Prom will take place on Friday 8th July at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The event will run from 7.30pm – 11pm and the evening will include a buffet style dinner of sandwiches, snacks and desserts, a DJ, photobooth and a bar serving non alcoholic drinks. The price of the ticket is £25. Students can purchase tickets from Monday 9th May and the deadline will be Friday 27th May. 

This week’s job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #034 – INTERPRETER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Interpreter job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Get onto Medicine Conferences

While students are very busy with exams, this is the best time for them to start their UCAS Applications. One of the best ways for students to save time during this is to attend one of our free Get into Medicine Conferences.

Dr Kennedy and myself host The Get into Medicine Conference to give students a comprehensive overview of UCAS and everything they need to know about the Medical Application process.
I highly recommend students interested in Medicine attend one of our Get into Medicine Conference running on:

Sunday 8th May: 9.00am – 1.30pm.
Saturday 14th May: 9.30am – 1.30pm.

We’ll provide support, training, and guidance in:
UCAS & CV building

Personal Statements

Entrance Exams: UCAT and BMAT

Medical School Interviews

Accessing Medical Awards, Prizes, Leadership Programmes, and Scholarships to study Medicine at University
Attendees who stay for the entire conference will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance – a fantastic addition to their UCAS application.

Spaces are very competitive this time of year, so please encourage your students to secure their place as soon as they can by clicking the link below:
https://airtable.com/shr66li3bqG3ZpkPM
We’re here to support teachers and students every step of the way to make this period as stress-free as possible.

I hope to see your students this weekend!

Best wishes,
Dr Siva
Your Medic Family

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April 29th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Year 13 Leavers Prom

Year 13 leavers prom is fast approaching. Friday 27th May at the Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Tickets are available to purchase via ParentPay at a cost of £35.00. Ticket price includes food and DJ.

Don’t miss out on a great evening of food, music and “awards”

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Apprenticeship Opportunity

JCB are looking to recruit their first JCB Finance apprentice.

If anyone is interested, please see job advert by clicking the link below:

Search Jobs | Search | 1053 (jcb.com)

Volunteering Opportunity

Interested in NCS Volunteering Opportunity for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant?

NCS has 100 volunteering opportunities available for 16-25 years old. Travel and accommodation is provided for 4th and 5th June 2022. Volunteers will support guests, visitors, VIPs, Celebrities and performers to celebrate the Queen’s historic reign and show off the positive contribution young people make.

For further information, please click on the link below:

The Queens platinum jubilee pageant | National Citizen Service (wearencs.com)

Jaguar Land Rover virtual student event

For those of you interested in high-end motor vehicles you’re going to be interested in our next insight event!

On Monday 16th May from 5:00pm – 6:00pm we’re hosting our first-ever virtual event with luxury British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover.

Having been automotive industry pioneers for more than six decades, today Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest investor in automotive research, development and engineering. They use world-class processes to create innovative British craftsmanship and engineering excellence in over 170 markets worldwide.

With exciting new products, cutting-edge facilities and continued growth into new markets, it’s an exciting time to be at Jaguar Land Rover.

We’ll be hearing all about how the company has become what it is today and their visions for the future with revolutionary new sustainable technologies, particularly in the electric car space.

With a wide variety of school-leaver opportunities in a number of engineering fields, data analytics, supply chain & logistics and finance, could a career at Jaguar Land Rover be for you? 

Join us to hear about the fascinating world of the ever-evolving motor industry and learn from some of the world’s leading engineering minds in the industry.

Click the following link to register yourself for the online event: 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JLR-Event

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Open Event Stoke College

The next open event at Stoke on Trent College is on the horizon!

Please see website link to pre-register.

Support needed

We are currently struggling to recruit the number of invigilators we need for examinations. Unfortunately there is a national issue.  The role involves supervising students in their GCSE and A level examinations. 

If any parent could offer to support the team we would be very grateful. Training will be provided. This is a paid role and support is required on individual days between 16th May and 28th June. You do not need to do all days and even a few days of help would be gratefully received. 

 If you are able to help please contact our examination lead Mrs Sosinski at sosinski@tahs.org.uk for details of how you could support us.

English

English department student of the week

Well done to the following students who have been nominated by your teachers as student of the week in English.

Y 9 Freya E, Dora E, Poppy C-S, Jonte H, Isaac, Oliver E

Y 10 Macie C, Noah M, Layla M

Y 11 Liam A, Cora N, Isabella M, Alex B, Salwa E-C, Ryan W, Owen B, Thomas A, Joe H, Charlotte J

Y 12 Erin H, Philippa B

Y 13 Imogen N, Sophie W, Eve B

Are you a secret storyteller, aspiring article author or simply a wonderful writer?

o celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we’re launching a Trust-wide creative writing competition. We’ll be supporting this in Year 9 and Year 10 lessons, but here are the details in case you want to try an alternative task or get a head start!

Years 9-11 (ages 12-16): write either a short story entitled “70 Years of Time Travel through the Queen’s reign,” OR an article addressing the question of whether The Queen is still an important figure in 21st Century Britain.
There is a 500 word limit in this category 2-16, so make every word count!


Years 12-13 (ages 17-18): write either a short story about any King or Queen from History, OR an article addressing the question of whether The Queen is still an important figure in 21st Century Britain.


Final entries should be submitted to Mrs Rudge or Mrs Hunt by 10th June.
Watch the next few weeks’ Roundups for additional hints and tips. 


Work of the Week:
Year 9 have been working on becoming confident communicators this week, sharing their Spoken Language presentations with their classes. This week’s work of the week comes from Evie, who gave a particularly thought-provoking speech on the power of social media and influencers:

Evie’s powerpoint supported her speech well, and helped her audience follow her ideas. 9UB asked some really insightful questions, and Evie was able to explain her thinking in a clear, coherent and developed manner. Well done, Evie, and well done, 9UB!

An Inspector Calls: SOLD OUT!

The English Department are excited to declare that all tickets for the An Inspector Calls trip are now sold. There are some spaces available for students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding – please watch out for your letter in the next week.

Book recommendations… from 1 million students!

A national education company tracked the 21,903,349 books read by 1 MILLION students last year in the UK. How many of their top 10 have you read?

Overall top 10 (by gender):

Looking for something new to explore? Here are the top 10 new entries, which weren’t seen on earlier years’ reports.  

Online book club:

Inspired by the book choices above? Want to share your love of reading with other students in other schools? Then join the National Teen Book Club, this May. It runs each Wednesday from 3:30-4:30, where you can:

– (virtually) Meet the author of the award-winning book The Crossing 

– Gain insights and advice from people working in industry e.g. authors, illustrators, publishers, and literary agents 

– Become a published writer or artist in our Virtual Library and Exhibition

– Develop skills to boost your grades 

We’ll be supporting it in school on a Wednesday evening, where students are welcome to join us (venue TBC). Alternatively you can join independently from home / your local library: just make sure you sign up (click here to sign up independently or use the QR code below)

Revision next week:

Wednesday 4th May: Paper 1, Question 5: writing to describe or narrate. Mr Hulme, room 13 (target grades 5-7). Really handy if you’re wanting to enter the Jubilee competition, too!

Music News

Year 11 GCSE music revision after school on Tuesday 3rd May 3.15 until 4pm.

RS Revision

Saturday 14th May 10am – 12pm. – there will be an optional revision session in room 2 to support students with the Religion Paper which will be on 16th May. All welcome. Please bring your revision guide with you if you attend. There will be a session on parts of Christianity and Buddhism relating to the Advanced Information and a chance to talk through practice questions.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Ewan L for a fantastic turnaround in Year 13 Chemistry – you can do this!

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate 9U1 Biology – for a great effort from the whole class on their enzymes test this week, especially Connie C, Kieren C and Rowan S who all achieved 100% – well done!! 

Mrs North would like to nominate the following students in 9H2A Biology – Evie D, Guna G, Rory O and Izzy HC for excellent results in their recent assessment. 

Mrs North would also like to nominate the following Animal Care students –

Korie H, Tim W, Caitlyn L, Katey G and Katy J for fantastic Animal Care coursework.

Well done!

News from PE

BTEC Sport 

Year 10 exam is on 9th May – all need to be revising hard.

Year 11- All assignments need to be marked by 9th May so next week is the last week for uploading any work to be assessed.

Year 12- Resit exam for Unit 1 is on 16th May – Students need to review their January Paper and revise the areas they struggled with.

Year 13- All assignments need to be marked by 9th May so next week is the last week for uploading any work to be assessed.  Students Resitting Unit 1 exam is on 16th May. Students Resitting Unit 2 exam is on 9th May.

Extra Curricular

Athletics Practice is on Tuesday all years, boys and girls all welcome.

Cricket practice Wednesday all welcome

Rounders Practice is on Thursday all welcome

This week’s job of the week is a Housing Officer. The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK EPISODE #033 – HOUSING OFFICER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Housing officer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Veterinary Conference

See this link for full details and registration for the Veterinary Conference.

A quick reminder that students who wish to participate in the NHS Allied Work Experience Programme on Sunday 8th May have just one week left to register via the following link: https://alliedhealthmentor.org/nhs-healthcare-careers-virtual-work-experience/

The programme is available for years:

10-13 – England & Wales
S3-S6 – Scotland
11-14 – Northern Ireland

All students will be awarded a Work Experience Certificate for participating in the day. This is something that they can include in their UCAS and Apprenticeship Applications!

The next Work Experience day is on the Sunday 8th May and will cover the following healthcare careers:

– Nursing
– Midwifery
– Paramedicine
– Physiotherapy
– Occupational Therapy
– Dietetics
– Radiography
– Prosthetics and Orthotics
– Speech and language therapy
– Pharmacy

The virtual work experience day will take place through an online portal and run LIVE from 10am-5pm, following 2 patients from their initial accidents through to recovery.

Students will see them interact with a variety of healthcare professionals listed above so that they develop an understanding of the multidisciplinary team as well as insights into their own chosen career.

The cost to attend is £10/student per session, which is just an administrative cost to cover the set-up of individual portals, personalised certificates, safeguarding, and the technology on the day, such as our servers and chat functions.

If you have any questions about the programme, please complete the following contact form: https://airtable.com/shrM6UPT8Z2uxx7OL or give our team a call on 01530 417299 and we will happily get back to you with a swift response.

We look forward to welcoming all potential healthcare students onto this national virtual work experience programme!

Best wishes
The Allied Healthcare Team

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April 8th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

A Motivational Day

On Tuesday we welcomed Tim Benton, motivational speaker, to talk to year 11 and 13 pupils and parents.  Tim spent the day working with pupils on how to make the best of their time, in the last few weeks, leading up to examinations.  In the evening he ran a workshop for parents dealing with how best to support pupils during the examination period.  His inspirational style and energetic approach was very well received by pupils and parents alike. He offered many techniques and strategies which pupils could use for their revision and help them to achieve in the summer.

Further details on how to support your child can be found below.

Sixth Form job opportunity

We currently have part-time cleaning positions open to Year 12 and Year 13 students. It would be for 2 -3 hours after school each day.

If anyone is interested, please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office for an application form.

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Scholarship opportunity for Year 13s

We are getting in touch with an exciting opportunity for year 13s who are interested in pursuing a career in finance.
 
As part of their Scholarship UK scheme, Janus Henderson Investors, a leading global asset management group, are offering five scholarships to support students whose socio-economic backgrounds mean that they face barriers to university study.
 
Before they all head off for the Easter break, if you know of students who may be interested, please pass on the information below.
What is the scholarship? £2,000To be paid across the first year of undergraduate studyAccess to social and networking events hosted by Janus HendersonOpportunity to be fast-tracked onto formal Janus Henderson schemes e.g. traineeship
Which students are eligible?
 
The recipients will be Year 13 school leavers attending university from September 2022 and interested in pursuing a career in finance. There are no location or attainment requirements.
 
We’re particularly keen to hear from students who are: Interested in studying a business/finance/STEM undergraduate degreeFirst in family to attend universityCurrent or historic Free School Meal status

How do students apply?
 
All interested students must attend an industry insight webinar, which provides valuable information and guidance about pursuing a career in the financial sector.

Students can choose to attend either the session on 5 July, 11am or 14 July, 4pm. The links to sign up are here: 5 July, 11am14 July, 4pm The scholarship application form will then be circulated to all who attended one of the webinars.
 
If you know of students who would be interested in the £2,000 scholarship, we would really appreciate if you would pass on the opportunity by forwarding this email, the flyer linked below or the web page.
 

Easter Revision

Please see below for the Easter revision schedule, if there are any problems or questions please email Mrs North on north@tahs.org.uk

English

Well done to all of the students who have been nominated for student of the week this week. They are:

Y 9 Hollie Rose B, Erin G, Grace A, Oliver E, Kieren C

Y 10 Keira, Isabelle A, Ben N, Catherine M

Y 11 Katie S, Abi R, Mya P, Joe H, Ella R, Harriet E, Charlotte J, Alex B, Salwa E

Y 12 Katie L, Josh H

Y 13 Katie G, Sophie A, Sophie W

Mrs Simpson took a group of TAHS Sixth Form students to Picknalls First School to run a science outreach workshop for Year 4 students. The group of Y12 and Y13 students ran science practicals including investigating magnets, testing pH and a heart dissection to more than 50 delighted and amazed KS2 children. Our Sixth Formers showed outstanding leadership and communication skills alongside a bucket load of patience, they really did us proud. 

Revision after half term

We’re really starting to gear up for the exams now… On the first week back, we’ll be looking at Paper 2, Question 4 (comparing attitudes) – target grades 5 and 6. (Mrs Hunt, room 19). An Inspector Calls Trip

Tickets are available on ParentPay for current Y9 and Y10 students – grab yours quickly!

Work of the Week

We’ve been spoiled for choice this week, but in the end chose this from Dylan (y10). He’s been working extremely hard on his use of similes and written accuracy, focusing on AO5. Well done, Dylan.

Book recommendation
Sarah in Year 11 recommends “That Oxford Girl.” This non-fiction text started life as a blog, focusing on a real student’s experience at one of the UK’s most prestigious Universities. Sarah likes it because it’s realistic about the difficulties – but also rewards – of University, and has made her in particular think about where she might like to go, post Sixth Form. 

Romeo and Juliet – Radio 4

There’s a really interesting programme to support Romeo and Juliet revision on Radio 4 – check out https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0014gml

Music News

Year 13 Music Revison;
Easter holiday revision day on Thursday 21st April 10am until 2pm.

Year 13 A Level Music Recital evening is Wednesday 27th April 3.30 until 4.30pm in the school theatre.

Year 11 GCSE revision sessions are;
Tuesday 3rd May
Tuesday 17th May
Tuesday 24th May

All after school 3.15 until 4 in room 67.

Choir will start again on Thursday 19th May and will run every week until the end of term. Choir will perform at the Summer Concert on Wednesday 13th July.

Recycle Your Uniform and Save the Environment.

Calling all Year 11’s, the pastoral team are wanting to help with saving the environment in recycling your school uniform.

If you are interested in supporting us, and would like to donate your uniform after you have left, please can this be given to the school office.

We are looking for Ties, Blazers, Skirts, Trousers, Jumpers and PE Kits.

Thank you

Pastoral Team.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Mr Milward would like to nominate Martha B (10E1), Victoria H (10W2), Ben P (10E1), Isabelle G (10O2) and Luke N (10O2) – all for excellent work and progress in Biology throughout this term.

Also, Kiera F (11W2), Abi R (11T1), Lucy O (11E1), Grace A (11W2), Gemma B (11W2) and Sam O (11W1), again for excellent work and progress in Biology this term.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Lewis T, Chevy R, Toby P-L, Lydia M, Lily W, Mia B, Layla T, Freya H, Rhianna L, Polly J, Tilly S and Rebecca W for fantastic leadership skills running the Science Day at Picknalls First School. They were absolutely amazing and exceeded all of our expectations. I could not have been more proud!

Miss Thorley wold like to nominate Finn McC, Toby P-L and Harry S in 12D Physics and also, Molly H and Holly T in 10U2 for commendable scores on their recent assessment.

Well done!

News from PE

This week’s job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:

JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #032 – GEOSCIENTIST – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Geoscientist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Medic Mentor

Medic Mentor have extended our Widening Access to Medicine deadline until 15th April.

We decided to exerted our deadline to give as many students as possible a chance to apply for our WAMS summer school places.

We have a clear vision to level the playing field and widen participation in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science.

A fully funded WAMS Summer School place is open to year 12s. It is worth up to £3000

To be eligible for funding, students need to identify with one or more of the criteria liked here: https://medicmentor.co.uk/widening-access-to-medicine/ and provide evidence on request.

Successful applicants will get a place on our 5 day Summer School and gain access to continued mentoring throughout the year.

90% of our Summer School students get one or more offers to study medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science.
I would like to invite you to signpost this opportunity for your students, especially for those who would benefit from the mentoring and support available on this highly successful programme.

Medic Mentor awarded 20 fully funded Summer School Places in 2020, 30 places in 2021 and this year we aim to award 30-50 fully funded places to help even more students.

Students can apply directly via the following link –https://airtable.com/shrYADzXgEXQt7dqZ.

This is a standard application process and includes the completion of a 4000 character count personal statement.
Here, students should outline their motivations to study their desired career and the experience and skillset they’ve acquired thus far.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th of April at 5pm.

If your students are not eligible for our widening access program, they are still very welcome to apply to our Summer School. We highly recommend students check out alternative summer schools and do not apply unless they are serious about a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

There are several payment options available to help spread the cost, students who do select the full payment option can receive £250 OFF when they use code: spring22.

Students can find out more here: https://medicmentor.co.uk/medic-mentor-summer-school/

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April 1st 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

 Motivational Speaker Tuesday 5th April 5.30pm for Parents.

Tim Benton – Motivational Speaker 

“I want you to live at your best” 

Once again we are fortunate to have at Thomas Alleyne’s Tim Benton to come talk to Year 11 pupils and parents. 

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely. 

Tim will be visiting school to work with Yr11 and Yr13 pupils, as well as parents. Pupils will hear Tim give advice and strategies about examination techniques and revision throughout the day and will then run a parents workshop in evening at 5.30pm in the school theatre.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.   

Year 13 – mandatory revision techniques talk

On Tuesday 5th April 10.35am – 11.55am, all year 13 students will take part in a mandatory session in the theatre with motivational speaker, Tim Benton, to support their revision. 

Sixth Form job opportunity

We currently have part-time cleaning positions open to Year 12 and Year 13 students. It would be for 2 -3 hours after school each day.

If anyone is interested, please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office for an application form.

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 4th April 2022

Year 12

Do you have a positive body image?  Watch the video and discuss the pressures put on

people by photoshop and social media:  In a recent survey, over half of girls aged 16 – 21 said they would have surgery to improve their bodies.  Over 50% of boys said they would change their diet to get the perfect body. Read the list of helplines for eating disorders and speak to school staff if you need support. 

Year 13

Watch the video about coming out to support yourself or a friend.

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Easter Revision

Please see below for the Easter revision schedule, if there are any problems or questions please email Mrs North on north@tahs.org.uk

English

Text collection

We still have a number of texts in room 21 awaiting collection: please see Mrs Hunt or ask your English teacher to check your receipt and get them for you.

We’re going to the theatre!

We’re delighted to be able to offer tickets to see a performance of the GCSE Literature set text An Inspector Calls. The performance takes place at the Regent Theatre, Stoke in October 2022.

Tickets are available to current Year 9 and 10 only, and are very limited, so grab your place via ParentPay.

Wednesday Revision next week

Mr Hulme will be revising Power and Conflict poetry, target grades 5 and 6. Room 13.

Mrs Hunt will be revising the two Language comparison questions (paper 2 questions 2 and 4), for target grades 7-9. Room 21.

Easter Revision

We have a number of sessions running over half term – please ask your English teacher if you’re not sure which session is best for you. 

Work of the Week

Year 9 are at the moment being introduced to their anthology poetry – Year 11 are, in many cases, revising it. Here are Andrea’s first interpretations (Y9) of Remains by Simon Armitage, and Jake’s Y11 revision activity using key phrases from the poem to inspire creative writing. Remember, we read like a writer, and write like a reader!

Book Recommendation

Gracie-Mae in Y9 recommends City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. She writes:

“This book is extremely thrilling and it shows how the  main character Clary (Clarissa Frey) adjusts when she finds out her life is all a lie…”

English department student of the week

Well done to the following students, who have all been nominated by your teachers for student of the week in English. They are:

Y 9 Isabell D, Rory O, Clarissa S, Molly C, Erin G, Lily H, Billie O, Rowan S, Matthew Johnson

Y 10 Morgan P, Macie C, Catherine M, Molly H, Amelia R

Y 11 Chloe K, Zita M, Milly G, Lucy M, Tasha M, Alex B, Salwa E, Keira F, Harriet E, Thomas L, Joe H, Joe H

Y 12 Evie N, Josh H

Y 13 Imogen N, Sophie W

Recycle Your Uniform and Save the Environment.

Calling all Year 11’s, the pastoral team are wanting to help with saving the environment in recycling your school uniform.

If you are interested in supporting us, and would like to donate your uniform after you have left, please can this be given to the school office.

We are looking for Ties, Blazers, Skirts, Trousers, Jumpers and PE Kits.

Thank you

Pastoral Team.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Emily L and Rowan S in 9U1 for consistently high attainment in Physics.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Charlie G and Katie S in 10H5 for model practical skills.

Also, Jack A in 9H2A for exceptional knowledge and contributions in Physics.

Well done!

News from PE

BTEC Sport

Year 10 – External Exam – 9th May AM

This is only 2 weeks after Easter.  Students will be given a revision pack before Easter and will have access to practice papers and revision materials on Teams.

Year 11- Students will receive exam results next Week. To pass the course all students need to complete all 3 assignments.  The assignment instructions and support materials are all on Teams.

During Easter – Wednesday 20th April we will be holding a coursework day from 9am-2.30 in room 40 for all students to complete any outstanding assignments including practical coaching.

Year 12- Students who achieved below a Distinction in Unit 1 are re-sitting  their exam on 16th May.   This will be the final opportunity for them to attempt this unit.  Revision materials are all on Teams.

Year 13- Students should have completed all units prior to Easter.  Students wishing to improve their overall grade have been entered for resits in either Unit 1- 16th May and /or Unit 2 (Part A preparation sessions- Tue 26/4/22 P4, Wed 27/4/22 P1 , Fri 29/4/22 P3 , Tue 3/5/22 P4, Wed 4/5/22.  Part B exam Mon 9/5/22  We are holding a coursework completion day on Thursday 21st April 9-2.30

BTEC Sport – Year 10 revision day

Thursday 21st April 10-2pm in room 1.  In preparation for exam on 9th May. Bring packed lunch. Sign in at reception.

Uttoxeter Cricket Club

Check out the details in this letter regarding opportunities this summer for cricketers.

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities in Health & Social Care

Live Virtual NHS Healthcare Careers Work Experience Programme – Allied Healthcare Mentor (alliedhealthmentor.org)

The Allied Healthcare Mentor programme has a series of virtual work experience days set up over the next few months.  They are designed for anyone in years 10-12 wanting to enter careers such as nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, radiography, speech & language therapy, physiotherapy etc.  Students will join remotely from home and will follow 2 patients through a journey from the A&E department through to discharge.  They will see all the different members of the healthcare team that the patients are involved in and can ask questions about these as career options.  The first opportunity to take part in this is on Sunday 3rd April, but there are monthly opportunities right through until September.  The cost for a day (10am – 5pm) is £10, and students can register to take part via the link above.

NCS Opportunity

This weeks job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:  JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #031 – FINANCIAL ADVISOR – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link:  Financial adviser job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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March 25th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Non Uniform Day

Friday 1st April, with a suggested donation of £2. This can be paid on ParentPay or cash on the day. The money raised will go towards school funds to support extra curricular events (including the school walk) and counselling for students.

 Motivational Speaker Tuesday 5th April 5.30pm for Parents.

Tim Benton – Motivational Speaker 

“I want you to live at your best” 

Once again we are fortunate to have at Thomas Alleyne’s Tim Benton to come talk to Year 11 pupils and parents. 

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely. 

Tim will be visiting school to work with Yr11 and Yr13 pupils, as well as parents. Pupils will hear Tim give advice and strategies about examination techniques and revision throughout the day and will then run a parents workshop in evening at 5.30pm in the school theatre.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.   

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 28th March 2022

Year 12

Take a quick look at student finance if you are considering university.  Log onto Student Finance England to find out more and to try their student loan calculator.

Year 13

Choose from a range of inspirational videos from Bear Grylls ‘Becoming X’ project.

Becoming X

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 Summer School Opportunity

Applications for the Dental Schools Council funded residential summer schoolwith King’s College London are now open! We welcome applications from you year 12 students, who can apply here.

The summer school will take place from 25-28th July 2022 with students staying in KCL student accommodation at London Bridge. Students will have the opportunity to learn dental techniques through practical workshops and virtual reality sessions whilst experiencing what living and studying at a central London university is like. More information can be found here.  

Please circulate this opportunity to any Year 12 students who you think will be interested. The summer school is open to students from non-selective state schools in England (excluding Greater London).  

The application form can be found by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/KCLdentsummerschool22. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on Sunday 24th April 2022. 

Easter Revision

Please see below for the Easter revision schedule, if there are any problems or questions please email Mrs North on north@tahs.org.uk

English

Could Mrs Hunt remind pupils who have ordered and paid for texts to collect them from her in Room 21. Just take a photo of your receipt along.This week’s work of the week is from Amelia in Year 11. Year 11 have been preparing for their descriptive writing component, and revising how to edit and improve using style models such as the extract from Section A. Here is Amelia’s “before” and “after,” showing editing on the go and more conscious crafting. It’s not always about beautiful presentation.

This week’s book recommendation is from Mr Hulme, and it is the fantasy novel ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’. Beautifully written, it follow the early life of the wizard Ged, and his confrontation with The Shadow Beast. Regarded as one of the best fantasy novels of the previous hundred years, it is well worth reading. The first novel in Ursula Leguin’s Earthsea trilogy.

Revision next week is with Mrs Hunt on Wednesday 30th March. The subject will be: Paper 1, Question 4, levels 5-7 . The session will take place in Room 21 at 3.10pm.


We would like to congratulate the Year 9 pupils who have completed their endorsements for their Spoken Language component. Public speaking is a great challenge, requires very great skill and the pupils should be very proud of themselves. What is particularly impressive is how they have used the skills that they learnt in the Talk the Talk project. Well done.

The English department would like to commend the following students who have been nominated for student of the week this week. They are:

Y 9 Evie D, Issy H-C, Theo B, Colette, Lani N, Jonte

Y 10 Amber C, Kai H

Y 11 Thomas L, Xanthe S, Jack C (mature approach to mocks), Evie A-G

Recycle Your Uniform and Save the Environment.

Calling all Year 11’s, the pastoral team are wanting to help with saving the environment in recycling your school uniform.

If you are interested in supporting us, and would like to donate your uniform after you have left, please can this be given to the school office.

We are looking for Ties, Blazers, Skirts, Trousers, Jumpers and PE Kits.

Thank you

Pastoral Team.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate the following students in 9H2A: Sophie B, Evie D and Rachel T for excellent understanding of digestion demonstrated in their ‘diary of a cheese sandwich’.

Also, Elizabeth C in Year 12 Forensic Science for writing a detailed account of genetic profiling which showed an excellent understanding of this complex topic.

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Nicholas G-C, Bowen W and Harry G for excellent effort in Biology this week. 

Mrs Hughes would like to say a special ‘well done’ to Rachel A, Jack B, Jamie D, Jack D and Tom J who all took part in the Chemistry Olympiad. 

Congratulations to Jamie who achieved a Bronze Award, and Jack B and Tom J who achieved a Silver Award.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week have been selected by Mrs North for outstanding results in the Animal Care external Year 11 exam: Tim W, Erin B, Hannah C, Keira F, Katey G, Korie H, Caitlin L, Billy L, Lucy M, Sadie O’B, Neve R, Jack T and Ruby W.

Well done!

News from PE

Year 12 and 13 BTEC Sport students have received their exam results this week. Congratulations are due as all passed the exams.  Students who achieved below a Distinction grade have been entered for a re-sit in May.

Year 10 BTEC Tech Sport, Activity & Fitness students should all be revising for their external exam in May.

Year 11 BTEC Tech Sport, Activity & Fitness students will receive their exam results on 7th April.  All students have 3 Leadership assignments to complete on Teams – they can access all resources on Teams to complete assignments at home.

Congratulations Y13 IT

Many congratulations to our year 13 BTEC IT students who this week received their examination results from January. In testament to their hard work and dedication all students achieved a Merit or Distinction grade – great work!

Music News

Choir rehearsal for Ukraine after school on Tuesday 29th March in the music room 3.15 until 4.15. All staff and pupils are welcome, no choir experience necessary. Please support this event if you are able to.  See Mrs Todd for further details. 

Maths Fest

This week 8 of our year 10 students got to take part in the Keele Maths Feast, which saw them competing with other schools from across Staffordshire. Luke N, Charlie F, David B and Kathryn W formed the team from 10U1 and finished with a very impressive 97 points out of a possible 125, and Finn T, Martha B, Joel M and Charlotte H from 10H1 managed to just beat them with 103 points – along with being the overall winners of the first of the four rounds that made the competition. Despite both teams scoring highly they just missed out on winning overall but they still represented the school brilliantly, tackling a huge range of maths problems with both enthusiasm and skill.

Job of the week 

This weeks job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #030 – EVENT MANAGER – YouTube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: Event manager job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

A quick reminder that students who wish to participate in the NHS Allied Work Experience session on Sunday 3rd April have until Friday 31st March to register.

The programme is available for students in year groups:

10-12 – England & Wales
S3-S5 – Scotland
11-13 – Northern Ireland

You can register students on individual spaces or as a group via this link:
https://alliedhealthmentor.org/nhs-healthcare-careers-virtual-work-experience/

All students will be awarded a Work Experience Certificate for participating in the day.

This is something that they can include in their UCAS and Apprenticeship Applications.

The Work Experience day on Sunday 3rd April will cover the following healthcare careers:

– Nursing
– Midwifery
– Paramedicine
– Physiotherapy
– Occupational Therapy
– Dietetics
– Radiography
– Prosthetics and Orthotics
– Speech and language therapy
– Pharmacy

This will take place through an online portal and run LIVE from 10am-5pm, following 2 patients from accident to recovery.

Students will see these patients interact with a variety of healthcare professionals listed above so that they develop an understanding of the multidisciplinary team as well as insights into their own chosen career.

Students will also have the opportunity to interact with the healthcare professionals via a LIVE Chat and polls throughout the day!

The cost to attend is £10/student per session. This is an administrative cost to cover the set-up of individual portals, personalised certificates, safeguarding, and technology on the day, such as our servers and chat functions.

If you have any questions about the programme, please complete the following contact form: https://airtable.com/shrM6UPT8Z2uxx7OL or give our team a call on 01530 417299 and we will happily get back to you with a swift response.

We look forward to welcoming all potential healthcare students onto this national virtual work experience programme!

Best wishes
The Allied Healthcare Team

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March 18th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 21st March 2022

Year 12

Create, update or refine your CV.  Using Unifrog and this advice from Barclays Life Skills,

start to create your CV.  Continue in your study periods and enrichment time. 

Year 13

Revision time.

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 13 Prom dietary requirements

A link has been added to the Year 13 Leavers group on Teams for you to complete the form for any specific dietary requirements you may have for the Yr 13 Prom.

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

 
Virtual work experience 

Evidence your employability skills and build up your CV
Virtual work experience for state school students
 
Student webinar – Sharing Science:
Chasing chimps, digging dinosaurs and asking Attenborough
Wednesday 23 March, 15.35 – 16.35
Why do so many people feel scared of science? When is it okay to let small kids handle eyeballs when eating muffins? How can we channel our ‘Inner Attenborough’?

Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at UEA. After living across Africa and Asia and working alongside wild chimpanzees and orangutans, he completed a PhD and got ready for a career of research, but instead followed a passion to share science with as many people as possible.

Now, as a successful author and award-winning BBC presenter, Ben believes that science belongs to us all and that, more than ever, the public need to feel confident in engaging with science.

In this talk, Ben shares his adventures about excavating mammoths, being chatted up by a robot, and why there’s a whole career in sharing science with others. Virtual Work Experience

Details and Booking

LPN Summer School 2022

21st-24th August 2022

The LPN Summer School is a two-year long programme for students who live in areas where few young people enter higher education, and takes place in the summer holidays. You can find the information about this programme, subjects, eligibility criteria and how to apply below. We strongly recommend reading this page carefully before making an application!

This year’s summer school will take place from Sunday 21st August to Wednesday 24th August, in Cambridge. Students will stay at either Christ’s College or Sidney Sussex College (both are very close to each other!).

The LPN Summer School is designed to encourage academically able students from areas of the country where students are less likely to enter higher education to consider making applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge. The programme consists of visits in both the summers of Year 11 and Year 12 (only students who attended a Year 11 event can then attend the Year 12 component). Therefore, we strongly encourage any eligible Year 11 students to make an application, as they will receive support and guidance for their studies and university in the summer and beyond.

What does the summer school involve?

The summer school takes place for a few days in August just after you have taken your GCSE or National 5 (Scotland) exams, with meals and accommodation provided for you in one of the Cambridge Colleges. The summer school will be taking place in person in August 2022.

The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge University researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students and staff. There will also be a variety of social events throughout the stay! The aim of this summer school is to find out more about Cambridge and university more generally, and to give you a taste of university study and the wide variety of subjects available to study at post-18.

After the summer school, the Colleges provide continuing support during Year 12 and there is a follow-up summer school at the end of Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Year 13 in Northern Ireland) to which you are automatically invited. This will include free accommodation and meals, as well as social activities to give you a taste of student life and get to know others on the programme! This summer school typically focuses on specifics of the application process, and involves a one-night stay at Murray Edwards College.

What does the summer school cost?

The whole summer school is free of charge, including meals and accommodation but excluding travel.

If you feel that you may require travel expenses to be able to attend please get in touch, as some limited support may be available.

Subject strands

As part of the summer school programme, students have the opportunity to attend a series of seminars that will introduce them to the study of a particular subject at university level.

The following subject strands will be available for the 2022 summer school:

  • Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Sciences

The application form will ask for your first and – if you have one – second preference strand.

In addition to a set of academic sessions in the selected strand, those who are selected for a place on the event will also have the opportunity to try something new in subject/s not explicitly covered in the above strands. These have previously included Computer Science, Economics, Languages and Archaeology, among many others.

Choosing your strand

A similar number of places is available on each subject strand, so please choose the subject that interests you the most. Priority for a place on a strand will be given to those who have selected it as their first choice, and students cannot be considered for strands other than those they have selected as their first or second choice.

The above strands also encompass other subjects, and below is some further advice on particular strands which might seem less clear, or if you aren’t sure which one is right for you:

  • Biological Sciences – for those interested in Biology and Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences – for those interested in Physics and Chemistry, or Engineering
  • Mathematics – also recommended for students interested in Economics or Computer Science, as these are courses with high mathematical content at university
  • Social Sciences – this will cover areas such as Sociology and Politics (in line with the Human, Social and Political Sciences course that Cambridge teaches).

We encourage students to consider their choice of strand carefully and to think about subject areas that might be something you’ve not thought about before. Many subjects are interdisciplinary – they overlap with one another quite a bit – so for example, those interested in pursuing modern languages may therefore find any of English, History or the Social Sciences strands as interesting and relevant.

You can find out about all the different courses we offer at Cambridge here, and more about what they involve (there are over 30 courses covering 65 different subjects!).

Eligibility to apply

Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a place on the LPN summer school:

  1. You are currently in Year 11 (England and Wales), or Year 12 in Northern Ireland or S4 (Scotland), and would have been about to take your GCSEs or National 5s at a UK school that does not charge fees (to anyone) in summer 2021.
  2. You are going on to study academic qualifications for Sixth Form, at a school or college that does not charge fees (to anyone).
    1. academic qualifications are A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate or Highers/Advanced Highers.
  • You live in an area of low participation in higher education (you must check your postcode before applying!)
    • To explain this a bit further, we use the POLAR classification and we only accept applications from students who live in quintile 1 or 2 areas. We encourage students to check if they are eligible to apply using this online postcode checker tool. When you put your postcode into the tool, check the ‘POLAR4 quintile‘. We have made a short guide to help you do so here: Checking your postcode.
      • This is for your HOME postcode, not your school postcode.
  • You are on target to receive a majority of 9-7/A*-A grades at GCSE (or equivalent e.g. A grades in National 5s)
    • We encourage applications from those who may be the first in their family to go to university (parents/carers did not attend university), a young carer, a refugee, from a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background, eligible for free school meals currently or in the past, have spent any time in care, or who are estranged from their family (i.e. you no longer have contact with your parents and may be living with another family member).
    • Students applying for the Medicine strand as their first choice should expect to achieve a majority 8/9/A* grades at GCSE, due to the competitive nature of this strand
    • It may be helpful to note that over the last three years (2018-20) most students who have been successful in obtaining a place on the LPN Summer School are usually expected to achieve 8/9/A* grades in GCSE subjects relevant to the strand applied for.
    • Selection will be primarily on the basis of academic merit, though other widening participation factors as outlined above will also be taken into consideration when deciding.
  • You can provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application. You should discuss applying with a teacher before applying, and get their permission to provide their details to us.

How and when do I apply?

Applications for the 2022 summer school are OPEN NOW!!

Students must complete an online application form, and a nominated teacher will need to complete a separate form in support of their application.

Teachers will automatically receive a link to provide a reference (again via online form) once the student’s application has been successfully submitted. It is important teachers check their spam/junk inbox as school firewalls may prevent an email from reaching them. Students are encouraged to check that their referee has received the email.

The deadline for students to make an application is midnight on 25 April 2022. Teachers will have until 2 May to complete their references. Late or incomplete applications and applications without a reference will not be considered for a place.

You can apply via this form: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ymxaWpWeQOIsce

All applicants will receive an email regarding the outcome of their application by the end of May 2022. All applications received by the 25 April deadline will be given equal consideration, but we recommend doing it as soon as you can so your teacher has plenty of time to do your reference!

Where can I get more information? Please get in touch with us at access@christs.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this residential.

Easter Revision

Please see below for the Easter revision schedule, if there are any problems or questions please email Mrs North on north@tahs.org.uk

English

Mrs Hunt would like to remind pupils to collect any texts that they have ordered for English from her in Room 21.

This week’s GCSE Revision session will be with Mr Hulme in Room 13 on Wednesday 23rd March.  The subject will be GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 2 (structure).

Our  Book of the Week is from Imogen, in Year 13, and she recommends JRR Tolkien’s great fantasy novel “The Lord of the Rings”.

This week’s work of the week, by one of our brilliant Year 9 pupils, (attached) is the most incredible piece of artwork inspired by Wilfred Owne’s First World War poem, “Exposure”

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Isabella MacQ and George L (11U1) for fantastic work ethic and revision leading to outstanding progress in their Chemistry mock exam.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Zac A (9U2) for fantastic contributions in lessons.

Aimee S (10H4) for thorough calculations, and Zac C (10H5) for impeccable practical skills.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are: Joe N, Krishan K and Aimee S for outstanding effort in their coursework on Bearded Dragon vivariums.

Well done!

Non Uniform

Friday 1st April is a non-uniform day. Students can come to school in their own clothes, for a donation of £2. Please give money to your form tutor during registration or through parent pay.

All money raised will go to the school fund to provide opportunities for all students. Facilities around school, celebration day, school walk, extracurricular events etc. 

News from PE

Under 15 Cricket

Today we played the ECB Girls U15 Schools Indoor Cricket Tournament. We played four games. The first game we played was against Painsley, we batted first and put a respectable total of 70 on the board but Painsley replied with a total of 110. Our player of the game was Beth S for her ball that sent the off stump flying across the pitch. Game two was against Abbotsholme and they set us a target of 104. We replied with a total 62, our bowling improved from the first game and player of the game was Izzy G for two catches including a bowl and catch. Match 3 proved to be a much closer game as it came down to the last over but unfortunately we lost 74-78 even with the exceptional performance from Lexi C who ended up batting by herself and scoring a huge 45 runs. It was then all to play for in Match 4. We played against Blythe Bridge and put up a score of 79, our highest score of the day. Our superb fielding, especially from Susie Catterall and Skye Whitfield didn’t prove enough as Blythe got 101. 

Our squad have had a great day and it’s been brilliant to be out playing sport again. Special thanks to Liberty C for umpiring the games. 

Squad: Louie R, Martha B, Izzy G, Susie C, Lexi C, Holly T, Beth S, Erin G, Dora E and Skye W 


Year 9 Staffordshire Moorlands Rugby Championship

Thomas Alleyne’s 57 – Westwood 0

On Thursday afternoon the top 2 rugby sides in the Staffordshire Moorlands came head to head at Thomas Alleyne’s. With the grass freshly cut the fast playing surface suited Alleyne’s running style of play. With our usual scrum half unavailable to play, Corey moved to the base of the scrum and had a fantastic game providing good service and a constant threat with his running and kicking game.  Up front our scrum proved too powerful With Henry and Tom winning ball against the head. Adam at hooker had an amazing game and carried the ball with ferocity. 2nd row’s Ben and Toby are forming a formidable partnership out rucking their opponents and linking with their backs.  In the back row Oscar, Adam and Matthew ran and tackled with vigour constantly putting us on the the front foot.  Ollie playing his first game at fly half coped with the added responsibility well and was rewarded with a good try just on half time.  Centre’s Jonte and Rory defended well and created space excellently for their wingers Lewis and Sam. At the back Max is beginning to show real class with his reading of the game and kick returns.  In the 2nd half Rhys, Jae and Charlie all played well and maintained our intensity. Try of the match was scored by Tom. Overall a great performance.

Y9 Netball Tournament

The Year 9 team played in a well represented district tournament on Tuesday with eight fixtures. The team has improved so much through having the opportunity to play regularly. They were able to win their fixtures against Paulet, De Ferrers, Pingle,, Paget and John Taylor Free School. They drew with John Port and lost to Robert Sutton and John Taylor

Team – Louie, Amy, Erin, Izzy, Chloe, Emily and Lily

U15 Girls Rugby County Tournament

The tournament was hosted by Stafford Rugby Club. Thomas Alleyne’s proudly brought the biggest squad out of the teams who entered, which highlights both the enthusiasm and commitment from our students to the training sessions which have been run by Mark Tolley. First we played Robert Sutton and the team were able to organise themselves into a solid formation and our runners were able to exploit the gaps and score three tries to take victory. 

Next up were Walton who were also well organised and had a bit more game awareness at certain stages of the match. The game was very close and physical with Walton taking the victory by one try to zero. The final game was against a combined team from the Hart School and Blessed William Howard. All the teams had won one fixture going into the final game so it was everything to play for. TAHS controlled the game and ran in four tries and conceded none. The team finished runners up in the tournament on tries scored.

It was a fantastic experience for all of the players and hopefully another fixture before the season ends. Well played all. 

Thanks to Mrs Chafer for assisting with driving. 

Squad – Lexie, Chloe Elsie, Hannah, Heather, Keeley, Aimee, Martha, Lizzie, Susie, Mille, Calli and Fearne

Music News

Year 11 music students have their music performance and composition recordings the week beginning 28th March. This is a very important week for them as the exam recordings will form 60% of their GCSE Music Grade. Good luck to all in their preparation. 

There will be 2 very special choir rehearsals on Tuesday 29th March and Tuesday 5th April after school in the music room, where we will be recording a song for Ukraine. This is open to all that want to be involved and is in the music room from 3.15 until 4.15.

Settled Status

At Citizen’s Advice Mid Mercia, we are working alongside the Home Office to reach out to families to support them with their EU Settled Status. 

The Home Office has recognised that not all families have applied for their status by the deadline set of June 30th, 2021. Those who have not been able to apply for various reasons may require added support completing the paperwork for late applications. 

If families do not apply for either their Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status, they will lose the right to live, work, education for their children, rent their homes, access our fabulous NHS, or claim benefits and state pension. 

As you can see, the importance of informing families is paramount.  

The support we provide involves helping make new applications. We help those who need to apply to change from pre settled to settled status. We help those who have requests from the Home Office for further evidence to support their applications. We can claim Share Codes: for those waiting for their decisions to help prove their rights to work, rent or claim benefits. We also help contact the Home Office with any questions the families might have while waiting for their decisions.

The aim of our project is to raise awareness of the scheme, empower individuals to access the scheme and assist the most vulnerable in society applying to the scheme. 

If you could forward the attached poster to any families that you feel would benefit, I would be very grateful. Many parents have assumed that because their child was born in the UK, the child will have been granted British citizenship, however, this is only correct if one of the parents is a British Citizen.  

If you have any clients that need this service, I am working at various outreach placements where I can see clients face-to-face to complete their applications on their behalf. I also have Language line to support those who may have a language barrier.  

It is my hope that by working together, we can reach out to the most vulnerable people in society to ensure that they will be able to continue to enjoy the same rights as you and I.  

If you need anything else from me, please do not hesitate to call me.  

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status): Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Job of the week 

This weeks job of the week is a drama therapist! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role: JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #029 DRAMATHERAPIST – Youtube

 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: Dramatherapist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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March 11th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Motivation for Year 11 & 13

On Tuesday 5th April all students in Y11 and Y13 will take part in a session with a motivational speaker, Tim Benton, to support their revision.  There will also be an opportunity for parents to attend a session with Tim at 5.30 – 7pm on that evening.  This session will guide parents with strategies they can use to continue to help their children to prepare for the summer exams.  All are welcome to attend, no booking is necessary.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 14th March 2022

Year 12

Watch the video about LGBQT issues in school.  How could you help?  What might you need to ask staff for – at TAHS or if you go to uni? 

Year 13

Revision time.

Year 13 Leavers Information

Hoodies:

Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Year 13 Prom dietary requirements

A link has been added to the Year 13 Leavers group on Teams for you to complete the form for any specific dietary requirements you may have for the Yr 13 Prom.

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Year 12 students – Online London Med Schools Summer Programme 2022

Applications for the free online London Med Schools Summer Programme 2022 are now open. This programme is for Year 12 students living in England (outside of Greater London), who have only attended non-selective state schools since age 11 and are currently studying A-level biology and chemistry. For more details on student eligibility please see the application form here.

Funded by Health Education England, the London Med Schools Summer Programme brings together four of London’s medical schools (King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George’s University of London, and University College London) to give 75 Year 12 students from across England an opportunity to find out what it is like to study medicine in London. Working with patients and student ambassadors, participants will gain a greater understanding of the realities of being a doctor and the skills needed to succeed.

The main summer school programme takes place from Monday 18th July to Friday 22nd July on Zoom.

For more information and to apply, students should follow this link. The deadline to apply is Monday 18th April 2022.

This programme is part of a series of events run with the Medical and Dental Schools CouncilPlease see here for a full list of the programmes available across England.

Year10 Parents Evening 17th March  4.00pm -7.00pm.

On Thursday is year 10 parents evening.  Please make sure that if you are a parent of a year 10 pupil that you have booked an appointment to see their subject teachers, appointments are going quickly so please login to Talaxy as soon as possible.

Exam Stress: Tips and techniques for reducing stress and performing at your best!

The free webinar takes place on Monday 14th March at 8pm.  It is aimed at students but parents are welcome to join.  It is hosted by Eedi via Zoom.

This interactive session will cover how to make a revision plan, top revision strategies, help with motivation, methods to reduce anxiety and techniques for once you’re in the exam. 

Please click on the link below to sign up:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2IAGm_ALRxKGMcxnM7cQLQ

English

English department student of the week

At the end of the first week of mocks for year 11 and 13, the English department has been incredibly impressed with the huge effort we have seen and would particularly like to offer a great big shout out to year 11, who have been working incredibly hard and taking these mocks very seriously. We would also like to single out the following students from all year groups as having particularly impressed your teachers in English this week. Well done to:

Y9 Freya E, Molly C, Erin G, Rowan S, James D

Y10 Carly D, Sophie H, Kai H, Martha B, Alex C

Y11 Lewis M, Daisy C, Xanthe S, Elin L, Alex B, Salwa E-C, Lucy 

Y12 May C, Katie L

Y13 Imogen N, Sophie W

Text Sales:

We still have plenty of copies of “An Inspector Calls” and “Romeo and Juliet”. If you have ordered these (or any other texts) please bring a screen shot of your receipt to room 21 at break / lunch to collect yours.

Revision next week:

This week’s session is on Language Paper 2, Question 2 (summary and inference). Grades 3-5, with Mrs Beevor on Wednesday night.

Mock exams: 

Y11 students have completed a Romeo and Juliet assessment, as well as a full Paper 2 this week. The entire English team would like to give a huge WELL DONE to our students who have worked extremely hard preparing for these mock exams. Judging by the quality of the articles from the writing section, we have some budding journalists among us.

Y13 students are also in the middle of their mocks: the A Level  Literature students have completed a full 3 hour exam, and the Language students have completed their first paper. 

Book recommendations:

This week’s recommendation comes from Jacob, Y11, who recommends “Alone on a wide wide sea” by Michael Morpurgo. Jacob starts his review with “Intense! Amazing! Brilliant!” and recommends it to Y9 as it “teaches some good life lessons” at the same time as making it so “you can’t stop flipping the pages.” 

Trip coming soon!:

Students in Year 9 and 10 will soon be invited to buy tickets for “An Inspector Calls” at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. This will be in October 2022, and so will be open to current Y9 and Y10 students. Watch this space – tickets are expected to sell out very quickly.

Work of the Week:

 Year 12 literature students have been working on the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan. They were tasked with creating a mood board to explore context, a key assessment objective. These are some of the stunning pieces they created.

Want to be featured in future Roundups? We’ll share some of our amazing students’ work each week, so there will be lots of opportunities for you to shine!

This week’s Science News

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Joe U in 12C Biology for really excellent effort and a noticeable improvement in class contribution.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Harry G and Nick G-C from Year 9 for excellent effort in Physics.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Kerys E in Year 13 for excellent progress in Chemistry.

Well done!

Y13 Geography

We are planning on running a revision session during the Easter holidays on Monday 11th April. Details of this (including times) to be confirmed and shared with you in your geography lessons in the next coming weeks. 

Y11 IT & Computer Science

Diary Dates!!!

Monday 4th April our computer scientists have the fantastic opportunity to work with the acclaimed expert Paul Long focusing on revisions and exam technique specifically focussed on paper 2 of the GCSE.

For our IT students on Friday 22nd April (last day of the holidays) there will be a coursework workshop running from 9 till 1 to give all students the best opportunity to get their best grade. As a reminder this is so worth it as the coursework constitutes 50% of the final grade.

News from PE

This week we have had a fantastic week of rugby for both boys and girls. Separate reports to follow.

Our footballers have also benefitted from new equipment donated from St George’s Park.

Year 9 Rugby

On Wednesday our U14 boys hosted Deferrers in the East Staffs Rugby final after both teams won their groups in the district tournament.  The game was played in a fantastic spirit, highly competitive with both teams showing great sportsmanship. In the front row Adam, Tom, Henry and Rhys scrumaged brilliantly stealing a number of balls against the feed. Second rows Ben, Toby and Jae carried strongly and rucked strongly. The back row of Matthew, Adam, Jonte tackled fantastically and played some lovely intricate link up play.  Scrum Half’s Sam and Matthew provided good service for Corey at Stand off, who kicked well. Centres Rory and Oliver looked to link up with wingers Sam and Spencer who frequently beat their opposite man. At the back Max was a constant threat linking into the line and bringing the ball back from kicks.

Adam scored a fantastic individual try smashing through the defence and then out pacing the cover. But Deferrer’s star centre proved the difference with 3 trys. Final score 5-17.

BTEC Sport

Year 11, 12 and 13 should all have completed assignment 1 of their courses. Students can stay behind after school any night to complete missing work.

Year 10 should be revising for their external exam in May.

Under 18 County 7’s Rugby Tournament.

This week saw  Thomas Alleyne’s first XV  enter the county  7’s tournament at Longton rugby club.

On a windy Wednesday afternoon the team started their tournament with a narrow  loss to a very disciplined King Edwards side.  However they were not put off and their second game resulted in a convincing win against Tettenhall college, putting them into the Plate semi finals. Buoyed by their success the team entered the semi finals, against Kinver High School,  in high spirits and full of confidence. The semi final was not a disappointment with exceptional play from a number of players the team came through to win 29-17 and put them into the final against Walton High school.  In front of a large crowd the team gathered themselves for what would be a tough game.  The final was an aggressive  contest between two physical teams and the early stages saw them exchange heavy defensive blows and a try each.  Unfortunately in the second half Walton came out much stronger and,  playing with the wind, managed to score two more tries without a response from Alleynes. Congratulations to the team for their approach and attitude and to the manner in which they played their rugby.

Girls Cricket Practice

There is an indoor girls cricket practice on Tuesday after school. Please meet at the sportshall at 3:05 if you are interested in playing. It finishes at 4:30

Girls Inter House Football

We had a great turnout on National Girls Football day this Wednesday, with students from all 4 houses coming along to represent their respective teams across Year 9 and Year 10. We welcomed regular members of the girls football team, whilst some new faces came to represent, including a student who had NEVER played before. 

We had tense competition as teams competed for bragging rights to be Thomas Alleynes top team. Some spectacular finishes flew in, leaving goalkeepers stranded whilst some great strength and battling between players took. 

Almost every single player who attended managed to score a goal which is fantastic, with special shoutouts to Rachel T, Maddie H and Lucy N, all of whom tied for top scorer with 3 goals a piece. 

Unfortunately there could only be one winner, and having not lost a game throughout the entire competition, congratulations go to Orme who were this term’s winners, enjoy your Easter Eggs champions! 

Massive thank you to everyone who attended, as well as Miss Arrowsmith for her excellent VAR / Assistant Refereeing and support. We both hope to see you all again at the next tournament.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.

Pi (Greek letter ) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – which is approximately 3.141592

Did you know……

  • Pi is the most recognized maths symbol in the world
  • Albert Einstein was born on pi day (3/14/1879)
  • The first 31 digits of contain no zeros
  • The current  champion memorized 42,195 digits in 1995!

Pi Day Puzzle

Can you solve the following?

Each of the letters P, I and E are a different digit from 1 to 9

So, PI is a 2-digit number and PIE is a 3-digit number.

Any correct answers sent to gill@tahs.net will go into a draw to win a Prize!

New Arrivals on the Farm

We have had 8 piglets born this week.  All are happy and healthy

Music News

Year 11 music students have their music performance and composition recordings the week beginning 28th March. This is a very important week for them as the exam recordings will form 60% of their GCSE Music Grade. Good luck to all in their preparation. 

There will be 2 very special choir rehearsals on Tuesday 29th March and Tuesday 5th April after school in the music room, where we will be recording a song for Ukraine. This is open to all that want to be involved and is in the music room from 3.15 until 4.15.

Outlook Expeditions Morocco 2023.

Can all participants for Morocco 2023 please check their “Basecamp portal” at Outlook Expeditions to find the invitation to the expedition planning meeting, which will take place in the evening of the 22nd of March. There will be two separate sessions, delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams: the first, a session for students to begin planning their itinerary; the second for parents. All details and the links to the online meetings can be found on the Basecamp Portal.

Student session = 17:30-19:00

Parent session = 19:15-19:45

I have also created a Microsoft team for all participants, through which I will share any information from the school regarding the expeditions.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you all on the 22nd.

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