October 7th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

This weekend I am fortunate to be able to join Outward Bound, who offer our Year 9 a residential experience, at their outdoor centre in Eskdale. For a long time educators have been clear that  adventure learning programmes can have a positive impact on academic outcomes, as well as other skills like resilience and motivation. We hope to continue to build our outdoor education provision into our offer at Thomas Alleyne’s High School by having a close working relationship with Outward Bound and by providing opportunities like Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge. 


On a different note, thank you to all parents who contacted us regarding the anxiety workshop we are offering to parents. 


If you are interested, and have not replied, please email headfteacher@tahs.org.uk. For those parents who have expressed an interest you will be contacted by our office staff who will offer you dates for the sessions.

Anxiety Workshop

We all experience anxiety at certain times in our life, when it reaches high levels it can cause us physical and psychological distress. As an experienced counsellor and trainer, I have developed this 3 hour workshop to help you understand anxiety and learn how to feel more in control, not to fear it.

·        Understand what anxiety is

·        Why and how anxiety works, biologically and psychologically

·        The effects of high levels of anxiety and panic attacks

·        Effective coping techniques to reduce your level of anxiety

·        How to feel more in control and achieve your goals

·        Helpful for anxiety at work and in your personal life

·        Students preparing for exams and parents supporting them

This workshop is aimed at everyone who would like to learn more about anxiety for themselves or others. It is useful for those experiencing life events which may cause increased levels of anxiety or anyone with longer term anxiety issues. It is a psychological educational workshop aimed at helping you to feel more in control of your life again. Come and join me in a relaxed atmosphere and increase your sense of wellbeing.


Thank you also to everyone who supported us on the Post 16 open evening this week. If you were unable to attend but are interested in studying with us please contact the sixth form team.


This week, as part of our process of school improvement. We are working with two secondary schools to share best practice. A review has taken place this week, which has been helpful in continuing to look at how we continue to introduce school improvement strategies. 


We look forward to seeing Year 9 parents at the Year 9 induction evening on 23rd October. Appointments can be booked on Insight. Please also allow some time to join us for a presentation on GCSEpod and to meet with our gifted and talented co-ordinators. We hope to see you there. 

Assemblies: 14th October

Assemblies: w/b 14th of October

Mr Cartwright will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Staying Safe Online’

Thought(s) for the Week 

“The internet is insecure by default.”
― David Chiles

“The internet isn’t written in pencil, Mark. It’s written in ink” – The Social Network

I do a love a good Open Evening, and this year seemed to be the best yet. It was a great turn out by our Year 11 students and it was nice to see so many parents. One thing that Mrs Walton also comments on is the amount of external students that we talk to on these evenings, the reason we have so many each year is due to the positive ethos that we promote in and around our community.

I would like to personally thank all the Year 12 and 13 students who gave up their time to help, please remember to log the hours you volunteered so that you can start working towards your Lions certificate.

Thank you to the students who have taken the time to help keep the Sixth Form Common Room and clean and tidy space to work. All students need to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to tidy up after themselves.  The reason I mention this is because on Monday we had to close the Common Room and the Study Room due to the poor behaviour of a few students. The facilities they have at their disposal are a privilege and not a right. I hope I do not have to close this to students again this academic year.

As we draw close to half term, could I recommend that if students have not started preparing revision materials that they think of using the time to do so. Last week I purchased a pack of ten revision cards and a box to store them in for under £10 from a local shop, these were for my daughter who, although she may not have been as enthusiastic as I had hoped, will need them soon. So please encourage your child to start revising sooner rather than later.

French Exchange

The details about the French Staffordshire- Limousin Exchange have been given out to interested Y10 students this week . Reply slips need to be in by the 24th October. Please see Mrs Clemett In room 11 for more details.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

The year 9 tutor evening takes place on Wednesday 24th October between 4 & 6pm. This is your chance to come into school and meet with your child’s tutor to discuss how they have settled in at TAHS.

Appointments are made via the Parents Evening menu on your parental Insight login (not the child’s login). If you are having issues logging in please email insight@tajs.org.uk

Year 9 Talk the Talk

On 15th – 17th October, students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School will work with expert trainers from the education charity Talk The Talk.

Talk The Talk’s mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.

Talk The Talk has trained over 25,000 students in the past twelve months in England and Wales and nearly 80,000 since we first started – using a programme developed over the past six years.

Talk About Communication is an exciting and engaging master-class in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment teaches students how to use persuasive language techniques to get ‘their message’ across. The day highlights and nurtures employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills.  Via numerous speaking opportunities, students are coached and supported throughout the day to deliver a structured two-minute presentation, on a topic for which they have a genuine passion, to their peers.

There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond.

Tuesday 15th: 9UD, 9HB, 9HL

Wednesday 16th: 9HD, 9HA, 9HS

Thursday 17th: 9UA, 9UB, 9UL

Sports News

QEGS Ashbourne 1 – Thomas Alleyne’s 5


On Wednesday our First X1 travelled to neighbours QEGS in the first round of the schools FA cup.  On a wet boggy pitch Alleyne’s wasted 3 good chances before opening the scoring from a corner with a well taken finish from centre back Alex Brain fresh from a successful loan spell.
The lead was doubled after good pressure led to Archie Mcnair bundling the ball into the net. A third shortly after was a precision free kick from Harry johnson which had the keeper rooted to the spot.


Great sportsman ship from captain Whitehead to hold his hands up for offside after missing a clear chance- this then put doubt in the linesmans mind and the skipper had a goal debatedly chalked off moments later.
A defensive mix up allowed QEGS back into the game via a free kick for a back pass.


The goal gave QEGS heart and the 2nd half was a more even contest until our greater class told through a great move which saw Joe Haywood place the ball into the bottom corner. A fith was added with a great pass from player’s player Alex Shaw to Lewis Dawson.  The game still required some great defensive work from the younger Bussell brother Frankie who took the an of the match award.


Team- Rodgers, Brain, Shaw, Bosworth, Archer, Bussell, Dawson, Johnson, Whitehead, Mcnair, Haywood, Coates, Flanagan, Simon, Cope, Bednall

Year 9 Football


Well done to the year 9 football team who progressed through to the next round of the Burton and District Cup.  Facing a strong and established John  Taylor side, the year 9’s came from a goal down to deservedly win 3-2.  Led by Sam Pick up the team played some nice football in difficult conditions but conceded a goal half way through the first half. 

After a couple of tactical substitutions the team regrouped and drew the score level with a goal from Liam Archer.  John Taylor from the restart gained a corner and scored.  Not to be out done, Alleyne’s increased the pace of the game and improved their commitment.  Two good goals from Ali Dawson sealed the contest.  A good team performance with Bertie Ingram Man of the Match.  Well done.

U15 Rugby
On Monday we play QMG from Walsall in a County and National Cup double header. 2.30 ko. Team-

Tim Hensman, Toby Minshall , Lewis Forrester, Ben Ogden, Connor Buxton, Josh Gascoigne, Oliver Gwynne, Leo Hemmings, Driss Chouhibi, Sonny Ward, Luke Watt, Will Gregory, Duncan Craven, Toby Patterson-Lycett, Hal Thornton, Aiden Moorfield, Ben Pagett, Billy Oakes, Tyler Edwards, Mark Hodgkinson, Daniel Forrester, Cole Moody, Blake Plant, Joe Wilson.

U16 Football


On Tue 15th Oct we entertain John Taylor High School in the 2nd round of the Burton & District Cup.

Science News

 

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey are:

Year 9

Sylvia Stocks for always being ready to learn

Jimmy Kirkman for achieving highly in his assessment

Year 10

Martha Cope for showing resilience in lessons

Joseph Upson for a positive start to the year, paying off in assessment performance!

Year 11

Always persevering in lessons and having a positive attitude to the tasks:

Katie Gilbert

Katie Simister 

Year 12

Taking responsibility for their learning and showing resilience:

Isaac Pattinson-Lycett

Rachel Agnew

Year 13

Will Taylor – for having a very conscientious attitude to his learning and a determination to master the topics!

Tom Bagnall – for exceeding his target grade in the recent assessment

Well done!

November 11th – 18th November is Samaritan’s Purse Operation. 

Samaritan’s Purse Operation helps children around the world by collecting shoebox gifts and ensuring they get something for Christmas.

Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items, pens and pencils. Once you have filled your shoebox attach the appropriate label marking if your box is for a boy or girl and select what age category.

If anyone would like to get involved you can collect a leaflet and shoebox from Mrs Brown in the Main School Office.  

Young Minds have an excellent website provding advice for parents and guardians on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their well being. They also show you where you can get help. 


The link to this valuable resource can be found here:

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October 4th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to all students who supported us during our open evening this week. A particular mention to our student speakers, Thomas, Ella, Kieron and Emilia, and to Corey and Reuben  who organised the lighting. We had some wonderful feedback on how helpful all our student leaders were. Student leadership is important to us at Thomas Alleyne’s.

This week, I was urged by  one of our Year 12 students to re-watch Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations Climate Conference. I appreciate his commitment, clear thinking and  strategic approach to trying to respond to her speech and reduce the school’s carbon footprint. 

Over the next few months, I will be working with him to address the priorities he has raised. 

This year, we would like to trial a workshop for parents on supporting children with anxiety or with their mental health.The workshop will be led by an accredited  member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). We are planning to cover the cost of the workshop for all attendees. There are 10 places available on the first workshop. If you are interested in the course, please email headteacher@tahs.org.uk and put Mental Health Workshop in the email subject. The dates and times will be confirmed once we have our first group of participants.

It’s never too late to learn to swim!

Lane 1 swim school, who operate in our school pool during the evenings, have just opened bookings for adult swimming lessons on Friday evenings. They have a number of classes ranging from adult swim classes for non-swimmers to a masters class. As someone who learned to swim at the age of 23 and has enjoyed swimming ever since, I think this is a fantastic opportunity for people in our community.

If you are interested  please see https://www.facebook.com/pg/lane1coaching/posts/


Finally, if your child is in year 11, please don’t miss out on our Post 16 open evening on Tuesday (details below). Thank you to everyone who has supported us by sharing the details of the evening in the community. The larger our sixth form, the broader the offer for our young people.

 

Assemblies: 7th October

Assemblies will be lead by Miss Jones on the theme of Mental Health, out though for the week is as follows:

People assume you aren’t sick
unless they see the sickness on your skin
like scars forming a map of all the ways you’re hurting.

My heart is a prison of Have you trieds?
Have you tried exercising? Have you tried eating better?
Have you tried not being sad, not being sick?
Have you tried being more like me?
Have you tried shutting up?

Yes, I have tried. Yes, I am still trying,
and yes, I am still sick.

Sometimes monsters are invisible, and
sometimes demons attack you from the inside.
Just because you cannot see the claws and the teeth
does not mean they aren’t ripping through me.
Pain does not need to be seen to be felt.

Telling me there is no problem
won’t solve the problem.

This is not how miracles are born.
This is not how sickness works.”


Emm Roy, The First Step

On Tuesday it is our Sixth Form Opening evening where we encourage all students in Year 11 at Thomas Alleyne’s High School and students from other schools to come and see the Sixth Form Team and meet the Sixth Form teachers. Taster sessions will be running all evening as well as an introduction to the application process from Mrs Dodd as well. Mrs Walton will be on hand with our Senior Prefects and other Sixth Form students to answer any questions you may have and to help guide external applicants to and from classrooms. It is always a lively and busy event so please come along and see what we have on offer. The evening is a s follows: 

•     6.30-7.00pm – First Information session in the school theatre

•     7.10-7.20pm – Subject talk One

•     7.30-7.40pm – Subject talk Two

•     7.50-8.00pm – Subject talk Thee

•     8.10-8.20pm – Subject talk Four

•     8.30-8.40pm – Subject talk Five

•     8.45-9.15pm – Subject questions and answers OR

•     8.45-9.15pm – Second Information session in the school theatre 

I would like to say a big thank you to those students who helped us on Wednesday at the Year 9 Open Evening, many parents stated how helpful the students had been at showing them around and sharing such valuable information.  It is these small gestures from your children, our students, that make our Sixth Form so special.

Thank you to all the parents that have signed up on Unifrog, remember the information was sent via Insight so is still available for you to access. Year 12 students will be receiving this soon, and the Lanyards will be distributed to Year 12 students at the beginning on next week. Once issue these have to be worn all day whilst on the school site. The school day starts at 8.40 and finishes at 3.05. Students should all be on school site between these hours, the only exceptions are where they leave the school site at break or lunch. If leaving the school site then students should ensure that they have signed out in the correct way.  When these lanyards have been issued then the students will have a gate card, both Year 12 and Year 13 students must not be entering or exciting the school via reception or using the fire exit near the history stairs.

Students that drive to school have been given permission to park their car on the rear car park of Bradley House. It is £1 per day to park here and they must see Mrs Walton if they plan to do this. Parking must be paid in advance, most pay for a week at a time. A card must be displayed in the car window at all times.  Students may park for free at Tesco’s but must park near the recycling centre if they wish do this. If students are see parking their cars elsewhere on the car park then Tesco’s will revoke this privilege.  Alternatively, students can park their cars on the Maltings car park and pay the daily charge. 

 

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Photography Trip

The Year 12 Art and Photography Trip to Birmingham City Gallery and Library went really well this Thursday, the weather held off and our students were able to get some brilliant images and drawings to develop in the next stage of their coursework- A big thanks from Mr. Robinson-White, Mrs. Cornell and Ms. Edge- who thought the students were exemplary in their spirit and attitude. 

Year 9 Talk the Talk

On 15th – 17th October, students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School will work with expert trainers from the education charity Talk The Talk.

Talk The Talk’s mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.

Talk The Talk has trained over 25,000 students in the past twelve months in England and Wales and nearly 80,000 since we first started – using a programme developed over the past six years.

Talk About Communication is an exciting and engaging master-class in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment teaches students how to use persuasive language techniques to get ‘their message’ across. The day highlights and nurtures employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills.  Via numerous speaking opportunities, students are coached and supported throughout the day to deliver a structured two-minute presentation, on a topic for which they have a genuine passion, to their peers.

There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond.

Sports News

Netball

The Year 9’s played their first fixtures for Thomas Alleyne’s on Wednesday, participating in the Moorland tournament. They came away with three comprehensive victories from three fixtures and not conceding a goal, against Moorside, Painsley & Cheadle. Amelia, Chloe and Evie all successfully scored when playing the GA and GS positions. Lucy. Evie and  Harriet were heroic in the defensive positions to limit the opposition to very few shots, intercepting the ball before it could reach the D. Kiera, Lucy and Molly were creative and composed across the centre court to allow TAHS to play some controlled netball.


The Year 11 team also played against Moorside, Cheadle and Painsley and they left the competition with one defeat and two victories. Ella, Eve and Holly made up the defensive unit, Anna, Feya and Jess rotated around the shooting positions and Frankie running the show at centre. As always the team played some excellent netball but lacked some height in the defensive circle against Painsley. Many thanks to Andrea Adams who umpired and was team manager.

Clubs & Fixtures for Next Week


Monday – Lifesaving 3:05-4:15

Tuesday – Girls Football 3:05-4:15, U14 football V John Taylor (H)

Wednesday – Girls Rugby 3:05-4:30, U18 football Vs Quegs (A)

Thursday – Climbing club 3:05-4:15, U14 netball match @Cheadle 3:05-5:30

Friday Badminton Club 3:05-4:15

Year 10 Football Victorious

Congratulations to the year 10 football team who beat Kingsmead on Tuesday night in the first round of the County Cup 2 – 0. On a very squally evening Alleynes travelled to Cannock to take on Kingsmead. Playing with a strong wind behind them Alleynes made a good start scoring early on. Throughout the first half Alleynes played the better football through George Arnold and Leighton Thomas with Charlie Ratcliffe leading from the front. In the second half with the wind in their faces and playing up hill Alleynes defended well and kept Kingsmead out, winning the game.

As were the Under 16s……

Great start to the county cup for our Yr11 boys with a 5-2 win over St Peters.


A hat trick from Jed Brunt, and goals from Callum Stockbridge and Reuben Kenny. Great defensive performance from Owen Evans first half and a Bryan Robson esque performance from Ethan Clarkson in midfield.
Team- Whitehead, Wildridge, Van Hoek, Evans, Clarkson, Kenny, Hocking, Brunt, Stockbridge, Hooker-Myles, Lynn, Hall, Beech, Mangon, 

Science News

 

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:

Year 9

Jed Fry and Amy Jones for making an excellent start in Chemistry.

Year 11

Jess Banner and Felicity Burgess for making an excellent start to Year 11.

Year 13

Emily Barton and Emily Whieldon for commitment to Chemistry.

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

Year 11

Scarlett Simister for an excellent attitude towards her Animal Care studies so far this year.

Finlea Boot for all the work she has done with Johnnie, our new bearded dragon.

Year 10

Megan Brown

Louisa Page

Jessie Johnson

Blake Plant

Bailey Redshaw

Jessie Johnson

Bethany Hoskins

For their enthusiasm and commitment to the department during Open Evening.

Well done!

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September 27th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

It takes just a couple of minutes to support the school PTA lottery. Simply click on ‘Sign Up Now.’ Thank you for your support. 

School Lottery

 

On Monday our first PTA meeting took place. We always welcome new members and we don’t expect everyone to be able to attend every meeting. All meetings take place at 7pm in the school staffroom. If you would like to join us at any future meeting the dates are:

Monday 4th November 2019
Monday 3rd February 2020
Monday 27th April 2020
Monday 8th June 2020
 
Current members include: parents of children from Years 9 – 13,  parents whose children have left the school, Mrs Goodwin Assistant Headteacher and Mrs Rudge Headteacher.

Headteacher blog

We are looking forward to welcoming guests to our Year 9 open evening on 2nd October and to our Year 12 open evening on 8th October. Thank you to all students who have offered to be guides and speakers for the evening. 


If you  know anyone who has a child in Year 8 or Year 11, who may not be aware of our open evening, please share these dates with them. 


This year, we welcomed 10 students from other local schools into our sixth form. They have settled in quickly and suggested that we ask all members of the community to spread the word about what is on offer Post 16.

We are passionate to provide a broad curriculum for our community and the greater the size of the sixth form the broader the range of subjects we are able to offer. If you are prepared to help us  promote the school that would be much appreciated. 

Assemblies: 30th of September

Assemblies: w/b 8th of October

Mr Hulme will be leading assemblies on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on the theme of ‘ ‘Truth’ which is the theme for National Poetry Day

Wednesday will be an extended assembly for year 9 only lead by CACH.

Thought(s) for the Week 

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”  J. K. Rowling

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who were able to attended our Year 12 information evening. We feel that it was a huge success and that the information we provided will enable you to guide and support your child through Year 12 and 13. If you were unable to make it then I have sent the power point on Insight as well as attaching it to this document. I wish that we had taken a photograph on the evening but as all of the Sixth Form Team were presenting we were unable to do so.

Again I would like to mention female uniform. There are still some girls that are wearing the wrong dress/skirt to school. It needs to be of a suitable length, nearer the knee than they currently are, they must not be skin tight and they must be a suitable pattern for school. Please can you support us with this.

Over the next few weeks we have various events running at school in the evenings and have asked for volunteers to help. All Senior Prefects should be attending these events, we need Year 12 to be volunteering too. These are the type of events that teachers need support, we can give information about the content and expectations but the students can help explain the courses from their point of view.  It is Year 9 Open Evening on Tuesday 2nd October from 6.30-8pm and Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 8th October from 6.30 – 9.30pm.  You can help us by asking your child to volunteer but also spread the word about these events.

Today our assembly was about Fairtrade and the importance of it, it resonated with our students as it made them consider about where their product originates from and how ethically they are produced.  I would like to think that this will enable them to make more informed choices in the future.

Young Leaders in Service Award

We were delighted to present even more certificates for community service to our Y13 students.  Representatives from Uttoxeter Lions attended an assembly to further promote this exciting opportunity for our students to work towards an internationally recognised award.  Last year, our students gave 3,200 hours of service to the community which is a massive achievement. 

Both Y12 and Y13 can take part.  Please see Mrs Bell for further information and get involved!

TAHS Open Evening

Open Evening for Students in Year 8 – 2nd October 2019

We are pleased to invite Year 8 students and their parents to visit Thomas Alleyne’s on 2nd October from 6.30pm – 9.00pm for our Open Evening.   This will be an opportunity for you to meet staff and students and visit classrooms and our excellent facilities.  We were thrilled that once again our students achieved outstanding results at GCSE and A level this year.

As we have large numbers of parents and students attending the evening, the 30 minute introductory talk by Mrs Rudge and senior staff is delivered on 2 separate occasions. Firstly at 6.30pm and then at 7.30pm. If the talk is already underway when you arrive, please take the opportunity to tour the school first. Our Sixth Form students will be on hand to answer your questions and offer directions.

All teaching staff will be present during the evening to give you the opportunity to meet with them and discuss individual curriculum area work. During this time please feel free to ask teaching staff or members of the senior team any questions you may have.

We realise that this is a busy evening and would like to ensure you have had all your questions answered.  Therefore Mrs Rudge will also be offering a smaller, less formal opportunity, to meet with her at your middle school following the open evening.  Your sons and daughters are also welcome to attend.  

The dates for these events are:

 3.40pm Thursday 3rd October – Ryecroft

 3.40pm  Tuesday 15th October – Oldfields.

 3.45 pm Tuesday 22nd October – Windsor Park.

Alternatively, you cannot gain a better picture of the school other than seeing it during a school day. As well as joining us on the Open Evening, if any parents would like to join Mrs Rudge on a tour of the school during Open Week, she will be running sessions on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October at 9.00am.   Please telephone our office to book in.   Parking is available at the Maltings car park on these days.

An Inspector Calls

There are a very small number of places available on this trip, if you are interested in a place for your child, please email Mr Hollins in the library for a letter.

Year 9 Talk the Talk

On 15th – 17th October, students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School will work with expert trainers from the education charity Talk The Talk.

Talk The Talk’s mission is to improve students’ communication skills to enable positive interaction in all life situations.

Talk The Talk has trained over 25,000 students in the past twelve months in England and Wales and nearly 80,000 since we first started – using a programme developed over the past six years.

Talk About Communication is an exciting and engaging master-class in essential speaking and listening skills within a creative classroom environment teaches students how to use persuasive language techniques to get ‘their message’ across. The day highlights and nurtures employability skills, interview techniques and key presentation skills.  Via numerous speaking opportunities, students are coached and supported throughout the day to deliver a structured two-minute presentation, on a topic for which they have a genuine passion, to their peers.

There is no doubt that grades open the door to opportunity for our students. But when they walk through that door – it is a completely different set of skills. We are striving to ensure that all young people are suitably equipped with the essential tools and skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations – both within school and in their lives beyond.

Pastoral Students of the Week

Pastoral students of the week this week are the ones getting their houses off to a flying start in the credits competition: Sam Archer, Lizzie Shaw, Grace Ingram and Harriet Ekins. Well done!

Sports News

PE clubs next week

Monday – Lifesaving club 3:05-4:15

Tuesday – Girls Football Club 3:05-4:15, U15 football A v Kingsmead County Cup

Wednesday – U14 & U16 Netball at Cheadle 3:05-4:30, Girls rugby club 3:05 – 4:30, U18 Football practice

Thursday – Climbing Club 3:05-4:15, U16 football H v ST Margaret Ward, U14 and U15 v Moorside A

Friday – Badminton Club 3:05- 4:15

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:

Year 9

Joe Hall and Abigail Rolf for making an excellent start to Chemistry.

Year 10

Isabel Punchard and Freya Staley for consistently working above target.

Year 11

Evie Latham and Lewis Taylor for excellent first test scores.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne and Vicky Catterall for making an excellent start to A Level Chemistry.

Year 13

Emily Barton and Laura Simister for commitment to Chemistry studies.

Well done!

INSET DATE OCTOBER 25th & Half Term

Please note that Friday 25th October is an INSET date for staff.  The school reopens again for students on Monday 4th November, with half term from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November.

Coaching for Success


We are very proud of the 24 students who completed the coaching for success course this week.  They survived a tough two days in which external coaches from GRIT challenged their attitudes and approaches to everyday situations. They have now been matched up with coaches from within school who will work with them on a regular basis over the school year.  The aim is to enable them to achieve their potentials in every aspects of their lives. Both the coaches and students are looking forward to a productive relationship.

Student Council

The first student council meeting of this academic year took place this week and it was great to see so many new members.  This year’s student council leader is Ellie Roobottom in year 11 and her first meeting was very lively with many students bursting with ideas and concerns about what the focus of the council should be this year.  

These included looking at our school site from toilets to windows, basketball courts to litter bins, looking at rules and procedures from equipment checks to chewing gum, looking at the canteen and the seating areas around school.  The group decided their priorities to focus on this year should be to look at the definition of “individuality” in the school aims, non uniform days,  contributing to the assembly programme, looking at heating in classrooms and water dispensers and starting with how we can reduce the use of plastic in school.

Our next meeting is scheduled for the 11th November and we are hoping to be joined by some members of Uttoxeter Town Council.  If you would like to join us let your form teacher know and if you would like anything raised within the council look for any student wearing the School Council Badge.

Advice for parents/carers from Young Minds

Smoking and Vaping

Could we please remind all members of our school community that Thomas Alleyne’s is  a smoke free site. This includes both cigarettes and vaping/e-cigarettes.

The law states,”You must be 18 or over to purchase e-cigarettes or e-liquids in the UK. This legislation came in to force on 1st October 2015 following government policy change. At the same time, it also became illegal for an adult to buy e-cigarettes for someone under the age of 18.” 

Therefore if any students are caught in possession of a vape or cigarettes, these will be confiscated and cannot be returned. This is explained in our behaviour policy. 

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September 20th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog

It was fantastic to see so many people join us for the Duke of Edinburgh Award introduction evening this week. We wish everyone well who embarks on the programme and our sincere thanks to all the staff and volunteers who support our young people. 


Next week at 7.00pm we have our PTA AGM we would love to see new members at the meeting. Our PTA is a huge help to the school both in supporting events and fundraising. 


Finally congratulations to all the Year 9 students who have already got involved in clubs and competitions across the school. You have made a fantastic start. 

Assemblies: 23rd of September

Assemblies: w/b 23rd  of September

Mrs Goodwin will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Fairtrade’

Thought(s) for the Week

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” — Benjamin Harrison

All students are now well and truly settled into the Sixth Form way of life. We need to draw your attention to a couple of points which are important to us as a Post 16 centre. All students must be in school between the hours of 8.40 and 3.05. There is no opportunity for students to go home if they do  not have a lesson in the afternoon.  All students need to be working in their non-contact times. This is always monitored and we do have some students that we need to speak to that seem to have forgotten this.  Could I please ask all parents and carers to support us in this matter.  All students will have set work or wider reading/Sixth Form Seven to be completing during this time.


We have a Year 12 parent/carer information evening on Thursday 26th of September 2019.  During the evening Mrs Dodd will explain the educational process and the pastoral support that will be available to your child during the next two years.  The focus of the evening is to give you an insight into life in our Sixth Form, our expectations and for us to answer any queries you may have.  Primarily this is an event for parents/carers, as most of the information covered in this evening formed part of the Year 12 student induction, which took place on Tuesday the 3rd of September.  Mrs Young and Mrs Bell will also be available on this evening and Mrs Young will explain our Unifrog support platform for Year 12 students. We look forward to welcoming you to the information evening, which will begin at 6.30pm prompt in the school theatre and last for approximately one hour.  Letters have been posted home.

On Tuesday 8th October we will be holding our Sixth Form Open Evening. This event will be for all students in Year 11 who want to find out more about what the Sixth Form is and what to expect in Sixth Form lessons. All staff will be available on this evening and we will also have current Sixth Form students who will be able to talk to you about their experience and what our Sixth Form has to offer. We welcome students from all schools to come and have a look round our facilities and we will be able to arrange current Year 12 and 13 students to show you around on the evening. If you have any queries surrounding this event then please contact the Sixth Form Team at sixthform@tahs.org.uk and we will endeavour to help answer your question. This is a vibrant event and we often leave feeling exhilarated that we have manged to speak to so many of you. This is the first step for many of you, and we will help you through every step of the process.

Our Head Girl and Head Boy, Amelia Lowe and Kieran Coates, presented themselves very well in church on Thursday as they spoke about their journey through TAHS and the opportunities that they had and those that they had taken advantage of.  The message was received well by the Year 9 students and we hope the message resonated well with them.

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TAHS Open Evening

Open Evening for Students in Year 8 – 2nd October 2019

We are pleased to invite Year 8 students and their parents to visit Thomas Alleyne’s on2nd October from 6.30pm – 9.00pm for our Open Evening.   This will be an opportunity for you to meet staff and students and visit classrooms and our excellent facilities.  We were thrilled that once again our students achieved outstanding results at GCSE and A level this year.

As we have large numbers of parents and students attending the evening, the 30 minute introductory talk by Mrs Rudge and senior staff is delivered on 2 separate occasions. Firstly at 6.30pm and then at 7.30pm. If the talk is already underway when you arrive, please take the opportunity to tour the school first. Our Sixth Form students will be on hand to answer your questions and offer directions.

All teaching staff will be present during the evening to give you the opportunity to meet with them and discuss individual curriculum area work. During this time please feel free to ask teaching staff or members of the senior team any questions you may have.

We realise that this is a busy evening and would like to ensure you have had all your questions answered.  Therefore Mrs Rudge will also be offering a smaller, less formal opportunity, to meet with her at your middle school following the open evening.  Your sons and daughters are also welcome to attend.  

The dates for these events are:

 3.40pm Thursday 3rd October – Ryecroft

 3.40pm  Tuesday 15th October – Oldfields.

 3.45 pm Tuesday 22nd October – Windsor Park.

Alternatively, you cannot gain a better picture of the school other than seeing it during a school day. As well as joining us on the Open Evening, if any parents would like to join Mrs Rudge on a tour of the school during Open Week, she will be running sessions on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October at 9.00am.   Please telephone our office to book in.   Parking is available at the Maltings car park on these days.

Insight Parental Logins

Access emails have been sent to year 9 parents for whom we hold an email address. Please check your junk / spam folders.

If you have not received or are having issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk. You will be asked a few security questions to confirm your identity before we activate your account. The same goes for any existing parents who do not have a login.

If you have simply forgotten your password please click the forgotten password link on thomasalleynes.org

Year 9 Welcome Service

Thank you to Reverend Charles Dale for welcoming our year 9 students and out staff at Saint Mary’s Church on Thursday morning.
The service provides a formal opportunity to welcome our new students to Thomas Alleyne’s High School.


Special thanks also to Robert Fuller and Mrs Todd for proving the music for our service and our Head Boy and Head Girl for also contributing.

Pastoral Students of the Week

Pastoral students of the week this week are the ones getting their houses off to a flying start in the credits competition: Sam Archer, Lizzie Shaw, Grace Ingram and Harriet Ekins. Well done!

Sports News

U16 Girls Netball

The Girls played very well this week, winning all three matches.
Won Cheadle 18-7

Won Mooreside 9-2

Won JCB 18-0

U14 County Cup Football


Year 9 got off to a great start in their High School football careers with a 3-1 county cup win at home to Landau Forte.  Well done to all players that took part.

U16 Staffordshire Moorlands Football League

Our Yr11 boys began the season with a comfortable 4-1 win over JCB at a sunny Rocester FC.  Star of the show going forward was Callum Stockbridge with all 4 goals, as well as hitting the cross bar twice with free kicks.  Jake Wildridge made a good debut at right back as did Kian Hall in midfield. Ethan Clarkson and Tommy Mangon worked tirelessly in midfield.

Next game is at home to Leek High on Thursday.

House Cross Country

On Wednesday morning over 200 students took part in the annual House Cross Country.


In the Year 9 boys 1st was Bertie Ingram, 2nd Lewis Bradley, 3rd Ali Dawson

Team result 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Orme

In the Year 9 girls 1st was Grace Ingram, 2nd Chloe Stockbridge, 3rd Caitlyn Lovatt

Team result 1st Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance

In the Senior boys 1st was Kieran Coates, 2nd Leighton thomas and 3rd Hayden Fisher.

Team result 1st Orme, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Torrance


In the Senior girls Isabelle Punchard was 1st, Jodie Birks 2nd and Eve Bednall

Team result 1st Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Congratulations to the Year 10/11 cricket team.

After making it into the county final last term they were in a final again, this time it was the league final.  Playing at the beautiful setting of Endon Cricket Club, against Endon High School the team put on decent score of 88 off 16 overs. New recruit Clowes put on an impressive 35 runs unbeaten which was supported by Bassett and Whitehead.  With Endon needing 5 and a half runs a over Alleynes were in a strong position.  Captain Richardson opened the bowling with Whitehead at the other end.  Unfortuantely the Endon opening pair stood up to Alleynes opening pair and wasn’t until the 4th over that Whitehead made the break through, with 30 runs on the board.  Richardson changed the bowling to stop the flow of runs, this worked to some degree with Cooper and Forrester taking wickets in their first overs.  As the game drew towards its climax Richardson bought on Clowes, a very tight over, conceding only 2 runs and a hostile over from Forrester left Endon needing 8 off the last over.  They hit the winning runs with 2 balls to spare. It was unlucky for Alleyne’s who fought well to bring the match to such a close finish. Well done.

PE clubs next week


Monday – lifesaving club

Tuesday – Girls football club (all year welcome), U15 Football Vs Kingsmead

Wednesday – Girls netball club (all years welcome), U15 rugby Vs Lancaster academy (A)

Thursday – U14 & U16 football Vs Leek (H), Climbing club

Science News

The details of our long-awaited for Science Quiz have now been released!

Please see the attached poster and look out for those displayed around the School. All entrants will receive a Credit Point, runners up will receive ‘front of the queue’ lunch passes and the overall winner will also receive the fabulous prize of an Echo Dot.

The quiz will be a termly event; this term’s theme is all biological!

On Wednesday, students studying for the BTEC Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation and A level Biology visited the new laboratories at Keele University.  We were lucky enough to use their state-of-the-art equipment and be taught by lecturers from both the Life Sciences and Forensic Science Departments.

The students began by extracting DNA from their own cheek cells using the Chelex resin technique.  They then amplified this DNA using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) before visualising the sample following electrophoresis on agarose gel. This practical is normally undertaken by first year students at the University so we were very lucky to be able to access this workshop. 

The students also had the opportunity to walk around the University and were provided with information about potential degrees on offer.  They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and gained a valuable insight into a challenging area of their specification.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Miss Thorley are:

Year 9

Livvy Edwards and Joe Renshaw – For a making a fantastic positive start to the year, not being afraid of getting involved and putting forward excellent scientific contributions.

Year 10

Ben Pagett – For fantastic practical skills when investigating the rate of photosynthesis.

Zusanna Lysniewska – For consistent hard work and resilience in lessons.

Year 11

Ricardo Goncalves – Brilliantly detailed classwork.

Abigail Baldwin – For always asking questions making her work accurate and detailed.

Year 12

Kieran Hunter – For showing a great dedication to his studies from the very first lesson.

Georgina Fleeman – For fantastic in-class contributions.

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

Year 11

 Abby Moore and Millie Hodges for an excellent attitude in class and course work.

Year 10

Millie Yates and Luke Watts for excellent work when worming the sheep  

Well done!

MFL Intervention

GCSE French intervention target grades 7-9 intervention room 11 Tuesdays 3.05.

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September 13th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog

I have had many questions this week about the new building which is being constructed at the back of the school. The walls for the changing rooms and toilets are now fitted as is the glazing and roofing. We hope to open the building in November and at that point we will have 3 new classrooms, a gym, changing rooms and showers.  Students have been excellent around the site and we thank them for their consideration. 


I would also like to pass on my thanks to our school farm staff and the team of student volunteers who support them. They do an incredible job running our farm which, over the last few years, has become increasingly self-sufficient. This is only possible due to the support they have from the community. Agriculture is such an important employment route for many people in our area and I feel very fortunate to have such a unique resource on our school site. 

Assemblies: 16th of September

Mr Godwin will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Focussing on Success’

Thought(s) for the Week

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”  –Vince Lombardi

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”  – Maya Angelou

Fresh Starts! We all need them and they give us all a level playing field. Motivate yourself to do better and to remember the strategies that worked well last year and bring them to your work this year. If your work was not as good as it could be then strive to improve.

This was the message that Mrs Catterall gave in her assembly to Year 12 and 13 this morning.  As teachers we always want our students to do their best and to challenge themselves to improve on previous work. This way of working will allow success to occur and for each student to take ownership of their own journey through our Sixth Form.

As we are a Sixth Form we do have policies around uniform, and for the most this policy is followed.  For those students who choose not to wear the correct uniform, as given out to them previously, we will be asking them to change it. This may mean you discussing the style and type of skirts that are being worn. They cannot be short, lycra skirts. They must be of a reasonable length, nearer the knee, and be suitable to wear to school. We have had some conversations this week and may need to have some more next week. Please help us by supporting our uniform policy.

There are many areas around the school that Year 12 and 13 can use, these are quiet spaces and allow students the opportunity to complete tasks set by teachers or wider work that the students have chosen to complete to add to their knowledge. As they have some many areas I would like to reinforce the statement made in assembly that Ross House is not an available area for Sixth Form students. Lessons and meetings take place in these rooms so they must always be empty and ready to use.

The Common Room is a great place to work and talk about subjects, there is a small kitchen area, while some in the Sixth Form seem to spend time at the end of the day tidying and washing up after other students this is not their responsibility. Please can all Year 12 and 13 students who use this space ensure that they leave it clean and tidy for others.

Last week Mrs Walton issued Code of Conduct forms.  These are lilac for Year 13 and yellow for Year 12.  A large percentage have been returned but we are still waiting on some. Could I ask that bags and blazer pockets are turned out so that these forms can be returned to us by the beginning of next week.

Year 13 students should be looking at Unifrog on a regular basis to look at updates on apprenticeships, university choices and how to improve their personal statement.  This is a great platform that we have bought in for all our students in the Sixth Form to use. If you would like to see how useful it is then please speak to your child and ask to go through it with them. Year 13 already have access to this and Year 12 will be getting in the next couple of weeks.

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Insight Parental Logins

Access emails are being sent to year 9 parents for whom we hold an email address and should be received by Wednesday of next week. Keep an eye on you junk / spam folders.

If after this time if you have not received or are having issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk. You will be asked a few security questions to confirm your identity before we activate your account. The same goes for any existing parents who do not have a login.

If you have simply forgotten your password please click the forgotten password link on thomasalleynes.org

Music

Please can all students who would like to start instrumental or vocal tuition, return their consent slips to Mrs Todd as soon as possible, thank you. Any students who wish to start lessons, please see Mrs Todd for a letter, it is not too late. A reminder that funding is available for PP students.
All music groups begin next week and all students are welcome, as are members of staff. All groups will take place in room 67 at lunchtime, from 1.30 until 2. Please feel free to bring your lunch for 1.20. All instruments can be stored in the music room before form time.
Monday  Orchestra

Wednesday Strings

Thursday Jazz

Friday CHOIR. 


I look forward to seeing you there. 

Mrs Todd

A heartfelt plea on behalf of the PTA

You will be aware that schools and education are under more financial pressure than ever before. The role of PTA has changed from raising money for treats and special occasions to buying essentials like text books, equipment and tools that are fundamental to your child’s education.

However, our PTA is now just a group of about 6 (some whose children have left TAHS) and struggling to survive. The school and children need your help. We know that you are busy and under pressure (we are too) so here are some key things that will make all the difference. Taking part, providing support & helping us survive will create a brighter future for every child in school.

Become a member of the PTA

We simply need more people to share the load and bring in new ideas and skills. We hold just 1 meeting per half term and the load is light (even lighter the more members we have). Sadly, we are not able to raise anywhere near enough funds to support the school as we would like, so your contribution would be fabulous. If you’d like to talk it through first, please call Emily (Vice Chair) on 07736414425. Otherwise join us on September 23rd from 7pm in the staffroom for a coffee & chat. Our meetings only take an hour.

Buy a School Lottery Ticket

This is a super quick and easy way to support the school. For just £1 per week, you can win cash and special prizes and this means regular income for school. Please find out more and buy online in 3 easy steps today. Join the Lottery Now Sponsor an event, raffle or project We know many of you own or work in local businesses and the support that school needs has moved beyond the occasional cake sale. Would you or your company like to sponsor the purchase of new equipment or perhaps simply make a donation to one of our successful raffles? Please contact Emily (Vice Chair) on 07736 414425.

Add EasyFundraising to your Browser

We have an EasyFundraising account that means school gets a small cut of all your online purchases. Simply add the EasyFundraising widget to your regular browser (Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox) and every Tesco food shop, holiday, clothes purchase or Christmas shop will help the school at no additional cost to you. Here is the link: Get the EasyFundraising Widget.

What Happens without this support?

Without additional support from our school community, the PTA will have to close. This means, after many years, the school will lose the additional funding it so badly needs right now. We will no longer be able to apply to local supermarkets for bag packing days, sponsorship or take part in their token based fundraising pots in store. In addition, we will not be able to supply the Science department with essential equipment, the Maths department with scientific calculators, the Humanity subjects with essential new text books or contribute to other departments like our very special farm enterprise, Art or Sport departments.

Please help the all the children at Thomas Alleyne’s get the school experience they deserve.

Thank you.

Drama

The school production this year is The Tempest by William Shakespeare. We are in particular, looking for actors and dancers from all year groups to audition. Cast and production team sign up will take place at Monday luncthime in the Ede Studio at 1.30pm (16/9/19) and auditions will follow next week.


Tuesday Lunchtime in Ede Studio at 1.30pm

Musical Theatre club.

This runs as a separate club to the production and actors, dancers and tech team are welcome to attend each week to learn short scenes and choreography.


Any questions, please see Mrs Mood

Sports News

Girls netball club – Wednesday 18th September Yr 9 & Yr 11

Netball tournament @ Cheadle Thursday 19th September

Science News

As in previous years we will be running our coveted Science Students of the Week Award.  Each week two students from Years 9, 10 and 11 will be nominated by their Science teachers in recognition of outstanding effort and positive attitude towards their Science studies.

During this academic year we will be running our new termly Science Quiz.  The quiz will be open to Years 9, 10, 11 and the 6th Form.  The theme for the quiz will be ‘Science in Society’; details will be posted around the Science Department next week.

All entries should be handed in to Mr Mitchell by the end of school on Friday 29th November 2019.  Rewards for the outstanding entries will be given out in December.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Milward are:

Year 10

Alfie Adams for excellent contributions in lessons.

Sam Archer for outstanding effort.

Year 11

Beth Reilly and Harry Meredith-Wood for excellent work and focus.

Year 12

Jason Lee and Neve Hall for making a strong start to the A level Biology course.

Year 13

Nick Jakes and Harriet Thompson-Smith for commitment to the course.

Well done!

As in previous years we will be running our coveted Science Students of the Week Award.  Each week two students from Years 9, 10 and 11 will be nominated by their Science teachers in recognition of outstanding effort and positive attitude towards their Science studies.

Visit to Arnhem

Last week Mrs Carder was lucky to be able to accompany a group of Royal Air Force Air Cadets to Arnhem to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of “Operation Market Garden”.  Every year the veterans from this operation return to Arnhem, where the people of the town along with many military personnel and thousands of others take part in a march in their honour.  The cadets from all over Staffordshire, joined other cadets from around the country and completed a challenging 20km march, saluting the veterans at the start and finish line.   Seeing these proud men, wearing their maroon berets, receiving salutes and respect from the 33,000 people completing the march was quite something.

“Operation Market Garden” aimed to liberate numerous Dutch cities and capture nine bridges creating a foothold over the Rhine.   10,000 men were parachuted into the area, they were lightly armed and aimed to hold the bridge at Arnhem, the last bridge in this operation.  The operation was a failure due to a lack of reliable intelligence and issues with ground forces being delayed.  1,400 troops were killed and over 6,000 were captured.  The story about what happened was made into the film “A Bridge Too Far”. 

Whilst we were in Arnhem we also visited the cemetery where many of the troops were laid to rest. We laid a wreath and observed a minutes silence before walking round to find the graves of men from the 2nd Batallion, South Staffordshire Regiment, many of whom were local to us in this area.  We learned about the bravery of Lance Sergeant John Baskeyfield who won the Victoria Cross for his actions in Arnhem where he was fatally wounded.  Baskeyfield was from Burslem in Stoke on Trent and died at just 21 years of age whilst holding off German tanks single handedly.  Baskeyfield has no known grave but he does have a statue in Festival Park in Stoke.

The trip also involved visits to the Hartenstein Hotel Museum which was the divisional headquarters for the troops during the battle and the  National Military Museum. 

Experiences like this cannot be offered to cadets without staff who are able to supervise and support them and sometimes finding staff who can give their time can be a challenge.  I would like to thank Mrs Rudge and Thomas Alleyne’s High School for allowing me to take the time off so that the cadets from across Staffordshire Wing could take part in such an important event. 

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September 6th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog

It has been wonderful to welcome Year 9 students into our school this week. They have made an excellent start to their time at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 


As many of you are aware the GCSE and A level results were published over the Summer. I am delighted with the exceptional performance by students. For the 5th year in a row, students have made excellent progress. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to parents, governors and school staff for the support they gave to our young people. The results show that students at all levels have been able to make exceptional progress something so important in a school at the heart of its community. 

Below is an extract from the school press release:

Performance in Science and Maths was particularly strong with over 25% of students achieving an equivalent of an A/A* in Maths known in the new measures as a 7, 8 or 9 grade. History students also performed exceptionally well with 1 in 3 of students achieving 7, 8 or 9 grades. 

We offer a broad curriculum with some unique provision. 10% of grades in 21% of students who studied Animal Care on the school farm achieved the highest grade possible. A number plan to go on to work in veterinary science or in the Agricultural industry.

Within the headline figures lie some highly impressive individual student performances with 18 students achieving at least 8 grades at the equivalent of A/A*. (New grade 8s and 9s)

Across the entire UK, only 832 students achieved 7 subjects or more all at the coveted grade 9. This year at Thomas Alleyne’s 5 outstanding students exceeded this. 

With more than 7 grades at Grade 9 (equivalent to A**):

Shani Wright and Alice Radley achieved 8 GCSEs at grade 9 with one GCSE at grade 8. Shani also achieved the equivalent of a 9 in Further Maths. 

Shani said, ‘I am quite surprised but pleased the hard work paid off. I am just thankful to all the teachers who helped me get where I want to be.’ Shani will be studying Art, Maths and Biology at A level at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 

Vicky Catterall and Grace Harvey achieved 7 GCSEs at Grade 9, and the equivalent of a 9 in Further Maths. Grace also attained 2 GCSEs at grade 8. Aaron Gwynne achieved 7 GCSEs at Grade 9, and the equivalent of a 9 in Further Maths. He also attained 1 GCSE at grade 8. 

With an average of Grade 8 (equivalent to A*): 

Charlie Martin achieved 5 GCSES at grade 9s and 3 GCSEs at grade 8 and Alicia Mountfield achieved 4 GCSEs at grade 9 and 4 GCSEs at grade 8.  

Euan Walsh achieved 4 grade 9s and 3 grade Maths with an A* in Further Maths. 

Ash Gray achieved 2 GCSEs at grade 9, 5 grade 8s and 1 Distinction*. Daniel Hensman achieved 2 GCSEs at grade 9 and 6 grades at grade 8. Matthew Payne achieved 1 grade 9, Further Maths at A* with distinction, 4 grade 8s, a Distinction* in Animal Care and 3 grade 7s.

Jenna Timmis achieved 2 GCSEs at grade 9, 1 Distinction* in Animal Care, 2 at grade 8 and 2 at grade 7 and 2 grade 6s. Emma Rose achieved 3 grade 9s, an A*, 2 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s and Emma Allen.

Other exceptional performances include:

Andrew Pye achieved 3 grade 9s, an A* with distinction in Further Maths, 3 grade 8s and 3 GCSES at grade 6. 

Emma Allen, Emma Kendrick, Natasha Painter and Alex Ford. William Bowyer, Samuel Broome, Harvey Mansfield, Eleanor Punchard all achieved 10 GCSEs at an average grade of 7 (the new A grade).

Jenna Timmis, George Mothershaw, Alice Jeffery, Lucy Greatrix, Abigail Dimelow, Shannon Davies, Morgan Perry, Mia Stevens, Amy Holgate, Mackenzie Paterson also made superb progress whilst at Thomas Alleyne’s achieving some excellent outcomes. 

Mike Prescott, Chair of the Governing body said, ‘On behalf of the governing body, I would to like to congratulate the students and staff on an excellent set of GCSE results; a reward for their hard work over the last two years.

‘It is so pleasing to see a school such as Thomas Alleyne’s, a school at the heart of the local community, providing such a rich and exciting curriculum and continuing to produce such high academic outcomes.’

Mrs Catterall Head of Student Well-being stated that it had been wonderful to celebrate these GCSE results with students today. She added that they are a credit to themselves, their families, and to Thomas Alleyne’s High School.

‘My congratulations to them all for their successes both in and outside the classroom.  Our year 11 students have contributed to many charity events throughout their school career, alongside taking part in initiatives such as the National Citizenship Programme and Duke of Edinburgh.  Well done!’

Assemblies: 9th of September

Mrs Catterall will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘A Fresh Start?’

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 
― L.M. Montgomery

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

This was Mrs Dodd’s message from our assembly this morning.

It has been a lovely start to the Autumn term; greeting all our new Year 12 BTEC and A Level students, and welcoming back our Year 13 students. 
Mrs Dodd also stated the following points in her address to both Year 12 and 13:

  • UCAS – Opened for applications YESTERDAY (Thursday 5th September) which means all those wanting to apply to university can now do so by sending their completed UCAS form.
  • Code of Conduct for Year 12 (Yellow) and Year 13 (Lilac) – these will be sent home with students so if you can ask to see them and then sign them within the next week that would help us tremendously.
  • Sixth Form Twitter – @tahssixthform – we share all our news on this platform and encourage parents/carers and students to follow us.
  • Discretionary Bursary Fund – Booklets now ready – please ask your child to see Mrs Walton for a booklet to apply for this wonderful resource.  One way in which it helps is to enable all students the same access to the curriculum.
  • It has become clear that some female students have purchased skirts which are not part of our school uniform policy for the Sixth Form.  This was discussed and all students are now aware that these skirts cannot be worn again. We need to ensure that all skirts are not stretchy lycra, cord or pleather. They must be of a length that is just above the knee and all students must be wearing their blazers. Coats cannot be worn instead of blazers.
  • Mr Robinson-White stated that all students who have started working on an EPQ project must attend a meeting at lunchtime in the art rooms to discuss their progress.
  • Lastly Mr Barrow has shared that he would like to start up a Year 13 rugby team and that all those interested should see him after school this Monday.

Have lovely weekend.

The Sixth Form Team

ICT Success

Congratulations to Amelia & Dan who have completed the Bronze award in the Duke of York supported Idea Award. They are now working towards their silver award.

Very well done.

Our Community Exemplified.

Huge thanks to all the Elkes, Orme, Torrance, Whitmore and sixth form students who have gone out of their way this week to help our new year 9s get their bearings and welcomed to our school community.

There are too many to mention, but their efforts are hugely appreciated by our new intake and all of our staff.

Year 9 Welcome Service

Students will be getting a copy of the letter & parents/carers are welcome to join us on the 19th at 10.15am if they wish for our annual Year 9 Welcome Service in St Mary’s Church.

Music Department Notices


Please see me as soon as possible for a consent letter if your child wishes to have instrumental or vocal lessons in school. Lessons will begin next week. Timetables will be displayed on the notice board in room 67.


All music groups will begin week commencing 16th September. Rehearsals will take place at lunchtime from 1.30 until 2. This term will be in preparation for the Christmas concert on Thursday 5th December.All pupils are welcome to join the following groups;

Monday. Orchestra 

Wednesday. Strings 

Thursday. Jazz Group 

Friday. Choir 


Staff are welcome at all of the above groups. I look forward to seeing you there. 

School Lockers

As in previous years we will be running our coveted Science Students of the Week Award.  Each week two students from Years 9, 10 and 11 will be nominated by their Science teachers in recognition of outstanding effort and positive attitude towards their Science studies.

We will also be running our fortnightly BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week Award for our Year 10 and 11 Animal Care students.

Science Revision Guides

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Science students are strongly encouraged to purchase the appropriate Revision Guides, which will help with their studies throughout the course.

Students studying the three separate science courses require three GCSE AQA Complete Revision and Practice Guides: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students studying the Combined Science course require one Revision Guide, Foundation Level: GCSE Combined Science for AQA.

Revision Guides are available to purchase from the School Online Shop, please click on the link:

https://www.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Uniform/Default.aspx?shopid=307

Richard Clarke First School

Lunchtime Supervisor

We are looking to employ a Lunchtime Supervisor to join our team, hours to be negotiated. The successful applicant will be required to help in the dining room over the lunchtime period, playground duties and returning pupils to class as well as other duties deemed necessary.

Applicants will uphold and work to the whole school behaviour policy and ensure the safety of all pupils at lunchtimes.

Applicants must be able to relate well to children and be sympathetic to their needs.

Richard Clarke is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure check along with relevant employment checks.

If you are interested in this position please approach the school office on 01283 840206

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July 12th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog

Thank you to parents for your support this year. We very much appreciate the cards and gifts you have sent in for the staff team and hope that you feel that your children have had a successful year.


We brought the year to a close with our Prize Giving Celebration.  Over 50,000 credits have been awarded this year, over 3200 hours of community service provided and national awards have been achieved. The final winning house this year is Whitmore winning by just one point at the end! Congratulations to all students who participated in one of our house events. 


This week, we also held our Year 12 graduation, music concert and platinum plus award winners ice-skating trip. We completed our pre-opening of the swimming pool. Seeing students in the pool made all the hard work worthwhile for everyone involved. 


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all staff for providing these opportunities for students.


Over the next six weeks we have the opportunity to work on the school site to improve the environment for students and staff. The roof will be replaced over the Theatre, Maths and Science rooms, the new build continues and the floor, which was damaged by our recent flood, will be replaced. If students are on site please remind them they need to take care around the building sites. 


I hope that students from Year 8 enjoy their Summer school and look forward to seeing Year 11 and Year 13 when they collect their GCSE and A level results. We will be open at 7.00am on the  15th August for A level and BTEC results and at 9.00am on 22nd August for GCSE and level 2 BTEC awards. Once students receive their results they will be invited to sign up for our sixth form.


GCSEpod is available for all students during the holiday so that they can prepare for next year.


I hope you have a wonderful Summer, it has been a privilege to work with your children this year.

Well Done Joel

The end of this academic year has arrived and we have had a successful year.  Seeing the Year 12 students embrace the challenges of BTEC and A Level is inspiring.  I know that some students will feel that the upcoming 6 weeks holiday is a time to completely relax and forget about work but we have been reinforcing positive habits this week.  We recommend that all students spend some time revising and preparing for tests and exams that will be given upon their return in September.  Spend some time completing wider reading tasks and researching the Year 13 content.  Please check Insight to see what work has been set so that all students have a positive start to Year 13.

Thank you to all parents and carers for your continued support.

Celebration Assemblies

This morning Whitmore were crowned house champions by just one point. See below pictures of winning captain and Head of House.

For further pictures please see our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/thomasalleyneshighschool/

BBC Sport Media Day

On Wednesday our year 12 BTEC sport students went to Burton Albion FC to take part in the BBC Sport media day. The day involved working with BBC news journalists to produce a sports news video. They took on the roles of presenter, interviewer, researcher, cameraman, producer, director and editor. The day was a great success with our students being praised for their professionalism and even getting an interview with BAFC chairman.

Uniform & Behaviour

Please see the documents below for reminders of our polices on uniform and behaviour to ensure we all have a fantastic last week and a great start to the new term in September.

News from PE

Rounders Vs John Taylor Year 10

For the final game of the season TAHS travelled to John Taylor. The girls learnt from the games the previous week and held their wicket longer, not allowing the opposition any extra time to bat. Unfortunately with the cautious approach there were not enough rounders scored. TAHS trailed 7and a aahalf to 2 at the interval.

In the second innings, the rounders flowed with some big hitting from Eve, Frankie, Scarlett, Holly and Alice, which made the game more entertaining. John Taylor were also free scoring in their second innings and went on to take victory. A great game with lots of gigglesSquad – Boothby, Tooth, Bednall, Chatfield, Porritt, Hardisty, Sutton, Simister

Swimming Success

Harriet Bebbington has qualified to compete in the 200m breaststroke at the British Nationals Championships in Glasgow.She is currently ranked 16th in the country in the under 15 category and swam the race in a time of 2.43.22 minutes.We can support Harriet on the 24th July at Toll Cross as it is being streamed on the British Swimming website.Harriet will also be competing in the English Nationals at Pondsforge on the 3rd of August.Good luck and we cannot wait to see you swimming in the Thomas Alleyne’s pool in year 11.

Sports Day 2019

See a full report from Max here and the results below – the culmination of a fantastic day.

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AvUS8Q2sq8Qqa54AEUDEZ-wyT5w?e=0RqAg8

Sports Coaching

Thanks to Andy Griffin and NULC for providing coaching in football and netball to our Gifted and Talented Year 10 PE students this week.

Summer Water Safety

As we aproach the summer break and hopfuly some good weather it is pertinent that we share the attached with you all re water safety.

It may be tempting to jump in a local lake or river to cool off, but did you know that drowning is the third highest preventable death in the UK.

News from our Farm

On Saturday 13th July 8 Year 10 students took part in Uttoxeter sheep fair, competing in young handlers and a stock judging class.  As part of this we had to prepare the sheep by halter training them so we were able to lead them in the ring and also wash them so that they caught the judges eye. We were very successful with Saffron winning in young handlers and Zack winning in the stock judging class.  A big congratulations to everyone who took part with all prizes being won by students from Thomas Alleyne’s.

Ellie Roobottoom.

Canteen Funds

As we approach the end of the school year please could we politely remind you to ensure that your child has enough funds in their Thomas Alleyne’s school meals account to pay for their lunch and snacks when they return in September. 


It can be embarrassing and upsetting for both the students and the catering staff when insufficient funds are available to pay for meals.
Parents can check their child’s balances through their ParentPay account.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please don’t hesitate to contact the finance office and we will be happy to help.

Safeguarding Advice

Safeguarding advice for young people and their families as we approach the summer break.


Sexting & on-line safety


https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/
Mental health Issues


https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/need-to-talk/

Uniform Shop

For full details for the ‘pop up’ shop available over the summer holidays please see the link below:

School Lockers

Should you wish your child to hire a school locker for the new academic year please use the following link,  www.ilsschools.co.uk . 

On-line safety advice for students and families

*The NSPCC are currently working closely together with O2 to provide the most up to date and effective advice.

*O2 have a helpline which parents can call to ask advice on all aspects of parental controls on devices. (The number can be found on the attached link)

*A parent can go into any O2 store and ask them to help them to set parental controls on their child’s device and they will gladly do this for free.

*Primary schools can ask for an O2 advisor to come into school to complete a workshop with parents where they can bring their devices into school and ensure that the parental controls have ben applied. O2 will do this for all types of devices not just phones including ipads and gaming machines such as playstations and Xboxes.

Please see the link below for further information.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

Why choose McCracken Opticians? 

Because your eyesight is precious….Because not all eye tests are the same….

  • When you choose to have your eyes cared for with McCrackens, you can look forward to a friendly, professional eyecare experience.
  • Come and browse our beautiful frames, many of which you will not find in high street chains. Among the brands we carry are Rayban, Oakley, Emporio Armani, Ralph Lauren Polo, Radley, Superdry, Furla, Police, Carolina Herrera, Reykjavik Eyes, Stepper..and countless more. Our frames are spread across two floors. With all the time and space to try on to your heart’s content in our elegant surroundings. 
  • Our qualified, experienced Dispensing Opticians have expertise in dispensing a wide array of lenses with prices to suit any pocket. From budget to top of the range, freeform varifocals with the latest coatings or photochromic options, we can decide what is best for you and have it expertly fitted. Your spectacles require skilled dispensing, therefore we ensure that dispensing of all our lenses and frames is always overseen by qualified staff.
  • Eye examinations for children, over 60’s and certain other categories are free under the NHS, with many of our spectacles free for children too.
  • Wheelchair friendly, all of our services can be accessed downstairs.

Give your local independent Optometry practice a try and see what you’ve been missing!

July 12th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog: What a week!

It has been a wonderful week culminating in our House Music competition which was an impressive display of teamwork and talent. Only yesterday, students took part in the House Sports day, the results of which will be announced in our final assemblies of the year. Next week, we have our celebration breakfasts,   house chess competition and the school music concert to look forward to. Thank you to all staff who have led these events offering students the opportunities to participate. 


Thank you also to all parents who joined us for our prize giving evening, the coaching for success introduction and sixth form finance talk this week.


At our prize giving evening, we had the pleasure of seeing over 80 students being recognised for commitment or excellence. I would like to give a particular mention to Leanne. She shared with us her Rotary National Young Writer Award prize-winning story. Many were brought to tears by the beauty of her story. Also congratulations to Eve who has been selected to play netball for Loughborough Lightning the number one Vitality Netball Superleague side in the East Midlands.


Finally, my personal thanks to Mark Goodwin our guest speaker at prize giving. His message to our students to ‘be teachable’ and to everyone in the audience to ‘hug with both arms’ brought our term to a fantastic conclusion.

 

 

Monday and Tuesday this week, we spent 10 hours sharing information to help students make the correct choices for their post-18 journey. We had outside speakers to talk to the Year 12 students about finances and budgeting. All students were registered on UCAS and personal statements should have been updated.  It is clear from the positive turn on Tuesday evening that you were also interested about their post-18 journey and keen to ask many questions to us when the two presentations from Mrs Dodd and Mr Fuller were completed.  If you were unable to attend or did not manage to make notes then we have attached the presentation for you to look through.  One of the sessions that was introduced this year was ‘Wellbeing’ led by Mrs Blair. I was unable to attend but from the discussions that I heard amongst the staff and students, it was successful. Some photographs are attached that link to the Lions talk on issues surround World Sight Week and Lion International Foundation.

On Tuesday, it is our Year Graduation ceremony.  You should all have received a letter about this. I have written about it in the last two weeks of Round Up so I hope it does not come as a surprise.  This process will allow students that have applied themselves robustly to their studies and shown commitment to the school to be celebrated.  Those that have not graduated or who are graduating with a condition must realise that this is an opportunity for them to think about what did not work this year and to seek support from school and home to remedy these areas of weakness. If you have any questions surrounding the graduation process then please contact the Sixth Form Team.  sixthform@tahs.org.uk

House Music Competition – Torrance Triumph

The House Music Competition was a huge success for the students of Thomas Alleyne’s and the students should be so proud of their achievements. It was a closely fought competition and one of the closest I have been involved in for 10 years. Each House had notable performances and the quality of the acts was outstanding.

In 4th place: Whitmore, 3rd: Elkes, 2nd: Orme, 1st: Torrance

There was a moving performance of ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman for Orme’s finale and Willow Gregory brought the house down with her EDM performance on the launch pad. Torrance just pipped them to the post with their more diverse programme and a greater representation of more musical genres but it was such a close finish. Huge congratulations to Max Houghton and Robert Fuller for leading their house to victory. 


If you wish to see the highlights of the House Competition, they will be performed at the Summer Concert at 7pm on Wednesday 17th July. Tickets are available on the door, £2.50 concessions and £5 full price. There will be a special guest appearance by a local celebrity band and it is not to be missed.


Please can I thank all the students that took part both on and off stage, the pupils that supported the acts by being in the audience and to all the staff that supported the event

Uniform & Behaviour

Please see the documents below for reminders of our polices on uniform and behaviour to ensure we all have a fantastic last week and a great start to the new term in September.

Summer Revision for Yr 12 BTEC students

BTEC Health and Social Care students have been trying their hand at producing knowledge organisers for revision over the summer holidays. Their Anatomy & Physiology external exam in January has a lot of content and we are aiming to produce one of these after every section so that students can put them up at home. The use of colour and pictures and also the challenge of having to summarise a whole topic on one page is proving to be a really good revision tool.

News from PE

Sports Day 2019, results to be revealed next Friday.

Congratulations Eve

Eve Bednall has been selected to play for Loughborough Lightning Acadmey. The trials involved a series of games were Eve played the position of Wing Defence, where over 150 girls were present. This is a fantastic achievement, where Eve will enjoy the competitive nature of the academy and the expert level of coaching. Well done!

Rounders

Year 10

There were some scintillating rounders game played this week, both with very high standards of fielding. At half time in the Robert Sutton match the game was evenly poised with TAHS trailing by half a rounder. The second half we batted a lot smarter protecting our position in the batting line up rather than chasing points and ending up out.

The game was won by Alleyne’s 16 – 11.

Player of match – Eve


De Ferrers visited on Wednesday, again a very even game. De Ferrers were slightly stronger in the field and gained time in both innings and this proved crucial as they ended up winning by one rounder.

Player of match – Frankie


Squad – Simister, Grocott, Bothby, Tooth, Hadgett, Hadgett, Bednall, Sutton, Chatfield, Barber

Year 9

A double win for this team, starting on Tuesday against Robert Sutton. Carr led the way with a player of the match performance, scoring a rounder off every ball bowled and fielding fantastically.

The team won 16-1/2 – 10.

County Cricket Plate Final

Congratulations to Yr9/Yr10 boys who made it to the County final on Thursday at Penkridge CC.  After beating Petersfield on Tuesday evening the year 9 and 10 took on Madeley High in the final of the county cup.  Madeley won the toss and elected to bat.  There opening batsman got off to a good start in the first 2 over however in his second and third over Whitehead took the wickets of the 2 opening batsman. 

Madeley were put under pressure from Jon Ball with an excellent spell of 2 wickets for 10 runs in four overs, unfortunately Alleyne’s were not as economical from the opposite end and Madeley were able to mass a total of 109 off 20 overs.  The opening pair of Alcock and Watt looked well set against some inaccurate bowling by Madeley’s opening pair unfortunately runs were difficult to come by, with Alcock becoming frustrated and losing his wicket.in the third over, this was quickly followed by Ball falling for  nought.

In the middle overs wickets started to fall along with the rain, which bought about a stop start period of play.  With the outfield wet and batsman off and on Alleyne’s failed to gain any momentum.  Watt tried to lead the charge as the asking rate crept up to 8 an over only being caught for 26.  With further rain disruptions Alleyne’s struggled to gain any momentum and fell short of victory by 9 runs!

Safeguarding Advice

Safeguarding advice for young people and their families as we approach the summer break.


Sexting & on-line safety


https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/
Mental health Issues


https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/need-to-talk/

Uniform Shop

For full details for the ‘pop up’ shop available over the summer holidays please see the link below:

Science News of the Week

This Week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:

Year 10

  • Eve Rigby
  • Felicity Burgess
  • Kyle Elcock

All students were selected for consistently working hard in Science lessons.

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

Year 10

  • Abigail Wildman
  • Ellie Roobottom
  • Spencer Reeves
  • Chloe Yates
  • Zack Hedgecombe

 All students were selected for excellent support to the School Farm throughout the year.

Well done!

School Lockers

Should you wish your child to hire a school locker for the new academic year please use the following link,  www.ilsschools.co.uk . 

 

History

This week, four Y9 students have represented the school in The National Memorial Arboretum’s Youth Festival of Remembrance. The Year 9 History Leaders visited Oldfields Hall Middle School on Monday to deliver a lesson on aspects of World War Two to a group of Year 7 history students and then on Wednesday students from both schools attended the event at the Arboretum. Students were involved in a range of activities – including constructing model Mulberries (floating harbours for the D-Day landings). The day finished with students taking part in a formal Act of Remembrance with other participating schools.

House Chess Competition

Wimbledon Finals weekend, Cricket World Cup Final – well they have nothing on the much anticipated House Chess competition.

Once again Mr Askey will be running the competition so enter please come to room 47 during registration Monday 15th July.

Art Success

Fantastic news for one of our Talented A Level Art and Photography Y13 students Livia Robinson; her work has been SOLD at the Mall Galleries in London thanks to the fantastic support of the Arts Society. The local Lichfield and Needwood Arts Society put forward her work as part of the Star Students scheme to highlight young talent. Although hundreds of entries were submitted only 21 made it to the exhibitions at the Royal Overseas League and the Mall Galleries in London. We look forward to hearing what Livia does in her future art career too. Well Done Livia! 

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On-line safety advice for students and families

*The NSPCC are currently working closely together with O2 to provide the most up to date and effective advice.

*O2 have a helpline which parents can call to ask advice on all aspects of parental controls on devices. (The number can be found on the attached link)

*A parent can go into any O2 store and ask them to help them to set parental controls on their child’s device and they will gladly do this for free.

*Primary schools can ask for an O2 advisor to come into school to complete a workshop with parents where they can bring their devices into school and ensure that the parental controls have ben applied. O2 will do this for all types of devices not just phones including ipads and gaming machines such as playstations and Xboxes.

Please see the link below for further information.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

Why choose McCracken Opticians? 

Because your eyesight is precious….Because not all eye tests are the same….

  • When you choose to have your eyes cared for with McCrackens, you can look forward to a friendly, professional eyecare experience.
  • Come and browse our beautiful frames, many of which you will not find in high street chains. Among the brands we carry are Rayban, Oakley, Emporio Armani, Ralph Lauren Polo, Radley, Superdry, Furla, Police, Carolina Herrera, Reykjavik Eyes, Stepper..and countless more. Our frames are spread across two floors. With all the time and space to try on to your heart’s content in our elegant surroundings. 
  • Our qualified, experienced Dispensing Opticians have expertise in dispensing a wide array of lenses with prices to suit any pocket. From budget to top of the range, freeform varifocals with the latest coatings or photochromic options, we can decide what is best for you and have it expertly fitted. Your spectacles require skilled dispensing, therefore we ensure that dispensing of all our lenses and frames is always overseen by qualified staff.
  • Eye examinations for children, over 60’s and certain other categories are free under the NHS, with many of our spectacles free for children too.
  • Wheelchair friendly, all of our services can be accessed downstairs.

Give your local independent Optometry practice a try and see what you’ve been missing!

July 5th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog:

It was fantastic to meet Year 8 students on their induction days this week. They fitted quickly into our school, adapting to our expectations and showing that they have the potential to achieve well when they join us in Year 9. The Jenga towers they built in Design Technology lessons were a particular highlight! Thank you to all the student leaders who supported us on the day. We cannot believe how quickly Year 9 has passed. A particular thank you to our Year 9 speakers who shared their experiences with our new Year 8 students. We hope they have a wonderful last two weeks in their middle schools.


It has clearly struck many students in Year 10 on the return of their mock examination results, how soon they will be sitting their Year 11 GCSEs. They have already streamed over 16,000 podcasts as a year group from GCSEpod. The summer holiday is a fantastic time to take a break, spend time with family and friends, and take part in activities not possible in term time. Balancing this with a programme of revision will serve Year 10 students well. Mrs Johnson has offered support to any students who feel nervous about preparing a plan. 


As you may have seen, the new build is well underway. We are thrilled that it will be complete for October when we will be able to open the new changing rooms, toilets, classrooms and gym. 

Last night,  a group of young people (not from Thomas Alleyne’s High School)  trespassed on the school’s construction site. The police consequently attended the site. Please remind your sons and daughters that anyone who gains access is putting themselves and their friends at risk as well as committing a criminal act. If any current students access the building site, they will be excluded.


I would very much appreciate parental support in re-iterating this to your sons and daughters –  particularly over the Summer holidays. Building sites can be notoriously dangerous for young people. In addition, any damage caused will mean there is less money to spend on the equipment we provide in the gym. 

Finally, the Multi Academy Trust have held interviews this week for our new Chief Executive Officer. We will be able to share the outcome of these interviews with you next week and I am excited to introduce our new CEO to you. 

 

Last week in Round Up I shared our vision for Year 12 Graduation. Today Mrs Dodd reiterated that in her assembly.  She spoke clearly about being the best version of yourself that you can be. Strive to better, do better and be a positive influence for others. 

On Monday, form tutors will be giving out mock results and these will be the basis for the Year 12 Graduation, which will be held in school on Tuesday 16Th July.  The process of graduation may seem worrying but if they have worked all year, have had a positive attitude towards their subjects and are on or as close to their target grades as possible then their achievements need to be celebrated.  For those that have not shown the same level of commitment to their learning, or been able to follow school policies successfully, then we will be putting a programme of study together to enable them to succeed in Year 13. 

Each subject will be providing students with bridging work which must be completed over the 6 weeks break.  Letters are being sent home that will explain this process in more detail.  Once this has been received if you feel like you need further clarification then please contact the Sixth Form Team.

Date for diary:


Year 12 Future Intentions Parents Information Evening  – Post 18 Options Wednesday 10th July 6.30pm in school theatre. Letters will be sent out next week 

Year 8 Transition Days

Pastoral Team thanks go to all the year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who gave such invaluable assistance to all of our Year 8 visitors and their families on our transition evening and transition days this week. They supported our new students through their time with us, and will have helped to make our year 8 students feel confident and prepared for their next move. Every one of our helpers was outstanding, and we’re hugely proud of them all.

News from PE

Sports Day will take place on Thursday 11th July.See Timetable attached.
Team lists will be confirmed on Tuesday.

County Cup Cricket Semi-Final


On Tue 9th July we host Perryfields in the U15 County Cup cricket semi-final 1.45 start.

U15 County Cup Cricket


Congratulations to our boys team who beat OSSMA  by 30 runs. Top scorer was Charlie Allcock with 22, top performer with the ball Jamie Richardson with 5 wickets. Game changer Archie Cooper who removed their county batsman.

School Games – Trampoline

Our largest team travelled to Keele University to compete in the County Finals for trampoline.Selina, Leanne and Tia participated in the beginners category and held off nerves in their first ever competition to complete routines.Two teams were entered for the intermediate competition, Chloe, Evie, Eliya, Alicia, Evie S and Frankie all performing the routine strong. The A team finished 4th and the B team 6th out of 10 schools. Evie N’s score from the two routines saw her finish second individually and on the medal podium.Zoe, Megan and Jodie also won the silver medals in the team event for the elite category successfully completing a very difficult routine.

National Sports Week

I was really impressed by how many students embraced the week during curriculum and extra curricular time. Students took part in 2 of the following activities during lessons:


Danish Long ballFootball rounder’svolleyballTennis volleyballUltimate Frisbee


After school we had a mix of activities to maximise participation including:
Girls world cup footballRounder’sCricketRock climbing Self DefenceTennis
Due to the success of the week, the PE department are looking forward to running National Sports week in 2020!

Science News of the Week

This week our Year 12 Biology students visited Formby Beach, situated on Merseyside, as part of their A Level Biology course.  The dramatic sand dunes provided the ideal opportunity to study the plants growing along the coastline.

The students investigated the growing conditions of marram grass found along the dunes. The grass is a pioneer plant with an extensive rhizome root system, which ultimately enables other plant species to colonise the harsh environmental conditions.  The marram grass also stabilises the sand dunes helping to prevent coastal erosion. 

The students also visited the adjacent pine forest; studying the effect of light intensity on lichen distribution and abundance.  The students concluded that the most favourable growing conditions were on the north facing tree trunks away from direct sunlight.

The students were graced by the presence of a red squirrel; the first one many students had seen in the wild! 

After spending a glorious summer’s day by the seaside, the students are now back in the lab analysing their data and presenting their findings!

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey are:

Year 9

Tess Shelley – for her consistent effort in Physics.

Nathan Shipley – for his consistent effort in Physics.

Year 10

Sam Johnson – for always being ready to learn, having everything he needs and for achieving his target grade in his Mock.

Martha Murray – for always getting involved in activities and doing her best – consistently showing a positive attitude to her learning.

Well done!

House Music 2019

Meeting in room 67 at 1.20pm on Monday 8th July for pupils who wish to participate in the House Music Competition (Friday 12th July) and the Summer Music Concert (Wednesday 17th July). Pupils MUST be at the meeting in order to take part in the events. All pupils from across the school are invited to take part and do not have to study GCSE or A Level music in order to be involved. I would love to see Year 11 and Year 13 pupils as this may be your last opportunity to take part in a music event. I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting on MONDAY 8th July. Many thanks, Mrs Todd. 

Mock Exam Results.


Year 10 and 12 students will receive their mock exam results on Monday morning in an envelope from form tutors.


Results will be available on Insight from Monday.

YEAR 12 LITERATURE VISIT: DRAGONS WORKSHOP AT ST.MARY’S C of E (A) FIRST SCHOOL

On Friday the 28th of June Mrs Baldwin accompanied 7 Year 12 English Literature students to St Mary’s C of E First School to tell the story of the Bamburgh Dragon. These students were Daniel Campion, Rob Bradley, Nicole Rankin, Erin Bedford, Chris Kitson, Patrick North and Euan Marshall. We were all tasked with dressing up as a character from the play, including a dragon and a toad!

As the year 3 children walked into the room we were shown how much they loved the story as they were all dressed in the best fancy dress costumes. To start the morning off the children were asked to act like various fantasy characters and walk around the classroom. We awarded prizes for the best costumes.

They were then split into small groups to work on their part of the play with a sixth former. They all threw themselves into the challenge and gave it all they had, which was reflected in the performances and how much they enjoyed the story.

Once we had completed the storytelling the students were tasked with colouring in and naming their own dragon, with students taking inspiration from sixth formers for names and colour schemes for their dragons. To finish off the session they were asked what they enjoyed most about the morning, with one student proclaiming the performance was amazing and another really enjoying the lollipops given out by the sixth formers and Mrs Baldwin.  

Daniel Campion

Excellent Experience Day for BTEC students.


On Monday, 16 year 12 BTEC Health & Social Care students had the exciting opportunity to visit Staffordshire University’s Centre of Clinical Excellence.  The day centred around practical challenges in Paramedic Science, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice (OPD).  Students saved lives by opening airways, checked the heartrate of an unborn baby and prepared for surgery by learning how to scrub up! 


Aaliyah said,  ‘I had only really thought about Midwifery, however, listening to the other talks and how passionate they were, it made me open my eyes and look further into Child Nursing and OPD.’


Tilly commented, ‘We got taught how to prepare for going into theatre.  We were all provided with surgical gowns and gloves, then got the chance to put them on without contaminating ourselves.  I found this helpful and fun; staff and students from the university were extremely kind and encouraging. I am now considering OPD as a future career.’


Megan said, ‘The day has made me want to become a paramedic because of what I can achieve.  For example, being able to save people or help people who have a mental health problem and be able to adapt.’


Becky reflected, ‘I found the nursing talk really interesting, learning how to give someone CPR was informative and fun to do.’


Amberleigh enthused, ‘I found the Midwifery course session the best.  The room was very interesting with lots of models including a talking, moving, pregnant woman model.  We held model babies, felt a model pregnant abdomen and listened to a baby’s heartbeat.  I am excited for a career in Midwifery.’

National Healthcare Weekend – external provider.

Doctors, dentists and vets will provide invaluable insight and network to our students.

Day 1: Making it Into Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary
An introduction into your future career. Network with current students and professionals, whilst gaining an in-depth understanding of topics including CV building, work experience and choosing the right university for you.

Day 2: Medical Masterclass
A full day of lectures covering the medical application process including personal statements, interview techniques, UCAT, BMAT and medical ethics led by our team of doctors and medical students.

Dates: London 6th – 7th July
           Cardiff 13th – 14th July 
           Birmingham 20th – 21st July

Registration starts at £25. Students from low-income backgrounds can apply to attend for free. Please click on this link for the flyer: https://medicmentor.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/NHW-Summer-2019.pdf

Students can register and find out more information here: https://medicmentor.co.uk/national-healthcare-weekend/

On-line safety advice for students and families

*The NSPCC are currently working closely together with O2 to provide the most up to date and effective advice.

*O2 have a helpline which parents can call to ask advice on all aspects of parental controls on devices. (The number can be found on the attached link)

*A parent can go into any O2 store and ask them to help them to set parental controls on their child’s device and they will gladly do this for free.

*Primary schools can ask for an O2 advisor to come into school to complete a workshop with parents where they can bring their devices into school and ensure that the parental controls have ben applied. O2 will do this for all types of devices not just phones including ipads and gaming machines such as playstations and Xboxes.

Please see the link below for further information.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

Why choose McCracken Opticians? 

Because your eyesight is precious….Because not all eye tests are the same….

  • When you choose to have your eyes cared for with McCrackens, you can look forward to a friendly, professional eyecare experience.
  • Come and browse our beautiful frames, many of which you will not find in high street chains. Among the brands we carry are Rayban, Oakley, Emporio Armani, Ralph Lauren Polo, Radley, Superdry, Furla, Police, Carolina Herrera, Reykjavik Eyes, Stepper..and countless more. Our frames are spread across two floors. With all the time and space to try on to your heart’s content in our elegant surroundings. 
  • Our qualified, experienced Dispensing Opticians have expertise in dispensing a wide array of lenses with prices to suit any pocket. From budget to top of the range, freeform varifocals with the latest coatings or photochromic options, we can decide what is best for you and have it expertly fitted. Your spectacles require skilled dispensing, therefore we ensure that dispensing of all our lenses and frames is always overseen by qualified staff.
  • Eye examinations for children, over 60’s and certain other categories are free under the NHS, with many of our spectacles free for children too.
  • Wheelchair friendly, all of our services can be accessed downstairs.

Give your local independent Optometry practice a try and see what you’ve been missing!

June 28th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog:

This week, we had the pleasure of over 100 first school children spending the morning with us. They joined us to spend the day taking part in French lessons. These were taught by our Year 9 students. The feedback was that the Year 9 students were a credit to our school. There were lots of smiling faces at the end of the day, as the younger students headed home. Thank you to the French department, particularly Mrs Clemett, for organising the day and to all student leaders who looked after our visitors from the first schools.

Last week, the Art department’s exhibition took my breath away. Some of their work will be on show when we hold our Junior Prize Giving event so that everyone has the chance to appreciate it.

As end of term approaches, we have a number of celebration events when we will be celebrating excellence. Year 12 will be invited to their graduation and Years 9 and 10 to celebration breakfasts. It has been lovely to see Year 11 students back in school completing their bridging sessions before they take a very long, well-earned break!

What an amazing day it was at the UCAS convention at the NEC. Rows and rows of universities all pitching for the attention of our students. A whole section for the apprenticeships and the armed forces represented by the Navy and RAF. It is clear from the conversations we heard on the coaches on the way back that the convention had been a success. So many students were able to ask questions about entrance grades, course specifics and to get contact details from their preferred universities. The apprenticeships were equally proactive providing apprenticeship information for specific companies and explaining the different types of schemes available.
On the back of his we have scheduled our Future Intentions intensive workshops at school week commencing 8th July where all students will register with UCAS, where Unifrog and personal statements will be revisited. All Year 12 will be on a collapsed timetable for these few days and will be working with the Sixth Form Team and external providers to continue to enrich and enthuse their Post-18 journey.


Over the next two weeks we will be assessing Year 12 and their academic performance using the results from their recent mocks, teachers class assessments, attendance and attitude. Students were explained this in assembly on Friday morning. This may seem worrying to them but if it is clear that they have worked all year, have had a good attitude towards their subjects and are on or as near to their target grades as possible then we feel that these students need to be celebrated. For those that have not shown the same level of commitment to their learning at TAHS then we will be putting a programme of study together to enable them to succeed in Year 13. For those that this applies to it is an expectation that poor working habits are replaced with positive and focused outcomes towards improving on Year 12 performance. We will be sharing further information on this over the next week.

Date for diary:


Year 12 Future Intentions Parents Information Evening  – Post 18 Options Wednesday 10th July 6.30pm in school theatre. Letters will be sent out next week 

Year 12 Geography Field Work

Wednesday to Friday evening saw 21 year 12 students, accompanied by Mrs Goodwin, Miss Robinson and Mr Cartwright descend on the YHA in Liverpool to conduct essential field study work.

Wednesday saw us explore the city, visit the landmarks including the Cavern Club and the world famous water front enabling the students to start their research into regeneration, tourism to name but two topics.

Thursday dawned bright and sunny and physical Geography was the order of the day with sand dune transects taking place at the glorious Formby Beach.

Friday was the day to finalise any research around various city locations including Anfield, Toxteth, Liverpool One and the regenerated Albert Dock. All students now have considerable live data sets to enable them to complete their A Level coursework.

A final meal and then it was back in Uttoxeter for 9.30pm – a great and productive few days.

News from PE

U15 County Cup Cricket


Congratulations to our boys team who beat OSSMA  by 30 runs. Top scorer was Charlie Allcock with 22, top performer with the ball Jamie Richardson with 5 wickets. Game changer Archie Cooper who removed their county batsman.


Science News of the Week

This week in Science, our Year 11 students had the opportunity to sample activities in a range of A Level and BTEC Science subjects during the Sixth Form Subject Taster Sessions.


The Biology Department looked into the effect of substrate concentration on enzyme activity using hydrogen peroxide and the enzyme catalase in potato extract.


The Chemistry Department introduced students to the art of mole calculations.


The Physics Department used diffraction gratings to determine the wavelength of laser light.


The BTEC Applied Science taster entailed investigating diffusion rates using different concentrations of hydrochloric acid and pink alkali agar cylinders infused with phenolphthalein indicator.


For the first time we are running the BTEC course in Forensic Science. Students extracted some impressive strands of DNA from ‘blood’ samples – actually strawberry extract, but quite convincing!

We look forward to seeing the students in the Science Department in September.

This week’s Science Students the Week selected by Mrs Faizey are:
Year 9
Joshua Gascoigne, Elizabeth Shaw and Lucy Harbour for always making an excellent effort with a positive attitude.
Jessie Johnson for excellent attitude and progress in Chemistry.
Year 10
Katie Simister, Brad Cantrill and Sam Johnson for excellent progress in Chemistry.

Well done!

For a selection of photos from the session please see this link:

Languages Festival

Thank you to all the Y9 students who presented at the Languages festival. Their preparation and skills was praised by both teachers and children from Richard Clarke, St Mary’s, Picknalls and All Saints Church Leigh. They presented activities on fruit, favourite foods, coloring in a boulangerie picture and lots of mini white board and running and repeating games. Thank you to everyone involved.

Year 12 Drama in London

On Wednesday Mrs Wheildon and the current year 12 Drama Students travelled to London to see the West End Musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This trip is part of their course where they have to see alive performance to review in their written exam in year 13.

After a walk down Tottenham Court Road and a quick burger we attended the Apollo Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue. The show is an inspiring story about a boy, Jamie, who aspires to be a drag queen. The story shows the highs and lows of his life in a small minded northern town. The performance was modern, funny and eye opening as to what goes on in peoples lives. There was such a great message , delivered in a fantastically relatable way. A great way for the theatre to challenge such issues.

Links

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