April 2nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form Entry September 2021

All Sixth Form offer letters have been posted out.  If any students have any queries about their letter or Sixth Form, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 13 Planned Assessments

Reminder that Year 13 planned assessments were sent out via email in the parent news

Sixth Form Skills Session

In the Year 12 skills session this week Mrs Dodd held part 2 of her live talk on Future Intentions, UCAS and apprenticeships.  After Easter Mrs Dodd will be holding a live session on personal statements in the next skills session.

In the Year 13 skills session students continued with their change makers booklet.  The Senior Prefects also shared their ideas regarding their proposed leavers plans.

Project Trust

Here at Project Trust, we are very excited about the prospect of relaunching our overseas program this September.

And, looking ahead to next year, applications are now open for students who are interested in volunteering in 2022/23.

Our first online Selection Course for this cohort is taking place next week, on the 5th and 6th of April, and courses will be running right throughout the summer.

Download the Project Trust Brochure

Opportunities for YOUR students

If you, or your students, are interested in learning more about the opportunities available with Project Trust, please check out our website. You can also download our brochure above. 

Celebration

We have celebrated the success of our students across the school in our Skills Sessions – have a look at the presentation below and see if you can see your name:

Assessment Fortnight

Below is a summary of the Assessment Fortnight between 23rd April- 10th May. Some assessment dates have been provided around these dates, but hopefully this will only help you to structure your revision.

It is important that we provide you with the opportunity to do a series of timed assessments as we know they have been working hard over your courses. It will also give you an opportunity to experience completing a series of assessments in different subjects.

The assessments will provide us with one piece of evidence as we work to submit your grades- However, this will not be the only piece of information used.

The assessments have a specific area of focus to ensure that you can feel prepared and to give you time to review this area of their curriculum.

Geography

Y11 revision resources can be found on the Y11 Geography teams. These resources cover all of the topics that will be on the Geography assessments after Easter. There you will also find previously recorded revision sessions that you also have access to. Don’t forget to also revise from your work booklet that you have completed in your lessons running up to Easter on the ‘Pre-Release topic’ ready for your paper 2 assessment. 


Y11 revision sessions will resume after Easter on Tuesdays with Miss Robinson in room 6a between 3:15-4pm. (These will run until the assessments have been completed by all geography groups). 


Y13 revision sessions will continue on Friday’s after-school with Mr Harris in room 6b. 

PE Update 

It has been great for students to return to PE lessons taking part in rugby, netball, football, badminton and fitness. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. Activities are on Insight. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.  After Easter we will be re-introducing Swimming, so please ensure you have Black swim shorts / Black swimming costume that fits.

Over Easter there will be lots of community sports available including Uttoxeter Cricket Club, Wootton Cricket Club, Uttoxeter Bulls Basketball. Keep your eyes out for sporting activities to get involved in over Easter.PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup – Freestyle competition

As you know PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup is running their annual freestyle competition, where pro freestylers Jack Downer and Lia Lewis are on the hunt for the nation’s next generation of skilful footballers.

With an opportunity to win a Digital PlayStation 5, there’s never been a better attraction to an extracurricular activity in the Easter holidays!
All we need your pupils to do is:

1. Go to Jack<https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=13415&d=w4bk4HezAbjOPA9JTRgzvUSONlrceBinnXDCHozvKQ&u=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2etiktok%2ecom%2f%40street%5fpanna%3flang%3den> and Lia’s<https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=13415&d=w4bk4HezAbjOPA9JTRgzvUSONlrceBinnXeTH9_qfg&u=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2etiktok%2ecom%2f%40lia%2elewis%3flang%3den> TikTok channels to see their Freestyle videos

2. Duet with Jack or Lia’s video

3. Send their duet and completed consent form to playstationschools@eartotheground.org<mailto:playstatuonschools@eartotheground.org>

Make sure they have checked the T&Cs and got their consent form from pssc.info/consent<http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=13415&d=w4bk4HezAbjOPA9JTRgzvUSONlrceBinnXqSTYzvKQ&u=http%3a%2f%2fpssc%2einfo%2fconsent>.

The competition runs until the 13th April, when Jack and Lia will pack their two finalists.

BTEC Sport**

We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 –  students are working towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

Year 11- All Component 3 coursework needs completing on Teams. Students are now beginning to practice their practical leadership and so need PE kit for lessons.


Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Mr Crum would like to nominate:

Aminah K (9T1) – for excellent effort with revision activities.

Layla M (9O1) – for excellent effort with revision activities.

Isobel H (9O1) – for consistent effort throughout remote lessons.

Martha B (9E1) – for consistent effort throughout remote lessons.

Year 10

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Livvy E (10E1), Jasmin W (10E2), Alfie H (10W1) and Jack V H (10W1) for effort in their Chemistry lessons.

Mr Crum would like to nominate Harriet G (10T2) for her work in chemical analysis.

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Mia S and Alfie H – for good test scores and extended learning from online work.

Year 11

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate:

Duncan C – for good answers in class and completion of practical assessment.

And also, Leanne P – for continued high level assessment and answers throughout the GCSE Chemistry course.

Year 12

Mr Crum would like to nominate Evie D (12A) and Eleanor W (12C) – both for awesome coursework.

Year 13

Mr Crum would like to nominate:

Alex D (13C)

Georgia F (13A)

Tya M (13A)

George M (13C)

Amy P (13D)

Katelyn P (13E) all for their progress with Applied Science coursework.

Well done!

English Stars

The English department wishes everyone a lovely holiday. Year 11 and 13 students will be busy preparing for assessments on their return and many have been working very hard this term already, alongside many students from across the school. The following students have particularly impressed their teachers this week; well done!

Year 9 Logan C, Ben S, Garrard W, Calli H

Year 10 Matt R, Edward F, Sadie O, Chloe S, Jake L, Tom Y, Sam P
Year 11 O’Shea P, Alyssa W, Jacob B, Gaby S

Year 12 Mez R, Katie G

Year 13 Jason L

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Year 11 students will complete a GCSE maths past paper in class every other week.  The dates for the next 3 assessments are listed below.  Revision lists will be made available on Teams and Insight before each paper – the revision list for the next assessment has already been given to Y11 students.

Students will need a black pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator

Week beginning 26th April (week 1) – Assessment week

11H   Friday 30th Period 111U    Thursday 29th period 1

Week beginning 10th May (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 11th Period 211U    Tuesday 11th period 1

Week beginning 24th May (week 1)

11H   Friday 28th Period 111U    Thursday 27th period 1

Good sources of revision:

www.Corbettmaths.com              

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z38pycw

www.mathsbot.com

Knowing the Times Tables really helps students in many areas of maths. Please use the following link to access a FREE App to help you keep practicing the Times Tables


https://completemaths.com/teaching-tools/digital-manipulatives/timestables?utm_source=MASTER+LIST&utm_campaign=76e361ce57-Times+Tables+App+-+Masterlist&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_774f60912e-76e361ce57-232696453

ICT & Computing Topics of the Week

Over Easter you need to be focusing on the topics listed in the Assessment document above – choose your weakest topic from the list and use the fantastic videos linked below to help you. Mind map, notes, flash cards – what ever will help you learn the topics.

Computer Science Craig & Dave

Elkes

At the end of the term we like to reflect on how well our students have tackled the challenges they’ve faced, and to celebrate those who teachers feel exemplify resilience and determination in their approach. This is the assembly we’re going through with students this afternoon, and if you would like any more information on it, please get in touch with your child’s head of house. C Parker

Career of the week

Job title: Food Scientist    Food scientists and food technologists develop food and drink products, making sure they are safe to consume. As a food scientist, you’ll: provide accurate nutritional information for food labelling investigate ways to keep food fresh, safe and attractive find ways to save time and money in food making test the safety and quality of food As a food technologist, you’ll: blend new ingredients to invent and modify recipes conduct experiments and produce sample products design production processes and machinery source, cost and select raw materials investigate and resolve problems, like customer complaints or quality issues
Entry requirements:University You’ll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in food science, food studies or food technology Employers may also accept other subjects like chemistry or nutrition. If you have a degree in an unrelated subject, you could study a postgraduate course like food safety or food quality management. Experience of working in a food science or food development environment, for example through an industrial placement, may improve your career prospects. You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degreea degree in any subject for a postgraduate course  Apprenticeship You may be able to do a food technologist advanced apprenticeship then move on to a food industry technical professional degree apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship  
Skills required:You’ll need: knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals knowledge of manufacturing production and processes maths knowledge knowledge of biology knowledge of food production methods to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills excellent verbal communication skills to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll earn:£20,000- £45000 depending on experience
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at a research facility or in a laboratory, You may need to wear protective clothing.Shift work may be required
Career path and progression:You could work for a range of organisations involved in researching and developing new products, including:food manufacturers and supermarketsgovernment and university research establishmentslocal authoritiesYou could improve your career prospects by getting Registered Scientist (RSci) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) status through the Institute of Food Science and Technology.With experience you could become a project leader or manage a department like research and development or quality control. You could also move into fields like chemical engineering, agricultural research, toxicology or nutrition science  

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

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

Easter Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

There are exciting opportunities being provided by Springpod focusing on a virtual work experience. We feel this might be a great chance for our students to be able to experience a range of different professions some of these include:

– Law

– Fashion Design

– Music Production

– Medicine

Please note these placements are run by an external company and are not monitored by the school, there also may be live content involved in these sessions.

You can sign up using the following link: https://www.springpod.co.uk/virtual-work-experience…/

If you do attend we would love to get some photos and feedback

Careers information BBC

Looking for more information about careers, or some insights into the work of work. The BBC Bitesize careers page has a large amount of information to help with this!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

Apprenticeships

There is a large number of apprenticeships being advertised locally now at all levels including degree. They can be searched for locally on https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/. There are resources to support applications and CV templates on the future intentions library, but if your child is interested in receiving further support or advice on their applications then please contact Mrs Featherstone on featherstone@tahs.net.

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March 26th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form Skills Session

There is a mandatory skills session with your Sixth Form form tutor scheduled for the following time next week:


Week 3 – P3 on Thursday 1st April from 2.05pm – 3.05pm


This session will be replacing your timetabled lesson if you have one at that time.  


You must attend this session even if you have a non-contact or no scheduled lesson as registers will be taken.

Year 12 – Unifrog

Students should be utilising this excellent VLE by adding to their competencies, researching careers/university courses/apprenticeships and looking at wider reading suggestions.  These can be used as Sixth Form 7 study.  Follow this link to the Unifrog blog for ideas on where to get started:  https://www.unifrog.org/blog.

Medicine events

Sessions on Eventbrite could be useful for Sixth Form students who are interested in medicine. 

Staffs Uni

Please see attached information regarding upcoming events which could be of interest to Sixth Form students.

Army Foundation College

Please see attached information on live webinar opportunity regarding junior soldiers which could be of interest

Winning Artists


L2 Certificate in Team Leading


During half-term, 25 students from year 10 and 11 completed the Level 2 Certificate in Principles in Effective Team Leadership.  It was wonderful to see students investing in their personal development and future potential in this way.   Sam P from Year 10 said about the course “the leadership course was a very useful and helpful course. I feel like it helped grow my understanding of the workplace; I now feel much more knowledgeable and confident about it. The people who ran it were incredibly nice and helpful. It was also nice to have some communication with others as the lockdown has left some of us lonely, so this course also offered a social element with them rewarding us with quizzes if the work was completed. I’m very thankful for the course being set up as I feel I gained invaluable information and enjoyed it so much.”


Congratulations to all who took part in the course.

Mrs Maingay 

Year 9 Most Able Team

On Tuesday after school it was great that 17 year 9 students joined an online tutorial and chat discussion on the right to protest in the UK. Our year 9 students had watched a Brilliant Club Master Class lesson on Does Protesting Make you Loyal? Thank you to those students who took part by watching the masterclass and then joined the online lesson in their own time. It was great to hear so many different opinions. 

PE Update 

It has been great for students to return to PE lessons taking part in rugby, netball, football, badminton and fitness. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. Activities are on Insight. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.

Year 9 Options – On the Core PE Team is a presentation on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. There is also further information and materials about the course.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

BTEC Sport** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **
Year 10 –  students are working towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

Year 11- All Component 3 coursework needs completing on Teams. Students are now beginning to practice their practical leadership and so need PE kit for lessons.


Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.


Please see message below from Uttoxeter Cricket Club- They are also require a wicket keeper for their U15 team


“Dear parents and carers,

Are you looking for the opportunity to involve your child in a fun outdoor
activity this summer? Why not come down to junior training at Uttoxeter
Cricket Club in Marchington? It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced
or new to the game, we have coaching programmes to suit all ages and
abilities in a safe and sociable environment for both children and parents.
Our sessions are planned to start on Friday 9th April and will run through
to mid-September. For more information, please contact rickuttoxeterjnrcc@gmail.com.
Kind regards,
Rick Ormiston
Uttoxeter CC Junior Co-ordinator”

If you’d like to learn how to play cricket

If you’d like to learn how to play cricket you’d be most welcome to attend outdoor training sessions* run by ECB qualified Coaches at Wootton CC

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 10

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Gemma B and Joe H for continued excellence in science assessment.

And also, Harley T for brilliant work-rate and focus since returning from lockdown.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Holly A in 10O2 – for excellent recall of concepts learned remotely to make it an easy transition back into the classroom. 

Mr Melland would like to nominate Jack T for excellent work in lessons.

Year 11

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Lily May D, Arthur M, Madison C, Beth H, Minnie M-A and Tyler B for excellent work on practical assessment in science.

Well done!

English Booster Sessions

There will be a series of English revision sessions available over the next few weeks for year 11 students, focusing on targeting the top grades. They will be on Teams and the details are below. To be added to the Team, please contact Miss Cann on cann@tahs.net


Session One Tuesday 30 March 2021 4:30 – 5:15 Writing an amazing literature essay

Session Two Tuesday 13 April 2021 4:30 – 5:15 Revising language Section A (paper 1 &2)

Session Three Tuesday 20 April 2021 4:30 – 5:15 Developing writing skills for Section B

English Stars

Your English teachers have continued to be impressed with so many of the wonderful things you have been doing in lessons and the approach of so many of you to your learning; well done! In particular, the following students have really stood out and deserve recognition for their approach over the last week. I have really enjoyed reading about all of the wonderful things you have all been doing and the reasons your teachers have recommended you. Our students of the week are:

Year 9 Aminah K, Joel M, Lily O, Cara Marie G, Kai H, Kristers L, Oliver H-P

Year 10 Tom N, Lucy O, Ben L, Edward F, Neve R, Eloise P, Ben L, Molly D, Sam P, Rhys R, Katie F

Year 11 Josh N, Tess S, Tilly S, Larbi F, Ben P, Leia W, Maddie W

Year 12 Rosie-Mai KP, Frankie T, Katie G

Year 13 Tom F, Maddie A

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Over the next 10 weeks, Year 11 students will complete a GCSE maths past paper in class every other week.  Revision lists will be made available on Teams and Insight before each paper.

Week beginning 29th March (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tuesday 30th period 1

Week beginning 26th April (week 1) – Assessment week

11H   Friday 30th Period 111U    Thursday 29th period 1

Week beginning 10th May (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 11th Period 211U    Tuesday 11th period 1

Week beginning 24th May (week 1)

11H   Friday 28th Period 111U    Thursday 27th period 1

Good sources of revision:

www.Corbettmaths.com              

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z38pycw

www.mathsbot.com

ICT & Computing Topics of the Week

For computing we want you to look at storage devices this week primary & secondary. Our old friends Craig and Dave have some fantastic videos and more resources are on teams.

For ICT we are looking at the differing planning tools so that you can use them in your controlled as well as look at them in relation to the assessments after Easter. All of the links are on our team under the Controlled Assessment Channel – this link will be only available to students.

Cartwright: Planning Tools posted in Year 11 Cambridge National Exam Summer 2021 / Controlled Assessment at 26 Mar 2021 10:47 

Geography News

Y11 revision session on Tuesday will be focussing on the Nigeria case study from the Changing Economic World topic. This session will be in Miss Robinson’s room between 3:15-4pm. 


Y13 revision session will be on Thursday next week in Mr Harris’ room after-school. Look out for a message from Mr Harris on Teams regarding the topic. 

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March 19th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form Skills Session

There is a mandatory skills session with your Sixth Form form tutor scheduled for the following time next week:


Week 2 – P3 on Wednesday 24th March from 2.05pm – 3.05pm


This session will be replacing your timetabled lesson if you have one at that time.  Please remember to bring you TAP booklet with you for this session. This is the booklet you received in your resources pack Copy attached as a reminder.

There will be another skills session on Thursday 1st April – more details to follow regarding this in next week’s round up.


You must attend this session even if you have a non-contact or no scheduled lesson as registers will be taken.

Year 13

Look out for opportunities and information regarding apprenticeships and virtual workshops on offer. This information is available to everyone even if you have applied to University.

Virtual Workshops ASK Programme.

Virtual Workshops information sheet

These virtual workshops will encourage students to undertake practical, engaging activities to help to prepare them for an apprenticeship. These workshops will look at the whole recruitment process from Applications, interviews and online processes. These will be interactive and fun!!!!!

Workshop 1 – Recognising your strengths

Activity overview- Students will gain an understanding of what ‘strengths’ are. They will identify their top 5 strengths and assess themselves for each of these strengths and come up with an example of their top strength. Students will be encouraged to discuss why strengths are important when applying for jobs by competing interactive activities.

Workshop 2 – Write a winning application

Activity overview – Students will gain an understanding of how to write engaging and well-structured answers to the application questions on Find an apprenticeship. They will learn to identify buzz words in vacancy adverts and will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of answers to the 3 questions included.

Workshop 3 – Interview Skills

Activity overview – Students will gain an understanding of face to face and online interviews. They will discover what to expect from the different interview situations, how to prepare and how to structure their responses to questions

Workshop 4 – Preparing for online recruitment

Activity overview – Students will gain a detailed understanding of what to expect from online recruitment methods, including video interviews, online testing and the use of different platforms. They will discover how to prepare and how to structure their responses to questions effectively

Workshop 5 – Searching for jobs in the current market

Activity overview – The purpose of this activity is to encourage individuals who are seeking jobs to consider a range of resources and support when searching in the current climate, considering the types of jobs that are advertising at the moment

Workshop 6 – Boost your employability

Activity overview – Students will be encouraged to identify, capture and plan for practical ways that they can boost their employability. Students will share examples of where they have enhanced their skills / knowledge / experience during lockdown, and then complete an Employability Action Plan which captures their actions to further boost their employability.

Assessment Updates


Year 9 Assessments


In the weeks leading up to Easter, you will be receiving assessments in your Core subjects; English, Maths and Science.
These will test the skills and knowledge that you have learnt over this year, but your subject teachers will guide you to areas on which to focus your revision. It is important to use your time out of school making sure that you are revising and re-reading notes. Remember that many lessons are available on Teams for you to re-use to support your learning. 


Year 10 and 12 Trial Exam- 21st June- 2nd July


Students in Year 10 and 12 will be sitting trial exams from the 21st June. 


These are a useful way for us to assess your learning over the first year of your GCSE, BTec or A Level courses. So that you are well prepared for the final year of your courses, these will be formal, timed assessments in the style of exam papers that you would expect to see when you sit your terminal exams. 


You may be assessed on content that you have been taught over the course, including that delivered during remote lessons. Starting revision now will help you to feel prepared for these assessments. A good starting point would be to go through your exercise books; you could use post it notes to identify where you need to add to your notes or ask questions of your teachers if you are unsure. 

A timetable for the Year 10 and 12 Trial Exams will be published to students in May.

Year 11 and 13 Assessment Fortnight- 23rd April- 10th May

Students in Year 11 and 13 will be sitting a range of formal assessments. The majority of these will take place between 23rd April and 10th May. 

It is important that you are provided with the opportunity to evidence the level at which you are working. The assessments will provide us with one piece of evidence as we work to submit your grades- However, please do be assured that this will not be the only piece of information used.

You will be guided on the topic for the assessments to ensure that you can feel prepared and to give you time to review this area of the curriculum. This information has been shared in Mrs Rudge’s Parent News on Friday, 19th March. You may be assessed on content that you have been taught over the course, including that delivered during remote lessons. Starting revision now will help you to feel prepared for these assessments. A good starting point would be to go through your exercise books; you could use post it notes to identify where you need to add to your notes or ask questions of your teachers if you are unsure.   

For any assessments, your subject teachers will guide you through these and please be assured that you will only be assessed on materials that you have covered in class. 

Geography

Year 11 revision sessions will be starting up again on Tuesday 23rd March, then running every Tuesday, between 3:15 and 4pm in Miss Robinson’s room. These sessions will focus on the topics that will be coming up on the assessments that will take place after Easter. Students from all year 11 geography classes are welcome to attend.


Year 13 revision sessions will also take place on Friday’s after-school in Mr Harris’ room. More information on these sessions will be given out during lessons.

PE Update 


PE – Update

This week we have returned to practical PE lessons. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. Activities are on Insight. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.

Year 9 Options – On the Core PE Team is a presentation on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. There is also further information and materials about the course.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

BTEC Sport**

We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 –  students are working towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

Year 11- All Component 3 coursework needs completing on Teams. Students are now beginning to practice their practical leadership and so need PE kit for lessons.


Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.


Please see message below from Uttoxeter Cricket Club- They are also require a wicket keeper for their U15 team

Dear parents and carers,

Are you looking for the opportunity to involve your child in a fun outdoor activity this summer? Why not come down to junior training at Uttoxeter Cricket Club in Marchington? It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced or new to the game, we have coaching programmes to suit all ages and abilities in a safe and sociable environment for both children and parents.
Our sessions are planned to start on Friday 9th April and will run through to mid-September.

For more information, please contact Rick Ormiston on rickuttoxeterjnrcc@gmail.com.

Science News

All Year 9 students will be taking a science assessment in the week beginning 29.03.21. The test will be out of 60 marks and comprise equal amounts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics marks. The topics to review are listed below. The Science Department will be loading a Year 9 Science Assessment TEAMS account over this weekend and adding hints, tips and links to revision in preparation for this assessment. 

Biology

Cell structure, microscopes and differentiation to specialised cells

Cell division and mitosis 

Transport in and out of cells 

Chemistry

Atomic Structure and electron arrangement

The history and development of the Periodic Table 

Trends and reactivity within the Periodic Table groups 

Physics

Contact and non-contact forces, Magnets and Electromagnetism  

Scalars and vectors, Gravity and Hooke’s Law

Speed, distance, time and stopping distances and Density  

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Ashton H 9E2 for an amazing first lesson back with a seriously improved work ethic and high standard of verbal and written contributions to the lesson!

Year 10

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Chloe F 10E2 for always coming to lesson with a hard-working attitude and successfully recapping all of our lockdown work on Energy and Work Done.

Year 12

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Tommy M and Adam M in her A Level Biology group for creating particularly good mitosis revision resources.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Jack B, Jamie, Tom and Izzy for a great result in their A Level Chemistry test.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Harry C and Ben S in his A Level Physics group for making good progress in their Circuits assessments.

Year 13

Royal Society of ChemistryUK Chemistry Olympiad 2021

Mr Mitchell would like to say a massive (massive) well done to Vicky C, Aaron G and Emma R for competing in the National Chemistry Olympiad Competition. This is an incredibly difficult challenge that all three students took on during lockdown. We are immensely proud of their achievements and great plaudits must go to the students for achieving awards, 2 Silvers and a Bronze, in this competition.

Very well done!

English Stars

The English department has been enjoying seeing classes back in face to face lessons over the last two weeks. So many of you have been working brilliantly and we are pleased to make a special note of our students of the week:

Year 9 Will F, Amina K, Laura G, Susie C


Year 10 Ben L, Spencer D

Year 11 Duncan C, Jessie, Meg, Millie, Owen, Alex P, Ben B, Harley S


Year 12 Eve B


Year 13 Tom F

Congratulations to Maddie A for winning first place in the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Writer Competition, 14 to 17 age group. Thank you to all those that took part on behalf of Thomas Allayne’s High School.

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Over the next 10 weeks, Year 11 students will complete a GCSE maths past paper in class every other week.  Revision lists will be made available on Teams and Insight before each paper.

Week beginning 29th March (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tussday 30th period 1

Week beginning 26th April (week 1) – Assessment week

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tussday 30th period 1

Week beginning 10th May (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tussday 30th period 1

Week beginning 24th May (week 1)

11H   Friday 19th Period 111U    Thursday 18th period 1

Good sources of revision:

www.Corbettmaths.com              

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z38pycw

www.mathsbot.com

BTEC ICT

Congratulations to our year 13 and 12 BTEC ICT students for a fantastic set of results in the January examinations.

Against all the odds, disruption and lockdowns you performed and excelled.


Career of the week

Job title:Interior Designer –  Interior designers plan and supervise the layout and decoration of the inside of buildings
Routes into this career:University – You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like: interior design art and design interior architecture spatial design You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College – You could take a college course to get started, for example: Level 3 Diploma in Interior Design Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design A Level in Art and Design You may need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and a creative subject Apprenticeship – You could do a furniture design technician advanced apprenticeship to get into interior design. To get onto an apprenticeship, you’ll find it useful to have: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
What you’ll earn:Starter: £18,000 – Experienced: £45,000
What skills will I need?You’ll need: design skills and knowledge to be thorough and pay attention to detail customer service skills the ability to come up with new ways of doing things the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure knowledge of building and construction the ability to use your initiative the ability to work well with others to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Day to day duties:Your day-to-day tasks may include: meeting clients to discuss their requirements and ideas developing designs to suit clients’ needs, their budget, and the type of building preparing initial sketches and mood boards for the client to approve advising on use of space, colour schemes, fabrics, fittings and furniture working out costs and preparing estimates creating detailed drawings from the initial sketches, usually on a computer finding suppliers of fittings, furniture, fabrics, and wall and floor covering
Career path and progression:You could move into related work like theatre set design, visual merchandising, exhibition design or furniture design.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk ,

You can get more details about careers and training in design from the British Institute of Interior Design.

You can get information on working in this and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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

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March 12th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

SIXTH FORM FUTURE INTENTIONS

Unifrog are offering the following seminars to help our students make informed decisions about their futures:

It ain’t over yet

Our epic UK uni webinar series to help students decide where to study is drawing to a triumphant close; here are the last sessions (all times UK):

Featuring Queen Mary, University of London, University of Edinburgh, University of Warwick and many more

– Study in Wales TODAY @ 16:30
– Study in Scotland Wed 10 Mar @ 16:30
– Study in London Wed 10 Mar @ 18:00
– Study in Yorkshire or the North East Thu 11 Mar @ 16:30 
– Study in the Midlands Thu 11 Mar @ 16:30 

> Students sign up on the Webinars tile on their homepage, or here 

University of Stirling: Webinar and Academic Taster Series

The University of Stirling is running a tonne of awesome looking academic taster webinars, covering everything from Psychology to Media Management to Autism Research.

They’re also running webinars for students to learn more about the University of Stirling and studying in Scotland, as well as giving students top tips for choosing and applying to university.

> More info and book here 

Ravensbourne’s virtual open day on 20 March

Ravensbourne University London is particularly close to our hearts at Unifrog because our graphic designer is a Ravensbourne graduate!
The university is industry-focused, and located at the heart of London’s newest creative community on the Greenwich Peninsula.

They are design and digital media specialists, with a range of courses in subject areas including: Animation & Illustration, Architecture, Computing, Digital Technology, Fashion, Graphics & Design, Marketing & Advertising, Music & Sound, TV & Film.

They’re running a virtual open day on Saturday 20 March.

> More info and register here

 Unifrog Pro Tip of the week

Ben Mahoney, Area Manager, shares his Pro Tip of the week

“My Pro tip is: don’t forget to mark attachments as openable by students when adding distance learning tasks to interactions”

Webinar opportunity – Year 12

Please see information regarding a webinar you might be interested in registering for:

We are continuing with the Midlands Collaborative Event series:

Join eight different universities as they discuss key higher education topics to help prepare you for university, whilst answering your questions in these Q&A style webinars.  Click the link below for more info & to register. Choosing the right university & course – Thurs 20 May, 6pm

Subject Masterclasses – Year 12

Please see the information on Subject Masterclasses Cambridge University are holding via Zoom.  If you are interested in participating for one of your subjects, please let Mrs Walton know.  Closing date for expressing an interest is Wednesday 17th March.

Drama Star

Year 9

For their fantastic work on our Blood Brothers set design project: 

Aimee S           

Martha B

Holly T

Charlie F

Jack G

PE Update 

PE – Update

This week we have returned to practical PE lessons. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. Activities are on Insight. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.

Year 9 Options – On the Core PE Team is a presentation on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. There is also further information and materials about the course.

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

BTEC Sport**

We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 –  students have been were towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

                                                WOOTTON CRICKET CLUB

                                WOOTTON SPORTS CLUB (CRICKET SECTION)          

The Pavilion, Shawcroft Farm, Gidacre Lane, Wootton, DE6 2GW

www.woottoncricket.co.uk

If your daughter or son is interested in playing cricket Wootton CC offers:

·        Fully qualified coaching

·        All Stars Cricket (for 5 to 8 year olds)

·        Participation in the South Moorlands Junior Cricket League (U8’s to U16’s)

·        Participation in the Derbyshire County Cricket League

·        Clubmark accreditation since 2009

·        A friendly club in a great setting

Please contact our Club Coach, Sid Barker Tel. 07973 226 715

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Mr Melland would like to nominate Aminah K and Tashi T for excellent contributions in their online lessons.

This week’s Animal Care Student of the Week selected by Mrs North is Korie H in10E2 for fantastic commitment and excellent work online for Animal Care.

Well done!

English Stars

English staff would like to welcome everyone back to face to face lessons. Our students of the week are:


Y13 Jason l

Y12 Olivia G Katie G

Y11 Kyle W, Lizzie S, Lily D, Katie L, Evie U, Liberty C, Maggie C

Y10 katie Sc, Lucy O, Alfie H, Libby E, Jasmin W

Y9 Lauren N, Victoria H, Connor G, Susie C

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Over the next 10 weeks, Year 11 students will complete a GCSE maths past paper in class every other week.  Revision lists will be made available on Teams and Insight before each paper.

Week beginning 15th March (week 1)

11H   Friday 19th Period 111U    Thursday 18th period 1

Week beginning 29th March (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tussday 30th period 1

Week beginning 26th April (week 1) – Assessment week

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tussday 30th period 1

Week beginning 10th May (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 30th Period 211U    Tussday 30th period 1

Week beginning 24th May (week 1)

11H   Friday 19th Period 111U    Thursday 18th period 1

Good sources of revision:

www.Corbettmaths.com              

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z38pycw

www.mathsbot.com

Computing & ICT Revision Topics of the Week

For CS this weeks topic is Networking, check out the Craig and Dave channel and how about making your own knowledge organiser, remember this is the topic area we covered during the later stages of LD3.

For ICT students the topic to look at this week is the stages of the project lifecycle, again make some notes, create flashcards, create a quizlet – it is up to you as it is your revision:


6th Form Apprenticeship and Job Application Workshops. 

Victoria Standing from Workpays will be running 6 workshops for our Year 13 students who are not going to uni over the next three weeks. The first two are next week on Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30 till 4.30. They will be on recognising their strengths and writing winning job applications. All the students have received a message on teams and will find the invite in their calendar.  

Apprenticeship Opportunities  

There are a wide range of opportunities becoming available in our local area including an opportunity to work towards becoming a chartered surveyor. A number of our local nurseries and salons are also looking for apprentices to start in September. Please see the link below for apprenticeships within 15 miles of Uttoxeter.  

Results – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk) 

Career of the week  

Job title:   Human Resource Manager –  Human resources (HR) managers develop, deliver and manage HR policies and plans This information can be accessed for any career using the ‘Career O Meter’ on our school website! It is a really useful tool to look at the potential demand for jobs you may be interested in.  Take a look! -> Thomas Alleyne’s High School – Exploring your career ideas  
Potential Earnings:  £28,000 – £56000 
Routes into:   You can get into this job through: a university course a college course an apprenticeship working towards this role specialist courses run by professional bodies  For a University course – you’ll need a a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in: human resources management business management and human resources psychology business with languages You could also do a postgraduate course in human resource management if you have a first degree. Entry requirements 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course At college you could:  Level 5 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources Level 5 Diploma In Applied Human Resources Level 5 Diploma In Human Resource Management Entry requirements for these courses vary. Apprenticeships You can get into this role through a HR consultant partner higher apprenticeship, or senior people professional degree apprenticeship. Employers will set their own entry requirements. 
Day to day duties: You could: leading an organisation’s HR team supporting managers in getting the best out of their staff planning staff policies designing and advising on company benefits packages training and developing staff handling complicated HR issues working to improve employee relations managing budgets  
What skills will I need?  You’ll need: knowledge of human resources and employment law the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure leadership skills the ability to use your initiative business management skills patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations the ability to work well with others the ability to motivate and manage staff to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently  
Career path and progression: With experience, you could set up your own consultancy offering recruitment services, training, or advice on HR strategy and policy planning 

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk  

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

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March 5th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Welcome back

We are looking forward to welcoming Sixth Form students back from Monday.

Sixth Form students are allowed to leave the school site if they have no lessons but they must sign out by scanning the QR code outside the Sixth Form office.  Should students wish to remain on site the following areas are as follows:

Year 12 students have access to the wooden gym as a safe space to work during their non-contacts and breaks.

Year 13 students have access to the common room as a safe space to work during their non-contacts and breaks.

The furniture has been arranged in both areas by our site team to ensure that students are socially distanced and facing forwards to reduce the risk of transmission.  Please do not move the furniture in these areas.  Face coverings must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.

Lateral Flow Tests

The Sixth Form students had their lateral flow tests today.  This went very smoothly and all the students were very professional and conducted themselves very maturely.

Subject Masterclasses – Year 12

Please see the information on Subject Masterclasses Cambridge University are holding via Zoom.  If you are interested in participating for one of your subjects please let Mrs Walton know.

TUTOR ACTIVITIES FOR W/C 8th MARCH 2021

Please work through the PowerPoints on Teams:  be distinctive (standing out from the crowd) and be decisive (about yourself and your future).

YEAR 10 Parents Evening Thursday 11th March  4pm – 7pm


On Thursday 11th March we look forward to welcoming year 10 parents to their Virtual parents evening, following the success of virtual evenings year 10 parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress face to face with their subject teachers.  Bookings are now open and instructions as to how to join the meetings will be sent out next week.

Calling Artists


Three conpetitons are being run at present by the Art Department – checkout the details here:

Mental Health

Some of you may be feeling anxious about returning to school, having adjusted to virtual learning. These feelings may affect both the hours you sleep and the quality of your sleep. We should all be aiming for 7-9hours sleep every night. Have a look at the poster below for tips on good sleep hygiene,

10 Tips For Better Sleep | Sleep Apnea Dentist In Manahawkin, NJ

Drama Star

Year 9 – For her excellent progress with her 3D Blood Brothers Set Design, well done Rosanna

PE Update 

We will return to practical PE lessons from the 8th March! Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. Activities are on Insight. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.

Year 9 Options – On the Core PE Team is a presentation on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. There is also further information and materials about the course.

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

BTEC Sport

** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been were towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

Science News

Year 9

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Logan C, Luke N, Ben S (9U1) for a great contribution during discussion and questioning in live lessons.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Caitlin D (9T2) and Carly D (9T2) for always taking part in online lessons and tackling some tricky physics calculations!

Year 10

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate – Tom Y (10U4) for excellent attendance and contribution in live lessons.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate – Livvy E, Harry G, Alfie H, Mia S and Jack V H in her 10U3 Physics class for excellent participation in online lessons and homework.

And in 10U2 Physics – Taylor H, Yasmin L, Eloise P and Sylvia S also for excellent participation in online lessons and homework.

Year 11

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Neve P and Jess P (11W2) and Isabel P (11W1) for producing beautiful research projects on Gregor Mendel’s contributions to genetics.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate – Tyler B, Madison C, Lily-Mae D, Sam E, Josh G, Bethany H, Arthur M and Liam P (11U4) for their efforts during online lessons this term.

Well done!

English Success

Below are the nominees for student of the week in English.


As we prepare to return to face to face teaching, we want to say well done to all of those students who have been working hard and engaging so positively with their remote learning in English. Your English teachers would particularly like to commend the following students for their excellent engagement with learning over the past week:

Year 9 Holly T, Billy T, Ella H, Ellie B, Josh B, Aileen L, Vicky N, Will F, James L


Year 10 Jake L, Tom Y, Harriet R, Izzy D, Amy J, Nell W, Xanthe S, Joe H, Abi R, Josh W, Anthony Y, Tim W, Isobel H, Harvey JG, Lucy B


Year 11 Katie L, Lily W, Isla Mc, Ben O, Ava S


Year 13 Maddie A

National Citizen Service Programme

A few weeks ago, in parent news, we shared information advertising the National Citizen Service programme which is currently open for 16 and 17 year olds to register for this Summer. As the Burton Albion Community Trust cannot come into school to do an assembly, they have put together a YouTube video with all the key information needed for students to find out more and how to apply if they would like to get involved. 


Please also see the website for further information www.wearencs.com

Spaces are limited so register soon if you want to get involved. 

Online safety Support for Parents

The Marie Collins Foundation is a charity working directly with children, young people and families to enable their recovery following sexual abuse involving technology. Working with the NWG Exploitation Network, they have created a resource for parents aimed at reducing online sexual harm by looking at what online harm is and ways you can effectively help and support your children.  

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https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/14plus/  This website has a useful film with advice for parents on supporting young people with their digital use and safety online.

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National Careers Week

A number of our students have attended the live sessions that we shared with you in round up last week! Thank you for registering and we hope you found them useful. All of the websites have recordings of the sessions available and the links can be found in the careers library. Future Intentions Library – National Careers Week

The message of careers week this year was ‘Believe’. Please take some time to watch this video. Believe

Career of the week

Job title:Optometrist – Optometrists test vision, identify eye health problems, prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses. Working as an optometerist: Samantha’s story – BBC Bitesize
Entry requirements:You will usually need to go to University to get into this job, however you can train as a dispensing optician and work towards the role in the workplace.   You’ll need to get a degree in optometry, approved by the General Optical Council (GOC).   You’ll also complete a one-year pre-registration paid and supervised work placement, with a registered optometrist, and pass the GOC final assessment to qualify.   Entry requirements for a course at University   5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, or equivalent, including English, maths and science3 A levels, or equivalent, including at least 1 science  
What you’ll earn:Starter: £31,500 – Experienced: £62,500
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of medicine and dentistry customer service skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail thinking and reasoning skills excellent verbal communication skills knowledge of biology sensitivity and understanding analytical thinking skills to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to day duties:As part of your day-to-day duties, you could: use a range of precision instruments use vision measuring and testing tools diagnose and give advice prescribe, fit and supply glasses or contact lenses discuss the suitability and shape of glasses frames refer clients to specialists or ophthalmologists (eye surgeons)  
Career path and progression:You could specialise in an area like paediatrics (working with children), contact lenses, sports vision or low vision.   You could study for an MSc in optometry or train further in contact lens practice, therapeutics (prescribing drugs for certain eye problems) or specific conditions like diabetes and glaucoma.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk , Optometrist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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

Current opportunities Bee Active are currently recruiting for the positions below. Would it be possible to share this with your existing students in years 11, 12 & 13?


Holiday Club Sports Coaches (casual position) x 33Could you be the next star to join the growing team at Bee Active? We’re passionate about keeping people connected, healthy and happy and are currently recruiting for several positions to support the delivery of our bumper programme of Summer Holiday Clubs. The successful applicants will be enthusiastic, willing to learn and work well as part of our team to make the school holidays the best days of the year! For the right candidates we are able to commit to up to 10 weeks of work per year – covering the Staffordshire school holiday dates. For full job description and to apply for the role, please visit: www.beeactive.co.uk/careers/We look forward to hearing from you. 🐝🏆.


Full Time Sports Coaches (permanent position) x 5Local children in search of a Bee-rilliant, inspirational and experienced Sports Coaches to make a difference to their future! At Bee Active our mission is to keep people connected, healthy and active. We are the areas leading sports coaching company and we are currently recruiting for both full-time and/or part-time Sports Coaching positions to satisfy a surge in demand for our services. If you are ambitious, clever, hard-working and want to make an impact on the lives of the children and their families in our local communities then we would love to hear from you! For full job description and to apply for the roles, please visit: www.beeactive.co.uk/careers/

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Level 3 Sports Coaching Apprenticeship (permanent position) x 3-5
We’re looking to add a further 3-5 apprentices to our team 🐝🤩Seven of our current coaching team joined the company as apprentices and have progressed to become established and much valued members of the Bee Active family. We’re passionate about keeping people connected healthy and active and are currently recruiting for the positions of an Apprentice Sports Coaches. The successful applicants will be enthusiastic, willing to learn and work well as part of our team – completion of the apprenticeship could lead to a permanent position within our team. For full job description and to apply for the role, please visit: www.beeactive.co.uk/careers/We look forward to hearing from you. 🐝🏆

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February 26th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

TAHS SIXTH FORM BIG QUIZ

On Tuesday evening the Senior Prefects hosted the first TAHS Sixth Form Big Quiz.  They came up with the idea to get Sixth Form students together (virtually) for some light-hearted relief and friendly competition. Over half term they put together 50 multiple choice quiz questions ranging from general knowledge, music and even a picture round.  Thank you to staff who provided interesting facts about themselves which were included in the quiz.  Students used Kahoot! in order to answer the questions.

A great time was had by all.  Thank you to the Senior Prefects for organising it.  We hope to host another event soon and look forward to seeing you there.

Year 12 & Year 13 TUTOR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

Please read, engage and take part in the PowerPoints (this week and the one before half term) to cover your tutor activity time:  Session 3 – The Difference (celebrating your uniqueness rather than fitting in to someone else’s idea of ‘normal’; and Session 4 – Be Daring (dare to be yourself).  Attached on Insight and Teams is the student workbook that you had in your paper packs from school and the PowerPoints to go along with the paper copies that include video clips from motivational speakers and more.

For the rest of the sixth form news including UCAS, Home Learning Tips, links to careers advice please see this document:

As well as using UCAS all students can access Unifrog. Unifrog is an amazing online platform that has everything students need to plan their next step.  In recent months they have been creating and sharing a whole host of webinars for students and parents to access.  Here is a screenshot of some they have shared. – click on the document for more information:

YEAR 10 Parents Evening Thursday 11th March  4pm – 7pm


On Thursday 11th March we look forward to welcoming year 10 parents to their Virtual parents evening, following the success of virtual evenings year 10 parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress face to face with their subject teachers.  Details of how to book appointments will be sent out later next week.  If you are unable to attend please contact your childs Head of House.

Calling Artists


Three conpetitons are being run at present by the Art Department – checkout the details here:

Pastoral Update

Pastoral Session – Healthy Sleep Habits

As we prepare to return to the classroom it is important for our students to focus on getting back into good routines and habits to help them with their transition back to school.

One area which students have struggled with during lock down is their sleep habits.
In order to support students with this, a series of resources will be available from Monday 1st March on healthy sleep habits. These resources can be found in the ‘Pastoral Sessions 2021 – to complete in Core PE/ Homework’ team on Microsoft teams. Each year group will have a folder in the files section called ‘Healthy sleep habits’. Within the folder they will find a power point and an accompanying word document.

This power point will take students through a range of activities to find out about the importance of sleep and provide them with strategies to help maintain good sleep habits.

In addition to the activities there are also links for further support and information.

At the end of the power point students have the option to carry out an additional activity, collecting their own data and creating a ‘Good sleep habits campaign’. This could be presented as a video, poster or leaflet. Any students who complete this activity should send a copy of their campaign to Miss Keeling (keeling@tahs.net) and the best ones from each year group will be shared with pupils and parents via round-up. 

For Lower School

Let me introduce Unifrog.

It is an amazing online platform that has everything students need to plan their next step.  In recent months Unifrog have been creating and sharing a whole host of webinars for students and parents to access.  Here is a screenshot of some they have shared, although many of the webinars have been aimed at Year 12 and 13 students they are also useful to Year 9, 10 and 11 students to allow them to make informed choices about GCSE, BTEC and A Level options.

Year 9


Thank you to all students who have sent in their options forms. Please remember that the deadline is Wednesday 3rd March.

You will have received an email from our IT department to inform you of where/how to access the form.

The options page in Insight is Live for Year 9 students.  Students must use their login.  The options page is not available with a parental login.   Go to the General Menu (top) > Click GCSE Options Page 2021>   Page will be displayed and complete. 

Students just need to click “Submit” on page two of the process.

Drama Club

Year 9 Drama Club is open this term to anyone in year 9 wanting to learn more about acting, improvisation, script development, stage design and directing. There will also be the opportunity to perform in small scripted scenes and to develop your own work. Students with a particular interest in leadership and directing will be selected to lead sessions. The club will take place remotely on TEAMS, each Wednesday 3.30-4pm. Please look out for your email invitation.

PE Update 

We will return to practical PE lessons from the 8th March! Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. We are awaiting confirmation of activities that can be delivered but it is very likely most lessons will be outside so it is important students wear layers under their PE kit to keep warm. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.

Year 9 Options – On the Core PE Team is a presentation on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. There is also further information and materials about the course.

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

BTEC Sport**

We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **
PE students of the week – Tya Messer, Ben Twynham, Lydia Martin, Libby Carr, Will Gregory and Leo Hemmings for excellent engagement in coursework


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been were towards coursework on Sports Injuries.


Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate the whole of her 9U1 Physics class for great commitment to their lessons and work during lockdown.

Year 10

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students from her two Year 10 Chemistry classes:

Emily, Zita, Daisy, Tim, Livvy, Harry G, Alfie, Jake, Mia and Jasmin for excellent effort in Chemistry this week.

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Gemma B for excellent work throughout online learning.

Year 11

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate the following students from her 11H5 Physics class – Tiff B, Finley E and Aiden M – for great commitment to their lessons and work during lockdown.

And also, the whole of her 11U1 Physics class for their great commitment to lessons and work during lockdown.

Year 12

Mrs Keeling would like to nominate: Jack D, Evie S and Rhianna L in her Year 12 A Level Biology class for their excellent contributions to class discussion as spokesperson for their breakout groups. 

Year 13

Mr Melland would like to nominate: Euan W and Alex F for contributions to online A Level Physics lessons.

Well done!

English Success

Students of the week in English this week are:


Yr 11 – Harry O, Liam P, Rebecca W, Ben A

Yr 10 – Anthony Y, Zita M


Yr 9 – Morgan P, Cicely H, Logan C, Susie C, Tom L

Mental Health Support


The BBC have launched a mental health toolkit on their website. The site contains a range of short films shining a light on mental health issues, some soothing mixes to help you unwind and relax. There is also section called meaningful conversations which have a range of relatable stories and offer helpful advice. 


Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health in Schools Team 

The team has a new member, Thomas Alleyne’s student Emma. Her role is leading on mental health participation. We need you! We need innovative young people to help us develop our Children’s & Adolescence Mental Health Services in Staffordshire! Part of@BurtonUttoxMHST 

Take a look at the latest newsletter and social media page https://www.facebook.com/YParticipation/

National Careers Week

Next week is National Careers week, so instead of doing a career of the week I thought it would be best to share with you the opportunities which are available. The message of careers week this year is ‘Believe’. Please take some time to watch this video. Believe

There are a wide range of resources and events which are being advertised to support students with their decisions around their next transition stage.  If you are interested in attending any of the events, then please follow the links in the post below and let us know which ones you are attending by completing this form: Attendance form

 We are happy for students who are interested in the events to take time out of their live lessons, but please could they complete the form on this link to let us know which events they are attending.

Virtual Careers Fair – All week

VCF: Welcome (ncw2021.co.uk)

Available all week  – no need to register –  just click on the link above. There will be a number of different exhibitors and videos to watch as well as the opportunity to ask questions around different careers. Please do spend some time between 1st & the 6th exploring this website and finding out more about future pathways.

MI and VW apprenticeship group – Tuesday 2nd March at 10am

The IMI and VW Apprenticeship Group are inviting your students to a live employer engagement event on ‘Automotive Careers’. Hosted by Spark, The Employer Engagement App, students will learn about the variety of careers options in automotive from management to parts, marketing to customer service and heavy vehicle to electric vehicle technology. 
 
Civil Engineering and Highway Careers – Live stream Thursday 4th March

A panel of young engineers from Colas and Manchester City Council talk about their roles and answer questions from students from across the country about careers in Civil Engineering and the construction of Highways.

To attend either of the opportunities above you need to register by clicking on the following link Create Account | Spark Careers and use the code 8AKBUIXE

Army Careers – Virtual Event 5th March at 11.30

On the 5th March at 11.30 the Army will be hosting a live webinar. They will provide a whistle stop tour of Army Careers to celebrate National Careers Week. This virtual event is for students and teachers interested in finding out more about Army opportunities; no previous knowledge required. We’ll also be looking at the qualifications on offer including apprenticeships and degrees, as well as the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

To register your interest, click on the link below

National Careers Week – Insight into Army Careers virtual event – 5th March (adobeconnect.com)

Staffordshire University – Your Future in Health and Social Care – 4 March at 9:30am

Experience the patient journey at Staffordshire University by joining our event and taking part in the following sessions led by our School of Health and Social Care academics:

• Paramedics
• Operating Department Practice
• Midwifery
• Children’s Nursing
• Adult Nursing
• Mental Health Nursing
• Social Work
• Health and Social Care

To book yourself on to the event click on the link: Your Future in Health and Social Care Tickets, Thu 4 Mar 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

NHS Careers – Live Events – 10am 3rd, 4th & 5th March

All the links are in blue font below:

At 10am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (3, 4 and 5 March), the NHS will be hosting a series of Facebook Live events which will cover routes into an NHS career, all things nursing, apprenticeships and more. There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions too, so see you there!

Careers quizzes The NHS online quizzes are an invaluable way to get personalised NHS career ideas in just a few minutes! Give them a try:

Work experience We know that getting work experience is particularly tricky at the moment, so you may find our work experience guide and work experience ideas helpful.

UCAS – Careers Hour – Daily from 2pm – 3pm

How to register – Register for a UCAS Hub account. We’ll be streaming live everyday there. Hit the top banner to watch, ask questions, and tell us what you think!

Monday 1st March – Student Stories – Uni or Apprenticeship

Tuesday 2nd March – CV writing Workshop with Reed

Wednesday 3rd March – Jack Parsons – Becoming an award winning CEO in his early 20s

Thursday 4th March – How to secure a school leaver opportunity

Friday 5th March – How to ace interviews

Information for parents

We have shared two parent information booklets on our school website which can be accessed on the following link: Information for Parents

In addition to this is a free parent’s workshop which we would like to share with you – to register click on the link below.

The Power of Networks, Wednesday 3rd March, 7-8pm (GMT) 
Expert advice on how your child can build a powerful network, led by Heather White, CEO and founder of Smarter Networking.

Webinar Registration – Zoom

Barclays LifeSkills

Build your skills wheel! A matching activity to see which careers suit your personality, skills and interests. Takes about 5 minutes to do and then as long as you want to explore your career ideas.

Wheel of Strengths | What job suits me | Barclays (barclayslifeskills.com)

Take a look at the link below for some support in creating your CV. There are some excellent templates and support resources as well as a video lesson in how to create!

CV Writing Lesson Plan | Barclays LifeSkills

Have a look at the link below for a range of different case study videos – there is a range of different industries covered in these videos and they all feature young people working in those roles.

Exploring job sectors and preparing for work | LifeSkills (barclayslifeskills.com)

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February 12th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

 

Year 12 virtual Parents Evening

Many thanks to all parents who joined us for the Year 12 parents evening. It was a very successful evening with high attendance. Anyone who was unable to attend the evening and would like to receive feedback regarding your son/daughters, progress please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

Thinking of a career in Medicine?

Have a look at Medic mentor: https://medicmentor.co.uk/

Medic Mentor is a non-profit social enterprise made up of a UK-wide network of doctors, medical students, secondary students, parents and teachers. It is a great online resource, which offers lots of support and free events for students considering a career path in Medicine. There is an opportunity for students in year 10-12 to apply for FREE virtual medical work experience with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham via this link:

https://medicmentor.co.uk/university-hospitals-birmingham-trust-virtual-work-experience/ places are allocated based on the quality of the application, which we are happy to support with.

There is also a “Get into Medicine” Summer School: https://medicmentor.co.uk/medic-mentor-get-into-medicine-ucas-summer-school/ The summer school comprises of a 6-day residential programme at the University of Stirling (in Scotland) or East London Docklands (Central London).

Thinking of a Dentistry career?

Dentist Mentor is offering an opportunity for students in year 10-12 to apply for FREE virtual dentistry work experience via this link:  https://medicmentor.co.uk/dental-live-virtual-work-experience

The live virtual work experiences will take place every 2nd Saturday of the Month. The first session will be held on Saturday 13th March. So complete the application below as soon as you can! It will run for a 4-month period offering students 24 hours of valuable work experience. Please note, by completing the application you are committing to attend all 4 sessions.

Thinking of a Veterinary career?

Veterinary Mentor is offering an opportunity for students in years 10-12 to apply for FREE virtual Veterinary work experience via this link:  https://medicmentor.co.uk/veterinary-virtual-live-work-experience

The live virtual work experiences will take place every third Sunday of the Month. The first session will be held on Sunday 21st March. So complete the application below as soon as you can! It will run for a 6-month period offering students 30 hours of valuable work experience. Please note, by completing the application you are committing to attend all 6 sessions.

If you need any help or support with these opportunities – please contact Mrs Dodd dodd@tahs.net or Mrs Featherstone featherstone@tahs.net

Year 12 & Year 13 TUTOR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

Please read, engage and take part in the PowerPoints for the next 2 weeks (this week and the first week back after half term) to cover your tutor activity time:  Session 3 – The Difference (celebrating your uniqueness rather than fitting in to someone else’s idea of ‘normal’; and Session 4 – Be Daring (dare to be yourself).  Attached on Insight and Teams is the student workbook that you had in your paper packs from school and the PowerPoints to go along with the paper copies that include video clips from motivational speakers and more.

Year 12 Unifrog pastoral workbook

You will receive a Unifrog workbook.  You need to register yourself on Unifrog if you have not already done so.  Instructions on how to do this are in the workbook. On page three you will see three tasks which you will need to complete.  Your form tutor and the Sixth Form team will be tracking your progress on Unifrog and support you if needed.

What GCSEs should I take


The BBC have put together a website to assist with options called What GCSEs should I take to become a… ?

Take a look here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmskpg8

Pastoral Update

On the last day of term in their final lesson of the day students took part in a virtual assembly to celebrate some of the amazing achievements and efforts our students have made during what has been such a difficult time. I was so proud to see the number of students that teachers wanted to reward and praise.

There has been some negative press surrounding young people and their ability to engage fully with online learning. I feel as a school we are able to confidently say that our students are most certainly engaging and many are going further than that. I appreciate this is a team effort and I would therefore like to extend my thanks to all the teachers, pastoral staff and most of all families that have continued to support the students with their home learning.

I hope that you all have a restful break and can enjoy some time together. We cannot wait for the students to return and do hope that this will be very soon.

Calling Year 9 Art Students

 The Art Department is running a 3 week competition to find the best Illustrative Portrait … Three winning entries will receive £10 Hobbycraft vouchers… Challenge yourself, be creative and have a go!!! – All entries sent to Mrs. Simmonds-Vaughan. MORE PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS ARE ON THEIR WAY… GOOD LUCK

Drama Stars

Well done to all students for adapting so well  to new approaches to learning in drama this term. 

Year 9
Jess C and Aimee S for superb attitude to learning and insightful contributions in class discussions. 

Year 10
Benjamin, Taylor and Zita showed excellent independent learning their efforts with their devised drama planning.

Year 11
A big thank you to Alyssa and Finley for taking part in the Drama Options Q and A session for year 9. You were excellent ambassadors for the Drama Department and your support and advice was really valuable. 

History

Year 11 – well done for all the revision and preparations you put into the History assessments. 

Elkes

Parents, please feel free to have a look at this half-term’s celebration assembly – teachers have nominated those students who’ve really applied themselves this half term, and those teachers’ names are at the top of each slide so you know which ones to look out for.

Thanks, and have a restful half-term break. Mr Parker

Internet Safety Week

This week marks the annual Internet Safety Week aimed at ensuring young people understand and mitigate for the risks associated with an online life. There are two videos to watch here:

The official Internet Safety Day Virtual Assembly:

This short film from Staffordshire Police:

PE Update 

Year 9 Options – In Core PE we have run Live presentations on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. This will be on Teams and will give students the chance to find out more about the course and ask any questions.

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

This week students have been sent Netball and Basketball specific activities to do at home on Insight. Each week will have a different sporting focus.


BTEC Sport

** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


PE student of the week – Mya Priestley


Year 10 – Students are now working towards coursework on Injuries and Rehabilitation.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.

Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

Science News

This week has seen the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021 designated by the United Nations.  It is a global celebration of the women who are involved in all forms of Science. 

To discover more click on the link:

 International Day of Women and Girls in Science | United Nations

Spotlight on Professor Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the School of Biosciences, Birmingham University.  Alice studied anatomy and medicine and originally worked as a doctor, before studying for a PhD in paleopathology – the study of disease in ancient human remains. 

Professor Alice has presented many science-based television programmes and this evening (Friday) at 9 pm on BBC Two will be presenting Stonehenge: The lost Circle Revealed.  Cutting-edge research has uncovered the last puzzling secrets of the iconic bluestones, which Alice describes as ‘an astonishing discovery’.

To discover more about Professor Alice Roberts, click on the link:

https://www.alice-roberts.co.uk/

COVID-19 Vaccine

Women scientists have been at the forefront of research at the University of Oxford developing the vaccine against COVID-19, performing vital roles in all aspects of development and vaccine trials.  However, at present less than 30% of science researchers are women and approximately only 30% of female students choose STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in higher education.

In the Science Department we are helping to promote science to our young female learners.  When we are all back in School look out for the new posters displayed around the Science Department.

Excellent Online Learning…

Mr Mitchell would like to say:

‘A huge congratulations to all students successfully completing their online learning in Science this Half Term. Well done to all Year 11 students who worked through their Trial Exams online’. 

This week’s Science Students of the week:

Year 9

Mr Milward would like to nominate: Martha B for excellent work in Biology online lessons.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate: Kian S for enthusiasm in remote learning.

Year 10

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate:

Amber H for very hard work this week.

Alistair D for excellent communication and completion of work.

Mrs Keeling would like to nominate:

Rhys R (10U2 Biology) for excellent contributions to live lessons. 

Chloe F and Eleanor W (10U1 Biology) for great work on thermoregulation.

Mr Melland would like to nominate: Harvey-James G who has worked extremely well in his online lessons this week. 

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate:

Charles F (10H1) for brilliant stop-motion animation on the formula for gravitational potential energy.

Year 11

Mrs Dykes would like to say – “To those Year 11s who overcame their emotions and had a go at the trial assessments – well done! “

Year 12

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate: Isobel W, Adam M, Chloe C, Olivia G for particularly high scores on exam questions.

Year 13

Mr Mitchell would like to say – ‘An additional mention to the following superstars for their online work and going above and beyond goes to:

Aaron G, Emma R, Vicky C for completion of the Chemistry Olympiad – The hardest Chemistry Exam out there!

Year 10 Animal Care Stars of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate the following students for excellent engagement in online learning:

Tom Y, Billy L, William S, Harvey-James G and Connor B.

Well done!

Calling All Medics


Anyone who is seriously considering applying for medicine or dentistry please contact Mrs North via email on north@tahs.net or via Teams.  We are running online support sessions after school during which we will discuss the application process, wider reading, work experience and answer specific questions.  These sessions are open to students in all year groups and the first one will be on Monday 22nd February.

Bereavement Support

MFL Musings

It’s not last minute yet, but it will be soon – get your last minute MFL revision tips here:https://theidealteacher.com/7-must-use-last-minute-revision-tips-for-language-exams

Try to find out why the sky is yellow in France:https://www.1jour1actu.com/france/pourquoi-le-ciel-est-il-devenu-jaune

And who is that Netflix Lupin bloke, anyway?https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/cest-qui-arsene-lupin

If you have questions about French at A level or GCSE feel free to pass them on to Mr Noon, noon@tahs.net – perhaps you want to know more so you can get a job like this one selling surgical masks to French-speaking clients around the world https://uk.indeed.com/company/Lip-Hing-Metal-Manufacturing-(UK)-Ltd/jobs/French-Speaking-Business-Development-Manager-Surgical-Mask-3a7826c4b58a9cf8?fccid=fcb313f669a54b82&vjs=3

Top Students in English

The English Department would like to say well done to all those who have continued to work so hard in the final week of the half term. In particular, teachers have nominated the following students as student of the week:


Year 9: Aimee Sh, Jake B, Shanaii B, Georgie S,

Year 10: Jed F, Livvy E, Alfie H, Rhys R, Jake L, Tom Y, Sam P, Xanthe

Year 11: Erin H, Leanne P, Rebecca W

Year 12: Imogen N, Rob F

Year 13: Emma K, Torin N

Delicate Minds Mental Well Being Support

Health & Social Care students have been working on a project for improving mental wellbeing in sixth form students which has been affected by the pandemic and the lockdown.  They have put together a great powerpoint with support and resources which has been sent to all year 12 and year 13 students.  Please have a look over the half term holiday.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

Keep an eye out on the future intention’s library on the vacancies channel for apprenticeships as they get released! This week I have shared the full listing from the Apprenticeships website as well as new opportunities from BT, Vodaphone, Siemens Mobility, IBM, and many more.

Apprenticeship – Vacancy Listing

We will be hosting some workshops during the spring term to support students who are looking for and considering an apprenticeship. In the meantime, if you want to find out more, the BBC Bitesize careers page have some great information and videos. The low-down on apprenticeships – BBC Bitesize

Opportunities

  • MediCamp at UWC Atlantic are pleased to be able to offer a full Scholarship worth £2,450 to one 16-18 year-old student attending a school or college within the UK.

Taking place between the 31st July and the 14th August 2021 at UWC Atlantic, MediCamp is a residential 14 day medical programme delivered by sector-leading professors, clinicians, partners and practitioners to dissect the anatomy of the medical world.

Combined with adventurous personal development sessions offered at UWC Atlantic including canoeing, rock climbing and kayaking, MediCamp sets itself apart from many other summer courses. MediCamp equips young people with self-confidence, problem-solving and teamwork – all crucial skills for medics and healthcare professionals in the making. To find out more click on the link below: MediCamp Scholarships – UWC College (uwcatlanticexperience.com)

  • DR.EAM Dentistry Virtual Conference 

Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) is hosting its annual DR.EAM Dentistry Conference this year. The DR.EAM Dentistry Conference is a free outreach event aimed at Year 10-13 students who are considering a career in Dentistry.  

Our aim is to inspire and inform students about a career in Dentistry. We will provide students with an insight into life as both a dental student and dentist, as well as advising on next steps to prepare for an application. The day will consist of inspiring talks, workshops and panels made up of dentists and dental students from around the country. Workshops will include an introduction to clinical skills, Q&A with dental students from different universities and work experience advice.  

Widening Access at the Medical School will be helping us in the selection of these students according to the University’s widening access selection criteria, with priority given to pupils from areas with a low number of students attending University for this event.  

We encourage you to share this opportunity with your Year 10-13 students. 

This free virtual conference gives students the chance to learn more about a healthcare career and all it has to offer! 

Date: Saturday 20th February 2021  

Time: 9am to 5pm  

We believe that this event will be hugely beneficial for your students considering studying Dentistry at University. Please encourage students to apply before Wednesday 17th February 2021 12pm using the following link:  

https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dream-dentistry-2021-application

  • Success Beyond School – Parents Events – Free expert advice on guiding your child to a successful career

‘We are delighted to announce our “Success Beyond School” events for this term: free-of-charge interactive ‘Live Online’ seminars designed to help parents supercharge their children’s career potential.

Wednesday 24th February: The Skills Surgery
How to break into careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science

Wednesday 3rd March: The Power of Networks
How your child can build a powerful professional network’

These events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and free to attend Further Information link

Career of the week

Job title:Robotics engineers design and build machines to do automated jobs in industries like manufacturing, aerospace and medicine.
Entry requirements:You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in: artificial intelligence and roboticsmechatronicsrobotics engineeringmechanical engineeringelectronics engineeringcomputer sciencemathematics You can also work in the development of artificial intelligence if you have a qualification in psychology or cognitive science. Entry requirements – You’ll usually need: 2 or 3 A levels, including maths and physicsa degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study You can do a college course, which may help you to find a job as a robotics technician. Relevant courses include: Level 3 Certificate in Robotics and AutomationLevel 4 Diploma in ComputingHigher National Certificate in Electrical or Electronic EngineeringWith further training, you can qualify as an engineer. Entry requirements – You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course   You could do a degree apprenticeship in a robotics specialism. Apprenticeship examples include: control and technical support engineeringsoftware developmentmanufacturing engineeringembedded electronic systems design Entry requirements – You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship
What you’ll earn:Starter: £27,500 – Experienced: £55,500
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of engineering science and technologyknowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and softwaremaths knowledgedesign skills and knowledgeexcellent verbal communication skillsthe ability to use, repair and maintain machines and toolsthinking and reasoning skillscomplex problem-solving skillsto be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Day to day duties:Your exact duties will depend on what part of a project you work on but may include: understanding what customers want to automate designing processes and parts using computer aided design building and testing prototypes analysing data from robot sensors and cameras finding and fixing faults researching news ways to use robots and artificial intelligence demonstrating finished products to customers 37 to 40 hours a week, usually 9am to 5pm
Career path and progression:You could become a lead engineer, with overall responsibility for managing a project. You could also specialise in a particular area of robotics, for example self-driving vehicles, space exploration, surgical instruments or deep ocean research.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

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

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February 5th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Future Intentions update

The deadline for applying to university was 6.00pm on Friday 29th January. 116 students applied for University this year and of those 12 are students who left Sixth Form in July 2020.  As always we have a range of courses and universities being applied for and are very proud all the students in completing their application. Special mentions go to those who never thought in Year 11 that they would be applying to university. We are so proud of each and every one of you for making this decision. So far we have one successful Oxbridge application, we have 4 students who have already confirmed and accepted their place at their chosen university. The Sixth Form team will be continuing to offer information, advice and guidance to the students who have not applied to university, who are considering options in either a gap year and applying next year or looking at apprenticeships or employment.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk if needed.

Year 12 virtual Parents Evening – Thursday 11th February 2021

Running between 4.00pm – 7.00pm. The evening will comprise of 5-minute appointment slots where you are able to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers.

Booking of appointments became live on Wednesday 3rd February after 3.05pm.

A letter about the parent evening was emailed to parents earlier this week on how to book appointments and how the evening will run.

If you are unable to attend the evening but would still like feedback on how your son/daughter is progressing please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 12 Unifrog pastoral workbook

You will receive a Unifrog workbook.  You need to register yourself on Unifrog if you have not already done so.  Instructions on how to do this are in the workbook. On page three you will see three tasks which you will need to complete.  Your form tutor and the Sixth Form team will be tracking your progress on Unifrog and support you if needed.

SIXTH FORM FUTURE INTENTIONS – APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY

Derby University are providing online support for students thinking of applying to university, for example live subject chats on Saturday 6th February where students can talk to teaching teams about subjects on offer, or to current students about their experiences, and to admissions advisors about the application process.  TAHS Sixth Form team will also be supporting students on applying to university via our tutor activities.

Year 9 – Subject Choices

I hope that you have now had some time to start to think through and discuss your potential subject choices for next year. It was fabulous to see so many of you at the careers event last week.Over the next few days we continue with an emphasis of future intentions. Students will have received a hard copy of the Y9 subject choices booklet in their grab-bag from school.

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Please take time to read through this carefully. There will be another live event on Monday night, as a drop in session to discuss anything you wish about your subject choices. 


I would also like to make you aware of a change of date – in terms of the link to the choices form. This is so the staff can complete as many individual future intentions interviews and students have the opportunity to ask any final questions at our live drop in event. This will mean that the link will be available from 4pm on Wednesday 10th February. It will be sent to the ‘Pupil’ section of insight. It must be the student who logs in and completes the form through their account.


It is not a first-come-first-served basis. 


The application deadline remains as Wednesday 3rd march. This gives students plenty of time to carefully consider their subject choices with the help of; personal choice, parent guidance and support staff guidance and support, Future careers in mind, Links form the school careers Library


Please make sure you carefully enter the information on the form and then submit. You will only be able to submit this form once.

Thank you and kind regards, Mr Mitchel

Pastoral Update

Next week in the ‘Pastoral Resources’ area the focus will be on promoting ‘Safer Internet Day’ which takes place on 8th February. In a time where our young people are spending a significant amount of time online ensuring their safety is paramount to staff and parents.  Students will be able to access an assembly that introduces the day and also take part in online sessions around this topic area.

More information will be uploaded to Insight and Teams for students to access these.

Please see the advert below to promote the Emotional Wellbeing Support Session Virtual Groups being ran by YESS- Your Emotional Support Service. Groups will be advertised on their YESS Facebook & Instagram pages also. They will be continuing these groups throughout the year with new topics and opportunities to catch up with topics that may be repeated such as Anxiety/ Low Mood. 

The Emotional Wellbeing Support Sessions, funded by Children in Need, is a service for children and young people. The aim is to support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and managing our emotional regulation with tips and strategies. 

The groups for Burton & Uttoxeter are held on a Thursday evening and take up will be on a first come, first serve basis. Group timings will be from 16:30pm- 17:30pm. They also offer a telephone service for young people and parents to call through for more information, advice and signposting between 15:30pm- 16:15pm. They can contact YESS directly on 07794473442.

If you haven’t already, or would like more information about their service, please do not hesitate to contact YESS on 01889 567756.

You can check out their webpage www.yess.uk and their schools commissioning service catalogue is available to download. 

Also, please follow their Facebook page (Your Emotional Support Service), Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to their YouTube Channel for the latest updates, more information and resources. 

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Calling Year 9 Art Students

 The Art Department is running a 3 week competition to find the best Illustrative Portrait … Three winning entries will receive £10 Hobbycraft vouchers… Challenge yourself, be creative and have a go!!! – All entries sent to Mrs. Simmonds-Vaughan. MORE PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS ARE ON THEIR WAY… GOOD LUCK

Excellence in Remote Learning for Health & Social Care Year 10

Year 10 are currently working on their first piece of coursework in Health & Social Care where they are researching the life stages of a chosen celebrity.  I have been blown away by the engagement, the effort, imagination and commitment shown by everyone in the group when completing this work remotely.  Attached are a couple of examples of their brilliant work, but every student is putting in a tremendous effort.  Congratulations and keep it up, I am very proud of you! Mrs Varga.

ICT / Computing – What’s the Difference?

An oft heard question at this time of year when year 9 are considering their future intentions and options.

In summary:

ICT – the course for computer users, software, MS Office, Project Management

Computing – the course for the developer, programming, how the CPU / memory work, algorithms, binary etc

Next week Mr Cartwright will be putting some sample questions out to all of year 9 to aid with the decision making process – keep an eye out for them!

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/387/careers-in-ict

Elkes

I just wanted to mention at the end of this week how grateful I am to all those teachers who have been able to send me details of students who’ve been going above and beyond in terms of their effort and attainment. We’ll have a form of our normal half term achievements / celebrations assembly next week, and putting it together is going to take a little while because there are so many people the teachers want to acknowledge. Students, you are doing amazingly –  please make sure you keep an eye out for this assembly next week.

LGBT+ History month

February marks LGBT+ History month which is an annual event aimed at educating young people about the issues experienced by members of the LGBT+ community in order to promote a more inclusive society.
The theme this year is, ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ and supports the RSE curriculum. 
Below is a link to a resource from ‘Diversity role models’ where students can access video clips from LGBT+ role models who speak openly about their experiences in the aim of improving understanding and empathy. A number of these videos have been made free of charge for this month.

http://video.diversityrolemodels.org/?utm_campaign=2080348_DRM%20solus%20email%20-%20Tue%202nd%20Feb%2021&utm_medium=email&utm_source=National%20Association%20of%20Head%20Teachers&dm_i=3OT7,18L7G,6TZFGD,4GABR,1

PE Update 

Year 9 Options – Next week in Core PE we will be running Live presentations on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. This will be on Teams and will give students the chance to find out more about the course and ask any questions.

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

This week students have been sent Netball and Basketball specific activities to do at home on Insight. Each week will have a different sporting focus.


BTEC Sport


** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **
PE students of the week – Lucy Calladine, Leighton Thomas and Abi Garland for excellent engagement in coursework


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been taking part in Live practical lessons as they start to design training plans.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.

Year 12-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Harriet K (9E1) and Hannah S (9T1) for fantastic assessment scores this week! Selected by Miss Thorley.

Mrs Simpson has nominated:

Calli H (9U1) for an excellent stop-motion animation.

Molly R (9H4) for consistently good attendance and engagement to live lessons.

Mr Mitchell has nominated the following students:

Year 9 (9U4)

Carly D – Excellent work and high cores on Forms quizzes.

Ethan D – Great enrichment activity and participation in Chemistry lessons.

Year 10 (10H1)

Will S

Joseph H

Tom L

Charles F

Gemma B

All above 95% on Physics assessment

Year 10 (10U3)

Jake L

Jack V-H

Mia S

Livvy E

For excellent online learning 

Year 10 Animal Care Stars

Mrs North would like to nominate Alfie H, Kacie HW, Chloe S, Callum W and Korie H for excellent engagement in lessons and always being willing to answer questions either verbally or via the chat.

Well done!

Drama Opportunities

The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-Under-Lyme are running free theatre design masterclasses, remotely until February 11th. The classes include sound design, lighting, animation, stage management and puppetry. 

Please see the website link for more details on how to sign up.
https://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/productions/masterclasses/
Drama Stars this week 

Year 9 Well done to Calli H for her excellent Blood Brothers mood board (pictured) made in preparation for her set design project. Great work this week from 9UL with the anagram challenge. 


Year 10 Well done to Isabella for going above and beyond in preparing drama resources for revision and to Roisin for student leadership in helping to organise the groups for our breakout sessions. 
Theatre at home

If any students wish to access the National Theatre library of live theatre at home, please contact Mrs Mood for log in details. 

English Students of the Week

Students of the week for English this week are:


Year 9 Morgan H, Laura G, Joseph N,
Year 10 Bren B, Amy-Lee J, Livvy E
Year 11 Polly J, Lewis T, Sophie G, Tess S, Tilly S, Nathan S, Ben B, Will G, Isla M, Joe P, Katie L
Year 12 Sadie B, Imogen N, Sophie W
Year 13 Emma K

YESS Support

MFL Musings

Year 9 taster session / Q&AClick here to find out more about GCSE French at TAHS Thursday 11th February 4:00

MFL careersAn honest look at how (not) knowing other languages helps and hinders Guardian journalists in their lives. https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2020/dec/14/i-speak-italian-with-a-croydon-accent-reporters-on-their-language-skills


Year 9 Legends

Congratulations to the following students who have officially improved at least a whole grade based on their assessments:Alex E, Keeley S, William B, Megan WB, Kai H, Sadie B, Maisie L, Harry N, Lauren N, Caitlin G, Milly D, Eben R, Molly R, Benjamin N, Lily U, Euan R, Morgan P, Finn BP, Jessie H and Lucas H.

We would also like to highlight the achievement of these students, who have been on top marks and grades for both assessments: Olly R, Luke N, Emily O, Charlie F, Olivia Y


Year 11

11A and 11D still have their remote assessments to complete next week – don’t forget to check Insight for revision hints and tips, which were set early last week.


Higher revision sessions currently take place on a Thursday on the Higher team, and all recordings of previous sessions can be found there as well.

Foundation sessions are being recorded and shared as quickly as possible – previous recordings are on the Foundation team.


Also, please check out this set of tips for revising for the listening exam https://www.titaniumtutors.co.uk/post/listening-exam-gcse-french-revision-tips

ThisIsLanguage.com leaders

A new challenger has not only entered the fray, but stolen top place in year 9, Emily has more than 3 times the score of her nearest rival. In year 10 Eloise has over 1,000 putting her at the top, whilst in year 11 there is less than 100 points between Isabelle and Polly, who rule the roost on 2,000 points each!
French meme:

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National Apprenticeship week

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week 2021 so we are sharing Amazing Apprenticeships schedule for the week. If you are looking for an apprenticeship or supporting your child to look for on then click on the link to view and register for all the free and virtual events. Register here 

There are apprenticeship awareness talks for parents, students and teachers as well as strengths and employability sessions and employer workshops with the NHS, Autify Digital JCB, KPMG to name just a few! Please take the time to look at these events as there are some amazing opportunities.

The Big Assembly

On Tuesday 9th February from 11:10AM, the National Apprenitceships team will be hosting ‘The Big Assembly’ This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in signing up for an apprenticeship. They will be ‘turning on the lights, pointing our cameras, and talking about apprenticeships, traineeships, and other exciting career opportunities with our panel! ‘. There are some great exhibitors and a chance to find out more about some of the apprenticeships which will be on offer.

To register for this event – click on the link below – this will be a great opportunity for anyone considering an apprenticeship at all levels.

The Big Assembly #NAW2021 – Register Now – Big Assembly

Looking for an apprenticeship?

Keep an eye out on the future intention’s library on the vacancies channel for apprenticeships as they get released! On Monday IBM are releasing new apprenticeships and there are already links to apprenticeships with DHL and Vodaphone on there.

Opportunities

  • MediCamp at UWC Atlantic are pleased to be able to offer a full Scholarship worth £2,450 to one 16-18 year-old student attending a school or college within the UK.

Taking place between the 31st July and the 14th August 2021 at UWC Atlantic, MediCamp is a residential 14 day medical programme delivered by sector-leading professors, clinicians, partners and practitioners to dissect the anatomy of the medical world.

Combined with adventurous personal development sessions offered at UWC Atlantic including canoeing, rock climbing and kayaking, MediCamp sets itself apart from many other summer courses. MediCamp equips young people with self-confidence, problem-solving and teamwork – all crucial skills for medics and healthcare professionals in the making. To find out more click on the link below: MediCamp Scholarships – UWC College (uwcatlanticexperience.com)

  • DR.EAM Dentistry Virtual Conference 

Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) is hosting its annual DR.EAM Dentistry Conference this year. The DR.EAM Dentistry Conference is a free outreach event aimed at Year 10-13 students who are considering a career in Dentistry.  

Our aim is to inspire and inform students about a career in Dentistry. We will provide students with an insight into life as both a dental student and dentist, as well as advising on next steps to prepare for an application. The day will consist of inspiring talks, workshops and panels made up of dentists and dental students from around the country. Workshops will include an introduction to clinical skills, Q&A with dental students from different universities and work experience advice.  

Widening Access at the Medical School will be helping us in the selection of these students according to the University’s widening access selection criteria, with priority given to pupils from areas with a low number of students attending University for this event.  

We encourage you to share this opportunity with your Year 10-13 students. 

This free virtual conference gives students the chance to learn more about a healthcare career and all it has to offer! 

Date: Saturday 20th February 2021  

Time: 9am to 5pm  

We believe that this event will be hugely beneficial for your students considering studying Dentistry at University. Please encourage students to apply before Wednesday 17th February 2021 12pm using the following link:  

https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dream-dentistry-2021-application

  • Success Beyond School – Parents Events – Free expert advice on guiding your child to a successful career

‘We are delighted to announce our “Success Beyond School” events for this term: free-of-charge interactive ‘Live Online’ seminars designed to help parents supercharge their children’s career potential.

Wednesday 24th February: The Skills Surgery
How to break into careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science

Wednesday 3rd March: The Power of Networks
How your child can build a powerful professional network’

These events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and free to attend Further Information link

Career of the week

Job title: Dramatherapist
Entry requirements:You’ll need to complete a postgraduate qualification in dramatherapy, accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists. To apply, you’ll need a first degree in a subject l drama creative therapies psychology You may also be able to apply if you’ve got a degree in a related subject, like occupational therapy, nursing or social work. You’ll be expected to have: practical drama experience voluntary or paid experience in helping people to deal with issues like mental health Entry requirements – you’ll usually need: a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study You may be able to do an arts therapist degree apprenticeship. You’ll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply. Entry requirements To do this apprenticeship, you’ll need: a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship
What you’ll earn:£31325 – £44,500
Day to day duties:You could: help clients use their imagination and creativity to increase their confidence and self-esteemuse voice, movement, storytelling, mime, puppetry and masksencourage clients to form one-to-one relationships and also work as part of a groupsupport clients to express what they feel and think about the world around themenable clients to act out situations in a safe environmentwork closely with other professionals like psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists
What skills will I need?You’ll need: counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approachknowledge of psychologyknowledge of the fine artssensitivity and understandingthe ability to work well with otherspatience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situationsto be flexible and open to changecustomer service skillsto be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Career path and progression:With experience, you could become a senior or consultant dramatherapist and lead a team of therapists or manage a unit. 

You could also train other dramatherapists or set up your own practice.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

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

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January 29th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

SIXTH FORM TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES

This is the second week for students to be working on the following PowerPoints based on Matthew Syed’s new book, Dare To Be You, helping students build confidence, build identity, navigate change, understand difference, be kind and choose their own path.

You can find these on Teams/Sixth Form 2021 (Year 12 or 13)/Y12 or Y13 Pastoral activities/TAP 2021/Change Makers and then find the sessions (Session 1:  Why Change Makers and Session 2:  The Doubts).

Y13 link:  https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2013%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:008b12725c954cb695480eadcbc6c321@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2019-2021%252FShared%2520Documents%252FPastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%25202021%252FChange%2520Makers

Y12 link:  https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2012%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:cff856d5e7464b44b6c9e0de40fd832c@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2020-2022%252FShared%2520Documents%252FYear%252012%2520Pastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%2520activities%25202021%252FPixl%2520Change%2520Makers

Y9 Choices – Designing your Y10 Curriculum        

The information for completing your choices of subject for Y10 is now underway. You can find videos on how to complete the process in the Future Intentions section on Teams.

Over the next few weeks, you will receive;

  • a copy of the prospectus to read through
  • an interview with a member of the Leadership / Pastoral / Careers Team about your choices
  • a link to fill in your choices (this will be available on Monday 8th February, via Insight).

If you have any questions the please drop a message to myself (mitchell@tahs.net) or any of the careers team and we will get back to with a reply within 48 hours.

Thank you

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 Parenst evening will take place on Thursday 4th February via MS Teams. Full instructions on how to do this will be sent out in due course.

Books are open, via your parental insight account and year 9 parents will receive a sperate email with full details on the bookings system.

Drama Stars

Year 9 

Well done to Jordan B and William F for their  excellent performance of the narrator prologue in Blood Brothers during their live lesson.


Year 10

Year 10 GCSE have been producing 5 minute monologues based on photographs.. Well done to Alex B who impressed the class with this piece: 

The rock from the seaside, in an old tin collection of shells and rocks. Flashbacks us to the moments in the sun shining, the sea clashing against the shore. The sounds of laughter and happiness. Children making sand castles, and swimming in the sea. The sun shining upon us. The ice cream dripping over our towels. Sun radiating our skin. The smell of salt and sun cream oil. The sounds of the boys skimming rocks. The elderly collecting the shells and the pretty rocks. Ahh, The good old times at the seaside. The evening of walking along the beach. The kids running to the fun fair, filling their faces with candy floss. Then we come back to today, at home, trapped in our homes. Daunting. The next piece of news. Wondering when we’ll leave the 4 corners of our home to see our friends and families. We all miss the times where we could leave the house and hang with friends. Yes, we took those things for granted. We shall miss these times. As we’ll be able to leave one day. Collecting our rocks.

Year 11

Well done to Katie L and Leanne P for demonstrating an excellent attitude to learning this week

PE Update 

PE – Update

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.

This week students have been sent rugby specific activities to do at home on Insight. Each week will have a different sporting focus.


BTEC Sport


** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been taking part in Live practical lessons as they start to design training plans.


Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12-  We have been really impressed with their dedication to revision lessons in what is a very difficult time. Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

PE Students of the week

Lydia Martin and Will Gregory for excellent progress with coursework

Science News

The Science Department has a passion for all aspects of science, including astronomy – the scientific study of stars, planets and other objects in outer space.

February will be an excellent month for star gazing from your back garden, and you don’t need a telescope!  Can you identify the constellations in the night sky? Click on the article below to discover more.

 This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Amelia R and Kain S for excellent contributions in their live Physics lessons, selected by Mr Melland.

Ruby BW and Scarlett BW for excellent engagement in Biology this week, selected by Mrs North.

Year 10

Connor B – 10H4 is working really hard keeping on top of all the work in Chemistry when he is unable to attend live lessons, selected by Mrs Simson.

Harvey JG and Spencer D for excellent contributions in their live Physics lessons, selected by Mr Melland.

Lennon G, Tommy S and Thomas Y – 10U4 for their work submitted and contributions during live lessons, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Year 11

Tiff B and Liam Y for excellent work in live lessons, selected by Mr Milward.

Year 12

Forensic science: Callum S, Evie D and Harry MW for excellent engagement in their Criminology lesson, selected by Mrs North.

Year 13

A Level Physics: Andrew P for excellent research into his EPQ on applications of Chaos Theory, selected by Mr Melland.

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

Year 10

Hannah C, Will S, Erin P and Fletcher K for excellent engagement in Animal Care lessons.

Year 11

Beth H, Isla McF, Emily T, Fallon C, Rebecca W for completing all their Animal Care course work to a standard that is above target – well done.

Very well done to all students!

Back Garden Astronomy – What Can You See During February?

We would like to share with you our favourite constellation Orion which is clearly visible during the early evenings this month.  It is one of the most prominent and easily recognisable constellations in the night sky, named after Orion the hunter in Greek mythology, it is thought to form the outline of a hunter holding a shield.

A constellation is where many stars ‘appear’ to form a shape in the sky.  The stars are not really grouped together but just look like they are from where we are standing on Earth.

We love watching for Orion because he’s only visible during the winter months and we watch him rising in the evening sky from October, to high in the sky in December, then slowly go below the horizon in March. 

Orion is easy to spot once your eyes have got used to the night sky – something that can take a few minutes.  The first thing to look out for is his ‘Belt’.  This is three stars that appear close together in a line.  From there you can go on to see his ‘shoulder’ on the top right – this star is called Betelguese and is orange in colour and is a Super Giant Star nearing the end of its life.  Next is his ‘foot’ in the bottom left corner.  This star is called Rigel and is blue in colour, is also a Super Giant and is the 6th brightest star in the night sky. 

There is a ‘New Moon’ on 11th February which means the night sky will be very dark – perfect for seeing what’s happening in the night sky.  As an extra challenge, see if you can locate another constellation called Cassiopeia at this time.  

Remember to wrap up warm when you go out to view the amazing night sky – you can get chilly very quickly!

GCSE Trial Exams

Combined Science

Each assessment will be made up of a combination of multi choice exams and extended response.

The multi choice test will comprise 8 single marks from each topic (see table above) for each subject (total of 24 marks).

The extended response will be a 6-mark question where pupils will need to type an extended response.

Both parts of the assessment will be sent out as a Forms quiz link

Triple Science

SubjectTopicsDay / Date / PeriodTime
BiologyCell BiologyOrganisationBioenergetics  (Respiration and Photosynthesis)Week 4 Fri 3 (05-02-21)14:15 – 14:55
ChemistryAtomic StructureBonding and StructureQuantitative Chemistry (Maths in Chemistry)Week 4 Mon 2 (01-02-21)12:00 – 12:40
PhysicsEnergyElectricityParticle Model of MatterWeek 1 11U1 – Mon 1 (08-02-21) 11U2 – Wed 1 11H1&2 – Wed 2 (10-02-21)09:00 – 09:40   12:00 – 12:40

Each assessment will be made up of a combination of multi choice exams and extended response.

The multi choice test will comprise 8 single marks from each topic (see table above) for each subject (total of 24 marks).

The extended response will be two to three 4 or 6-mark questions, totalling 12 marks, where pupils will need to type an extended response.

Both parts of the assessment will be sent out as a Forms quiz link.

ALL – Assessments will be completed in the lesson allocated. Staff will implement short breaks between each subject assessment.

Geography News

The last year 11 revision session before the trial assessments is on Tuesday 2nd February (running from 3:15-4pm). If you are unable to join this revision session, there are a number of revision resources available on the Y11 Geography Teams, as well as the screen cast lessons on the Living World topic which you are able to rewatch to help with your revision.A reminder of the topics that will be on the trial assessment:

  • Urbanisation
  • Coasts 
  • Living world

A-Level news:A reminder of the topics on the A-Level trial assessment:
Physical geography trial assessment:

  • Water
  • Carbon
  • Coasts

Human geography trial assessment:

  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Human health and intervention

Mental Health Support during Covid

  • BOLOH

Welcome to Boloh, Barnardo’s COVID-19 helpline and webchat for those 11+

This is a helpline dedicated to Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children, young people, parents or carers, affected by Covid-19? You can speak to them about your worries, problems and stresses during this time, and they can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.

They are available to talk Mon-Fri, from 10am-8pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm. Call us on 0800 1512605 or chat to us online

  • YESS

In addition, there is more support available on Staffordshire Connects where you can find an interactive map of Children & Young People’s Mental Health Support. It shows the local support available with regards to children and young people’s emotional and mental health.

Lockdown New Life

Our piglets went out in the snow for the first time on Monday. They were very inquisitive but not for too long as they were soon back under their heat lamp.

Pastoral Resources

Students can continue to access pastoral resources through the Teams ‘Pastoral Sessions’ folder. Students can access these at anytime but during core PE lessons would be ideal. This week you will find:

Assembly – This week’s assembly is being delivered by the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust Mental Health Team that work closely with Thomas Alleyne’s and our students to support with a range of Mental Health concerns.

  • Year 9 – The Options presentation remains available for student to help guide them through this important stage of their education. There is a range of advice and guidance on their option choices along with information on how and when to submit their choices.
  • Year 10 – The careers resources are sill available for students to access. In addition, and for those that are looking to fill their time wanting to gain new skills a session on basic First Aid training is available in the Year 10 Folder.
  • Year 11 – The careers resources are still available for students to access. In addition, and for those that are looking to fill their time wanting to gain new skills a session on basic First Aid training is available in the Year 10 Folder.

English Students of the Week

Congratulations to everyone who is engaging so positively with their English work. We would particularly like to commend our students of the week, who are:


Year 9 Joel M, Aimee S, Billy T, Kian S, Josh B, Layla M, Victoria H, Willow M, Logan C, Oliver H-P, Cameron B


Year 10 Salwa C, Charles F, Charlotte J, Gemma B, Liam A, Natasha M, Livvy E, Daisy C, Ben L, Anthony Y, Tim W, Charles F, Jake L, Tom Y, Chloe F

Year 11 Joe W, Jacob B, Lily W, Jacob H, Lily-May D, Rebecca W, Grace K, Millie Y

Year 12 Katie G, Lottie C

Year 13 Lucy J, Torin N

MFL Musings

Year 11 Remote AssessmentDon’t forget that over the next 2 weeks there will be remote assessments for all of your subjects, including French. This assessment will focus solely on Theme 1 (Identity and Culture). Make sure you check Insight, there is a homework task on there with all the details of what to revise. Good luck!
Year 9 Options

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There’s a lot to think about if you’re in year 9, and one of them is if you want to be even more of a winner at life by taking French. This is what some of our year 10 and 11 students have to say about taking GCSE French:
From Year 11:”I chose French because it was an added bonus to put in a C.V. that most people might not have, also it gives me the ability to somewhat talk to people from a country. Another reason I took it is that you can insult people without them knowing”


“In year 9 I wasn’t too keen on French; however, now I really enjoy learning it because I find it to be the most rewarding subject and one of the most interesting. Every lesson in year 10 and year 11 I have left feeling more confident in the subject and with a wider range of vocabulary, which has resulted in me applying for French A-level”


“I really enjoy taking French at GCSE! It’s extremely interesting learning how to speak a completely new language with all the fascinating rules that you have to apply, and how refreshing it is to be able to speak not only English. For these reasons, I have chosen to continue with French at A-level, as I believe that it will be incredibly useful in my future and take me to different places around the world. I cannot wait to carry on with my love for the subject!”


And from year 10:”I opted for French because I enjoyed the lessons and how they were made fun and included everyone. Also they weren’t just standard lessons where you just noted things down, there would be games and ways to get the words into your head so that you wouldn’t forget them.”


“I like French because you can be creative and everything we learn is new, you can also create your own sentences personal to you.”


Meme competitionA picture is worth a thousand words, so memes are usually worth about 1,005 because they have words too! It’s time to update the meme wall in room 10, so please send your favourite, or your original creation, to noon@tahs.net

 to be in the running.

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What’s French Newsround focusing on?At the moment, the French are wondering about the Big Bang, and handballhttps://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/cest-quoi-le-big-bang
https://www.1jour1actu.com/sport/melvyn-richardson-vise-or

Sea shanties

Sing along in French!https://youtu.be/7EG_MotAwvk

TAHS Future Intentions Evening

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our virtual Future Intentions evening last night! It was very different to our usual event but we hope that you found the videos from and conversations with our exhibitors useful on our learn live platform. We were also happy to answer so many of your individual questions in the teams meeting. The videos will be available on demand until the end of term on this link: https://learnliveuk.com/partner/thomas-alleynes-high-school/  and there is a list of FAQ below which we hope will help you as your making your choices.

The year 9 curriculum choice videos from Mr Mitchell are also available in the future intentions library on teams and we will be hosting another Q&A for any year 9s needing futher support at 4pm on Monday 8th February. Further details to follow.

FAQ from the Teams Meeting

Which videos will help me with my choices for year 10?

The four videos which you may find useful are: Year 10 Curriculum Design, Why Study Languages?, Year 9 Open Evening and The Ebacc. These can both be found in the curriculum library and on the live platform (link above).

When do I need to make my choices?

The form will be made available on the 8th February when we will also host another live Q&A to support you if you need it.

How can I find out more about what careers the subject will help me with?

Our Heads of Departments and subject teachers will always be happy to answer questions about their subjects. In addition to that there is also a range of resources on the careers library which tell you about the employability skills each subject will develop as well as different careers you could do with your subjects.

I want to look into a careers in … (policing, army, law, medicine, teaching, computing) where can I find out more information?

There are so many different resources available on line that sometimes it is difficult to find the best places to get reliable and up to date information. You can make use of your school log in to Unifrog and also the websites below make a really good starting point when doing research into the careers which interest you.

www.prospects.ac.uk

The National Careers Service

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

Health Careers

Join The Police (joiningthepolice.co.uk)

Browse Army Roles – Find Your Perfect Fit – British Army Jobs (mod.uk)

RAF Recruitment | Home | Regular & Reserve | Royal Air Force (mod.uk)

Get Into Teaching (education.gov.uk)

How do I find out about Virtual Work Experience and why should I do it?

Virtual work experience is a great way to boost your CV and also to find out a little bit more about careers which interest you. On the careers library I have shared a number of free and paid for work experiences. Spingpod offer a wide range of opportunities and are definitely worth a look, in addition the NHS are offering a range of opportunities for a very small price.

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

https://www.springpod.co.uk/work-experience/

Upcoming opportunities

Goldman Sachs – Investment Banking Webinar

On Thursday 11th February from 9.30am – 12.15 pm Goldman Sachs are hosting a webinar and we have just 6 places left for students who are interested. The event will be held on Zoom and is an opportunity for you to engage with industry professionals, developing skills needed to aid your transition from school into University or the working world.

You do not need any prior knowledge of the industry but should have an interest in finding out more about the career opportunities available. 

Please contact me if you are interested. featherstone@tahs.net

The Big Assembly

On Tuesday 9th February from 11:10AM, the National Apprenitceships team will be hosting ‘The Big Assembly’ This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in signing up for an apprenticeship. They will be ‘turning on the lights, pointing our cameras, and talking about apprenticeships, traineeships, and other exciting career opportunities with our panel! ‘. There are some great exhibitors and a chance to find out more about some of the apprenticeships which will be on offer.

To register for this event – click on the link below – this will be a great opportunity for anyone considering an apprenticeship at all levels.

The Big Assembly #NAW2021 – Register Now – Big Assembly

Careers advice and guidance

We have now started working through the careers appointments. These will be done over the phone and your child will receive a message on teams notifying them of their appointment. We will also ask the best number to contact them on. It is really important that they answer the call, the interview will discuss their future intentions and support them with decision making. They will either be contact by myself (Mrs Featherstone), Mark Stubbs or Clare Atkinson from Entrust. 

We will also be setting up further supportive workshops for our students who are applying for apprenticeships. If you have told us you are interested in an Apprenticeship you will be invited to this workshop.

Career of the week

My inspiration for this week’s career of the week came from a question that was asked by a few of you last night:

Job title: Police Officer
Entry requirements:There are many routes into the police force. University You could do the Professional Policing Degree run by some universities before applying to join a force. Alternatively, you could get a degree in any subject and apply to: the Degree Holder programmethe Police Now graduate leadership scheme To apply for this route you’ll usually need: 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services before applying to the police, although this is not essential.   To apply for this route you’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You could start by doing a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). It’s a 3 year work-based programme that leads to a degree in Professional Policing Practice. You can apply through your chosen force. If you want to work in non-emergency response situations you could do a serious and complex crime investigator degree apprenticeship. In this role, as well as police forces you could also be employed by organisations like: The National Crime Agency Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs The Ministry of Defence To apply for this route you’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship Direct Application You’ll generally need A levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification, or experience in a related area like the military. You’ll usually apply to one police force at a time. If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to an assessment centre where you’ll: have an interview take written tests If you pass the tests at the assessment centre, you’ll then: complete a physical fitness test have a medical, including an eyesight check go though security and background checks You can search for forces that are recruiting at Joining the Police If you’re unsuccessful at the assessment stage, you may have to wait a minimum of 6 months before you can re-apply.
What you’ll earn:£21,500 to £41,500
Day to day duties:respond to calls for help from the public investigate crimes and offences interview suspects and make arrests give evidence in court control traffic and crowds at large public events and gatherings advise the public on personal safety and crime prevention promote respect for people in relation to their race, diversity and human rights
What skills will I need?legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations knowledge of public safety and security negotiation skills for keeping people safe patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations sensitivity and understanding for dealing with traumatic situations the ability to understand people’s reactions excellent verbal communication skills leadership skills to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Career path and progression:You’ll spend 2 years as a student officer before becoming a police constable. You can then decide whether you want to specialise in a particular type of policing, for example: criminal investigation department (CID), anti-fraud or road traffic drugs or firearms counter-terrorism air support or underwater search dog-handling or mounted policing With experience, you may be able to apply for promotion to sergeant, inspector or chief inspector. In the CID you’ll also have the title of detective added to your rank, for example detective sergeant or detective chief inspector.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

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

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January 22nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

TAHS Future Intentions Evening – our annual event – with a difference!

On the 28th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be a little different this year, however we will still have a wide range of exhibitors who have kindly recorded an on-demand video for the evening, allowing you to watch at your own convenience. 

The evening will launch with a presentation from Carole Dodd (Head of Sixth form and Careers Lead) Mr Mitchell our curriculum lead  and Anna Featherstone (Teacher of Business and Careers Advisor) at 5pm, following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal where many of our exhibitors will be available to answer your questions about your child’s next transition stage. There will also be a range of videos regarding the option process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School and the Ebacc, so whether your child is choosing their GCSE options or considering their pathway post GCSE or A level, there will be something for everyone. All students will receive an invitation on their Team’s calendar before the evening, which will also contain information about how to register

The event is still under construction but you can register in preparation for the event on the following link:

https://learnliveuk.com/partner/thomas-alleynes-high-school/

SIXTH FORM TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES

Tutor time activities will be put onto Teams and Insight every 2 weeks.  Please remember that participation in these activities is part of your Sixth Form conduct agreement.

To begin, there are 6 weeks on a short course designed for post-16 students, provided by leaders in education, Pixl. Based on Matthew Syed’s new book, Dare To Be You, the project helps students build confidence, build identity, navigate change, understand difference, be kind and choose their own path.

You will be reminded to download 2 Power Points per fortnight.  This time, your focus is on Sessions 1 and 2.

We will be proving workbooks within which you will complete these activities which will be added to your subject resources ready for collection from the school theatre on Wednesday the 27th of January as per parent news.

You can find these on Teams/Sixth Form 2021 (Year 12 or 13)/Y12 or Y13 Pastoral activities/TAP 2021/Change Makers and then find the sessions (Session 1:  Why Change Makers and Session 2:  The Doubts).

Y13 link:  

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2013%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:008b12725c954cb695480eadcbc6c321@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2019-2021%252FShared%2520Documents%252FPastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%25202021%252FChange%2520Makers

Y12 link:  

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2012%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:cff856d5e7464b44b6c9e0de40fd832c@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2020-2022%252FShared%2520Documents%252FYear%252012%2520Pastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%2520activities%25202021%252FPixl%2520Change%2520Makers

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

Reminder the national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry:

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  Deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2021.  All Year 11 students have been added to the Year 11 Future Intentions team on Microsoft teams.  All students were given a copy of the prospectus during their last skills session.

The information is as follows:

Online application

Year 11 Future Intentions

All students must complete this form even if you are undecided about applying for Sixth Form. This will help us to support you with your future intentions.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

UCAS Discover Apprenticeships

A week of live sessions covering everything your students need to know about apprenticeships, sponsored by the National Apprenticeship Service!

This National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 8 February – Friday 12 February) we’re hosting a week of dedicated live sessions, information, and advice about everything to do with apprenticeships! Each day students will discover something new about what’s on offer and what’s involved in studying while working.

Remote Assessments – Y11

Below is a summary of the Remote Assessments that will be offered between 1-12th February. This will be updated over the coming weeks.

Please be aware that English and RS assessments may take place in either lesson. We have scaled these down but wanted to provide students with the opportunity to do a series of timed assessments as we know they have been working hard. It will also give them an opportunity to experience completing a series of assessments in different subjects. The assessments have a specific area of focus to ensure that students have been prepared for this title and to give them time to review this area of their curriculum.

Home Learning – Free MS Office

Do not forget that you all have up to 5 free downloads of Microsoft Office in you Office365 account. www.portal.office.com

Log in with your tahs.net email and password and you can download, top right of the home page. You can also work on online versions within this website.

This will work on both Windows and Apple devices, laptops and tablets & phones.

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 Parenst evening will take place on Thursday 4th February via MS Teams. Full instructions on how to do this will be sent out in due course.

Books are opening today, Friday, via your parental insight account and year 9 parents will receive a sperate email with full details on the bookings system.

Pastoral Resources

Well done to all those students that have been accessing the ‘Pastoral Resources’ on Teams. If students have not yet accessed these they will remain available for students to work through during their core PE lessons or during their own time. Please ensure that students look out on Monday for this weeks uploads which will include:
Year 9 – Options and Career guidance (This will provide Year 9 students vital information regarding their option choices which they will submit in February)

Year 10 – Careers

Year 11 – Careers

PE Update 

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.


BTEC Sport

** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been taking part in Live practical lessons as they start to design training plans.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12- All students took their Unit 1 exam on Friday! We have been really impressed with their dedication to revision lessons in what is a very difficult time. We now move onto Unit 3 next week with lessons and resources on Teams.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

RE Work

This week in RS Year 9s have been exploring whether animals should be used in experimentation, particularly in finding cures and vaccines for diseases. Year 10s have been considering when human life starts and if religion is a ‘virus of the mind’ as suggested by modern atheists. Some Y11s have been introduced to the ethical theory of Utilitarianism so that they can apply it to real contemporary situations. Year 12’s have considered the ethical implications of modern conflict and pacifism and Year 13s have evaluated the effectiveness of modern ethical theories – some fantastic work has been produced online and in discussion chat. 

Well done!

Science News

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominated all of the students in 9U2 Biology for working so hard in their first live lesson, in particular Billy T, Jessie H, Holly T and Isabelle A for engaging so well.

Also, in Year 10 Biology, Xanthe S, Oliver MW, Alistair D and Harriet E for superb engagement.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate George P (10W2) – I have been very impressed with his mature attitude to his remote learning and fantastic effort shown in his assessment score this week!

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Zita, Matilda, Emily G and Jack in Year 10 for excellent effort in lessons.

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate all of her amazing Year 11 Biology group. Their engagement in the genetics lesson was phenomenal…really proud of their progress today!

In Year 12 Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Reuben H for always keeping his video on and answering questions – it’s so refreshing to see a face rather than lots of circles…thanks Reuben!

In Year 13 Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Sophie B and Will B for unmuting and answering questions!

Well done!

English Students of the Week

There have been lots of nominations for some fantastic efforts in English this week. Our students of the week are:


Year 9 Jessie H, Holly T, Laura G, Amina K, Joshua F, Shanaii B, Jess C, Billy TWill B

Year 10 Luke N, Jacob L, Zita M, Fletcher K, Anthony Y, Tim W, Charlie B, Liam A, Hannah C, Tom L, Henry A

Year 11 Millie Y, Katie L, Polly J, Isabelle R, Klaudia S, Freya S, Lucy C

Year 12 Eve B, Evie W, Darius B

Year 13 Maddie A, Lucy J, Emma K

Well done!

Geography

GCSE news:Y11 revision sessions are still being held on Tuesday’s after-school in the run up to your trial assessments. These are running on the Y11 Geography Teams from 3:30 to 4:15 on the topics that will be on the trial assessment. As always, these sessions are recorded and uploaded for you to go back and watch if you are unable to join them live.
The Y11 trial assessment is 1 hour in length and will be on the following topics:

  • Urbanisation
  • Coasts 
  • Living world

There are a number of revision resources available to you on the Y11 Geography Teams, as well as the screen cast lessons (from during last lockdown) on the Living World topic which you are able to rewatch to help with your revision.
A-Level news:The Y13 trial assessment will be made up of two papers (one for physical topics and one for human topics), with each being a total of 1 hour. The topics on these will be:
Physical geography trial assessment:

  • Water
  • Carbon
  • Coasts

Human geography trial assessment:

  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Human health and intervention

Drama Stars

Well done to Aminah in year 9 for her excellent set design for the opening scene of Blood Brothers. 

Another well done to Taylor In year 10 GCSE Drama who met the ‘just a minute’ challenge for speaking on a given topic without stopping or repeating. His talk was very entertaining and imaginative. 

Year 11 GCSE Drama have been analysing the National Theatre production of Peter Pan which is available to stream to all students on the drama online website for free. Please contact Mrs Mood if you would like the log in details to watch this magical production at home. Well done to Mollie in year 11 for her hard work and excellent contribution this week. 

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Advice on keeping safe on Instagram

Please click on the image below for advice on safety when using instagram.

Careers advice and guidance

We have now started working through the careers appointments. These will be done over the phone and your child will receive a message on teams notifying them of their appointment. We will also ask the best number to contact them on. It is really important that they answer the call, the interview will discuss their future intentions and support them with decision making. They will either be contact by myself (Mrs Featherstone), Mark Stubbs or Clare Atkinson from Entrust. 

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

We will also be setting up further supportive workshops for our students who are applying for apprenticeships. If you have told us you are interested in an Apprenticeship you will be invited to this workshop.

Future Intentions – Student Resource Library.

All students have been added to a new group on Teams where they will be able to access information regarding anything to do with Future Intentions. If they cannot find the help they need then they can contact me – featherstone@tahs.net.

Career of the week

My inspiration for this week’s career of the week came from a Bitesize episode my son was watching! It wasn’t a job I knew much about so I thought I would share it.

Job title:Arboricultural officer – Arboricultural officers manage and maintain trees for local councils and arboricultural contractors. You could work in woodland, in an office, in parks and gardens or on the streets. Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Entry requirements:University: You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like: forestry arboriculture countryside management forest management woodland ecology and conservation Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could do a course at an agricultural college, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include: Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture Level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course=
What you’ll earn:£20,000 – £40,000
Day to day duties:advising on tree protection and preservation orders in planning applications managing trees in parks, on housing estates and at the roadside organising tree planting schemes carrying out tree surveys and monitoring tree numbers, using technology supervising tree care and tree planting contracts on site giving demonstrations and talks on arboriculture and woodlands to schools and community groups assessing tree damage after storms training new staff and volunteers
What skills will I need?knowledge of geography the ability to use your initiative to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to work well with others administration skills excellent verbal communication skills thinking and reasoning skills knowledge of maths to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Career path and progression:With experience, you could manage a team of arboricultural officers, for example in a local authority, and co-ordinate work with outside contractors. You could also work as a consultant, advising organisations on tree management, conservation and safety. You may find opportunities with training providers who offer courses in arboriculture.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

Current opportunities locally: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/reference/1675844

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

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