Thought for the Week
Assemblies week commencing 11th September
Theme: Managing change (Led by Mr Wright)
Thought for the week
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress – Charles Kettering
Change has a bad reputation in our society. But it isn’t all bad – not by any means. In fact, change is necessary in life – to keep us moving … to keep us growing … to keep us interested … Imagine life without change. It would be static … boring … dull – Dr. Dennis O’Grady
Head Teachers Blog
It has been fantastic to welcome students back to school this week. I have been impressed by the way in which they have applied themselves in lessons and around the building. Year 9 seem to be finding their way around school quickly. If you have any queries please contact your child’s form tutor or Head of House.
Over the Summer the school has been far from quiet. In August Year 11 and Year 13 students collected their examination results. Once again students at Thomas Alleyne’s have made more progress than in schools nationally.
74% achieved a pass in English and 69% of the cohort achieved a pass in Maths. In Maths 18% of the cohort achieved the highest grades 9 or 8 on the newly designed GCSEs. Performance in Science was also strong with 28% of students, who studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, achieving an A or A*. Similarly over 25% of PE and Art students attained an A* or A grade.
These results include the new GCSEs for English Language, English Literature and mathematics which are graded on a one to nine scale. The grade 9s have been designed to recognise the top 3% of students in individual subjects across the country. This year Hannah Brown from Marchington achieved an incredible 10 GCSEs at the highest possible A* or above which includes 3 grade 9s. Ruby Wollard from Tean achieved an impressive set of GCSEs with 8A* and 1 A grades; along with Joanna Thornett from Hollington 7A*and 2 A, James Cooksedge from Doveridge 7A* and 4As; Lauren Walker from Uttoxeter 3A* and 8As, Callum Perett from Tean 4 A* and 4As, Phillipa Dale and Hannah Ufton achieved 8 A grades or above. Joseph Martin from Uttoxeter 2A* 7As, and Isla Stubbs 2A*, 6 A grades and 1 B.
They were amongst a large group of 32 students who all achieved at least 5 A/A*s the group included: Katie Hall, Milly Radley, Livia Robinson, Sara Coxon, Georgia Cumming, Zachary Wright, Rachel Clemett, Katie Arnold, Ewan Haas, Abbie Keeling, John Simister, Alice Smith, Bryony Hall, Adam Richards, Euan Rodger, Laura Stones, Harry Thorne, Harry Whitehouse, Mackenzie Smith, Lydia Grocott, Jessica Poole and Adam Burrows.
In the first year of the new GCSEs 99 students, 40% of the cohort, achieved at least 1 A*/A in an area of their specialism.
Sixth form students have similarly produced another fantastic set of individual results in their exams this year.
The pass rate was 98% which has once again enabled students to secure top university places including Oxbrdige and Higher Apprenticeships as well as enter into the world of work.
Vocational subjects have continued to secure superb results with a 100% pass rate which will place students in the top 1% nationally for their achievement.
A high proportion of students achieved exceptional A-level results, and the vast majority of students have been successful in securing places at their first choice university.
There were some exceptional individual performances:
Alfie Holmes A* A* A* A*. Alfie has been accepted to study Maths at Oxford Univeristy
Harry Cooper A* A* A A. Harry is planning to study computing at Imperial College London.
Ben Woodhead A* A* A. Ben has secured a place at Durham university to study Geography.
Hayley Winstanley A* A A. Hayley will be studying make up for media and performance at University of Bournemouth.
Megan Jones A A A. Megan has been successful in securing a place to study Geography at Lancaster University.
Alex Canning A A A. Alex has been accepted to study Medicine at Keele University
Harvey Marples A A B B. Harvey will be studying Physics at Nottingham University.
Megan Gardiner A A B. Megan has secured a place to study Physiotherapy at Birmingham university.
Lucy Ormiston-Lee A A B. Lucy has secured a place to study Pharmaceutical Sciences.
William Pennell A A B. William has secured a position to study Physics.
Martha Taylor A* B C. Martha will be studying at fine art at Manchester Met university.
Peter Walker A B B. Peter has secured a place at to study engineering.
The following students performed exceptionally successful across both vocational and academic qualifications.
Johnathon Mackay Distinction*, Distinction*, A, B.
George Simister Distinction*, Distinction*, B. George has been accepted to study broadcast journalism at Salford University.
Tyler Williams Distinction*, Distinction*, C. Tyler has secured an apprenticeship at Total Enterprise Solutions
Luke Orzechowski Distinction*, A, B. Luke will be returning to Poland to continue his studies.
Jack William Hall Distinction*, Distinction*, B. Jack will be studying Computer Systems at Nottingham Trent University.
In addition to this Eve Abram, Victoria Clinton and Aislyn Hall secured places to study music at the prestigious Birmingham and Leeds Conservatoire schools of music.
Academic success is important in our school, however along with it we are passionate in providing opportunities to ensure students have chance to develop skills in teamwork, independence, resilience and creativity. In August over 70 community-minded Year 11 students took part in the National Citizenship project, spending time in a local University, raising significant amounts for charity and completing a range of outdoor activities. Experiences like this give our students the opportunity to understand the world around them a little better and also helps them foster confidence, tolerance and perseverance.
Whilst the main school have been away our Site staff and ICT team at the school have been busy improving facilities for students return. We have replaced our central server at school which supports our computer network. This will provide us with an improved service. We know parents may have had to change passwords and apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any unresolved queries please contact the school directly. During the Summer our site team had a substantial amount of the school lighting replaced to improve the environment in classrooms.
We wish all students a happy and productive year with us this year.
School Bus Service
SSAT Celebration Conference
Mr Brunt and Mrs Lindsay were delighted to attend the celebration conference in London on Friday to celebrate the work all teaching staff have contributed to over two years with Assessment for Learning with a national ‘Embedding Formative Assessment Project’. The school has been awarded a certificate for their contribution to developing teaching and learning nationally and in school.
School Canteen Service
Free school meals allowance is £2.25, this covers a meal at lunctime with a pudding, anything else needs to have money put on the account.
From next week any student who is overdrawn will have service withdrawn unless the office have had contact with the person who tops up the account.
please can parents/carers make sure that any top up on parent pay has been moved across to ‘pay dinner money’
What a great first week back we have had in the 6th Form. We have talked endlessly about the success of our previous year group and where the next chapter of their lives is going to be and how incredibly proud we were of all of them. You will have read some wonderful stories about some of our students in the local press, especially about Adam. His father became seriously ill just before his A level exams, and he worked tirelessly to ensure he achieved the best grades possibly. Well done. He is an inspirational to us all that can we achieve if we want something enough.
We have had an excellent start in Year 12. Tuesday saw all of our lovely new Year 12 students have their induction day with Mrs Dodd and receive their new academic timetable. They looked confident and ready to learn.
Below you will see an example of a document that they will receive next week.
Insight Parental Logins
A reminder that you as parents have access to the Insight website, thomasalleynes.org where staff set homework for your child. You also have access to a multitude of other information regarding school, timetables, reports, parents evening books to name but a few.
Emails regarding logging in will be sent to all year 9 parents for whom the school holds a valid email address requesting you to access your account. This is also available as an app on The App Store and Google Play Store. Simply search TASC Insight.
Any issues please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
PE Extra Curricula
The PE department have hit the ground running with year 10 and 11 Boys Rugby and year 10 and 11 Netball as well as swimming all taking place on Wednesday. Year 10 & 11 boys football began on Thursday and as I write badminton and Year 9 football is taking place.
Tuesday – Y9 Boys Rugby
Y9 Girls Netball
Wednesday – Y10 &11 Boys Rugby
Y10 & 11 Girls Netball
Thursday – Y10 &11 Boys Football
Friday – Y9 Boys Football
See Mr Barrow for more information on any of the above.
As in previous years we will be running our coveted Science Students of the Week Award. Each week two students from Year 9, 10 and 11 are nominated by their Science teachers in recognition of outstanding effort and positive attitude towards their Science studies.
We will also be running our fortnightly Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week Award for our Year 11 students, and an award for our Year 10 students studying the new BTech Animal Care course.
Students at Thomas Alleyne’s High School will be studying a range of issues and topics in their Respect Programme. To start with, they will be trying to understand what the word “Respect” means to them as well as celebrating themselves by decorating their own tutor group posters so that they take pride as a collective. After this, Years 9 and 10 will be studying British Values and Year 11 will be studying Work Related Learning. British Values looks into the idea of Democracy, the Rule of Law and Challenging Discrimination. Work Related Learning looks at Job Applications, Letters of Applications, CVs and Interviews that will prepare young people for their future endeavours. Further information about the Respect programme can be found by your child’s form tutor, Head of House or Mr Hawthorne (Leader of Respect Programme).
Year 9 Photographs
Year 9 students will be having their individual photograph taken on Wednesday morning, further details on purchasing these from Tempest Photography will follow in due course. The photographs will be taken on the morning of 13th September.
School Gateway App
Have you downloaded the school gateway App yet?
This is free app that is linked to our school communications system and has many benefits:
- The school can send you text messages for free via the app. You still get a notification on your phone.
- You can reply for free!
So download it now and save both of us money!
You will simply need your email and mobile phone number as held by the school to register on the app & it then sends you an access code. If you have issues logging in please email email@example.com stating:
- Your name & relationship to the child
- Child’s name
- Child’s tutor group
- Child’s DOB
- The email address and mobile number you wish to use
We will then update our records and the app will work.
Old Art/Photo work collection date
Old year 13 Fine Art/Photography/Applied Art and year 11 GCSE work can be collected on Wednesday 11th October 2017 between 3:30-5:30pm as previously noted. Mr Robinson and Mrs Derby will be around to help
However, Old Y11 Art GCSE work can now ALSO be collected on TUEDAY 17th October 2017 3:30-5:30pm Mrs Cornell will be available.
If you cannot come in person to collect your work, please send a note with a family member or friend to collect on your behalf.
Please note that some work will be retained by the Art Department for the impressive displays in the art rooms and around school. Also the AQA exam board may have requested examples too.
Any work NOT collected or on display will be disposed of- Don’t miss out!
Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com
New this week a link to a fantastic website all about the apprenticeship program.
Reminder to parents
In case of an emergency with your child, especially for our new school year
ULT Finance Director
New Trustee Needed for the Uttoxeter Learning Trust
Want to give something back to help your local community? Have you the financial/audit experience and expertise required to lead the trustees in supporting and challenging the schools in the Uttoxeter Learning Trust? This is like the role of the chair of the finance committee of the school governors, but it covers all of the schools in the ULT multi-academy trust. The ULT Board of Trustees sits above the school Governing Bodies and holds all of the schools to account. Like a school governor, it is a voluntary, unpaid, but very responsible, role. You would be expected to chair the ULT Finance Committee at their half-termly meetings and to report back at the Board of Trustees meetings which are also half-termly. Both start at 5.30pm and last no longer than 2 hours. It’s a challenging role, but very rewarding.
If you are interested in the role, please email the ULT Chief Executive, Mike Osborne-Town, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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