Week Commencing 2nd October

Headteacher blog:

On Tuesday 10th October we will be holding out post 16 open evening. We hope you can join us to find out more about the courses on offer and the extra curricular provision.

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week commencing 9th October


Fair Trade (this links with it being ‘chocolate week’)

These assemblies will be led by Mr Washbourne

Thought for the Week

“Fair trade. Would it not be more logical to label unfair products?”

— Loesje

Dates for your diary

10th October Year 12 Open Evening TAHS

17th October Year 5 Open Evening Ryecroft Middle School

18th October Year 5 Open Evening Windsor Park Middle School

19th October Year 5 Open Evening Oldfields Middle School

19th October TAHS SEN parents evening

Very Busy Maths Department!

Year 9 Maths Super Starters

Congratulations to all of the following Year 9 students who have made an excellent start to maths at Thomas Alleyne’s:

Chloe Cartwright, Tommy Mangan, Lucy Sutton, Robert Fuller, Jimmy Wilson, Gabby Johnson, Jack Sidwells, Jed Brunt, Harry Ashton, Callum Stockbridge, Abi Baldwin, Mia Mason, Kayden Holder, Millie Hodges, Leo Hulme, Laura Backhouse, Kane Allsup, Alfie Clowes, Charlotte Cocke, Beth Dunn,
Evie Sidwell, Spencer Reeves, Joseph Walton, Euan Lunn, Mya Dain, Sam Brown, Eve Rigby, Martha Murray, Harry Lunn, Harriet Bebbington, Joe Wilcock, Beatrice Anne Crawford, Connor Cockeram, Dan Beech, Cormac Johnson, Josh Newbon, Lewis Turner, Isabelle Hunt



Mathswatch is an excellent maths website for students to use for extra practice and revision. It covers all topics on the new GCSE maths syllabus. It explains the topic, gives worked examples and then gives practice questions to try.

All students in Years 9-11 have a login, click the logo to access.

username: schoollogin@tahs

password: triangle

Once logged on click on ‘videos’ and then ‘search’ for the topic you want.

Maths Assessments

All students will have an assessment for maths in the last week of this half term. Students are required to bring all their own maths equipment for the assessment – black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and students in Year 10 and 11 will also need a scientific calculator.

Year 9 – the assessment is non-calculator and is based on the topics they have studied this half term: number calculations, factors, multiples and prime numbers, angles, scale drawings and bearings and algebra.

Year 10 – the assessment requires the use of a calculator and is based on the topics they have studied this half term. Sets 1 and 2: percentages, measures, surds and statistical measures. Sets 3 and 4: standard form, percentages, measures

Year 11 – the assessment requires the use of a calculator and is a practice exam paper. It will contain questions from across the syllabus on number work, algebra, shape and measures, ratio and proportion, statistics and probability

Year 11 practice papers

All Year 11 students have received a letter about the opportunity to purchase a set of maths practice exam papers. The set contains 6 papers with mark schemes and costs £2.50. The deadline for ordering the practice papers has been extended to Monday 9th October and payment is by parentpay or by requesting a bar-coded letter in order to pay via paypoint. The school will pay for any students eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
This is a great way for students to revise for their maths mock exam that will take place after Christmas


6th form

We, the Sixth Form team, were over whelmed by the amount of Year 12 and Year 13 students who gave up their free time to volunteer at the Year 8 Open Evening on Wednesday. All of them were amazing; students were supporting parents to ensure that they saw all that the school had to offer, assisting the smooth movement of all visitors around the school and answering a whole range of questions that were posed to them from students and parents alike. It is so nice to see that they are willing to give their valuable time to the school. This type of event gives us the opportunity to see who are the potential Senior Prefects of the future. We are also seeking volunteers to assist on Tuesday 10th October for the Year 12 Open Evening where, I’m sure remember, our current Year 11 students will listen to A Level talks from subject teachers and also find out about the criteria for entry to the Sixth Form.

Last night we held our Year 12 Pastoral Open Evening. Mrs Dodd presented information to those in attendance about the structure of the Sixth Form and our expectations from the learners. I have attached the presentation so that you can access if you were unable to attend. I have been asked to provide the extracurricular activities for Year 12 and Year 13 and this will commence form next week.

Year 12 Parents Talk 2017

There is a non-uniform day on Tuesday and it is to raise awareness about mental health, we would like to encourage our students to wear an item of yellow, however if they are volunteering at the Open Evening then we would ask that they attend that in full school uniform please.

I would to ask you to encourage your son or daughter in Year 13 to complete their personal statement for UCAS as soon as possible, we will be sending our first applications next week and the deadline for completion is that last week of the Christmas term.

Latest Interventions Timetable

Follow the link below to see the latest and updated interventions timetable

Intervention 30 Sept

‘Year 10 Food Science

Year 10 have been learning about fruits and vegetables in Food and Nutrition this half term and with the changes to specification they need to understand the theory of the commodity as well as the science related to the ingredients and processes. This week they conducted their first experiment where they investigated enzymic browning on fruits and explored how this can be slowed down or stopped. 
They showed excellent organisation and recorded detailed notes – an impressive first attempt, well done year 10.


World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017. Non uniform day.

To support Mental Health Day this year we are inviting students to contribute a £1 on our non uniform day.
All monies will go to supporting YESS counselling for students attending Thomas Alleyne’s.

We will also be introducing Amy Milner to our students over the next few weeks who will be working as a well-being practitioner with some of our students. Please contact your child’s Head of House should you require any further information.

Linguist of the Week

Year 9
Max Houghton
Llewellyn Blackshaw
Excellent understanding of present tense
Year 10
Vicky Catterall
Tya Messer
Excellent understanding of perfect tense
Year 11 
Carys Barker 
Alex Brain


Science News


The Science Department welcomed Year 8 students during this week’s Open Evening.  A variety of exciting experiments and demonstrations were on display in the laboratories.

In the Chemistry Department Mr Crum encouraged visitors to ‘set fire’ to his hand with his methane bubble demonstration.  Our students put their slime-making skills into action and flame tests produced an array of colours in the Bunsen burners. 

The Physics Department displayed the Jelly Baby Wave Machine, which proved to be very popular demonstrating transverse wave motion. Our standing wave demonstration produced a series of fascination wave forms.  The Van de Graaff generator proved quite hair-raising for many students! 

The Biology Department displayed an array of biological specimens and looked at life ranging from the very small under the microscopic to the real-life respiratory system of a sheep.

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

Year 9

Saffron Whittingham and Levi Gill for performing well in their first biology test

Year 10

Mason White and Ellie Turner for excellent results in their first chemistry test

Year 11

Lewis Loaring and Hannah Willmott for excellent results in their first chemistry test

Well done!

For a wide range of images from the night including a teacher on fire and marshmallows have a look at this document:

Open Evening Photos 2017

News from PE

Year 9 Netball
Tuesday night saw our Y9 netball team play the first game of the season against De Ferrers at home. We played exceptionally well considering the girls had never played together before, which shows how strong our middle school’s sport is and how hard they’ve worked since starting at Thomas Alleyne’s to become a team. Our girls managed to keep a clean sheet and won 14-0 with 6 goals from Caitlyn, 5 from Freya Hadgett, 2 from Holly and 1 from Jess. Amelia got player of the game as nominated by De Ferrers for her fantastic keeping. Well done ladies. 
A massive thank you to Louise Finnie and Lydia Musk for umpiring and coaching the Year 9 team and running the weekly training sessions. 
The team was Anna Adams, Sammy Adams, Jess Banner, Eve Bednall, Freya Bettaney, Holly  Chatfield, Amelia Hadgett, Freya Hadgett, Caitlyn Jones and Frankie Tooth. 
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Football Vs Westwood Lost 4-1
TAHS battled hard against Westwood’s year 11 team. Westwood had a great start scoring within the first two minutes, with a top corner effort from 20yds. The lead was doubled 5 minutes later with a goal straight from the corner. Alleyne’s were under constant pressure, another goal was scored on 17 minutes to put TAHS 3-0 down. Dreher pulled off several saves to keep the scoreline respectful. The boys did not give up and as the defensive line became more settled, they enjoyed more possession.  Alleyene’s did not give up in the half and enjoyed some good passing moves going forward. Their persistence was rewarded on the stroke of half time with Frankie Bussell converting a free kick from about 20yds out. 
The second half saw TAHS control the defensive more effectively with Ball moving to right back to keep pace with the Westwood winger. TAHS restricted the number of shots from Westwood and looked to break forward through Bussell, Dawson, Thornton and Land. Westwood scored right at the end of the game to make it 4-1. 
Alex Ford was named player of match. 
Squad – Dreher, Ford, Archer, Flanagan, Shaw, Bussell, Simon, Land, Martin, Dawson, Thorton, Walker, Bowyer, Ball
Open evening saw the annual handball competition being held for the year 9’s and 10’s. 
Both Year groups were well represented and participated in some high scoring and entertaining games. 
1st Whitmore 2nd Orme 3rd Elkes 4th Torrance
1st Elkes 2nd Whitmore 3rd Torrance 4th Orme 


U15 Rugby  v John Taylor (home)

On Wednesday year 10 played their first school rugby match at home to county finalists John Taylor.  Alleynes began well but were held up in the tackle a number of times. A try from captain Ben Simon which he then converted put Alleynes in the lead and settled any nerves. Although at times being guilty of being too flat and not passing the ball down the line. Alleynes dominated and scored further tries by Gregor Hayes and a second from Simon. Final score 19-0.
Man of the Match Ben Simon
Davidson, Bowyer, Hayes, Bosworth, Brown, Fradley, Simon, Thornton, Martin, Cope, 
Done, Carrington, Hardy, Hill, Hunt, Dan

U14 Football v Wolgarston County Cup.

On Thursday year 9 began their county cup campaign against Wolgarston of Penkridge. In windy conditions the away team started the better with Alleyne’s defending well. Against the run of play Alleynes took the lead through Jed Brunt who ran from his own half before lifting the ball over the keeper and into the net.  Poor marking from another corner led to an equaliser before half time. At the start of the 2nd half a mistimed clearance hit Jed on the head for his 2nd goal of the game. Wolgarston height paid off as they scores from another corner. The pattern of scoring continued with Brunt scoring his hat trick before Wolgarston took the game into extra time with a looping strike.  Extra time was nip and took until centre midfielder Will Jakes ran through and put the ball in the corner of the net.
Final score 4-3. Captain John Ball, man of the match Jed Brunt.
Whitehead, Van Hoek, Cope, Ball, Mango, Clarkson, Smith, Jakes, Stockbridge
Hocking, Kenny, Bagley, Twigge, Fountain, Hooker-Myles
U14 Football 
On Friday we traveled to Robert Sutton in the Burton & District Cup. Playing on a large 3G pitch we were able to show our skill and passing game. Robert Sutton scored 1st against the run of play. Jed Brunt scored a well taken half volley to make it 1-1 at half time. A first time strike from Will Hocking made it 2 nil before Brunt scored his 5th goal in 2 days. Reuben Kenny then scored a 4th from long range.
Man of the match Sam Cope. Captain Callum Stockbridge.
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U16 Football v Pingle A Burton & District Cup.
On Tuesday we travelled to Swadlincote to play Pingle. On a busy night for Alleyne’s year 11 who were also playing football and rugby against Westwood.
With one centre back unavailable due to a change in time zones Alleyne’ s tried a new formation of 3-4-3. The game was very even and played in a competitive spirit. Alleyne’ s inability to score despite creating a number of chances as Pingle scores the only goal of the game from a corner.
Man of the match Alex Brain. Captain Archie Whitehead. 
Young, Minshall, Hughes Ratcliffe, Edge, Whitehead, Cope, Bednall 
Coates, Brain, Wallis, Haywood, Johnson

Year 11 history: can ‘moo’ help the history department?

Do you have any toy farmyard cows in a box somewhere around the house, forgotten for years? If so, why not get them out this weekend and, as part of your history revision for your upcoming American West exam, graze them on the open range before bringing them on a trail to the history department next week. Will your cows survive the ‘Great Die Up’ of 1886-7? Let’s hope yours are not part of the unlucky 15%, but go on to live a happy life on our departmental ranch.


Buffalo need not apply.

EXAM REMINDER – students should be revising for their end of unit examination on The American West, c1835 – c1895. Parents can help by talking to students about this unit and using exercise books and revision materials to test subject knowledge.


Please practice this week’s key spellings:


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 & an opportunity at Rolls Royce. 

Direct Page Link


Ski Trip Evening

Advanced notice for those of you skiing at Easter next year. The first parents evening will be on Wednesday 18th October, 6pm start in the Theatre. I will be sending out forms that will need completed prior to the evening and I will also have sample hire clothing available to try on.

News From Art


Year 11- Dates for Diary

Art Exam Parents Evening and on 9th January 2018 6pm Ede Studio

In preparation for the GCSE Art Externally Set Task (exam) we will be first releasing the exam papers at the Art Exam Parents Evening and on 9th January 2018 6:00-6:30pm in the Ede Studio. We will have exams from previous years on display and talking about the assessment objectives that students will be expected to cover as this is the first year of the New Specification. Students and their parents should attend if possible, letters will be sent closer to the date.

Art Dept Instagram

We regularly update the school Facebook and twitter feeds with images of students work- but also if you wish to see just the art dept images, feel free to follow

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!

Join our team

We currently have vacancies for:
  • Student Support Assistant
  • Inclusion Support Assistant
  • Maths Intervention Tutor
  • Exam Invigilators
  • Cleaners
  • Farm Worker

See our website for further details.


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