Week Commencing 9th October

Thought for the Week

Assemblies week beginning 16th October

Theme: Celebration

All House assemblies will be led by the respective Head of House

Thought for the Week

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.    Oprah Winfrey

Dates for your diary

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

1st November Year 9 Tutor Evening

7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening

Headteacher blog:

For the third year in a row, we are thrilled that the Department for Education has just named Thomas Alleyne’s as one of the 10th highest performing schools in Staffordshire for student progress.
Thank you to staff, governors and students for all of their hard work. 
On Thursday evening, the Uttoxeter volunteer Duke of Edinburgh group celebrated students’ achievements by awarding Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates. It was wonderful to see over 70 students at the event and to be invited to listen to an inspiring speech from ex student Emma, who is now working as an Engineer on Wind Farms on the South Coast.
The award for 2017/2018 has been  significantly oversubscribed this year and therefore, the group are working hard to ensure that all students are able to take part. We will be in touch on Monday with any students who have not had a place confirmed as yet.   
I very much appreciate all of the work of the volunteers who make this happen for our young people. 
Talk the Talk concluded this week with the company nominating 20 students for Best Speaker and Most Improved Speaker awards. Congratulations to all award winners who will receive a certificate to recognise their achievements before half term. They have also received credits for their House.
​Finally, thank you to all students who supported us on Open Evenings this week and last.
If you are aware of anyone who missed the open evening, they can make a booking to tour the school directly from our website.​

Staff Training

On 16th October, Thomas Alleyne’s staff will be involved in training which looks at the risks posed to young people online and considers the steps we can take to protect  our students.  The training will be led by Mrs Young and Mr Brunt.  Mrs Young is training to be a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Champion and she will, in the near future, be sharing her expertise with our partner schools and parents and carers.

Music Rehearsals 

All music groups will begin rehearsals for the Christmas concert the first week back after the half term holidays. To prepare for this there will be a CHOIR meeting in room 67 (the music classroom) at lunch time. ALL pupils are welcome, new and existing members. Please bring your lunch with you.

Details of all groups and rehearsal times are on the Music Notice Board in room
I look forward to seeing you Monday

Do we have Your Correct Details?

Reminder to parents In case of an emergency with your child
Have you got a new phone number (especially mobile)?

Have you moved?

Has there been a change regarding any medical information for your son or daughter?
If so, it is vital that you alert school so we can change the details on our system. Please contact us with the updated details as soon as possible.

Absence Policy

Please see the document linked below for the very latest on the school absence policy:

Absence Policy Update

Online Safety

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating.
Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way.
Advice regarding uploading pictures:
Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend.
Advice for students:
What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share – you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity.
Students/Parents & carers please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for further information

Childline advice app for young people


Please encourage your child to download the childline app as a relevant source of help and advice for young people.
The link is – https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/

Further social media advice for students, parents and carers

6th form

Here at Thomas Alleyne’s we want to champion all our students past and present. We were sent some news this week from one of past students, Zoe Broad. She was a successful applicant on the apprenticeship scheme. This apprenticeship scheme offers a unique opportunity to learn and work in a multi-national company alongside industry experts. Many of their apprentices go on to enjoy full-term positions both in the apprenticeship department and other areas of the business. As well as gaining valuable work experience, they have the opportunity to study towards a professional qualification, depending on their chosen department.

It is important to state that there is no ‘right’ pathway for our students to follow, only the one that suits their needs and gives them the best opportunity to shine. All our students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to embrace all pathways into further education and employment post-18. Over the next few editions, we will be celebrating many more student success stories.

I would like to say an enormous thank you to all our Year 12 and 13 students who gave up their time on Tuesday for our Year 12 Open Evening. Mrs Dodd, along with the rest of the Sixth Form team, and myself are very grateful. These evenings are a great way for students to accumulate community service, which can then be used when writing their personal statements.

Two weeks ago we sent home Code of Conduct letters. These need to be signed by parents and returned to us: we are still a few missing. If you have not seen one yet, please would you remind your sons and daughters that it is an expectation that a form must be completed each year? We have spare copies available from Mrs Walton.


Latest Interventions Timetable

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

Intervention 30 Sept

Revise Health & Social Care

Revision sessions for Year 10 & 11 students who are sitting external exams in January 2018 for Health & Social Care and Children’s Play, Learning & Development begin after 1/2 term. Please see below for dates and times.


H&S Revision


Art Collection LAST CHANCE!



The LAST CHANCE to collect Old GCSE ART/Applied Art will be TUESDAY 17th OCT 3:30-6pm
11D- Mrs Derby’s class in room 34
11B shared by Mrs Derby and Mrs Cornell in Year 11 will be in room 31
11A- Mrs Cornell’s class will be in room 30.
Applied Art- in the Applied studio store room on your shelves
ANY work left will be disposed of!


Pastoral students of the week

Nominated by the House team, for a range of contributions to school life:

Owen Carrington; Holly Wilson; Heather Forsyth; Elsie Howell; Carrigan Horne; Sarah Page; Evie Degg; Amelia Graham

Well done to all for you contributions.

Science News


We have a winner!!!

Mrs Faizey’s Year 13 A Level Chemistry students have produced the longest nylon thread ever seen in the Chemistry Department!

The process of making nylon involves a condensation polymerisation reaction; whereby two immiscible chemicals are added to a beaker. At the interface of the chemicals a strand of nylon can be drawn out using forceps and wound onto a glass rod. The nylon can be unravelled to discover which students have produced the longest single thread.
Matthew O’Farrell and Gabe Wild produced an extremely impressive thread of nylon 4.7 metres long.

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

Year 9

Brad Cantrill for being a very enthusiastic physicist, especially at Open Evening
Alfie Clowes for fantastic effort and an excellent first assessment

Year 10

Alicia Mountford, Bobby Samuel and Aaron Gwynne for achieving 100% in an assessment and still being willing to complete extension work

Year 11

Katie Keeling and Isabella Parkes for brilliant improvement in their physics assessment

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Chloe Sherlock and Chloe Brown for excellent work in class and recent test results

This week’s BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week also selected by Mrs North are:
Letitia Fry and Grace Gadsby for making an excellent start in Animal Care

Very well done!


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News from PE


Seven year nine students battled the heavy rain and strong winds whilst competing in the Rowley Park cross country championships on Wednesday. All students completed the relatively flat 3,500m course. In the girls competiton there were just under 50 competitors, Olivia Gregory was first home for TAHS finish 9th, the remaining team members of Ella Barber, Freya Bettany, Madison Perry and Eleanor McCarthy place well to enable the team to finish in the bronze medal placing. In the boys race made up of 60 competitors Edwards Smith finished 12th and Tyler Pobiarzyn 32nd. Both Olivia and Edward have been selected to run for the County at a race in November.


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Girls Hockey
Friendly fixtures were held against QEGS of Ashbourne on Thursday night. Kim Burgess, Emily Barton, Sophie Lomas, Meghan Geofferson, Courtney Bogacki and Lily Ashmore enjoyed a 1-0 victory against the B team and a 2-2 draw against the A team, with Courtney scoring all the goals.
Emma-Jo Gilbert, Shani Wright, Eleanor Punchard, Bea Egerton, Jemima Pope and Ellie Wilson beat the A team 3-1 and drew 1-1 against the B team. Both games were great for development and we look forward to hosting QUEGS in a return fixture soon.


U16 Football Staffordshire Moorland League and Cup

You may have seen on Facebook that on Thursday we made the short trip to Rocester FC to play JCB in a league and cup double header. After his penalty saving exploits in the last game Kyle Young was named captain, their was increased pressure on Kyle as the reserve goal keeper was ruled out at the last minute with an as yet un-diagnosed injury.

We made a strong start creating a number of chances which Robbie Minshall nearly converted. Harry Johnson put Alleyne’s in the lead, with a well taken header and shortly after Harry Broome making his first appearance of the season as he recovers from injury, fired in a second. Alleyne’s were in control at the back with Alex Brain and Owen Gregory communicating well thanks to extra time in English last week.

The only time JCB got into the Alleyne’s area they were awarded a penalty for handball against usual skipper Archie Whitehead. The JCB player sent Young the wrong way to make it 2-1 but it was only delaying the inevitable. Alleyne’s were soon back on the attack and restored their lead through Joe Haywood who was having a great game at left wing. A great cross then saw the leaping Johnson head in his second for a half time score on 4-1. At half time the focus was on improving our goal difference. Matthew Wallis was introduced to provide more ammunition on the left now his bus had arrived but an error by his kit man meant Jack Edge could not be used.

Alleyne’s dominated the possession and territory with Whitehead and Jay Hughes Ratcliffe dictating the play. After a brief flirtation up front for Alex Brain who celebrates his birthday today, Alleynes went to 2-4-4. An Alleyne’s supporter said they had never seen a formation like it! It proved effective though as Alleyne’s scored further goals through Haywood and Broome with Minshall finally getting on the score sheet. As full backs Brad Cope and Kieran Coates pushed further and further forward the score threatened to get bigger until the referee called time early. Final score 7-1

Man of The match Joe Haywood

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Year 11 County Rugby
Last Wednesday saw the first run out of the season for the Year 11 rugby team. They were draw against last years County Champions, Leek Westwood. Right from the kick off it was clear that Alleyne’s were up against a very strong outfit. Leek dominated the first half scoring a number of tries through their very strong back line. The Alleyne’s boys put up a great fight but the forward dominance was too much for them. At half time the team regrouped and put up a much better performance, there were strong performances from Gabriel Gorman, Tom Bagnall and Tylor Wood. Unfortunately Westwood’s power and fitness at the allowed them to win the game., and go on to the next round.

Sixth Form County Football

Last Thursday the 6th played in the first round of the Staffs cup. They were drawn against Walton High School, Stafford. The game was one of 2 halves. In the first half Alleyne’s were down 1 -0 within ten minutes through a lucky deflected goal however 2 minutes later they were awarded a penalty, which Ben Dreher hit straight a the keeper. From that point on the boys heads seem to drop and they allowed Walton to dominate. At half time the team took stock, the tactics were changed and a couple of substitutions made. This seemed to have the desired affect. Josh Pirie scored….. but was deemed offside and then hit the bar. Alleyne’s dominated the rest of the half, unfortunately unable to score until Jonathan Duckworth broke free to get a goal back. Despite relentless pressure from Alleyne’s attacking force they still were unable to score. The second half finished 1-0 but the game ended 4-1 to Walton.

Next Week

On Wednesday we host Painsley in the league at U14 and U16

On Thursday our year 9 rugby team play their first game with a 3.30 kick off against King Edwards Stafford in the county cup.

Year 13 History – the end is nigh!

The final coursework deadline is fast approaching. Students should have handed three copies of their completed coursework (with bibliography and footnotes) to Mrs Johnson by next Friday.


Please practice this week’s key spellings:


Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

New this week information on an Aim Higher Evening at Newcastle College. 

Direct Page Link


Ski Trip Evening

See you all on Wednesday 6pm in the Theatre. Please remember to bring the completed forms that have been emailed out, fill in the online form linked in the email & bring 2 passport quality photographs.
The sample clothing has arrived in school for you to try.

Year 9 Visit


Year 9 English Department Visit to Imperial War Museum North on Thursday 19th October 2017

To support the AQA GCSE English literature work on conflict poetry, Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum North (Manchester) on Thursday 19th October.

The coach will leave school at 8:45am and return at 2:55pm (in time for the end of the school day/buses).

47 places are available and the cost is £7. A packed lunch will be required. Students will need to wear school uniform.

Letters have been handed out to all Year 9 students with additional information on/medical forms for completion and return.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and payment is through ParentPay.

We realise that this will be a popular trip and apologise that on this occasion places are limited. If your child does not get a place, we will consider another trip like this later in the academic year.

Thank you for your support.
Mrs Harris and the English Department

Year 11 Revision Evening

Tuesday 7th November 6pm-8pm

An opportunity to hear talks from the English, maths and science departments providing revision tips and information on how to prepare for these examinations. General revision advice to help parents support their son or daughter with revision will also be presented will also be presented.

Hope to see you there!

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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