Thought for the Week
Dates for your diary
Teaching schools have an important role to play in a school-led system and school improvement. Teaching schools are centres of excellence, taking a more focused role that prioritises:
- co-ordinating and providing high-quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT)
- providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most
- providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network
Absence from School
Summer 2017 Exam Certificates
Donations gratefully received for a Christmas Hamper at the front office.
Proceeds of the raffle will go to our PTA who continue to be a huge support to the school.
It is year 11 parents evening on 30th November. Bookings for these are to be made via insight, thus you as parents will have to have activated your account. Look out for an email from insight@tahs .org.uk with your details. If you have any issues please email the same address.
A reminder again that appointments can only be made via a PARENTAL login and not via the students.
Thank you to all those parents who attended Parents Evening on Tuesday, if you were unable to attend then please contact the Sixth Form team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Finance Talk for parents took place this week, again this was received very well. If you were unable to attend then please visit this web address for further information https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.
Work Experience is an asset. It enables young people to view, participate and contribute to the running of a business. It can take many forms and often we here of very bad examples where the participant has had a very negative experience. At Thomas Alleyne’s we encourage students to arrange their own work experience. We help sign post them to organisations that we know will be beneficial to their future career aspirations and lastly we facilitate the opportunity to access the work experience placement by allowing, if necessary, them to partake in the learning during term time. There has been an abundance of research to show how important Work Experience is. So far this year we have had students working in schools, nursing homes, hospitals (on the wards with the doctors) and within companies who specialise in design and technology.
We received an email from a company this week that spoke so highly of one of the Sixth Form students, who had been on Work Experience that I felt it needed to be shared so you could see how valued our students are both in and outside of the school.
‘Ellie is a most marvellous young person and a credit to Thomas Alleyne’s. We are no slouch to work experience and have 6-10 young people each year coming in for a few days. What sets someone apart however is the thirst and passion they throw into their time here, we are a fun, ambitious and fast paced business and Ellie has shown such energy, engagement, openness, innovation and a wonderful spirit which I am sure is her nature but should also be considered a trait of the school’.
They go on to state that they feel that all young people should ensure that while they are in the Sixth Form that they should find the time to ‘try out’ industry and to make the most of these types of opportunities.
If you would like to find out more about Work Experience then please contact the Sixth Form Office.
An update on UCAS applications: we are approaching December which means that all UCAS forms must be completed and sent before the end of this term. A number of students have already started to receive offers from universities. We have students sending off portfolios of work and essays to assist in their application, a few have been for interviews and have come back feeling very positive and not to forget those that have had to sit exams to gain entry on to their competitive courses. Some of the universities who have offered places, out of the 35 students that have applied so far 29 of them have received one or more conditional offer from universities such as; Nottingham Trent, Durham, Derby, Chester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and York to name just a few. We are very proud of these students and cannot wait to see more offers flooding in for other students when their applications have been submitted.
Harry Alcock, a past student who currently works for the Fire Brigade, delivered a ‘hard hitting’ assembly to Year 12 and Year 13 students today. It was on road safety and road awareness. It was difficult to listen to the encounter that was shown about a firefighter who had been called to the scene of a Road Traffic Accident. He described what happened and the cause of the crash and then went on to explain that he knew the injured driver of the car. The short film has been produced to make young people aware of the dangers of driving at speed, using their phones or concentrating on what music to listen to or chatting with friends in the car instead of focusing on the very important task of driving safely. The message was to ensure that all people in the car have their seatbelts on, to be focused on driving and arriving safely, and lastly if you are running late then speeding may not get you to your destination any quicker. We hope that the students took on board what Harry said and we, the Sixth Form Team, feel that this assembly was very important as we have many students that have passed their driving test or who are currently taking lessons.
Hair Today ….
World Challenge Craft Fair – Sold Out!
Luke and Tom have had local artisans and craftsmen and women eagerly booking stalls for their event which is now fully booked. It promises to be an excellent opportunity to buy unique Christmas presents along with enjoying homemade cakes and a hot drink. The boys will also be serving homemade soup and crusty bread if you fancy lunch whilst you browse. The festive atmosphere will be created by a local youth group choir, along with the opportunity to buy handmade fresh door wreaths. Each stall holder is donating to the raffle which will ensure there is an excellent selection of unusual prizes to be won. Entry to the fair is free. There is ample parking at Alton village Hall.
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
Max Hayes and Callum Mee for excellent marks in their first biology assessment
Georgia Cocke and Rachel Spence for excellent class work and homework in biology
Sophie Howe and Oliver Stainsby for being above target in all their biology assessments to date
This week’s BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
Shannon Davies and Richard Wason for an excellent start to the course
This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mrs North are:
Charles Froggatt and Chloe Brown for excellent class work and test results
News from PE
St George’s Park trip
Girls House Hockey – Year 10 & 11 combined.
Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com
New this week Nestle applications are open.