Thought for the Week
Assemblies W/b 6th November
Assemblies will be led by Simon Wright
Thought for the Week
“The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (she was an Indian diplomat and politician)
Dates for your diary
7th November Year 11 Tutor Evening
This week I met with our new GCSEpod student-leader Kirsten and her team. I am convinced they will do a fantastic job and over the next few weeks, they will be developing their plan to ensure they support Year 11 and younger students in their revision.
We have also appointed Max, one of our Year 9 students, to the post of Sports Reporter for Round up. I am excited to have him on our team of student leaders, and am looking forward to his first report which we will share with you through this newsletter. If you want to know why we appointed Max, please click on this link:
It is time for us to thank Tom Hollins who has been leading the GCSEpod team.
When I asked Tom to take on the post, I could not have imagined what he would do with the responsibility. He has led a team who have led form periods, delivered assemblies, run parent training sessions on GCSEpod and most importantly, supported students individually in school. At the end of his tenure, students at our school have streamed or downloaded over 93,000 podcasts to support them in their GCSEs: more than at any other school of our size.
I know Tom will make sure he supports Kirsten in her new role, so that what he has created continues after he has left. We would like to say a huge thank you and wish him well in these final months of study for his A levels.
On a different note, we would like to congratulate everyone involved in the National In Bloom Awards where Uttoxeter was awarded the Silver Gilt. Since then, there has been a huge amount of work completed on our school farm led by Helen Lyon and Carillion. The work done is transformational and a huge support to Justine North who runs the farm with her team.
A busy and successful student council meeting included the election of student leaders for this academic year. Tom Page is the student council chair, vice chair is Emma Jo Gilbert and secretary is Carys Barker. We look forward to hearing their plans.
If anyone would like to get involved in the council please see their tutor or Mrs George.
World Challenge Christmas Craft Fair
Luke Hardwick and Tom Barraclough invite you to their
World Challenge Christmas craft fair
3rd December Alton Village hall. 11 till 3.
Selected local craft stalls providing a great chance to do Christmas shopping for those unique gifts. We have a fully booked fair with a fantastic selection of seasonal and unique items.
Refreshments will be available serving cake and drinks but also soup and crusty bread for lunch. Put the date in your diary- See you there.
Barrow Hill Visit
Year 13 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care students were invited to spend the day in at Barrow Hill Hall Dementia Care Home. They took along a range of creative resources and planned a number activities to do with the residents.
Louise Fowell from Barrow Hill Hall said everyone who participated in the experience from the school were fabulous I would like to thank them as they were brilliant with the residents each person was patient, understanding and very helpful to each individual that they helped support.
The students had a fantastic day and learnt a lot. Mollie (year 13) said it was very inspiring to see how much hard work and passion goes into caring for those less able to care for themselves.
Health and Social Care is available in Sixth Form as a single award (one A level equivalent) and a triple award (three A level equivalent). If you would like any further information please contact Mrs George or Mrs Blair.
We have created a work friendly environment in the Common Room this week, we have thrown away any furniture that we have deemed ‘tatty’ and replaced them with work pods. This is to support and encourage a positive learning environment within the Sixth Form area. We have been pleased to see these pods used frequently.
This week there have been a number of students that have completed their UCAS forms and sent them off. Speaking to some of them after they had sent it, they stated that they felt relieved and that a weight had been lifted. This has enabled them to re-focus on their lessons and start making changes, if needed, that will allow them to be successful and have choices on results day.
We like to champion the variety of pathways open to our students once they have left Thomas Alleyne’s. Alex Rock is going to become a primary school teacher, most students leave Sixth Form and attend university full time, Alex has chosen a different pathway. I think that this is fabulous opportunity for Alex and one that I would recommend other students investigate.
Alex Rock: During my time at Thomas Alleyne’s sixth form I had settled on the idea of becoming a primary school teacher. I had taken a wide variety of A-levels and was looking at getting into teaching. I undertook work experience at a local primary school at the start of year 12 and continued all the way to the end of year 13 to get a better understanding of my chosen career path and gain experience that I could reference when it came to applying for university. At the time a full time university degree seemed to be the only option available to me to become a teacher but this did not completely suit me as I would be gaining no real experience whilst I was studying. I then began looking at different routes into teaching and through speaking to different people I found what I am doing currently. I knew that I would need a degree to become a teacher but I was informed that I did not have to get this through the traditional university route.
Instead of going to university full time I attend Staffordshire University at the Burton College campus one night a week on a Thursday evening. I am completing a BA Honours Degree in Education and despite being part time, this course will still only take 3 years to complete. As part of my degree I must have a placement in an education setting for at least 10 hours a week that can be either paid or voluntary. This is what swayed me to undertake this degree as this placement means that I can gain valuable experience while I study.
For my placement I work as a teaching assistant at Leasowes Primary school in Stafford. I work 3 full days and 2 half days at the school which allows me time to complete my university work, however most of the work links with experiences I gain from the school meaning that I am constantly learning.
This post 18 route has provided me with the perfect balance between a university degree and paid work which, for a while, I did not even know was possible. I would strongly recommend looking at a variety of routes into different career paths and talk to different people before settling on one as you may find a route that is perfect for you that you had never heard of.
Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link:
Year 11 Revision Evening
Tuesday 7th November at 7pm
The purpose of this evening is two-fold. Firstly, an opportunity for us to explain how you can best support your child through Year 11. Secondly, the Heads of English, Maths and Science will present advice and guidance on how to prepare for GCSEs in these three subjects.
The evening starts at 7pm in the Theatre and will last for about an hour.
Your son/daughter is welcome to attend with you.
We look forward to seeing you there!
New Developments on the Farm
We are delighted to say that, with help from a number of local businesses, we are in the process of re-developing part of the farm. So far a large area has been cleared to make way for a new small animal enclosure. A pen has been erected for grazing as well as a bricked area for the hutches.
BTEC Animal Care students have designed some new hutches and the winning designs are now being built for us.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Carillion Tarmac Partnership, ATM and T&M for all their time and dedication to this project.
In order to continue with our improvements we have asked for donations of construction materials from local businesses.
If anyone could provide skilled labour or donations please contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral students of the week
Jamie Painter all nominated for their help with interviews within the SEN department
Carl Hallam & Amy Mellor for having the highest number of credits in Whitmore house so far this term
The Physics revision timetable is available here for you to view:
Revision session outline Physics
This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:
Harry Cope and Elizabeth Holden for gaining the highest marks in the first Chemistry assessment
Lucy Greatrex and Benjamin Seaman for a fantastic start in Science
Matthew Simpson and Gabriel Eastwood for excellent calculation work in Chemistry
This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:
Lorten Flemming and Rachel Spence for enthusiasm and effort in practical and classroom work
This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mr Gilson are:
Paul Finney and Olivia Bennett for their commitment to ELBS
News from PE
Year 9 Football
On Wednesday the year 9 football team played against Repton in the Semi Final of the Burton and District cup. From kick off Alleynes dominated the first 10 minutes of the match. There was some very good play by Callum Stockbridge and Tommy Mangon supporting Jed Brunt and Ashton Baggley up front. A number of chances were created but unfortunately Alleynes couldn’t score. In the following 15 minutes Repton started to come into the game, they were denied chances to score from some courageous keeping by Freddie Whitehead and unfortunately scored with a break away goal. This did not phase the lads and they continued to play attacking football and created a number of chances only to be prevented from scoring by the wood work and an excellent goal keeping display from the Repton keeper. In the closing minutes of the first half Jed Brunt had an excellent opportunity to level the game, only to be denied, once again by an outstanding save from the keeper. Immediately after his save Repton attacked and were awarded a penatly, which was converted. Going into half time Alleyens were 2 – 0 down. The second half continued much the same as the first with Alleynes continuing to create chances, only to be denied by the Repton keeper and Freddie keeping Repton from scoring. Unfortunately Alleynes were unable to score and lost 2 – 0. Overall this was a very good game and there were strong performances from Freddie Whitehead Reuben Kenney, Callum Stockbridge and man of the match Will Jakes.
U16 Basketball County Cup Round 1
As featured on facebook on Thursday:
Thomas Alleyne’s hosted Kingsmead from Cannock in the first round of the county cup. This was the teams first match of the season and they didnt know what to expect from their experienced opponents.
Alleynes’s began strongly with Harrison Bott who was captaining the side scoring 5 baskets in a row. At quarter time Alleyne’s were 14-2 up. The second quarter was more even and lower scoring with good baskets from Danny Cleary, Alex Tomlinson and Jordan Elcock. In the second half Bott dominated the scoring again with good support play from Alfie Bednall and Lewis Loaring. Score at the end of the third quarter 32 – 7. In the final quarter with the game won Alleyne’s used the time to practice some set plays and Sam Thorley got on the score sheet with 2 baskets and Bottpulled off a dunk to impress the supporters. Final score Alleyne’s 47- Kingsmead 9. MVP Harrison Bott.
U15 Rugby County Cup v St Joseph’s College
On Tuesday Thomas Alleynes hosted the mighty St Joseph’s college from Trent Vale. St Jo’s are a regular county cup winner and as a selective school often have the pick of the rugby players from Stoke-On-Trent and beyond. After our win over John Taylor confidence was high, but it was apparent in the early stages that this would be a much greater challenge. Alleyne’s played some good attacking rugby and forwards Gregor Hayes and Anton Davidson carried well. In the back row Jenson Bosworth matched anything the opposition had and made 2 clean breaks. Alleyne’s inability to convert their chances cost them, with a lack of discipline and decision making. When Charlie Martin went over in the corner and Ben Simon converted, Alleyne’s were in the game only 2 scores behind, but as we pushed to get back into the game the game became more open which suited the well organised St Jos’s who put on several scores as Alleyne’s began to tire.
Individually Alleyne’s players all made positive contributions and St Jo’s team manager said it was the toughest game they have had this season.
Please practice this week’s key spellings:
Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com
New this week JCB applications are open.
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Maths – Year 11 practice papers
These have arrived in school and all Year 11 students who ordered them should have received them this week in their maths lessons.
If you didn’t order them but would now like to we will be putting another order in next Friday 10th November – please pay by Parentpay by requesting a barcoded letter in order to pay via paypoint. The pack contains 6 practice maths exam papers with markschemes and costs £2.50.
This is a great way for students to revise for their maths mock exam that will take place after Christmas
MFL GCSE Revision restarts next week.
Tuesday lunchtime room 25 Speaking support for mock speaking exams
Friday 3.10 room 10 French/room 23 German translation and writing support.
Linguists of the week
Y9 Thomas Haines Max Houghton
Year 10 Natasha Painter Shani Wright
Year 11 Chloe Brown Georgia Bessey