January 12th 2018

Thought for the Week

There are no assemblies for the next week due to Year 11 Mock Exams

Many Orthodox Christians who celebrate Christmas Day on 7th January will also be celebrating New Year’s Day on Sunday January 14th.  This is because they follow the more traditional Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar.  This got me thinking on the theme of time and I came across this quote, which perhaps applies to whichever calendar we use:

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One person gets only a week’s value out of a year while another person gets a full year’s value out of a week.

Charles Richards

Dates for your diary

17/1/2018 Parent Consultation re Teaching School Status
PTA meeting: Wednesday 17th January at 7pm in the school staffroom. All are most welcome to attend.
8/2/2018 Year 12 Parents Evening

Headteacher blog:

There is so much in our newsletter this week from developments on our farm, to girls on Maths courses, numerous sporting events and art events thank you to all contributors.
This week Ofsted has shared with us their ‘Inspection Data Summary Report’ for Thomas Alleyne’s High School for 2017.
It is full of very postiive news for departments and for the school overall.
According to Ofsted, in GCSEs last year the Science department were placed in the top 24% of schools nationally for the progress students made from Key Stage 2 to 4.  
Impressively, the Maths department  were placed in the top 17% of schools nationally. As you will read later in the newsletter, they took a small group of girls to a ‘Girls in Maths’ course today which everyone enjoyed.
Thank you for your support. We know that as students prepare for their examinations, the support they have at home is invaluable to help them form good habits. 
We were thrilled to see so many parents at the Art revision evening for Year 11 this week, many thanks for giving up your time. 
Last year, we ran a revision evening hosted by Tim Benton which we will run again before Easter for all parents. Each year, parents let us know how valuable they find the evening. 
We thought you may appreciate seeing some of the literature he recommends before the event and have copied the links below for you.

Parental Reading List from Tim Benton!

At the Tears, Tantrums and Tiredness parent nights, I suggest certain reading materials.  Here are a few recommendations.

Inside the Teenage Brain  

A useful, American book which looks at what happens to teenagers’ neurology alongside practical parenting tips and ideas.

Sheryl Feinstein  R&L Education    isbn: 978-1-60709-118-9


“The New Science of  the Teenage Brain” 

Article in National Geographic, exploring recent discoveries in teen neurology.  You can find it online here:



The Parenting Book

First class book which covers all aspects of parenting, from babies to teenagers and beyond.  Possibly the best book on parenting on the market right now.  Highly recommended.

Nicky and Sila Lee  Alpha  isbn: 978-1905887

The Brain Box 

Tim Benton and David Hodgson

See link here: http://www.bluecaterpillar.co.uk/education/the-brain-box/

Staffing change:
Many of you will be aware that 2 years ago Mike Osborne-Town took on the role of building our Multi-Academy Trust as our CEO. As a result of his tireless work, within in just 2 years, we are now one of the 7 founder schools of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Multi-Academy Trust. Our trust is passionate about ensuring high quality education and  smooth transition for students from the age of 3 – 18. We would like to thank Mike for all of his work for our school and also for the Learning Trust. 
Please see Mike Osborne-Town’s letter below.

I will be stepping down as CEO of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust with effect from 1st May 2018. I will then have completed the two years I originally agreed to. The ULT is now firmly established, has a clear vision and improvement plan and , T think, will go from strength to strength. The ULT Trustees will be advertising for my replacement in the near future.  

It’s been a wonderfully fulfilling, although consuming, two years working with you all and I think, together, we’ve developed something very special. I am hoping that I will be able to continue supporting the MAT, although in a voluntary capacity, in the future.

Teaching School status update:

We submitted our bid to become a Teaching School before Christmas and are now awaiting to find out if we have been succesful. If you would like to know more about Teaching School Status please attend our information evening next Wednesday at 6.00pm.

6th form

All Year 13 students are in the middle of their mock exams and it is inspiring to see so many of them working independently or as small groups revising and working through past papers. If your child is in need of any need of support, whether it is skills or knowledge, please direct them to their subject teacher to ask for advice.  Preparation is needed in the run up to the exam and the good habits that are being formed now should continue it to the upcoming months.

We don’t recommend that revision stops, we hope that all Year 13 students will continue to revise, act upon feedback given by teaching staff and strive to surpass the grades that are achieved in these mocks.  The phrase ‘super-curricular’ will not be new to our students within the Sixth Form. It could be reading an article that has been published with a ground-breaking discovery, it could be a new historical view point that could be useful or listening to a podcast by a scientist. All ways in which a student can improve their knowledge is encouraged and can only compliment their revision. 

The national UCAS deadline is 15th January at 6pm; there are still a few students who are last minute applicants who must ensure that all aspects of their application are completed before they come to school on Monday. This will give their assigned member of the Sixth Form Team the opportunity to check through it, and if needed send it back to be altered.

Mock Examinations January 2018

This week was the first full week of mock examinations, and also the first external examinations for some.

Well done to our students for your excellent attitudes towards these first exams. It is great to see so many of you showing commitment towards revision and a determination to keep this going. Thank you to parents and carers for all you are doing at home to support your son or daughter.

For many of our students, this will be the first taste of what is to come in the summer. You may have felt a mixture of emotions after a examination. Well done for working as hard as you can with revision and please remember that we can help you keep this going with support and motivation. Do see one of your teachers if you need help getting started.

Wishing you every success for next week.


Be prepared, be very prepared GCSE + is coming.



News from PE

House Matches
The next round of house matches are coming up. List of dates and captains are attached.

Upcoming fixtures

Boys House Basketball Mon 22nd Jan Yr9 P3, Y10 P2, Yr11 P5 – Teams minimum 5 players max squad 12.

Girls House Football Mon 22nd Jan Yr9 P3, Yr10&11 P2

Boys House Football Yr11 Wed 31st Jan P5, Yr9 Thu 1st Feb P1, Yr10 Thu 1st Feb P2

Girls House Netball Yr11 Wed 31st Jan P5, Yr Yr9 Thu 1st Feb P1, Yr10 Thu 1st Feb P2

House Badminton & Table Tennis- Friday 16th Feb P1. Badminton min 4,max 5 players/ boys or girls. Table Tennis min 4,max 5 players/ boys or girls (cant play both)

Extra Curricular

Monday 15/1/18- is East Staffordshire Cross Country- See attached team list.
Tuesday 16/1/18- U14 Basketball county cup H v St John Fisher- See attached team list
Thursday 18/1/18- U14 Boys Futsal at John Port- See attached team list

Thursday- Trampolining Club

Trampolining Club has now started. It is running on Thursdays after school until 4.15. It is suitable for all abilities and may lead towards competitions held later this year. Normal PE kit is to be worn but black sports leggings may also be worn. Any questions please speak to Mrs Fletcher.

Burton and District Table Tennis
On Thursday, 12 players attended the Burton and District tournament held at Robert Sutton.  A number of schools from across the area competed in a sixteen table competition.  The standard was very high with a large number of county players in attendance..  The players played in a league structure with the top two moving into the next round.  Congratulations to Alfie Bednal who was the only Alleyne’s player to get into the quarter finals. Unfortunately he lost in a close fought game, to Robert Sutton.  Well done to all those who attended.

House Match Captains 2018

Teams 12th Jan

Science Students of the Week

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

Year 9
Harriet Bebbington and Haydn Fisher for performing well in the B1 end of module test.

Year 10
Gregor Hayes and Lottie Cooper for contributions during chemistry lessons.

Year 11
Lorna Hill and Emily Barton for hard work and commitment in chemistry lessons.

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:
Ellie Cope and Beatrice Egerton for working hard to complete their course work.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week also selected by Mrs North are:
Alicia Lyon and Lucy Greatrex for all their help with the new calves.

Well done!

Teaching School Information Evening

17/1/18 6.00pm -7.00pm

Thomas Alleyne’s High School has applied to become a Teaching School. A Teaching School works with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. Teaching Schools are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

We would like to offer parents and carers the chance to hear about our plans and the opportunities that Teaching School status will bring, should we be successful in our application. Therefore, we are holding a Teaching School Information Evening taking place from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm on 17/1/18. We would be pleased if you could join us.

Student Council

The next meeting will take place during period 2 on Thursday 25th January in room 65. Look forward to seeing form reps there!

  Girls in Maths

On Wednesday this week myself and Mrs Ingram were fortunate enough to be able to take 15 year 9 and 10 girls to Keele university for a “Girls in Maths” event. It was run by the further maths support programme to encourage girls to continue with their education in maths, science and engineering subjects. We watched the film “Hidden Figures” about three African American women in the 1960s and their roles in the space programme. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

There were some guest speakers, ladies that were successful in engineering careers and they spoke about their journey and how maths had played a role in their careers.
We also had a design project, to build a structure to hold a tennis ball off the table. We were all successful and fortunate that the rules weren’t too specific!

On a personal note it was a pleasure to take the girls out, as always they were incredibly well behaved and a credit to the school. Many thanks girls for a lovely day. Mrs Payne


On Tuesday 9th January we welcomed a packed room full of Year 11 students and their parents/guardians to a presentation aimed at supporting the start of their GCSE Art Exam unit.

Exam papers were given out in brown envelopes and the students will be choosing ONE of the themes to work on over the following four months before the 10 hours controlled conditions exam is held in early May- just 16 weeks (including holidays) or 32 lessons away!

We looked at good examples from previous years, and looked at common pitfalls to avoid. Mrs Derby and Mr Robinson emphasised the support available and will help advice students as they complete their work.

We were very much impressed by the level of interest in this meeting and that our art students make a good start to their exam unit worth 40% of the overall grade. The majority of the exam marks; 75% from the Assessment Objectives relating to A01) research and development A02) experimentation A03) recording eg. drawing and photography, are from the ‘preparation’ work BEFORE the remaining 25% is gained from A04) ‘realising intentions’ from 10hours in May.

Any questions please contact the art department via the school office.



All the preparation work completed during January, February, March and April will be submitted on the first day of your Art 10hours controlled conditions exam.

Mr Robinsons 11C group- Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Mrs Derbys 11D group- Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2018


Year 13 Art students will be starting their 15hour trial exams over 3 days between next Monday 15th January and Thursday 26th January.

Due to the number of clashes with other exams or university interviews, students should please check with their art teachers as to which day they are undertaking their exams.

Farm News

As part of Waitrose ‘Community Matters’ scheme, Uttoxeter Community Farm at Thomas Alleynes High School were presented with a cheque for £600. We would like to thank all those shoppers who supported us by choosing our project for their green tokens.  Since September we have started offering a new course on the farm and students are now able to choose to study for a BTEC level 2 award in Animal Care as one of their option subjects.  This qualification provides hands on experience of a wide range of livestock and companion animals for students who wish to pursue careers in veterinary medicine, animal care and farming as well as those who just love animals and want to learn more about caring for them.


We are currently in the process of redeveloping the site and have been working closely with Carillion Tarmac partnership and other local businesses to build new pens and improve existing ones. The money from Waitrose will be used to repair fencing around one of our outside poultry areas as well as replace our old wooden hen houses with more suitable plastic ones.  We can then increase our flock of laying hens and improve our profits from egg sales. We are always keen to expand the range of animals on the farm and have recently added two corn snakes and a tarantula to our collection which includes geckos, bearded dragons, turtles, hens, ducks, geese, sheep, pigs, cows, guinea pigs and rabbits. Uttoxeter Community Farm continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the hard work, support and enthusiasm of the students and local community.



Please be aware of this app

It’s a social media app that is currently circulating amongst children and young people.

It is called ‘IMVU’ and allows you to create an avatar and speak to strangers. It also pinpoints your location.


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

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