January 19th 2018

Assemblies wb 22nd January

Assemblies will be on the theme of ‘Freedom of Speech’ and led by Mrs Lindsay

Thought for the week

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Dates for your diary

8/2/2018 Year 12 Parents Evening

Headteacher blog:

What a week of sport!

Our U14 Futsal team reached the final of East Staffs/South Derby Futsal competition; our U14 boys basketball team competed in the semi-final county cup; and the U14 Boys Cross Country team competed in District cross county.


Congratulations to the U14 Girls and U16 Girls teams who became District Cross Country champions. Finally, congratulations to Year 11 student Josie Nelson, who was the overall winner of the U16 East Staffs Cross Country Championship. Thank you to the PE team, to all parents for your support and to our young people for making us so proud. You are an inspiration to us all. Please see more details in the Sports report.

Teaching School

This week we held a parent information session on teaching schools. Thank you to the parents who attended, the questions asked were pertinent and helpful . If you were unable to attend and would like further information please let us know.

You will see later in the newsletter, an update from our PTA . The PTA, like our governing body, are a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to support our school. Whilst the governors role and the role of PTA may be very different they have one thing in common, which is the way in which they offer their time and expertise to the school. Thank you from Thomas Alleyne’s staff and students to all governors and PTA members.


Following on from our Christmas Hamper Raffle before Christmas we have now allocated monies raised to those departments who submitted bids for help. We are delighted to have helped our students in so many different ways and look forward to helping them again in the future.

We will be purchasing 4 new radios for the Pastoral team. These radios are vital to the team when supporting our students around school.
A level English Literature students will be able to access a Webinar session in preparation for their summer exams. This will then be available for future students to access within lessons too.
The History department will benefit from a complete set of ‘Ready to go’ text books for A level coursework research.We are helping the Maths department build up sets of Scientific Calculators for use by our GCSE students as part of the new specification.
The farm as you will be aware have been very successful recently at Agriculture shows and students will now have smart white coats with the school logo on them so everyone will know who the winners are! We are also funding halters for the sheep and pig boards which are essential in handling animals safely and an integral part of their animal care courses.
Science get to benefit from a Boyle’s Law Demonstration Apparatus to replace the one purchased in the 1970’s and new light gates for measuring the speed of objects passing through them, welcome pieces of equipment for the practical sessions.


And finally, but no means least Geography will receive fieldwork equipment including a pH meter, tape measure, soil thermometer and a multimeter.

As always, all of this is only made possible by your donations, ticket buying and assistance at school events and the PTA along with all of the students are very grateful for your continued support of our school.


6th form


UCAS Deadline for the 2018 cycle passed on Monday 15th January at 6.00 pm .

Some Statistics…

· 97 full University Applications have been sent off by the Sixth Form Team since September of which;

· 92 are current Year 13 students have applied to University – 75% of the cohort.

· 50/92 students have at least one choice from a Russell group University (some have all five choices) – 54% of the cohort.

· 9 Oxbridge Applications, 7 Oxbridge Interviews and 2 secured conditional offers – Lowri Spear (Oxford) and Trudy Yates (Cambridge).

· 1 Medicine, 1 Dentistry and 1 Veterinary application – all have secured interviews.

Year 12 Parents Evening

Thursday 8th February
4.00pm – 7.00pm

Students have been given letters today to being home.
Appointment booking goes live on Insight from Monday 22nd January

TAHS in the News

Please have a look at this fantastic article in the Burton Mail:


Date for the Diary Thursday 1st March 6.00pm

We are delighted to confirm that Tim Benton, motivational speaker and mentor has agreed to come and work with year eleven pupils and parents. More details to follow.

Cinebowl Engagement Trip

Thirty-two students from all four houses were enjoyed a trip to cinebowl as a reward for their positive start at Thomas Alleyne’s. Students were selected on attendance, credit totals, effort levels in reports.

News from PE

East Staffordshire Cross Country

The short journey to Oldields was made for the cross -country championships. A brisk walk to the venue served as a warm up. The year 9 girls raced first with Olivia Gregory & Ella Barber finishing in the top 10 and the team finishing 3rd overall. In the senior girls competition Josie Nelson finished first and due to taking a large number of competitors TAHS won the team competition and many of the girls finished in the top 10.
The boys races saw the senior boys finish 2nd with Owen Carrington and Alex Shaw selected for the county race. Year 9 boys team finished 4th overall with Will Jakes finishing in 8th and gaining County selection.

Free Futsal Equipment

We would use the equipment to develop Futsal throughout Thomas Alleyne’s and the Uttoxeter Pyramid.  We would be able to host Futsal competitions from KS1- KS5 and would be able to use Futsal to develop leadership.  Our plan would be to use Futsal in the curriculum and as an intra school competition.  We have a growing number of girls wanting to play football but are put off by the cold weather at this time of year, Futsal would be a solution to this to increase participation.

U14 Basketball County Semi Final

On Tuesday the U14 basketball team finally played their first game after a number of teams cancelling on us.
The boys played some good basketball against their much more experienced opposition. Although the scoreline went away from us 19-25 the team learnt a lot and should be proud of their efforts.
Man of the match – Jed Brunt.

Connor McLoughlin, Harry Taylor, Jed Brunt, Levi Gill, Lewis Caparis, Ethan Clarkson, Ricardo Goncalves, Ashton Bagley, Sam Cope, Jack Hooker-Myles, Ben Wain

U14 Boys Futsal
On Thursday we entered 2 teams into the East Staffs Futsal tournament.  Our B team began playing some good football and won their first 2 games with good play from all the team.  Their 3rd game saw a defeat by John Port to end the teams chances.
Team- Will Jakes, Ethan Clarkson. Reuben Kenny, Will Hocking, Ashton Bagley
Thomas Alleynes A team qualified for the county finals by reaching the East Staffs Futsal final on Thursday.  We had a beneficial draw playing Oldfields, Windsor Park, and Robert Sutton.  Jed Brunt was on fire scoring 7 goals in 4 games.
The final saw us play home team John Port, we took an early lead but as the game went on John Port took control and finished winning 3-1.
Team- Freddie Whitehead, Tommy Mangon, Harry Van Hoek, Callum Stockbridge, Jed Brunt.

Science Students of the Week

Students studying the GCSE Combined Science course are encouraged to purchase a Revision Guide available through the School Shop, priced at £5.50.

Please follow the link below:

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

Year 9
Rosie Mai Kellitt-Page and Madison Porritt for continued fantastic effort in Science

Year 10
Holly Pagett and Paul Chirimangombe for improvement in recent assessment results

Year 11
Amelia Graham and Kieran Coates for continued enthusiasm and hard work in physics lessons
Well done!

Canteen Price Increase

As mentioned in the previous edition of Round Up herewith the revised price tariff from Chartwells, the school’s catering provider. The revised prices will come into effect from the 1st February 2018.

Chartwells Price Increase

burns day

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!

Origami Club

Origami club is starting on Tuesday lunchtime in room 104.  This is open to both staff and students.  Please bring your lunch with you.
The first session will be making a butterfly!


 Year 13 Art & Photography Mock Exams in Full Swing

Students studying Art, Craft & Design or Photography in year 13 have been preparing for their 15 hour controlled conditions exam in May, with a trail (mock exam) over this week and next week.

Students have worked in exam conditions over 3 full days. -see the images below for some of the exciting work in progress from our dedicated students.

Art & Photography Year 13 coursework will be submitted and the end of the month and their Exam units start from February onward. For students to be successful in this subject, it is important all the assessment objectives are met in sufficient depth.

Effective use of your time is essential, remember art staff and spaces to work in the art department are always available during your non-contact times as well as after school Art Club on Wed, Thurs and Fri until 5pm.

Year 11 Art GCSE Exam Preparation

All students should now have their art exam papers (released from the exam board from January) and will be choosing one of the themes to respond to. To help students, we have lesson time plans, resources as well reminder notes from the parents/student meeting on 9th January which is shared via INSIGHT.

We do understand students have other subjects mock exams at the moment, but please feel free to talk to your art teacher for just 5 mins at lunch or after school at Art Club if you have missed lessons so that they are clear you have a great idea to get started on. It’s great to see lots of students getting a start with their mood-boards and research concertinas after discussing ideas with staff- There has been such exciting ideas

The art department Pinterest boards are being added to daily to help inspire you- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/tahsart/

Only 14 weeks (including 3 weeks of holidays) left from 22nd January……..


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

This week information on:

Work experience placements at UHNM.

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Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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