February 2nd 2018

Assemblies w/b 5th February
Theme: Internet safety and use of Social Media
These assemblies will be led by Mrs Catterall
Thought for the week

‘Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent’

‘Carelessness doesn’t bounce; it shatters.’

Dates for your diary

8/2/2018 Year 12 Parents Evening
15/2/2018 Careers Fair 6 – 8pm
27/2/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening
Careers invite 2018

Headteacher blog:

 This morning I met with a group of 6 Year 10 and 11 students who will be taking the lead in working with ‘Routes to Languages’ to design a programme for young people to encourage them to study languages. The students involved have first-hand experience of the benefits of studying a language. At a point in time when the number of UK languages learners is reducing, whilst international commerce and travel increase, they are working on spreading the message of the importance of learning languages and promoting intercultural awareness. We will keep you updated on their work, which we hope to share with our middle schools this Summer.

Spending a lot of time in classrooms this week, I would like to commend students on the conscientious attitude they demonstrate in class. Many of them have also been working hard outside of school; with some of our most ambitious year 9 students using GCSEpod to revisit lesson content or to understand the subjects they are looking at choosing at GCSE in more depth. 5% of Year 9 have streamed over 40 podcasts. They have attended a future intentions assembly to support them in selecting the subjects they wish to choose for Years 10 and 11. Please encourage them to talk to their teachers if they need any support in selecting the right subjects for them.

We have been asked by students to provide a simple list of topics in each subject area to support them in organising their revision. A couple of examples of this are below. We will provide a full booklet for students next week.

Sample Revision Booklet – Full Version Next Week!

Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 7th February

Year 11 Photographs are due to take place on Wednesday 7th February, where each student will have the opportunity to have a Year group, an individual and friendship group photographs. Details regarding how to purchase photographs will be provided afterwards, with a variety of options provided by Tempest Photography.
Friendship group photographs will take place from 8:00am until 8:35am and 11:00am until 11:15am, operating on a first come, first serve basis. Students that require a group photograph will need to provide £7.00 per student in the group (for example 2 students = £14 and 4 students = £28) which will be payable by cash only to the photographer in a Tempest envelope. Each friendship group can collect a Tempest envelope from the main reception. Each person in the friendship group photograph will receive a 7×5.5 photograph in a mount. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate any student from Year groups other than Year 11.
If you require any further information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).



6th form


Year 12 Parents Evening is on Thursday 8th February from 4pm until 7pm.  Please use Insight to make appointments to see your child’s subject teachers. If you would like an appointment with any of the Sixth Form Team then please email Mrs Walton at sixthform@tahs.org.uk.  This is a perfect time to ask questions about Post 18 choices as well as what you can do to support your child’s learning at home. 

We encourage that all students use their non-contact time with subject teachers effectively; we are actively talking to students on a daily basis to ensure that they are choosing to be part of a positive learning environment and actively seek further work, wider reading and super-curricular activities.  We promote a professional environment towards learning and therefore request that all students adhere to the Sixth Form uniform policy.  This is a smart dark suit and blouse for the ladies and a smart dark suite, shirt and tie for the gentlemen. We have noticed that some students are choosing to come to school without suit jackets, most of these have been spoken to today and have been informed that a jacket will be required from Monday.  Generally the majority of our students do conform with our uniform regulations and we hope with some gentle persuasion those who have fallen in to poor habits will be back on track from Monday.

As there are a lot of sickness bugs at TAHS could we please ask that you let the Sixth Form Team know first thing in the morning if your child is unable to attend school. Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.  This helps us to keep on top of attendance and saves you, as the parent, receiving a text from the school asking you to confirm a reason for absence.

Year 9 Options

The Year 9 Options process has begun!

A reminder of the series of information events designed to inform parents and students of the subjects available to them at GCSE and A Level and how the options process works.

These events include:

• Future Intentions week beginning Monday 5th February till Friday 9th January.
• Year 9 Future Intentions and Careers Evening is on Thursday 15th February at 6pm in the Sports Hall with option talks in the Theatre starting at 6.15pm and 7pm. This is fantastic event has a range of subjects, universities, colleges and employers to help students make the right decisions regarding their future and is open to all students in TAHS and the Middle Schools.
• Year 9 parents evening is on Tuesday 27th February starting at 4pm.

Year 9 students will receive a letter next week detailing these events. We understand that this is a very important set of decisions that you and your child need to make and if you have any queries regarding these events please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Year 9 Student in National Cyclist Event

Hannah Davis from 9T3 took part in the National Icebreakers at Newport, South Wales, last Saturday for the first time.  It is also her first year as an under 16 competitor and there were 24 Youth A (U16) Girls taking part. The day’s event consisted of 3 races:
  • 20 lap scratch
  • 40 lap points race
  • Elimination (otherwise known as the ‘Devil’)

In the first race, Hannah rode off the front with a friend and they managed to stay out by half a lap for 15 of the last 16 laps.  Unfortunately, they were caught on the last lap and finished unplaced.  In the second race, Points, Hannah came 11th and in the final race Hannah finished 6th.  Her overall position for the day was 8th.

Both her parents and her classmates are exceptionally proud of her achievements and her sportsmanship. Well Done Hannah!
If any other students have news they would like to share with us about their outside achievements please inform their tutor- we would love to celebrate with them!




Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

“I want you to live at your best”

Thursday 1st March, 6.00pm at Thomas Alleyne’s

For the fourth consecutive year we are fortunate to have Tim to come talk to year 11 pupils and parents.

Tim has the knack of challenging you to be better than you were before but without you really noticing. Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, he helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.

Parents who have been to his talks always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant to their own careers and personal development.

Come on Thursday 1st March 6.00pm in the Theatre in order to support your child over the next few months in order for them to achieve their full potential.

GCSE+ 6th February – 2nd March.

On Tuesday year 11 pupils start an intensive revision programme.  This is a programme delivered during form time to provide ‘little and often’ intervention.  It targets individual students, in individual subject areas to improve progress.   Pupils will be working with specialist subject teachers for 20 minutes each morning over a period of 3 weeks.  This  approach will provide over 6 hours of revision time.   This will be repeated nearer the examination season too.

Dates for Holiday Revision

These are the dates so far for your child to attend revision.  There will be more to come .

half term

News from PE

U16 County Final is on Monday when we host Robert Sutton.  Good luck to the team. Support welcome.
Year 10 boys play their first handball tournament on Wednesday.


Another successful cheerleading session this week with 39 students coming along to try something new. The effort and enthusiasm is contagious from all that attended and as you can see they are progressing really quickly. Well done.
Football Refereeing Course

During half term FA Level 1 Referees Course from Monday 19 February – Wednesday 21 February is being run at Robert Sutton school.  The cost of the course is usually £125 per person but will be free to any students who will referee at school.    You need to be 14 years old to attend the course (albeit if they are 14 within a couple of weeks of the course this is acceptable) and the course will qualify them to referee mini and youth football matches. If they referee the Burton Junior League for example on a Saturday morning once qualified they would be paid for this! Places are limited so see Mr Barrow asap.

 Girls Football Opportunities.

Female Referee Course

FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football and supporting the FA’s aim of doubling the number of women and girls playing and supporting football by 2020.

The week has and continues to be a great opportunity to showcase female football at every level and inspire new players and volunteers.

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing accessible opportunities for all in football, there will be 2 x Female Referee’s Courses running in both the North and South of the County. With these courses running during the Easter holiday’s the course is designed to target, inspire and provide further knowledge for all females aged 14+.

As part of FA Girls’ Football Week the Female Only Referee Courses will cost £45 for all candidates, and each candidate will be provided ongoing opportunities to be part of a self-tailored Female Development Group to ensure extended support and guidance during the first steps into a career of refereeing. For more information or to book on a course please go to… http://www.staffordshirefa.com/news/2018/jan/30/female-only-referee-courses 

Female FA Level One

Staffordshire Girls & Ladies League Continue To Support The Female Workforce In Staffordshire, And Following The Successful Delivery Of A Female FA Level One In 2017, We Will Be Working With The League To Provide The Same Opportunity This Season.

Through the leagues commitment in supporting their clubs to retain Charter Standard, and help identify female role models – the league are offering £50 bursaries for females to attend the FA Level One Course at Wyrley Juniors FC starting in June.


Details of the Female Only Level 1 course are as follows:

Venue: Wyrley Juniors FC

Price: £50.00 DISCOUNT


Day 1 – Sunday 17th June

Day 2 – Wednesday 20th June

Day 3 – Sunday 24th June

Day 4 – Wednesday 27th June

Day 5 – Sunday 1st July

Day 6 – Wednesday 4th July 

To be eligible for this bursary you must actively play, volunteer or coach at a club/team within the Staffordshire Girls & Ladies League. However, the course itself is open to all females aged 16+ wanting to take their first steps on the coaching pathway. For more information please go to…


House Football Results

Year 9- 

1st Orme
2nd Torrance
3rd Whitmore
4th Elkes
Year 10-
1st whitmore
2nd Elkes
3rd Torrance
4th Orme
Year 11-
1st whitmore
2nd orme
3rd Torrance
4th Elkes



Science News

As GCSE science specifications have changed please note the following course structure, which applies to all Y9, Y10 and Y11 students:

Triple science (sets 1 and 2)

There will be 6 examinations at the end of year 11. Each examination lasts for 105 minutes. Students are studying the AQA triple science specifications.

Biology paper 1 (topics 1-4 from revision guide)

Biology paper 2 (topics 5-7)

Chemistry paper 1 (topics 1-5)

Chemistry paper 2 (topics 6-10)

Physics paper 1 (topics 1-4)

Physics paper 2 (topics 5-8)

Combined science (sets 3, 4 and 5)

There will be 6 examinations at the end of year 11. Each examination lasts for 75 minutes. Students are studying the AQA combined science (trilogy) specification.

Biology paper 1 (topics 1-4 from revision guide)

Biology paper 2 (topics 5-7)

Chemistry paper 1 (topics 1-5)

Chemistry paper 2 (topics 6-10)

Physics paper 1 (topics 1-4)

Physics paper 2 (topics 5-7)

Students will benefit from access to the correct revision guide at the correct tier. These can be purchased through the school shop…


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

Year 9

Tom Johnson and Alicia Roberts for outstanding commitment to their chemistry studies

Year 10

Nathan Winstanley and Korey Brammer for excellent end of topic test scores

Year 11

Nick Jakes and Lucas Rodgers for fantastic effort with revision for their trial exams

Well done!



Dear staff and students


On behalf of Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donation. We will use your donation of £50.00 to help to feed the hungry in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Please know that your continued support and participation in this important work serves as a great encouragement to all of the volunteers of the foodbank.

You have made a difference in many people’s lives.

Thank you,

Yours Sincerely

David Gisborne

On Behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent foodbank

Year 11 ICT & Computing Support

It is essential that all ICT & Computing students are using the extra time available to them after-school. This weeks sessions are:
Wednesday Computer Science NEA Programming support
Thursday ICT Coursework Catch-up om unit 2 or 3
ICT students keep your eyes peeled for a half term session! Computer Science will be at Easter.



Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care students in the Sixth Form continue to make a difference in our local community on their weekly work experience placements. The students are in a range of health and care settings from special needs schools to day care centres to the Royal Stoke hospital. The students have to compete an assignment about the skills they develop and how these will help them in their future careers. Below is Rosie Pettitt who is loving her time at Cheeky Monkeys Nursery.


RE News

This week a brand new free app has been released for all RE students and teachers. Brilliantly timed for year 11 students, you can build this into your revision plan for RE.
Any issues with the download please see Mrs Catterall in room 40 on Wednesday lunch times.

See links below to access/download the REdefinitions site/app

iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/app/re-defi
Android play.google.com/store/apps/det

 Origami Club

Thank you to everyone that came to Origami club this week.  We made a family of swans (with a few butterflies for those who missed last week).  Next week we will be making jumping frogs and having a race!




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

This week information on:

Apprenticeship in Burton and Cambridge University Taster Sessions

Direct Page Link


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

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