February 9th 2018

Assemblies w/b 12th February
Theme: Celebration
Assemblies will be led by the respective Head of House
Thought for the Week
“The reason most people give up so fast is that they look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.” (Anon)

Dates for your diary

15/2/2018 Careers Fair 6 – 8pm
27/2/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening
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Headteacher blog:

You will see later in our newsletter the advert for our Careers Evening next Thursday
There are not many times when 50 potential employers come together to share careers information and guidance – in Uttoxeter, we believe it only happens once a year and that is at Mrs Lyon’s inspirational Career’s Fair. 
We want to support our young people in finding the right route, and so we urge everyone to join us for the evening. Please don’t worry if you can only drop in for half an hour. Year 10 will then have a Careers Day on March 5th where they will get to develop their CV and interview skills. 
Year 11 mocks results day went well, and we are now holding revision sessions for our Year 11 students introducing them to the wonderful free app: https://getrevising.co.uk 
They are also well underway with their GCSEplus sessions. Please continue to encourage all your sons and daughters to access at least 10 GCSEpods a week to reinforce their learning in class. We know it makes a difference. 
Finally a note from me to my English class. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on writing performance poetry this week, and look forward to seeing what you produce over the weekend. We looked at the work of the performance poet Sarah Kay, and as a parent myself, I thought some readers may be interested in her work. It is just a couple of minutes long!
 If poetry isn’t your thing then look out for Year 9 Max Hayes’ sports report below!

Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 7th February

On Wednesday, all of Year 11 had a group photograph to mark their third year at Thomas Alleyne’s. Details on how to purchase this photograph along with the various packages available by Tempest will be provided when it becomes available. Each student have also received a sample individual photograph together with an order form, these photographs always prove incredibly popular to celebrate a student’s time in Year 11. In order to qualify for free postage and packaging to the school, please ensure that orders are made either online or via the order form and handed into main reception by Friday 16th February at 3.05pm. Any orders received after this date will require a charge of £4 delivery. All the Year 11 students took these order forms home immediately after having their photograph. We will expect the delivery of any photographs ordered to arrive in school sporadically over the next two months. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).



6th form


It was an excellent turn out to Year 12 Parents Evening last night with 83% attendance.  As a teacher of Year 12 and Deputy Head of Sixth Form it is also rewarding to answer questions, posed by parents, about Post 18 options.  All Year 12 students will be participating in an annual event next term where they will be able to find out about their options Post 18. There will be opportunities for parents to come in and ask questions at an event in the evening. We hope that many parents are able to attend, as this will enable you to support your child at home.  I would also like to thank you also to those parents who sent their apologies for Parents Evening and requested feedback.

Sometimes there is an event or a situation that arises where we feel, as a school, that we must highlight and celebrate the achievements of students that go the ‘extra mile’.  We are very proud of all our Sixth Formers but wanted to share with you a Good Samaritan story concerning one of our Year 12 students.  Last Friday, 2nd February Hannah, Jeffers was on her way back to school after her work experience at St Joseph’s when an eldery gentleman who was walking along the pavement fell and banged his head on the road. This was a shock for Hannah to see but she stopped and gave assistance along with another member of the public. Hannah stayed with the gentleman and held his and hand and talked to him to keep him calm until the ambulance arrived.

The member of public was so touched by the fact the Hannah stopped and stayed with him that she has brought Hannah a voucher as a thank you for her kindness. After the gentleman was taken away in the ambulance Hannah came back in to school.

This ‘golden moments’ show me that we truly are a community school and that we all want to give back to our local community, whether it is through charity work or this single act of kindness.

The assembly this week was focused on social media and the important role that it plays in our everyday lives. We highlighted the importance of using it safely and to ensure that all students think about what they are typing and what images they are sending. We would like to urge all students to use social media positively, to start a twitter debate about a point of interest that they may feel passionate about and to link it to their studies. As parents and adults, we may know less about the social media platforms that they use but we should also keep channels of communication open about the dangers, worries and concerns linked to social media but also to see it for what it can be which is a direct link to future employers or university courses.

All Year 11 students who have applied to the Sixth Form will be receiving their interview letters next week informing them of the date and time of their interview. We urge parents to attend this interview as it helps to answer many questions that you may have about the process and the Sixth Form in general. 

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:

• 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.

Health & Social Care Taster Sessions

Students in year 9 have had a great time this week in the Social and Health Studies department learning all about the courses they can choose to take in years 10 and 11.  Students looked at Health and Social Care and looked at local services and different types of development.  They looked at life events and health issues in the U.K.  Whilst in Children’s Play, Learning and Development students explored how children learn and the different types of development that children by playing with Lego blocks with students producing some fabulous 10 minute Lego models. If students would like any more information about these courses they are welcome to come to room 63 at break or lunch. We look forward to working with you next year. 


Staff Training

Staff training this week involved staff leading sessions on specific strategies that are successful for a range of learners in the classroom.  It was great to see some Y12 students leading sessions on the most successful teaching strategies that had helped them to make progress at GCSE.


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.

The first round of GCSE + started this week, all year 11 students had specialist subject staff working with them at the start of the day.  This first round continues until 2nd March.


Dates for Holiday Revision

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

half term


The latest interventions timetable is under the link below:

Interven TT Feb18

News from PE

U16 Basketball County Final
On Monday Thomas Alleynes played host to Robert Sutton in the Staffordshire Basketball final.  Robert Sutton started on fire scoring the first 5 baskets.  Captain Harrison Bott fired back to put Alleyne’s back in touch.  The game then took off as a contest with some of the best basketball seen in a school game for many a year.  Great driving from Jordan Elcock started to draw fouls to change the tempo.
Alleyne’s took the lead in the third quarter and began to gain confidence.  The final quarter saw Robert Sutton increase the intensity further and push in front. They then showed good experience to control the finish of the game.  Man of the match Harrison Bott with 40 points.
Team-Bott, Elcock, Loaring, Thorley, Bednall, McLoughlin
Sports report from Max
U15 Handball
On Wednesday Thomas Alleynes played their first ever competitive Handball games.  After a slow start Alleyne’sbegan to get the rhythm of the game and began to score and defend with vigour.
The East Staffs final saw the powerful Robert Sutton who were hosting the competition beat Alleyne’s.  Our man of the match was Joel Grout, rest of the team, Gregor Hayes, Lewis Dawson, Owen Carrington, George Hill, Max Hunt, Isaaac Hawley, Ethan Archer, Callum Ward, Alex Ford, Frankie Bussell. The competition was a great learning experience for the boys who will be able to use it for GCSE PE.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 9

Thomas Johnson and Chloe Cartwright for fabulous assessment scores.

 Year 10

Shani Wright and Natasha Painter for consistently excellent assessment scores.

 Year 11

Reece Heathcote and Ellie Wilson for impressive Trial Exam results in Biology.

Well done!


Tuesday 27th February.
On Tuesday throughout the day the Sen department will be working with Year 9 students on their Options Forms.

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 will have now received a letter re the half term session! Computer Science will be at Easter.


Year 9 Parents Evening

Mr Sabin is unable to attend the year 9 parents evening on 27th February, from 5:30 onwards. However he will be available for appointments between 3 and 5:30. If anyone would like to make an appointment with Mr Sabin before 4pm, please email him directly at sabin@tahs.org.uk, and he will make a booking. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

Social Media.

Following on from our school assemblies to compliment Safer internet Day this week please find below internet links with advice for parents/carers, staff and students.

 Origami Club

Cross curricular Origami this week.  Many frogs of differing sizes were made and raced but​ some students felt paper was an inferior material for the bounce and that card would be better.  Interestingly the card gave too strong a bounce so determining the position to create an “optimal spring” became the new task.  Well done to the students.  Hearts next week in time for Valentines Day.


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

This week information on:

Working in Cyber Security & an opportunity for females in engineering.

Direct Page Link

What better way to say ‘I Love you’ than with cake!!!!

As part of the 6th Form’s commitment to raising money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, 13B will be having a Valentine’s Bake Sale. This will be held on Wednesday 14th February at break time and lunchtime. There will be stalls outside the theatre as well as in the 6th Form common room.

There will be a vast array of delicious cakes homemade by members of the form. Buy one for yourself, or for that special someone in your life!!!

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Updated Policies

We have recently reviewed and updated our attendance and behaviour for learning policies.  The new policies can be found in the Parents and Carers section of the school website www.thomasalleyenes.uk we would be grateful if you could read and familiarise yourself with them.


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

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