February 16th 2018

Assemblies for the week commencing 26th February will be led by Mrs Rudge

Theme: Your Future

Thought for the Week

‘The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.’

‘People always find it easier to be a result of the past rather than a cause of the future.’

Dates for your diary

26/2/2018 School Reopens 8.40

27/2/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening

1/3/2018 Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

7/3/2018 Ski Trip Parents Meeting 2

22/3/2018 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

When we reflect on the core purpose of our school and the words ‘Progress, Individuality and Opportunity,’ the importance of the work of the Future Intentions team is clear.
It was fantastic to see so many parents and students at the Future Intentions Year 9 options evening and then at the Careers Fair. Speaking to students, it was evident that the evening had offered them the opportunity to meet potential colleges, universities, employers and to discuss possible apprenticeships. They also commented that they welcomed the chance to speak to our own staff about GCSE courses for next year.
It was an exceptional Careers evening.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Lyon who organised and led the entire event.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable half term and wish all our Year 11 and Year 13 students well as they continue with their revision. As we keep reminding them it will be worth it in the end!

Arts Society- Outstanding Artist of the Year Award

The Needwood and Lichfield branch of the Arts Society have kindly donated a beautiful glass trophy to add to our collection of Awards in school. 
This award will be presented to the student who is considered the most dedicated to their art form over the last year. It joins two other recent significant trophy donations from the ‘Class of 61’ a group of past students who were impressed with the variety of work our students do here.
We think it is wonderful that the Arts are recognized here at Thomas Alleyne’s for the positive contribution they make to the individual, society, and even the economic productivity in the UK. 
Did you know that the Creative Industries is the largest growing sector in the UK generating over £92 billion to the economy and employing almost 2 million people? *
* statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).


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6th form


We have counted, checked and verified and the votes are now in!  Students in Year 12 who have had the most number of votes from students and staff have been asked to apply in writing to Mrs Dodd for the prestigious role of Senior Prefect. All students on the list must see Mrs Walton to collect their application letter. It is a lovely task to post the list of names but we are very aware of those that would have loved an opportunity to apply for the role of Senior Prefect but were unable to secure enough votes and therefore may feel dejected. I would encourage those students to speak to a member of the Sixth Form Team upon their return after half term.

Last night we saw a tremendous turn out at the Careers Fair, and it was so nice to be asked such a varied range of questions. To speak to so many that I teach in Year 9 and to answer their questions about entry requirements for the Sixth Form and what A Levels we recommend for their career choices was a pleasure.  If there are any more questions that you would like answering then please email the Team at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

Letters have been sent out to prospective Year 12 students from our current Year 11 cohort.  On the letter, there will be a date, time and location for the interview. We are looking forward to meeting all of these students but also welcome the opportunity to meet their parents/carers.  It is recommended that parents do attend, as there may be some questions that you may want answering. If for some reason you are not able to attend on the time and date given then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule the meeting.

With my Year 13 group this afternoon we have worked out that they have ten weeks and four teaching days left. I recommended that they ensure over the next couple of weeks that all their subject content is transferred in to revision materials. The sooner the students complete this the longer they have to learn and remember. A student who has learnt the content inside out and back to front is a student that will feel confident when walking in to an exam venue. A student who is disorganised and has not spent the correct amount of time learning their content may feel apprehensive and therefore not perform as well as they could in the exam.  It seems logical to advise at this point that if any student needs support with managing their time in and out of school then they need to speak to their subject teachers as well as the Sixth Form Team.

Year 9 Options

Year 9 students are now able to complete their option choices via Insight. The diagram below shows how to complete this. If students have difficulties accessing the options form or the options information that has been sent to them via Insight over half term, just let your tutor know when you return. Thank you to those students who have already completed their choices but if you are unsure of what to choose there is no rush to complete the form as the deadline for completion is Wednesday 28th February. It is important to think carefully about the options that are open to you so please read through the options booklet and use the Fast Tomato website (https://www.fasttomato.com/) to help you make an informed decision.

Options Presentation


Careers Fayre

The annual Thomas Alleyne’s Careers Fair took place on Thursday 15th February. There were over 40 different stands representing a variety of employers, colleges, universities and school departments present. Students and parents were able to get advice and guidance regarding A Level, BTEC and GCSE subjects and what career opportunities are open to them.  We would like to thank all of the organisations involved and Mrs Lyons for her fantastic organisation. We’re looking forward to next years already!


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.

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

Another great cheerleading session happened on Wednesday with the students learning a new dance routine and new stunts. Feel free to come along to the sessions, it’s not too late.


House Matches
Thanks To Alice Smith for scoring the house baddminton competition.  The competition consisted of a round robin singles and doubles format.  Overall Orme proved far too strong with 14 points, the rest were evenly matched with Torrance on 8 points, Elkes on 7 points and Whitmore on 6 points.
1st- Orme
2nd- Torrance
3rd- Elkes
4th- Whitmore
Table Tennis
Thanks To Charley Eley for scoring the house table tennis competition. The competition was a seeded singles round robin. 
Whitmore 3- Orme 1
Elkes 2 – Torrance 2
Whitmore 0 – Torrance 4
Elkes 2 – Orme 2
Whitmore 2 – Elkes 2
Orme 3 – Torrance 1
1st – Torrance
2nd- Orme
3rd- Whitmore
4th- Elkes

Girls Handball

A mixture of year 9 and 10 girls made their handball debut in the district tournament held at Robert Sutton. Similar to the boys competition last week, the girls began with limited tactical knowledge but improved great as the competition progressed. 
First up were Pingle who quickly scored two goals against us, through copying their defensive tactics and reverting to zonal defending when not in possession Alleyne’s looked more solid. More gaps appeared and the girls clawed back the 2 goals. Next up were Robert Sutton A, who were well drilled and had a firm defensive set up on the edge of the D. They also took a two goal advantage which was again matched by TAHS. Robert Sutton then broke and scored a winner in the dying minutes. The third match against Robert Sutton B saw Alleyne’s execute a successful game plan, looking to get people back behind the ball when defending and breaking quickly to through our high lone striker. 
Squad – Ellie Roobottom, Harriet Bebbington, Freya Hadgett, Amelia Hadgett, Holly Chatfield, Eve Bednall, Courtney Bogacki, Shani Wright & Grace Harvey

Science News

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

Year 9

Willow Gregory for bringing in a myriad of interesting artefacts

Aryan Khunti for constant enthusiasm for Science

Year 10

Aaron Gwynne for consistent excellence in achievement

Rachel Agnew for superb effort and attainment

Year 11

Heather Forsyth for exemplary effort in Year 11

Amelia Graham for consistent excellent effort in her work

Chloe Sherlock and Abigail Podmore for excellent effort and attainment

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Mackensie Paterson and Jenna Timmis for excellent effort in course work

This week’s Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week also selected by Mrs North are:

Raeley Hall and Chloe Brown for excellent results in their trial exams

Well done to all students!

Valentine’s Cake Sale

Thank you to all the students of 13B that made and bought items for our cake sale and a HUGE thank you to all the staff and students that bought the cakes, cookies and other lovely goodies. We managed to raise over £150 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Well done to all!!!


Year 11 Computing Revision Schedual

Starting after half term the Computing sessions on a Wednesday evening will move from NEA support to revision for the examinations. The schedule of topics is outlined below:
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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.


GCSE+ has completed it second week.  Year 11 pupils should now be establishing very good revision habits and have a clear view of what is expected over the next few months.  After half term GCSE+ will continue for one more week. After easterGCSE + will run again for three weeks.

English Interventions

Please see the link below for full details of the English revision sessions available for year 11 students.

English Interventions


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

This week information on:

An Army Open Day in Newcastle…

Direct Page Link


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

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