March 2nd 2018

Please note that will not be an assembly on Thursday 8th due to the theatre needing to be set up for a transition event taking place.
Assemblies w/b 5th MarchTheme: the power of words (written and spoken)
These assemblies will be led by Mrs Harris
Thought for the Week
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.””Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.”

Dates for your diary

7/3/2018 Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

7/3/2018 Ski Trip Parents Meeting 2
13/3/2018 Year 9 Parents Evening

22/3/2018 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

Having had 2 days when we had unforeseen closure we are impressed by the fact that many students have chosen to work independently.
It is always difficult to gauge how engaged students are with their independent work, in fact the only real measure we have are the numbers of GCSE podcasts they stream. 
We are therefore reassured that GCSEpod have notified us that Thomas Alleyne’s students have been working very hard and that over the last few days have streamed more pods than any subscribing school  in the country. For this reason we have been moved into the Grand Finals.
We have also been impressed that a number of students have popped into school during the 2 days to collect work which they wanted to continue with at home. 
We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday and hope that students will use some time at the weekend to access the materials which have been sent to them by their teachers via insight. We are conscious of compensating for valuable missed time. 
GCSEpod usage over the school closure period:


Year 10 Future Intentions Day 2018:

This week sees the start of National Careers week and National Apprenticeship week and here at Thomas Alleyne’s we are engaging our year 10’s in a Future Intentions day on Monday as part of our CEIAG provision. The day will see our students tackling team-building challenges, attending employability skills workshops and catching up with ex-pupils in their journeys into the world of work. In addition, all students at our school will have the opportunity at break time to visit a purpose built roadshow bus where they can access information and seek guidance on all aspects of apprenticeships. 

For more information about the activities our year 10 students will be undertaking please click here:.

For more information about national careers week, please visit the following link:

There are also a number of careers events running over the next few weeks, which may be of interest to our students. Keele and Cambridge universities are holding events for students wishing to experience life at a university in a short residential plus sessions in History, Economics and Medicine. There are also events at local colleges including taster sessions at Derby and an Apprenticeship Information evening.  Please see the links in the careers section for details. 

Respect Programme

The themes for this half-term now moves onto more thought-provoking topics from PSHE.

Year 9 will be studying Diversity, looking into:

What is Diversity?
The History of Diversity in the UK
How Different Are We
How has Diversity Shaped Britain?

Year 10 will be studying Teenage Pregnancy, looking into:
Social Issue of Teenage Pregnancy
Student Perceptions
Exploring Social Issues
Year 11 will be studying Alcohol, looking into:
Short and Long-Term Consequences
Links Between Alcohol and Mental Health
Binge Drinking
If you have any thoughts or questions about these themes, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor or respective Head of House.

Year 11 Photographs

Anyone that has made a purchase for an individual student photograph should receive their order over the next few weeks. Please be patient as the orders do arrive into school sporadically, but it will be passed onto your child as soon as it is received. If you do not receive your order, or an update on it’s status, please contact the school directly.

We have also received sample order forms for the Year 11 Group Photograph that also took place before half-term. These are available to collect from Reception or from your child’s form tutor, and again we have a deadline of Friday 9th March to have orders submitted to the school to avoid postage and packaging charges (£4). There are many fantastic products available from Tempest on these order forms and also online. If you wish to ask any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).


6th form


On Wednesday 14th March we are taking all the Year 12 students to Manchester to the UCAS convention. They will have access to over 170 providers, universities and apprenticeships. It is such a great opportunity and I hope that they all take advantage of it. We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning by 4.00pm. Last year we had amazing feedback and we expect this to just as good.
We have also had letters from the Year 12 students who are applying to become Senior Prefects. All letters have been read and we are putting together a schedule and will be inviting each candidate to come for an interview with a member of the Sixth Form Team and members of the current Senior Prefect Team. This may be their first interview so we do encourage each candidate to think about questions they may want to ask us as well as answers to questions about being a Senior Prefect. 

Year 9 Options and Parents Evening

Just a reminder that the year 9 options process will close on Wednesday 7th March at 9am. Thank you to all of those students who have already completed this process and if students are still undecided about what options to take then please speak to subject staff or form tutors for guidance. Can we also remind parents and carers that the year 9 Parents Evening has been rescheduled to Tuesday 13th March starting at 4.00pm. There is no need to re-book appointments as the original ones are still valid. We look forward to seeing as many parents and carers as possible.

Options Presentation



Catch-up Work

Please can students make sure that they check insight as staff will have set catch up work due to the fact that the poor weather has meant that the school has been closed.  In addition all students in Years 9 to 11 have been set a task in which they are asked to access GCSE Pods covering the areas which they would have been taught on Thursday and Friday.

Year 12 – Business Live Trip

Last week 19 Business Students visited Disneyland Paris to attend the Business Live Conference where we enjoyed presentations from British Airways, Pret a Manger and Disney! The presentations were informative and allowed students to apply some of the theory they have learnt so far to real business contexts!

As well as the conference we spent some time in the theme park! Students also enjoyed dinner at the Buffalo Bill Wild West show and even got themselves involved!

The students were all a credit to the school and even at temperatures of less than -7 degrees we managed to have a good time! 

Thank you to Mr Parkes and Mr Washbourne for supporting the trip!

Tim Benton Motivational Speaker

NEW DATE  : Wednesday 7th March 6.00pm.
We are pleased to announce that Tim has rearranged his visit for Wednesday 7th March.  He will be speaking to year 11 pupils on Wednesday afternoon and then to parents at 6.00pm.  Please com along to find out how you are able to support your son or daughter through their GCSE exams in the coming months.


The first round of GCSE+ finished this week.  All of year 11 benefitted from 20 minutes extra revision over the last 3 weeks. Thank you to all staff who taught the sessions.  The next round will start after Easter.

 Online Safety Advice

Advice for parents and carers in starting conversations about on line safety can be found here…..


The latest interventions timetable is under the link below:

Interven TT Feb18

News from PE

Revision Trip
On Wed 7th March we are taking 26 students to a PE exam revision day in Coventry.  Check with Miss Jones that you have secured a place.
Revision Guides
At students request we have ordered 2 types of GCSE PE revision guides both available at half price £2.50 each.  See attached letter. They can be paid by Thomas Alleyne’s Online shop and then collected from the PE department.
GCSE Practical Assessments
GCSE practical exams began this week. Due to the weather some activities will have to be arranged. If you are doing an activity outside school such as Horse riding, Golf, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics deadline for video evidence is Monday 12th March. Please make sure you follow criteria and ensure video includes you stating your name and candidate number. Any questions ask Mr Barrow. See attached activity lists.

Science News

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

 Kieran Wild and Joe Porritt for all round commitment to the course.

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

Olivia Bennett and Chrystal Malelu for producing very good coursework above their target grade.

Well done

Maths Feast

On Wednesday this week, Mrs Lyon and myself took 8 year 10 students to participate in the maths feast at DeFerrers High school. There were lots of challenges to complete in teams of 4.  Both teams put in a fabulous performance and did the school proud. Many thanks to Mrs Lyon for taking us there and back safely.
Once again it was a pleasure to take our students out, we thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
Mrs Payne

School Report Day

School Report Day is on Thursday 15th March.  This is an opportunity for all Year 9 students to take part in National Broadcasting event run by the BBC.  In school we will be running mock-press conferences and challenging each form to prepare their own news bulletin to be recorded.  Please return your consent slips.  These were sent home via form tutors but have also been sent out to all year 9 parents via Insight.
Here are a few pictures from last year…

Your Staffordshire Card

We have received the following information regarding Your Staffordshire Cards:….

From the 1st April 2018 there will be a change in the bus fare charges for holders of  Your Staffordshire Card bus passes, which some pupils use to travel to and from school on local bus services at a set lower fare.

 From the 1st April 2018 the fare for the under 16 Your Staffordshire Card holders is increasing to £1.30 in line with the fare for the 16 to 20 card holders.

 Please could you advertise this increase in bus fares on your school web sites etc. Where possible there have already been e-mails sent to card holder applicants and the bus companies have been informed. Further information and details of how to obtain or renew a card can be found on the web-site  

 Please direct any queries from card holders and parents to the web site not to school transport.


Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on 

This week information on:

Medicine Taster Days @ Keele

Direct Page Link


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

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