April 27th 2018

 Assemblies w/b 30th
Theme: Positive mental Health
Assemblies are led by Simon Wright
Thought for the Week
“A wise therapist taught me that anger is the emotion we snatch up to avoid less comfortable feelings – confusion, fear, sadness.”
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”


Dates for your diary

 7th May May Bank Holiday
14th May First GCSE Examinations

 Headteacher blog:

We thought parents may find it helpful to receive an update of the work completed by the Governing Body. 
At our full Governor meeting last week, the Governors received reports on a range of areas. These included an update on staffing and Uttoxeter Learning Trust. Governors then received one of the termly presentations from a Head of Department on current initiatives and interventions in their subject area. Following this, the plans for improving the building were discussed. Finally, the County Council catergorisation of schools was shared.  For 2017/2018, Thomas Alleyne’s High School has been judged to be a category 1 school. This is the highest category that any school can be placed in and is based on academic achievement, safeguarding and finance.
On a different note, we were thrilled to hear that one of our students, Max Hayes from Year 9, has reached the final of  ‘Young Blogger Awards’. Max is one of only ten finalists and has been invited to the awards presentation at Alexandra Palace in London on May 17th. Please consider voting for Max at https://www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk/about/vote-now-football-blogging-awards/ . It would be wonderful to see him win the competition! If you have never seen Max before then please take a look at what he achieved at Christmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZCsomwPo08  Whenever my husband and I watch Match Day with Max, we are well entertained.
We would also like to congratulate Maddie Andrews, Alex Ford, Abbie Hulbert, Ewan Lunn and Caitlin Palmer for their success in the Rotary Young Writer competition and our footballers for winning the Sentinel Shield semi-final. We look forward to seeing you in the finals!
Finally, we wish our ‘TAHS Olympic Readers Team’ luck in shadowing the Carnegie Book Award over the next 5 weeks. Their challenge is to read the 8 books which have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Book Award. See more at http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/carnegie-current-shortlist.php

6th form


It has been a busy week, lots going on which will have a long lasting impact on our community as well our students.  It is always a privilege for the school to support the local community and this week we know that we have done that.

Mrs Walton helped to make history this week by being involved with the Dedication Service of the new plaques at the local Uttoxeter War Memorial.  This is her account:

On Wednesday 25th April I had the pleasure of accompanying our Head Boy – Ryan Wiggins and Head Girl – Iona Barron to the Dedication Service being held at the Uttoxeter War Memorial.

Ryan and Iona were invited to read the poem Flanders Fields during the service.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae May 1915

The dedication service was being held to honour the memory of 46 servicemen whose names had been omitted from the original bronze memorial panels.

Also involved in the service was Year 13 student Karl Stanley.  He was playing as a member of Uttoxeter Brass Band and also played the Last Post.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School are proud to have been a part of this is dedication.

Mrs Walton – 6th Form Administrator

Living locally I know that there can be certain issues that we may discuss with family and work colleagues, as a sixth form we have taken positive steps to address one of those topics. Safer driving. By giving our Year 12 the opportunity to see the dangers of driving inconsiderately and driving at speed we hope to encourage to be more thoughtful when using the road and to think of others.

On Thursday 26th April Kevin Wilcox from Staffordshire County Council came in and gave a presentation to Year 12 students. This included talking about many issues relating to young drivers and passengers, focusing on the use of mobile phones in cars, the use of seatbelts, and peer pressure. The presentation also included a film which is a true story about Cassie Cowen.

Also on the theme of community Burton Albion Community trust gave a presentation to the Year 12 and 13 students to raise awareness of the celebrity football match that is taking place at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton on Sunday 29th April. To help promote the game they were able to bring James Argent, from The Only Way Is Essex, to talk to the students about the charity and to allow the students, if they want, to have a ‘selfie’ with him.  He Tweeted  about his visit to the school and posted a picture to the account. Photographs to follow.

Lastly I would like to promote the opportunity for two of our Year 12 students to be involved in an amazing opportunity to be enrolled on Rotary Youth Leadership Course.  The dates for the course are August 12th until August 17th, and it is being held near Stone. He course will challenge students physically as well as mentally in a variety of events testing their problem solving and communication skills. During the week long course you will receive a mentor from within the Rotary Club.  It can be used to towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award but it will also help you stand out on job and apprenticeship applications as well as UCAS applications.  If you child is interested could you please ask them to come and see Mrs Young to get further information. 


The latest round of GCSE+ continues for one more week,  All year 11 pupils attended 20 minutes intensive revision sessions during form time.  The core subjects are the main focus of the sessions this time around.  


Please be reminded of the interventions available to pupils as listed below:

Pastoral Students of the Week

Harry Meredith-Wood for helping his fellow students.
Eve Bednall, Sarinder Kirkham, Alice Boothby, Eleanor McCarthy and Holly Chatfield for delivering excellent assemblies to middle school students about their transition in September.


German Speaking Exams

Good luck to all students taking their German speaking exams next week, revise hard!

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.


Please see the information below about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

News from PE

Sentinel Cup Semi Final

On Tuesday Thomas Alleynes hosted Sir Stanley Matthews Academy from Blurton in the prestigious Sentinel Cup semi final. The competition is open to all schools in Staffordshire and South Cheshire and has featured a number of future professional footballers including Port Vales Nathan Smith and Ross Davidson. Stoke City’s Ryan Shotton and Oli Shenton, and Manchester Uniteds James Wilson to name a few.

Despite being underdogs Alleynes started strongly but squandered a number of chances. Kieran (Jessie) Coates managed to get his studs to a drive across the keeper to put us 1-0 up, playing up the famous slope. Alleynes were well on top but when Brad Cope went to ground to concede a penalty in what was his only error of an excellent performance the scores were back level. The pace of Alfie Bednall was then introduced from the bench and as he had done in the quarter finals he had an instant impact with a fantastic run and goal, scoring off the far post. In the second half Alleyne’s played the conditions to perfection- Harry Johnson who had limped off in the first half returned to score a magnificent hat trick and Bednall added his second. Final score 6-2. Team – Young, Cope, Minshall, Gregory, Hughes-Ratcliffe, Bussell, Wallis, Coates, Broome, Whitehead, Johnson, Brain, Bednall

The final will be next Thursday at Vale Park. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for ticket info.

See you at the game!


Science News

Higher tier Chemistry students are invited to attend a ‘walking-talking mock exam’ on Thursday 3rd May at 3.05pm in Room 54 to watch how a teacher attempts examination questions.

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

Year 9

Josh Newbon and Sophie Whieldon

Year 10

Amy Latchford and Gregor Hayes

Year 11

Georgia Morris and Luke Whitehall

All students were selected for their excellent effort and attainment in the field of Physics

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

  • Lydia Heath for excellent practical work
  • Rowan Hall for detailed written work
  • Tish Fry and Grace Gadsby for an excellent start on their new coursework

Well done!

Art/Photography EXAMS

All the Art department exams for GCSE and A Levels start very soon, in accordance with the specification, ALL PREPARATION work students have been doing over the last few months MUST be submitted on the day their exam starts. 
A Level Art
Mon 30th April, Tues 1st May and Wed 2nd May.
Mrs Robinson’s group- Tuesday 1st May and Wednesday 2nd May
Mrs Derby’s Group- Thurs 3rd May and Fri 4th May
A Level Photography-
From Tuesday 8th May- Tuesday 15th May inclusive.
Students will be advised on which days that they are doing exams. Check with art staff if not sure.
ART CLUB- Years 11 &13
Art Club is available to support students with their exam prep. Please check there is teacher supervision before staying after school.
It is vital evidence for the 4 assessment areas is shown in their submission. Each area is worth 25% the areas are the same for GCSE and A Level.
A01- research and develop ideas
A02- experimenting and selecting media
A03- recording ideas and drawing
A04- realising intentions (in exam)
Year 10 Art
We have been so impressed to see lots of year 10’s in at lunch/ after-school working on their coursework- keep this up.  The image shows one of the many fantastic pieces from 10C/Ar1.   More artwork can been seen on our instagram page tahs.art too.

French Revision

GCSE French revision 10.00-12.00 Saturday 21st April room 23. GCSE French speaking exams 23rd-27th April room 26. Bonne chance!

School Council

The School Council meeting was held on Wednesday this week.  There was quite a lively and vibrant discussion about the credit system with lots of different views expressed, the students also discussed the insight homework system and made some clear suggestions for improvements.  Finally the students looked at what the school does to raise money for charity and a brief discussion was held about how the different houses could get more involved with raising money for good causes.

Next meeting we are looking for year 9 and/or year 10 students to take over the roles of leading the school council into the next academic year and moving on to even more success in leading events and changes to improve our school.

We must also thank Tom Page, Carys Barker and Emma Jo Gilbert for their hard work on leading the council this year and wish them all the very best for their GCSEs.


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

University tasters at Keele, a cracking website and information on Nursing & Midwifery at Burton.

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