May 18th 2018

No assemblies as exams continue.
Thought for the week
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519


Dates for your diary

25th May Last full day of school for year 11 & 13
4th June School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

Huge congratulations to Max Hayes in Year 9 who has taken home the National Award for Young Football blogger of the year. A phenomenal achievement. 


Well done also to Year 11 and 13, many of whom have sat over 8 examinations in just 5 days. It takes real stamina and resilience to cope with the pressure and they have shown just that. If any parent or young person needs support please let us know. 

​Finally, I wanted to let our parents and students know that I will be having a knee operation on the 12th June. Whilst I will be keen to return to work as soon as possible, we have planned for my absence for the the rest of this academic year.  
We are very fortunate that Mrs Maingay, our new Deputy Headteacher, has been able to start with us early to cover my absence. Therefore I have been able to work closely with both Mr Brunt and  Mrs Maingay as they take on the roles of Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher respectively from June 8th. ​
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 


6th form

Exam Support:

The theatre and other venues are now set up in readiness for the busy exam season ahead. When your child faces examinations, often scheduled close together, they will undoubtedly feel under some pressure. I therefore thought it would be useful to offer the following sources of advice and guidance to support both you and your child during this important time in their educational journey:

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you feel that your child requires any additional support during this time. In addition, I will be sharing some resources with the year 13 students to support them in undertaking their BTEC and A-level exams – please ask them to share them with you.

A momentous day for Year 13 today, this was their last taught Friday at TAHS.  Next week they will be participating in their Year 13 Leavers Day. Below is the schedule for the day,

Order of the Day

–             9:30am – 10.15am:         Common Room & 6th Form Area

–             10.15am:                          Students to Bradley House.

–             10:40 – 11:30am:            Formal Leavers’ Session – Bradley House.

–             11.30 – 11.45am:            Short break to get a drink, photos etc

–             11:45am – 1:00pm:         1st Section of Entertainment: Awards and Prize Giving

–             1:00pm – 1:45pm           Everyone back to Common Room for food and Yearbooks / Hoodies.

–             1:45pm – 2:30pm           Back to Bradley House for 2nd half of entertainment

–             2:30pm (approx.)            Year 13 Depart


The first full week of examinations took place this week. Students have conducted themselves well. We are all very their hard work and effort. Keep going now and keep revising.

GCSE Warm-up Sessions

A large number of departments are offering pre-exam booster sessions and the full program is outlined below:


ABC Mentors

Year 11’s who have applied to Sixth Form should have now received their offer letter and taster session information via their form tutor and their invitation to apply to become ABC Mentors.  Any problems, please see Mrs Walton in the 6th Form office or email

Year 11 Celebration Day – Friday 29th June 2018

 May I take this opportunity to congratulate our Y11 students on a successful and positive start to their final GCSE examinations. They have impressed all members of staff with their maturity and positive attitudes.

Year 11 students will complete their full time attendance at school and timetabled lessons on Friday 25th May. After this date, they are expected to attend scheduled revision sessions and GCSE examinations only. Full school uniform must be worn for all of these occasions.

We understand that students may need to catch the bus to and from school during the examination period and it is not possible or appropriate for them to study at home. Therefore when there are not supervised lessons, if your son or daughter needs to study in school they are invited to use either our school canteen or the library. This is also the case if they have 2 or 3 exams in a day and need somewhere to study between examinations. If they do choose to study in school, after May half term, they will need to sign in the visitors book.

We look forward to celebrating the end of the examination season with our students with the traditional Leavers Celebration Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to celebrate with their friends and teachers. Formal attire is expected for the day. We begin at 10am and conclude at 2.00pm, with a buffet served at lunchtime and a morning service at St. Mary’s Church. Parents are welcome to join us for the Church Service, should you wish. It will commence at 10.30am.

On arrival at 10am, students are expected to go straight to the following rooms, where their Tutor will meet them. We will leave at 10.20am for the Church Service.

11E1 – 20, 11E2 – 19, 11E3 – 18, 11O2 – 16, 11O3 – 15,

11T1 – 13, 11T2 – 12, 11W1 – 11, 11W2 – 10

On our return to school, students will be expected to remain in the Theatre. This is our base for this day, to avoid any disruption to lessons and internal examinations for the rest of our students in years 9.10 and 12. We also respectfully request that all students do leave the school site at the end of the celebrations at 2pm.

Celebration Day is an enrichment part of the school year & is therefore by invitation only. I must stress that we continue to expect high standards of behaviour throughout the examination period & would still reserve the right to remove any invitations to this day. Individual Heads of House will contact parents as appropriate should this affect your child.

I look forward to a happy and successful day on Friday 29th June. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House if you have questions.

Advice for female students

The Pastoral team would like to recommend the following website any parents who have daughters in school. You may wish to take a look at the website and then introduce your daughter to it. It contains a lot of useful advice and guidance.

Year 11 Geography

Thank you to those students who attended the revision session this afternoon, this wil be repeated on Monday 21st at 3.15pm in room 6. If any students were unable to get hold of the revision sheets , these are below. There is a sheet for each topic that will be in the exam plus a case study/exam technique help sheet. These are a useful summary of the Paper 1 topics and will help with that last minute revision! Good luck!

English Revision

The GCSE English Literature examinations take place next week on Tuesday 22nd May and Friday 25th May.

Warm up sessions will run as follows:

Tuesday 22nd May 8:00am-8:40am

Room 13 Mr Hulme
Room 18 Mr Parker
Room 19 Mr Brassington

Room 20 Mrs Harris (inc Mrs Baldwin class/other students if required)

Friday 24th May 8:00am-8:40am

Room 13 Mr Hulme
Room 18 Mr Parker
Room 19 Mr Brassington

Room 20 Mrs Harris (inc Mrs Baldwin class if required)

Please also note that revision takes place after school next week on Tuesday 22nd May, Wednesday 23rd May and Thursday 24th May. Please speak to your English teacher or Mr Hulme for more details.

We know you have worked hard. Well done, keep going with revision and we wish you every possible success!

Maths GCSE Revision

After school revision sessions continue to take place every Wednesday (rooms 48, 102, 103 and 105), Thursdays (rooms 48 and 102) and Fridays (rooms 46, 47, 102, 103 and 105)
In addition to these the maths department will be putting on some extra sessions before each of the GCSE maths exams.

Paper 1 revision sessions:
Wednesday 23rd May after school
Thursday 24th May 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 2 revision sessions:
Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:
Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

There are also unconfirmed rumors that a lobster was seen teaching maths this morning, but it has to be said that she (there is a clue) was rather camera shy. We will see what we can do for next week!!!

A-level Maths Revision
All A-level maths students have been given a timetable when each of the maths teachers are available.
There will be a revision morning for Core 3 and 4 on Thursday 31st May 9am – 1pm in rooms 104 and 105.

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.








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News from PE

Here is reporter Max and his report from the Sentinel Cup final:
Rounders Vs William Allit
The Year 10 rounders team travelled to William Allit to compete in an epic opening fixture. A decent start was made by TAHS restricting the big hitting opposition to 8 rounders after the first innings. At the half way point Alleyne’s trailed by 1 and half rounders.
A much improved performance was seen in the field with Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright and Jemima Pope taking great catches. Communication was great from all of the girls so the correct decisions were made when fielding the ball. Katie Lawrence, Grace Harvey, Lucy Rogers, Ellie Alcock  & Katelyn Emery made solid throws into 2nd and 4th post. Whilst Jess Eardley delivered some quality bowling and Lily Ede covered the backstop and 4th post areas.
The batting also improved in the 2nd Innings with Shani, Jess, Grace & Katelyn taking chances and keeping the score board ticking with 1/2 rounders. The final score being TAHS 15 – William Allit 14 1/2.
East Staffordshire District Athletics Championships
After 2 weeks of competition at Shobnall our Year 10 Girls Athletics team has been crowned district champions.  The boys came a creditable 4th out of a total of 16 schools.
This week on the track – Lottie Cooper was 5th in the 100m, Vicki Catterall 2nd in the 200m, Lily Ede 2nd in 300m, Shani Wright 1st in 800m, Abbie Hulbert 2nd in 1500m.  For the boys George Foster who was making his debut won both the 100m and 200m by sizable margins.  Lewis Dawson was 2nd in the 400m.  In the Field- Shani Wright was first in Long Jump, Ellie Allcock 2nd in both Shot and Discuss, Lucy Carr 3rd in Javelin, Euan Walsh was 3rd in Shot, 4th in Discus.  Well done to all that took part.

Science News

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

Year 9

Ben Wain and Sam Cope for excellent effort

Year 10

Rachel Agnew for excellent achievement and Annie White for consistently high effort

Year 11

Joe Hayward for enthusiasm in revision and Chloe Clayton for a diligent approach to revision

Well done!


As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using and 01889 561820


Year 9 Vaccinations

Please note the following dates for Y9 vaccinations.
 School Nurse Team to visit school on –
12th July –
All Y9 pupils for Meningitis ACYW and Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio
Consent forms must be returned asap if not already sent in.  Replacement forms available from school office.
3rd July
All Y9 girls 2nd vaccination for HPV (consent will have previously been given at Middle School).


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

How about this for budding vets….


Direct Page Link


Please see the attached information 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.


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