June 15th 2018

Thought for the Week 


No assemblies due to the continuation of exams in the theater
A centenary honour to the  women’s suffrage movements
Women who were householders over the age of 30 (6 million womengot the vote in 1918women over 21 did not get the vote until 1928.
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 Headteacher blog:

As parents and carers will be aware from reading recent editions of the Headteacher’s Blog,  I will be acting as Headteacher for the remainder of this term due to Mrs Rudge having an operation.  I have been in touch with Mrs Rudge,  she is now on the road to recovery and I know you will wish to join me in passing on our best wishes to her.
Years 11 and 13 are now approaching the end of their exams and I wish to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication and the mature  way in which they have approached their exams.  We look forward to welcoming Year 11 back for their Celebration Day on June 29th.  This is always an enjoyable day and a very important Thomas Alleyne’s tradition. We also look forward to celebrating with students from Years 11, 12 and 13 in August as they receive their exam results.  The GCSE exam results day is 23rd August whilst Post 16 students receive their results the week before on 16th August.


Next week sees the beginning of trial exams for Years 10 and 12 and I would like to wish all students every success in them.

Whilst for students in Years 11 and 13, this time of year is very much about completing a journey,  our thoughts also turn to those students who are about to begin their time with us at Thomas Alleyne’s.  On Tuesday of this week the SEN department held a very enjoyable evening, during which we were able to meet with families and students from Year 8 who will be joining us in September.  On 3rd July we will be holding our transition evening for the incoming Year 8 and on 4th and 5th July we look forward to meeting all the Year 8 students as they attend their transition days.
Mr Brunt

Dates for your diary

Week commencing 18th &  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening


Moving into the last half term our focus is on preparing Year 12 students for their mocks and starting discussions about their future intentions. I am working with a number of students who are currently undertaking further research into apprenticeships and university courses. Each Year 12 student is encouraged to use Unifrog to help this search at home and at school and to speak to any member of the Sixth Form team for further guidance.

This time of year always amazes me, Year 11 students finishing their GCSE’s and showing their high level of maturity and the BTEC and A Level students in Year 13 finishing their full-time education with either coursework or exams. The manner with which these students arrive at school and enter their exam shows their commitment to their subject and themselves. As teachers, we encourage our students to share their experience of the paper with us, to give them support and to show them how much we believe in them and their ability. Our Year 12’s have their mock examinations starting on Monday and must ensure that they arrive promptly to their exam venue with the right equipment and in the correct uniform. Students are expected to be in school as normal during these two weeks and to be in lessons when they do not have an exam. All registers will be taken as normal during this time. There will be revision sessions offered by subject teachers and we encourage students to attend these to complement their independent revision. If any student in Year 12 has lost their exam timetable then they are encouraged to see the school exams officer.

Year 13 BTEC students have yet again risen to the challenge of displaying their work of the past two years for members of staff to see. Each year I see it I cannot believe the time and commitment they have given to their subject to have produced such substantial documents. The imaginative and unique way with which they show their knowledge, the amount of written work that is undertaken, sitting exams and then completing over 100 hours of work experience fills me and the Sixth Form team with immense pride. Mrs Blair has also provided photographs of this work for you to see.

As a reminder to parents and students in Year 11 the Sixth Form taster sessions do run next week, we are aware that there is a clash with some of the sessions and exams. We will run an information session for these students. If your child is interested in some of the other subjects on offer then they are more than welcome to attend those taster sessions as well. They must ensure that they sign in and out of school on the days that they attend, that they are quiet when moving around the school as there will be mock examinations and they do not need to wear school uniform. If your child is unable to attend then please email Sixthform@tahs.org.uk. We have attached the timetable for these sessions if one is not at hand.

Taster Session table June 18

World Challenge

We are officially on count down until we leave for Vietnam and Laos on July the 10th. I hope everyone is excited and getting all their packing started with the kit from kit list.
As the lead teacher on this trip I wanted to highlight and commend some of the students and their conduct towards their fund raising. Students have had to raise £4350 to attend the trip and then add on their spending money and injections, they have raised a huge amount of money. Firstly Tom Brittlebank has received £200 and a Young Explorers Trust award for his participation in this expedition. Excellent work Tom, well done. Iona Barron, our Head Girl, took part in the Stafford Half Marathon in April. She completed 13.1 miles, raised £450 pounds and earned herself a shiny well earned medal. Congratulations Iona.
Also in April Harvey Grills, Bea Egerton and Freya Barkas organised a sponsored swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. The centre donated the time needed for them to swim the distance between Uttoxeter and Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam. This equated to 6377 meters and when divided between the 3 of them they needed to complete 85 lengths each, which they all completed and a little extra as Harvey had been sponsored by the length by his Grandad. In total they raised over £1000 which will have helped massively in their fund raising. Fantastic idea guys, such a good job. These are only a few of our students stories and I will be adding more as we get closer to our departure date.
Not long now.
Tốt (that’s well done in Vietnamese!!)
Tom Brittlebank, in 11E3, is a recipient of one of this years Young Explorers Trust awards for his participation in the World Challenge expedition.
They also awarded him £200 to help towards his expedition costs.

Year 10 GCSE Maths Exam

The Year 10 end of year maths exam takes place on Monday 18th June. It is one non-calculator paper worth 80 marks.  The exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 and 10 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam:  Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor and compass.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention.

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

 A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle


Art Exhibition 2018-

TUESDAY 26th June 5pm-7pm 


Just over a week left until the Art department opens its doors to the friends and families of our students and our supportive community to see some of the interesting, intriguing, skillful and time consuming work that has been occurring over the last year. 
We will have selection of Year 9-13 Art & Photography work on show for you to look at. It would be especially useful for those doing GCSE or A Level art next year to see whats in store!


Art Dept Proud!

In the midst of another hectic week we are pleased to pause to celebrate with past Art students Ella Kasperowicz and Richard Holmes. 
Ella Kasperowicz studied Art and Photography along side maths at TAHS- gaining A*,A*,A*, then graduated last year from Falmouth University with a First Class BAHons in illustration. She is now forging a career as an author and illustrator and has just received a first copy of her soon to be released adult giftbook #squadgoals.
The Art department staff are so pleased to hear of her success and loved the vibrant and witty illustrations, and it’s great to see someone loving the work they get to do and hear of the design process and publisher support from octopus books. Ella is going traveling in September around Asia otherwise known as ‘the book tour’ and will no doubt find inspiration along the way for future projects!
Another past student is Richard Holmes who has just this week found out he too has a first Class Degree in Photojournalism from Staffordshire University. Richard Studied A level photography whilst here at TAHS and has been working at Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium and beyond as part of his development in Photo journalism. 
Richards work can been seen below and is printed on to aluminum taking pride of place in his degree show exhibition. 
We wish all of our past Art & Photography students the best of wishes and look forward to hearing from others who are far and wide across the country and beyond!






Usually almost £12-13.50 depending on age


£5 PP (normal price £6-£7.50 depending on age)




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News from PE


On Wednesday Mrs Fletcher and Miss Jones took a Year 9 and Year 10 combined team to John Taylor for a tournament. The games were one innings each, made up of 18 good balls. We played Robert Sutton first and it was a well matched game, we batted first and put up a score of 5 rounders in total, they then managed to equal our score so the game ended in a draw. Vicky Catterall was woman of the game due to her great rounder on her second bet of the game. Second game of the evening was against the hosts John Taylor. They batted first and put up a score of 2 rounders for us to chase. In reply we scored 9 rounders resulting in strong win for Thomas Alleyne’s. Eve Bednallwas awarded woman of the game thanks to her long throws when fielding and her huge hits and rounders scored when batting. Last game was against De Ferrers and this time we got to bat first. We scored a respectable 4 rounders but they scored 6 in their innings. Even though we lost, Scarlett Smister performed brilliantly when batting scoring 2 rounders with her big hits. Well done to all that took part.


U15 County Cup Cricket
Thomas Alleyne’s County Cup run came to an end on Thursday after defeat to our Alleyne’s cousins Stone.  Batting first the excellent Stone bowlers restricted us to 88 for 7 of 20 overs.  Openers Gregor Hayes (19) and Alex Ford (12) top scored but after that runs were hard to come by.  Stone began their innings by peppering the boundary and hittng some huge shots.  Uttoxeter Stuck at it though and wickets came for Belcher (3), Hayes (3) and Bussell, as the wickets fell the runs dried up and we took the came to the 19th over before the winning runs were hit.
House Cricket.
School House Cricket Competition took place this week.  The first Semi Final was Torrance v Whitmore, Whitmore mad 2 early break throughs before Harvey Belcher (38) and Frankie Bussell (24) began to find the boundary at regular intervals.  Freddie Whitehead took 2 late wickets but Torrance had a challenging score of 96 runs.  Whitmore began well with pinch hitter Callum Ward (15) hitting Belcher for 6 but they could not keep up with the run rate and finished 26 short.  The second semi final saw underdogs Orme v Elkes. Orme’s captain Callum Dreher (40 n.o) batted brilliantly to steer his side to 82 of 16 overs, with Lottie Cooper taking 2 wickets for Elkes.  Elkes had little trouble knocking off the runs in just 11 overs with Hayes (24 n.o) and Thornton (17 n.o)  batting well.
On Friday the 3rd/4th place play off was won by Whitmore, despite Orme putting up a good fight.  Dreher again top scored (27) and there was good support from Reuben Kenny (16). Freddie Whitehead (3 wks) and Alex Ford (2wks) were the pick of the bowlers, Ethan Archer stole the show though by removing the Orme captain.  Archer continued his good form by opening the batting and hitting 16 before excellent batting from Owen CArrington (24 n.o) and Charlie Cope (15 n.o) saw Whitmore home.
The final saw Elkes bat first and make 87 off 15 overs, Hayes top scored on 14 with wickets taken  in pairs by Bussell, Belcher, and Bosworth.  For Torrance Belcher dominated the batting hitting 74 not out to guide Torrance home off 11 overs.  Lucy Carr taking the solitary wicket of Lewis Dawson (10).
House Cricket 2018
BTEC Sport Visit To Staffs University
On Wednesday our Yr12 BTEC Sport level 3 students had the excellent opportunity to visit Staffordshire University’s Sport Science department.  This gave our students the oportunity to experience lab fitness testing, question staff, see athlete testing in action, tour facilities and gain a greater understanding of energy systems. The day also gave students the opportunity to research Sport employment and the courses and pathways available.  This will be a great advantage for units studied in yr13.

Staffordshire Schools’ AA Track & Field Championships 

Thank you and congratulations to all those Thomas Alleyne’s athletes who represented East Staffs at Northwood last Saturday. Overall East Staffs came 3rd in the event which is their highest finish for a number of years.  Well done.  Special mention must go to Lucy Carr and George Foster as they qualify to represent Staffordshire  to compete for the Mason Trophy held at Alexander stadium, Birmingham.  George will run in the Junior boys 100m and 200m races, whilst Lucy will be throwing the javelin in the Intermediate girls competition. Good luck and well done.



Girls Cricket

The Under 15 girls team enjoyed a great day at the South Staffordshire Cricket tournament, held at Wolverhampton Cricket Club. 
First match saw a great bowling and fielding display against Wolverhampton Girls High School, restricting them to 43 runs off 7 overs. Unfortunately our efforts were not matched with the bat and the game was lost by 5 runs. Katie Hartley batting well to make the final over very competitive. 
Lucy Carr captained the side brilliantly over the course of the day. She won the toss in the second game and put Erasmus Darwin in to bat. Another excellent bowling and fielding display saw EDA score 36 runs. Reversing the batting order with Hadgett twins,  opening the run chase went well, with Holly Chatfield coming in at number 3 and also scoring freely,  Amelia scoring 12, Freya 8. The total was reached with 3 and a half overs to spare. 
Newcastle under Lyme School were our next opposition and another comprehensive victory Lucy Carr & Lottie Cooper opening and reaching the retirement figure of 20 runs and Eve Bednall also coming into bat and not losing her wicket. The bowling saw Sam Cotterill, Freya Hadget, Lucy and Lottie all take wickets. 
The final game to secure qualification was against St Chad’s. TAHS batted first and set there highest total, over 80 runs. Again Lucy and Lottie dominant scoring 19 and 18 runs. The fielding was again excellent with St Chads only able to amass 38 runs from their 7 overs. 
The finals for the Rachel Heyhoe Flint trophy take place next Wednesday at Wolverhampton Cricket Club 

Special Needs Open Evening

On Tuesday evening the Special Needs department welcomed year 8 pupils and parents from our middle schools.  It was great to see so many in attendance.  The visitors were invited to look around the department and take tours of the school. Teaching assistants and parents got to know each other over a tea or coffee, whilst pupils enjoyed playing games or petting the range of animals which had be bought up from the farm.  Thank you to all those who attended and to the staff who worked hard to ensure that the evening was a success, a special thank you must go to the current Alleyne’s pupils:  Jamie, Joe C, Gemma F, Izzy and Amelia B.

Science News

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

Year 9

Zack Hedgcombe and Caitlin Beardsley for consistent hard work in Chemistry.

Year 10

Amy Latchford and Eleanor Turner for excellent effort in preparing for the Biology mock exam.


This week’s Year 10 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Thomas Clayton for care and pride in all of his work.

Rachel Spence for conscientious work.

Well done!

BTEC Health & Social Carre

TToday saw the culmination of 2 years of hard work for the BTEC Health & Social Care students.  As well as sitting 4 tough examinations, they have completed 9 comprehensive portfolios of work.  Staff who visited the presentation were very impressed and overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of work they have produced. They are moving on to further education in subjects such as Primary Education, Psychology, Criminology and Midwifery. 

We wish them all the very best for the future.

Mrs George, Mrs Blair, Mr Brunt and Miss Beevor.




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