June 22nd 2018

Tuesday 26th June: Art & Photography exhibition 5:00-7:00pm



Thought for the Week 


No assemblies due to the continuation of exams in the theater
You can not miss that the World cup is on and we wanted to share a few quotes that show how sport can transcend all, politics & racism to name but two below. But as Sir Matt Busby says we should be gracious in victory and defeat – but let us hope Gary Lineker is wrong…..
worlcup quotes

 Headteacher blog:

As we approach the end of the school year, my thoughts have turned to the opportunities our students have been involved in and will be involved in during the year.


In July, students will participate in a World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Laos. As preparation for the trip, each person has had to raise £4350.  This has been a great test of the students’ commitment and ingenuity.  Notable fund raising achievements include, Tom Brittlebank receiving a £200 donation from a Young Explorer’s Trust, Iona Barron, the Head Girl,  raising £450 through participation in the Safford Half Marathon and Bea Egerton,  Harvey Grills and Freya Barkas raising over £1000 when they organised a sponsored swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and swam 6377 metres. This is the distance between Uttoxeter and Hi Chi Min City in Vietnam.


In April, the Under 16 Football team reached the final of the prestigious Sentinel Cup Final held at Port Vale FC.  The competition has featured a host of future professionals in the past such as Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and Manchester United’s James Wilson. This was the third time in 4 years that the school’s footballers have reached the final and although they were defeated by Biddulph High School, they performed very well and gained a lot form the experience.  Staying with sport, May 2018 saw the Thomas Alleyne’s Girls’ Athletics Team crowned as District Champions.  In addition, one of the school’s Year 9 students and budding sports reporter, Max Hayes reached the final of the Young Blogger of the Year as one of only 10 finalists and he attended a ceremony at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an exciting programme of activities for young people aged 14 to 24. Thomas Alleyne’s offers the award at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Candidates select and complete activities in four sections (five for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. Participants find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity.  Candidates pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


In February, a group of four Year 12 students took the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Concentration camp in Poland.  Rachel Clemett, Jess Poole, Adam Burrows and Lydia Grocott were able to visit the camp with the Holocaust Educational Trust.  As part of the programme, they were required to share their experiences with other students.  In March the group delivered a powerful series of assemblies to the rest of the school and in doing so they helped the Trust in their mission to educate as many people as they can about what can happen when society turns its back on humanity.


In the 6th form, Thomas Alleyne’s students enjoy a wealth of opportunities, which support them in planning their future intentions.  One of these opportunities involved Year 12 students travelling to Manchester for a UCAS convention to gather information from over 140 higher education providers.  Students enjoyed the chance to find out detailed information about the huge variety of courses on offer to them.


At the other end of the age group, Year 9 students had an opportunity to take part in the BBC’s annual School Report Day.  This was an event during which students worked together to research and create a news bulletin, which they eventually performed to camera.  Year 9 student Elli Robothan said, “Overall, I had a really fun day and leaned lots of new skills”.


A key priority at Thomas Alleyne’s is working with our Middle Schools.  On that theme Year 7 and 8 students, this year worked with the Alleyne’s business studies department.  The work involved participating in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge to develop a new concept for Kidzania in London.


Student leadership is an important part of the philosophy at Thomas Alleyne’s.  In February, the School Council held a meeting at Uttoxeter Town Hall during which they met Uttoxeter Mayor Alison Trenery and Borough Councillor Sue Mcgarry.  Students learnt about local democracy and fedback their views on how the town could be developed to meet the needs of young people.


In November 2017, Thomas Alleyne’s was visited by a group of ex-students, who left the school in 1961.  The group enjoyed their visit to the school and the trip down memory lane.  The art department made a lasting impression in that the member of the group, Graham Penning, organised for an award for ‘Original Thought in Art’ to be made available to students at prize giving events.  The first recipient of the award was Livia Robinson, who achieved a grade A* in her GCSE art exam.


I firmly believe that the experiences described above, combined with high academic standards mean Thomas Alleyne’s students are well prepared for their futures.


Dates for your diary

Week commencing  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
29th June Year 11 Celebration Day
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening
4th & 5th July Year 8 Transition Days
10th June Junior Prize Giving



 As a reminder, parents can view the benefits of gcsepod by clicking on: https://www.gcsepod.com/parents-benefits/   gcsepod has a proven track record in helping students make progress and achieve their best, whilst developing independent learning skills. 

This is a good time of year to start to think about what has gone well in your recent exams and what you found difficult.  Making a note of these areas and starting to use gcsepod to revise these will support you as enter Year 11 and make your final progress towards your GCSEs.
As you are about to start your GCSE courses in your option choice subjects, gcsepod can help you get ahead of the game!  Start early to boost your knowledge and skills.  gcsepod is a really valuable way of revising the work done in Year 9 in English, maths and science too.  


Inside GCSEPod – work experience:
During July, students can contact GCSEPod in a Twitter Q&A to ask any career questions surrounding particular jobs in the office i.e. web development, marketing, design, accounting etc.

This can include questions such as ‘how did you get into the job you’re doing?’ ‘what do you do on a day to day basis?’ ‘what do you love most about your job?’ ‘what’s the worst thing about your job?’



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 Success

Young Photographers Winners!!!
Youngsters from a range of local schools were invited to participate at the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Photographer of the Year Competition,
We have been thrilled to receive  1st, 2nd & 3rd place in BOTH the colour and Black and White 6th form Categories, with TAHS students receiving a further 7 x highly commended and 11 x commended in the 6th form.
In the Years 9-11 category one of our students secured 3rd place and another commended in the colour category, whilst  TAHS students also gained 2nd and 3rd in the black and white section for this age group.
Winners are being  presented certificates and Placed students will receive an awards during a presentation at our Art exhibition on Tuesday 26th June at 6:15 in the theatre.
Well done to all who entered, it was a strong competition as always and the judges must have had an incredibly hard time deciding!


If you would like to have a look at what we`ve been doing this year in Photography- you may want to look at bit.ly/flickrTAHS it has our rotary photography entries inside- and we will also be uploading images for our show on the 26th June.


News from PE

Year 10 Rounders 

This week’s fixture was against John Taylor. They had several big hitters who were hitting to all area of the pitch. they amassed a score of 21 rounders from there two innings. In reply TAHS could not score as freely due to some accurate fast balls from there bowler, Alleyne’s scored 11 1/2. 
Team Jess Eardley, Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright, Ellie Alcock, Jemima Pope, Lily Ede, Lottie Cooper, Katelyn Emery, Libby Fry. 
Lottie Cooper was awarded player of the match thanks to some big hits and some accurate long throws towards fourth post. 


House Rounders

Placings for year 10 

1st Orme

2nd Elkes 

3rd Torrance 

4th Whitmore 

Placings for Year 9 

1st Whitmore 

Joint 2nd Elkes & Torrance

4th Orme 

Girls Cricket Staffordshire Finals
Finals day saw TAHS face St Joseph’s in the first semi final. Losing the Alleynes were put into bat, Lucy Carr & Lottie Cooper got the team off to a positive start, confidently running 1’s and hitting the boundary. Lucy retired from the time Ning’s having scored the maximum 20 runs, Katie Hartley & Eve Bednall got the score up to 48 from the 7 overs. The bowling and fielding was solid from Alleyne’s with Sam  Cotterill bowling there opener for a golden duck. St Joseph’s Kept the run rate high scoring a run a ball. They reached our total with an over to spare to reach the final. 
Blythe Bridge were our opposition in the bronze medal match, batting first Alleyne’s followed a similar pattern to the first game. Lucy retiring again having scored the maximum, Lottie and Eve steering the total to 55 runs. No wickets were taken in the game but TAHS managed to restrict Blythe Bridge’s scoring with Lucy managing the fielding positions. At the close of play Blythe Bridge had scored 49 runs, meaning Alleyne’s had finished 3rd in the County. 
Team – Lucy Carr, Lottie Cooper, Katie Hartley, Sam Cotterill, Amelia Hadget, Holly Chatfield, Freya Hadgett & Eve Bednall 
county cricket


Congratulations to Torrance on winning the House Cricket Championship.


Year 9 Cricket.
Congratulations to the year 9 cricket team who beat De Ferrer’s in the league on Tuesday evening.  De Ferrer’s won the toss and chose to bat first.  However with some fine bowling from captain John Ball, Freddie Whitehead,  Alfie Clewes and Harry Ashton’s 4 wickets in 2 overs Alleyne’s reduced the visitors to 72 runs. An excellent unbeaten30 from Freddie Whitehead put Alleyne’s in a commanding position, with some careless bowling and more robust batting from the middle order, Alleyne’s won the match with 4 overs to spare. Well done.  Next league game is on Thursday at home to Abbott Beyne.

Science News


This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Faizey are:

Year 9

Tom Reddington – working hard in chemistry and cleaning up without being asked

Freya Hadgett – making excellent progress in chemistry

Year 10 –

Grace Gadsby – for working very hard and answering lots of questions

Jalen Doughty – for making superb revision resources for chemistry

Well done!


Girls in STEM

On Thursday this week we had the pleasure of year 7 and 8 girls from Oldfields, Ryecroft and Windsor Park. They joined us to hear about careers and opportunities in engineering, science and maths.
The girls listened to Sally Parker from Capula talk to them about female engineers and the sorts of jobs that they do. We heard that only 11% of engineers are female.
We then built a paper roller coaster between us. It was a very good effort girls!

During the day the girls also designed and created in DT and took part in maths games and science experiments. It was great to see the girls taking charge, working together and gaining confidence. Lets hope this is the first of many days like this.
It was a pleasure to have the girls here and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them on the transition days and in September.
Thank you girls. Mrs Payne.



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French Festivals

Year 9 French students did an amazing job presenting French festivals to Y3/Y4 children from Hutchinson and Picknalls. They looked at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Maple Leaf and Music festival, Fête des Rois and Carnaval, as well as the St Ambroise Fruit festival. The first school children really enjoyed the activities and our students were excellent ambassadors and MFL teachers.

News from your Canteen

Come on down on Tuesday 26th June for chocolate pudding day…..


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

An ex student who is working in renewable energies has sent in this guide to getting into offshore wind aimed for young people. Have a look and see if it for your particularly if you have an interest in STEM.


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