A Note from the Chair of Governors
Change of Chair of Governors
After being a Governor at Thomas Alleyne’s for around 22 years and Chair of Governors for 6 years I’ve decided to step down when my term of office expires in September. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a strong and committed group of governors, such a tremendously dedicated staff group, and of course a body of students who are a credit to our school and the town.
It has been a demanding 6 years, dealing with Ofsted visits, with tough challenges as funding for schools reduced year on year, with decisions on academy status, and, most importantly, with the responsibility for appointing a new headteacher four-and-a-half years ago when we welcomed Mrs Rudge to the school.
Now I am delighted to see Alleyne’s going from strength to strength as a founder member of The Uttoxeter Learning Trust, a Teaching School, a school rated ’Good’ by Ofsted and, most importantly, a school giving its students an excellent academic and extra-curricular experience. Achieving funding for classroom building work is the icing on the cake, and I hope the funds can be raised to save the swimming pool for future generations.
My successor is Mike Prescott who will bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to the role. I wish him and all students, parents, staff and governors well, and look forward to hearing of the school’s future successes.
Thought for the Week
As we come to the end of the academic year, we would like to thank you for your continued support this year. We know that it is by working together with you as parents, that we are able to support our young people most successfully.
I would also like to remind students that in addition to having a break, the summer holiday is an opportunity to review the learning from last year and to prepare for the year ahead. For Year 10 students who received their mock exam results this week, it is very important that the areas of development revealed by the mock exams are addressed. I would recommend GCSE pod as an excellent resource as a starting point for this exercise.
When students return in September they will see the benefits of an extensive programme of building work, which will have allowed us to remodel some of our classrooms and our dining facilities.
A number of staff will be leaving us this year. We would like to wish Mr Sabin, Mrs Blair, Mrs Ingram, Mrs Bracebridge, Mr Beeley, Mr Allen and Mrs Lyon all the best and thank them for their work during their time at Thomas Alleyne’s High School.
We are pleased that we are fully staffed for the start of the Autumn term and look forward to welcoming new colleagues to Thomas Alleyne’s High School in September.
Mrs H Khan MFL teacher
Mrs R Pavey – Physics teacher
Mr B Lloyd – Maths teacher
Miss S Robinson – Geography teacher
Mrs K Goodwin – Geography teacher and Assistant Headteacher
Mrs D Ainsworth, Teaching School Administrator
Ms A Bates, Inclusion Support Assistant
Ms R Rodi – Maths 1:1 teacher
Mrs L Massey English 1:1 teacher
Mrs A Grief – Curriculum Area Learning Supervisor
Ms E Oliver – Animal Worker
Mrs Rudge is looking forward to returning to the school in September.
Last week I mentioned that I am stepping down from my role as a Senior Leader and I would like to wish my successor, Mrs Maingay, every success in her role next year.
Examination Results Days
Swimming Pool Crowd Funding
We need your help to save our school Swimming Pool.
Here is our award winning vlogger Max telling you why we should save our pool.
Dates for your diary
20/07/18 – Last day of Summer Term 2018
03/09/18 – Inset day
04/09/2018 – All students return to school – Autumn Term 2018
03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening
11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening
w/c 29/10/18 – Half term
05/11/2018 – Inset day
I love the last week of term but probably not for the reasons you think. It is a hive of activity, lots to do and excited students at every turn. Teachers and students ensuring loose ends are sorted and that we are all prepared with our ‘to do’ list for over the summer break. I have been able to revamp my classroom displays and ensure that resources are prepared for September, although I still have quite a bit to do over the next few weeks. This year has seen many Year 12 students facing their fears. For many this year has been a roller coaster of emotions, bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level, the amount of work needed to achieve their target grade, the extra work put in by those that are reaching for the stars and lastly Mrs Walton who faced a very large and very real fear on Wednesday. Mabel was very well behaved, she did not answer back and she did as she was instructed. Mabel is a Tarantula. Mrs Walton is petrified of spiders and she saw Mabel being brought into the Sixth Form Common Room she did have a knee wobbling moment. Mabel looked at Mrs Walton and she seemed determined to help her overcome her fear. The pictures that were taken and that I’m sharing with you do not fully show how scared Mrs Walton was but I’m sure you will agree the look of relief when Mabel was given back to Mrs North speaks for its self. As well as Mrs Walton doing this for our forever charity, Douggie Mac, I held Mabel alongside some very brave students. Mrs Walton raised close to £100.
This week Jess Poole and Rachel Clemett organised for a Holocaust survivor to come in and talk to all of Year 12 students. Martin Sturn works with the Holocaust Education Trust (HET) and delivers educational talks to students all around the country on his experience. It was clear from the account that Martin gave that he owes his life to luck, from his mother dropping anti-Nazi propaganda in front of a Nazi Brown Shirt on a train and him just helping her to pick up her leaflets without reporting her to his name being missed off a transport list which was destined for Auschwitz. As a child, Martin and his sister would have been sent straight to their deaths in the gas chamber. It was very thought provoking and Martin was also kind enough to relay some of his early life to four classes of Year 9 and 10 English and RE students. Euan Walsh in Year 10 spoke to his English teacher after and thanked her for the opportunity to hear Martin talk. This sentiment was relayed from Year 12 students. I would like to thank Rachel and Jess for all their work on the Lesson from Auschwitz programme; they have gone above and beyond in all aspects.
Finally I would like to share with you an extract that we received from a Year 13 student, Rhiannon Kenny. The words are very genuine and the message resonated with all of us in the Sixth Form Team.
‘My teachers have given me the most important and supportive life advice and the confidence and belief in myself that was sometimes missing. Now leaving Sixth Form, I’m going into a career I never thought I’d be confident enough to pursue…This would not have been possible without the careers advice and UCAS guidance that we were given during the most crucial times of the application process. And it’s not only me, I don’t think there’s a single one of my friends that hasn’t grown and achieved success during their time in the Sixth Form.’
So on this positive note I would like to wish all our Year 12 students a lovely holiday, but don’t forget to work on coursework and read through subject content during the holidays. We look forward to seeing them all return as Year 13
House Competition 2018
As we published last week the results are as above, but Max has been at it again and here is his report on the biggest sporting event of last week:
Girls Summer Coding Camp
For the 2nd year, Vodafone is running a 4-day coding workshop for girls aged 14-18, as part of a global programme spanning 26 countries. This programme will give girls the skills, confidence and encouragement to learn, develop and thrive in STEM fields and occupations. They will be taught the technical skills to build their own website including Html, CSS, GitHub and JQuery.
The Manchester course will take place at Atlas House, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th August.
Applicants must identify as a female/non-binary, be 14-18 years old, and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.
A Maths Reunion
Six years ago as I said farewell to my year 13 maths class, they suggested we have a reunion in July 2018. They bought me a notebook and put the date in, clearly they had known me long enough to realise that my memory would fail over that length of time. Well that date was last Saturday. I was delighted and honoured that they took time out of their busy lives to travel back to Uttoxeter to meet up. They looked so well……and grown up! All working and incredibly successful. I heard all about their jobs, the different places that they are living, travel plans and career plans. How proud….and old I felt, what incredible young people. It was a lovely afternoon.
Thank you folks.
Jewellery Designer Visits Art Dept
Art Trophy Awarded to Lizzie Steele (Year 9)
Last week we shared with you the news of Lizzie’s award, so why did she win it? Well here are some examples of her work and I am sure you will agree they are fantastic!
20,000 Doves Project
We will also personalise each dove with a message or drawing related to peace.
The display are expected to be in Lichfield Cathedral from late November, over Christmas and January.
Keep reading future Newsletters to see how we get on!
Well done and thank you to all pupils who were involved in the music concert on Thursday night. A range of talent was on show throughout the 2 hour performance, it was excellent to see all year groups working together to put on a great show.
As we fast approach the summer holidays the students ill have more time to be on social media. Please see below parental fact-sheets for the main sites to assist you with your understanding.
Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s
If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.
Lockers for Students
Students need to keep their locker key if they are keeping the same locker in September.
Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com