September 14th 2018

Dates for your diary

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

Opportunities ahead!

Girls Rugby
Girls Rugby Training – Monday until 4:30
Year 10/11 Netball – Tuesday afterschool
Year 9 Netball – Wednesday afterschool
All years netball – Friday 5:30
Congratulations to Eve Bednall, Freya Hadgett & Evie Robins who have been selected for the County Netball Team. 
School Football Fixtures
Monday 17th September U14 Home v Trentham – County Cup
Tuesday 18th September U15 Home v Repton – Burton & District Cup
Wednesday 19th September U14 Home v Robert Sutton – Burton & District Cup
Thursday 20th September U14 & U16 Home v Moorside – Staffs Moorlands League.
Team lists will be on PE noticeboard.

 Headteacher blog:

All students in Years 10 and 11 have been set 2 pieces of homework. These are both to access podcasts ,on subjects of their choice, from GCSEpod. 
Following 9 days at school, 501 podcasts have been streamed by our students, which is an excellent start for many.  However, there are also students who have not yet used this online revision tool. 
We are keen to get them into good habits early, by asking them to fit in small amounts of revision regularly into their daily routines. The homework should take less than 25 minutes. 
The most important part of this, is that they do not simply listen to the pods but share what they have learnt. Either, by completing a revision card, a mind map or teaching a parent, carer, grandparent or sibling what they have learnt. 
If you are able to ask them which pods they have accessed, and what they have learnt from each one then this would be a huge help in ensuring they put themselves in the very best position at the start of their GCSE courses. 
The pods they choose can either, re-visit previous information that has been covered in lessons, or prepare for future  lessons. 
On a very different note, I am fortunate to receive many positive comments about our students from members of the local community. An example of some fantastic work that one of our students,  Alyssa, has done for their community is in the story below.
However, this week, I received a complaint about some students’ conduct in Uttoxeter Town Centre after school. We are reminding all students of the importance of being aware of other members of the community when they are in town, and to show respect at all times. 

 

6th

Well done to our sixth form boys and their charity event last week where they had their legs waxed. Ouch!!!
They raised just over £40.00 from people paying to watch.

Equipment for Maths Lessons

All students need to bring the following equipment to their maths lessons:
black or blue pen, green pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
Maths sets (£1.20), casio scientific calculators (£7.80) and revision guides (£2.50) can be purchased from the online shop.

Year 11 – GCSE Maths

All year 11 students have received a letter this week about the opportunity to purchase a set of maths practice exam papers.  The set contains 6 papers with mark schemes and costs £2.50.  The deadline for ordering the practice papers is Friday 28th September and payment is by parentpay or by requesting a barcoded letter in order to pay via paypoint.  The school will pay for any students eligible for Puplil Premium funding.
This is a great way for students to revise for their maths mock exam that will take place before Christmas.

Greeters

Students are being encouraged to focus clearly on what they are learning about in lessons, and to focus on what success in the lesson will look like though the role of class ‘greeter’.  When a visitor, for example a member of the senior leadership team, visits a classroom, a student will be selected by the class teacher to greet them and explain what they are learning about.  So far, students have been excellent in talking about their learning, showing and talking about the work in their books. 

BTEC Success

 In addition to the success of our A-level and GCSE students, this week we wanted to share with you our BTEC successes.

Great outcomes were achieved in Extended Certificate in IT with 25% year 13 students achieved a distinction grade and a second student from Thomas Alleyne’s has taken up an apprenticeship at Total Enterprise Solutions in Rugeley, further strengthening the links with the school. We look forward to welcoming Chris from TES into school later in the year to talk to our ICT and Computer science students about careers in the sector.

In Extended Certificate in Applied Science 50% students gained a distinction and one student gained the top grade available of distinction star. The students are going on to study subjects such as Forensics and Criminology at University as well as another taking up an apprenticeship at JCB.

Our first cohort of students taking BTEC Sport accomplished amazing results with 33% achieving the top distinction star grade and a further 44% getting a distinction with students continuing their sports based careers studying Sports Science at University.

Fantastic results were achieved by our level 2 (GCSE level) students with 26% Health and Social Care students and nearly 20% of Children’s Play, Learning & Development students achieving the top grade – distinction star. In Sixth Form Health and Social Care students continue to do well with 60% students on the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-level) achieving distinction grades. All students taking the triple award (3 A-level equivalent) Extended Diploma achieved at least two distinctions with one reaching the top award of three distinction star grades.  Students are going on to study midwifery, psychology and teaching. These students also made an outstanding contribution to the community in their work placements with students working in nurseries, care homes, special needs schools and hospitals.

We wish all of our BTEC students the best for the future and know the combination of vocational content, individual study, examination preparation and managing assignments that BTEC courses entail will help them in their future endeavours.

School Crossing Patrol

 
We have been notified that there will be no crossing patrol person on Monday and Tuesday next week – 17th & 18th – students must use the pelican crossing.

Science

This academic year the Science Department will continue to reward students in Years 9, 10 and 11 for outstanding achievement in GCSE Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and also in BTEC Animal Care.  Students will receive a certificate to acknowledge their success.

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

Year 9

Macy Curran and Reece Archer for effort and attainment

Year 10

Harry Van Hoek for achievement and high scores

Caitlyn Woodings for excellent effort

Year 11

 Rob Davenport and Oliver Davis for a very positive start to the term and excellent classwork

 

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

Ellie Roobottom and Max Hayes for an enthusiastic start to the course

 

Well done!

MFL

 

The MFL department has a new resource which we will be using for vocabulary learning homeworks. It is called Vocab Express. www.vocabexpress.com school code UKTAHS. Each student has a personalised login and password which is displayed on the noticeboard outside the MFL office and room 23. Homework will be set on insight and completed on Vocab Express. Teachers can access students’ progress in learning vocabulary. Any students without a computer at home can use room 25 on Monday and Thursday lunchtimes. It ia also available as an app for phones. Please support your child’s vocabulary learning. Any problems please contact Mrs Clemett. 

Community Work

It is always inspiring when a pupil from Thomas Alleyne’s High School takes on a challenge within the local community and makes it a success.  Alyssa Shaw in Year 10 did just that.  Due to recent family circumstances, Alyssa decided that she wanted to give back to the organisation that had helped her family members, so she made all the arrangements for a Macmillan Cake sale at Oldfields Sports and Social Club in Uttoxeter.

It was a wet day and the family were worried that this would dampen Alyssa spirit. When they arrived at Oldfields they were ‘blown away’ by the amount of cakes that had been donated by friends, family and the local community.  There were two sporting games on that day, rugby and football, which also added to the amount of people that contributed towards this wonderful event.

Alyssa and her family where overwhelmed by the amount of money that was raised that day, just over £1200.  This is a staggering amount of money and I am very proud of Alyssa’s achievement.  I know that her family would like to thank Oldfields Sports and Social Club for letting her hold the event there and to Evan Richardson for looking after the money during the day. I have added some photographs of the event so you can see what our wonderful Year 10 Torrance student achieved. This is a lovely example of students putting themselves ‘out there’ for others and it goes to show that our students really are the best.

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Insight

Insight is up and running for all students at thomasalleynes.org/insight. Parents with an account can continue to use their existing login and if you now have an additional child in year 9 they should be visible by clicking on the picture icon top left whereby you can switch between children.

Year 9 parents will start to receive their logins as soon as possible and an email will go to the registered email address held in school. Please keep an eye out for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk, in particular your junk / promotions tabs as it may get redirected there.

 

History

Years 9, 10 and 12

Well done to everyone who is successfully making the transition to year 9, or from Year 9 to GCSE and GCSE to A level by working hard in class and completing homework to a high standard and on time. However, don’t forget that if anyone is finding any aspects of new history lessons a challenge then Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are always happy to go over work at break time, lunchtime or after school.

Year 12 

Get a head start in A level history by using your free time to read a book, chapter or magazine from our ‘Post 16 Stretch and Challenge’ library in room 16. Why not introduce yourself to a bit of American 20th century history in preparation for coursework after Easter?

Year 11 and 13

Mock exams are closer than you think! Make it easier for yourself by starting to review last year’s learning.
Need some help? See Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young about lunchtime and after school revision sessions.

PTA Meeting

Monday, 17th September, 7pm in the Staff room.
All welcome.
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Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. If there are any changes you would like to see please let us know.

 

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