Dates for your diary
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
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
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.
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
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:
Macy Curran and Reece Archer for effort and attainment
Harry Van Hoek for achievement and high scores
Caitlyn Woodings for excellent effort
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, in particular your junk / promotions tabs as it may get redirected there.
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 11 and 13
Need some help? See Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young about lunchtime and after school revision sessions.
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