September 21st 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

 Headteacher blog:

After seeing students compete in House Cross Country  this week, it struck me how lucky we are to have all the  opportunities we are given to be successful. Just three weeks into term, students are getting themselves involved in all aspects of the school life. They have also turned out in good numbers, to audition for our next school production D.N.A. 
It was a privilege to spend time with our new Head girl, Maisey and Head boy, MacKenzie, and learn a little more about their journey to date through Thomas Alleyne’s. They are clearly passionate about making a positive difference to our school and, having listened to them, I am confident they will do just that. 
Finally, a thanks to our PTA. We met on Monday, and I was struck by the generosity of the group to give up their time to support the school. Last year the money they made a significant difference to our school and I am already looking forward to the first event of their year – the PTA quiz. I hope you can join us. 

Uttoxeter Learning Trust CEO Welcome

Welcome everyone, to what I am sure is going to be another busy and exciting year. Everyone involved in the Uttoxeter Learning Trust is looking forward to building on the successes of last year and really bringing the Uttoxeter Learning Trust to the centre of the community.

The Uttoxeter Learning Trust has been on an incredible journey from April 2017 when the 3 founding schools started the Multi Academy Trust. We have since grown with 4 more local schools and now consist of 7 strong schools:

Thomas Alleyne’s High School

Oldfields Hall Middle School

Windsor Park Middle School

Ryecroft Middle School

Picknalls First School

Hutchinson Memorial School

All Saints First School        

We continue to look for other like-minded locally geographic partners so that we can further develop our educational journey. We have all found that working together for the benefit of all children in and around Uttoxeter has really focused us on designing, delivering and continually evolving the education we offer. We firmly believe in the vision of delivering the best education from the ages of 3-18 in a seamless 3 tier system.

I am honoured to be the acting CEO of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust and the Headteacher at Picknalls First School. I will continue to put my heart and soul, alongside the other headteachers, into establishing and developing the Uttoxeter Learning Trust outstanding educational offer further.

I look forward to keeping you informed about the continued successes of our Multi Academy Trust. We strive to live up to our motto ‘Inspiring Teachers, Inspiring Children.’

Anne Tapp



This week is a week where I can look back and feel grateful. Grateful so that so many of our wonderful students are working hard in their lessons and in their non-contacts. Grateful that our Sixth Formers have so many wonderful spaces that they can work in outside of the classroom. Grateful that we have a wonderful team that can offer a multitude of support to each one of our students. 

Tutor times are full of activities. Year 13 are looking at future intentions; working on personal statements, completing UCAS applications, looking at Higher Level Apprenticeships and at future employers. It is vital that all Year 13 students complete their personal statements as soon as possible as they have mock exams before Christmas, by completing them early they allow themselves more time to revise and prepare for the mocks.  Year 12 are still using some of their form time getting to know each other.  12A completed a task which was to build the tallest structure using just spaghetti and very small marshmallows.  They mostly did a fab job, although I did need to tidy the floor a little after they had left. 

Today the National Citizenship Service came to speak to our Year 12 students, this is a great opportunity for all students to take advantage of, and each student was given a form to fill in if they were interested. If you would more details.

We have started to ask Year 12 and 13 students to volunteer for events within school, we like to see our Sixth Formers give a little something back to the school. It is very nice to see the helping out at open evenings for new Year 9 intake.  Dates have been given to students.  If they would like to be considered for a role on the Senior Prefect Team in Year 13 then these sort of events are a great way to be noticed.


European day of Languages 26th September.

There will be a celebration of languages in lessons.
Well done to everyone who has worked hard on vocab express – keep it up. Any problems see your French teacher


Respect Programme

As we begin this academic year, students at Thomas Alleyne’s are understanding the meaning of “Respect”. Their core focus is about respecting themselves, each other and the environment. During this first half-term Year 9 students will be studying British Values, looking into democracy, the Rule of Law, freedom of faith and challenging discrimination. Year 10 students are tackling some challenging topics on e-safety, including safeguarding, consequences of cyber bullying, use of social media and sexting. Year 11 students will be driven by their GCSE studies and what they want to do in the future, so their focus for this half-term will be on Applying for Jobs. This includes how to write a CV, conducting themselves for interviews and how to write a covering letter of application.

If there is anything further that you wish to discuss about these themes, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor or Head of House.

Year 9 Photographs

If you wish to make any final orders for your child’s Year 9 Photograph, your order form needs to be handed into reception (with arrangement for payment) or completed online through Tempest by Wednesday 26th September at 9:00am if you wish to qualify for free postage and packaging. After this date, Tempest will charge £4 for this. All students have received their order forms containing a sample and the information on how to order. Orders are processed gradually over the next two months, when any photographs arrive into school they will be handed to your child immediately.


Year 9

Many of Year 9 have been busy this week completing their first GCSE style assessment. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson are really impressed by how well pupils have applied themselves to the questions and started developing GCSE skills.

GCSE – Year 11

We are nearing the end of our unit on the American West, 1835 – 1895, which we started in May. There will be an end of unit examination for all groups at the beginning of October so start revision now by listening to GCSE Pods, completing your revision quiz answers and coming to lunch-time or after school history if there is anything you are unsure about.

A level

Well done to everyone who is meeting their interim coursework deadlines in Year 13. The good news is that one person has nearly finished their coursework – well ahead of schedule! Year 12 students can make the coursework process easier for themselves by completing independent research on any aspect of 20th century American history. Books are always available in the history library.

Run, Hide, Tell

At Thomas Alleyne’s High School we are committed to safeguarding our students both in out of school. Therefore we have shared the Governments “Run, Hide, Tell” video resource with our students this week, as we have done since the guidance became available.
We spent time to reassure students that there are no new or specific concerns for our community and they responded in a very mature manner. 
Should anyone wish to view the video themselves, it can be found via the link below,


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

Year 9

Erin Hough and Jessie Johnson for making an excellent start in Chemistry

Year 10

Eleanor Webster for continued hard work in all lessons

Brandon Kirkham for showing real interest and effort in Chemistry

Year 11

Ellis Barkas and Jenson Bosworth for consistently high levels of effort in Chemistry


Well done!



Year 9 Football

Congratulations to the Yr 9 football team.  After 3 fixtures this week they remain undefeated.  On Monday they played in the County Cup against Trentham High school.  Playing against a strong wind in the first half the team produced a very good display to be only 1 – 0  down.  In the second half the boys took full advantage of the conditions, scoring virtually straight after the restart from a long range effort by Ethan Hudson. From that point on Alleynes dominated with Harry Clarke and Charlie Ratcliffe scoring a brace each.  Alleynes went on to win 5-1. 
Wednesday saw the team progress into the next round of the Burton and District cup without kicking a football! Robert Sutton could not raise a team so Alleyne’s progress into the next round. 
The final game of the week saw Alleynes take on Moorside.  A very strong Moorside team had the better of the first half.  In torrential rain and a howling gale both teams battled very hard in the conditions. At the end of the first half Alleynes  were 2 – 1 down.  again with the wind behind the lads made good use of the conditions and scored to quick goals. Unfortunately through a quick break in midfield Moorside equalised.  The last 20 minutes were battled out and the scored remained 3-3. 
Well done to all the players who have made a strong start to their football career at Thomas Alleynes.  (No photos unfortunately, due to water damage!)
House Cross Country

On Wednesday the first house competition of the year took place with over 200 taking part in the annual house cross country.  
In the Junior competition the individual winners were Jodie Birks and Leighton Thomas in a time that would have won the senior race! 
In the Senior Races the champions were Kieran Coates and Ella Barbour.
Well done to all that took part  (see form tutor for credit)
The team results were as follows
Year 9 Girls
1st Orme 
2nd Torrance
3rd Elkes
4th Whitmore
Year 9 Boys
1st Torrance
2nd Elkes
3rd Whitmore
4th Orme
Senior Girls
1st Whitmore
2nd Orme
3rd Elkes
4th Torrance
Senior Boys
1st Whitmore
2nd Elkes
3rd Orme
4th Torrance

U16 Football

Thomas Alleynes 6 – Moorside 1

On Thursday in monsoon conditions Alleynes began their league season with a home game against Moorside. Alleynes were very professional in their build up with captain Frankie Busssell leading the team excellently. Alleynes began strongly and took the lead through a cross from Alex Shaw. The lead was doubled by centre back Jenson Bosworth who scored on his debut. The score at half time was 3-0 with Charlie Martin rounding the keeper.

The second half saw more of the same with Harvey Belcher who had kept a clean sheet in the first half showing he is the complete football by playing centre forward and scoring 2 as well as hitting the post. Archie Mcnair finished the scoring with a well deserved goal.

Belcher, Ball, Ford, Bosworth, Shaw, Dawson, Archer, Bussell, Martin, Hunt, McNair, Thornton, Simon, Bowyer

Man of the match- Shaw


U15 Football

Alleynes were knocked out of the Burton & District Cup by a well drilled Repton side 5-0 in what was a poor performance all round. Back to the drawing board on Tuesday in the county cup.

Team- Whitehead, Cope, Beech, Ball, Stockbridge, Kenny, Brunt, Jakes, Clarkson, Mangon, Hocking, van Hock, Hall, Twigge

Next Weeks Fixtures

Monday U18 v Wolgarston away county cup.

Tuesday U15 v Moorside away county cup

Thursday U14 & U16 v Cheadle away League


We have two vacancies available within our support staff, please see our school website linked below for further details.


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