October 12th 2018

Dates for your diary

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

09/11/2018 – PTA Quiz night details below

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

 Headteacher blog:

This week, was the week of our Year 9 service at St Mary’s church. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our first month together at Thomas Alleyne’s and to consider the opportunities ahead of our new Year 9 students, the vast majority of whom, have made a fantastic start to their school lives with us. 
I briefly visited the sixth form assembly on Friday to thank them for their support at the Church and at Year 9 and Year 11 open evenings. We have always appreciated having a sixth form attached to the school, and having them by our side or leading speeches in departments, was a real privilege on both evenings. 
Finally, I would like to thank our staff. We appreciated that many parents commented on the passion of the teachers when delivering their subject talks. 
If any Year 11 needs further support please talk to your form tutor. Whilst you may have selected 5 subjects on Thursday evening, there is plenty of time to reflect and find out more about other subjects. 



‘Oh what a night’. Our Year 12 information evening was wonderful. Thank so much to all the Year 12 and 13 students who helped last night. We had so many helpers that we were able to provide a fabulous service to all the external applicants that came for their first look around Thomas Alleyne’s. Many parents provided feedback and stated how mature, helpful and knowledgeable they all were. Mackenzie Smith, Maisy Bettany, Elliot Jones and Amanda Clough spoke confidently to all parents and students about their experience at TAHS. These talks posed many questions for our new cohort; should they take a blended route – BTEC and A Level, would they choose BTEC’s, either Triple or a Double Award and a Single Award or should they take three or four A Levels as the EPQ sounded so interesting. The extra-curricular activities that Mrs Dodd, Mackenzie and Amanda spoke of were inspiring; Gold Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge.
We were able to provide an insight into all subjects that will be available at TAHS from September 2019.
If you would any further information on this or would like to see a copy of the prospectus then please contact Mrs Walton at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

A huge thank you to Maisie Bettany and Mackenzie Smith for raising around £80 for the Uttoxeter Lions Indonesia appeal by selling bangles kindly provided by Mrs Fisher.  
If any students wish to take part in the Lions Young Leaders In Service community service award, please see Mrs Bell for a log book.  Certificates are available for 25, 50 and 100 hours voluntary service over a year’s duration.


All Year 9, 10 and 11 students will have a maths assessment during the last week of this half term.
This will take place during their normal maths lessons.  Students will need the following equipment for their maths assessment: black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass, Year 10 and 11 will also need a scientific calculator.  All equipment can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of the newsletter) or from the maths department.
A list of topics to revise will be put on Insight. 

Year 9 Photographs

Any parent or carer that have purchased a Year 9 Photograph should be receiving their order over the next couple of weeks. An order came into school today and they have been distributed into form trays ready for Monday. If you do not receive your order by Wednesday 24th October, please contact Mr Hawthorne (Head of Torrance House).

Year 9 Welcome Service

On Thursday 11th October, it was a pleasure to welcome Year 9s to Thomas Alleyne’s High School in our traditional welcome service at St. Mary’s Church. It consisted of a talk from Mrs Rudge, a welcome from our Head Boy and Girl, a well participated hymn and a reading by Mr Hawthorne. The following students shared their thoughts:

“The welcome service at St. Mary’s church was a special day to welcome us to Thomas Alleyne’s! We all sung a hymn and were told about all the opportunities by the Head Boy and Girl and other teachers. To finish, we sung a hymn one more time and said the Lord’s prayer. Overall, I found this event very enjoyable!” – Tilly 9W1

“Year 9 walked down to our local church to celebrate the start of our first year at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. Mrs Rudge started the service with a speech to work hard and not give up before our Head Boy and Girl encouraged us to take advantage of the opportunities the school has to offer. We finished off by singing ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ when Mr Hawthorne claimed we were the best Year 9 singers yet!” – Isabelle 9W1

“I felt it was welcoming and I really enjoyed it, particularly the part where we all sang together at the end” – Ava 9T1

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings are now open on insight, http://www.thomasalleynes.org
Login details have been sent to the registered email address we hold on our system, please check you mail, including junk for an email from insight@tahs.org.uk.
If you have not received this please email insight@tahs.org.uk stating:
The email address you wish to use
Your name
Your child’s name and tutor group
The first line of your address

PTA Meeting


Monday 19th November, 7pm in the staffroom.
All welcome.

TAHS Quiz Night 18 v_online


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


Year 9

Ben Ogden and Isla McFadzean

Year 10

Isabel Watts and Matthew Jackson

Year 11

Max Edwards and Aaron Gwynne

All of the students were selected for their recent Physics assessment grades.


Well done!



Girls Fixtures & Practices
Tuesday – U14 & !6 Netball Vs Robert Sutton (A), also netball club for students not involved in fixtures
Wednesday – Girls football club on astro.
Thursday – U6 netball Vs Deferrers (A)

U16 Moorlands Football League & Cup double header.

On Thursday we made the short trip to Rocester FC to take on JCB. With the pitch in great condition we were able to play some of our best free flowing football. Harvey Belcher in goal played like a quarter back pinging the ball around to start our attacks. Lewis Dawson enjoyed the wide pitch and created numerous chances but was unable to score himself. Charlie Martin seemed determined to dribble the ball in but when he did shoot scored 2 excellent goals. Man of the match was 2nd half substitute Max Hunt who was on fire with his mazy dribbling frightening the JCB defenders and deservedly scored the third to cap a 3-0 win.
u16 FB
U16 Rugby
East staffs district tournament – team photo below.

Year 9 Football County Cup
On Tuesday night the year 9 team aheaded off to Biddulph High School. A very good first half saw Alleynes dominate with George Arnold settling the visitors nerves with an excellent strike from outside of the box. Unfortunately Alleynes were unable to capitalise and went in at half time 1-0 up. The second half started similar to the first half with Alleynes dominating Leighton Thomas scored from a very good break down the right wing. Biddulph fought back very well and scored 2 quick goals. The last 10 minutes was a tense affair with neither team being able to break the deadlock. It took a solo effort from captain Charlie Ratcliffe to decide the match. Well done. Next game is on Tuesday against Paulette in the Burton and District cup. Players need to get their own way there.

National Inter County Swimming Gala

Congratulations to Ben Year 9, who has represented Staffordshire last weekend at the National Inter County Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. He was one of a quartet of swimmers in his age category. He swam the individual 100m freestyle, narrowly missing a personal best time and swam the anchor leg in the medley relay to help his team finish third in their heat. 

Maths Puzzle October 2018

How Old is John?
Mum’s age in two years’ time divided by John’s age now , then added to John’s age comes to two-thirds of what Mum was when John was born. And today it is Mum’s and John’s birthday.
How old is John?
Answers with solutions to Mr.Askey (Maths department – room 47) by half term.




English News


Year 9 will be involved in an oracy project with an outside provider called Talk the Talk.  All of the pupils will be involved, with each of the English groups taking part in the project for a whole day instead of following their usual timetable.  The training will be delivered by the visiting experts, with Thomas Alleynes teachers assisting them in doing this.  When the project has taken place in the past, pupils have reported that it has been really enjoyable, and beneficial to both their oracy skills, and their overall self-confidence.  I am sure that this  year will be no different.  Pupils will be informed which day their group is taking part, and the room that is their venue, by their form tutor.
English Pupil of the Week: Izzie Mcleavy, in 10U4.  Since beginning Year 10 Izzie has shown a mature, hard-working and positive approach in all of her lessons, and should be very proud of herself.

Tesco Bags of Help

Thomas Alleyne’s High School calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund to Save the School Pool

Thomas Alleyne’s High School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School Save our Pool is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We have been raising funds to bring our swimming pool back into use and we really need your support to make this happen.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.


Revision Tips

With Year 11 and 13 Mock exams in a matter of weeks, we want to support students as much as possible with preparing for exams.
Further to revision workshops held recently in school – please see the link below showing how to make great use of post-it notes in revision.  Further clips will be shared weekly to support students.
More tips will be shared at the Year 11 Revision Evening on Tuesday 16th October.

Revision Evening

English, Maths and Science Revision Evening on Tuesday 16th October, TAHS Theatre 6pm.
There will also be a section on revision tips and how to help your child revise.
We very much look forward to seeing you there.



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