November 16th 2018

Dates for your diary


19/11/2018 PTA Meeting
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:

On Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of attending our Senior Prize Giving. It was a privilege to celebrate students’ achievements and to listen to our guest speaker Mrs Liz Abram.
At the end of Liz’s talk, she shared with us these tips:
Trust your instincts. If it feels wrong don’t do it.
Say exactly what you mean. 
Never speak badly of, or to yourself.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Don’t be afraid to say yes.
Be kind to yourself.
Stay away from drama.
Don’t be a people pleaser.
Stay away from negativity.
Let go of what you can’t control.
If you can be anything, be kind.
Stay patient and trust your journey.
Choose your habits with care; they decide your future.
The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.
My thanks to Liz for her inspirational speech. Thank you also to our chair of governors, Mr Mike Prescott, to our talented musicians  and Oki our lighting crew!
We are now just 20 school days away from Year 11 and Year 13 mock examinations. You will see an intervention schedule later in the newsletter to support students. In order to provide resources for all subjects, we continue to fund GCSEpod for students. Whilst many students have clearly put in place a detailed revision plan, some have not streamed any podcasts. Please encourage them to do so as we know it leads to building good habits and subsequent success. 
Finally well done to the staff and students who are working incredibly hard on our school production of DNA. It will be a fantastic show dates for your diary are for the 4th, 5th and 6th December. 


Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts

On Friday 23rd November Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form are organising a ‘Doughnut Day’.  All profits made will go the 6th Form’s Forever Charity – Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Famous Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts will be on sale at break time and lunch time where students and staff will be able to purchase them. The Doughnuts will be sold at £1.00 each or £10.00 for a box of a 12, considerably cheaper than retail price! 

We hope we can rely on your support for the fundraiser and that you make the most of the opportunity to taste some fantastic doughnuts and raise some ‘dough’!

Thank you 6th Form 

On Friday 16th November, 4 members of Uttoxeter Lions came to school and presented students with a certificate of appreciation for their support raising money for the Indonesia appeal. 
Other Lions news:  please continue to bring in old spectacles, hearing aids or mobile phones for the Lions recycling scheme.  Well done to students who are already logging hours as part of the Young Leaders In Service scheme.  If you require any further information about these, please contact Mrs Bell.

Mock Exams

Please make sure you are using your revision guide, revision cards and practice questions in your pack.  We will be running a revision session on Saturday 8th December between 10 and 12. 33B will be a review of content of each area that is likely to be assessed.  33A will be available for practice questions, informal revision and the opportunity to ask any relevant questions to a teacher.
Please take up this support to prepare for your mock exams.

JCQ Exam Contingency Day – Wednesday 26th June 2019

For the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan. 



Please see the latest interventions timetable under this link….

Uttoxeter Iceskaters

This year Sean and Carl in our sixth form have been succesful in winning the inclusive and paired category of the artistic iceskating competition in Uttoxeter which was judged by professionals from Dancing on Ice. Carl then went on to win the national artistic competition.
On Saturday 8th December Carl and Sean, along with many of our students, will be performing in their 5th Christmas Show at Uttoxeter, Cinderella on Ice.  
Ice skating is clearly a fantastic way to develop teamwork, communication, health, determination, confidence and friendships .


See the latest news from the PTA here:

PTA News



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

Year 9

Maddy Capewell for consistent excellent effort and attainment

Isla McFadzean for smashing her target grade in her first assessment

Kacper Wielechowski for excellent performance in his assessments

Year 10

Kyle Elcock for his really positive attitude to Science

Aiden White for a massive improvement in Science

Year 11

Dan Hensman for consistent excellence in Chemistry

Danielle Ashmore for superb effort in Chemistry

Well done!



U16 County Cup Football 2nd Round
On Thursday we travelled to Sir Graham Balfour in Stafford for the 2nd round of the county cup. In great Autumn weather conditions we began well but conceded from a direct free kick.  We fought back well and a scored an equaliser via a corner from Archie McNair which was slid home by Frankie Bussell.  The game was then end to end with it being clear that the score was going to be close.  Sub Lewie Thornton made a great impact holding the ball up and won a penalty which captain Bussell slotted into the bottom corner.
Man of the Match – Bussell
Team- Belcher, Simon, Ford, Bosworth, Shaw, Archer, Bussell, Dawson, Martin, McNair, Hunt, Thornton.
Boys House Rugby & Girls House Rugby
Next round of House Matches is on Thursday. See your Head of House for team lists.



Geography news…

Well done last week to the 23 year 11s who stayed after school to attend a revision session for their mocks. All year 11s welcome to attend. Every Friday 3:10 – 4pm in 6b and 6a. 
Year 13…Reminder that the next part of your coursework – Data presentation is due in on Friday November 23rd. Any student needing help should pop into 6b and see Mrs Goodwin on Tuesday lunchtime.

Maths Puzzle October 2018

Mr Black wanted to buy a piece of land. However, he is eccentric and wants the plot of land to be
1. Triangular – a right angled triangle
2. The area in square metres must be exactly ten times the perimeter in metres
3. The perimeter must be less than 240 metre
4. Each side must be an exact number of metres(an integer)
So what are the dimensions of the plot
Solutions to Mr Askey

News from the MFL Department

Y11 French should be revising for their mock speaking exams week beginning 26.11.18 -three themes especially the chosen theme as well as vocabulary and structures.

Bonne Chance!


In the run up to mock exams, it is great to see Year 11 students attending lunchtime and after school revision sessions. These run every lunchtime and after school Wednesday to Friday with Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson. We are available to answer any questions and help students learn the content of the course. If students are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the task ahead of them then these sessions are a good place to find help with planning revision and identifying key areas to focus on.


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