December 7th 2018

 Dates for your diary

20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day
7/1/19 Inset Day
8/1/19 School reopens for students

 Headteacher blog:

In a school week when I had the privilege of watching over 50 brilliant young people, led by our fantastic team of drama/dance teachers, perform the play DNA, and when I had the chance to watch our Year 10 girls’ victory in netball, I feel incredibly proud of our young people. In both drama and sport, the students embodied the essence of teamwork beautifully.
Our RE staff will be opening up on Saturday, welcoming in their Year 11 students to support them in  their final preparations for their mock examinations. 
I would like to pass on my thanks to all staff for the opportunities they are offering our students both academically and in Sport, Art, Drama and Music. 
We wish everyone well with their trial examinations next week


A reminder to all students,  parents and carers.
 Hooded sweatshirts are not part of the uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. We encourage all students to wear a v necked blue or black school sweatshirt over their shirts, especially now that the weather has turned cold. 
We encourage them to also bring outdoor coats, and gloves. If they do bring hooded sweatshirts to school and wear these beneath or over their blazers these will be removed from them to be collected by parents as they are not part of the school uniform. We appreciate parents support with ensuring these sweatshirts, which are not part of our uniform are not brought to school. 


On Tuesday 4th December we welcomed Andy Grant to speak to our Yr 12 students.  He came in to tell his story and share his experiences.  Andy has delivered motivational talks all over the world – from talking to Nike Marketing Team in China to the England Football team before the World Cup. Andy was in the Royal Marines as a member of the Green Beret.  During active service 5 months into a tour of Afghanistan Andy got blown up. After suffering horrific injuries he spent 18 months in and out of hospital. Andy eventually decided to have his amputated from the knee down. From the moment he started talking the students and myself were completely transfixed by what he has gone through and how he had turned his life around.  Andy is the fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km with a time of 37.17. Andy’s story is a rollercoaster of emotions.

After the talk students said that it was very humbling listening to his talk and that it brought them to tears.  It was an absolute privilege to listen to Andy’s presentation and to see the effect it had on the students.

We look forward to welcoming Andy to Thomas Alleyne’s again.


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We have had a busy week! External visitors willing to share their wealth of knowledge and to impart wisdom upon our Year 12 and 13 students.  Last week I talked about enrichment and how we have a commitment to our young adults, the feedback I have had from our students this week is that we are helping them see life from many directions. Mrs Walton has provided an account regarding the inspiring words he imparted on the Year 12’s on Tuesday. It seems that Commando humour is something we all need and humility and courage will always serve you well, I wish I had been able to listen, I hope we are lucky enough to have him back. 

On Wednesday, staff from T3 Drug & Alcohol Advisory Unit visited Year 13 as part of their wellbeing programme and our commitment to our educate on matters where we know we are not always the specialist.  I was not teaching so I was able to listen to this talk, I found it interesting but also very concerning about how many illicit substances there are.  Adam was able to speak clearly about the dangers surrounding drug misuse and also explained how useful the T3 programme is.  T3 is a free and confidential service for young people up to 18 years old in Staffordshire.  They help young people make informed choices about their alcohol and drug use, and to raise awareness of all the risks involved. This includes providing high quality and responsive support and assistance to parents and carers, schools and colleges, reflecting an inclusive approach to care co-ordination.

AS you know we are committed to helping within our local community and one way which we are doing this is by donating unwanted glasses to the Uttoxeter Lions, today they collected 13 pairs of glasses from our school.  They stated that this is ‘an impressive result on top of the 21 pairs collected last month’. Thanks to all those people who donated and thank you to Mrs Bell who helps organise these events..

We are looking for Year 12 students who would be interested in being an accelerated reading mentor.  This will involve being assigned to a lower school student who is struggling with their reading and literacy skills.  They will listen to them read and give them strategies to improve (training will be given).  This is a very worthwhile project and they will get to see their mentee improve in reading age (students take an online test after reading each short book).  It will take place during registration once per week in the library.  This is also excellent to put on their personal statements/job applications about a time when they have made a difference, overcome obstacles, helped others etc.  If anybody is thinking of becoming a teacher or healthcare worker, there are also opportunities to learn about dyslexia and other special needs.  We have run this support to Lower school for many years and feel that it is beneficial and worthwhile.

Over the next two weeks we have our Year 13 mocks.  All Year 13 students should be ready to sit these exams. Please reiterate to them that it is ok to feel nervous and anxious, others will be feeling the same.  We ask that all students turn up to the exam in plenty of time, all students are expected in lessons if they are not in an exam. All students must bring the correct equipment to their exams and behave accordingly. After Christmas there are some BTEC external exams, again ensure that they are revising for these, they are important and do count towards their final BTEC qualification.

“On Tuesday 4th December, the Y13 A Level English Language group were lucky enough to have a session delivered by Dr Barbara MacMahon from Derby University.  They learned about advanced Theory Of Mind as enrichment towards their Child Language Acquisition module.  We look forward to continuing this successful partnership with Derby University.”

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. 

Christmas Dinner

We are proud to announce that all the turkey provided for this years Christmas lunch in the school canteen has come from the school farm where they have been cared for by the Animal Care students. Our turkeys have also been sold to other local schools in the area for their Christmas lunches.
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Year 9 have reached the end of their first unit of work and are completing assessments on this. It is clear that there has been a lot of revision, and, as a result of this, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young have marked some excellent examination papers. Revising properly for Year 9 history assessments is an important part of learning which revision strategies will work at GCSE.
After school revision sessions are continuing for Year 11 and it is lovely to work with students in small groups to help them consolidate their understanding and practice examination skills.
Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are also available after school or during non-contact lessons for Year 13 students.


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

Year 9

Elizabeth Shaw and Josh Ratcliffe for consistent hard work and progress in Biology.

Year 10

Josh Rogen for excellent scores in the Biology test.

Freya Hadgett for excellent progress.

Year 11

Jess Bailey and Tara Wilkins for excellent effort and good progress.

This week’s Animal Care news and star students selected by Mrs North:

Thank you to all the Year 10 students who have worked so hard this week plucking and dressing the turkeys as well as making Christmas wreaths. In particular, Taylor-Jane Bailey and Issy McLeavy have been brilliant.

Year 11 have been working very hard towards their external assessment in Animal Care after Christmas, in particular Jenna Timmis and Kensie Paterson who have produced some excellent revision materials.

Well done!


Our first home game of the season saw our Year 10 team extend their unbeaten run in the East Staffordshire district league with wins against John Taylor’s A and B team. 
Bolstered by a big home crowd TAHS soon settled and got over any early nerves and made their mark on the game. John Taylor A were put under great pressure whilst they were in possession of the ball, with the girls allowing very few passing options, with great positioning marking their opponents and strong arms in front of the ball. TAHS often won the ball back through interceptions or winning a penalty for a held ball. 
Amelia and Eve showed great team work in their circle defending to restrict the John Taylor shooters efforts at the net. Together with Jess and Frankie the ball was moved quickly upcourt to our own shooting third. Alice & Holly fed the ball effectively into Freya & Anna who were hungry for goals & delivered scoring from different areas of the D. The final score was 15-4 to Thomas Alleyne’s. A thoroughly enjoyable watch as both teams displayed a high standard of netball. 
Fortunately there was another game for the crowd to enjoy as the girls then faced the John Taylor B team. Determined to gain the full 6 points TAHS continued with the same levels of intensity and raced to 18-3 victory. A result which has left Miss Jones beaming all week. 
 Squad – Hadgett, Bednall, Banner, Tooth, Boothby, Chatfield, Adams & Hadgett
POM – Eve Bednall
Gifted & Talented Netball Coaching Session
Evie, Holly, Halle, Eve, Anna, Amelia & Freya travelled to John Taylor to participate in a coaching session. Commonwealth gold medal winner Beth Cobden delivered some fun warm-up activities and some technical drills on how to beat a defender, followed by some games. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the session, which ended with a Q & A session and some photo opportunities with the gold medal & Beth Cobden. 

Year 9 East Staffordshire Futsal Championship.


The pictures tell the story… 1st and 2nd in the district.


Year 9 Rugby

On Wednesday 12th December Year 9 have a boys rugby fixture against St Josephs college away. Team list below. Team will require parents to arrange lifts meeting at 1.20 at school and getting to St Josephs for 2pm. Game will finish at approx 3.30pm.

Address of pitch is – Rose Tree Avenue Trent Vale Stoke On Trent ST4 6NL

Team to see Mr Barrow Monday registration to confirm availability.

Tim Hensman, Toby Minshall, Charlie Ratcliffe, Ben Ogden, Connor Buxton, Blake Plant, Adam Bulmer, Leo Hemmings, Driss Chouhibi, Lewis Tomlinson, Luke Watt, Charlie Allcock, Duncan Craven, Toby Patterson, Hal Thornton, Aiden Moorfield, Ben Pagett, Ethan Hudson


Maths Puzzle

Answers to November Puzzle 65,72 and 97. There were no correct entries.
This months puzzle for December is
Christmas Car Sales
‘How’s the motor business’ asked Ian. Chris smiled ‘Its not usually good leading up to Christmas but sales have picked up again. We sold 56 in the first 3 weeks. The difference between the number we sold in the first and second weeks, multiplied by the difference between the second and third weeks, comes to the same as the number we sold in the first week’.
Ian was stuck as he was not in a top set maths class at school.
How many cars did Chris sell in the third week of that month?
Answers to Mr Askey


Christmas Concert

  Mr Power is after more acts. If you have what it takes to be in the Christmas Concert this year please pop and see him ASAP!

Tickets are available from the online shop and also from Mr Power. £5 each (£3 concessions).



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 After school drop-in session

Struggling with how to revise? Want a quiet revision space? Academic referencing boggling your mind?

The library will now be opened after-school on Wednesdays from 3:05 to 4 from now until the end of term for students to get help with their studies. Many different types of support can be offered, including:

Tips for effective revision

A quiet workspace

Academic referencing support

Essay writing tips

Exam timing

Establishing a revision culture

Sourcing wider reading

And more!









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