January 11th 2019

Dates for your diary

21/1/19 7pm in the staff room PTA meeting
31/1/19 Year 12 Parents evening
7/2/19 Careers & Preferences Evening
14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

 Headteacher blog:

This week, I held a Year 9 assembly to support students in their preparation for their examinations next week. Following the assembly, students asked that I share some additional resources with them that they can use this weekend in their preparations for English examination. I have copied the message for students below for you. 
Year 9 Examinations. Message sent to students. 
Please ensure you use GCSEpod to prepare for your core examinations.
We strongly urge you to prepare the section under ‘English Language (Full course)’ ‘Reading Fiction and Creative Writing’. There are about 20 podcasts for you to revise. Remember to make notes, mind maps or revision cards, as you listen.
In addition to this, you may wish to use the following links to prepare for your English Language Examinations from youtube. There is clear guidance for you on how to approach question 1,2,3 and question 4. 
Don’t expect to find this easy, but you can pause the podcast to re-play it to help you understand the sections you find more difficult. 
How long you spend on your revision is up to you but everyone is expected to complete a minimum of 3 hours. Many of you will do much more. 
If your sons and daughters are in Year 10 or 11 and have not watched these videos already, we urge them to do so as they are an excellent way to prepare for Paper 1 of their English Language examination. Our thanks to Mr Salles for sharing his resources. 
We are now in the countdown to launching GCSE+ for Year 11 students. I am excited that this year I will be teaching on this course and look forward to meeting my group of students. The aim of the programme is to provide additional support, in small groups, in a subject which students may be finding challenging. 
Finally, I would like to mention a drama lesson I joined today. The students were studying a text called Blood Brothers. The arts are hugely important in our school and this lesson demonstrated all the benefits of studying this particular subject. Students engaged in public speaking, working as a team, and developing innovative and creative ideas. 





When we look at the start of the New Year we look towards a fresh start, or to build on previous successes and to work toward achieving our goals, within the Sixth Form we have sought out opportunities for our students so that we can provide new and exciting opportunities. It is important to us that all students are given a chance to enrich their learning, to allow themselves to exceed expectations and to push themselves and try new things. With that mind, please be aware of the following opportunities that we have for our students.

 All of this will be posted on the Opportunities board (6th from entrance), will be emailed to form tutors and will be sent out via INSIGHT.

  1. Oxford and Cambridge Taster Conference:

Trip to FREE Oxford and Cambridge Conference on the 18th of March (a small amount to cover travel costs will be required, those that are awarded the DBS the travel costs will be taken from this).

Additional info: These full-day conferences are available to students from all UK schools and colleges currently in Year 12 studying for A Levels or BTECS . The conferences include:

Course information sessions with taster lectures delivered by current Oxford and Cambridge teaching staff

Up-to-date information on applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life)

Student finance and graduate prospects

Information for teachers and HE advisers

Admissions Tutors and other staff from both universities will be on hand to answer questions and there will be the opportunity to talk informally to current undergraduates.  

The conference is purely for information gathering and to make an informed decision – there is no obligation to apply. There are 15 places available.


  1. Sutton Trust Summer school:

Sutton Trust Summer schools offer students a week-long residential at one of their thirteen partner Universities which include: Bristol. Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Kings College London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Royal Veterinary College, St Andrews, UCL and Warwick. There are over 40 subjects on offer.

Students apply for a course they would like to study, and through academic taster classes, guidance sessions and social activities, the programme provides an insight into the realities of university life.

 All costs including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the Trust and our partners which means it is completely free of charge for students to attend. 

  1. Bremen Summer Camp 2019:

Free two-week residential for 16 and 17-year olds,

14 – 28 July 2019 (Time off school will be authorised – one week of Summer holiday).  This experience gives young people aged 16 and 17 the opportunity to be part of an historic project that has taken place in Staffordshire for almost 60 years.  Participants from Staffordshire and Germany spend two weeks together learning new things, making friends and of course, having fun!

During this free, two-week project whilst staying in the heart of Cannock Chase, you will be able to enjoy an exciting programme which includes things like:

 Social activities like bowling, trampolining and outdoor adventures.

Visit to Coventry Cathedral & free time in Coventry.

Activities with local veterans and civic dignitaries.

 Tending to the German War Graves and learning about some of the people buried in the cemetery on Cannock Chase.

Visit to National Memorial Arboretum.

 Civic events including a high-profile wreath laying ceremony.

Planning and hosting a celebration evening at the end of the two weeks.

  1. We have a work experience opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in Architecture.
  2. Lastly we have a journalism opportunity to write a monthly column for a local magazine. 

Please discuss these opportunities with your child and encourage them to make the most of these opportunities.

On Monday 14th January all students will need to have their new swipe cards with them so that they can access a new gate that has been installed on site. All students have been issued with these cards and have signed for them. It is important that this card is kept safe and instructions on correct usage have been provided.

Next week Year 13 students will be receiving their mock results, while we hope that successes are celebrated we would like to offer this opportunity to inform our Year 13 students that if they have achieved the grade they required then we encourage them to seek further support and guidance on how to improve and learn from errors made. 


Thanks to the Staff

Before Christmas the staff held their annual hamper raffle raising money for the Arch refuge in Stoke. Further to our donation we have received the following letter:


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Safety Advice


Safety advice for children as it gets colder. We want to inform them to stay away from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds.

The weather is getting colder so Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service wanted to make your students aware of the dangers of frozen water. Iced over water has dangerously low temperatures which would be a real shock to the system and means that people can very quickly get into difficulty.

Our advice is as follows:

Make sure children understand how dangerous it is to play on ice. Tell them to stay away from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds.

Don’t wander too near to the edge, icy or wet conditions could cause you to slip and fall in

Don’t be tempted to test the thickness of the ice; it’s easy to slip from the bank and fall through into the freezing water

Dog owners should ensure they keep their pets on a lead so they are not at risk of falling in

If you see someone, or a pet, fall through ice and get into difficulty do not risk yourself by trying to rescue them -instead ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service immediately.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue’s website contains a short film which highlights the dangers of children playing on ice. We would be very grateful if you would share this with children of a suitable age within your school.  


A50 Update

We are pleased to share with you the latest information on the revised A50 and the planned closures to complete phase 1. All details can be found on this web-page:

Year 9 Maths Exams


The Year 9 maths exam takes place on Tuesday 15th January.  It is a non-calculator exam.

You will need the following equipment for your exam: black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass.  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 has been put on Insight. 

A great way to revise for this exam is to use https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

login is your school login followed by @tahs  eg smithjohn04@tahs

password is triangle

Happy revising and good luck!


Applications to stand as a candidate in Staffordshire’s UK Youth Parliament elections now open

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to encourage young people in their local area to make a difference on issues that matter to them.

Applications are now open for anyone who is interested in standing for Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in Staffordshire. We are able to elect 4 MYPs who will be in their role for one year, until February 2020. Applications close on 7 January.

To be eligible to stand for election you must be:

  • Aged between 11 and 18 on 01 March 2019.
  • Live, go to school, work or volunteer in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent).
  • Not be standing for election in any other constituency.

You can find out more about the UK Youth Parliament on their website, & watch the video to see what Alfie got up to in his two years as MYP.




December Puzzle of the Month – Car Sales

Answer – Week 1 – 15 Week 2 – 18 Week 3 – 23
So answer 23
See Mr Askey for your prize if you were correct.

Art Exam Evening

The Art Exam Evening on the 9th January went fantastically well, it is superb to see so many students and parents participate- Thanks to all who attended. 
We are all excited to see what students will devise and prepare for throughout the next term leading up to their exam following the Easter Holiday.  All resources will be emailed out to students through Insight. If any students and parents missed the evening, all resources and information will be explained to students in lessons following the coursework deadline on Monday 14th January.
As always after school sessions will be essential in securing success in the exam unit
art exam evening


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

Year 10

Eve Rigby and Felicity Burgess for commitment to chemistry lessons.

Year 11

Lucy Greatrex and Gregor Hayes for contributions to chemistry lessons.

Well done!



U16 Basketball
On Thursday evening our U16 boys reached the semi final of the basketball county cup where they lost narrowly to champions St John Fisher from Newcastle.  We took an early lead and gave the favourites a real scare in the opening quarter.  All the squad got good game time and made a positive contribution.
Top scorer was Harry Taylor, Captain- Connor McLoughlin,
Oliver Jones, Harvey Belcher, Haydn Fisher, Lewis Caparis, Jed Brunt, Ben Wain, Adam Matthews, Reuben Punchard.
U15 Football
Our U15 boys had the honour of hosting a football academy from Perth, Australia who are over on a British tour.  Whilst the scoreline didn’t go in our favour the game was an opportunity to play against some international standard players.
U14 Basketball
Our U14’s made their school basketball debut narrowly losing to Robert Sutton School.
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BTEC Animal Care External Exam

Yr11 BTEC Animal Care students have been busy preparing for their external exam which will take place on Monday 14th January at 9am.  We have had over 30 students attending after school revision sessions on Tuesday and Thursday and there will be a final preparation session from 8am on Monday morning.


Sixth Form Applications. 

Although the deadline for Sixth Form applications was today we have been approached by some students in Year 11 who have not quite managed to complete their application for today. With that in mind we have decided to extend the deadline to Friday 18th January. Please ensure that all applications are in before the deadline.




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