January 25th 2019

Dates for your diary

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 myself and Mrs Titterton, our new office manager, held our first ‘Headteacher Star of the Week’ breakfast. Students were nominated by members of staff.
Then our Heads of House and Head of Sixth form selected one student each to join me for breakfast. Grace, Jenna, Lilly, Joseph and Emily were chosen for a range of reasons: Joseph, for the academic progress he has made during his time with us; Lilly, because she will be performing Giselle with the English Ballet Company (she trains 6 days a week!); Grace, for the leadership skills she has demonstrated in school and Jenna, for exceptional trial examination results. Emily because of her success at interview for a place to study physiotherapy. It was wonderful to listen to them and to talk about their plans for their futures. We have budding illustrators, dancers and physiotherapists in our midst!
You may be aware that the government published their performance tables on Thursday this week reporting on GCSE results. 
If you would like to look at these please see the link below. We were thrilled to be placed 4th in Staffordshire for student progress this year. My thanks to all of our staff and students for their hard work. 





Year 13 students will all have had their mock papers back with grades and how to improve in readiness for their next wave of testing from subject teachers. I would encourage an open conversation at home to see if they have they a revision plan or if they need to amend their revision plan. I would also suggest that they go through the specification and see which topic areas are their weakest and which questions they have struggled with. Encourage them to seek the answers within their text books, class notes and use of the internet, ask them to speak to their subject teacher about skills needed for certain questions and encourage them to practise writing in timed conditions.

For those in Year 13 that have applied to university I encourage them to look at their grades and the courses they have applied for, compare them to their mock results, do they look on track to achieve these grades? I am hoping that the students see their UCAS application as a motivational tool to encourage them to work hard to achieve the entry requirements needed for their favourite university and course. We will support all students within school to help them achieve their goals but we reiterate that there needs to be a large amount of revision completed outside of school.

Students in Year 13 that are looking at apprenticeships, start looking now. Logon to apprenticeship websites, use Unifrog and see what opportunities are there waiting. Last year I spent a considerable amount of time talking about the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship in comparison to applying to university. It is personal preference but I would certainly recommend that all students in both Years 12 and 13 look at apprenticeships as an option for Post 18.


Elevate Training


This week Elevate came in again to do their final session with our students called ‘Ace your Exams’. They looked at giving yourself adequate time to prepare for exams and gave three steps to prepare:
– Finish notes
– Memorise
– Practise Papers

They also explained how to make the most of practise papers which is particularly useful for Y11 having just had their mock results.

Once you have completed a past paper, look at where marks have been lost and then ask teachers for specific advice on how to improve to gain more marks in these areas next time. They also talked about learning from others around you, for example finding a friend who did well on a paper/question and looking at their answers to understand what they gained their marks for to try and replicate this yourelf.

Please have a look at the student portal on the elevate website where you can download resources to support your child with their study. The website link and password is as follows:

Password – rondo



Bad Weather Procedures


As the forecast is getting, how shall we say, a bit fresher! We thought it prudent to remind you of the bad weather procedures in place. Please see the full procedure in place under this link:

bad weather procedure


Schools Shepherding Competition

8 enthusiastic year 10 animal care students bravely chose to take part in the Inter Schools Shepherding Competition at the National Sheep Event at Bakewell market this last Thursday.

Taking up their lunch times practising for it they have been very dedicated and eager to compete. They each had a specific activity to carry out on the chosen lambs: foot trimming, dagging, drenching and condition scoring.

Unfortunately we didn’t get placed but they all had a fantastic time!

A special mention went out to Chloe Yates who the judge thought was outstanding in her specific activity of drenching the sheep and had top knowledge.
junior shepherding



A good way to revise for GCSE Maths is to do some maths every day. 

Go to https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/ where you will find 5 maths questions for everyday of the year.  You will need to select which level of questions you answer:

Numeracy – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 1, 2 and 3. 

Foundation – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 3 and 4. 

Foundation Plus – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 4, 5 and 6.

Higher – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 6 and 7.

Higher Plus – broadly designed for students aiming for Grades 8 and 9.

You can either print out the questions or just get them on your phone and use a pen and paper.  The answers are also available so you can mark your own work.

If you are unsure about any of the questions then ask your maths teacher for some help.

 If you are studying A-level maths then there is also a Core 1 5-a-day to practise lots of the pure maths covered in Year 12.




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

Year 9

Tyler Benton and Lilly May Udale for excellent effort in Physics.

Year 10

Jess Peach and Victoria Morut for excellent effort in the end of unit test.

Year 11

Amy Latchford and Cem Coban for achieving very pleasing marks in the mock exams and beginning good revision habits.

Well done!



Thank you to those parents who completed the Parent View survey last week, your responses are appreciated. If you would like to complete the questionnaire, it is available by following the link below. Parent View allows you to feedback on your child’s experiences at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. The questionnaire has 12 questions and is used by the school to identify what we are doing well and what we need to work on. Parents and carers will need to register on the website in order to complete the questionnaire. If parents or carers have any queries or questions regarding the questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact us.



RE Revision 

Further to information shared earlier this week most students have received  their RS revision guide.  With approximately 13 lessons left until the first exam please make good use of this.  The course revision cards, practice questions and useful tips are included.
Weekly homework will be set to revise the cards in sequence.  This week it is cards 1-4. Some sample revision materials are included below.
Some examples are attached.
Please see your teacher if you need further resources to support your learning.




Learn About Lambing

Our local vets, just cross the road from the farm are holding a lambing course/meeting on Wednesday the 13th of feb at 2pm. I just wondered if any 6th form students that are wanting to be a vet would be interested?
The cost is £5 unless they are already in the small holder club!





Our vet skills programme will be starting again on Tuesday 29th January when we will be looking at caring for our new calves.  On Tuesday 12th February will be looking in more detail at the breeding cycle of our pigs following the introduction of a boar.  All year 10 Animal Care students are welcome.

We are all going to the zoo…..

Last Friday 60 year 11 students spent the day at Twycross zoo in order to collect information for their Animal Care coursework. As part of this work they had to carry out behavioural studies, called ethograms, on three different types of animals.
Following a talk from the education department in which they gained an insight into different types of behaviour and how to log this behaviour, they were allowed to choose which animals to study.  Although cold, many of the animals they studied were housed in heated enclosures so they were able to complete the studies in relative comfort. Most students studied the Chimpanzees, Bonobos or Gibbons as well as the Penguins, Meekats and Snow Leopard.
As well as collecting their data the students also enjoyed visiting the other animals especially the Rainbow Lorikeet which they could feed with nectar.


Computer Science Revision

As the exams are getting closer by the minute it is the ideal time to ‘refresh’ the in school learning at home. Watch a YouTube Video, listen to a GCSE Pod, play a Kahoot quiz – this should be in addition to the homework already set. Repetition is the key!

The ICT & Computing department are building a small website that will bring all of the links together to enable this to happen. This is a work in progress and the pages will be added as we cover the topics in class. So far the pages are in-place to get us to half term….



On Thursday 24th January Mrs Young arranged for one of her Year 10 groups to have the opportunity to listen to a survivor of the Holocaust. This is always an empowering moment as it enables and allows students to hear a first-hand account of what it was like and to relive the memories of a survivor.



About Harry Spiro BEM and Robert Rinder

Harry and Robert share a unique connection; Robert’s grandfather Morris Malenicky was also a Holocaust survivor from the same town as Harry, Piotrkow, in Poland. After the Holocaust, Morris and Harry come over to the UK as part of a group of child survivors and became good friends.

Robert went on a life-changing experience when he took part in BBC One’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, which saw him follow the story of his grandfather, visiting Piotrkow and learning about the fate of his extended family. The episode was watched by 8 million people and featured Harry and Robert reflecting on the arrival of The Boys to the UK.

The Boys

The first survivors to be admitted to the UK after the Holocaust were a group of child survivors under a special scheme agreed by the Home Office in the summer of 1945. This was in response to a proposal from Jewish philanthropists and aid agencies. Permission was given for up to 1,000 children up to the age of 16 to come to Britain on a temporary basis, with plans for them to subsequently re-emigrate, although this stipulation was soon changed to a restriction that they could not enter employment without Home Office consent. In reality, only 732 children were brought to the UK under the scheme, partly as a result of the difficulties in finding willing survivors and partly because of the financial difficulties of the Jewish agencies supporting them.

‘The Boys’, is the nickname given to these child survivors (although their number included around 80 girls). After their initial stay in Windermere or other reception sites, the majority moved to London where they formed a close-knit group centred around the Primrose Jewish Youth Club, which they founded in Belsize Park north London in 1946. This group then attracted other young survivors who had come to Britain under the Distressed Relatives Scheme. Although the Primrose Club was forced to close in 1949, when it lost its lease, the companionship and support its members offered to each other, shaped by their shared experiences, led to the formation of lifelong bonds which assisted them as they established new lives in Britain. In 1963, at the initiative of Sir Ben Helfgott, The Boys formed the ’45 Aid Society to raise money for charitable causes. The strong relationships between them have been passed through the generations, with The Boys’ children and grandchildren now taking a prominent role in the society’s activities as a striking example of the enduring power of friendship and solidarity.


Year 11 
It is really pleasing to have had so many students coming to lunch-time and after school revision sessions since the beginning of January. Please encourage students to come to these as they are an ideal opportunity to consolidate understanding in a small group environment.
Year 10 and Year 12
Both year groups have end of unit examinations coming up soon – please ask students about their revision.

Business Studies

GCSE Business revision sessions will resume on Tuesday after school in room 40 and on a Wednesday lunch in room 45.

MFL Interventions

GCSE French intervention 
Friday after school room 10 higher
Friday lunchtime room 10 foundation
Tuesday after school room 23 aiming for a 9



House Matches
Thursday 31st January
Boys Basketball and Girls Football
Year 10 P3
Year 9 P4
Year 11 P5
See Heads of House if you want to play.


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