February 15th 2019

Dates for your diary


15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

25/2/19 School reopens 

06/03/2019 Parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

Stars of the week this week included ice-skaters, rugby players and house leaders. It was a pleasure to meet the nominated students today to learn a little more about their individual ambitions.
We hope to have a busy half term on site, with the pavilion being demolished to make way for our new build. When we went to look at the current building there is no doubt that our students deserve a better facility and we are looking forward to bringing these plans to life. Please remind your sons and daughters to be mindful that we will have contractors on site and they must stay out of any fenced off areas.
Finally, a message to Year 11 and 13. This half term is important for you to rest and re-charge alongside this you will also want to schedule in times for revision in order to prepare for your final examinations. It is always shocking how quickly these exams come round. Year 9 – the options process is now open but if you have any difficulty please don’t worry just contact us on our return. 
I hope everyone has a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back on 25th February. 





I would like to draw your attention to our behaviour and attendance policy, we require all students to have at least 96% attendance and ask all students that they adhere to our school behaviour policy. We have made the decision to send letters home to students who are not in school to explain the negative impact that this is having on their education.

All Sixth Form students are aware of where they can and cannot study during their non-contacts and what they should be doing during those times. The library is only for quiet study and it should be respected. 


The Sutton Trust School deadline: 28th of February 5pm for applicants.


All Year 12 students have been given information on their personal statements, slides have been sent to students and staff on Insight so that you can have discussions at home. 




Year 9 Pupil Premium Meet and Greet afternoon 12th February.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended last Tuesday afternoon. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with parents and to discuss how best to support their child in the coming months.  Tutors were introduced to parents and resources were shared. We look forward to the next meeting which will be held in the second half of summer term.


Puzzle of the Month 

Murder on the River
The solution for February and the murder on the river was; the stream was running at 2mph and the boat at 3.
For March the adventures of Ian and Chris continue and this month they are off on a coach trip:
Ian and Chris decided to run a coach trip to Windermere. Charges were –
All the way and back £15 and children half price.
For an extra payment of £13.25 (£11 for children) there was an extra additional attraction of a trip on a steamer to Bowness.
Chris said ‘ I have taken exactly £2000
One – quarter of the bookings for the steamer had been adults.
1. How many tickets did they sell for the steamer
2. How many adults and children went to Windermere
Answers and solutions to Mr. Askey


Post 16 Digital Success

As part of their 6th Form 7 extended work, post 16 BTEC ICT students have been working towards their Digital Enterprise Award, endorsed by the Duke of York. 
Congratulations to Jamie who is the first ever student from Thomas Alleyne’s to receive his Bronze Award certificate.
The first of many…



Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

Interven TTFeb19


Ski Trip Easter 2019

Diary date for all those skiing at Easter.

Final parents evening is Wednesday 6th March, 6pm.

Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..


As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses. 


English Support

Summary of Year 9 English Study

From February half term, Year 9 classes will be working on completing their GCSE Speaking and Language presentations and will be either beginning, or continuing, their study of ‘The Sign of Four’, which is s set text for the GCSE English Literature examination.    The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the novel, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.

Resources: ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Available from the school online shop, at a discounted cost of £1.50

Also see the GCSE Pod resources.


Summary of Year 10 English Study

From February half term, Year 10 classes will be completing their study of non-fiction writing from the Victorian Era and the present, or commencing study of J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’, which is the set text for the GCSE English Literature examination. The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the play, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.

Resources: Copies will be provided by the school from after February half term, although you are welcome to acquire a copy for your child to use if you wish to.

Revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.
Also see the GCSE Pod resources.

Summary of Year 11 English Study

From February half term, Year 11 classes will be revising all units in the lead up to the examinations. After school classes are in full swing and we encourage all students to attend.

See GCSE Pod resources to support revision.

Additional revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.


On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination.  The presentation will take place in the school theatre.  All are welcome.


Parking outside school when dropping off students

A polite request that all parents dropping off children pull in to the marked bay area, and not to stop on the double yellow lines outside of school.  This puts children crossing the road there at risk.  
Thank you for your co-operation.

JCQ Exam Contingency Period – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Please see clarification on the notice previously issued – this was initially misinterpreted by many as ‘one day’.  On the basis of this, JCQ have now issued clarification that there is to be a ‘contingency period’ ending on Wednesday 26th June.

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


Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

It is with great delight that once again we have been able to secure the services of Tim Benton. Tim is a motivational speaker who delivers strategies to help young people go about learning, revising and more in an effective, purposeful and brain-friendly way,  Tim has been regularly used by the school over a number of years and holds the philosophy “Whether you’re ten years old or ten years teaching, I want you to live at your best.”  Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, Tim helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.
Tim will be working with all year 11 pupils on revision techniques and strategies in the day and will run a workshop for parents in the evening.  Please come along at 6.00pm on 6th March, to gain valuable insights into how you can best support your son or daughter as they approach their public exams.

Fairtrade Fortnight 

Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 25 February to 10 March. The There will be many events during Fairtrade Fortnight to highlight the importance of Fairtrade as a way of supporting poorer people in the developing world. These will include:
Fairtrade Coffee Morning 27 February Friends Meeting House: This will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 39 Carter Street on Wednesday 27th February and will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  Fairtrade drinks and cakes will be served. All proceeds will go to charity. 
Mayor’s FT coffee morning 8 March 10-12 noon – Uttoxeter Town Hall
Information Stalls at Tesco (25 February) and Waitrose (29 February)
Both Tesco and Waitrose will be running Spot the  Fairtrade logo children’s competitions
There will be Fairtrade displays throughout Fairtrade Fortnight at Uttoxeter Library, the Town Hall and St Mary’s Parish Church
The  Lenten Lunches. These will take place 12-2 pm at the United Reformed Church – Fridays in Lent from 8 March onwards offering FT refreshments.”
FT 2019

News from PE


On Sunday 10th February the Punchard sisters entered the JIRR trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on behalf of Trent Rowing Club, Burton on Trent in the double sculls event. They both had really good times but Isabel was selected to represent the East Midlands at Peterborough in April as part of a Junior 15 quad with Nottingham Union rowing club. They have both been invited to join a training camp at Nottingham on 2nd and 3rd of March, Eleanor as a reserve in J16.



U16 House Football winners Elkes.


Year 11
1st Elkes
2nd Whitmore
3rd Torrance
4th Orme
Year 10
Torrance 2 Orme 1
Whitmore 3 v Elkes 0

3rd/4th place play off Elkes 0 v Orme 1

Final – Whitmore  2 v Torrance 0
Year 9
Torrance v Orme Orme win on pens
Whitmore v Elkes Elkes win on pens
Final Elkes 5 – Orme 1
3rd 4th Torrance 2 – Whitmore 1


U16 Football
Great performance by our U16 boys reaching the county cup final with a 3 – 1 win over Codsall.  Played on a new artificial surface and at one of the county’s biggest football academies Alleynes made a great start taking the lead through Archie McNair and then were soon 2-0 up through captain Frankie Bussell who hit a half volley as sweet as a nut from 25 yards. 
A mistake at the back allowed Codsall back into the game and the match evened out. A second half header from Lewis Dawson from a Thornton cross sewed the game up and allowed the victory songs to be sung.
Man of the Match – Ethan Archer
Next Match – Thursday 28th Feb Home v Endon (League and cup semi final double header)


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

Year 9

Wren Tilbrook and Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent effort and consistent attainment in Science.

Sam Archer for excellent effort and enthusiasm in Science.

Year 10

Sam Cope, Max Hayes and Tazmin Jones for consistent excellence in Science throughout the year

Year 11

Emma Allen, Dan Hensman, Aaron Gwynne and Shani Wright for consistent excellent work and high achievement this year.


This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 10

Felicity Burgess and Isabel Smith for consistently good effort and positive attitude.

 Year 11

Rachel Spence and Morgan Perry for care and attention to their course work.


Well done!



MFL Revision

French revision Monday 18th February 10.00-12.00


Respect Spring Term 2

The in school respect programme followed every Friday registration moves onto the following topics from 1st March: 
Year 9: Diversity
Year 10: Teenage Pregnancy
Year 11: Financial Capability


Advice From Childline


Free for Safer Internet Day

TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents 


Several local schools are contributing to fundraising for the family affected by the fire in Stafford last week. Should any student or parent/carer wish to make a donation then this can be passed to form tutors and we will share this with Staffordshire fire service.


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