April 5th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary


12/04/2019 End of Term

13/04/2019 Ski Trip Departs

21/04/2019 Ski Trip Returns

29/04/2019 School Reopens


 Headteacher blog:

We are thrilled to receive the national award for performance at GCSE this week. Please see details below from the Specialist Schools Academies Trust.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School wins national award for performance Thomas Alleyne’s High School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress. The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England and the highest performing schools for a range of key measures are awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School will be presented with their award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I am delighted that Thomas Alleyne’s High School has won an Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises one important aspect of the school’s work but at SSAT we believe an outstanding school has deep social justice at the heart of its plan; it subjects that plan to constant challenge and innovation; and it liberates teachers to perform brilliantly in the classroom. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to students, parents, staff and governors.”


Assemblies this coming week will be on the theme of celebration and will be led by heads of house.


One full week let before the Easter break and I am very impressed with the work ethic of many of our Year 12 and 13 students. They certainly are rising to the challenge placed upon them by their teachers. Students are taking full advantage of the time teachers are giving outside of their lessons and after speaking to some this week they have stated how useful these small tutorial sessions are, so thank you to Mrs Fisher and Mrs Johnson, as well as other teachers, for offering this opportunity.

As you may be aware we are having a considerable amount of building work done on site, could I therefore politely remind all Year 12 and Year 13 student’s that they must not be parking their cars on school site, we need to space for the contractors and a safe space for their deliveries. The British Legion at Bradley Street have kindly offered their car park, at the rear of the building for £1 per day. This money can be given to Mrs Walton and she will provide a permit. Many students are using this facility and some are paying weekly.

School uniform still need to be addressed by some students. If clarification of what is acceptable is needed then please contact Mrs Walton for more information. Students have been informed on numerous occasions but we are still having to speak to individuals about the length and type of skirt worn. Please could the correct uniform be encouraged.

We have nearly completed all our Year 11 interviews for the Sixth Form and letters are being sent out to students. If you have any questions then please notify us as soon as possible.

Next week it is the turn of the Year 12 students to shine, we will giving out Senior Prefect nominations slips and these need to be completed and returned to their form tutor. It is important that when thinking about who will make a good Senior Prefect the following criteria is followed.

1. Have they worked hard for the school since being at TAHS?
2. Have they attended events throughout the year and supported the Sixth Form Team and the Senior Leadership Team within the school?
3. Are they proactive?
4. Can they work well as part of a team?
5. Are they willing to stand in front of others and talk when required?
6. Are they willing to attend after school functions to help promote the Sixth Form and TAHS at lower school events?

If the answer is yes to most of these then they have what it takes to be on the team!

As part of our ongoing commitment to our students Mrs Bell organised for another outside speaker to explain about the advantages of a gap year, this could be pre or post university/apprenticeship or job. This week it was the turn of Project Trust. They offer opportunities to 17 – 19 year olds working and exploring in places worldwide such as Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania. Interested students will need to do some fundraising but Project Trust are on hand with a huge amount of help. If you would like to find out more, please take a look at their website: https://projecttrust.org.uk/why-volunteer/.

Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)

As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

Tips include:

  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.

  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.

  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.

  • Remain positive and hopeful!

  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.

  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine

You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/


Safeguarding advice for parents as your child takes examinations,


Tuesday 2nd April


On Tuesday , at the early hour of 7.30 a.m, 44 students from Year 12 and Year 9 , accompanied by Mrs.Baldwin, Mr.Hulme, Mr.Hollins and Miss Dalby, left for London to see the spectacular, historical musical ‘Hamilton’.

The show took place at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The musical is based on the life story of a ‘Founding Father’ of the U.S.A, Alexander Hamilton, delivered through the mediums of song, hip-hop, rap and dance. It was youthful and energetic but it also taught us about American history.

After the show we were lucky enough to be involved in a cast question and answer session. They shared their inspirational stories from their performing arts schools and audition experiences, some of them long and gruelling. One of the cast had auditioned constantly for a year to get one of the lead roles! This made us realise just how dedicated to their art these actors are.

What we thought:

“Before I even got the opportunity to go and see Hamilton I was already a huge fan! I was extremely excited and the show was even more spectacular than I ever could have imagined! It inspired me to follow my dreams and aim high to achieve my goals. I laughed, I cried and sang throughout. All in all this was an amazing experience!” Lily Williams 9U2

“Overall my personal experience of watching Hamilton was one I will never forget! Before we went I had no idea what it was about, but afterwards I was highly amused with the outcome. Hamilton was educational but at the same time extremely funny, aimed at our age group. To conclude, this performance was incredible and empowering!”  Isla Mcfadzean 9U2.


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 TT March19

The following is also on offer over the Easter holidays….

Easter Intervention


New BBC Bitesize for GCSE

BBC Bitesize have updated all the revision materials for GCSE Religious Studies. 

They also have an app available too.
The per unit sections specific to our exam board for Computer Science can be found here, make sure you make use of these fantastic free resources:



Year 11 and Year 13 Study Leave 2019

Year 11 will begin their study leave from the end of the school day on Friday 24th May 2019.
To support with revision, we welcome students to work on school site in the canteen. There will be required a signing in/out sheet.
Year 13 will continue to attend lessons until their final examination.
We wish all of our students the very best of luck in their examinations an remind everyone to speak to their teachers if any help or support is required with revision.

Well Done Year 11

Well done to all those who have done their GCSE French speaking exams this week. We have been impressed by your hard work and understanding. French intervention room 10 Monday 15th April 10.00 – 12.00.

History news


Students in Year 11 are currently creating amazing revision cards and revising for Anglo Saxon and American West exams, remember revision is available with Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young Tuesday – Friday.

Mrs Young’s Year 9 classes are currently focusing on World War Two, specifically factors linked to Britain at this time. An open ended project was given which gave students the opportunity to ‘think outside the box’. The projects that have been handed in so far are amazing and we can’t wait to see the rest next week.



Yess its Back…

Chocolate bingo…….


Parent View

We would like to invite all parents and carers to complete a Parent View online questionnaire. 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 don’t hesitate to contact us.




Year 11 Geography

The 2nd section of the Paper 2 GCSE Geography exam on 5th June focuses upon Economic Activity. This looks at how we can measure development, why it varies around the world and how we can reduce the development gap. Nigeria is the focuses for this as a case study and students will need to know the advantages and disadvantages of how a TNC can affect a country. Students will also need to understand that there is a North South divide in the UK and what is being done to address this. The attached knowledge organiser covers the key points. If you have any questions about the Geography exams, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Year 9 Options

We are close to completing the Year 9 Options process and hope to send letters out next week regarding the option subjects that we can offer Year 9 students. We would like to remind parents, carers and students that we have tried to match as many of the students preferences as possible but that we do not guarantee that every student will get their first four choices.


Science Week


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

Year 10

Jessica Banner and Abigail Wildman for excellent effort in chemistry lessons.

Year 11

Amy Latchford, George Mothershaw and James Seaman for excellent attitude to work in chemistry.


Well done!




News from PE

U16 East Staffs & South Staffs Rugby Championship
On Wednesday Thomas Alleynes year 11 boys rugby team travelled to Burton Rugby Club to take on South Derbyshires John Port and East Staffordshires Deferrers for the duel district championship.
The first match saw us play John Port. We couldnt have started any better and completely blew the opposition away 50 -0 in less than 20 minutes. Our team play was outstanding and tries were shared out between backs and forwards.
The second match saw us play against Deferrers immediately after the first game. Our biggest concern was complacency after the first game. Those fears were allayed as Alleynes spread the ball from side to side to score some scintillating tries to record another 50+ to nill win.
An incredible achievement!
Team – 
Gregor Hayes great forward play and a well taken try.
Will Bowyer exciting breaks and high level hooking.
Anton Davidson first try scorer, took kick offs well and solid in the tight play.
George Hill pace and power as well as skillful lineout ball
Edward Fradley fearsome in the tackle and his carries.
Ben Simon excellent captaincy playing out of position in the forwards.
Ben Seaman great workrate around the pitch.
Max Hunt express pace around the ruck including a great solo try.
Joel Grout class thoughout including some great kicks and passes to set up tries.
Lewie Thornton playing in his best position at inside centre carried the ball with a constant threat, strong fends and lovely width of pass.
Charlie Cope man of the match display in first game with brilliantly read intercept try, great centre play and support.
Owen Carrington attacked well from deep and chased kicks intelligently.
Alex Done took his catches well and was solid at the back.
Charlie Martin pace and confidence in second game saw the score board rattling round.
We have some video and once we work out the best way to share it with you we will!!
Watch this space!


RE Presentations

Year 12 students have taken part in group presentations this week on ethical issues they have been studying as part of their course.  The quality of content and oracy have been high. 

Well done.



Our New Arrivals

We are currently in the midst of lambing and have 6 healthy lambs so far with more due over the weekend.  Students have been very hands on this year with one group actually witnessing a lamb being born during their lesson.  Other students come into school early to check on the ewes that are due to lamb and make sure the new born lambs are okay. It has provided a fantastic experience for our animal care students.
We have also had our first chicks hatch out with more due over the weekend. Exciting times.



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