September 6th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog

It has been wonderful to welcome Year 9 students into our school this week. They have made an excellent start to their time at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 

As many of you are aware the GCSE and A level results were published over the Summer. I am delighted with the exceptional performance by students. For the 5th year in a row, students have made excellent progress. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to parents, governors and school staff for the support they gave to our young people. The results show that students at all levels have been able to make exceptional progress something so important in a school at the heart of its community. 

Below is an extract from the school press release:

Performance in Science and Maths was particularly strong with over 25% of students achieving an equivalent of an A/A* in Maths known in the new measures as a 7, 8 or 9 grade. History students also performed exceptionally well with 1 in 3 of students achieving 7, 8 or 9 grades. 

We offer a broad curriculum with some unique provision. 10% of grades in 21% of students who studied Animal Care on the school farm achieved the highest grade possible. A number plan to go on to work in veterinary science or in the Agricultural industry.

Within the headline figures lie some highly impressive individual student performances with 18 students achieving at least 8 grades at the equivalent of A/A*. (New grade 8s and 9s)

Across the entire UK, only 832 students achieved 7 subjects or more all at the coveted grade 9. This year at Thomas Alleyne’s 5 outstanding students exceeded this. 

With more than 7 grades at Grade 9 (equivalent to A**):

Shani Wright and Alice Radley achieved 8 GCSEs at grade 9 with one GCSE at grade 8. Shani also achieved the equivalent of a 9 in Further Maths. 

Shani said, ‘I am quite surprised but pleased the hard work paid off. I am just thankful to all the teachers who helped me get where I want to be.’ Shani will be studying Art, Maths and Biology at A level at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 

Vicky Catterall and Grace Harvey achieved 7 GCSEs at Grade 9, and the equivalent of a 9 in Further Maths. Grace also attained 2 GCSEs at grade 8. Aaron Gwynne achieved 7 GCSEs at Grade 9, and the equivalent of a 9 in Further Maths. He also attained 1 GCSE at grade 8. 

With an average of Grade 8 (equivalent to A*): 

Charlie Martin achieved 5 GCSES at grade 9s and 3 GCSEs at grade 8 and Alicia Mountfield achieved 4 GCSEs at grade 9 and 4 GCSEs at grade 8.  

Euan Walsh achieved 4 grade 9s and 3 grade Maths with an A* in Further Maths. 

Ash Gray achieved 2 GCSEs at grade 9, 5 grade 8s and 1 Distinction*. Daniel Hensman achieved 2 GCSEs at grade 9 and 6 grades at grade 8. Matthew Payne achieved 1 grade 9, Further Maths at A* with distinction, 4 grade 8s, a Distinction* in Animal Care and 3 grade 7s.

Jenna Timmis achieved 2 GCSEs at grade 9, 1 Distinction* in Animal Care, 2 at grade 8 and 2 at grade 7 and 2 grade 6s. Emma Rose achieved 3 grade 9s, an A*, 2 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s and Emma Allen.

Other exceptional performances include:

Andrew Pye achieved 3 grade 9s, an A* with distinction in Further Maths, 3 grade 8s and 3 GCSES at grade 6. 

Emma Allen, Emma Kendrick, Natasha Painter and Alex Ford. William Bowyer, Samuel Broome, Harvey Mansfield, Eleanor Punchard all achieved 10 GCSEs at an average grade of 7 (the new A grade).

Jenna Timmis, George Mothershaw, Alice Jeffery, Lucy Greatrix, Abigail Dimelow, Shannon Davies, Morgan Perry, Mia Stevens, Amy Holgate, Mackenzie Paterson also made superb progress whilst at Thomas Alleyne’s achieving some excellent outcomes. 

Mike Prescott, Chair of the Governing body said, ‘On behalf of the governing body, I would to like to congratulate the students and staff on an excellent set of GCSE results; a reward for their hard work over the last two years.

‘It is so pleasing to see a school such as Thomas Alleyne’s, a school at the heart of the local community, providing such a rich and exciting curriculum and continuing to produce such high academic outcomes.’

Mrs Catterall Head of Student Well-being stated that it had been wonderful to celebrate these GCSE results with students today. She added that they are a credit to themselves, their families, and to Thomas Alleyne’s High School.

‘My congratulations to them all for their successes both in and outside the classroom.  Our year 11 students have contributed to many charity events throughout their school career, alongside taking part in initiatives such as the National Citizenship Programme and Duke of Edinburgh.  Well done!’

Assemblies: 9th of September

Mrs Catterall will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘A Fresh Start?’

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 
― L.M. Montgomery

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

This was Mrs Dodd’s message from our assembly this morning.

It has been a lovely start to the Autumn term; greeting all our new Year 12 BTEC and A Level students, and welcoming back our Year 13 students. 
Mrs Dodd also stated the following points in her address to both Year 12 and 13:

  • UCAS – Opened for applications YESTERDAY (Thursday 5th September) which means all those wanting to apply to university can now do so by sending their completed UCAS form.
  • Code of Conduct for Year 12 (Yellow) and Year 13 (Lilac) – these will be sent home with students so if you can ask to see them and then sign them within the next week that would help us tremendously.
  • Sixth Form Twitter – @tahssixthform – we share all our news on this platform and encourage parents/carers and students to follow us.
  • Discretionary Bursary Fund – Booklets now ready – please ask your child to see Mrs Walton for a booklet to apply for this wonderful resource.  One way in which it helps is to enable all students the same access to the curriculum.
  • It has become clear that some female students have purchased skirts which are not part of our school uniform policy for the Sixth Form.  This was discussed and all students are now aware that these skirts cannot be worn again. We need to ensure that all skirts are not stretchy lycra, cord or pleather. They must be of a length that is just above the knee and all students must be wearing their blazers. Coats cannot be worn instead of blazers.
  • Mr Robinson-White stated that all students who have started working on an EPQ project must attend a meeting at lunchtime in the art rooms to discuss their progress.
  • Lastly Mr Barrow has shared that he would like to start up a Year 13 rugby team and that all those interested should see him after school this Monday.

Have lovely weekend.

The Sixth Form Team

ICT Success

Congratulations to Amelia & Dan who have completed the Bronze award in the Duke of York supported Idea Award. They are now working towards their silver award.

Very well done.

Our Community Exemplified.

Huge thanks to all the Elkes, Orme, Torrance, Whitmore and sixth form students who have gone out of their way this week to help our new year 9s get their bearings and welcomed to our school community.

There are too many to mention, but their efforts are hugely appreciated by our new intake and all of our staff.

Year 9 Welcome Service

Students will be getting a copy of the letter & parents/carers are welcome to join us on the 19th at 10.15am if they wish for our annual Year 9 Welcome Service in St Mary’s Church.

Music Department Notices

Please see me as soon as possible for a consent letter if your child wishes to have instrumental or vocal lessons in school. Lessons will begin next week. Timetables will be displayed on the notice board in room 67.

All music groups will begin week commencing 16th September. Rehearsals will take place at lunchtime from 1.30 until 2. This term will be in preparation for the Christmas concert on Thursday 5th December.All pupils are welcome to join the following groups;

Monday. Orchestra 

Wednesday. Strings 

Thursday. Jazz Group 

Friday. Choir 

Staff are welcome at all of the above groups. I look forward to seeing you there. 

School Lockers

As in previous years we will be running our coveted Science Students of the Week Award.  Each week two students from Years 9, 10 and 11 will be nominated by their Science teachers in recognition of outstanding effort and positive attitude towards their Science studies.

We will also be running our fortnightly BTEC Animal Care Students of the Week Award for our Year 10 and 11 Animal Care students.

Science Revision Guides

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Science students are strongly encouraged to purchase the appropriate Revision Guides, which will help with their studies throughout the course.

Students studying the three separate science courses require three GCSE AQA Complete Revision and Practice Guides: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students studying the Combined Science course require one Revision Guide, Foundation Level: GCSE Combined Science for AQA.

Revision Guides are available to purchase from the School Online Shop, please click on the link:

Richard Clarke First School

Lunchtime Supervisor

We are looking to employ a Lunchtime Supervisor to join our team, hours to be negotiated. The successful applicant will be required to help in the dining room over the lunchtime period, playground duties and returning pupils to class as well as other duties deemed necessary.

Applicants will uphold and work to the whole school behaviour policy and ensure the safety of all pupils at lunchtimes.

Applicants must be able to relate well to children and be sympathetic to their needs.

Richard Clarke is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure check along with relevant employment checks.

If you are interested in this position please approach the school office on 01283 840206


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