September 20th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Headteacher blog

It was fantastic to see so many people join us for the Duke of Edinburgh Award introduction evening this week. We wish everyone well who embarks on the programme and our sincere thanks to all the staff and volunteers who support our young people. 


Next week at 7.00pm we have our PTA AGM we would love to see new members at the meeting. Our PTA is a huge help to the school both in supporting events and fundraising. 


Finally congratulations to all the Year 9 students who have already got involved in clubs and competitions across the school. You have made a fantastic start. 

Assemblies: 23rd of September

Assemblies: w/b 23rd  of September

Mrs Goodwin will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Fairtrade’

Thought(s) for the Week

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” — Benjamin Harrison

All students are now well and truly settled into the Sixth Form way of life. We need to draw your attention to a couple of points which are important to us as a Post 16 centre. All students must be in school between the hours of 8.40 and 3.05. There is no opportunity for students to go home if they do  not have a lesson in the afternoon.  All students need to be working in their non-contact times. This is always monitored and we do have some students that we need to speak to that seem to have forgotten this.  Could I please ask all parents and carers to support us in this matter.  All students will have set work or wider reading/Sixth Form Seven to be completing during this time.


We have a Year 12 parent/carer information evening on Thursday 26th of September 2019.  During the evening Mrs Dodd will explain the educational process and the pastoral support that will be available to your child during the next two years.  The focus of the evening is to give you an insight into life in our Sixth Form, our expectations and for us to answer any queries you may have.  Primarily this is an event for parents/carers, as most of the information covered in this evening formed part of the Year 12 student induction, which took place on Tuesday the 3rd of September.  Mrs Young and Mrs Bell will also be available on this evening and Mrs Young will explain our Unifrog support platform for Year 12 students. We look forward to welcoming you to the information evening, which will begin at 6.30pm prompt in the school theatre and last for approximately one hour.  Letters have been posted home.

On Tuesday 8th October we will be holding our Sixth Form Open Evening. This event will be for all students in Year 11 who want to find out more about what the Sixth Form is and what to expect in Sixth Form lessons. All staff will be available on this evening and we will also have current Sixth Form students who will be able to talk to you about their experience and what our Sixth Form has to offer. We welcome students from all schools to come and have a look round our facilities and we will be able to arrange current Year 12 and 13 students to show you around on the evening. If you have any queries surrounding this event then please contact the Sixth Form Team at sixthform@tahs.org.uk and we will endeavour to help answer your question. This is a vibrant event and we often leave feeling exhilarated that we have manged to speak to so many of you. This is the first step for many of you, and we will help you through every step of the process.

Our Head Girl and Head Boy, Amelia Lowe and Kieran Coates, presented themselves very well in church on Thursday as they spoke about their journey through TAHS and the opportunities that they had and those that they had taken advantage of.  The message was received well by the Year 9 students and we hope the message resonated well with them.

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TAHS Open Evening

Open Evening for Students in Year 8 – 2nd October 2019

We are pleased to invite Year 8 students and their parents to visit Thomas Alleyne’s on2nd October from 6.30pm – 9.00pm for our Open Evening.   This will be an opportunity for you to meet staff and students and visit classrooms and our excellent facilities.  We were thrilled that once again our students achieved outstanding results at GCSE and A level this year.

As we have large numbers of parents and students attending the evening, the 30 minute introductory talk by Mrs Rudge and senior staff is delivered on 2 separate occasions. Firstly at 6.30pm and then at 7.30pm. If the talk is already underway when you arrive, please take the opportunity to tour the school first. Our Sixth Form students will be on hand to answer your questions and offer directions.

All teaching staff will be present during the evening to give you the opportunity to meet with them and discuss individual curriculum area work. During this time please feel free to ask teaching staff or members of the senior team any questions you may have.

We realise that this is a busy evening and would like to ensure you have had all your questions answered.  Therefore Mrs Rudge will also be offering a smaller, less formal opportunity, to meet with her at your middle school following the open evening.  Your sons and daughters are also welcome to attend.  

The dates for these events are:

 3.40pm Thursday 3rd October – Ryecroft

 3.40pm  Tuesday 15th October – Oldfields.

 3.45 pm Tuesday 22nd October – Windsor Park.

Alternatively, you cannot gain a better picture of the school other than seeing it during a school day. As well as joining us on the Open Evening, if any parents would like to join Mrs Rudge on a tour of the school during Open Week, she will be running sessions on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October at 9.00am.   Please telephone our office to book in.   Parking is available at the Maltings car park on these days.

Insight Parental Logins

Access emails have been sent to year 9 parents for whom we hold an email address. Please check your junk / spam folders.

If you have not received or are having issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk. You will be asked a few security questions to confirm your identity before we activate your account. The same goes for any existing parents who do not have a login.

If you have simply forgotten your password please click the forgotten password link on thomasalleynes.org

Year 9 Welcome Service

Thank you to Reverend Charles Dale for welcoming our year 9 students and out staff at Saint Mary’s Church on Thursday morning.
The service provides a formal opportunity to welcome our new students to Thomas Alleyne’s High School.


Special thanks also to Robert Fuller and Mrs Todd for proving the music for our service and our Head Boy and Head Girl for also contributing.

Pastoral Students of the Week

Pastoral students of the week this week are the ones getting their houses off to a flying start in the credits competition: Sam Archer, Lizzie Shaw, Grace Ingram and Harriet Ekins. Well done!

Sports News

U16 Girls Netball

The Girls played very well this week, winning all three matches.
Won Cheadle 18-7

Won Mooreside 9-2

Won JCB 18-0

U14 County Cup Football


Year 9 got off to a great start in their High School football careers with a 3-1 county cup win at home to Landau Forte.  Well done to all players that took part.

U16 Staffordshire Moorlands Football League

Our Yr11 boys began the season with a comfortable 4-1 win over JCB at a sunny Rocester FC.  Star of the show going forward was Callum Stockbridge with all 4 goals, as well as hitting the cross bar twice with free kicks.  Jake Wildridge made a good debut at right back as did Kian Hall in midfield. Ethan Clarkson and Tommy Mangon worked tirelessly in midfield.

Next game is at home to Leek High on Thursday.

House Cross Country

On Wednesday morning over 200 students took part in the annual House Cross Country.


In the Year 9 boys 1st was Bertie Ingram, 2nd Lewis Bradley, 3rd Ali Dawson

Team result 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Orme

In the Year 9 girls 1st was Grace Ingram, 2nd Chloe Stockbridge, 3rd Caitlyn Lovatt

Team result 1st Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance

In the Senior boys 1st was Kieran Coates, 2nd Leighton thomas and 3rd Hayden Fisher.

Team result 1st Orme, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Torrance


In the Senior girls Isabelle Punchard was 1st, Jodie Birks 2nd and Eve Bednall

Team result 1st Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Congratulations to the Year 10/11 cricket team.

After making it into the county final last term they were in a final again, this time it was the league final.  Playing at the beautiful setting of Endon Cricket Club, against Endon High School the team put on decent score of 88 off 16 overs. New recruit Clowes put on an impressive 35 runs unbeaten which was supported by Bassett and Whitehead.  With Endon needing 5 and a half runs a over Alleynes were in a strong position.  Captain Richardson opened the bowling with Whitehead at the other end.  Unfortuantely the Endon opening pair stood up to Alleynes opening pair and wasn’t until the 4th over that Whitehead made the break through, with 30 runs on the board.  Richardson changed the bowling to stop the flow of runs, this worked to some degree with Cooper and Forrester taking wickets in their first overs.  As the game drew towards its climax Richardson bought on Clowes, a very tight over, conceding only 2 runs and a hostile over from Forrester left Endon needing 8 off the last over.  They hit the winning runs with 2 balls to spare. It was unlucky for Alleyne’s who fought well to bring the match to such a close finish. Well done.

PE clubs next week


Monday – lifesaving club

Tuesday – Girls football club (all year welcome), U15 Football Vs Kingsmead

Wednesday – Girls netball club (all years welcome), U15 rugby Vs Lancaster academy (A)

Thursday – U14 & U16 football Vs Leek (H), Climbing club

Science News

The details of our long-awaited for Science Quiz have now been released!

Please see the attached poster and look out for those displayed around the School. All entrants will receive a Credit Point, runners up will receive ‘front of the queue’ lunch passes and the overall winner will also receive the fabulous prize of an Echo Dot.

The quiz will be a termly event; this term’s theme is all biological!

On Wednesday, students studying for the BTEC Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation and A level Biology visited the new laboratories at Keele University.  We were lucky enough to use their state-of-the-art equipment and be taught by lecturers from both the Life Sciences and Forensic Science Departments.

The students began by extracting DNA from their own cheek cells using the Chelex resin technique.  They then amplified this DNA using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) before visualising the sample following electrophoresis on agarose gel. This practical is normally undertaken by first year students at the University so we were very lucky to be able to access this workshop. 

The students also had the opportunity to walk around the University and were provided with information about potential degrees on offer.  They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and gained a valuable insight into a challenging area of their specification.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Miss Thorley are:

Year 9

Livvy Edwards and Joe Renshaw – For a making a fantastic positive start to the year, not being afraid of getting involved and putting forward excellent scientific contributions.

Year 10

Ben Pagett – For fantastic practical skills when investigating the rate of photosynthesis.

Zusanna Lysniewska – For consistent hard work and resilience in lessons.

Year 11

Ricardo Goncalves – Brilliantly detailed classwork.

Abigail Baldwin – For always asking questions making her work accurate and detailed.

Year 12

Kieran Hunter – For showing a great dedication to his studies from the very first lesson.

Georgina Fleeman – For fantastic in-class contributions.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Year 11

 Abby Moore and Millie Hodges for an excellent attitude in class and course work.

Year 10

Millie Yates and Luke Watts for excellent work when worming the sheep  

Well done!

MFL Intervention

GCSE French intervention target grades 7-9 intervention room 11 Tuesdays 3.05.

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