October 18th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

I joined Mr Cartwright this week for his assembly on on-line safety. The message was a powerful one. If you have chance to ask your sons and daughters about the assembly, please do as this may help them reflect on the key messages which were shared. 

The PTA raffle has gained incredible momentum with some amazing prizes including a £250.00 shopping voucher. Please look out for the tickets as your PTA has done an incredible job in sourcing the prizes.
We look forward to meeting Year 9 parents next Wednesday (23rd) to review how everyone has settled in. If you haven’t booked your appointment, please do so. 

On the 5th November, we will be holding our Year 11 revision evening. The hall is always packed on the evening and we hope you can all join us. We will be starting the evening at 6.00pm. It will be an opportunity for you to hear from our Heads of Science, English and Maths on the final steps before the GCSE examinations. We will also be sharing some generic revision skills which you can support your sons and daughters with. 

I have seen the first plans for our new gym. there is no doubt in my mind that If we can make it happen it will be a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to do some training on site. I am personally excited to see the vision brought to reality! 

Assemblies: 14th October

Assemblies: w/b 21st of October

Heads of House will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Celebrating Success’

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”–Ayn Rand

‘Taking the initiative’ is an ethos that we promote within the Sixth Form so it was no surprise to us that the Sixth Form Council decided to wear a red tie to school to show support for Show Racism the Red Card campaign.

It is very relevant especially after the recent incident involving English football players, well done.

One of year 13 students, Amanda Clough is very involved with outreach programmes in the community and is hoping to raise awareness and encourage participation in life saving events.  Amanda is going to allow her hair to be shaved! Please read the follow article from Amanda.

‘Brave The Shave, is where I shave my head for charity. I will be doing it on 6th November 2019, at lunch time in the Theatre. I am doing it in memory of a loved one and in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Everyone is welcome to come and watch, and there will be a 50p entrance charge. The person who donates the most, gets to do the first shave, currently the amount to beat is £30, so if you want to do this, or simply just donate follow this link – https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/amanda-clough -, or google “Brave The Shave Amanda Clough” and you will find a link to my Macmillan Profile page, alternatively you can donate on the day, when paying the entrance fee for the Theatre, (you will not be able to shave my head if donating on the day). Happy Donating everyone, and a massive thank you! I will also be sending my hair to the Little Princess Trust’

To add to this amazing effort Amanda also volunteers for St John Ambulance.  They are running a Restart A Heart Day, where you can come along to the St John Ambulance Unit, Carter Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8EY, and learn the lifesaving skills of CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator). If this sounds interesting to you, come along on Saturday 19th October 2019, from 9am until 12pm.

Each week Mrs Bell organises an activity for Year 12 and Year 13 forms which enable them to help plan for the future. This is completed each Monday and over the year we will have covered a range of skills and topics. Work, university, apprenticeships, finance, time management to name a few. This coming week we will be:


How well do you use source material? 


Is university right for you? 

Why go to uni?

Apprenticeship or uni?

Advice to help you prepare for an open day

With these topics in mind the Sixth Form Team have processed all the UCAS applications for Oxbridge and competitive courses.

French Exchange

Applications need to be with Mrs Clemett by the 24th October please.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Year 9 Tutor Evening Wednesday 23rd October 4.00pm – 6.00pm
We are looking forward to welcoming year 9 parents on Wednesday evening.  It will give parents the opportunity to meet their son/ daughters form  tutor as well as attending workshops on Unifrog, a destinations platform, GCSE pod and a most able workshop. There will also be an opportunity to purchase revision materials at a reduced rate too! Look forward to seeing you Wednesday.

Appointments are made via the Parents Evening menu on your parental Insight login (not the child’s login). If you are having issues logging in please email insight@tahs.org.uk

Year 11 Revision Evening

On 5th November 2019 6pm we would like to invite all Year 11 students, parents and carers to attend a Revision evening to share key information about revising for cores subjects and effective strategies for exam success. Please join us to support your preparation for the mock exams.

Data Checking and Photo Consent

Envelopes containing data collection sheets, photo consent forms and our Privacy Notice have been given out to students this week.  Parents should check, sign and return data collection sheets and photo consent forms and return to the school office by Thursday 24th October please.

Sports News

U15 Netball

v’s John Talor. Our Year 10 girls first game of the season ended in defeat to John Taylor.Our girls battled hard but a very strong John Taylor side did not allow many TAHS many opportunities to scoreNext fixture is against Robert SuttonTeam – Calladine, Martin, Carr, Robins, Perry, Berry, Young, Page

U14 Netball

At the half way point of the staffs moorlands competition TAHS are leading having won 5 games out of 6.The latest fixtures saw a 9-2 win against Painsley, a 13-0 victory against against Cheadle and a 2-0 defeat to Moorlands.Well done girls

U16 District Football

On Tuesday we hosted John Taylor in the Burton and District Cup, winning 2-1 with two goals from Ashton Bagley and a man of the match performance from Ethan Clarkson.

Team- Whitehead, Kenny, Cope, Beech, Van Hoek, Hocking, Clarkson, Evans, Brunt, Bagley, Stockbridge, Hall, Lunn, Mangon, Wildridge

Fixtures next week-

Tue U18 FA Cup away v John Taylor

Thu U16 District cup away v Robert Sutton

Thu U14 District cup home v Pingle

U15 National and county cup Rugby v QMG Walsall

On Monday in torrential rain we hosted the powerful QMG Walsall.  While matching them in many aspects of play their match experiences coupled with 2 super stars made the difference to the score line.

Team- Pattinson-Lycett, Edwards, Gascoigne, Wilson, Watt, Forrerester, Gwynne, Hensman, Moorfield, Hodgekinson, Plant, Buxton, Chouhibi, Ward, Moody, Pagett, Craven, Young

Science News


This week our Year 12 BTEC Forensic and Applied Science students visited Staffordshire University’s crime scene house and specialist laboratories.  Below is an account from one of our students.

‘The Forensic and Applied Science groups went to Staffordshire University to take part in learning how to investigate a crime scene.  We started off with a brief on what we were doing and how to investigate, package and record certain elements before we began the investigation.

After the brief we all got taken to the investigation house and got suited up in an investigation kit and then went into our room and began finding evidence and packaging them up properly.  We also learnt how to take pictures properly, take finger prints and draw a sketch of our room to try and solve the crime. 

Overall, it was a really fun day out and was very interesting to learn new skills.’

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

Year 9

Joseph Hall for brilliant work rate, and out of the classroom with excellent homework and research tasks.

Frankie Groom for brilliant answers in Science and completion of work.

Year 10

Alyssa Whitehall for a brilliant work ethic and application to Science in the classroom.

Zoe Hunter for excellent work in Physics.

Year 11

Hannah Davis for a great start to the year with attitude and progress in Chemistry.

George Foster for a tremendous start to Year 11 with a really mature work ethic and high test scores.

This week’s Year 10 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Harris are:

Toby Minshell and Josh Gascoigne – both students have worked really hard and really sensibly throughout the start of Animal Care.

This week’s Year 11 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Taylor Corkin, Ben Guntripp, Izzie McLeavy, Spencer Reeves for excellent results in a recent end of module test.

Well done!


A reminder that students finish school at 3.05 on Thursday 24th October and return at 8.40 on Monday 4th November.

With this in mind the canteens ‘fish and chip Friday’ will be on Thursday next week.

Geography Revision

Optional Geography revision sessions, every Thursday in room 6B from 3:05 to 4pm.

Exam Invigilators

We require a number of exam invigilators for our exams in December. Please see the attached for full information.

YESS Drop in Sessions

Parental Help with Fortnite Chapter 2


School Website

School Shop


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