January 31st 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

On Saturday, we have our official opening of the new Sports Pavillion. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the build and are excited to see students using the gym for the first time. 

This week on Thursday, we will be holding our annual Careers Evening. There will be over 40 exhibitors at the show, which is always a fantastic evening. It is an opportunity for all students, including those from our middle schools, to speak to prospective employers or colleges. Even if you can only spend half an hour with us, please pop along.

The following evening, we have a very different event – our PTA Quiz – always fun – details below.

Please remind your daughters and sons of the fantastic resource that is GCSEpod. Since the start of this academic year, students have streamed over 7000 podcasts to support them with their revision. Seventeen students have streamed over 100 podcasts. We know that students who stream high number of podcasts go on to make excellent progress at GCSE and so urge everyone, from Year 9 to Year 11, to get into a good routine of regularly accessing the podcasts to revise or embed their learning. 

Thank you to Year 12 parents  for joining us at parents evening this week. With 90% of parents joining us for the evening, it was our best turnout yet. If you were unable to join us but would like feedback please contact the sixth form team. 

The Ryman Enterprise Challenge involved 150 students from our middle schools on Thursday. There was a fantastic buzz during the day and we think there may well be some budding entrepreneurs in Years 7 and 8! 

Last night was an opportunity for Year 12 parents to come and speak to subject teachers and the 6th Form team. It was an amazing turn out, 96%. This is exceptional. Thank you to all of you for your continued support. If you were unable to attend then please contact the school and we will provide current feedback on your child.

Staffordshire university have created a great opportunity for students to experience university life.  Unilife Summer Residential is open for applications. It is for 3 days in late June/early July and you will be able to experience taster sessions, study skills and social activities.  If you would like to attend or find out more information then please go on their website www.staffs.ac.uk/unilife.

This weeks assembly has been on internet safety and was delivered by Mrs Dodd, the assembly focused on their digital footprint and to be mindful of what they post online, including photographs and text. 

Year 13 students who have not applied to university will  be receiving advice and guidance from the 6th Form team, it would be very useful if all Year 12 and 13 students attend the careers fair on February 6th in the Sportshall. We have a variety of employers and apprenticeship organisations who will be there and this can help make informed choices.

Tutor Activities for Next Week


What sort of questions would you ask on a university open day?  Visit the Bright Knowledge website for some advice:  https://brightknowledge.org/education/questions-to-ask-on-a-university-visit

Y13Take a look at the live apprenticeships on offer at Amazing Apprenticeships.  Even if you are considering Uni, take a look at any degree apprenticeships that might interest you:https://amazingapprenticeships.com/vacancies/

Y9 Future intentions fortnight

Week Beginning 3.2.20 to 14.02.20

Year 9 assembly this week on options process followed by parent information evening on Thursday 6.2.20 at 6 pm during our future intentions career event.

Understand your Child’s Online Life

This week Mrs Dodd has delivered a very important message in assembly regarding the life our students lead online. Please take time to view the attaceched and tlak to your child about the contnets and thier online life.

Mr Cartwright attended an E-Safety confrecen this week and we will be publishing information from that in the coming weeks.

One thought from that is, it is good to restrict screen time, just as we were restricted on TVs, but the internet is now how children view content. Traditional TV programs are fast getting replaced by YouTube. Talk to your children and understand their life online, ask them what they are doing, why they like it so much? Opening the conversation is going to help much more than simply removing the device from them.

Cycling Success

Last week, Hannah competed in the national championships. Despite being the youngest competitor in the race and needing to compete in a senior category as a junior, she finished her day being placed 12th nationally. A superb achievement after an inspirational race. To watch the video please click on the link below – she reached 60.8kph!

Year 9 Parents Evening 13th February

Year 9 parents evening is now live on insight, http://www.thonasalleynes.org.

Please make your bookings via the system by selecting the parents evening option form the main menu and then selecting the appropriate time slot for each member of staff you wish to see.

Due to the high numbers of pupils taught in some subjects by one member of staff can we please ask that for the following subjects appointments are only made if your child is seriously considering opting for the subject for GCSE:

ICT, Drama, Music & PE

If you have issues with insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


We would appreciate all parents sharing the dates of the GCSE interventions with Year 11 students. A link to the timetable is below:

Sports News

Year 9 Netball Vs John Taylor

The year 9’s maintained there unbeaten run on Tuesday against John Taylor. All of the squad showed great leadership, organisational skills and enjoyment as they played their toughest fixture to date. The game was a lot closer than the final score of 21-9 suggests. Excellent defending by Lucy, Hattie and Evie reduced JT.’s shooters having opportunities. Kiera, Lucy L, Flo and Molly showed relentless energy to keep the game flowing at a high pace. Amelie’s shooting was exceptional and she was supported well with Chloe’s movement in the D. Player of Match Lucy L

House Matches

Year 10 girls Football

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

Year 11 girls Football

1st Elkes, 2nd Whitmore,  3rd Orme and Torrance

BTEC Tech Award in Sport Activity and Fitness

Revision session Saturday 1st Feb 10.30-1pmExam Tuesday 4th Feb
Coursework dates have been sent out to all students.

U18 Football County Cup Semi Final
Home v Walton High School

After an early scare we dominated chances in the first half but couldn’t find the net! Apart from finishing, individualally we were near faultless. 2nd half we made a number of changes to try and unlock the door. Thornton made a great impact and Ford was dominate at Centre Back. Although some nervy moments at 0-0 we felt we were the better side, with Bosworth and Brain commanding the back, Shaw combining well with Coates and Haywood. Bussell worked industrially with Johnson sprinkling magic in the middle. Dawson playing in an unfamiliar position out wide struggled with the extra running but created a number of good chances. Whitehead held the ball up well and combined with McNair well. Man of the match was Ethan Archer at right back who had a sensational game from box to box.
After an uneventful Extra Time the game went to penalties. After a number of the side being on the end of a losing shootout in the final last year- this was redemption with us scoring all 5 pens confidently and Lucas Rogers being the hero with a great save to book a place in the final!

U16 County Cup 1/4 final

On a freezing wet afternoon we travelled  to Trentham. The difficult conditions made football difficult. We adapted best and and controlled the game. Similar to the U18 game the night before finishing was the problem. In the second half Baggly provided a great finish and then Brunt forced a own goal to give us a 2-0 lead. They struck back through a corner and then threw everything at us for the last 10 minutes. Keeper Whitehead was man of the match with a string of fine saves, good handling and positive kicking.

Final score 2-1 win

Young Writer Competition

Students from Year 9-13 are invited to enter the Rotary Club Young Writer competition, in which students from Thomas Alleyne’s school have been previously very successful.

The task is to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, “CONNECTIONS”.The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme. 
An A4 page or up to 500 words is a suggested suitable submission. 
Please see Mrs Peers for an entry form. 

Science News

We strongly advise our Year 11 students to attend our current revision sessions – look out for the posters displayed around the Science Department for times and location.

The dates of the upcoming GCSE examinations can be found on the attached poster.

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

Year 9

Keira Flanaghan for full marks on her last Chemistry assessment test

Abigail Rolph for consistent high scores in her last three Chemistry assessment tests

Year 10

Isla McFadzean and Lucy Lowther for always working to the best of their ability and achieving high scores

Year 11

Jack Doyle and Saffron Forrester for excellent Year 11 mock exam results

Year 12

Ellis Barhas and Emma Rose for consistent hard work in A Level Chemistry

Year 13

Tom Smith and Emelia Lowe for excellent Year 13 Chemistry mock results

Well Done!

PTA Quiz Night

PTA Meeting

Monday 3rd February, 7pm in the staff room – all welcome.

Dementia Friends Awareness in BTEC Health & Social Care

On Wednesday, Dementia Friends champion David Lindop came in to talk to year 13 Health & Social Care students about living with dementia and how to make it a positive experience for people and their families.  This is an invaluable enrichment activity, especially as so many of these students have places at university to study for careers in the healthcare sector.  
David is running another session on Monday 3rd February at 11.20am in room 62, so any year 12 or year 13 students who do not have a timetabled lesson and are interested in this as an enrichment opportunity are welcome to attend.  


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