February 28th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Please support Barry’s development!

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting our successful Robotics team. It was fantastic to see the team working together to develop their robot ‘Barry’ so that they are in a strong position for the final in London. They are determined to prepare well for the final however they need our financial support. If you are able to help them please contribute to their justgiving page.


We will also be supporting them via a non-school uniform day. The proceeds will be shared between the Robotics team, our charity of choice Dougie Mac and YESS counselling. We hope you are able to support the team and their chosen charities by donating £2.00 for your son or daughter to wear non-school uniform on Friday 20th March. 

Thank you to all the parents who I met at Windsor and Oldfields over the last 2 weeks when I joined your Year 8 parents evenings. I found the evenings very helpful as we prepare for your sons and daughters to join us in September. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are very happy to complete small tours for any students who are anxious about their move to High School or just if they want to take another look before the induction days. 

Finally, congratulations to Ben in Year 9 for your incredible achievements swimming at county level recently. We wish you all the best in your future races, We very much appreciate parents keeping us up to date with students achievements outside school. 

A very successful future intentions trip today. Year 12 and some Year 13 were given the opportunity to attend the ‘What Career Live’ exhibition at the NEC. There were universities and apprenticeships available for all our students to talk about their post 18 options. Some of the best stands seemed to be the most interactive ones, for example the RAF stand seemed very busy all day. We were lucky enough for the RAF to come to our careers fair that we held at TAHS in earlier this month. Myself, Mrs Dodd, Mrs Bell, Mrs Featherstone, Mrs Walton and Mr Brunt have been successful in acquiring contacts for many of the apprenticeship providers and we hope to see them at the careers fair next year or coming in to speak to groups of students from Years 10-13. 

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Are you in a healthy relationship? Are you worried about a friend in a relationship but don’t know what to do? Log onto this website for help whatever your sexuality.  Watch the short clip called ‘Disrespect Nobody’.


What if you need the doctors or dentists while you are at uni? Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website for advice on health and well being at uni (you will also be given advice about this at freshers week):



Assemblies: w/b 2nd March

Assemblies this week taken by Mr Hulme focusing on World Book Day.

Thought for the Week 

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”  ― Tahereh Mafi,  Shatter Me

Year 10 Parents Evening

Year 10 parents evening is now live on Insight for your bookings. Reminder of the date, Thursday 12th March.

GCSE Pod – Well Done all…

Unico Live App

Please see the advise here re the aforementioned app

NCS – assembly Y11 residential and community service experience.

NCS delivered an assembly to our Year 11 students this morning. The information that was covered is below

NCS is an experience specially designed for 16 – 17 year olds. We give young people a few weeks out over the summer holiday to meet new people, try new things and cover new ground. We’re all about helping teenagers realise their potential, by giving them a taste for independence and loading them up with new skills so they can go on to smash their future goals.

As a national youth programme, NCS is made up of lots of regional providers – and that’s where we come in. (Hello!) We’re Burton Albion Community Trust and we’re your local NCS provider. Last year, we graduated 281 students from Burton who all completed the NCS experience. And this year, it’s your teen’s turn!

Technically a spot on our four week programme costs around £1,500 but because we’re government-funded, we only ask for a contribution. The most you’ll pay is £50, and we also offer bursaries – so everyone can do NCS.

This summer, we’ve got a few dates you can choose from:

Wave 1 –  Monday 29th June 2020 – Friday 24th July 2020

Wave 2 – Monday 3rd August  2020 – Friday 28th August 2020

Want to find out more? Head to: wearencs.com or email me as your local contact on the below email address.

Sports News

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity And Fitness – Unit 1

For anyone needing to improve or complete sports injuries assignment or technology in sport assignment room 43 is available Friday after school each week. Year 11’s should now be practising leadership and coaching skills in preparation for unit 3.

U18 County Cup Rugby 7’s

County 7’s is being held on Wed 4th March at Stafford Rugby Club.  See Ben Simon for squad list.

Science News

On Friday 6th March we will be launching our celebration of British Science Week.  We begin with our Millionaire Quiz for teams of Year 8 students from our Middle Schools and all Year Groups from Thomas Alleyne’s, who will compete in house pairs.

The following week will feature a range of activities and demonstrations in the Science Department. Details will be revealed soon; look out for the Science Week posters around the School!

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

Year 9

Sylvia Stocks for the top score on her Science test and consistent work and high quality this year.

Sam Pickup for consistent high scores in Science tests.

Year 10

Alyssa Whitehall for brilliant work rate and ethic leading to good progress all year.

Joshua Briddon for good work rate and understanding in Physics.

Year 11

Harry Van Hoek for consistent good work attainment at Level 8.

Courtney Hudson for brilliant effort and progress in lessons.

Year 12

Matthew Payne for consistent work rate at or above target and asking good questions in class.

Aimee Wild for resilience shown with all new Chemistry concepts.

This week’s Year 13 Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:

Tom Smith and Luke Langley for consistent hard work in A Level Chemistry.

Well done!

Join our Team

We are recruiting cleaners and invigilators – please see the advert below for more details.


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