March 27th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

I would like to thank all members of our community as we complete week 1 of learning from a distance. Your ongoing support, tolerance and patience is greatly appreciated.

There is a lot still for us as a school to learn and I am grateful for how much our community has pulled together.

I hope you enjoy Round up.

TAP for this Monday as follows:

Both Years:

Please keep an eye on Insight for some additional TAP activities to help make this current situation go by in a healthy and productive way.  I would really like to hear from you with your uplifting playlists at

Year 12

Continue to work on your CV’s on Unifrog or on a Word document.  Good advice is available on this link from Barclays bank but remember to also utilise Unifrog.  You can also spend some time updating your competencies on Unifrog:

Year 13

Read this useful article about self esteem.  You could also explore the Bright Knowledge website which has lots of great articles on education, health and wellbeing but also a careers library to explore


GCSE Pod Usage

Well done all we are currently 2nd in our category for usage.

Maths Puzzle

Please see the attached for all the details of the latest maths puzzle.

Rotary Young Writer Competition

A huge congratulations to Maddie Andrews, who has won the Rotary Young Writer competition- at both Local and District level. This is a fantastic achievement. Maddie will now go forward for consideration by the National panel and we wish her all the best of luck! 

Auschwitz Visit

The Auschwitz trip was a once in a lifetime experience and one that I will never forget. After visiting the small town of Oświęcim, we visited the first Auschwitz camp. This was transformed from an old, unused Polish army settlement, so the barracks were brick and several stories high. Prisoners rooms were bare and harsh. It’s also interesting to note that many barracks had illusion windows; buildings had actually sealed up windows from the inside with wooden planks on a steel frame, meaning rooms inside had little to no light. This camp was mainly for political prisoners at the beginning, and later acted as the site of Dr. Mengele’s experiments. As we neared the end of the tour here, we visited the book of names. This book has over 4million names recorded in it. You can look through each individual page and find hundreds of names, next to which is their birthdate, where they were from and sometimes the exact day they died. It is a statement of both personal and societal impacts of the holocaust. The second camp was more similar to what most would imagine the camps to be like. It was quite a shock to me how large the camp really was, at 2 square miles. The wooden barracks were lined with bunk beds that would’ve been used by up to 5-10 people per bunk bed level. We also visited the toilet block which gave us a real impression of the lack of privacy prisoners were exposed to and reminded me of the ‘modern luxuries’ we now take for granted. At each stage we learnt about the personal implications of the holocaust while witnessing the enormous extent of its effects. Our tour leader was great and it was inspiring to see his commitment and passion for the cause, as he talked us through each site we visited. I’m overwhelmingly grateful to school for providing this as an opportunity for students and recommend it to anyone who wants to play their part in keeping the memories alive.

Science News

Our Science students are continuing their studies through a variety of distance learning methods.

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

Polly Jones in Year 10 and Caitlyn Beardsley in Year 11 for exceptional hard work and positive attitude to learning.

Miss Macdonald selected Eleanor Webster and Surinder Mason for working hard through all of the Chemistry GCSEPods and producing extra work in preparation for taking A Level Chemistry.

Well done!

PE Department

Well done to all students who are staying active, at least we have been blessed with some nice weather. Last week we set students the task of creating a mile run and then timing it. If it is safe for you to do, keep trying to beat your time and send them into us on Office 365. We also set you a deck of cards challenge (see last week’s roundup)

We will set some progressions of these in the next few weeks.  Some of you have been getting creative with you exercise-

E.g Jack has been doing this with his brother- 

1. Run around garden 10 times

2. Come together in middle of garden and do a 1v1 scrum 

3. 10 press ups

4. 10 sit ups

5. 2 laps of Garden

Roman has been been playing Wally, each player starts with 3 lives, you have to hit a wall with a ball with just one kick or lose a life. Last player to lose all lives wins.

Rhys- has been doing the woodwork challenge- 5 shots with football 10m away to hit crossbar and both posts, if you hit one you get an extra shot, if you miss cross bar 5press ups, if you miss post 5sit ups

Leighton has been playing Panna- a 1v1 football game first to 3goals or meg your opponent.

Lots of other complex back garden games involving pets and different equipment some of which I will share next week. 

Please share your games, so others can have a go.

BTEC Sport Results

Well done to our Yr12 and 13 students on a great set of unit exam results from January. 


Congratulations to a number of RS, Philosophy and Ethics students who have completed Open University Certificates as part of their learning from home this week to support their progress.  To those Y10 students who completed the 1 hour ‘Do Prisons work?’ module and Y12 students who have completed  the 12 hour ‘Rethinking religion’ module, very well done  This is a great achievement and relates directly to your courses.

Art Update

Art staff have been impressed by the numbers of students that have been actively engaging with the art tasks set across all year groups and have been emailing photos of their work to staff for feedback. Could we please request that parents particularly of students in years 11 and 13 do this if it is possible, as this will help with the awarding of grades.

Geography Competitions

TAHS Geography Competitions

The competitions below are aimed to develop your skills in geography as well as reinforce the knowledge you have gained in lessons. Have fun, good luck, and I look forward to seeing your results!


Please enter all entries as either a word document, or as a photo (if you are doing a poster/leaflet based task). Entries must be submitted to to be a valid entry. Please use the title of the competition with your name as the subject. I will be marking them and sending you feedback within a week of the closing date.

I will accept entries from the 30th March 2020. The final deadline for entries is 3pm on the following dates:

Year 9- Thursday 9th April
Year 10 and 11- Friday 10th April
year 12 and 13- Monday 13th April

Winners will be announced in the newsletter of that week.

Sources: you must include a list of where you got your information. The idea of these tasks is not to cut and paste, but effectively research a topic in a way that boosts your knowledge. Wikipedia is NOT a valid source!


Year 9- Our Fascinating Planet

Using google Earth (or google maps satellite view if you cannot access Google Earth), you are to find the most fascinating landform you can in one of the following countries:


This land form must be natural (NOT man-made!). Once you have chosen, you are to produce a leaflet no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining what the feature is, how it was formed, and any local stories/legends that may surround it. Include maps and pictures, however these must not fill more than half a page. Word limit: 500 words.

Year 10 and 11- Earthquake Survival Guide

You are to produce a guide for residents on how to survive an earthquake. This is to be no more than two sides of A3 and needs to include the following information:

What an earthquake is, how they happen, and where they happen.
How you can prepare yourself and your home for an earthquake.
What to do during an earthquake.

You will get bonus marks if you include extra information about earthquakes and mitigating the impacts, but only if you also have the information above. Don’t forget diagrams and images to support your work, and a list of sources.

Year 12 and 13: Troubled Water

There is a documentary on Netflix called Rotten. Watch the episode entitled ‘Troubled Water’ and use this along with a minimum of 3 other sources to write an essay with the following title:

‘What are the global impacts of the bottled water industry?’

This task links to the water module in the A-Level scheme of work, and will encourage you to use your understanding of the topic to explore this aspect of the water issue. If you do not have access to Netflix, you can either find a suitable alternative documentary or a detailed article to use as your main reference. Word limit: 1000 words.

Something a Little Different

We are heading to an atypical holiday in education. We understand that some of you will want a rest from school; rightly so, but some of you may find that you want something different to do as your movement is limited.With that in mind we are sharing a range of ideas you may wish to consider. Some of these allow you to change your scenery virtually. Why not visit museums and galleries online? watch free productions from the National Theatre and Broadway, stream concerts, tackle James Dyson’s design challenges, learn a new language for future holidays all from your own home.  These are just a few! These ideas are not compulsory but just an offering of some great stuff being shared beyond our own community. We would love to hear about anything you:


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March 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

This evening, I just wanted to thank everyone for your support. Because of our community working together, showing such patience and tolerance I feel we are making progress in moving to distant learning. We are determined to be with you through this even if it is remotely. Our thoughts are with any families who are struggling at the moment – please let us know if we can help at all. 

I know our Year 11 and 13s understandably want answers to their questions about what will happen regarding their GCSEs and A levels/BTECs.  Guidance is being shared that there may be opportunities to re-sit them in the Autumn term and there may be teacher assessments which will take place. At the moment, this is conjecture but I will share it on one of the daily updates early next week. 

We are keenly aware that Year 11 and 13 students may have felt like it was their last day today – I am confident that we will celebrate your time at our school when this moment in time has passed. We want to have the opportunity to thank you for all you have done for the school. For now though, let’s do the best we can with the coming weeks, let’s try and support our families, friends and those NHS workers and other key workers who are doing so much for us. 

Other news:
Two things happened this week which would normally be at the top of my newsletter. The first is that we were awarded 2 Specialist Schools and Academies Trust awards – an incredible achievement from last year’s Year 11 and 13 and your teaching and support staff. Congratulations – it is the first time we have made the top 10% of schools nationally for attainment.
And the second thing – the birth of some beautiful new lambs.

Round up remains our celebration of events – next week we move to a celebration of our online work and if you have positive stories that we can share please email

I will finish this week with my personal thank yous to our wonderful community: student support assistants; teaching assistants, 1:1 tutors, technicians, cover staff,  teachers, site staff, our cleaning team, ICT staff, our cooks, governors, parents, students and the senior team.
Education is about to change for a period of time – we will learn from it – then we will reunite. 

I look forward to that day. 

Until then, let’s see what we can do with learning from a distance.

6th Form Apprenticeships Online Short CourseIf you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, please enrol on this short course provided by Amazing Apprenticeships.  It is an interactive resource designed to tell you all you need to know about apprenticeships in a 10 hour self-directed course.  It includes what apprenticeships are, how to find one, about funding and preparing for the first day.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Create or improve your CV using Unifrog and advice from Barclays.  Log onto Unifrog and complete your CV or add to your competencies:


Please watch this video and read this advice about keeping good mental health during the coronavirus.

Sports News

U16 Football

With all football currently on hold – Yr11 were presented with their match shirts for the County Cup and Sentinel Shield.  Who knows when we will be able to play football again but these boys will have these shirts as memento’s of 3 years of school football  and will have these shirts to play 6th form football.

PE At Home 

With school closed to Yr9 & 10 at the end of the week pupils have been completing a range of activities at home. A couple of these examples are below.  All pupils can have a go at these and send in their times on Office 365.
Red/Black  – You will need a pack of playing cards (if not got one create your own or use an online card pack) and a timer (watch/stop watch/phone etc)

Instructions -This challenge is Called Red & Black. For Each red card do press ups and each black card do sit ups. Shuffle cards and put pack of cards face down- Turn first card over and look at the number. Complete the number of exercises on the card. All face cards are 10. If you turn over a Joker complete 20 star jumps. e.g turn over 2 of clubs ( complete 2 sit ups), then turn over next card 7 of hearts (complete 7 press ups).  Keep going until you have completed the full set of cards (52 + jokers) You can rest as much as you like but the clock keeps running. When you have completed the full deck of cards stop the timer. You can have as many goes as you like. If you can get someone to witness it. Press Ups can be completed on knees but you must state that on your results and chest must go down to the floor. Sit Ups Hands next to ears- elbows to knees, back must go to floor each rep.

 1 mile running challenge. 

Your task is to create a safe running route from your house using google maps, map my run or another app of your choice.  Plan a circular route that starts and finishes at home.  this could be 1 mile long lap or a number of smaller laps adding up to 1 mile.  Ensure your route is safe and that you tell someone where you are going.  If possible do the run with a friend or family member

Science News

On Thursday our Year 11 students carried out a series of Science experiments.

Mr Melland’s classes looked into rocket science – building a variety of different shaped rockets and impressively launching them towards a target!

Students also measured the wavelength of laser light using diffraction gratings.

Mr Mitchell made batteries from salt bridges using a range of sulfate solutions.  Cells arranged in series produced an outstanding 6.3 volts – sufficient to charge a mobile phone!

Some classes also tried their hand at alchemy – turning copper coins into ‘gold’!

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

Year 10

Macy Curran for excellent effort in Biology

Sam Archer for excellent work in Biology

Year 11

Tom Haines and Scarlett Simister for effort and progress in Biology lessons

Year 12

Charlie Martin for making good progress in A Level Biology

Isabel Foster for excellent effort in A Level Biology

Year 13

Luke Langley for making good progress in A Level Biology

Poppy Reay-Robinson for continued effort in her A Level Biology studies

Well done!

BTEC Success

This week we got some fabulous results for our year 13 BTEC Health & Social Care students.

They received the results from their January exam, the challenging Anatomy & Physiology paper and over a third of the students achieved the top distinction grade (with two more being just a couple of marks away).  Another 1/3 achieved a merit grade and 100% students passed.
There are still some places available on this course for September for students interested in a health, care or education career.

Help the Supply Chain

Are you in the sixth form and wanting to help with the current national emergency then check out this link.

Summer Holiday Opportunity

Please see the link below for information on a fantastic opportunity for students over the summer break on Cannock Chase.


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March 13th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us at Year 10 parents evening this week. We understand that some people were unable to attend and this will have been disappointing. Please contact us if you would like feedback from your son or daughter’s form tutor.

We would very much appreciate all parents/carers checking that your daughter or son can log into GCSEpod and Insight.

We have set a Maths piece of homework (just 15 minutes) for all Year 9 students to check they can access the podcasts. Please encourage them to do so. We will then provide training for students who cannot access the podcasts via their form tutors.

Talk the Talk have been back in school working with students to develop their communication skills; students reported that they had an excellent day and have found the day useful in developing their own confidence. Thank you to Mrs Peers ran our first formal walking talking mock where the students worked through the English examination paper with her in real time.

Thank you for the support that parents have offered us during this difficult time. We want to reassure you that we continue to follow guidance from Public Health England. currently guidance is as follows:

  • People who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have a new or persistent cough symptoms and/or temperature of 37.8C and above are being asked to self-isolate for seven days.
  • Schools are to remain open, but international school trips will be cancelled.

Absence will be authorised for all students who need to self-isolate.  Our thoughts are with anyone who is unwell.

6th Form Apprenticeships Online Short CourseIf you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, please enrol on this short course provided by Amazing Apprenticeships.  It is an interactive resource designed to tell you all you need to know about apprenticeships in a 10 hour self-directed course.  It includes what apprenticeships are, how to find one, about funding and preparing for the first day.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Create or improve your CV using Unifrog and advice from Barclays.  Log onto Unifrog and complete your CV or add to your competencies:


Watch these clips about settling in to uni life provided by UCL:

Sports News

U14 and U16 Netball

Both sides won matches against Cheadle and Moorside on Tuesday. We will be back for more fixtures in a couple of weeks 

Uttoxeter Rugby

Congratulations to our Thomas Alleynes boy’s who were involved in a superb win against Derby Rugby club today. The under 15’s and 16’s Uttoxeter teams joined forces at the start of the season as both low on numbers, they struggled up to Christmas with very few wins but thanks to the perseverance of the coaches James Holmes, Aron and David Pattison they have come of age and played a superb game.  

Science News

This week we celebrated British Science Week with a variety of spectacular and fascinating activities occurring each lunchtime.

The Chemistry Department produced a range of spectacular flames and explosions; including lighting methane bubbles, an ethanol ‘whoosh’ bottle and hydrogen and oxygen balloons.

Students were engrossed by the rat dissection in the Biology Department.  The answer to ‘how long is the small intestine of a rat?’ – approximately 1 metre!

In the Physics Department sparks flew as we looked into hair raising electricity with the Van de Graaff generator and a giant capacitor.

The reptiles made an appearance on the School Farm; including the bearded dragon and the gecko. The students took the opportunity to feed the corn snake. The tarantula also made an impressive appearance!

Thank you for all of the entries received so far in the ‘Big Science Question Competition’, which is open to all year groups within the school.  See the posters displayed in the Science Department for details of this term’s Chemistry-themed questions.  Prizes include credit points, front of queue lunch passes and a fabulous Echo Dot.  The closing date for the entries is Friday 20th March.

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

Year 9

Ellie-Mae Brown and Joe Renshaw for excellent effort and class contributions

Year 10

Finley Moger and Liea Wild for consistent effort

Year 11

Scarlett Simister and Chloe Yates for working very well in Physics

Year 12

Charlie Martin and Alicia Mountford for excellent attitude and effort

Year 13

Will Taylor for exceeding his target

Max Addison for supporting Year 11 revision.

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

Year 10

Emily Taylor and Evie Udall for excellent animal care course work at a distinction level.

Year 11

Georgie Woodfield, Abigail Wildman and Max Hayes for consistent hard work on course work.

Well done!

Summer Holiday Opportunity

Please see the link below for information on a fantastic opportunity for students over the summer break on Cannock Chase.


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March 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Please make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

 Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
 Avoid close contact with people who are sick
 If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
 If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days

Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:

 Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this at patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation)
 If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for

If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days

If you or your children are well:

You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
 Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
 Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)

Symptoms to look out for

If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:

 Cough
 Difficulty in breathing
 Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:

 Avoid contact with others
 Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
 Don’t travel while sick
 Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing,throwing tissues in the bin
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)

If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school to speak to Mrs Rudge or Mrs Maingay.Please ensure that the school has your most recent contact details so that our records are up-to-date and correct. We continue to monitor the safety and well-being of our students regarding future trips and activities and will keep in close contact with Parents.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Watch this video about LGBQT issues in school.  How could you help?  What might you need to ask staff for?  Also read the handout of websites for LGBQT advice and support.


Visit the ‘Student Meals’ web page.  How much does it cost to cook a healthy meal? Check out some recipe ideas here (guess the prices before watching):


Assemblies: w/b 9th of March

Miss North will be leading assemblies this week talking about National Science Week

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Rockets are cool. There is no getting around that.” -Elon Musk

“Reason, observation, and experience: the holy trinity of science.” –Robert Green Ingersoll

Year 10 Parents Evening

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

Sports News

 Year 9 – Champions  

Paulet were the final opposition to complete the fixtures for the East Staffordshire LeagueTAHS led through every quarter, in windy conditions. The final score was 10-1. The girls have had a phenomenal season and it has been fantastic to see them develop as a team. 

Squad – Lucy C, Evie, Kiera, Hattie, Lucy L, Flo & Molly POM- Lucy L

Year 10 finished runners up in their league with a 16-2 victory at PauletSquad – Lydia, Evie, Zoe, Teegan, Halle, Holly, Jess & Lucy. POM – Evie.  The same girls also made their debut in the U16 B Moorlands tournament on Thursday. Playing three fixtures in the tournament the girls enjoyed more success with a comprehensive victory against Cheadle, a 7-4 win over Moorside and a narrow 8-5 loss to Painsley. 

The Year 11 team won the Moorlands U16 A tournament at Cheadle. The girls won all three games beating Cheadle 11-5, Moorside 7-6 and JCB 14-2. Many thanks to Andrea Adams for umpiring and transport. Squad – Amelia, Freya, Jess, Ella, Frankie, Anna, Holly & Alice

Next Week 

Tuesday – U16 A & U14 netball at Cheadle

Wednesday – Girls Cricket Club

Friday – Trampoline Club

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Science News

Our celebration of British Science Week got underway on Friday 6th March with our much-anticipated Millionaire Quiz.

The winners of our Middle School Quiz were a team from Windsor Park Middle School, the runners-up were a team also from Windsor Park.  In third place were Oldfields Hall Middle School.

Well done!

We had joint winners in the Thomas Alleyne’s House Quiz – teams from Whitmore and Torrance took the prize and in third place was a team also from Whitmore House.

Well done!

Next week we have a range of activities to celebrate British Science Week; each activity will start at 13.30.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, Room 52: Explosive Chemistry with Mr Crum – potentially very loud!!!

Wednesday, Room 55: Rat dissection with Mrs Swinson; how long is the ‘small’ intestine of a rat?!!!

Thursday, Room 51: Electrifying Physics with Mrs Melland – hair raising!!!

Friday is Animal Antics on the Farm – come and meet a range of animals on the Farm including guinea pigs and the bearded dragon.

Miss Thorley would like to share with the School a piece of homework produced by Spencer Daniels. The homework titled ‘Journey of a Ham and Cheese Sandwich’ has been painted onto canvas and superbly illustrates the digestive system process. 

The Science Department would like to reward the excellent effort and hard work – a prize awaits Spencer in the Prep. Room on Monday breaktime.  Well done Spencer!

With exam season approaching we would like to offer Year 11 students the opportunity to purchase Science Revision cards.

The cards can be purchased from the School Shop:

Triple Science (students in sets 1 and 2) – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are priced at £4.50 per subject pack.

Combined Science (students in sets 3, 4 and 5) – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are priced at £3.50 per subject pack.

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

Year 9

Olivia Smith for consistent effort.

Ryan Jeffrey for excellent work.

Year 10

Wren Tilbrook for excellent effort.

Tilly Shelly for superb effort.

Katie Boot for always trying hard and achieving or beating her target grade.

Year 11

Abi Wildman for hard work.

Kyle Elcock for excellent effort.

Year 12

Alex Done and Katelyn Poole for consistent excellence.

Year 13

Luke Langley and Sian Rendell for excellent effort and attainment.

Well done!

Geography Revision

Geography revision on Tuesday until 4pm, all are welcome.

Drama News

Parents/ carers of our A Level and GCSE Drama students are invited to an informal showcase of practical exam work in the Ede Studio on Tuesday 17th March, 4-6pm. This will allow students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience before their exams. Please note that there are some mature and challenging themes and therefore we would recommend a minimum audience age of 14. 

Join our Team

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


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