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.


School Website

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