September 25th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Please ensure that your son or daughter is aware of the sign out and in procedure that we have implemented.  In order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

All students must use this system if they are leaving school and when returning into school if it is on the same day.  This is in order for us to ensure the safety of our students and to adhere to safeguarding and fire safety regulations.

As we have now taken most o the photographs of our Year 12 students we can start putting their ID together, when these are ready for collection we will notify all students through their Insight and place it on Insight notice board.  We do still have some photographs to take, these should all be completed by the end of next week.

Can all students in Year 13 ensure that they have all their work that was completed during lockdown accessible as this will be needed for revision purposes as we start heading towards mock examinations.

I have sent all Year 13 students notices to inform them that they must update the class teachers on Unifrog to enable them to complete their academic references. I have been informed that a number of students have not done this. Please could you check that they have done this. Unifrog is an amazing tool that we have purchased for the school and it really helps support our Sixth Form students in their how to preapre for their next steps Post 18. As well as utilising Unifrog to help with next steps I need to encourage all Year 13 students to register with UCAS, instructions on how to do this was sent out in July.  Please email if you are unsire and I will help.

PE Update

We are commencing with practical PE lessons from 28th September.  The activities delivered will be based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

You have an assessment fortnight from the 5th October- 16th October.

This means that within your lessons, you will be asked to complete some work alone and using exam style questions to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for your exams next Summer.

To prepare for this make sure that you are revising what you have been studying since returning in September. We are excited for you to show us what you can do!

Mental Health 

Next week is the official launch for the Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health Support Team in Schools. Natalie and Bridie have already been working with students from our School and across the pyramid. 

Each day next week we will be sharing on videos on insight, with your teachers and social media MHST’s  5 ways to wellbeing including the topicsTake NoticeBe Active GiveKeep LearningTechniques for taking notice. 
If you are interested in a referral to the MHST please contact your childs Head of House. 

Logo Competition

Check out the details on the logo competition by following this link:

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Jack B for gaining 100% in his first Biology homework, selected by Mrs North.

Georgie S and Lucas WS for excellent understanding and contributions to class discussions, selected by Miss Thorley.

Luke N, Charlie F and Ben S for their positive contributions to Biology lessons, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Holly T, Josh B, Molly H, Chloe SA, selected by Mr Melland for making excellent contributions in their Physics lessons.

Year 10

Livvy E for excellent effort in biology, selected by Mrs North.

Liam A and Thomas N for fantastic assessment scores and attitude to learning, selected by Miss Thorley.

Evie P, Charlie A, Izzy M for working very well through the work on acceleration, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 11

Mollie B and Leo M for effort and progress in Biology, selected by Mr Milward.

Finley E for an excellent start to Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Year 12

Helena B and Alfie B for a strong start in the A Level Biology course, selected by Mr Milward.

Jamie D for an excellent Chemistry test result, selected by Mrs Evans.

Animal Care Students of the Week are:

Year 10

Katie B and Katey G for an excellent start in Animal Care, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Nat S, Emily T and Lucy M for excellent Animal Care coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

English Success

The whole of the English Department have been really pleased with your efforts since we returned. The following students have been nominated by their teacher as being fantastic this week… Keep up the good work!!

Miss Beevor:

Year 9 

Jess C, Joel M

Year 10

Jack W

Mrs Hunt

Year 9

Holly T

Year 10

Tom N

Year 12

Lizzie S

Year 13

Aidan R

Mr Brassington

Year 11

Josh B

Year 10

Georgie S

Year 9

Kai H

Mrs Bell

Year 10

Jake L

Miss Cann

Year 9

Oliver H

Charlotte H

Year 10

Abi C

Mrs Peers

Year 10

Rhys R

Charlotte J


As you will be aware, there have been some changes to the English Literature GCSE. Students will no longer be tested on the Power and Conflict poetry anthology. You will still be tested on An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, The Sign of Four and ‘unseen’ poetry.

If you wish to buy your own copies of the texts, they are available on the school shop for £13.85 (called Year Ten Lit Pack) and can be collected from Mrs Peers.

Revision guides will be available after half term.

New Arrivals

We have had two Rhea chicks hatch on the farm. They have been named Ray and Chris. They will stay on the farm until they are bigger and then they will go home with one of our farm staff.

Our Environment

Do you want to make a difference to your school and your local community?

Are you environmentally focused and can see changes that need to be made?

Do you want to work as part of a team to support our Eco-School Committee and to push our school to be awarded a Green Flag status?

If so…

Eco-School is an opportunity for our school to be awarded a Green Flag status. We have a team of students in Year 13, led by Okii, who last year worked with Mrs Rudge to ensure that all buses and minibuses that were dropping of and collecting students from TAHS turned their engines off while students were embarking and disembarking, they spoke about how they would like more bike sheds so students could be encouraged to travel to school by bike and be able to securely lock them up. Mrs Rudge has since provided 2 further bike sheds on the school site. We have also been able to secure an area of land on the school site that we can use to plane trees on. This is only the start of our journey. I will be working with Okii and his team in Year 12 and 13 to see what else we can achieve this year. We are also going to ask for representatives from Years 9-11 to join our team and to help make a difference.

If you would like more details then please email me

If you would like to apply for a place on the committee then please email me with the reasons why you would like to join, what changes you think we could make to the school to improve our environmental status, this should be no more than 500 words.

Closing date 5th October

Elkes News

4 weeks in and still the new timetable presents challenges and changes for us, but the students continue to adapt well to them. I miss seeing our Elkes tutors so often, and I know they’re enjoying the skills sessions which currently take the place of form time. Our tutor meeting was a great start to the week, and while it’s just not the same on Zoom, being together in some sense was a real boost. For  a wide range of reasons, and for each making progress on their various paths, special mentions this week go to Harvey P, Joely and Selena, and Tom K.

As ever, if there’s anything we can do, just mail or

Whitmore News

Today we have completed the four week timetable, the new look school day has become more of a routine. Miss Arbery and myself are still keen to hear the positive activities that you are participating in away from the classroom. Please e-mail us with your news at and 

Career of the week

Job title: Care WorkerCare workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.
Entry requirements:You could take a college course, which may help when you look for work. Courses include: Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social CareLevel 2 Diploma in Care Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course   You could get into this job through an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship or a lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:You’ll need: sensitivity and understandingthe ability to work well with otherspatience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situationsthe ability to accept criticism and work well under pressureto be thorough and pay attention to detailcustomer service skillsa desire to help peopleexcellent verbal communication skillsto be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do:In this role you could be: getting to know clients and their interests and needshelping with personal care like washing, using the toilet and dressingfood preparation, feeding and giving out medicationcarrying out general tasks like housework, laundry and shoppinghelping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write lettersgoing with clients to and from a residential home You could also be: supporting families with new caring responsibilitiesgiving emotional and practical support to children and young peopleworking with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development planshelping to organise leisure activities
What you’ll earn:Starter: £12,500Experienced: £25,000
These figures are a guide.
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at an adult care home or at a client’s home.Your working environment may be physically demanding.You may need to wear a uniform.You will work 35 to 40 hours on a shift rota including evenings and weekends
Career path and progression:You could progress to a more senior role, managing people or services.As your career develops, you can move on to higher level qualifications, such as a foundation degree, social work degree or Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Year 11 and 13 Questionnaires

Just a reminder that we would like our year 11 and 13 students to complete their future intentions questionnaires. If they haven’t completed the questionnaire yet they will have received an email this week with a reminder.

Their answers will allow us to identify the support they need this year with their decision making for the end of their key stages.


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