October 16th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week we have seen 18 students in Year 13 send off their UCAS applications. These students are applying to Oxbridge and will now have an anxious wait to see if they have been selected to attend an interview at their chosen university, Oxford or Cambridge.  These students have applied not only for medicine, veterinary and dentistry but also architecture. As well as this we have had students who have applied to UCAS for early childhood studies. There is no reason why students cannot apply now, the deadline for UCAS applications is at the beginning of January.  All students have been offered support on writing their personal statements for the application process, not just for UCAS but also apprenticeships and employment.  Please encourage your child to complete this sooner rather than later to ensure they are bale to submit their application.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Dodd for all her hard work with these students. Helping them with their personal statements and offering huge amounts of encouragement along the way. I saw some of these sessions and I can honestly say that all those that have applied really have appreciated the help.

Unifrog are offering some great webinars on applying to universities abroad. I sent some links to all Year 13 this week via Insight so that they could participate if needed.  I would recommend adding Unifrog to their Instagram account if they have one as they do have some very good hints and tips each day.  If you would like to access Unifrog then please email me and will send you the supporting information.


Week 4 is the final personal finance session, with materials available on Teams.


Please fill in your workbook with the final personal finance resources (pages 10-15).  Find out about how covid has impacted finances; benefits; taxes; alternative income; the history and future of trade unions and the different types of insurances (eg PPI, buildings, contents; motor; pet and health). 


Please complete the final personal finance information (workbook pages 9-12).  Find out about foreign currencies; supermarket inflation and calculating exchange rates.

Year 12 Virtual Tutor Evening

Wednesday 21st October 4.00pm – 7.00pmThe attached letter has been emailed out to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form team at sixthform@tahs.org.uk if you require anything further.

UCAS Competitive Courses for 2021 entry

We are delighted to share the good news with our school community that this year we have had an unprecedented amount of students apply for Competitive courses, which includes both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine courses. We have also had an additional Conservatoire application to study Music. 

We are incredibly proud, as always, of our students, and they have produced some excellent personal statements to support their applications. 
Applications are as follows:

NPConservatoire Application for Music
OAEngineering at the University of Cambridge University (Emmanuel)
LDHuman, Social, & Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge (Magdalene)
AFMathematics at the University of Oxford (Oriel)
KLVeterinary Medicine
AMPhysics at the University of Cambridge (Open Application)
APMathematics at the University of Oxford (Christ Church)
ERBiomedical Sciences at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s)
DWFine Art at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s)
EWPhysics at the University of Oxford (Hertford)
SWArchitecture at the University of Cambridge (St John’s)

The sixth form team will continue to work with the remaining year 13 students to ensure that they get all of the information, advice and guidance they need to secure the next steps of their future intentions. 

GCSE Drama Students of the Week

Leanne P, in year 11, for showing pride in her work with beautiful presentation in her book as well as an excellent written response in her portfolio. 

Ryan W in year 10, for a moving performance of Adam’s monologue from the play, DNA.

Whole school Non-Uniform

On Thursday 22nd October. Donations to be made via ParentPay.  50% proceeds to go to Sixth Form Forever Charity Douglas Macmillian Hospice.
To find out more about Dougie Mac please see 


Year 9 History – Remembering the First World War

Centenary of the Arrival of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station – 10 November 2020

Every year on 10 November, the Western Front Association holds a service of remembrance at Victoria Station to commemorate the arrival, in 1920, of the Unknown Warrior on his journey to Westminster Abbey. Because this year is the centenary of this happening, the Western Front Association is asking Year 9 students to write a letter to the Unknown Warrior. You can write as yourself, a young person in 2020, looking back on the First World War or you could pretend to be someone living in 1920 who has lost someone important to you in the war: a brother, a father or a friend perhaps.

If you would like to take part in this commemoration then you need to write a letter of no more than 500 words and email it to your class teacher by November 1st, 2020.

The Association will publish the most interesting and thoughtful letters on their website and in their magazine and offer some small prizes.

For full details please see this link:

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

Certificates have arrived in school for the following students who have attained their Bronze award in this Digital Award.

Congratulations, well done and certificates will be distrubuted next week.

Fallon C, Daniel F, Kacper W, Reece A, Alex P

MFL News


After only a matter of days, Ben P has already started the long climb to the top of the ThisIsLanguage.com leaderboard.

He has already overtaken some year 10 students! Is current champ champ Joe H worried? Time will tell.

Year 11 Future Intentions

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Future Intentions Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2021 is available in this team.

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings for this event are now available on the parental login to insight. If you do not have this please email insight:@tahs.org.uk.

This is a virtual event that will be held via your child’s Office 365 account, full details will be sent to parents early next week.

Exam Update

We have now received confirmation that the GCSE and A level exam period for 2021 will run from: 

Wednesday, 26th May 2021 until Friday, 2nd July 2021. 

It is vital that students attend all relevant exams within that period and an individual exam timetable will be given to students. 

Exam results days have also been published: 

A levels- Tuesday, 24th August 2021

GCSE results- Friday, 27th August 2021

Revision tip #3

Using revision guides can be really helpful, but just reading it is pointless! You have to ‘engage’ with it in different ways… You can make notes, or use it to add to your classwork, but just reading it isn’t useful. ‘Transform it into something else and the information will stick! 

Keep up the good work, 

Mrs Peers

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Leon and Elin (9W2) for accurate mitosis posters, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 10

Amelie (10W1) and Sarah (10O3) for excellent test scores, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

Leo (11U1) for really good questions and wider information on the topic of nuclear physics and the Chernobyl disaster, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Liberty (11E1) and Sonny (11W1) for super homework, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 13

Raeley (13D), Jenna (13B) and Aaron (13E) for great results on statistic questions, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Well done!

English Success

From English, well done to:

Year 9: Billy T, Lucas W-S, Calli,

Year 10: William G, Ben P, Daisy C, Liam A,

Year 11: Lucy C, Ben B, Josh B,  Freya S,

Year 13: Torin N, Tom T

Latest from PE

We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are 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.

Pastoral Update

Only one week to go until half term! It has been a tough half term in many respects but it has also been a really positive experience getting back into some form of routine albeit different from our previous ones. I know we are all getting ready for a rest but with one week to go let’s make sure we keep going keep making the fantastic progress we are making as a school and as a community. 
Congratulation to the following student for the achievement points:

Bednall M41 9E1
Wild T38 10W2
Gregory M37 10O3

Career of the week

This weeks career of the week was nominated by Mrs Bell – Thank you 😊

Job title: Bio ChemistA Biochemists will investigate chemical processes that take place inside all living things from viruses and bacteria to people.   A University course or specialist training with the NHS is the best way to pursue a career in this role. At university you could study: Biochemistry biotechnology biopharmaceuticals chemical and molecular biology microbiology genetics molecular biology In the NHS, you can train by following the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Entry requirements:You will usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study Some universities also offer a science foundation year as part of a degree if you have not studied science subjects to the level needed
What you’ll do:In the pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, your work will include: developing new products monitoring production quality control checking the safety of existing products In a hospital, public health laboratory or research institute, your work will include: carrying out tests on blood researching the causes of disease exploring new methods of treatment In agriculture and the environment, your work will include: genetically engineering plants to create pest-resistant crops improving the quantity of crops developing and extending the shelf life of produce monitoring the effects of pollution on the environment
What you’ll earn:£26,500 – £60,000 a year
Working hours, patterns and environment:38-40 hours a week – possibly night shifts Likely to work in laboratories or you could work in you could work in universities or colleges, or medical, veterinary or dental schools as an educational biochemist.
More information:You can find out more about becoming a biochemist from the Biochemical Society, The Royal Society of Biology or The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

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 https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

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.


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