November 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

What a good start to the new half term!

All students have been given a new timetable, as well as this being on Insight over half term we have now printed each student their own copy. If your child has not collected theirs then please see Mrs Walton next week. Furthermore, all Year 12 students should now have received their 6th Form lanyard, these are also ready to collect from Mrs Walton.

We hope that you can support us in a change government legislation next week. All communal areas within the school now require all students to wear face coverings, for our Sixth Formers this does mean that from Monday all students must wear their face covering in the corridors and whilst they are in the wooden gym, the common room, the study room and the Ede Studio. This is compulsory, unless your child is exempt. 

If your child drives to school then please ask them to read the notice that I have sent to all Year 12 and 13 students on Outlook and Insight regarding parking.

Year 13 students who have completed or nearly completed their UCAS application well done, lets see if we can submit the majority before the first week in December.


We continue to increase heating in school to compensate as much as possible for the windows being open. Please encourage students to wear layers under their school uniform if they feel cold. They can also wear their blazers in class which add an extra layer. Underneath this we encourage them to wear a dark blue or black sweatshirt. 

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Please make your appointments on Insight which goes live on Monday.

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessment

For the next Year 11 assessment week, students should prepare for listening and writing. Use your ThisIsLanguage account for easy listening and vocabulary practice. For writing, learn and revise key phrases from all previous writing tasks, and make sure you have learned the relevant scripts for the different types of task you will encounter. More details to follow in lessons.

ThisIsLanguage – The battle heats up

Eloise in year 10 has used half-term well, earning over 1,000 points and claiming not just top spot in Year 10, but top spot for the WHOLE SCHOOL.She is followed closely by Polly in year 11, and Ben in year 9 continues to have the best score-to-time ratio. Can anyone in 11C or D claw back some points and get in the running?

GCSE entries for other languages

Mr Noon will be contacting all students who, according to school data, could be entered for a GCSE in a language not taught at the school. If you do not get an email on Outlook and think you should, come see him in room 10.

Funny videoMr Noon’s favourite MFL-related video, it’s all about how German sounds so much better than every other language.

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

All of year 9 have been set a homework with Computing to take part in the Bebras Challenge. A national computational thinking competition that also gives us a fantastic insight into the skill level of the students.

This is run and adminiastered by Oxford University and we encourage all students to take part over the coming week.

Full details are on insight and for any login details simply send Mr Cartwright a chat message on Teams.

Geography Revision Sessions

Starting from next week, year 11 Geography revision sessions will begin, with the first session on Wednesday 11th November. Each year 11 Geography class will have the opportunity to stay for the revision session in room 6a (Miss Robinson’s room), though this is limited to one year 11 group per week in order to make sure there are not too many students in the classroom at one time. For this reason, a timetable has been created to allow each of the Geography groups prior notice for their session in which they are invited to stay for the revision session.

If your Geography class is not on the timetable to stay in school for the revision session, you will be able to join the revision session via Teams, as each of these sessions will be live on Teams (which will also then be saved and uploaded onto the Year 11 Geography Teams if you are unable to attend the session either in person or remotely).Any questions, please feel free to speak to Miss Robinson.


Well done to Year 10 and Year 11 for some fantastic examination results. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson can see that a lot of revision has taken place

PE Update

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.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.

English Success

For English this week we would like to say welcome back to the students and congratulations to lots of you for a good start to this half term. Well done in particular to our students of the week:
Year 9: Cicely H, Dylan H, Isobel H

Year 10: Connor H, Harmony G, Max D, Harry B, Thomas A

Year 11: Jessica R, Emily P, Martha M, Eisha B, Elizabeth S

Year 12: Martha M

Year 13: Chloe L

Science News

Science News

Our Year 9 students have been issued with GCSE Exam Practice Workbooks to help with their Science studies.  Sets 1 and 2, studying the separate sciences, have received a Biology, Chemistry and Physics Workbook. Students in sets 3 and 4 have received a ‘Combined Science’ Workbook.

Students who have not received the Workbooks or those who think they may have received incorrect books will need to see their Science teacher from Monday 9th November.

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Charlie F and Isabelle G for an amazing result in their Biology assessment, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 10

Yasmin L for fantastic improvement of her assessment scores, selected by Miss Thorley.

Jason A for much improved attitude to learning, selected by Mrs Thorley.

Year 11

Katie L, Tilly S and Sonny W for an excellent result in their Chemistry assessment, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Ali M and Isabelle M for good work in Biology this week, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Year 12

Reuben H and Izzy W for excellent engagement in A Level Biology lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Isobel W, Freya H, Tom J and Jack D for their commitment to A Level Chemistry, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 12 Forensic Science

Caitlyn J, Caitlyn W, Evie D, Eleanor W, Alex P and Kerys E for an excellent start in their genetics coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Year 13

Okyanus A and Katie L for working hard in A Level Biology, selected by Mr Milward.

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 10

Keira F, Anouska H, Caitlyn L for excellent engagement in coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Ben B, Nat S and Millie P for excellent engagement in lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!


Young Writer Competition


A few weeks ago I wrote about the effort rankings on reports and highlighted the year 10 students who were at the top of the Elkes tree. (When parents have access to reports on Insight, one of the numbers is the ‘average effort grade’, and it’s basically a score out of 4, where a 4 would mean ‘Excellent’ (the best possible’) and a 1 would be ‘Unacceptable’ (the least possible) in all of their subjects.)

This week, the year 9 effort rankings have shown the following students as warranted tremendous congratulations!

Martha B, Susie C, Cicely H, Alex L, Joshua F, Laura G, Calli H, Amelia U, Harriet K, Tilly C, Chloe S-A, Olivia Y.

Extra special mention to Martha and Alex who are the first year 9’s to reach their bronze badge for getting 30 credits!

Career of the week

I have chosen this weeks career as it came up in an article I was reading earlier in the week. I personally had never heard of of a Cartographer so thought I would share it!

Job title:Cartographers collect information about the geography of an area to design and produce maps, charts and plans.
Entry requirements:University: You can take a degree in: geography, geographical information systems (GIS), land surveying, earth sciences or oceanography. You’ll usually need 2 to 3 A levels for a degree Apprenticeships: You could complete a geospatial survey technician advanced apprenticeship, or geospatial mapping degree apprenticeship. You’ll usually need:4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Other Routes: If you want to work as a cartographer in the armed forces, you can apply to the British army as a geographic technician, or the Royal Air Force as an air cartographer. After you leave the services, you could use your experience to find work in commercial cartography and mapping.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of geography maths knowledge to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills excellent written communication skills excellent verbal communication skills design skills and knowledge the ability to work well with others to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Day to Day tasks could include:  using desktop publishing and specialist computer software designing digital or paper based maps checking maps and charts are accurate and to scale editing maps, adding and removing new roads, structures or landmarks collecting and analysing data from remote sensors on satellites and planes using GIS to model and analyse landscape features plotting the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs carrying out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas
What you’ll earn:£18,000 Starter to £45,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:With experience you could become a senior cartographer and manage mapping projects and staff. 

If you specialise in working with GIS, you could apply for Chartered Geographer (GIS) status

You could also work on a freelance basis, but you’ll need your own mapping equipment.
More information:

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

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Toyota have sent us an email to inform us of their new apprenticeship opportunities for 2021.  They will be hiring 36 students for our Production Apprenticeship and 12 for our Maintenance Apprenticeship. They are hosting open evenings which need to be booked  on

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

This could be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students and worth having a look at.


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