November 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week has been more an unusual one as we prepared to deliver lessons live to students self-isolating at home. I had a Year 13 class so I had a mixture of students in my classroom and students accessing the live lesson from home. It worked very well and I pleased that my history students had the opportunity to join in the class whilst at home.  I hope that, if I need to do this again, I will not feel as nervous using this technology.  If you have any questions about accessing these lessons for your child then please email me.

We have been working through UCAS applications this week and have managed to send a further 15.  Mrs Dodd has held live session every day this week which all students in Year 13 have been able to access, unless they were in a lesson.  These are all displayed on their calendar in Teams.  We are having a lot of personal statements being sent through to us and we are working through them. Some simple mistakes on the application itself is that their A level or BTEC subjects are not being added to their education section, these should be recorded as pending.

This week all of Year 12 had live skills session, run by Mrs Dodd, and Year 13 had contact time with their form teachers. At the Year 13 session we discussed UCAS applications and interview techniques. It is difficult to plan for an interview but the more they can work on general responses to questions and find positives about themselves the easier the interview will feel.

Please see below for Year 11:

We are currently meeting each Year 11 student and conducting a brief interview with them to help support their future intentions.  We are offering support with Unifrog, helping with revision strategies and discussing Post-16 opportunities. These interviews are not all focused around our 6th Form but also asking them to look at college courses to ensure that there is transparency in the careers advice that we offer.  We do have the facility to offer outside careers support, one-to-one interview via Teams with Mrs Tomlinson. 

The deadline for Year 11 to apply to the 6th Form is January 29th.  All guidance is on the Future Intention Teams and they can email any of the 6th Form Team including Mrs Featherstone if they would like further support. This link will enable students to watch the 6th Form video. I have conducted nearly 20 interviews so far and I am pleased with how many students are wanting to attend TAHS 6th Form in September 2021.  If you would like help, guidance or would like to ask any questions then please email me young@’ .

Year 11 Parents Evening

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

This is now open for bookings, meetings will take place on MS Teams via your child’s account.

Full instructions will be emailed to all year 11 parents.

RS – Revision skills

Year 9 and Year 10 have started completing some great revision resources this week on key topics.  Connection maps and revision clocks are a great way of recording lots of key information in a concise way. Could these approaches be useful in other subjects?

UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge

On Thursday 5th November 4 Year 13 and 9 Year 12 A-level maths students took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge. 

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.  It encourages mathematical reasoningprecision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.  The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

The results are in and all of the students did well.  Congratulations to Amelia and Dylan in Year 12 who achieved the silver standard.  However, one student achieved the gold standard and has qualified for the next round, the Senior Kangaroo.  A huge well done to Alex in Year 13 and good luck with the Kangaroo!

News from MFL

Year 11 Revision

It was a delight to see so many of you last night at revision. The recording is on Teams for anyone who wants to catch up.
There will be two more sessions, on Thursday 26th November and Thursday 3rd December, in preparation for the next Assessment Week.You should be revising for listening and writing. Don’t forget to use your login, it is the perfect website for listening and vocabulary learning. The writing paper could include the topics of school, house/home, holidays, relationships, pocket money and shopping, and future employment. You can find vocabulary for those topics here

10C are ruling supreme at the top of the class leaderboard with nearly 11,000 points. 11A are 2nd with over 7,400, followed by 11C, 10D, 11D and the y9s who have earned a TiL membership. The leading students for each group are Elois, Ellie-Mae, Polly, Kacper, Klaudia and Ben.

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11 Revision:

Well done to the Y11 students who attended the revision session on Tuesday, either in person or via Teams – your contributions and discussions during these sessions are extremely valuable towards your revision and this shows all of your great effort that you’re putting in!

Next week’s revision session will be on Wednesday 25th November running from 3:15-4:15, with Mrs Goodwin’s 11A group invited to attend in room 6a. In this session we will be looking at the London case study for the Urban Issues and Challenges topic.

 I hope to see as many of you as possible (either in person or via Teams).

Any questions, please speak to Miss Robinson.

We have also attached a ‘Geog your Memory!’ revision activity for you to use to kickstart your revision. This weeks ‘Geog your memory’ recaps processes from the Coasts topic (which you studied in Y10) as well as exam style questions on more recent topics you have studied, covering the formation of tropical storms from your Hazards topic.

Y13 Revision sessions:Revision sessions will be after-school on Thursdays, topics that will be covered during these sessions will be announced via Teams. Any questions, please speak to Mr Harris.

English Success

The English staff would like to congratulate so many of the students for continuing to really push themselves and engage so positively in the subject. Particular note goes to our rather lengthy list of nominees for student of the week – some of whom were nominated by more than one member of staff! Well done to:

Yr 13

Eleanor P, Jack R

Yr 12

Sophie W

Yr 11

Joe H, Joe W, Harry S, Ben A, Liliana K, Jacob B, Leighton T, Bradley M

Yr 10

Jack B, Harry F, Chloe F, Grace A, Dylan C

Yr 9

Jack G, Henry M, Victoria H, Kristers L, Oliver H-P

Rotary Writing Competition

Mrs Brophy is coordinating the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Writing Competition. Please see Mrs Brophy for an Entrance form and competition information or email at

PE Update

Reminder to Yr11 to  make parents evening appointments for Tue 24th Nov on insight for anyone taking BTEC Sport.
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.  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.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Issy G, Scarlett BW and Aimee S have been selected by Mrs North for an excellent result in their first Biology assessment.

Year 10

Amelie R, Georgie F, Harry F, George B, Joel A and George P all for particularly successful eye dissections! Selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

Mia, Freya, Isla, Evie, Isabelle and Lewis for excellent results in their Physics assessment, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Jake P for real improvement in his test score, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Byron BW for his most original answer to a test question! Selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Kacey L for a big improvement in her test score, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11 Animal Care Students of the Week

Tyler B, Sophie G, Jessie J, Isla McF, Blake P, Rebecca W, Lucy H, Harvey C, Liam P, Katie B, Josh G, Nat S, Ben W, Ollie G, Tilly S. 

Mrs North has selected all 15 students for exceeding their target grades in the recent Animal Care assessment which is looking good in preparation for their external exam in January!

Very well done!

Career of the week

Job title:Veterinary Nurse
Entry requirements:University: You could do a foundation degree or degree in veterinary nursing accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree   Apprenticeships: You can do a veterinary nursing advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science   College   You can study full time for a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at college. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has a list of approved training organisations. Entry requirements You’ll need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science   You’ll need some work experience before you start training. You could volunteer with a vet, a local kennel or animal welfare centre, or with animal charities like the PDSA or RSPCA.   Colleges Local to us who offer these courses are:    
What skills will I need?You’ll need: the ability to work well with others to be thorough and pay attention to detail customer service skills patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations excellent verbal communication skills active listening skills the ability to work well with your hands the ability to use your initiative to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include:In this role you could: speak to animal owners to find out the problem take blood and urine samples from animals take x-rays prepare animals for treatment and assist vets during treatment give injections, medication and remove stitches talk to pet owners about how to care for their animals take care of in-patient animals supervise and help to train other assistants update records You could work at a veterinary practice or at an animal welfare centre. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding. You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.
What you’ll earn:£18,000 Starter to £26,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:Rota, evenings and weekends likely.  
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

A spotlight on BTECS

BTECs are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. This means BTEC learners develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for. At sixth form we are offering a wide range of these applied courses in Health and Social Care, ICT, Applied Science, Forensic Science and Sport. You can find out more about these courses and our entry requirements in our 6th form prospectus.

The BTECworks website also offers a comprehensive guide to the different courses and helps students to explore potential career routes.

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


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