November 27th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Thankfully, we have been able to welcome our wonderful Year 12 students back into school. I have spoken to many over the last two days and am very happy with how they have engaged with their virtual lessons. I hope that this does not need to happen again but I feel confident that all students within our Sixth Form will be able to make progress. 

We are supporting all students in Year 13 who are completing their UCAS application. To support this further Mrs Dodd has been hosting virtual events where students and parents can drop in and ask for guidance on Teams. Please remember that if you have a question then you can email us on our account.  Please let us know if you would like support with these events.

Unifrog have surpassed themselves again. They are offering webinars for Year 12 and 13 students on work experience as well as guidance on applying for specific types of courses. Today’s support webinar was on the creative arts and they are offering one soon on hospitality. This information is so easily accessible. One way is for your son or daughter to add Unifrog on Instagram and they update their story daily with what is happening.  I find it useful for students who are in Year 11 also.   I cannot express enough how important and useful Unifrog is for all our Sixth Form regardless of their chosen route Post 18.

Next week is our Year 13 virtual parents evening.  You will receive the links to all your child’s teachers and using their Team account you will be able to join the scheduled meetings. If you feel you need some further support with this then please let us know.

Tuesday 1st December period 3 is our second skills session of this half term. All students will need to be with their form tutor for this session.

Focus for both year groups is personal finance.  The session on 16th December will follow on from this.

Also covered during this session will be:

Y13 help/support to complete UCAS applications.  

Y12 discuss EPQ, moocs and Unifrog.  

Please see a member of the Sixth Form team if you need any support with the above.


Well Done….

We have received the following message into school – well done whoever you are!

“Yesterday my car broke down outside Bradley House and some of your students helped to push me to safety. I must say I was heartened by their act. Credit to your students.”

Pastoral Update

  • Punctuality – A small number of students are arriving at school up to 15 minutes after their period one lessons have begun. Names of these students are being collated and Head of House detentions are beginning to be issued as of next week.
  • Year 10 – Although it was not ideal having to have our Year 10’s out of school today it was great to see the live lessons taking place today and the engagement from students and staff. We look forward to having you all back in on Monday. 
  • Skills – On Tuesday 2nd December students will be involved in their Skills sessions P3. Students need to go to their form rooms for this session. Year 9 and 10 will be working on e-safety whilst Year 11 will continue looking into Career and Post 16 options.


Below are the names of the students that currently have the most points in their house. Well Done!!

Orme – Aimee S 9O1 73 points

Whitmore – Tim W 10W1 62 points

Elkes – Martha B 9E1 55 Points

Torrence – Georgie S 9T2 52 Points

Year 13 Parents Evening

Next week it is the turn of year 13 for their online parents evening. Please make you bookings via Insight and meeting will be on Teams and we will send instructions and links prior to the evening.

News from MFL

Revision sessions

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 one more session, on 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

Year 9 Success

Following the first topic assessment, we are delighted with the hard work students have put into their French. The following students have done particularly well:

Susie, Luke, Rosanna, Charlie, Isabelle, Calli, Olly, Georgie, Tom, Olivia, Cameron, Neve, Logan, Aileen, Emily, Bethan, Edwin, Joshua, Alex, Charlotte, keeley, Elizabeth, Poppy, Elsie, Caitlin, Catherine, Sam, Alex, Sophie, Victoria, Oliver, Aminah, Ethan, Lewis, Holly, Finn and Daniel.

Mr Noon’s favourite students this week are Polly, Kacper, Klaudia, Eloise, Ellie-Mae, and Ben, because they are in the lead for their respective TiL groups. 10C have crossed the 11,000 point threshold!

Geography Revision Sessions

Year 11 revision will be on Monday 30th November 3:15-4:15, revising the London case study from the Urbanisation topic.

There will also be a revision session on Tuesday 1st December 3:15-4:15 in which Miss Robinson’s 11C group are invited to join in the classroom (room 6a) whilst the other Y11 Geography groups are invited to join via Teams.

This session will be revising coastal processes and erosional landforms.

This weeks ‘Geog your Memory’ revision activity looks at key terms from the Economic World topic, wave-cut platform formation from the Coasts topic and urban regeneration from the Urban Issues and Challenges topic.

Y13 revision sessions will be on Thursday’s afterschool in room 6b. Topics to be announced in lessons.

Budding Coder?

Are you a budding coder or want to learn more about coding to supplement your studies? If so check out this learn at home website from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Raspberry Pi Learn @ Home

English Success

English students of the week this week are:

Yr 13

Emma K, Torin N    

Yr 12

Katie G, Sophie W

Yr 11

Cole M, Brad M, Nathan S, Lucy C, Katie L, Leanne P, Mollie B

Yr 10

Alistair D, Harriet H, Josh W, Evie P, Anthony Y  

Yr 9

Morgan H, Joel M, Joseph N, Alexander C, Bethan P, Charlie E

Elkes News

Another busy week as Christmas seems just around the corner, but I wanted to note this week the great efforts of those Elkes students who’ve garnered the most credits so far this half term. Sophie J, Calli H, Libby L, Isabella G, Noah M and Susie C are keeping their heads up and their efforts strong so far! I was also reminded at parents evening (from home) of some of the fantastic work our year 11s are doing in the community, so want to mention Cole M and Sam B, as well as other members of the school body, who are involved with Uttoxeter cadets and are raising money to support the Royal British Legion this year. Well done to all taking part!

PE Update

Congratulations to George Foster who has been selected by UK Athletics to enrol on the Level 3 Pearson BTEC Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE). This is a great achievement. Only those athletes from across the country that their NGB deem as having the potential to progress to a higher level of elite performance are selected to take part in the course at Loughborough College.

Thank you to Yr11 parents who attended parents evening on Tuesday- if you were unable to meet with your child’s PE teacher the key information is that anyone below a L2D is entered for the exam in February and should be revising. Revision resources are on Teams.  All students also need to be up to date with coursework any questions please contact Mr Barrow.

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

Thomas M – Excellent work throughout. Hard work in lessons and always trying his best! Selected by Mr Mitchell.  

Imogen T – Completing all practical work and presenting findings, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Aimee S for excellent commitment to Biology, selected by Mrs North.

Year 10

Cameron B, Jack B, Tim W and Zita M for excellent effort and attainment in Chemistry, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 11

Duncan C – Excellent work and homework on the C6 – Quantitative Chemistry topic, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Tess S – Hard work, resilience and progress in Chemistry lessons, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Josh B – Above and Beyond! – Excellent scores in all Chemistry assessments and exam questions, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Lydia M – Excellent scores consistently across Chemistry topics, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Reuben H for excellent contribution during online lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Max H for enthusiasm in Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Rachel A for commitment and progress in Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13 

Charlie M – Top score on the Chemistry assessment – Aromatics, Polymers and Biochemistry, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Animal Care Students of the Week:

Year 10

Shannon B and Lucy C for producing a stunning Christmas wreath, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

Career of the week

Job title: Make-up artistAlternative titles for this job include Media make-up artist, theatrical make-up artist, make-up designer Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: University You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or a degree in specialist make-up techniques like: make-up for media and performancemedia make-up artistrytheatrical, media and special effects make-up Subjects that show that you have creative flair and good communication skills can be useful for getting on to university make-up artistry courses. These could include: art and designperforming artsdrama or theatre studies You’ll also need creative talent and a print or online portfolio to demonstrate your skills. You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could study for a qualification in media make-up, like: Level 2 Certificate in Make-upLevel 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-upLevel 3 Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You’ll usually need: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship You can do specialist make-up and beauty courses through private beauty schools. You can also get a job as an assistant in a salon and train on the job.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: design skills and knowledge the ability to work well with your hands the ability to work well with others to be thorough and pay attention to detail to be flexible and open to change excellent verbal communication skills the ability to use your initiative patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations 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 be: researching and designing make-up and hairstylesworking to production designers’ notes and instructionstidying and styling hairusing special effects make-uptaking notes and photos for referencebeing on set to redo make-up and hairremoving make-up and keeping wigs and hairpieces in good condition
What you’ll earn:Variable
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at a TV studio, in a theatre, on a film set or at a film studio. You could be freelance / self-employed or work for an organisation. You will usually work 35-40 hours a week and most beatican
More information:Many make-up artists work freelance and develop their career by building a network of contacts and getting recommendations from their clients. With experience, you could progress to chief make-up artist or make-up designer. You could also develop specialist skills, for example applying body art or making facial or body moulds for creating and fitting prosthetics. You could move into areas like fashion and photography, print and digital media or special effects. You might also specialise in medical aesthetics, using make-up techniques to hide scars and skin conditions to improve a client’s psychological wellbeing and confidence.

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

Upcoming Events

College open days

There are a number of college open days coming up, we have provided students with this information on Microsoft teams. Using their log in they can access this information on the link below.

College Information Links

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

WorldSkills UK LIVE online:

Spotlight Talks on Careers, Apprenticeships and excellence in partnership with BAE Systems kicks off today with three days of inspiring talks.

Leading employers and role models speak about their unique experiences. Giving students a greater understanding of what different careers entail, inspiring them to make informed decisions about their future.

You can register for the event at and even if they cannot attend then the sessions will be recorded and available on demand.

Highlights will include: Engineer Roma Agrawal MBE talk about about her career and her work on The Shard, Foxdog Studios will be creating a massively-multi online game in one day, Medical Mavericks will explore amazing careers in the NHS and Olympian Peter Bakare will speak about using goal setting techniques

Please do keep a look out on our school website careers tab for information regarding upcoming events and opportunities, as well as a range of other resources to support students with their career planning.


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