December 11th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Wednesday 16th December P3 will be our next skills/tutor session. Please can all students ensure they attend this session.  Mrs Walton will email all students a reminder of their form room and tutor. The theme for the session will be: Personal Finance Part 2.  This session will also include a COVID safe chocolate raffle. One student out of each form group will win a festive chocolate treat. Please ensure that the sixth form code of conduct is signed and returned to school prior to this session.

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry.

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  All Year 11 students have been added to the Year 11 Future Intentions team on Microsoft teams.  All students were given a copy of the prospectus during their last skills session.

The information is as follows:

Online application

Year 11 Future Intentions

All students must complete this form even if you are undecided about applying for Sixth Form. This will help us to support you with your future intentions.

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on

Reminder that the schools internal UCAS deadline is Friday 18th December. Applications need to be completed and with the Sixth form team by this date to ensure they are checked and sent off in time before for the national deadline 15th January 2021.  Please email if any support is needed.

Year 12 students – don’t forget you can collect your GCSE certificates from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Reminder Yr 12 students should all be accessing Unifrog. If any students are having difficulty logging in, please email for support.

Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next best step after school. It can help students with exploring what subjects they would be interested in studying Post 18 and how these choices can lead to different career paths and further education.

Discover and sign up to online courses in areas that are of interest.

Explore how to successfully apply to an apprenticeship or university course, including universities abroad.

Support with writing a CV and Cover Letter.

Record key activities, MOOC’s and achievements to help support their application.


YESS Support of Christmas

If you feel you need help and or support over the Christmas break please see these two leaflets from YESS.

Pastoral Update

Congratulations to the students below who have received the most achievement points in their house and year. 

Year 9 Martha B (9E1)

Year 10 Ellie-Mae B (10E1)

Year 11 Emily T (11E2)


Year 9 – Sharpe A (9O1)

Year 10 – Milly G (10O3)

Year 11 – Katie L (11O1)


Year 9 – Alisha C (9T2)

Year 10 – Ali Moustapha (10T1)

Year 11 – Liliana Kelsall (11T2)


Year 9 – Olly R (9W2)

Year 10 – Tim Wild (10W1)

Year 11 – Evie N (11W2)

Updates for the final week of term:

  • SLT Detention – Any student issued with a Senior Leadership Detention next week will complete this on Thursday 17th December. This is a change from the usual day of Friday. Heads of House detentions will run normally on Wednesday 16th December.
  • Uniform – Just a polite reminder that students are able to wear blue or back jumpers under their blazers, blazers can be worn and in classrooms that are cold due to ventilation coats can be worn. Clothing including jeans, trainers are not permitted and hats and gloves are not permitted within classrooms.  
  • Wednesday 16th December P3 is the final skills session of this term. Years 9 and 10 will be continuing to develop their awareness of internet and mobile safety. Year 11’s will be focusing on careers and revision techniques for their upcoming mock examinations.

MFL Musings

Year 11 revision

This weekend is the last hurrah for year 11 before the holidays. Focus on topics like school, holidays, family and future plans, money/shopping, and jobs. Can you give opinions? Can you talk about what you did? What are your plans? There will be a reminder on Insight of where to find useful resources and information.

1 day 1 question – Who are The Beatles? Look for words like rock group, planetary success, artists, discs (records), leader of the group, homage, and more, and watch the video.

La Liste de Père Noël

The countdown has begun for the big reveal of who’s going to avoid meeting Père Fouettard this year. All will be revealed next week. leadersThere is fantastic work happening at home for French, and these people have done a lot recently:

11A – Ben W and Harry

11C – Katie and Finley

11D – Finlay and Leo

10C – Finlay and Gemma

10D – Joe and Charlotte

9 – Oliver and Charlie

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11 Revision

Apologies for the cancellation of this week’s revision session. From next week (Tuesday 15th December) and continuing after the Christmas holidays, ALL Y11 Geography students across all of the Geography groups are invited to join the classroom revision session with Miss Robinson (in room 6a) which will run between 3:15 and 4:15. This will be limited to a maximum of 30 students that will be able to sit in the classroom, however these revision sessions will still be recorded and live streamed via Teams each week. Next week’s revision session will be on coastal processes.

The attached ‘Geog your Memory’ revision task this week looks at the UK’s changing economy, particularly the North-South divide and the UK’s wider links, as well as the causes of flooding.

Y13 Revision

Well done to the Y13 students who attended this week’s revision session. These exam technique revision sessions will continue on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 with Mr Harris in room 6b.

English Success

The English department would like to commend our students of the week. This week, they are

Yr 13

 Finn W

Yr 12

Eve B

Yr 11

Sam A, Tom J

Yr 10

Amelie R, Anthony Y

Yr 9

Animah K, Charlie F, Josh B 

PE Update

Over the last 2 weeks we have been reintroducing swimming into PE, which has enabled our Yr11 competitive swimmers to get in some much needed training. We are further increasing our swimming programme over the next few weeks so make sure your swimming kit (Black swim shorts/black swimming costume) fits. If you are an elite swimmer, please make yourself known to Miss James or the PE department. If you are a non-swimmer don’t worry our pool is ideal for learning to swim with a shallow end and only 17m by 8m, Our swimming programme is tailored to all ability groups.

Yr13 BTEC students should all be working to complete their final coursework assignment for the end of term. Yr 12 BTEC students should be revising in preparation for January Exam.

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. Students have taken home a revision resource booklet – please ensure you are using this.

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

Each week in the run-up to Christmas the Science Department would like to share some ‘did you know’ Science facts. 

This week’s facts are Biology-based regarding the symbolic Christmas partnership of holly and ivy.

Holly (Ilex aquifolium) and ivy (Hedera helix) are both native British evergreen plants.  Their foliage has been used to decorate houses in the winter months for thousands of years.  Their evergreen leaves throughout winter suggested hope for the coming seasons.

Click below to discover more!

Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Alisha C – 9T2, for a consistently excellent attitude to learning in science, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Joel M – 9W3, for effort and focus in Biology lessons, selected by Mr Milward.

Year 10

Erin P – 10O2, for a fantastic score in her latest Chemistry assessment, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Mia S and Sadie O’B – 10U3, for continued hard work throughout the term. Excellent work in class, homework and practical work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Madison C – 11U4, for excellent attitude to learning throughout the year, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Mollie B – 11O2, for effort and progress in Biology lessons, selected by Mr Milward.

Year 12

Jack B and Matt J for an excellent approach to practical work in A level Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13

All Year 13 Chemists for the masses of Aspirin produced this week in their A Level Chemistry practical, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Well done!

Considering Art?

Check out these fantastic videos from the department exaplaing more:

A Level:

Induction work and course elements:

Art Example Bryony`s Work from 2018

Pip`s work


 GCSE Art information and Explanation

Level 9 Coursework Unit :

Level 8 Exam Unit :

Year 11 Careers Interviews

All year 11s will have had or will be due a 15 minute interview with their Head of house or member of senior team. Following this they will be scheduled a half hour careers appointment with Mrs Tomlinson from Entrust or Mrs Featherstone. This will give them the opportunity to explore their next steps and talk about their careers ideas. There will be some support for college applications and apprenticeships if your child has identified that this is of interest to them.

If your child is isolating at home and is well, you may have already received a phonecall from Mrs Tomlinson. Please contact if you need any information or have any questions about your child’s next step.


A number of students have stated they are interested in looking for apprenticeships next year. I will always publish any opportunities which are shared directly with us in round up, however there are some excellent websites which can help their search for an apprenticeship role.

Have a look at

as well the government website

If you need any help with applying for apprenticeships then please send an email to

Career of the week

Job title: Furniture Designer – Furniture designers create designs for mass-produced furniture, furniture made in small batches and one-off pieces
Entry requirements:University You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in furniture and product design; 3D design crafts, interior design Entry requirements You’ll usually need a foundation diploma in art and design, 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College: You could start by doing a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design and Making. This would teach you some of the skills you’ll need and could help you to get a job as a design assistant with a furniture making company Entry requirements: You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You could get into this career through a furniture design technician, bespoke furniture maker or furniture product developer advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
What skills will I need?You’ll need: design skills and knowledge knowledge of engineering science and technology the ability to come up with new ways of doing things to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills persistence and determination the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools knowledge of manufacturing production and processes to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Day to Day tasks could include:Your day-to-day duties could include: carrying out research to develop ideas working to a plan or ‘brief’ agreed with the client producing new designs or improving existing ones working out costs, practicality and availability of materials preparing sketches for ideas, by hand or using computer software testing ideas using models, prototypes and computer aided design (CAD) working with manufacturers on the production process
What you’ll earn:£18,000 – £40,000
Working hours, patterns and environment:40-42 hours a week, could be freelance or self employed
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

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

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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