December 18th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Firstly, a thank you…

As 2020 is coming to a close, the Sixth Form team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Sixth Form students for their perseverance, hard work determination and most importantly their kindness during this unprecedented term. In addition, we would like to thank all parents/carers for the support they have offered and for keeping in touch so that we can best support your son(s) and daughter(s).

On behalf of the Sixth Form team, we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas, and we look forward to welcoming our sixth form students back in the new year.

TAHS Sixth Form Alumni:

We genuinely love to hear from our Alumni, and this week we have heard from two past students who have kindly agreed that we can share what they have sent to us this week.

Megan G (Class of 2016)

Dear Mrs Dodd,

I thought I would get in touch to update you on how I have been in the 4 years since I left Thomas Alleynes’ Sixth Form. I was a senior prefect and in your psychology class for 2014 – 2016.

I graduated from the University of Nottingham this summer [albeit a virtual ceremony] with a First Class degree in Law with Canadian Law, with a year of studying abroad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. During my undergrad, I actually elected to study a few Psychology modules after enjoying the subject so much during my time at Sixth Form. Since graduating, I’ve moved home to Uttoxeter whilst I study the LPC MSc to qualify as a solicitor [and add a few more letters after my name!]. I move to London next summer to begin my job as a Trainee Solicitor at the commercial City law firm RPC. I’m hoping to specialise in Litigation but I have the next 2 years of my training contract to try out different areas of law. I expect London-living is going to be a little more expensive than living at home with my parents but I’m incredibly excited to start!

I’ve spent this evening on a networking call for aspiring solicitors giving them tips on how to apply for trainee roles. Several students were discussing experiences during their A-levels and speaking to them made me reminisce on that time in my life.

I wanted to reach out to thank you for the support that you and the Sixth Form offered me at such an important time. Going to University was the best decision and I really value my time at TAHS for providing the foundations for it. Being a senior prefect gave me much a needed confidence boost at a time when I was far more introverted than I am now and Ms Bell’s English lessons have given me lifelong love of reading [law textbooks are unfortunately a little more monotonous than the classics].

I’m not sure how 4 and a half years have flown by quite so quickly but I hope that you have been keeping well, particularly during such a strange year as 2020.

Jess P (Class of 2018)

Over lockdown I started a blog as a creative outlet and to fill empty time as Uni finished 3 months earlier than expected. I use this platform to write about student life, finances and travelling on a budget.

I have recently written a Complete Guide to Student Finance and thought your sixth form students would find it valuable. It is a no-nonsense, basic and easy to understand explanation of everything you need to know about student finance. It answers all the questions I had when I began my university application. 

Please find the link to the article below;

It would be great if you could share this link with your sixth formers as I believe those applying to university will find it helpful.

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry.

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  Deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2021.  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 Year 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.

Derby University Information


Pastoral Update


Just a reminder that when students return to school or begin their home learning that we will be on Week 4. Students are to follow this week’s timetable. 


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. 


We are beginning to see a number of students wearing very long and highly decorated nails. We would like to remind students and parents that all nail varnish and false nails are not permitted. Students will be asked to remove nail varnish in school and 24 hours notice will be given for false nails to be removed. Failure to comply with this after the Christmas holidays may lead to students facing sanctions including isolation. 


On Wednesday this week the students had their Skills session. In Year 9 and 10 students were delivered a session on the dangers and legal consequences of  ‘Sexting’ (The creating, sending and sharing of indecent images of Young people) This is a topic that is affecting many young people across the country and it is extremely important that students are fully aware of the dangers of this type of activity. The session was delivered by PC Gates from Staffordshire Police and students were really engaged with the session. We would like to thank PC Gates for his time and for the support and work he does within our community. 

Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to all the students that have once again have completed another half term in extremely difficult circumstances. Students have been kind to each other and supportive of their peers when things have been tough, they have shown appreciation of their teachers and recognised how hard they are working to both keep them safe whilst ensuring they make progress in their lessons and they have shown respect to the support team around them in ensuring that we can keep the school running as normal as we possibly can. I want to wish all our students and their families a safe and very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Congratulations to Xanthe

Congratulations to Xanthe who has secured a place to represent East Staffordshire on the Kenya Service Project. We have asked her to describe how she achieved this opportunity with us. 

From Xanthe

I am a Young Leader and Ranger with Girlguiding in Uttoxeter Division.  I joined Guiding as a Rainbow when I was 5 and haven’t left! Now I help lead Abbots Bromley Rainbows.

I have had lots of opportunities through Girlguiding such as taking part in an Army Leadership day and an engineering day with AMEY in Stafford. Of course, I have been to lots of camps and residential events as well. 
My biggest and most exciting challenge to date is coming up. I am proud and very fortunate to have been selected to represent Girlguiding Staffordshire, as a member of a team travelling out to Kenya in February 2022.

In Kenya I will be carrying out a service project in a remote village just outside Mombasa and I know that I will face many new and demanding challenges and have many unique experiences. Along with a team I will be carrying out summer school sessions for children at school from 3 -15 years, we will be painting and making some bookcases among many other activities. I will meet members of Girlguiding and Scouting from Kenya and learn about their culture, life and faith.  

It will also be an opportunity for me to develop many life and personal skills, to share my knowledge and skills with others and to make international friends.

To experience an international event in another country is a wonderful, and possibly once in a lifetime, opportunity for me as a member of the largest organisation for girls and young women in the UK and as a member of WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) which is a worldwide movement of 10 million girls, young women and adult leaders in 145 countries. 

Before I can go, I have to raise nearly £3,000 so 2021 will be a busy year!

Elkes News

Each half term we would normally meet in our House assembly and celebrate our achievements, both in terms of House credits and also the effort rankings from the most recent reports. Obviously things have changed drastically, like so many other things, but we wanted parents to be able to have a look at the scores, and the special mentions from staff in the second part of the presentation. It covers all four Houses, and it’s great to see so many students getting acknowledged. We hope you all have a safe and restful Christmas break, and look forward to seeing you next year.

Mr Parker and Miss Attwood

MFL Musings

Le Père Noël’s Good listLe Père Noël doesn’t have a good and naughty list in France (Le Père Fouettard takes care of the naughty children), but he does listen to teachers. We’ve put in a good word for people who’ve worked extra hard in French this term.

Year 10: Grace, Catherine, Gemma, Dylan, Harriet, Keira, Beth, Yasmin, Owen, Ali, Eloise, Jack, Ellie-Mae, Frankie, Joseph, Charlotte, Thomas x2, Amelie, Jessica, Mia, Nell

Year 11: Georgia, Polly, Isla, Isabelle, Nathan, Harry, Leia, Samuel, Fallon, Talitha, Matthew, Oliver, Leo, Erin, Jessie, Katie, Finley, Arthur, Will, Benjamin, Kacper, Sophie, Liliana, Elizabeth, Klaudia, Freya, Alyssa, Leo

Year 9: Jake, Martha, Shanai, Keira, Jaydan, Isabella, Alex, Noah, Joel, Chloe, Lily, Aimee, William, Morgan, Maddison, Maisie, Willow, James, Milly, Georgie, Holly, Nathan, Lucas, Finn, Sadie, Jake, Paige, Milly, Charlotte, Isobel, Harriet, Catherine, Emily, Ethan, Euan, Olivia, Hazel, Tilly, Lily, William, Dylan, Alexander, Thomas, Aileen, Hannah, Joseph, Vicky, Emma, Alisha, Joshua, Laura, Charlie, Cicely, Victoria, Aminah, Layla, Oakley, Sebastian, Edwin, Hannah, Kieran, Rhys, Fearne, Rebecca, Abbie, Charlie, Caitlin, Jack, Libby, Siobhan, Elin, Jack, Harry, Eben, Holly, Millie, Joshua, Sam, Neve, Carly, Alex, Charlie, Isabelle, Sophie, Kai, Luke, Ben, Olly, Lewis, Keeley, Ellie, Joshua, George, Tristen, Imogen, Ella, Jack, Lucy, Molly, Zara, Libby x2, Kylah, Bobby, Dominica, Amelia, Billy, Anton, Joshua, Cameron, Tom, Susie, Logan, Hannah, Caitlin, Lennon, Molly, Rosanna, Calli, Oliver, James, Kristers, Bethan, Bella, Ben, Maddy, Garrard, Elizabeth

We will celebrate achievement in the new year with the MFL New Year’s Honours List.

What’s the magic of Christmas?

These people must have brains of steel and the willpower of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, because they have been doing extra French this week! Y9 – Ben PY10 – Grace A, Charlotte JY11 – Issy R, Polly J, Nathan S, Harry S, 

Geography Revision Sessions


Well done to the Y11 students who attended the revision session on Tuesday. These revision sessions will be continuing on Tuesday’s after school (3:15-4:15)  in room 6a with Miss Robinson after the Christmas break. These will still be open to all Y11 Geography students to attend, whilst also still being live on Teams which will be saved and uploaded after the sessions. 

After the Christmas break we will also be starting drop in sessions with Mr Harris in room 6b on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8am onwards). These sessions will allow students to discuss revision techniques, exam technique and topics they may wish to focus revision on.This week’s attached ‘Geog your Memory’ recaps the characteristics of biomes (from the Living World topic), formation of volcanoes (from the Challenges of Natural Hazards topic), and the causes of uneven development (from the Changing Economic World topic).

Please also see a message from Mr Harris on the Y11 Geography Teams regarding revision resources for students to access during the Christmas break.


Well done to the Y13 students who have attended any of the exam technique revision sessions this term. These sessions will continue on Thursday’s after school and will continue to focus on exam technique and answering exam questions.

English Success

The English Department would like to commend all those students who have been working so hard this term – we really appreciate your efforts and know that many of you have shown real perseverance and determination to succeed this term; well done!

We also know that, for many of you, the holidays will be a much appreciated opportunity to organise your studies and prepare for upcoming examinations and assessments. However, we also hope that you rest and enjoy the Christmas break, however quietly you will be doing so this year!

Particular praise goes to our students of the week. They are:

Year 9: Holly T, Cicely H, Ben S, Garrard W, Alex C, Joe N, Aileen L

Year 10: Jake L, Liam A, Hannah C, Joe H, Zita M, Lucy O, 

Year 11: Lilly W, Jess B, Lucy C, Ben B, Maddie W, Rebecca W, Harley S, Freya S,  All of 11U3 (Miss Beavor has slightly broken my rules about only allowing one student but, as it is Christmas, we will allow it! 🙂

Year 12: Rosie K-P

Year 13: Emma K, Maddie A

Merry Christmas!

Orme News

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thankyou to all the Orme students this year. It has been a year of adversity, change and new experiences. You have handled this all with patience and respect, and I am immensely proud of you for this.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break (I’m looking forward to cramming the components of a Christmas dinner into the XL Breville I have asked Father Christmas for) and I look forward to seeing you again in January, be that virtually or in school.  I will continue to check my email during the break so If you need to contact me please do on Merry Christmas to you all from Mr Brassington and Mrs Moore.               

News from Torrance

As we reach the end of a very busy term, I would like to congratulate all the Torrance students for their efforts, positivity and resilience. For me personally, it has been a pleasure to met and get to know the students in Torrance House since during Thomas Alleyne’s in September. 

Mrs Collier and I would like wish all of our students a happy and restful Christmas, we look forward to seeing you all in the new year. 

Miss Keeling


The end of the first term, well done to all students but especially those in Whitmore. Both Miss Arbery and I have been pleased with how you have adapted to a different school day, with two hour lessons. The days always seem more tiring in winter with fewer daylight hours, but you have gone about your lessons with great maturity and kept working until the end of term. Enjoy your break from school and the festivities that Christmas brings. It is a great time to recharge the batteries, hopefully spend some time with families and take some time to look after your mental health. 

Have a lovely Christmas and we will see you all in January 

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.

Yr 12 BTEC Sport

Yr 12 BTEC students should be revising in preparation for January Exam. They have 3 packs in their folder to aid revision and can contact their teachers on Teams.Students did a full mock exam before Christmas and need to act on this feedback.

Yr 11 BTEC Tech Sport

Students who have an exam on 2nd Feb need to be revising over Christmas.
 Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. 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 Physics-based looking at the scientific principles that govern the shape and structure of snowflakes.

Have you ever marvelled at the myriad of shapes and sizes of snowflakes as they fall?

Snowflake shape depends on the humidity and temperature when they form.  Research suggests that there are over 121 different types of snowflake.

Do you love to watch snow falling on a cold winter’s day?

Snow forms in very cold clouds as water vapour freezes around tiny dust particles, such as pollen or volcanic ash, in the atmosphere.

The shape of a snowflake is determined by the temperature and humidity within the cloud.  The temperature determines the shape of the ice crystal and the higher the humidity the bigger the crystal.  When several ice crystals stick together they form a snowflake.  As the directions in which it can grow become more limited as it gets bigger, each individual snowflake develops a basic geometry consisting of six-sided plates and columns.

As snowflakes fall to Earth they each experience slightly different temperature and moisture levels, which results in each snowflake having a different shape.  The smallest snowflakes are as small as the diameter of a human hair.  The largest snowflake ever recorded was 38cm in diameter and 20cm thick.

Snow appears white even though it is made of clear ice, this is due to the reflection of light from the surfaces of the ice crystals.

Here’s a selection of some very large numbers!!!

The chance of finding two identical snowflakes is extremely small – about 1 in 1 million trillion. That’s a one followed by 18 zeros. 

Meteorologists have suggested that there are 1 trillion, trillion, trillion (a one with 36 zeros!) types of snowflakes.

Studies indicate that a typical snowflake is made up of 10­19­ water molecules.

In Antarctica layer upon layer of snow accumulates over the years and becomes compacted into ice.  Scientists have studied ice cores drilled through the ice and analysed the gases that were trapped by the snowflakes as they fell.  The oldest core contains ice that is over 2 million years old.  In this way atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen levels can be determined during Earth’s past which reveal evidence for past climatic change. 

Approximately half of the world’s population has never seen snow! Equatorial regions, including parts of India and Africa do not experience snowfall.

As you watch snowflakes fall this winter you will know that a snowflake owes its shape and structure to scientific principles.  And you may never see two identical snowflakes. Be quick as you observe them – snowflakes often melt as soon as they land!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Jasmin L (10U2) for her hard work and excellent assessment marks, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Ruby BW, Dan B, Issy G and Aimee S, for excellent results in their Biology assessment, selected by Mrs North.

Year 10

Jed F (10E1) for much improved work rate in lessons meaning he is achieving higher on his exam questions, selected by Miss Thorley.

Finlay T-S (10E1) for consistently high effort in every lesson and always completing his work to a really high standard, selected by Miss Thorley.

Alex B (10U3) for fantastic attitude to learning and excellent work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Josh B and Lewis T (11U1) for excellent work on naming organic compounds, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Leanne P for a fantastic score on the GCSE Chemistry assessment, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Kerys E and Harry M for fantastic work ethic and persevering with grasping difficult chemical calculations, selected by Miss Thorley.

Tommy M for excellent progress in organic chemistry nomenclature, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Amelia and Freya H for outstanding A Level Physics practical work, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13

Alex S, Charlie M and Will B – Year 13 Chemists for a brilliant practical chemistry result making 98% pure aspirin. Well done! Selected by Mr Mitchell.  Click to see the photograph of their superb aspirin crystals!

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 11

Katie B, Isla M, Rebecca W for outstanding results in their Animal Care mock exam, well above target, selected by Mrs North.

Very well done!

Crest Awards

In 2021, we will be running the silver Crest award for Y10 scientists. Please use the link below to find out about them. More details in the new year!

Y11 Trial Exams

All students will sit their trial exams in late January / Early February.

For Trilogy scientists (sets 3,4 and 5), they will sit a paper 1 in Biology. Chemistry and Physics

For Triple Scientists (sets 1 and 2), they will sit a paper 1 in Biology. Chemistry and Physics

Please use the exam board links to see the exact topics on each of the papers

Y9 Assessment

All year 9 students will sit an assessment in the week beginning 18th January 2021. This will support any set changes prior to the options process in February.

The assessment will be 90 marks, with 30 marks from each science discipline.

Biology – Cell structure, Cell specialisation, Mitosis and Osmosis

Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table

Physics – Forces, Hooke’s Law, Magnetism and Speed & stopping distances

Please use BBC bitesize, oak academy, GCSEpod and your science workbooks to help prepare for this assessment. Teachers will go through some revisits of this during your lessons in January.

Remote Learning – 1st week

Please can you ensure that your child has their science workbooks to complete any work in. These pages will be referred to in the work set during that first week. Pupils will need to bring in their completed work for staff to mark/feedback when back in school.

YESS Support

Keeping Safe online

Please see the message below from Staffordshire Police

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.

Virtual Work Experience

Virtual work experience, also referred to as online, remote or digital, provides young people with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability and explore new industries and job roles. It can include any opportunity which provides young people with an insight into what it’s like to work in an industry or job role whilst at home. It can help with their decision making and makes CV’s and personal statements more competitive. In current times virtual work experiences are essential where in work experiences are less available. For more information there is a fantastic guide on this link:

I have popped a list of opportunities and upcoming events below.

Changing Education

Is there a career you feel passionate about, or would just like to know more about? The changing education group can help you to get virtual work experience in a large range of different occupations. The Changing education group programme will enable you to register and find out about how you can access several different opportunities. The video link below will help you find out about what they can offer and how to register.

Changing Education – Virtual Work Experience

If you would like to find out more you can register for an information event on January 28th at 3.30pm by following this link – Information Event

Next Generation – Speakers for Schools

We have also been notified of a range of free online work experience opportunities available for students aged between 14 and 16 (age brackets vary). You can register, search and apply for vacancies by following this link

Experiences include:

  • Publishing and Communications VWEX with Springer Nature : 15th – 19th February 2021

Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds keen to find out more about editorial, communications, marketing skills. Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

  • Build Yourself with Wates VWEX: 16th February 2021.

Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds keen to find out more about a career in construction, development, and property services. Application Deadline: 5th February 2021

  • Willmott Dixon Management Careers VWEX- Future Leaders Wanted : 15th – 19th February 2021.

Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in management careers in construction.  Application Deadline: 31st January 2021

  • VWEX for ambitious open-minded young women – careers within construction: 15th – 19th February 2021. Sessions will run from 10:00 – 15:00

Eligibility: 14– 19 year olds interested in management and the diverse careers in the construction sector. Application Deadline: 15th Jan 2021

  • Start Your Road to Success: AMEY: 15th – 17th February 2021.

Eligibility: Creative 14 – 19 year olds interested in an industry that keeps the country moving.  Application Deadline: 22nd January 2021

  • Humankind Research: Social Impact Market Research VWEX: 24th February 2021

Eligibility: 16 -19 year olds who are keen to gain insight into market research and communications.  Application Deadline: 17th February 2021

  • ST EMpowered Women Working in the Water Industry: 15th February 2021.

Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds interested in a career in problem solving and a clean environment. Application Deadline: 21st January 2021

  • Communications Agency VWEX with Cicero/AMO: 15th – 19th February 2021.

Eligibility: 15 – 19 year olds interested in a career in digital media, communications, or market research. Application Deadline: 15th Jan 2021

  • VGC Group Virtual Work Experience: 15th – 19th February 2021.

Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in the construction and support services sector. Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

  • Create and Market Content for a Fashion Brand: 15th – 17th February 2021.

Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds interested in content creation and social media management.  Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

Career of the week – Top Ten Weird Careers

Instead of our usual career of the week – Mrs Dodd sent me this list of the worlds strangest jobs which I thought I would share for the last round up of 2020.  

10 – Professional Sleeper

A Finnish Hotel employs a full-time Professional sleep. He or she sleeps in a different room each night and critiques the comfort of beds to improve the the guests experience. NASA posts ads for Professional sleep jobs too. As the space agency preps for travel to Mars, it studies the effects on the human body of lying still for a long time. Volunteers got £12000 to catch zzz’s for 70 days.

9- Panda Fluffer

At the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre in Ya’an a Panda Fluffer can earn £22,900 per year.

8. Drying paint watcher

A man in the UK currently has this job for Dulux Paint, he spends his days painting sheets of cardboard to test how long new paint mixes take to dry and watching for changes in colour and texture.

7. Scuba Diving Pizza Delivery Man

If the fact that there’s an underwater hotel in Florida isn’t bizarre enough, to add on to that, they have a scuba diving pizza delivery man who supplies them with pizza by carrying them through the sea in a watertight case. What service.

6. Teddy- Bear Technician

Teddy bear specialists Build-A-Bear hire soft-toy surgeons to sew limbs and eyes back onto injured teddies. So, if your bear gets in a scrape, rush him to your nearest high-street BAB A&E. Depending where you are based and who you work for, you can earn between £30,000 and £40,000 per year.

5. Pro Queuer

Us Brits know how to queue. But some take it to pro-level. Like the guys and girls who stand in line for stores on occasions such as Apple releases and Black Friday. They earn around £100 a day for their patience.

4. Professional Mourner

A known profession in China, as well as some African and Middle Eastern countries, this job now exists in the UK. Earning £45 per hour, they attend funerals to increase numbers and weep on demand.

3. Acoustics Consultant

With an average starting salary of £18,000 a year, an Acoustics Consultant measures how materials react to noise vibrations. They make sure you’re heard (or not) in office meeting rooms, and can pick out all the a capellas from the back of a concert hall.

2. Roof Snow Cleaner

Yellowstone National Park gets a lot of snow in winter. So much that its Welcome Centre hires a full-time Snow Clearer – for the roof. To clear ice that would otherwise cave in, Roof-Snow Clearers cut checkerboard chunks of 10-foot high snow then slide the blocks to safety. Stephen started on $13.24 (£10) per day, back in 1973. We hope he’s had a pay rise since then!

1. Chief Listening Officer

At £60,000 plus, a Chief Listening Officer is one of our unusual jobs that pays well. They listen in on social-media conversations about your brand – good or bad – to help improve products and services. Technology helps, but companies need a human touch to translate the data.

As ever if you have any questions please email Mrs Featherstone at for help or support. Merry Christmas !


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