January 22nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

TAHS Future Intentions Evening – our annual event – with a difference!

On the 28th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be a little different this year, however we will still have a wide range of exhibitors who have kindly recorded an on-demand video for the evening, allowing you to watch at your own convenience. 

The evening will launch with a presentation from Carole Dodd (Head of Sixth form and Careers Lead) Mr Mitchell our curriculum lead  and Anna Featherstone (Teacher of Business and Careers Advisor) at 5pm, following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal where many of our exhibitors will be available to answer your questions about your child’s next transition stage. There will also be a range of videos regarding the option process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School and the Ebacc, so whether your child is choosing their GCSE options or considering their pathway post GCSE or A level, there will be something for everyone. All students will receive an invitation on their Team’s calendar before the evening, which will also contain information about how to register

The event is still under construction but you can register in preparation for the event on the following link:

https://learnliveuk.com/partner/thomas-alleynes-high-school/

SIXTH FORM TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES

Tutor time activities will be put onto Teams and Insight every 2 weeks.  Please remember that participation in these activities is part of your Sixth Form conduct agreement.

To begin, there are 6 weeks on a short course designed for post-16 students, provided by leaders in education, Pixl. Based on Matthew Syed’s new book, Dare To Be You, the project helps students build confidence, build identity, navigate change, understand difference, be kind and choose their own path.

You will be reminded to download 2 Power Points per fortnight.  This time, your focus is on Sessions 1 and 2.

We will be proving workbooks within which you will complete these activities which will be added to your subject resources ready for collection from the school theatre on Wednesday the 27th of January as per parent news.

You can find these on Teams/Sixth Form 2021 (Year 12 or 13)/Y12 or Y13 Pastoral activities/TAP 2021/Change Makers and then find the sessions (Session 1:  Why Change Makers and Session 2:  The Doubts).

Y13 link:  

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2013%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:008b12725c954cb695480eadcbc6c321@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2019-2021%252FShared%2520Documents%252FPastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%25202021%252FChange%2520Makers

Y12 link:  

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2012%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:cff856d5e7464b44b6c9e0de40fd832c@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2020-2022%252FShared%2520Documents%252FYear%252012%2520Pastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%2520activities%25202021%252FPixl%2520Change%2520Makers

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

Reminder the national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

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.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

UCAS Discover Apprenticeships

A week of live sessions covering everything your students need to know about apprenticeships, sponsored by the National Apprenticeship Service!

This National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 8 February – Friday 12 February) we’re hosting a week of dedicated live sessions, information, and advice about everything to do with apprenticeships! Each day students will discover something new about what’s on offer and what’s involved in studying while working.

Remote Assessments – Y11

Below is a summary of the Remote Assessments that will be offered between 1-12th February. This will be updated over the coming weeks.

Please be aware that English and RS assessments may take place in either lesson. We have scaled these down but wanted to provide students with the opportunity to do a series of timed assessments as we know they have been working hard. It will also give them an opportunity to experience completing a series of assessments in different subjects. The assessments have a specific area of focus to ensure that students have been prepared for this title and to give them time to review this area of their curriculum.

Home Learning – Free MS Office

Do not forget that you all have up to 5 free downloads of Microsoft Office in you Office365 account. www.portal.office.com

Log in with your tahs.net email and password and you can download, top right of the home page. You can also work on online versions within this website.

This will work on both Windows and Apple devices, laptops and tablets & phones.

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 Parenst evening will take place on Thursday 4th February via MS Teams. Full instructions on how to do this will be sent out in due course.

Books are opening today, Friday, via your parental insight account and year 9 parents will receive a sperate email with full details on the bookings system.

Pastoral Resources

Well done to all those students that have been accessing the ‘Pastoral Resources’ on Teams. If students have not yet accessed these they will remain available for students to work through during their core PE lessons or during their own time. Please ensure that students look out on Monday for this weeks uploads which will include:
Year 9 – Options and Career guidance (This will provide Year 9 students vital information regarding their option choices which they will submit in February)

Year 10 – Careers

Year 11 – Careers

PE Update 

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.


BTEC Sport

** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been taking part in Live practical lessons as they start to design training plans.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12- All students took their Unit 1 exam on Friday! We have been really impressed with their dedication to revision lessons in what is a very difficult time. We now move onto Unit 3 next week with lessons and resources on Teams.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

RE Work

This week in RS Year 9s have been exploring whether animals should be used in experimentation, particularly in finding cures and vaccines for diseases. Year 10s have been considering when human life starts and if religion is a ‘virus of the mind’ as suggested by modern atheists. Some Y11s have been introduced to the ethical theory of Utilitarianism so that they can apply it to real contemporary situations. Year 12’s have considered the ethical implications of modern conflict and pacifism and Year 13s have evaluated the effectiveness of modern ethical theories – some fantastic work has been produced online and in discussion chat. 

Well done!

Science News

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominated all of the students in 9U2 Biology for working so hard in their first live lesson, in particular Billy T, Jessie H, Holly T and Isabelle A for engaging so well.

Also, in Year 10 Biology, Xanthe S, Oliver MW, Alistair D and Harriet E for superb engagement.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate George P (10W2) – I have been very impressed with his mature attitude to his remote learning and fantastic effort shown in his assessment score this week!

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Zita, Matilda, Emily G and Jack in Year 10 for excellent effort in lessons.

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate all of her amazing Year 11 Biology group. Their engagement in the genetics lesson was phenomenal…really proud of their progress today!

In Year 12 Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Reuben H for always keeping his video on and answering questions – it’s so refreshing to see a face rather than lots of circles…thanks Reuben!

In Year 13 Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Sophie B and Will B for unmuting and answering questions!

Well done!

English Students of the Week

There have been lots of nominations for some fantastic efforts in English this week. Our students of the week are:


Year 9 Jessie H, Holly T, Laura G, Amina K, Joshua F, Shanaii B, Jess C, Billy TWill B

Year 10 Luke N, Jacob L, Zita M, Fletcher K, Anthony Y, Tim W, Charlie B, Liam A, Hannah C, Tom L, Henry A

Year 11 Millie Y, Katie L, Polly J, Isabelle R, Klaudia S, Freya S, Lucy C

Year 12 Eve B, Evie W, Darius B

Year 13 Maddie A, Lucy J, Emma K

Well done!

Geography

GCSE news:Y11 revision sessions are still being held on Tuesday’s after-school in the run up to your trial assessments. These are running on the Y11 Geography Teams from 3:30 to 4:15 on the topics that will be on the trial assessment. As always, these sessions are recorded and uploaded for you to go back and watch if you are unable to join them live.
The Y11 trial assessment is 1 hour in length and will be on the following topics:

  • Urbanisation
  • Coasts 
  • Living world

There are a number of revision resources available to you on the Y11 Geography Teams, as well as the screen cast lessons (from during last lockdown) on the Living World topic which you are able to rewatch to help with your revision.
A-Level news:The Y13 trial assessment will be made up of two papers (one for physical topics and one for human topics), with each being a total of 1 hour. The topics on these will be:
Physical geography trial assessment:

  • Water
  • Carbon
  • Coasts

Human geography trial assessment:

  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Human health and intervention

Drama Stars

Well done to Aminah in year 9 for her excellent set design for the opening scene of Blood Brothers. 

Another well done to Taylor In year 10 GCSE Drama who met the ‘just a minute’ challenge for speaking on a given topic without stopping or repeating. His talk was very entertaining and imaginative. 

Year 11 GCSE Drama have been analysing the National Theatre production of Peter Pan which is available to stream to all students on the drama online website for free. Please contact Mrs Mood if you would like the log in details to watch this magical production at home. Well done to Mollie in year 11 for her hard work and excellent contribution this week. 

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Advice on keeping safe on Instagram

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Careers advice and guidance

We have now started working through the careers appointments. These will be done over the phone and your child will receive a message on teams notifying them of their appointment. We will also ask the best number to contact them on. It is really important that they answer the call, the interview will discuss their future intentions and support them with decision making. They will either be contact by myself (Mrs Featherstone), Mark Stubbs or Clare Atkinson from Entrust. 

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

We will also be setting up further supportive workshops for our students who are applying for apprenticeships. If you have told us you are interested in an Apprenticeship you will be invited to this workshop.

Future Intentions – Student Resource Library.

All students have been added to a new group on Teams where they will be able to access information regarding anything to do with Future Intentions. If they cannot find the help they need then they can contact me – featherstone@tahs.net.

Career of the week

My inspiration for this week’s career of the week came from a Bitesize episode my son was watching! It wasn’t a job I knew much about so I thought I would share it.

Job title:Arboricultural officer – Arboricultural officers manage and maintain trees for local councils and arboricultural contractors. You could work in woodland, in an office, in parks and gardens or on the streets. Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Entry requirements:University: You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like: forestry arboriculture countryside management forest management woodland ecology and conservation Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 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 do a course at an agricultural college, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include: Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture Level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course=
What you’ll earn:£20,000 – £40,000
Day to day duties:advising on tree protection and preservation orders in planning applications managing trees in parks, on housing estates and at the roadside organising tree planting schemes carrying out tree surveys and monitoring tree numbers, using technology supervising tree care and tree planting contracts on site giving demonstrations and talks on arboriculture and woodlands to schools and community groups assessing tree damage after storms training new staff and volunteers
What skills will I need?knowledge of geography the ability to use your initiative to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to work well with others administration skills excellent verbal communication skills thinking and reasoning skills knowledge of maths to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Career path and progression:With experience, you could manage a team of arboricultural officers, for example in a local authority, and co-ordinate work with outside contractors. You could also work as a consultant, advising organisations on tree management, conservation and safety. You may find opportunities with training providers who offer courses in arboriculture.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

Current opportunities locally: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/reference/1675844

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email me at featherstone@tahs.net

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January 15th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

Reminder the national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Tutor activity programme 

Our pastoral programme will recommence next week.  Please can students and parents look out for these activities on Insight. 

UCAS INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

The 6th form team are here to support students and parents all the way through the university application process.  Whilst we will do all we can in school through our tutor activity programme and face to face tutor time when it is safe to do so, please rest assured that you can also find support online.  We can recommend the UCAS website for both Y12 and Y13 students and parents.  It gives undergraduate information on areas like courses, student life, choosing what and where to study, key dates, tracking your application and even apprenticeships.  Visit the page by clicking this link:  https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate.

We would also recommend that students use their Unifrog account to research universities and courses.  Unifrog also offers tools for creating CV’s, for live apprenticeship vacancies, logging competencies/skills and for starting personal statements.  Y12 will be guided through beginning this process via their tutors very soon.

Please contact sixthform@tahs.org.uk for any further information or queries.

Pastoral Programme


During the national lockdown Thomas Alleyne’s are keen to ensure that students are being provided with and are able to access a pastoral programme. Each week students will be able to view an online assembly and complete pastoral sessions that will be in place of their usual SK sessions. SK sessions will cover a range of important topics such as: 

  • Strategies and practical steps to coping with the lockdown
  • Careers
  • Options choices (Year 9)
  • Online Safety
  • Basic first aid skills.

Students are asked to use their core PE lessons or home learning time to access these materials. The assemblies and SK sessions will hold important information and therefore it is essential that students view these sessions. Guidance on how to locate these sessions will be published on Insight and Teams.

Writing Competition

This is the final opportunity to submit your entry for the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Writing Competition. I need all entries by no later than Friday 22nd January. Send your entries to brophy@tahs.net including your completed entry form. The details of the competition and the entry form are attached.

Home Learning – Free MS Office

Do not forget that you all have up to 5 free downloads of Microsoft Office in you Office365 account. www.portal.office.com

Log in with your tahs.net email and password and you can download, top right of the home page. You can also work on online versions within this website.

This will work on both Windows and Apple devices, laptops and tablets & phones.

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Year 9 History 

Miss Patrick would like to say a big thank you to all of her classes this week for making her feel so welcome and for working hard despite the unusual circumstances and adjusting to having a new teacher. Thank you all, keep up the good work!

RE Work

A productive first full week of live lessons in RE showcased below by some of the best work that has been submitted this week from Mr Scotts classes across all year groups, a really positive start to the term and an amazing effort has been made not only to attend the live lessons, but also contribute to them and complete work in a variety of ways.

Science News

Attention Year 9 Students!

This week has been Science Week on BBC Bitesize, it has featured some amazing demonstrations conducted at the Science Museum in London – ranging from dramatic explosions and freezing the air to making the very impressive foam of ‘elephant’s toothpaste’.

There have also been interviews with top scientists with inspiring stories to tell, including Doctor Maggie Aderin-Pocock, astronaut Major Tim Peake and Britain’s first woman in space and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station Helen Sharman.

All programmes are available on BBC iPlayer – you don’t have to be in Year 9 to find these demonstrations awesome!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Aimee S and Hannah S for fantastic homework completing an experiment to demonstrate osmosis in potatoes. Selected by Mrs North.  See below for photographs of their excellent experiment.

Year 10

Joe H and Tom L for excellent performance in online assessments, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Year 11

Well done to Lilly W, Ronnie-Jac P, Evie N, Dan F, Lizzie C, Evie B and Ellie A for improved results in your end of term test, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Animal care Students of the Week

Year 10

Tim W, Luke N and Hannah C for excellent contributions to live lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Mrs North would like to nominate all of the Year 11 Animal Care students for showing commitment and resilience in turning up for their external exam on Monday.

Well done!

PE Update

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

On Monday 11th Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages.


BTEC Sport


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. All students have been entered for the exam in May and at this stage the exam will be going ahead. It is important that students are learning content and practicing exam questions. Support materials will be on Teams as well as Live Lessons. The official Exam board revision guide is available on Amazon £5.99 entitled ” Revise BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity and Fitness Revision Guide, by Ms Jenifer Stafford-Brown”


Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.

Year 12- All students took their Unit 1 exam on Friday! We have been really impressed with their dedication to revision lessons in what is a very difficult time. We now move onto Unit 3 next week with lessons and resources on Teams.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade

English News

The English department would like to congratulate everyone who has been engaging so positively with their online learning this week. In particular, well done to the following:


Year 9 Savannah O, Jess C, Harry W, Kian S, Layla T, Zara J,

Year 10 Alfie H, Charlie A, Jake L, Tom Y, Ben L, Xanthe S, Charlotte J

Year 11 Katie L, Teegan B, Charlie A, Maddie W, Toby W, Dylan N, Millie Y

Year 12 Martha M, Rob F

Year 13 Maddie A, Torin N

Well Done from Art

Well done to our super artists in Year 9 who have submitted some simply stunning work based on the artist Georges Seurat and the technique of pointillism. It was really exciting to see you master this technique in our live lessons this week following on from these awesome homework submissions.

MFL MUSINGS

Looking for work?Puma (the sports brand) are looking for a financial analyst, if you’re interested in working for a global athleisure brand. Luckily you get to do French at Thomas Alleyne’s, because that might be pre-requisite for this job: https://about.puma.com/en/jobs/contrleur_de_gestion_h_f_r9639?title=Contr%C3%B4leur%20de%20Gestion%20H/F 

If you’re interested in German, there’s an endless amount of opportunity with Puma at their head office – it’s where the CEO of Women Who Code started her career: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/alaina-percival

Congratulations

Well done to everyone who has worked so hard this week. Year 9 get the bulk of the praise, they have been our online assessment guinea pigs! Here’s hoping you’ve done well.


ThisIsLanguage.comWell done to Y11 who were in the top 100 classes globally this week – someone is working hard….

In French news

On 1jour1actu they’ve been asking why children go to work in some countries https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/travail-des-enfants

Career of the week

My inspiration for this week’s career of the week came from a conversation with an old school friend who moved to France just before Christmas.

At school we both studied French and did the exchange together which is a memory I look back on now really fondly. We had so much fun and it was a great learning experience.  She was saying that her GCSE French even though it is now 18 years rusty, was proving essential for her as she looked for accommodation, found her child a nursery place and dealt with registering the family for other local services. She was certain that without it she wouldn’t have been able to set up home out there. It made me consider the opportunities that speaking a second language can bring a young person and so I thought I would look at language related careers this week!

I could have chosen interpreters, translators, teachers, publishers, civil servants and cabin crew to name but a few, however I found a job in Intelligence which sounds so exciting as a career, I thought I would share it! To find out more click on the link attached – the MI5 also offer apprenticeships!

Job title:Security Service Personnel  –  protect the UK against threats to national security ‘Whether spoken by millions or whispered by a few, we know the power of language. MI5 needs people who can speak, understand and listen to a wide range of languages and dialects. The ability to work in one or more language is a vital skill which helps us in our daily efforts to keep the country safe. As a Foreign or English Language Analyst you will be listening to and analysing a wide range of audio material which will assist and support our teams of investigators. Not only do our Foreign Language Analysts listen, translate and analyse information, they also provide expert insight into a country’s culture, political landscape and history’. Languages | MI5 – The Security Service
Entry requirements:A university course To enter the Security Service with a degree, you’ll need a pass at upper second class or higher. Relevant degree subjects include: history languages politics economics maths law With a degree you can apply for job roles, like: intelligence analyst internet and computer technology specialist security exploitation officer foreign language analyst An apprenticeship You could enter some roles through an intelligence analyst higher apprenticeship. Entry requirements: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Direct Application For some roles within the Security Service, like foreign language analyst or security guard, you would not need any specific qualifications. Entry would be based on the experience and skills you could bring to the role, for instance fluency in a language like Russian or Mandarin. There could also be opportunities for you if you have technical, vocational or professional qualifications in subjects like electronics or accountancy. For support jobs such as business officer or administration assistant, you may need five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent including English and maths, or have relevant office-based experience.
What you’ll earn:£18000 – £35000 or more dependent on skills and languages spoken
Day to day duties:collecting information on threats to national security watching and reporting on suspects’ movements and actions using specialist IT or electronics equipment to record and observe meetings, conversations or activities reading emails and letters and checking social media deciding if something poses a potential threat
What skills will I need?A language customer service skills knowledge of public safety and security the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to work well with others the ability to use your initiative to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Career path and progression:With experience and a good performance record, you could move into management. You could also move to another station in the UK or apply for opportunities with SIS and GCHQ.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk and  Languages | MI5 – The Security Service

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email me at featherstone@tahs.net

Upcoming open events

TAHS Future Intentions Evening – our annual event – with a difference!

On 28th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be a little different this year, however we will still have a wide range of exhibitors who have kindly recorded an on demand video for the evening, allowing you to watch at your own convenience. The evening will launch with a virtual presentation from Carole Dodd (Head of Sixth form and Careers Lead) and Anna Featherstone (Teacher of Business and Careers Advisor) at 5pm, following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal where many of our exhibitors will be available to answer your questions about your child’s next transition stage. On the same evening there will be a range of videos regarding the options process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School for Year 9 and details on attaining the English Baccalaureate. The careers evening is aimed at students from Year 8 through to Year 13. All students will receive an invitation on their Teams calendar before the evening which will also contain information about how to register. We very much hope you will be able to join us.

Careers advice and guidance

We are in the process of getting our virtual careers appointments up and running and will aim to begin meeting with year 11 students on the week commencing 18th January 2021.

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Barclays Life Skills

As many students move to remote learning, LifeSkills created with Barclays, the free employability programme, can support them in building their employability skills and resilience. They are going to be hosting a range of virtual work experience opportunities to which students can participate and a range of Q&A sessions for students to learn more about careers. Students can register on the young peoples hub by clicking on this link: Employability Skills | Young People Job Skills| Life Skills (barclayslifeskills.com)

In addition, they are hosting a live Q&A session with astronaut Tim Peake on Thursday 21st January from 5-6pm. To register for the event then click on the link below. Future Talent Group

InVestin Virtual Work Experience

InVestin Education have a number of paid for ‘Virtual Work experience’ programmes which you can subscribe to over the Easter term. They have a number of programmes in areas such as Architecture, Investment Banking, Publishing and Veterinary Science. The programmes include careers support and a chance to experience the profession. To register and find out more follow this link We Bring The Internship To You (investin.org).

Springpod – free virtual work experience 

Springpod are offering a range of different work experience options for young people. They are collaborating with a number of large businesses and their opportunities are well worth a look. To register your interest or to find out more click on the link below:

Buxton & Leek Colleges Virtual Information Event 

Buxton & Leek College has over 200 further education courses, both full-time and part-time, including adult learning courses, industry short courses, SEN, paid apprenticeships and in the future T Levels. They are hosting a number of virtual information events during February. You can register your interest by clicking on the link below.

Virtual Information Evening – Buxton & Leek College (blc.ac.uk)

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January 8th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Welcome back to all of our Sixth Form students.

We trust that you had a good Christmas and New Year and have been able to access and engage with your online learning this week.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form team by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

The national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

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.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Unifrog:

Reminder Year 12 students should all be accessing Unifrog. If any students are having difficulty logging in, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk 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.

 

Mentoring During Closure


It has been wonderful seeing so many students engaged in their online lessons as we have all rapidly switched to online learning.  During school closures, all students will also have a mentor attached to them as we did in the last lock down.  Mentors will support students and parents with pastoral concerns and be a point of contact and support.  They will be in touch on a fortnightly basis at least and we hope that this, combined with online live teaching, makes students feel that they continue to be part of our school community together.  


Mentoring also gives us the opportunity to find out about the great things our students are doing to keep active and creative after lessons finish for the day.  I was really impressed by the landscaping Will in Year 11 has been doing to build a pond in his garden – well done Will!

New life on the farm

On Boxing day we had a litter of nine piglets born on the farm. Mum and babies are doing well, staying nice and warm under their heat lamp out of the cold.

Home Learning

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Covid Text Scams

Due to the roll of out the new vaccine, many people are anticipating contact from health care professionals about the opportunity and turn to receive their dose. This is great news, but unfortunately, criminals are seeing this as an opportunity to lure people into clicking links on fraudulent text messages and emails, with the eager anticipation of vaccine news and cyber criminality, this could lead to a perfect storm if people aren’t aware.

Attached you will find some useful advice and an example of a scam text message currently circulating, provided by Staffordshire Police Cyber Crime Unit.

CAMHS Help

Click the image to access the website…

Science News

Miss Thorley would like to nominate William B (9W3) and Ciaran M (9T1) for ‘fantastic effort,
enthusiasm and contributions to our live lessons this week. They have shown great maturity
during our first week of online learning and have adapted really well!’


Mrs Dykes would like to nominate her entire Biology Class of 11H3 for their excellent biology
results in the December end of term exam.

Mrs Dykes would also like to nominate Year 9 students Holly T and Sam L for excellent work
in Physics.


Mr Crum would like to nominate the BTEC Year 13 Forensic team for sitting their BTEC
exam on Wednesday despite the upheaval caused this week.

They are:


George M 13C
Katelyn P 13E
Ben S 13B
Aimee W 13C

Well done!

Due to the change to virtual learning for this half term, the Y9 science tests planned for the end of January will now be moved to March. The topics and exam content will stay the same. The exact dates will be shared with you via  your teachers, roundup and insight.

Elkes

I hope all of our students and families have found positives in the Christmas and new year break. While this isn’t how we would have liked the term to begin, and online learning is bringing numerous challenges, it has been a genuine pleasure this week to hear the voices of so many of you in my lessons, and in particular to see how mature and resilient years 11 and 13 have been while we all await important decisions and guidance about exams and grades. Welcome back everyone, and please do let Miss Attwood and I know if we can help with anything. I know it’s only been a half week, but special thanks to all those in 11U3 for making Friday morning p1 feel more like a normal lesson than I could have hoped. 

MFL MUSINGS

In the news in France this week, what is Brexit? https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/cest-quoi-le-brexit 

And also, why should we eat vegetables? https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/pourquoi-doit-on-manger-des-legumes


And in our news, people are learning languages more than ever https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/dec/26/bonjour-europe-britons-are-turning-to-learning-languages-like-never-before

Year 11 should be making the most of the extra flexibility of being at home all the time by logging extra work on TiL.com, and learning and revising conversation answers from the past 2 and a half years. We will re-start the revision sessions ASAP.


11A have already managed to build up over 1,000 points in the past week, so they get the collective praise and adulation of us all.

English News

From English we would really like to commend all students who have engaged positively with remote learning this week. We appreciate the efforts that students are making in the current circumstances and know that so many of you are showing so much resilience and determination; well done! However, we would particularly like to commend the following students for making a really outstanding effort and contribution this week.

They are:


Year 9: Luke N, Martha, Savannah, Will F, Vicky N, Aileen L


Year 10: Owen P, Fletcher, Alfie


Year 11: Evie U, Josh, Evie R, Grace K, Minnie M-A, Harry S and Maddie W (and 11U5 for brilliant attendance and participation

Year 12: Jess L


Year 13: Jack R


As well as anyone taught by Miss Beevor, who has been particularly impressed by all of her classes this week!

Future Intentions Post 16 – Year 11 Support

  • Workshops

This week we put on two workshops for our Year 11 students. The first on Wednesday was to support those who are looking at applying for College and the second on Thursday was with Vicky from Amazing Apprenticeships. Vicky explained the different level of apprenticeships and helped our pupils get registered with the apprenticeship search website. She talked about how they could boost their CVs and the sort of things that might be required in application forms.

Thank you to those of you who attended the sessions and we hope you found them useful. If you could not attend then the recordings of the session can be accessed by logging in to the year 11 Future Intentions folder. All Year 11 students have access to this folder, however I have copied the links below to help them locate the videos easily.

College Workshop

Apprenticeship workshop

You can also find Thomas Alleynes High School 6th form video and application form in this team.

  • Support with personal statements and CV writing.

I have received a number of questions regarding support with personal statements and CV writing, this will form part of your skills sessions next week and there are templates to support you with this, however I will also run a workshop next week for any students wanting additional support with this. The workshop will be on Tuesday 12th from 3.15 – 4.15. Look out for this in your teams calendars! 

  • Careers advice and guidance

We are in the process of getting our virtual careers appointments up and running and will aim to begin meeting with year 11 students on the week commencing 18th January 2021.

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Career of the week

Job title:Social media manager – Social media managers communicate with organisations’ customers and clients through social media channels.   Your duties may include: updating social media siteswriting blogs, articles and postsresponding to social media posts and developing discussionschecking online for company mentions and customer feedbacksearching for interesting posts, news and articles to attract site visitorsoverseeing competitions and campaigns promoting your companytaking part in conferences and group chat relevant to your industry or companyeducating other staff on social media usepromoting social media use within your companydeveloping strategies to increase your audienceusing social media tools like Hootsuite, TweetDeck or Buffer to manage multiple sitesusing web tracking tools like Google Analytics, Social Report or Bitly
Entry requirements:A university course Some employers may expect you to have a degree in a relevant subject, like:  advertisingmarketing and public relationsdigital and social media marketinginternet designjournalismbusiness management Entry requirements 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree An apprenticeship You could do a digital marketer advanced or degree apprenticeship, or a digital community manager higher apprenticeship. Entry requirements 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Working towards this role You could start work with a social media or marketing company as an assistant or digital content writer. As you get more experience, you could work your way up into a management position.You could also do qualifications through professional bodies like the Institute of Data and Marketing and The Chartered Institute of Marketing to help improve your prospects.
What you’ll earn:£23,000 – £75000 once qualified. You may need to work long hours, from home and also attend marketing events.
What skills will I need?knowledge of media production and communication knowledge of English language to be thorough and pay attention to detail excellent verbal communication skills the ability to sell products and services the ability to work well with others the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure the ability to use your initiative to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Career path and progression:With experience, you could move into managing social media for larger companies or progress to a senior or head social media manager job. You could also become an online digital community manager, acting as a link between consumers and businesses supplying online products. For example, working with gamers and games developers in the online gaming community   Here is an example of a Degree Apprenticeship in this area: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/reference/1000009462  

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email me at featherstone@tahs.net

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