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.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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:



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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