February 26th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 



On Tuesday evening the Senior Prefects hosted the first TAHS Sixth Form Big Quiz.  They came up with the idea to get Sixth Form students together (virtually) for some light-hearted relief and friendly competition. Over half term they put together 50 multiple choice quiz questions ranging from general knowledge, music and even a picture round.  Thank you to staff who provided interesting facts about themselves which were included in the quiz.  Students used Kahoot! in order to answer the questions.

A great time was had by all.  Thank you to the Senior Prefects for organising it.  We hope to host another event soon and look forward to seeing you there.


Please read, engage and take part in the PowerPoints (this week and the one before half term) to cover your tutor activity time:  Session 3 – The Difference (celebrating your uniqueness rather than fitting in to someone else’s idea of ‘normal’; and Session 4 – Be Daring (dare to be yourself).  Attached on Insight and Teams is the student workbook that you had in your paper packs from school and the PowerPoints to go along with the paper copies that include video clips from motivational speakers and more.

For the rest of the sixth form news including UCAS, Home Learning Tips, links to careers advice please see this document:

As well as using UCAS all students can access Unifrog. Unifrog is an amazing online platform that has everything students need to plan their next step.  In recent months they have been creating and sharing a whole host of webinars for students and parents to access.  Here is a screenshot of some they have shared. – click on the document for more information:

YEAR 10 Parents Evening Thursday 11th March  4pm – 7pm

On Thursday 11th March we look forward to welcoming year 10 parents to their Virtual parents evening, following the success of virtual evenings year 10 parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress face to face with their subject teachers.  Details of how to book appointments will be sent out later next week.  If you are unable to attend please contact your childs Head of House.

Calling Artists

Three conpetitons are being run at present by the Art Department – checkout the details here:

Pastoral Update

Pastoral Session – Healthy Sleep Habits

As we prepare to return to the classroom it is important for our students to focus on getting back into good routines and habits to help them with their transition back to school.

One area which students have struggled with during lock down is their sleep habits.
In order to support students with this, a series of resources will be available from Monday 1st March on healthy sleep habits. These resources can be found in the ‘Pastoral Sessions 2021 – to complete in Core PE/ Homework’ team on Microsoft teams. Each year group will have a folder in the files section called ‘Healthy sleep habits’. Within the folder they will find a power point and an accompanying word document.

This power point will take students through a range of activities to find out about the importance of sleep and provide them with strategies to help maintain good sleep habits.

In addition to the activities there are also links for further support and information.

At the end of the power point students have the option to carry out an additional activity, collecting their own data and creating a ‘Good sleep habits campaign’. This could be presented as a video, poster or leaflet. Any students who complete this activity should send a copy of their campaign to Miss Keeling (keeling@tahs.net) and the best ones from each year group will be shared with pupils and parents via round-up. 

For Lower School

Let me introduce Unifrog.

It is an amazing online platform that has everything students need to plan their next step.  In recent months Unifrog have been creating and sharing a whole host of webinars for students and parents to access.  Here is a screenshot of some they have shared, although many of the webinars have been aimed at Year 12 and 13 students they are also useful to Year 9, 10 and 11 students to allow them to make informed choices about GCSE, BTEC and A Level options.

Year 9

Thank you to all students who have sent in their options forms. Please remember that the deadline is Wednesday 3rd March.

You will have received an email from our IT department to inform you of where/how to access the form.

The options page in Insight is Live for Year 9 students.  Students must use their login.  The options page is not available with a parental login.   Go to the General Menu (top) > Click GCSE Options Page 2021>   Page will be displayed and complete. 

Students just need to click “Submit” on page two of the process.

Drama Club

Year 9 Drama Club is open this term to anyone in year 9 wanting to learn more about acting, improvisation, script development, stage design and directing. There will also be the opportunity to perform in small scripted scenes and to develop your own work. Students with a particular interest in leadership and directing will be selected to lead sessions. The club will take place remotely on TEAMS, each Wednesday 3.30-4pm. Please look out for your email invitation.

PE Update 

We will return to practical PE lessons from the 8th March! Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require Reversible Rugby Top (This is to be worn for all outdoor lessons), Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Black Football Socks, Shin Pads, Gum Shield,  Football Boots, Indoor Trainers. We are awaiting confirmation of activities that can be delivered but it is very likely most lessons will be outside so it is important students wear layers under their PE kit to keep warm. If students are injured or unwell they should bring a note and their PE kit as the will still have a role to play in the lesson and should have a coat if the weather in inclement.

Year 9 Options – On the Core PE Team is a presentation on the option subject we offer for PE, Entitled BTEC Tech Sport Activity & Fitness. There is also further information and materials about the course.

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 **
PE students of the week – Tya Messer, Ben Twynham, Lydia Martin, Libby Carr, Will Gregory and Leo Hemmings for excellent engagement in coursework

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 were towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

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-  Students are now working on Unit 3 developing understanding of the sports industry. Students should now be using homework and independent study time to work on their Coursework.

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.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate the whole of her 9U1 Physics class for great commitment to their lessons and work during lockdown.

Year 10

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students from her two Year 10 Chemistry classes:

Emily, Zita, Daisy, Tim, Livvy, Harry G, Alfie, Jake, Mia and Jasmin for excellent effort in Chemistry this week.

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Gemma B for excellent work throughout online learning.

Year 11

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate the following students from her 11H5 Physics class – Tiff B, Finley E and Aiden M – for great commitment to their lessons and work during lockdown.

And also, the whole of her 11U1 Physics class for their great commitment to lessons and work during lockdown.

Year 12

Mrs Keeling would like to nominate: Jack D, Evie S and Rhianna L in her Year 12 A Level Biology class for their excellent contributions to class discussion as spokesperson for their breakout groups. 

Year 13

Mr Melland would like to nominate: Euan W and Alex F for contributions to online A Level Physics lessons.

Well done!

English Success

Students of the week in English this week are:

Yr 11 – Harry O, Liam P, Rebecca W, Ben A

Yr 10 – Anthony Y, Zita M

Yr 9 – Morgan P, Cicely H, Logan C, Susie C, Tom L

Mental Health Support

The BBC have launched a mental health toolkit on their website. The site contains a range of short films shining a light on mental health issues, some soothing mixes to help you unwind and relax. There is also section called meaningful conversations which have a range of relatable stories and offer helpful advice. 

Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health in Schools Team 

The team has a new member, Thomas Alleyne’s student Emma. Her role is leading on mental health participation. We need you! We need innovative young people to help us develop our Children’s & Adolescence Mental Health Services in Staffordshire! Part of@BurtonUttoxMHST 

Take a look at the latest newsletter and social media page https://www.facebook.com/YParticipation/

National Careers Week

Next week is National Careers week, so instead of doing a career of the week I thought it would be best to share with you the opportunities which are available. The message of careers week this year is ‘Believe’. Please take some time to watch this video. Believe

There are a wide range of resources and events which are being advertised to support students with their decisions around their next transition stage.  If you are interested in attending any of the events, then please follow the links in the post below and let us know which ones you are attending by completing this form: Attendance form

 We are happy for students who are interested in the events to take time out of their live lessons, but please could they complete the form on this link to let us know which events they are attending.

Virtual Careers Fair – All week

VCF: Welcome (ncw2021.co.uk)

Available all week  – no need to register –  just click on the link above. There will be a number of different exhibitors and videos to watch as well as the opportunity to ask questions around different careers. Please do spend some time between 1st & the 6th exploring this website and finding out more about future pathways.

MI and VW apprenticeship group – Tuesday 2nd March at 10am

The IMI and VW Apprenticeship Group are inviting your students to a live employer engagement event on ‘Automotive Careers’. Hosted by Spark, The Employer Engagement App, students will learn about the variety of careers options in automotive from management to parts, marketing to customer service and heavy vehicle to electric vehicle technology. 
Civil Engineering and Highway Careers – Live stream Thursday 4th March

A panel of young engineers from Colas and Manchester City Council talk about their roles and answer questions from students from across the country about careers in Civil Engineering and the construction of Highways.

To attend either of the opportunities above you need to register by clicking on the following link Create Account | Spark Careers and use the code 8AKBUIXE

Army Careers – Virtual Event 5th March at 11.30

On the 5th March at 11.30 the Army will be hosting a live webinar. They will provide a whistle stop tour of Army Careers to celebrate National Careers Week. This virtual event is for students and teachers interested in finding out more about Army opportunities; no previous knowledge required. We’ll also be looking at the qualifications on offer including apprenticeships and degrees, as well as the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

To register your interest, click on the link below

National Careers Week – Insight into Army Careers virtual event – 5th March (adobeconnect.com)

Staffordshire University – Your Future in Health and Social Care – 4 March at 9:30am

Experience the patient journey at Staffordshire University by joining our event and taking part in the following sessions led by our School of Health and Social Care academics:

• Paramedics
• Operating Department Practice
• Midwifery
• Children’s Nursing
• Adult Nursing
• Mental Health Nursing
• Social Work
• Health and Social Care

To book yourself on to the event click on the link: Your Future in Health and Social Care Tickets, Thu 4 Mar 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

NHS Careers – Live Events – 10am 3rd, 4th & 5th March

All the links are in blue font below:

At 10am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (3, 4 and 5 March), the NHS will be hosting a series of Facebook Live events which will cover routes into an NHS career, all things nursing, apprenticeships and more. There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions too, so see you there!

Careers quizzes The NHS online quizzes are an invaluable way to get personalised NHS career ideas in just a few minutes! Give them a try:

Work experience We know that getting work experience is particularly tricky at the moment, so you may find our work experience guide and work experience ideas helpful.

UCAS – Careers Hour – Daily from 2pm – 3pm

How to register – Register for a UCAS Hub account. We’ll be streaming live everyday there. Hit the top banner to watch, ask questions, and tell us what you think!

Monday 1st March – Student Stories – Uni or Apprenticeship

Tuesday 2nd March – CV writing Workshop with Reed

Wednesday 3rd March – Jack Parsons – Becoming an award winning CEO in his early 20s

Thursday 4th March – How to secure a school leaver opportunity

Friday 5th March – How to ace interviews

Information for parents

We have shared two parent information booklets on our school website which can be accessed on the following link: Information for Parents

In addition to this is a free parent’s workshop which we would like to share with you – to register click on the link below.

The Power of Networks, Wednesday 3rd March, 7-8pm (GMT) 
Expert advice on how your child can build a powerful network, led by Heather White, CEO and founder of Smarter Networking.

Webinar Registration – Zoom

Barclays LifeSkills

Build your skills wheel! A matching activity to see which careers suit your personality, skills and interests. Takes about 5 minutes to do and then as long as you want to explore your career ideas.

Wheel of Strengths | What job suits me | Barclays (barclayslifeskills.com)

Take a look at the link below for some support in creating your CV. There are some excellent templates and support resources as well as a video lesson in how to create!

CV Writing Lesson Plan | Barclays LifeSkills

Have a look at the link below for a range of different case study videos – there is a range of different industries covered in these videos and they all feature young people working in those roles.

Exploring job sectors and preparing for work | LifeSkills (barclayslifeskills.com)

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