March 5th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Welcome back

We are looking forward to welcoming Sixth Form students back from Monday.

Sixth Form students are allowed to leave the school site if they have no lessons but they must sign out by scanning the QR code outside the Sixth Form office.  Should students wish to remain on site the following areas are as follows:

Year 12 students have access to the wooden gym as a safe space to work during their non-contacts and breaks.

Year 13 students have access to the common room as a safe space to work during their non-contacts and breaks.

The furniture has been arranged in both areas by our site team to ensure that students are socially distanced and facing forwards to reduce the risk of transmission.  Please do not move the furniture in these areas.  Face coverings must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.

Lateral Flow Tests

The Sixth Form students had their lateral flow tests today.  This went very smoothly and all the students were very professional and conducted themselves very maturely.

Subject Masterclasses – Year 12

Please see the information on Subject Masterclasses Cambridge University are holding via Zoom.  If you are interested in participating for one of your subjects please let Mrs Walton know.

TUTOR ACTIVITIES FOR W/C 8th MARCH 2021

Please work through the PowerPoints on Teams:  be distinctive (standing out from the crowd) and be decisive (about yourself and your future).

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.  Bookings are now open and instructions as to how to join the meetings will be sent out next week.

Calling Artists


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

Mental Health

Some of you may be feeling anxious about returning to school, having adjusted to virtual learning. These feelings may affect both the hours you sleep and the quality of your sleep. We should all be aiming for 7-9hours sleep every night. Have a look at the poster below for tips on good sleep hygiene,

10 Tips For Better Sleep | Sleep Apnea Dentist In Manahawkin, NJ

Drama Star

Year 9 – For her excellent progress with her 3D Blood Brothers Set Design, well done Rosanna

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. Activities are on Insight. 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 **


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

Year 9

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Logan C, Luke N, Ben S (9U1) for a great contribution during discussion and questioning in live lessons.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Caitlin D (9T2) and Carly D (9T2) for always taking part in online lessons and tackling some tricky physics calculations!

Year 10

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate – Tom Y (10U4) for excellent attendance and contribution in live lessons.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate – Livvy E, Harry G, Alfie H, Mia S and Jack V H in her 10U3 Physics class for excellent participation in online lessons and homework.

And in 10U2 Physics – Taylor H, Yasmin L, Eloise P and Sylvia S also for excellent participation in online lessons and homework.

Year 11

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Neve P and Jess P (11W2) and Isabel P (11W1) for producing beautiful research projects on Gregor Mendel’s contributions to genetics.

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate – Tyler B, Madison C, Lily-Mae D, Sam E, Josh G, Bethany H, Arthur M and Liam P (11U4) for their efforts during online lessons this term.

Well done!

English Success

Below are the nominees for student of the week in English.


As we prepare to return to face to face teaching, we want to say well done to all of those students who have been working hard and engaging so positively with their remote learning in English. Your English teachers would particularly like to commend the following students for their excellent engagement with learning over the past week:

Year 9 Holly T, Billy T, Ella H, Ellie B, Josh B, Aileen L, Vicky N, Will F, James L


Year 10 Jake L, Tom Y, Harriet R, Izzy D, Amy J, Nell W, Xanthe S, Joe H, Abi R, Josh W, Anthony Y, Tim W, Isobel H, Harvey JG, Lucy B


Year 11 Katie L, Lily W, Isla Mc, Ben O, Ava S


Year 13 Maddie A

National Citizen Service Programme

A few weeks ago, in parent news, we shared information advertising the National Citizen Service programme which is currently open for 16 and 17 year olds to register for this Summer. As the Burton Albion Community Trust cannot come into school to do an assembly, they have put together a YouTube video with all the key information needed for students to find out more and how to apply if they would like to get involved. 


Please also see the website for further information www.wearencs.com

Spaces are limited so register soon if you want to get involved. 

Online safety Support for Parents

The Marie Collins Foundation is a charity working directly with children, young people and families to enable their recovery following sexual abuse involving technology. Working with the NWG Exploitation Network, they have created a resource for parents aimed at reducing online sexual harm by looking at what online harm is and ways you can effectively help and support your children.  

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https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/14plus/  This website has a useful film with advice for parents on supporting young people with their digital use and safety online.

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National Careers Week

A number of our students have attended the live sessions that we shared with you in round up last week! Thank you for registering and we hope you found them useful. All of the websites have recordings of the sessions available and the links can be found in the careers library. Future Intentions Library – National Careers Week

The message of careers week this year was ‘Believe’. Please take some time to watch this video. Believe

Career of the week

Job title:Optometrist – Optometrists test vision, identify eye health problems, prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses. Working as an optometerist: Samantha’s story – BBC Bitesize
Entry requirements:You will usually need to go to University to get into this job, however you can train as a dispensing optician and work towards the role in the workplace.   You’ll need to get a degree in optometry, approved by the General Optical Council (GOC).   You’ll also complete a one-year pre-registration paid and supervised work placement, with a registered optometrist, and pass the GOC final assessment to qualify.   Entry requirements for a course at University   5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, or equivalent, including English, maths and science3 A levels, or equivalent, including at least 1 science  
What you’ll earn:Starter: £31,500 – Experienced: £62,500
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of medicine and dentistry customer service skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail thinking and reasoning skills excellent verbal communication skills knowledge of biology sensitivity and understanding analytical thinking skills to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to day duties:As part of your day-to-day duties, you could: use a range of precision instruments use vision measuring and testing tools diagnose and give advice prescribe, fit and supply glasses or contact lenses discuss the suitability and shape of glasses frames refer clients to specialists or ophthalmologists (eye surgeons)  
Career path and progression:You could specialise in an area like paediatrics (working with children), contact lenses, sports vision or low vision.   You could study for an MSc in optometry or train further in contact lens practice, therapeutics (prescribing drugs for certain eye problems) or specific conditions like diabetes and glaucoma.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk , Optometrist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

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

Current opportunities Bee Active are currently recruiting for the positions below. Would it be possible to share this with your existing students in years 11, 12 & 13?


Holiday Club Sports Coaches (casual position) x 33Could you be the next star to join the growing team at Bee Active? We’re passionate about keeping people connected, healthy and happy and are currently recruiting for several positions to support the delivery of our bumper programme of Summer Holiday Clubs. The successful applicants will be enthusiastic, willing to learn and work well as part of our team to make the school holidays the best days of the year! For the right candidates we are able to commit to up to 10 weeks of work per year – covering the Staffordshire school holiday dates. For full job description and to apply for the role, please visit: www.beeactive.co.uk/careers/We look forward to hearing from you. 🐝🏆.


Full Time Sports Coaches (permanent position) x 5Local children in search of a Bee-rilliant, inspirational and experienced Sports Coaches to make a difference to their future! At Bee Active our mission is to keep people connected, healthy and active. We are the areas leading sports coaching company and we are currently recruiting for both full-time and/or part-time Sports Coaching positions to satisfy a surge in demand for our services. If you are ambitious, clever, hard-working and want to make an impact on the lives of the children and their families in our local communities then we would love to hear from you! For full job description and to apply for the roles, please visit: www.beeactive.co.uk/careers/

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Level 3 Sports Coaching Apprenticeship (permanent position) x 3-5
We’re looking to add a further 3-5 apprentices to our team 🐝🤩Seven of our current coaching team joined the company as apprentices and have progressed to become established and much valued members of the Bee Active family. We’re passionate about keeping people connected healthy and active and are currently recruiting for the positions of an Apprentice Sports Coaches. The successful applicants will be enthusiastic, willing to learn and work well as part of our team – completion of the apprenticeship could lead to a permanent position within our team. For full job description and to apply for the role, please visit: www.beeactive.co.uk/careers/We look forward to hearing from you. 🐝🏆

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