April 2nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form Entry September 2021

All Sixth Form offer letters have been posted out.  If any students have any queries about their letter or Sixth Form, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 13 Planned Assessments

Reminder that Year 13 planned assessments were sent out via email in the parent news

Sixth Form Skills Session

In the Year 12 skills session this week Mrs Dodd held part 2 of her live talk on Future Intentions, UCAS and apprenticeships.  After Easter Mrs Dodd will be holding a live session on personal statements in the next skills session.

In the Year 13 skills session students continued with their change makers booklet.  The Senior Prefects also shared their ideas regarding their proposed leavers plans.

Project Trust

Here at Project Trust, we are very excited about the prospect of relaunching our overseas program this September.

And, looking ahead to next year, applications are now open for students who are interested in volunteering in 2022/23.

Our first online Selection Course for this cohort is taking place next week, on the 5th and 6th of April, and courses will be running right throughout the summer.

Download the Project Trust Brochure

Opportunities for YOUR students

If you, or your students, are interested in learning more about the opportunities available with Project Trust, please check out our website. You can also download our brochure above. 


We have celebrated the success of our students across the school in our Skills Sessions – have a look at the presentation below and see if you can see your name:

Assessment Fortnight

Below is a summary of the Assessment Fortnight between 23rd April- 10th May. Some assessment dates have been provided around these dates, but hopefully this will only help you to structure your revision.

It is important that we provide you with the opportunity to do a series of timed assessments as we know they have been working hard over your courses. It will also give you an opportunity to experience completing a series of assessments in different subjects.

The assessments will provide us with one piece of evidence as we work to submit your grades- However, this will not be the only piece of information used.

The assessments have a specific area of focus to ensure that you can feel prepared and to give you time to review this area of their curriculum.


Y11 revision resources can be found on the Y11 Geography teams. These resources cover all of the topics that will be on the Geography assessments after Easter. There you will also find previously recorded revision sessions that you also have access to. Don’t forget to also revise from your work booklet that you have completed in your lessons running up to Easter on the ‘Pre-Release topic’ ready for your paper 2 assessment. 

Y11 revision sessions will resume after Easter on Tuesdays with Miss Robinson in room 6a between 3:15-4pm. (These will run until the assessments have been completed by all geography groups). 

Y13 revision sessions will continue on Friday’s after-school with Mr Harris in room 6b. 

PE Update 

It has been great for students to return to PE lessons taking part in rugby, netball, football, badminton and fitness. 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.  After Easter we will be re-introducing Swimming, so please ensure you have Black swim shorts / Black swimming costume that fits.

Over Easter there will be lots of community sports available including Uttoxeter Cricket Club, Wootton Cricket Club, Uttoxeter Bulls Basketball. Keep your eyes out for sporting activities to get involved in over Easter.PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup – Freestyle competition

As you know PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup is running their annual freestyle competition, where pro freestylers Jack Downer and Lia Lewis are on the hunt for the nation’s next generation of skilful footballers.

With an opportunity to win a Digital PlayStation 5, there’s never been a better attraction to an extracurricular activity in the Easter holidays!
All we need your pupils to do is:

1. Go to Jack<https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=13415&d=w4bk4HezAbjOPA9JTRgzvUSONlrceBinnXDCHozvKQ&u=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2etiktok%2ecom%2f%40street%5fpanna%3flang%3den> and Lia’s<https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=13415&d=w4bk4HezAbjOPA9JTRgzvUSONlrceBinnXeTH9_qfg&u=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2etiktok%2ecom%2f%40lia%2elewis%3flang%3den> TikTok channels to see their Freestyle videos

2. Duet with Jack or Lia’s video

3. Send their duet and completed consent form to playstationschools@eartotheground.org<mailto:playstatuonschools@eartotheground.org>

Make sure they have checked the T&Cs and got their consent form from pssc.info/consent<http://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=13415&d=w4bk4HezAbjOPA9JTRgzvUSONlrceBinnXqSTYzvKQ&u=http%3a%2f%2fpssc%2einfo%2fconsent>.

The competition runs until the 13th April, when Jack and Lia will pack their two finalists.

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 –  students are working towards coursework on Sports Injuries.

Year 11- All Component 3 coursework needs completing on Teams. Students are now beginning to practice their practical leadership and so need PE kit for lessons.

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

Mr Crum would like to nominate:

Aminah K (9T1) – for excellent effort with revision activities.

Layla M (9O1) – for excellent effort with revision activities.

Isobel H (9O1) – for consistent effort throughout remote lessons.

Martha B (9E1) – for consistent effort throughout remote lessons.

Year 10

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Livvy E (10E1), Jasmin W (10E2), Alfie H (10W1) and Jack V H (10W1) for effort in their Chemistry lessons.

Mr Crum would like to nominate Harriet G (10T2) for her work in chemical analysis.

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate Mia S and Alfie H – for good test scores and extended learning from online work.

Year 11

Mr Mitchell would like to nominate:

Duncan C – for good answers in class and completion of practical assessment.

And also, Leanne P – for continued high level assessment and answers throughout the GCSE Chemistry course.

Year 12

Mr Crum would like to nominate Evie D (12A) and Eleanor W (12C) – both for awesome coursework.

Year 13

Mr Crum would like to nominate:

Alex D (13C)

Georgia F (13A)

Tya M (13A)

George M (13C)

Amy P (13D)

Katelyn P (13E) all for their progress with Applied Science coursework.

Well done!

English Stars

The English department wishes everyone a lovely holiday. Year 11 and 13 students will be busy preparing for assessments on their return and many have been working very hard this term already, alongside many students from across the school. The following students have particularly impressed their teachers this week; well done!

Year 9 Logan C, Ben S, Garrard W, Calli H

Year 10 Matt R, Edward F, Sadie O, Chloe S, Jake L, Tom Y, Sam P
Year 11 O’Shea P, Alyssa W, Jacob B, Gaby S

Year 12 Mez R, Katie G

Year 13 Jason L

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Year 11 GCSE Maths

Year 11 students will complete a GCSE maths past paper in class every other week.  The dates for the next 3 assessments are listed below.  Revision lists will be made available on Teams and Insight before each paper – the revision list for the next assessment has already been given to Y11 students.

Students will need a black pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator

Week beginning 26th April (week 1) – Assessment week

11H   Friday 30th Period 111U    Thursday 29th period 1

Week beginning 10th May (week 3)

11H   Tuesday 11th Period 211U    Tuesday 11th period 1

Week beginning 24th May (week 1)

11H   Friday 28th Period 111U    Thursday 27th period 1

Good sources of revision:





Knowing the Times Tables really helps students in many areas of maths. Please use the following link to access a FREE App to help you keep practicing the Times Tables


ICT & Computing Topics of the Week

Over Easter you need to be focusing on the topics listed in the Assessment document above – choose your weakest topic from the list and use the fantastic videos linked below to help you. Mind map, notes, flash cards – what ever will help you learn the topics.

Computer Science Craig & Dave


At the end of the term we like to reflect on how well our students have tackled the challenges they’ve faced, and to celebrate those who teachers feel exemplify resilience and determination in their approach. This is the assembly we’re going through with students this afternoon, and if you would like any more information on it, please get in touch with your child’s head of house. C Parker

Career of the week

Job title: Food Scientist    Food scientists and food technologists develop food and drink products, making sure they are safe to consume. As a food scientist, you’ll: provide accurate nutritional information for food labelling investigate ways to keep food fresh, safe and attractive find ways to save time and money in food making test the safety and quality of food As a food technologist, you’ll: blend new ingredients to invent and modify recipes conduct experiments and produce sample products design production processes and machinery source, cost and select raw materials investigate and resolve problems, like customer complaints or quality issues
Entry requirements:University You’ll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in food science, food studies or food technology Employers may also accept other subjects like chemistry or nutrition. If you have a degree in an unrelated subject, you could study a postgraduate course like food safety or food quality management. Experience of working in a food science or food development environment, for example through an industrial placement, may improve your career prospects. You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degreea degree in any subject for a postgraduate course  Apprenticeship You may be able to do a food technologist advanced apprenticeship then move on to a food industry technical professional degree apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 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 degree apprenticeship  
Skills required:You’ll need: knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals knowledge of manufacturing production and processes maths knowledge knowledge of biology knowledge of food production methods to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills excellent verbal communication skills to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll earn:£20,000- £45000 depending on experience
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at a research facility or in a laboratory, You may need to wear protective clothing.Shift work may be required
Career path and progression:You could work for a range of organisations involved in researching and developing new products, including:food manufacturers and supermarketsgovernment and university research establishmentslocal authoritiesYou could improve your career prospects by getting Registered Scientist (RSci) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) status through the Institute of Food Science and Technology.With experience you could become a project leader or manage a department like research and development or quality control. You could also move into fields like chemical engineering, agricultural research, toxicology or nutrition science  

Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/food-scientist you can find more information and current opportunities on the national careers service website.

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Easter Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

There are exciting opportunities being provided by Springpod focusing on a virtual work experience. We feel this might be a great chance for our students to be able to experience a range of different professions some of these include:

– Law

– Fashion Design

– Music Production

– Medicine

Please note these placements are run by an external company and are not monitored by the school, there also may be live content involved in these sessions.

You can sign up using the following link: https://www.springpod.co.uk/virtual-work-experience…/

If you do attend we would love to get some photos and feedback

Careers information BBC

Looking for more information about careers, or some insights into the work of work. The BBC Bitesize careers page has a large amount of information to help with this!



There is a large number of apprenticeships being advertised locally now at all levels including degree. They can be searched for locally on https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/. There are resources to support applications and CV templates on the future intentions library, but if your child is interested in receiving further support or advice on their applications then please contact Mrs Featherstone on featherstone@tahs.net.

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