April 23rd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form Entry September 2021

All Sixth Form offer letters have been posted out. If you are happy to accept your place in the Sixth Form based on your chosen subjects, please complete the acceptance form.  The link for this form is located on Teams – Year 11 Future Intentions. Please complete this form by Friday 30th April 2021.

If any students have any queries about their letter or Sixth Form, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk

COVID-19 Test Kits

Any Sixth Form students who have not received their next batch of COVID-19 test kits can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office


Please work through session 8 of Change Makers.  This week, the topic is about making a change and being a do-er.  PowerPoint is attached on Insight.


Attached is information leaflet on how Unifrog can help you make informed choices regarding your future.

Year 13 Student Finance Powerpoint

Year 13 students were emailed the attached powerpoint earlier this week regarding student finance.

Volunteering opportunity – Sixth Form Students

The British Heart Foundation shop in Uttoxeter are currently appealing for volunteers to join their team and have contacted us to see if any of our Sixth Form students would be interested in getting involved.  This could be a great opportunity to gain work experience and to get involved with the local community.

They have a variety of roles on offer from cashier volunteer to online sales volunteer.  Full training and support will be provided.

They are Covid-19 secure with all appropriate safety measures in place.

If you are interested in finding out more, please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Exciting News from Music


Watch this space for news coming soon of this years’ House Music Competition. Your Year 10 captains will be decided soon.


Tuesday; Year 10 performance club.

Wednesday; Year 12 music theory club

Thursday; Year 11 course work support.

News of Year 9 singing group to be announced soon.

Art Winners

Ready to be amazed?

PE Update 

It has been great for students to return to PE lessons.  We have begun the term with, rounders, cricket, softball, swimming and frisbee. Please ensure all students have full PE Kit. They will all require , Black Polo shirt, Black Shorts, Sports socks, Indoor Trainers. Students also require a black swim costume / black swim shorts. 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.  

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

At the start of this academic year, our Year 11 students studied Nuclear Science as part of their Physics course, which includes researching the effects of the release of radioactive material. As a case study, this is linked to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

Chernobyl Revisited

Next week marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident in Ukraine.  In the early hours of 26th April 1986 reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat exploded contaminating the surrounding area in both Ukraine and Belarus with radioactive material. More than 350 thousand people were evacuated and an exclusion zone of 4700km2 was formed.

However, it wasn’t just the immediate area surrounding the nuclear power plant that was affected by fallout – the radioactive isotopes of caesium and strontium were transported in the atmosphere over Western Europe and Scandinavia.  Here in the United Kingdom the sale of sheep was banned across large areas of Cumbria, Scotland and North Wales, amid concerns that the animals had ingested radioactive material.  Approximately 9000 farms had restrictions imposed on the movement and sale of sheep meat, which were not fully lifted until 2012, 26 years after the accident.

The ’exclusion zone’ around the nuclear power plant is still heavily contaminated with caesium, strontium and several other radioactive isotopes – ensuring that the Chernobyl legacy will pose a threat for many generations to come.

Attention all budding designers!

Rolls-Royce Electric World Record Attempt Helmet Design Competition

Here’s the opportunity to entera competition to design a safety helmet for the test pilot of an all-electric plane called ‘Spirit of Innovation’ that will be aiming to reach the record-breaking speed of 300+ mph (480 km/h) later this year.

Please see this document:

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Mrs Dykes would like to nominate the following students from her 9H3A Physics group – Callum R, James R, Sam L and Joseph N for good practical work in physics.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students:

Susie C, Isabelle G, Cameron B, James L and Bethan P – for excellent results in their Chemistry test.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Tashi T and Aminah K for excellent class contributions in Physics.

Year 10

Mrs Keeling would like to nominate – Milly G, Spencer D and Georgie S in her 10H5 Biology class for excellent effort during lesson, particularly on our retrieval practical quiz!

Year 11

Mr Melland would like to nominate Maddie W, Isobel P and Leanne P for problem solving in Physics.

Well done!

English Stars

The English department students of the week this week are:

Year 11- Alyssa W, Connor H, Blake P, Alex P, Joe D, Lily-May, Lizzie S, Becky W, Mollie B, Harry S

Year 10- Will G,  Jake L, Tom Y, Lewis B, Harriet E 

Year 9 – Aminah K and Cicely H, Will F, Alex C, Joe N

Year 12 – Martha Murray, Sadie B

Year 9 Drama Club 

Year 9 Drama club made an excellent start exploring the writing of Willy Russell with Our Day Out this week. 

Drama club is open to year 9 each week on Wednesdays at 3.15-4.15pm  All Welcome!

Year 11 ICT & Computing Assessments

Do not forget your assessment on the 3oth period 2 year 11. Loads of information to help you here:

Computer Scientists yours is the week after and we have lessons next week where we will go through revision. But in the meantime do not forget the standard Algorithms…

All in this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVUvDdpmI70&list=PLCiOXwirraUAf7ueVPl99gktxzJNEIyCC

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


Congratulations to Sally!


Feeling Crafty?

JCB Apprenticeship opportunities released

JCB have contacted us to let us know that they are advertising the following vacancies to start September 2021. There are a range of Level 2 opportunities which are suitable for Year 11 students moving on to their next phase and also a couple of level 3 opportuinities for our 6th form leavers.

The posts and the links are below, if you want any help completing your application for these roles then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to help. Featherstone@tahs.net

Material Planning Technician Apprenticeship (This is aimed at individuals who like planning and organising) – Level 3: https://careers.jcb.com/search/527

Quality Technician Apprenticeship – Level 3: https://careers.jcb.com/search/532

Assembly (also known as lean manufacturing) Apprenticeship – Level 2: https://careers.jcb.com/search/535

Fabrication & Welding – This is Level 2, however candidates do have to be 18 to apply for this one: https://careers.jcb.com/search/519

Project Management Apprenticeship – This is Level 4, so would be suitable for someone who is completing A-Levels or something equivalent: https://careers.jcb.com/search/508


There are a wide range of opportunities becoming available in our local area to start in September. Please see the link below for apprenticeships within 15 miles of Uttoxeter.

Results – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Students can also keep up to date with apprenticeships being advertised in the Future Intentions library.

If you are looking for an apprenticeship and need our support then please email featherstone@tahs.net.

Career of the week

Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster / Weather Scientist

Job title:  Meteorologists collect and study data from the atmosphere and oceans to make weather forecasts and carry out research.
Potential Earnings:£28,000 – £56000
Routes into:  You can get into this job through: a university course training with a professional body University You’ll usually need a degree in meteorology or a related subject like: physics maths environmental studies geography computer science You might need a postgraduate qualification in meteorology or climatology if you want to do research. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a science, for a degree a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study Volunteering You can get hands-on experience with the Met Office summer placement schemes. There are schemes for different groups, including graduates and A level students who are thinking about meteorology as a career. Other Routes You can apply to the Met Office for a place as a trainee on their forecasting and observations course. You’ll need a degree or equivalent qualification in science, maths or a related subject like geography. Other subjects may be accepted if you have the right qualities.
Day to day duties:As a forecaster you’ll: collect data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations measure air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity forecast the weather by analysing information and using computer programmes give weather information and reports to customers As a researcher you’ll: study weather patterns and climate change improve computer forecasting models use research to predict floods and droughts study how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease  
What skills will I need?You’ll need: maths knowledge knowledge of geography knowledge of physics analytical thinking skills excellent verbal communication skills the ability to work well with others to be thorough and pay attention to detail excellent written communication skills 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 weather forecasters. You could also move into teaching and train future forecasters and scientists. You can learn more about becoming a meteorologist from the Met Office and the Royal Meteorological Society.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk .

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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