April 30th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

Year 12 GCSE certificates

Students who have not received their next GCSE certificates can collect them from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office


Attached is information leaflet from Unifrog.


Can you help the Lions International Club by donating your old, unwanted glasses and mobile phones.  Recycling spectacles & hearing aids is a long established Lions Club International project. “Recycle For Sight” is aimed at improving the sight & hearing of people in countries around the globe.

Captain Tom 100 Challenge

White Rose maths are celebrating the “Captain Tom 100” challenge, in memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore who would have been 101 today.

I have put together this short PowerPoint explaining the challenge to students and inviting them to get involved. There are also a few numeracy challenges based around the number 100. This is being shared with classes and on teams too.


Please see full details of the assessments to be completed for Y11 & 13:

PE Update 

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

Are you passionate about Science and Art?

The Nancy Rothwell Competition, organised by The Royal Society of Biology, offers students the opportunity to enter a natural specimen drawing competition.   

Your entry could be an anatomy drawing or you could choose to draw a preserved natural object such as a fossil.  There are three age categories:  7 – 11, 12 – 14 and 15 – 18, certificates and various prizes will be awarded for outstanding entries in each category.

The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.

The closing date for entries is Friday 30th July 2021.  For more information and entry details see the link below.


This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate – Alex H, Sam L and Joseph N for attainment in Science.

Year 11

Mr Mitchell would like to thank all of the Year 11 students who have diligently and resiliently sat their Science Assessments this week. Well done.

Mrs Simpson would particularly like to nominate Tyler E 11H5 for a brilliant attitude towards his Chemistry exam.

Well done!

English Stars

The English department wish to congratulate all those students in year 13 and year 11, who have put so much effort into their assessments this week. Mrs Peers in particular would like to nominate all three of her Year 11 classes for students of the week. You have all put a great deal of effort into your assessments and behaved impeccably. 

In terms of those who have really stood out this week across all year groups, students of the week for English are:

Yr 9 – Kai H, Vicky N
Yr 10 – Ben L, Jake L, Molly D, Hannah C, Joe H
Yr 11 – Harrison W, Evie N, Mollie B, Nadia D, Henry W
Yr 12 – Lizzie S 
Yr 13 – Emma K

Year 9 Most Able Master Classes. 

On Tuesday Miss Shackell led a year 9 master class tutorial. Well done to those students who took part in this session on Teams. The sessions gave students the opportunity to discuss lots of ideas about how monsters are portrayed in literature. The next session is the 25th May. 

Design a Stamp Competition

Year 10 Thinking Ahead Questionnaire

In order for us to support the year 10’s next year with their post 16 choices we would be interested in finding out a little bit more about their initial thoughts! All year 10’s have been allocated this questionnaire on Insight and we would be grateful if they could complete it before the end of this half term.



There are a large number of apprenticeships being advertised at the moment on the government website within 15 miles of the school. There are a number of apprenticeships with JCB being advertised and also in care, business administration, construction, equine care and farming to name but a few! Have a look on the government website Search Apprenticeships and also keep an eye on the future intentions library where I also share apprenticeship vacancies. If you would like support searching or applying for apprenticeships then send me an email.

Are you offering an apprenticeship?

We have a few students looking for Building, Construction and Plumbing Apprenticeships, if your Business if offering one this year we would love to hear about your vacancies so we can share them with our students. Please email featherstone@tahs.net

Career of the week

Job title:Police Officer – Police officers keep law and order, investigate crime, and support crime prevention.
Routes into this career:University You could get a degree in any subject and apply to: the Degree Holder programme the Police Now graduate leadership scheme Alternatively you could self-fund a Professional Policing Degree before applying to join a force. You are not guaranteed a job at the end of the course. Instead, you have to apply for probationary constable roles within 5 years of completing this degree. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could gain some of the skills and knowledge you need to apply directly or through the degree apprenticeship route by doing a course like: Level 3 National Diploma in Uniformed Protective Services Level 3 Certificate in Public Services Level 3 Diploma in Policing Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You could start by doing a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). It’s a 3 year work-based programme that leads to a degree in Professional Policing Practice. You can apply through your chosen force. If you want to work in non-emergency response situations you could do a serious and complex crime investigator degree apprenticeship. In this role, as well as police forces you could also be employed by organisations like: The National Crime Agency Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs The Ministry of Defence Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship  
What you’ll earn:Starter: £21,000 – Experienced: £45000
What skills will I need?You’ll need: legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations knowledge of public safety and security negotiation skills for keeping people safe patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations sensitivity and understanding for dealing with traumatic situations the ability to understand people’s reactions excellent verbal communication skills leadership skills
Day to day duties:Day-to-day tasks In this role you could: respond to calls for help from the public investigate crimes and offences interview suspects and make arrests give evidence in court control traffic and crowds at large public events and gatherings advise the public on personal safety and crime prevention promote respect for people in relation to their race, diversity and human rights
Career path and progression:Once your training is complete you’ll need to pass a probationary period as a police constable. There are clearly defined ranks in the service which you can move through with experience as well as taking additional examinations. There are opportunities to specialise in a particular type of policing, for example: criminal investigation department (CID), anti-fraud or road traffic drugs or firearms counter-terrorism air support or underwater search dog-handling or mounted policing With experience, you may be able to apply for promotion to sergeant, inspector or chief inspector. In the CID you’ll also have the title of detective added to your rank, for example detective sergeant or detective chief inspector.  

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


Current opportunities in our local area

Police Officer Degree Apprenticeship: Staffordshire Police – Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.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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