July 20th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

A Message from Mrs Major

We have made it!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those, especially the students, in welcoming me here at Thomas Alleyne’s. Starting a new role is always a challenge but Covid has made this even more difficult. I want to take this opportunity to thank all in the Thomas Alleyne’s community for supporting me this year .

The students here at TAHS are a credit and they have always handled the challenges the year has given them with the utmost dignity, resilience and determination to make the most of it. So a huge well done from me!

I also wanted to say how much I am looking forward to September and the upcoming year and seeing the return, but for me for the first time, all the fantastic opportunities that will be made available to you. Grasp every opportunity that comes along and be the best that you can be.

Have a lovely and safe summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September. 


As part of our ongoing Future Intentions programme will need to you to register on UCAS, which is the portal for all university and conservatoire applications in the UK. 

The UCAS website can be found here: www.ucas.com 

To register, you will need to be linked to the school so that we can support and track your applications as well as add references and predicted grades from your subject teachers and your form tutor reference.  

To start the registration process, you will need to go to: www.ucas.com/students and scroll down until you see ‘2022 Entry’ and then click ‘Go to your hub’ work through the questions making sure that your complete them fully. 

Eventually you will end up at your own UCAS ‘hub’ you will then need to click on ‘start’ 

To link to TAHS you will need a ‘Buzzword’ which for the 2022 cycle is: TAHS2022 

Once you are there, you will need to click on ‘my profile’, which is underneath the blue ‘add choices’ box. 

UCAS have kindly produced an online module to support you through this process which can be accessed here: https://pdp.ucas.com/enrol/index.php?id=111 it will take approximately 30 minutes to complete this module. Alternatively, there is a quick start guide here: www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/filling-your-ucas-undergraduate-application#pay 

All students must register on the UCAS website, and we will be checking this ahead of September where we will be returning to form time from 8.40-9am each morning.  

There is no cost to register on UCAS or to access their wealth of materials. You will however need to pay a one-off fee directly to UCAS should you wish to submit an application for the 2022 entry cycle, the cost of which is £26.50. 

Personal Statement

Still need support on your personal statement? Here is some help from UCAS: www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/how-write-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement

We expect that if you are applying for University that you will have registered on UCAS and have at least one draft of your personal statement completed by return in September. 

Effective revision

Further to this, off the back of the mock exams this summer many year 12 students have asked about support with revision and what makes effective revision. This is a good question, and I wanted to share the following course with you from tutor2u. They offer a FREE Skills Booster on ‘Effective Revision’ If you enrol on the course, it will provide you with a highly practical, step-by-step guide to making revision for assessments and exams more effective. The course will take 3-10 of learning time and comprises of 16 interactive videos and resources. The access the course please click this link: https://ondemand.tutor2u.net/students/effective-revision-skills-booster 

Some of these links have been added to the year 12 team folder so you can access this information during the holiday.

Writing Challenge

In celebration of National Writing Day, InvestIN is calling on students aged 12-18 to enter our ‘Writing to Reflect’ competition. For each entry, we’ll make a donation to UNICEF, whose life-changing work helps children across the world to access essential education. Shortlisted entries will be judged by a professional writer and the winner will receive an Amazon Fire tablet and a place on our Young Writer programme (or a career experience of your choice).

Please click on the link below to enter:


Med School Application Day

There is a free online event for Year 11s and soon-to-be 12s who are just starting to think about applying to medical school. This is primarily aimed at Year 11s who will be starting A-levels (or equivalent) in September 2021. We will have Doctors and current medical students covering the application timeline, work experience, entrance exams and everything they need to hit the ground running in September. An event timetable can be found on the Google registration link below.

Event name: Medicine Application Timeline – Getting Ready
Location: Online
Date: 21st August 2021
Ages: Current year 11 (going into year 12 in September)

This is a FREE event and booked on a first come first serve basis.

Google registration link: https://forms.gle/Dud254nM1dozd3uF7

Unifrog support for clearing and results day

Welcome to Edition 131 of the Unifrog Gazette

This week: a Know-how library guide to get students ready for Results day, and the truth about Unifrog CEO Daniel Keller.

KHL guide of the week

Resuts day and Clearing: are you ready for Clearing?

In this Know-how library guide we teamed up with Teesside University to help students create an action plan for navigating UCAS Clearing and Adjustment.

> Check it out on our blog

This guide is taken from the Know-how library, a tool on the student side featuring 600+ guides for students on all sorts of topics, from careers to wellbeing.

Work with us: Marketing and Events Lead

Dear reader, in what’s becoming a regular feature of the Gazette, here’s our latest attempt to recruit you…

You’ll be the main point of contact for the many webinar series we run, as well as University Fairs and conferences. This is a growing part of the company that we’re really excited about, and you’ll play a big role in driving its success.

The salary is £30K-£32. Please find out more and apply here

The University of Wolverhampton’s ‘Get Set’ pages

Ever wondered how universities these days prepare incoming undergraduates for the start of their studies? Check out The University of Wolverhampton’s newly launched ‘Get Set’ pages to see how one university does it.
> Check out the Get Set pages here

 University of Essex: Results day Survival Guide

The University of Essex have produced an online Results day Survival Guide that gives students step by step advice from 2 weeks out, up until the day itself. They are also running webinars that cover a range of Results day topics; things like stress-busting, parents sessions, and tips from student ambassadors.

> Check out the Survival Guide here


Can you see your name on the presentation below? Well done to all of you on you success in such a difficult year.

Play Golf?

All the information regarding our tournaments and camps can be found on our website www.schoolsgolf.co.uk

Supporting your Child this Summer for FREE!

Please have a look at the 3 easy ways you can support your child at home transition and GCSE subjects – all resources are free to access. As part of this GCSE pod are running  An exciting and inspiring new FREE programme designed to help support learning this summer!  From the 26th July and over the course of 3 weeks, students and parents are invited to participate in engaging and interactive webinars, and gain access to interviews with subject specialists, resources, task sheets, podcasts and more. Maths Whizz are offering a range of weekly activities to support engagement with maths and Changemakers provides helpful transition resources for students about to embark on KS4.

Grease is the word!

We are very excited to announce the new school production will be Grease, to be performed in February 2022.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd September. Further details will be announced at the start of next term.

Think about how you would like to be involved, either on stage or back stage. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the whole school and we invite students from all year groups to be involved.
More news will follow…

Mrs Todd and Mrs Mood.

English Stars

As summer approaches, your English teachers would like to wish you a wonderful and restful holiday. We also hope that it will be a holiday full of reading, enjoying stories and being creative. So many of you have been absolute stars over this year and we know that you will continue to impress us next year, approaching your studies with enthusiasm and determination next year. Meanwhile, we hope that you enjoy a well-deserved chance to regroup and spend time with families and friends. The final English students of the week for this academic year are:

Y9 James R, Lennon E, Logan C and Susie C, Aileen L, Aminah K

Y 10 Finley T-S, Zita M, Matilda T Alistair D, Gemma B, Charlotte J, Hannah W

Y 12 Martha M

As we reach the end of the academic year, and Mrs Peers says goodbye to us, she would also like to add:

As a final ‘student of the week’, I can’t nominate one. So, I would like to nominate all the students of 10H1 and 10U1 for ‘Students of the Week’. You’ve been totally delightful to teach and I know you will achieve much next year! Mrs Peers

A quick note from Mrs Brophy:

I have had a wonderful year at TAHS and would like to thank all of my wonderful students who have made this year fun and memorable and my excellent colleagues who have supported me every step of the way. I wish you all the best for next year and beyond.’

Classical Languages: new opportunity for year 12

From September there will be an opportunity to join a new classical languages club; we will focus on Latin (with some Classical Greek) and meet once a week in the first instance.

Studying classical languages is fun in its own right and allows you to access a huge wealth of literature, philosophy, drama and historical texts in their original language. Knowledge of Latin and Greek will also help you to develop your understanding of English and the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish etc.). Furthermore, there may be an opportunity to work towards a qualification later on if you are interested in this.

Studying classics is also considered beneficial for anyone considering careers, or further study, in: law, medicine, science, mathematics, computer programming, intelligence, linguistics, communications and journalism and more.
If you are interested in finding out more and would like to be sent the details when timings are confirmed, please contact Miss Cann on cann@tahs.net

Mental Health Support

Mental Health in Schools Team are accepting self referrals from parents/guardians over the summer holiday. Please see the flyer for contact details

Stay Water Safe this Summer

There is a Water Safety special over the summer holiday – see attached poster.

This will also be available to watch on demand after the broadcast via the same link – https://learnliveuk.com/safesound/

The programme will have contributions from; RNLI, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stoke on Trent City Council, Canal and River Trust and Staffordshire Police (Ryan’s Story) all covering different aspects of Water Safety for the young and not so young.

Career of the week

This week’s career link is a Barber! JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #02 – BARBER – YouTube

Job title:Men’s hairdresser, gent’s hairdresser Barbers cut, trim and style customers’ hair, beards and moustaches. Day-to-day tasks As a barber, you might do the following as part of your daily routine: welcome customers and find out what they want give advice to customers on hairstyles and grooming cut and style hair shave, trim and shape beards and moustaches provide scalp, face and neck massages clean and sterilise equipment, like combs, razors and clippers take payments, keep records and make appointments keep up to date with new styles and techniques
How to become:College You could take a course to help you get started, for example: Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Barbering   You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course   Apprenticeship You can do a hair professional intermediate apprenticeship, or an advanced apprenticeship for creative hair professionals. You’ll usually need: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:You’ll need: customer service skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail active listening skills the ability to work well with your hands sensitivity and understanding the ability to work well with others the ability to work on your own excellent verbal communication skills to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£15000 – £25,000

Virtual Work Experience

Over the summer – why not sign up to some virtual work experience opportunities? Take a look at Springpod for a range of opportunities online which will support your career learning and boost your CV-  Take control of your future | Meet Springpod

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