September 10th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Mrs Rudge will be leading assemblies this week on the subject of Resilience

Thought(s) for the Week 

“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it” –Paulo Coehlo

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown


Monday’s PSHCE tutor time activities for 6th form this week are as follows:


Organising your folders. Do you use organising your files as a chance to revise frequently? Try the Leitner Box system and other revision ideas. Students should try out some of these ideas eg download a revision plan, make some flash cards, summarise yesterday’s lessons etc.


Watch a Ted Talk on the ‘chimp paradox’ about getting the most out of 6th form and not repeating Y12 mistakes to encourage a positive mindset.

Tutor time is organised into:

Monday – PSHCE activities

Tuesday – debates and current affairs

Wednesday – wellbeing, wider reading and revision opportunity

Thursday – future intentions planning time to research universities and apprenticeships

Friday – assembly


Any KS5 students interesting in joining a debate society should contact Mrs Bell ( This will be held one lunchtime per week with the aim of joining a national competition.


If students complete any community service/unpaid work, they may be eligible for the international Lions award for Young Leaders In Service. Please ask Mrs Bell for details (


Uttoxeter Lions have a recycling scheme running at TAHS. Please deposit any old mobile phones, old spectacles or old hearing aids in the collection box outside Mrs Walton’s office in the 6th form reception area. These are used for projects both nationally and internationally.

Our Online Tools

As a reminder to you all:

Homework is set in Insight, – login with you school username and password. This system will be updated this term to a more user-friendly system, we will advise when this is to be. Year 9 parents please keep an eye on your emails for your login details.

All students have a free office365 account, at home go to and login with your school email, and your school network password. This gives you access to the full office suite, teams, OneDrive, email to name a few. You also have 5 free downloads of the full office suite to use for your time at the school.

It is advisable to access teams either through the mobile app or to download the desktop app onto laptops and PCs.

All year 9 students will be introduced to all of the above in their first IT lesson of the year. We will also be sharing hints, tips and how to information throughout the coming weeks.

News from PE

It has been great to welcome back students to PE this week.

In their first lesson students in Yr9, 10 and 11 will all be doing a cross country run – this is a 3000m run with a current fastest time this week of 11.14. Slowest time has been 28 min.  Students are all doing this to give them a practice for House Cross Country which is on Thursday 16th September P1. All students can participate to earn credits and house points, with the 10 fasted times in each house contributing to the House Trophy.  This will also give students a time to qualify for school and district competitions.

After Cross Country Boys Classes will be doing Rugby, Girls Groups will be doing Hockey and mixed groups will be doing badminton.  This is to prepare for Boys House Rugby and Girls House Hockey on Wednesday 6th October.

Extra Curricular Activities start next week-

Wednesday 15th September – 6th form Football Yr 12 v Yr 13 3.05-4.30

Thursday 16th September- House Cross Country P1 all years

Thursday 16th September- Boys Football Practice 3.05-4.30 Yr9, 10, 11

Thursday 16th September- Girls Netball Practice 3.05-4.30 Yr9, 10, 11 

Friday 17th September- Badminton Club 3.05- 4pm

Friday 17th September- Fitness Club (new gym) (see Mr Scott in room 3 to get on the list)

For all after school activities students need to make their own arrangements to get home and need correct school kit.

Musical Production News

We are so excited to announce that the new school musical production is going to be Grease. The performances will take place in February 2022 and auditions will be taking place very soon.

Tuesday 21st September ; Vocal audition

Wednesday 22nd September; Drama audition

Thursday 23rd September ; Dance audition. 

Please see Mrs Todd in the music room or Mrs Mood in the drama room to secure an audition time. 

Music News

Instrumental and vocal lessons have now begun. Please see Mrs Todd as soon as possible to secure a lesson time. If you have already done so then please ask your form tutor to tell you the time of your lesson as I have made notes on SIMS for you. Details are also on the music notice board in room 67.  Please check below for the day your teacher is in. 
Monday; drum lessons 11.40 until 12.40Tuesday; guitar lessons 10.30 until 11.30Thursday ; woodwind lessons 9.30 until 10.15Thursday ; Vocal, piano and violin 10.30 until 12Friday ; Brass 11.30 until 12.

Please see the music notice board in room 67 for further details of the music opportunities available for all students. 

MFL Musings

After an interesting 18 months, it has been delightful to finally welcome everybody back to their French lessons for the new academic year, and to get students speaking once again. There have been many Battleships sunk, and plenty of reading aloud by everyone.

In particular, the following students have impressed us:

Year 9AT 9HL, HG 9HA, AK 9HL, ML-B 9HS, JH 9HA and DE 9UL
Year 10LWS 10CKW 10C
Year 11YL 11C
All of Year 12!

It may seem too early, but there some exciting apprenticeship opportunities out there for people with French skills, have a look:

English Stars

So many students have had a brilliant start to their new year and we have been very impressed by a  number of students in English lessons who have stood out for all sorts of positive reasons. Well done to this week’s students of the week for English. They are:

Year 9 Poppy W, Michael W, Daisy C, Lily H, Rowan S
Year 10 Rhys W, Michael H (for being so welcoming and kind), Holly T, Neve C, Oliver H-P, Will W-D
Year 11 Catherine B, Erin B, Abigail R, Samuel G, Lucy L, Salwa C
Year 12 Isaac H
Year 13 Lottie C

NEW CLUB: Allies

At Thomas Alleyne’s we are proud of our welcoming community. Allies is a new club, which will run on Monday mornings from 8:00. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to be an ally or develop a more diverse and outward looking atmosphere within our community.

Who is invited?

If you oppose discrimination of any kind and want to work with others to make our school and wider community a more inclusive environment and celebrate its diverse voices, then we hope you will come along. 

What is it about?

The aim of the club is to provide a safe space for students to discuss issues around diversity and share their own experiences; to get to know other like-minded people; come along and find out how to be an ally; and get involved in leading school wide activities around inclusivity. Allies opposes racism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as all forms of discrimination, and is a safe space to build friendships and support.


Starting Monday 20 September at 8:00 – venue TBC – bring colouring pens!If you would like to know more about this, please email Miss Cann at

This week the career is ‘Cardiologist’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > CARDIOLOGIST – YouTube

Job title:  Cardiologists are doctors who specialise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases that mainly affect the heart and blood vessels. You’ll work with adult patients to treat ongoing, long-term illnesses or will respond to emergency, potentially life-threatening situations. As well as working to improve survival rates and quality of life, you’ll also be involved with disease prevention. Paediatric cardiologists work with children and this is a separate specialty.
How to become:To qualify as a cardiologist, you’ll first need to complete a degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). This takes five years to complete, although if you’ve already got a degree in a subject other than medicine (normally a 2:1 or above in a science-related subject), you can apply for a four-year accelerated medical graduate trainee programme (also known as the Graduate Entry Programme).   You’ll then go on to complete the two-year UK Foundation Programme, common to all medical graduates   At this stage you must complete general medical training, which consists of either a three-year internal medicine stage 1 programme or a four-year acute care common stem (ACCS) programme.   To progress on to higher specialty training in cardiology (ST3 to ST7), you’ll need to achieve MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians (or equivalent) to show you have the required knowledge and skills. Speciality training is competitive and there may not be enough posts for all applicants, even if they’ve met the required standards. This training usually takes five years, although a large number of trainees also choose to undertake research, which adds on a further two years’ minimum
Skills required:Be able to make quick decisions and remain calm in stressful situations focused on attention to detail in mentally complex situations comfortable working in a fast-paced and pressurised environment a good problem solver with an analytical mind an excellent communicator who is able to understand and empathise with your patients and colleagues confident in your skills, knowledge and ability assertive and a good motivator and leader an excellent teamworker persistent in the face of challenges emotionally resilient when working in challenging situations.
What you’ll earn:£28,243 (Trainee) – £110,683 (Consultant) Figures relate to the pay and conditions of medical doctors within the NHS

              All information taken directly from Cardiologist job profile |

Upcoming events and Opportunities

Careers event with IBM, Experian, Vodafone – Wednesday15th September, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

No matter the career you decide to go into you will undoubtedly be involved with technology, so this event is a fantastic chance to get ahead of the crowd, start learning about this fascinating, ever-evolving industry and ultimately help you decide whether it’s a path you’d like to pursue. We will hear talks on the power of 5G and connectivity with Vodafone, cloud storage with IBM and big data with Experian and lots of other really interesting topics! Certificates will be awarded to those who attend the event. If you’d like to apply to this exclusive event, please click on the registration link below.

Royal Air Force ‘Access All Areas’ Free Virtual Careers Event – Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 18:30 – 20:30.

The RAF is responsible for protecting the UK’s air and space capabilities, and Access All Areas is a fantastic opportunity to uncover an immersive, interactive 360° experience. With nine must-see locations and the opportunity to chat directly with RAF Recruitment Personnel, explore where the RAF could take you.

RAF Virtual Event Access All Areas Tickets, Wed 6 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Spotlight Talks: Inspiring careers excellence – 13-14 October, 2021.

In partnership with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Spotlight talks brings together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire even more young people, from all walks of life to take up technical career routes and apprenticeships. The next Spotlight talks will focus on digital skills and careers. To register click on the link below.

Registration | WorldSkills UK Events

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