October 8th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Assemblies for Next Week

Assemblies: w/b 11th of October

The assembly this week will be led by Mr Parker to talk about the importance of turning up. 

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.”  -R.G. Risch

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Notable Days

11th International Day of the Girl Child  International Day of the Girl Child | United Nations

1th National Coming Out Day Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (stonewall.org.uk)

14th International Sceptics day

17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | United Nations

Sixth Form Open Evening.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday the 7th of October. It was a fantastic evening and we were delighted to share the many opportunities our Sixth Form offers.

We welcome sixth form applications from Thursday 14th of October and the deadline for completion is the 14th of January 2022. We will send information on how to complete the application including the personal statement directly to year 11 students.

If you were unable to attend the evening, or would like further information on the subjects we offer, please see the presentation from the evening here: Open Evening Presentation

and also a link to our Sixth form video here:  https://youtu.be/BPbQVxIElCA

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team via sixthform@tahs.org.uk


Year 12

Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?   Students each complete a mindset quiz.  Each student should have a strength and area for development at the end of the session, as well as more awareness about their learning styles. 

Year 13

Tutors will help students prepare for university and what they can expect with videos from Oxford Brookes, Galway and Bangor Universities.

Sixth Form Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF)

Sixth Form bursary booklets are now available for collection from the Sixth Form office.


We will be sending Christmas shoe boxes to the Operation Christmas Child charity and would like to gather as many as we can.  Form tutors will be collecting these from students in their registration groups between 15th – 19th November 2021.  Please give generously!  Remember there are some restricted items eg toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids.  A full list of what can be included is available on this link:  What Goes In My Shoebox (samaritans-purse.org.uk).  Thank you in advance.

Data Collection Sheets

Data collection sheets have now been distributed to all students.  Many thanks to parents who have already returned sheets.  If you have yet to do so, please check/update and sign the sheet and return it to the school office as soon as possible.  This information helps us to safeguard your child and enables us to contact you in an emergency.  We politely request two emergency contacts

News from PE

House hockey
All year groups participated in House Hockey on Wednesday. In these competitive matches the girls showcased the skills they have practised this term in PE lessons. 

Year 9 results1st Torrance and Whitmore 
3rd Elkes4th Orme 

Year 10 & 11 combined 1st Torrance 2nd Elkes 3rd Orme 4th Whitmore 

Netball Tuesday 12th October – Year 9 Netball tournament away at Deferrers

Wednesday – Year 10 House netball tournament 

House Rugby Results –

Year 9 – 1st Torrance, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Orme, 4th Elkes

Year 10 – 1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Year 11 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Orme, 4th Whitmore

BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity & Fitness – All students need to upload coaching videos to assignments on teams.

House Competition 2021 – 22

1 – Elkes: 44

2 – Whitmore: 37

3 – Torrance: 34

4 – Orme: 25

How do you get points for your house?


Earn credits to help your house win the credit award each week


Come to school every day to help your house win the Attendance award each Half Term (Triple Points!)

House Competitions

House Football – Date TBC

House Netball – Date TBC

Art Competitions – Date TBC

Swimming Gala – 15th November

Mental Health 

It is World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October. Students have watched a presentation during registration this week. This has highlighted support on offer in school. On Tuesday we will be joined by Natalie and Bridie from the Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health in Schools team. They will have a stall in the canteen at lunchtime and they would like to speak to students who are keen to promote positive mental health and who are interested in becoming Mental Health ambassadors in school. 

Science News

Science Students of the Week

Mrs North would like to nominate Evie D and Rachel T (9H2A) – for fantastic homework about microscopes in Biology.

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students from 10U1 – Logan C, Charlie F, Isabelle G, Calli H, Luke N, Bethan P and Ben P for their great performance in their recent chemistry assessment.

Mrs Hughes would also like to nominate the following students from 11H3 – Jack B, Emily G, Katy J, Grace S and Daisy T for a fantastic result in their science assessment.

Well done!

Calling All Aspiring Medics or Healthcare workers

There are still some spaces on the Autumn and early Winter virtual hospital work experience course – Ward Round Live. It’s a great way for students to get interactive work experience for their Medicine application, as well as taking on the role of a Doctor themselves.

Next available courses:

Name: Ward Round Live
Ages: 15+
Next Date: Saturday 16th October 2021 & Sunday 7th November 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm

If you are an aspiring medics or healthcare students then please follow the link


Year 11 revision sessions are running every Wednesday after-school till around 4pm with Miss Robinson in room 6a. The theme for this half term’s revision sessions are exam skills, with next week’s revision session on ‘how to answer 4 and 6 mark questions’. All students from each Y11 group are invited to attend these sessions!

Year 13 revision sessions are also running every Wednesday after-school with Mrs Goodwin in room 7. These sessions will provide you with a chance to discuss your progress with your NEA and also to work on knowledge and exam technique.

Yr9 Send Evening 

On Thursday the Send department are holding a  meeting for year 9 parents. The evening starts at 5pm in Keeling House on Thursday 14th October. It is an opportunity for parents of special needs pupils in year 9 to meet teaching assistants and to see how pupils are supported in their curriculum and social time.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday.

English Stars

Well done to the following students, who have been nominated by your teachers for this week’s student of the week.

Year 9 Rachel T, Ellie Mae R, Lily H, Daisy C, Kieran C, Joshua W

Year 10 Maddie H, Aimee S, Lacey B, Maisie L, Harriet K, Lily O, Aileen L, Jack M, Megan W B

Year 11 Evie R, Bren P, Krishan K, Bailey L, Lucy M, Katie D, Edward T, Harriet E, Hannah Thomas L

Year 12 Yasmin L, Pjilippa B, Liliana KYear 13 Sadie B

Career of the week

This week the career is ‘Hotel Porter click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #08 – HOTEL PORTER – YouTube

Job title:  Hotel Porter Hotel Porters welcome guests, carry their luggage and answer their questions. On a typical day you could: welcome guests to the hotel and carry their luggage answer queries about the hotel and make reservations arrange taxis and book tickets run errands, such as picking up dry cleaning take messages give directions move furniture or equipment to set up rooms for events respond to safety and security issues
How to become:College You can take a college course before you look for work, like: Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry or customer service. You may need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course Apprenticeship You can start by doing a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship Direct Application You can apply directly to employers if you’ve got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. Experience in customer service will be helpful though not essential. Employers will be interested in your personal qualities and will expect you to be hardworking, honest and a reliable time-keeper.
Skills required:customer service skills the ability to work on your own the ability to work well with others physical fitness and endurance excellent verbal communication skills active listening skills concentration skills the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll earn:£14000 -£19000

              All information taken directly from Hotel porter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Careers interviews

All year 11s will be seen for careers interviews over the next two terms to enable them to make their plans for post 16.

Students will be collected from their lessons to attend and where possible will be contacted in advance.

All year 11s will be seen by either myself (Anna Featherstone) or Clare Atkinson – our advisor from Entrust.

If students would like to know more about what to expect in their appointment or look at how to prepare then please click on the link attached which will take you to a document in Microsoft teams. Alternatively, you will find the information on our school website under the careers tab.

Featherstone: What to expect in your careers appointment 

               Upcoming events and Opportunities

Free Careers Evenings for Teachers and Parents Expert advice to enhance your students’ career potential

InvestIN runs a series of bespoke, free-of-charge events for parents and teachers specifically designed to help you enhance your students’ career potential. This term’s schedule includes sessions on how to break into medicine, learning leadership skills, launching a career to fight climate change and much more. If you are interested or want to register for any of the events then you can on this link Events for Parents | InvestIN

Succeeding in STEM – Discover how to kickstart your child’s career in STEM-related industries. Led by Ella Podmore, McLaren Engineer – Live online | 20th October 2021 | 7-8pm GMT

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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