December 10th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Sixth Form entry September 2022 – online application – Deadline Friday 14th January 2022

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2022 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:

Year 11 Sixth Form Application

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via

TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 13th December 2021

Year 12

Academic Literacy.  Students complete the ‘understanding exam questions’ and ‘understanding examiners instructions’ sheets.  Read the ‘Revision’ handout and ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout.  Make a revision plan for over Christmas.  Build in any coursework deadlines.  Also look at the pomodoro timer online which some students find useful for time management and motivation around revision. 

Year 13

Complete and update your UCAS application and/or Unifrog competencies.  For those who have completed their applications, learn the sign language alphabet with BSL Charlie.  Read the ‘6 more Revision ideas’ handout and watch the clips on different strategies.  Handout the ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout.  Encourage students to make a revision plan for their use over Christmas using the templates on the Y13 team. 

Applications are open for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2022.

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school students in the UK to explore higher education and US culture. The programme includes UK-based residentials before all students get to visit US universities in the summer of 2022.

An optional part 2 of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

How much does it cost?

It is free to take part in the programme. All costs are covered for students including travel, accommodation, food and admissions test preparation.

Who is it for?

To be eligible, students must:

Be in Year 12 in England or Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (i.e. non fee-paying)

Not hold US citizenship

Be from a low or middle income family (generally a household earning £45,000 or less)

Be interested in US culture and higher education

When is the deadline?

Students must submit their application by midnight on 16 January 2022 to be considered for the programme. However, we encourage getting started as soon as possible as the application form requires some thinking!

For more information or to apply, please see the link below:


A level / GCSE Certification Collection Date

Certificates will be available for collection from TAHS reception area as follows:

Wednesday 15th December – 9.30am – 4.00pm

If you are unable to collect your certificates please see the option below:

·         Ask a friend/relative to collect them

·         They must bring with them photo ID plus a short note from you giving permission to collect on your behalf.

You will be required to wear a face covering. 

Year 11 ChrisMATHS competition

Well done to the 25 students in year 11 who took part in the maths house competition this week, and in particular to the winning team of Will G, Jimmy K, Tom N, Harry I, Madeline H. Each student had to work both as part of a team and as an individual. In teams the students tackled a number of Christmas themed maths problems, and as individuals they earnt points completing the countdown numbers challenge.

All students involved worked brilliantly throughout leading to a very close finish, with only four points separating the top three teams.

The final results were

4th: Whitmore

3rd : Orme

2nd Torrance

1st: Elkes

House competitions will be taking place for other year groups after Christmas, see if you can answer one of the questions set for the year 11 challenge.

“I set out to do some Christmas shopping at the weekend

In the first shop I spent half of the money I set out with.

In the second shop I spent a third of what I had left.

In the next shop I spent a quarter of what was now left.

In the last shop I spent a fifth of what I had left.

If I had £14.40 left in my wallet at the end of the day, how much money had I spent?”

Many thanks to parents who have already returned data collection sheets.

If you have not already done so, please check/update, sign the data collection sheet for your child 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.

Data Collection

Many thanks to parents who have returned data collection sheets.  For those students we do not appear to have received a signed data collection sheet from, data collection sheets have been posted home today.  Please note that we would be grateful for data collection sheets to be returned to the school office by Friday 10th December.

Science News

Mr Crum would like to nominate Ali D (11O1), Sarah W (1103), Harry I (11E2) and Xanthe S (11O3) for excellent effort on Organic Chemistry.

And also, all of 10U3 and 10U4 for producing awesome graphs this week!

Well done!

PE Update

Thomas Alleyne’s hosted Newcastle Under Lyme U16’s team on Wednesday as preparation for the regionals. The game saw Newcastle win by 22 goals to 16 but there were many positives to take from the game. Many chances were created in the opening quarter as TAHS raced to a 6-3 lead. 

The middle two quarters were won by Newcastle. Going into the 4th quarter Alleyne’s were trailing 19-11. The target was set off winning the last quarter, by showing more composure with our passes and driving forward to meet the ball this was achieved. There was a great work rate shown by all of the players and we will aim to have more games and practises to keep improving.

Well done!

Team – Bella, Poppy, Kiera, Martha, Lucy, Sophie, Jess Player of the Match – Martha

English Stars

Music News

On Tuesday we had our Christmas Showcase Concert and it was a really special evening being able to play to a live audience. Every pupil that took part should be immensely proud of their involvement. The performances were outstanding and the students supported each other with warmth and enthusiasm which created a fantastic atmosphere. We even had a visit from Father Christmas but I suspect this may have been the Head Boy but ssssh, we are still unsure about this. The pupils worked incredibly hard to put the concert together and rehearsed tirelessly. Special thanks to Spencer for filming the event for those unable to attend as we could only have a reduced capacity audience. A link to this will be made available for you soon. Thank you to Max for his technical support in lighting and to Josh for technical support on sound. A huge thank you must go to Rob who helped with musical direction and accompanied so professionally. Thank you to all involved who helped make the evening so special and enjoyable and I’m already looking forward to the next evening.

Job of the week 

This week the job is ‘Retail Buyer’ click on link to see the My Path video which tells you more – > JOB OF THE WEEK – EPISODE #17 – RETAIL BUYER – YouTube

To find out how to get into this job or other linked professions click visit the national careers website! Retail buyer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Toyota Derby Apprenticeships –  Level 2 and 3 opportunities – deadline approaching!

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