March 4th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 



This week was the first time since Covid has struck that we have been able to hold face to face assemblies. Year 9 and 10’s were introduced to their very first assemblies since joining Thomas Alleyne’s and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to join Mrs Rudge on leading these. The assembly approached the very difficult topic of the troubles in Ukraine. Students were given a brief overview of the history of the difficulties between the two countries, given guidance on being careful about how much and what news to watch and students were encouraged to talk to staff about any concerns they had. The final message to the students was to emphasise the importance of showing compassion in a time where we are seeing so much devastation. 

The students conduct, uniform and engagement throughout was impeccable and I look forward to being able to see more assemblies over the remainder of the academic year.


Letters will be sent out shortly inviting students for their Sixth Form interviews.

Any questions regarding Sixth Form please contact


Year 12

Are you in a healthy relationship?  Are you worried about a friend in a relationship but don’t know what to do?  Students to watch clips for information.  Please talk to staff if there is anything that concerns you.

Year 13

What if you need the doctors or dentists while you are at uni?  Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website for advice on health and wellbeing at uni (you will also be given advice about this at freshers week).

Year 13 Leavers Information


Now is the time to order your Leavers Hoodie.  Deadline for this is 9.00am Wednesday 27th April.

A Year 13 Leavers group has been created on Teams, here you will find the link that will take you to the order form.

Any questions, please see a Senior Prefect.

Year 12 students GCSE certificates

Year 12 students can collect their GCSE certificates from the Sixth Form office.  Please collect them at break and lunch time only.

Signing in and out

Students need to be on site from 8.40-3.05pm and if they leave site briefly for food etc they MUST sign out and back in. This is both a legal and safeguarding requirement. No one should leave site to go to the gym or similar during the school day.

Nottingham Summer Schools – Year 12 students

The University of Nottingham Summer Schools offer Year 12 students the opportunity to explore the university experience in depth, while developing the skills and knowledge required to progress onto the country’s top universities

During the summer school you will spend five days with the University and enjoy a varied programme of activities – academic, social and personal development – all for free!

After the summer school, you will have access to a wealth of UCAS resources and webinars – as well as direct chat with our student ambassadors – through Sutton Trust Online to support you through your higher education journey.

If you successfully complete the Nottingham Summer School, you will be eligible for an enhanced contextual offer (up to two grades lower, depending on course) and the Nottingham Potential Bursary worth £1000 for each year of undergraduate study!

This year, our Nottingham Potential Summer Schools are teaming up with the Sutton Trust so that we can offer further places and subjects to students across the UK. All applications will be made through the Sutton Trust Summer School website. We are currently planning for the summer schools to run as face to face residentials.  

World Book Day

We’ve celebrated World Book Day in school this week. There have been some fabulous discussions of our favourite books past and present (students AND staff!), actvities in lessons celebrating all things bookish, and of course the free book vouchers: also valid for £1 off any book/audiobook in many shops including Tesco and WHSmith. We’re looking forward to decorating the English corridor with some of the students’ creations.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Extreme Reading challenge. Here’s Ella (Y11) enjoying a bit of apres-ski in France: definitely our long-distance entry:

25 members of staff wore “Ask Me What I’m Reading” badges – in honour of the 25th anniversary of WBD. There are prizes available: simply hand in the list of the teachers/books you’ve “collected” to your English teacher. 

Feeling inspired?

We asked our Y9-Y11 students which books they would recommend – challenging them to find ones their English teachers hadn’t read. There will be a recommendation each week. To start us off, here’s Rhys’ and Harriet’s recommendations – one with a very local connection!

Rules for Vampires – Alex Foulkes

The author is the librarian at Oldfields Middle School, which is cool! It is a good read for pleasure: very funny. 

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

You should read this because it contains modern day problems, and we see the perspective of a girl in a minority under a lot of pressure. Text Sales

We still have An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet for sale. These are the versions teachers work with.

Medicine UCAS Conferences

My name is Dr Ehsan and I am an FY2 doctor in Edinburgh. I am also a Chief Mentor at Medic Mentor and you can learn more about me here:

If your students have any questions or worries about a career in medicine or their application to medical school in general, I would love to answer any questions they have. I can meet them at any of our free LIVE Get into Medicine UCAS conferences that take place online at the weekends. Your students will be awarded with attendance certificates, which they can use for their UCAS applications too!

These events are suitable for students in year 10-12, S3-S5 and 11-13 NI. They can register for free using the coupon code teacher22 at this link:

Here is an overview of the programme:

09:30 – 10:15 Quick introduction to Medic Mentor, overview for the day, competition
ratios, application timeline, Awards and Scholarships
10:15 – 10:25 Break
10:25 – 11:20 Sections on the UCAS application, subject choices, entry requirements
and creating our medical CVs!
11:20 – 11:30 Presentation from a successful Applicant (Medical Student)
11:30 – 12:15 Personal Statements
12:15 – 12:25 Break
12:25 – 12:40 Entrance Exams: UCAT & BMAT
12:40 – 12:55 Medical School Interviews
12:55 – 13:25 Harnessing Opportunities and Extracurricular Activities
13:25 – 13:30 Summary and questions

Upcoming Conference dates for March:

Saturday 5th
Sunday 6th
Saturday 12th
Saturday 26th

If you or your students have any questions, they can give the doctors a ring on the Mentor Helpline number Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.


English department student of the week

Well done to the vast number of students who have returned from their half term break and have got stuck into English. Whether it be participating enthusiastically in World Book Day activities or showing resilience and determination in the preparations for mocks, there have been lots of brilliant examples of work across the English department this week. Well done in particular to:

Y9 Lily Mae U, Andrea W, Lola T, Lily, Erin G, Molly C

Y10 Molly H, Elin L, Logan C, Keira, Kylah

Y11 Lewis M, Caglayan A, Ollie E, Alex B, Alice M, Xanthe S

Y12 Tess S

Y13Imogen N

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate the following students:

9H2B – Hannah F, Amy K and Rory O for excellent attainment in their Chemistry end of module test.

9U3 – Joseph M and Elisha T for their super effort and attainment in Chemistry.

10U1 – Luke N, Isabelle G, Susie C, Ben P and Kathryn W for their attainment in their Chemistry assessment.

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following students for excellent achievements in their waves assessment in Year 12 A Level Physics: Matt D, Toby P-L, Finn McC and Harry S.

Mrs North would like to nominate the following Animal Care students for completing their first piece of coursework to an incredibly high standard – well done.

Abbie C, Carly D, Kylah M, Joe N, Hannah S, Aimee S, Holly T, Aminah K, Hannah M, Leon O, Victoria H, James L and Amelia R.

Well done!

Potential Medics, Dentists and Vets

Every Month Medic Mentor, Vet Mentor and Dental Mentor will release a free E-Learning Work Experience session for your students. This means they can access this fantastic resource any time throughout March until their next session is released on 1st April.

Throughout March:

Medics will have access to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology session.
Dentists will have access to the Paediatric and Surgical Dentistry session.
Vets will have access to the Equine Veterinary Medicine session.

Students often struggle when it comes to getting work experience in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. This is why we have created our FREE Virtual Work Experience Programme. This will help them make that informed decision about their chosen career.

At Medic Mentor we are always striving to level the playing field when it comes to applying to Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary. Once they have complete all sessions they will also receive a certificate which can be used as part of their application to Medical, Dental or Veterinary School.


Throughout March, applying students in 10-13, S3-S6 and Northern Irish 11-14 year groups will have access to Medic Mentor’s Free Obstetrics and Gynaecology Virtual Work Experience (MEDWEX) session. This is one session out of 6 separate sessions covering different areas within medicine.

What will students be looking at during the session?

In this month’s session, they will experience a woman’s pregnancy journey, and meet the multidisciplinary team made up of midwives, nurses, and obstetric doctors, who support her every step of the way to becoming a Mum! Held in the state-of-the-art immersion suite at the University Hospitals of Birmingham, they will gain first-hand experience of a midwife booking appointment at the general practice, an outpatient clinic and admission to the delivery suite where one patient goes in and two come out! They will find out about the investigations performed to screen women during the pregnancy to identify pregnancy-related health problems, such as gestational diabetes, and understand how these can be managed to prevent harm to Mum and baby. They will also learn the importance of critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, communication and compassion. Join Medic Mentor for their simulated clinical work experience for the closest example of obstetrics, but from the comfort of your own home. Completely free and specially designed to support students of today to become doctors of tomorrow.

Students can check out our trailer and click “Enrol Now” on the following link:


Throughout March, applying students in 10-13, S3-S6 and Northern Irish 11-14 year groups will have access to Vet Mentor’s Free Equine Virtual Work Experience (VETWEX) session. This is one session out of 6 separate sessions covering different areas within veterinary medicine.
What will students be looking at during the session?

This month our Vet Mentor family have travelled far and wide to bring students an incredible insight into the world of equine veterinary medicine. In this session an equine vet covers the fundamentals surrounding equine clinical practice and general horse care.

Students can check out our trailer and click “Enrol Now” on the following link:


Throughout March, applying students in 10-13, S3-S6 and Northern Irish 11-14 year groups will have access to Dental Mentors Free Paediatric dentistry and oral surgery Virtual Work Experience (DENTWEX) session. This is one session out of 4 separate sessions covering different areas within dentistry.

What will students be looking at during the session?

Students will get to see a range of both child and adult patient consultations. This includes a possible oral cancer diagnosis, aesthetic solutions and child safeguarding concerns. There will be debriefing sessions of each of the cases.

Students can check out our trailer and click “Enrol Now” on the following link:

We look forward to help raise aspirations and find the next brilliant medics, dentist and vets like your students to join these fields.

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