March 11th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 


Motivation for Year 11 & 13

On Tuesday 5th April all students in Y11 and Y13 will take part in a session with a motivational speaker, Tim Benton, to support their revision.  There will also be an opportunity for parents to attend a session with Tim at 5.30 – 7pm on that evening.  This session will guide parents with strategies they can use to continue to help their children to prepare for the summer exams.  All are welcome to attend, no booking is necessary.

Sixth Form Finance:

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2021-2022 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing


Year 12

Watch the video about LGBQT issues in school.  How could you help?  What might you need to ask staff for – at TAHS or if you go to uni? 

Year 13

Revision time.

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.

Year 13 Prom dietary requirements

A link has been added to the Year 13 Leavers group on Teams for you to complete the form for any specific dietary requirements you may have for the Yr 13 Prom.

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.

Year 12 students – Online London Med Schools Summer Programme 2022

Applications for the free online London Med Schools Summer Programme 2022 are now open. This programme is for Year 12 students living in England (outside of Greater London), who have only attended non-selective state schools since age 11 and are currently studying A-level biology and chemistry. For more details on student eligibility please see the application form here.

Funded by Health Education England, the London Med Schools Summer Programme brings together four of London’s medical schools (King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George’s University of London, and University College London) to give 75 Year 12 students from across England an opportunity to find out what it is like to study medicine in London. Working with patients and student ambassadors, participants will gain a greater understanding of the realities of being a doctor and the skills needed to succeed.

The main summer school programme takes place from Monday 18th July to Friday 22nd July on Zoom.

For more information and to apply, students should follow this link. The deadline to apply is Monday 18th April 2022.

This programme is part of a series of events run with the Medical and Dental Schools CouncilPlease see here for a full list of the programmes available across England.

Year10 Parents Evening 17th March  4.00pm -7.00pm.

On Thursday is year 10 parents evening.  Please make sure that if you are a parent of a year 10 pupil that you have booked an appointment to see their subject teachers, appointments are going quickly so please login to Talaxy as soon as possible.

Exam Stress: Tips and techniques for reducing stress and performing at your best!

The free webinar takes place on Monday 14th March at 8pm.  It is aimed at students but parents are welcome to join.  It is hosted by Eedi via Zoom.

This interactive session will cover how to make a revision plan, top revision strategies, help with motivation, methods to reduce anxiety and techniques for once you’re in the exam. 

Please click on the link below to sign up:


English department student of the week

At the end of the first week of mocks for year 11 and 13, the English department has been incredibly impressed with the huge effort we have seen and would particularly like to offer a great big shout out to year 11, who have been working incredibly hard and taking these mocks very seriously. We would also like to single out the following students from all year groups as having particularly impressed your teachers in English this week. Well done to:

Y9 Freya E, Molly C, Erin G, Rowan S, James D

Y10 Carly D, Sophie H, Kai H, Martha B, Alex C

Y11 Lewis M, Daisy C, Xanthe S, Elin L, Alex B, Salwa E-C, Lucy 

Y12 May C, Katie L

Y13 Imogen N, Sophie W

Text Sales:

We still have plenty of copies of “An Inspector Calls” and “Romeo and Juliet”. If you have ordered these (or any other texts) please bring a screen shot of your receipt to room 21 at break / lunch to collect yours.

Revision next week:

This week’s session is on Language Paper 2, Question 2 (summary and inference). Grades 3-5, with Mrs Beevor on Wednesday night.

Mock exams: 

Y11 students have completed a Romeo and Juliet assessment, as well as a full Paper 2 this week. The entire English team would like to give a huge WELL DONE to our students who have worked extremely hard preparing for these mock exams. Judging by the quality of the articles from the writing section, we have some budding journalists among us.

Y13 students are also in the middle of their mocks: the A Level  Literature students have completed a full 3 hour exam, and the Language students have completed their first paper. 

Book recommendations:

This week’s recommendation comes from Jacob, Y11, who recommends “Alone on a wide wide sea” by Michael Morpurgo. Jacob starts his review with “Intense! Amazing! Brilliant!” and recommends it to Y9 as it “teaches some good life lessons” at the same time as making it so “you can’t stop flipping the pages.” 

Trip coming soon!:

Students in Year 9 and 10 will soon be invited to buy tickets for “An Inspector Calls” at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. This will be in October 2022, and so will be open to current Y9 and Y10 students. Watch this space – tickets are expected to sell out very quickly.

Work of the Week:

 Year 12 literature students have been working on the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan. They were tasked with creating a mood board to explore context, a key assessment objective. These are some of the stunning pieces they created.

Want to be featured in future Roundups? We’ll share some of our amazing students’ work each week, so there will be lots of opportunities for you to shine!

This week’s Science News

Mrs Lambert would like to nominate Joe U in 12C Biology for really excellent effort and a noticeable improvement in class contribution.

Mr Melland would like to nominate Harry G and Nick G-C from Year 9 for excellent effort in Physics.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate Kerys E in Year 13 for excellent progress in Chemistry.

Well done!

Y13 Geography

We are planning on running a revision session during the Easter holidays on Monday 11th April. Details of this (including times) to be confirmed and shared with you in your geography lessons in the next coming weeks. 

Y11 IT & Computer Science

Diary Dates!!!

Monday 4th April our computer scientists have the fantastic opportunity to work with the acclaimed expert Paul Long focusing on revisions and exam technique specifically focussed on paper 2 of the GCSE.

For our IT students on Friday 22nd April (last day of the holidays) there will be a coursework workshop running from 9 till 1 to give all students the best opportunity to get their best grade. As a reminder this is so worth it as the coursework constitutes 50% of the final grade.

News from PE

This week we have had a fantastic week of rugby for both boys and girls. Separate reports to follow.

Our footballers have also benefitted from new equipment donated from St George’s Park.

Year 9 Rugby

On Wednesday our U14 boys hosted Deferrers in the East Staffs Rugby final after both teams won their groups in the district tournament.  The game was played in a fantastic spirit, highly competitive with both teams showing great sportsmanship. In the front row Adam, Tom, Henry and Rhys scrumaged brilliantly stealing a number of balls against the feed. Second rows Ben, Toby and Jae carried strongly and rucked strongly. The back row of Matthew, Adam, Jonte tackled fantastically and played some lovely intricate link up play.  Scrum Half’s Sam and Matthew provided good service for Corey at Stand off, who kicked well. Centres Rory and Oliver looked to link up with wingers Sam and Spencer who frequently beat their opposite man. At the back Max was a constant threat linking into the line and bringing the ball back from kicks.

Adam scored a fantastic individual try smashing through the defence and then out pacing the cover. But Deferrer’s star centre proved the difference with 3 trys. Final score 5-17.

BTEC Sport

Year 11, 12 and 13 should all have completed assignment 1 of their courses. Students can stay behind after school any night to complete missing work.

Year 10 should be revising for their external exam in May.

Under 18 County 7’s Rugby Tournament.

This week saw  Thomas Alleyne’s first XV  enter the county  7’s tournament at Longton rugby club.

On a windy Wednesday afternoon the team started their tournament with a narrow  loss to a very disciplined King Edwards side.  However they were not put off and their second game resulted in a convincing win against Tettenhall college, putting them into the Plate semi finals. Buoyed by their success the team entered the semi finals, against Kinver High School,  in high spirits and full of confidence. The semi final was not a disappointment with exceptional play from a number of players the team came through to win 29-17 and put them into the final against Walton High school.  In front of a large crowd the team gathered themselves for what would be a tough game.  The final was an aggressive  contest between two physical teams and the early stages saw them exchange heavy defensive blows and a try each.  Unfortunately in the second half Walton came out much stronger and,  playing with the wind, managed to score two more tries without a response from Alleynes. Congratulations to the team for their approach and attitude and to the manner in which they played their rugby.

Girls Cricket Practice

There is an indoor girls cricket practice on Tuesday after school. Please meet at the sportshall at 3:05 if you are interested in playing. It finishes at 4:30

Girls Inter House Football

We had a great turnout on National Girls Football day this Wednesday, with students from all 4 houses coming along to represent their respective teams across Year 9 and Year 10. We welcomed regular members of the girls football team, whilst some new faces came to represent, including a student who had NEVER played before. 

We had tense competition as teams competed for bragging rights to be Thomas Alleynes top team. Some spectacular finishes flew in, leaving goalkeepers stranded whilst some great strength and battling between players took. 

Almost every single player who attended managed to score a goal which is fantastic, with special shoutouts to Rachel T, Maddie H and Lucy N, all of whom tied for top scorer with 3 goals a piece. 

Unfortunately there could only be one winner, and having not lost a game throughout the entire competition, congratulations go to Orme who were this term’s winners, enjoy your Easter Eggs champions! 

Massive thank you to everyone who attended, as well as Miss Arrowsmith for her excellent VAR / Assistant Refereeing and support. We both hope to see you all again at the next tournament.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.

Pi (Greek letter ) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – which is approximately 3.141592

Did you know……

  • Pi is the most recognized maths symbol in the world
  • Albert Einstein was born on pi day (3/14/1879)
  • The first 31 digits of contain no zeros
  • The current  champion memorized 42,195 digits in 1995!

Pi Day Puzzle

Can you solve the following?

Each of the letters P, I and E are a different digit from 1 to 9

So, PI is a 2-digit number and PIE is a 3-digit number.

Any correct answers sent to will go into a draw to win a Prize!

New Arrivals on the Farm

We have had 8 piglets born this week.  All are happy and healthy

Music News

Year 11 music students have their music performance and composition recordings the week beginning 28th March. This is a very important week for them as the exam recordings will form 60% of their GCSE Music Grade. Good luck to all in their preparation. 

There will be 2 very special choir rehearsals on Tuesday 29th March and Tuesday 5th April after school in the music room, where we will be recording a song for Ukraine. This is open to all that want to be involved and is in the music room from 3.15 until 4.15.

Outlook Expeditions Morocco 2023.

Can all participants for Morocco 2023 please check their “Basecamp portal” at Outlook Expeditions to find the invitation to the expedition planning meeting, which will take place in the evening of the 22nd of March. There will be two separate sessions, delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams: the first, a session for students to begin planning their itinerary; the second for parents. All details and the links to the online meetings can be found on the Basecamp Portal.

Student session = 17:30-19:00

Parent session = 19:15-19:45

I have also created a Microsoft team for all participants, through which I will share any information from the school regarding the expeditions.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you all on the 22nd.

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