May 13th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 


Exams w/c 16th May

This week has seen the start of the Year 11 and 13 examinations, and we are very impressed with the way in which all students have conducted themselves both before and during the examinations. Please see the examination timetable below for examinations that are taking place next week. We would like to wish all of our student’s good luck – we know they will do themselves proud.

DateMorning Examination (9.15am)Afternoon Examination (1.15pm)
Monday 16th MayYear 11-RE
Year 13-BTEC H&S Human lifespan
Year 11-Computer Science
Year 13-Further Maths
Year 13-BTEC Sport
Tuesday 17th MayYear 11-Biology  Year 11-IT
Wednesday 18th MayYear 11-English Language
Year 13-BTEC Forensic
Thursday 19th MayYear 11-History  Year 11-Drama
Year 13-AS Maths
Friday 20th MayYear 11- Maths
Year 11-Animal care  
Year 11-Business
Year 13-Biology
Year 13-H&S

Exam Conduct

As a reminder, please can all students ensure they are in normal full uniform for all exams and arrive fully equipped. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

Although we have a number of weeks of exams ahead, we are looking forward to celebrating the end of exams with the year 11 prom. Please remember, that in order to attend this event, students conduct in exams will be taken into consideration.

For the latest revision timetable covering Saturdays and the upcoming half term please see this file:

Year 12

To access Unifrog and complete the competencies. Use Unifrog to research options after Sixth Form.

Year 13

Revision time.



Funded by our local Rotary group, this is an amazing opportunity over Summer 2022.  You need to be aged 16-17 between Saturday 6th August 2022 to Friday 12th August 2022.  You will take part in a mixture of physical and mental challenges to help you develop leadership experience, confidence through achievement, health, fitness, character and tolerance as building blocks to the quality of life.  You will also be assigned a personal mentor during the week.  Applicants will need to attend an interview before being accepted.  If you are interested, please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office for an application form.

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.

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

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.

School Walk 2022

The school walk will take place on Friday 15th July.  This is an important tradition of Thomas Alleyne’s High School that has taken place regularly since 1968 and forms an important part of the school’s social and educational life. 

Students from Years 9, 10 and 12 will all participate in the walk which is 12 miles through rural Derbyshire. The route will be carefully marshalled by the staff of the School. We are asking for a contribution of £8 per student to help towards the cost of the coach travel.Students attended an assembly last week giving them details about the school walk and a letter has been given out today which includes a permission slip and payment details.  The deadline for both of these is Tuesday 24th May.  Please return the permission slip to your child’s form tutor.
We know that there are many parents and even grandparents of our students who will have taken part in the school walk in the past.  If you would like to share any memories please email these to the school office


Years 9, 10 & 12 reports are now available on Talaxy for students and parents.

English Students of the Week

Y 9 Guna G, Ellie C, Sophie B, Emily L, Harry O, Maddie E, Ethan S, Bailey W

Y 10 Jack G, Lily U, Amy S, Layla M, Aileen L, Amy S

Y 11 Lewis M, Eva G, Sylvia S, Livvy E, Jack W, Josh W, Alfie H, Daisy C, Tasha M, Lucy M, Jasmin W, Sadie O’B, Emma W, Katie D, Joe Ha, Thomas L, Alex B, Charlotte J, Beth J, Ella R

Y 12 Tess S

Y 13 Imogen N, Eve B

There are 4 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to really build a sense of place, or mood. Try to use adjectives and verbs which are ambitious, but more importantly, that are clear and precise. Try analysing your own choices – if someone else were to read them, would they convey the message you think they do? Look at our work of the week for more inspiration.

Y11 exams – revision

Keeping on the theme of writing, Year 11 have their Paper 1 exam next week. For last minute creative writing inspiration, try You can choose by word class (“write a story entitled <random word>”), or even find random images. Thanks to Harriet G for the tip.

Mr Hulme is running “An Inspector Calls” revision on Wednesday 18th, which is also the day of Language Paper 1. 

Members of the English team will be in the English rooms from 7:45 on the morning of the exam, for drop in reassurance / last minute clarifications.

Work of the Week

Elisha in 9UD has been working on analysis of writers’ choices/methods. Here you can see her using the what – how – why frame to develop her thinking.

Billy in Y11 has been honing his genre writing skills – we think this is a brilliant opening paragraph… and the rest of his narrative is a very thrilling read. We particularly like the personification of dawn, which nods nicely to Greek epics like the Odyssey.

Swathes of green and blue gently rocked the longship as she sliced swiftly through the swirling sea. Her prow cut the waves like the swords at the belts of her sleeping crew. Dawn was thrusting its bright head above the horizon to the east and the faint outline of friendly Viking lands could be seen ahead. The only one awake was the helmsman. He held his steering board firmly in his hands as he guided the ship skillfully on his own towards the distant hulk of land. Fingers of blue were ripping apart the woven purple fabric of the sky and blissful light streamed down on the muscular, sleeping bodies on the deck.

Well done to Elisha and Billy!

Book recommendation

Mrs Hunt wants to make a recommendation this week: “Humble Pi” by Matt Parker. It’s a non-fiction book exploring what can go wrong when people don’t get their maths right. Whilst it’s been a little tricky to understand in parts, it’s a fascinating read and definitely one for (aspiring) A Level mathematicians, engineers, or chemists. There are four ‘deliberate’ mistakes in the book, and Mrs Hunt has spotted two. If anyone can enlighten her as to the last two, she’ll be eternally grateful…

Computer Science Paper 1

Make sure you are ready by using all the revision resources provided in you pack. On this link here there are last minute tips, and quick fire online revision to sharpen your brain prior to the exam.

Good luck to all and remember write nothing you get nothing – give every question a go!

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

Before each of the GCSE maths exams the maths department will be running breakfast revision sessions from 8-8.30am.

This will give students the opportunity to get their brains into ‘maths mode’, ask any last minute questions and complete some focussed revision based on the advanced exam information for each paper.

The maths exams are on: Friday 20th May, Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator (for paper 2 and 3).  Calculators can be purchased through the online shop, everything else can be purchased from the maths department.

This week’s Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Mrs North would like to nominate Emily T in Year 12 for superb performance in her Applied Science unit 1 mock exams.

Mr Crum would also like to nominate Emily T and also Elizabeth C (12D) and Adam D (12C) for excellent performance in the Applied Science mocks.

Mr Melland would like to nominate the following Year 12 students – Harry S, Izzy R, Lydia M and Finn McC for consistently making excellent effort on their Physics Homework.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate the following Year 11 students – Molly D, Evie A G, Max D and Maddie H for huge improvements in quantitative chemistry, it is lovely to watch your confidence grow!

And also, Charlotte J, Tom L and Joe H for unwavering dedication in Chemistry, you are going to smash this!

Well done!

News from PE

BTEC Sport

Year 12 Unit 1 A&P resit exam Monday 16th May – Use Active Learn to revise

Year 10 – All should be working on Unit 1 Coursework on body systems for homework.

Extra Curricular

Athletics Practice Tuesday

Cricket Practice Wednesday

Year 9 Cricket Thursday 19th May away v St Josephs

Rounders Practice Thursday

Badminton Friday

Fitness Friday

Year 9 County Rugby 7’s

On Thursday our U14 rugby team travelled to Stafford Rugby for the County Rugby 7’s Finals.  Playing on fantastic facilities the tournament was very well organised and all games played in a great spirit.  Unfortunately we didn’t perform to our best and made a number of uncharacteristic errors. We battled hard in all 6 games winning 2 and losing 4.  Player of the tournament was Corey, Try of the tournament went to Jonte with a length of the field special.  Tackle of the tournament went to Adam F. 

Team – Toby (captain), Oliver, Max, Corey, Tom, Henry , Sam M, Sam F, Adam F, Adam R

Athletics club

All years athletics after school on Wednesday – everybody welcome

Rounders Club

Thursday after school – all years welcome 

Under 15 County Cricket

On Thursday evening the U15 Cricket team travelled to Newcastle and Hartshill Cricket Club to play Clayton Hall.  Alleyne’s won the toss and elected to field. After the second over the decision to bowl by captain Minshall proved to be a good as Griffiths took the wicket over their opening batsman and in the fifth over Ashton took the second wicket with only 17 runs being added.  Unfortunately despite some imaginative fielding positions and strong bowling Alleyn’es were unable to make inroads into the middle order.  Minshall called upon a variety of bowlers but Clayton started to get into the match, their opening batsman hitting an unbeaten 54.  With plenty of wickets in hand Clayton accelerated the scoring in the middle overs.  With 3 overs to go Bulmer and Higgs were able to pull the rate back to 16 runs off 3 overs.  Clayton’s innings closed at 143 for 4 of 16 overs.  This left Alleyne’s with plenty to do.  Captain Minshall and Cantrill opened the batting with an explosive start, scoring 25 runs off the first three overs.  Both Cantrill and Minshall regularly hitting the boundary in their inning.  Unfortunately, Cantrill fell to the last ball of the third over and Alleyen’s couldn’t quite gain the same momentum that the openrs had set. They lost 2 quick wickets to some fast, accurate bowling from the home side. There was some resistance offered from Layton, Higgs and MInshall but the match was getting away from the visitors. Alleyne’s were reduced to 41 for 6 off 8 overs.  In the closing overs Minshall started to accelerate the run rate with an excellent unbeaten 57 but time and strong bowling was against him. Clayton eventually won the game by 48 runs.


Year 13 revision on Wednesday 18th will be the final Edexcel workshop on exam technique. All year 13 should attend. Room 7 at 3:05pm. 

Year 11 revision will be on Wednesdays right up until the exams. 3:10pm in room 6a. 


You will be receiving a letter in your geography lessons about the upcoming residential trip to Liverpool in July. Please could you ensure that you complete and return the reply slips by Friday 20th May and make your payments via ParentPay by Friday 27th May.

Any questions or queries, please contact/see Mr Harris.

Year 11 Prom

I am pleased to provide further details regarding the Year 11 Prom. This year’s Prom will take place on Friday 8th July at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The event will run from 7.30pm – 11pm and the evening will include a buffet style dinner of sandwiches, snacks and desserts, a DJ, photobooth and a bar serving non alcoholic drinks. The price of the ticket is £25. Students can purchase tickets from Monday 9th May and the deadline will be Friday 27th May. 

This week’s job of the week is a Jewellery Designer! The Mypath video on youtube tells you about this as a role:


 If you would like to find out more information and how to get into this role then click via this link: 

Jewellery designer job profile |

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