May 20th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 


It has been another successful week of examinations, with student’s conduct being exemplary. Please see the timetable below for examinations that are taking place next week. Good luck to all students for the forthcoming week.

DateMorning Examination (9.15am)Afternoon Examination (1.15pm)
Monday 23rd MayYear 11-Geography
Year 13-BTEC Health and Social
Year 13-Further Maths  
Tuesday 24th MayYear 11-French-Listening and reading
Year 13-Psychology Year 12-BTEC Biology  
Year 12-BTEC Chemistry
Wednesday 25th MayYear 11-English Literature
Year 13-English Language
Year 13 Business
Year 12 BTEC Physics
Thursday 26th MayYear 13-History
Year 11 Spanish  
Year 11-R.E
Friday 27th MayYear 11-Chemistry
Year 13-Geography  
Year 11-Computer Science  

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:

Friday 27th May – Year 11

Friday 27th May will be the last day that Year 11 students are required to be in school. In the morning all students will be completing their GCSE Chemistry exam. This exam is due to end at 10.15am where students will have their usual break time and attend their period two lesson. Students that are entitled to extra time will be given a short break and then will also return to their period two lesson.

At 11.30am students will be invited to the canteen to enjoy a final complimentary brunch with their peers and staff. Students are then requested to make their way to the field where they can enjoy some time with their friends and take part in signing each other’s shirts. We would request that students bring a spare shirt to be written on.  We want students to really enjoy this final day but we must insist that students are considerate of what they write on the shirts and if we feel that a student has not complied with this we will contact family and request that the student is collected from school or asked to leave the site.

Students will be able to remain on the school field until 12.50pm at which time we will be asking students to make their way off site.

Computer Science Students – For students that are completing their GCSE Computer Science exam, we have arranged for Mr Cartwright to be available from 11.30am in room 43 for students that would like the opportunity to take part in final revision before the examination in the afternoon.


Year 12 & Year 13

Try out a range of different revision activities as shown on the revision wheel.  Please the link below informing students about the Forest app:  BEST PRODUCTIVITY APP!? – FOREST APP REVIEW – Bing video.

Students will also be given a copy of the attached revision wheel.



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.  Deadline to apply for this is Thursday 26th May, 2022.

School Walk – Year 12 Marshals

Any Year 12 student who does not want to walk could help and be marshal. If you are interested in helping, please see Mrs Ibbs. Any student not walking or marshalling will be expected to come into school.

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

We are launching a new team of students who take an active and important role in our school and school life – the student leadership group.

Starting with two students from each house from year 9 and two from each house in year 10 and will meet once each half term.

Student leaders will:

  • suggest improvements for our school environment, our school day, our facilities, our school rules etc.
  • organise student events – these may be social events or charity fundraising events or collections
  • review and give feedback on school policies
  • come up with solutions for problems that arise in school
  • take an active role in school events such as the school walk and open evenings

To be involved in this brand new and exciting team, to make a difference and to make our school better YOU need to:

Write a brief letter/email to your Head of House/ Pupil Welfare Officer:

  • why you want to be part of the student leadership group
  • what skills or qualities you can bring to the group

The deadline for handing in your letters to your Head of House/ Pupil Welfare Officer: Wednesday 25th May. If you have any questions please see Mrs George in room 62.

French Warm Up

Warm up for GCSE French listening and reading exam Tuesday 24th May in room 11 from 8.05.

English Students of the Week

Y 9 Alex, Lola T, Isabell D, Callum H, Zac A, Harry G, Bethany S

Y 10 Sam L, Lyla KCatherine M, Millie WB, Maddi H, Macie C

Y 11 Katie S, Liam A, Molly H, Xanthe S, Gemma B, Molly D (and everyone in year 11 who prepared so well for their first exam and is still working hard to prepare for their upcoming GCSEs!)

Y 12 Liliana K

Y 13 Katie G

There are 3 weeks to go until the deadline (June 10th).

This week’s tip is to really think about any characters you’re including.Can you make them speak, and use interesting verbs and adverbs to help convey their feelings? Make sure any speech / dialogue drives your story forward.

Y11 exams – revision

It’s the final Y11 Wednesday revision slot next week, focusing on Romeo and Juliet. Miss Beevor will work with levels 5-7. whilst Mrs Brooks will work with levels 2-4. Work of the Week

Year 10 have been working on poetry, learning their GCSE set poems. This week’s work comes from Logan and Katherine in 10U1, where they’ve been listening to class discussions and making really detailed notes. Well done to you both!

Book recommendation

Lottie in Y13 recommends “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell. She’s been revisiting this book as part of her Year 13 English Language coursework, exploring how the writer accommodates to the reading ages of her audience (and comparing it to older texts with similar reading ages). Her investigation was really interesting, and the text is too!

GCSE Maths – Breakfast Revision

We were very happy to see over 100 Y11 students attend the breakfast revision session this morning before the GCSE maths exam.  The students who attended have commented how useful they thought it was.

The next maths exams are on Tuesday 7th June and Monday 13th June.

Before each of these 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.

Students will need the following equipment for their maths exams: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and scientific calculator 

 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

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate Bethany S (9H1) and Matthew L-B (9H1) – both of these pupils have displayed a superb attitude in their Biology lessons and contributed fully to class discussion. 

Mrs lambert would like to nominate Katie S (10H5 Science) for improved performance on our most recent assessment.

And also, Rebecca W (12C Biology) for excellent performance on the Transport assessment.

Well done!

News from PE


Due to the rising temperatures in the Sports Hall badminton on a Friday afternoon has now finished for this academic year. Thank you to all students that have been attending throughout the year, it has been a fantastic opportunity to get some exercise and make new friendships and I hope you have all enjoyed it. See you again next year! – Mrs Simpson

Anyone for Cricket?

Checkley Cricket Club outdoor training for junior cricketers is on Friday evenings, 6-8pm and run teams at all age groups- under 8, 10,12, 14 and 16. Checkley are recruiting “junior” coaches suitable for boys and girls in Yr 10- 13, with full training and support available.  Please contact Alan Woods (Junior Co-ordinator) if you are interested.

Year 9 Cricket

In the first match of the season we travelled to St Josephs College and after a brave performance we unfortunately lost the game. It was a great experience and one for the team to build on.

Team: Lexi C, Issy G, Corey B, Mathew J, Matthew F, Oliver B, Max G, Toby R, Ben W, Josh B, Kai B

Music News

Year 11 GCSE Music Revision is after school on Tuesday 24th May 3.15 until 4pm.

Year 13 A Level Music Revision will be on Wednesday every week until the exam on 14th June.

Band will be every Tuesday lunch in room 67. Please bring your packed lunch with you at the start of lunch. All are welcome.

Choir is after school every Thursday 3.30 until 4.15. All are welcome. No audition needed.

Future dates for your diary; 

Friday 8th July House Music Competition 

Wednesday 13th July, 6.30pm;

Music Summer Concert. 

Performing Arts News 

Kathryn Whetter who played Frenchy in our fantastic production of Grease earlier this year has won a prestigious place with the National Youth Theatre Summer programme. 

Alumni from the National Youth Theatre includes Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Sir Daniel Day -Lewis, Catherine Tate, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Derek Jacobi,  

Timothy Dalton and Matt Lucas. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for Kathryn and will stand her in excellent stead in the future.  

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 Kitchen Fitter. 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: 

Kitchen and bathroom fitter | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Dr Yacoobali here, Chief Dental Mentor!

Now that we’re right in the thick of UCAS season, I’m delighted to announce that I’m hosting Dental Mentor’s free, live, virtual Get into Dentistry Conference on: 

Sunday 29th May2:00pm – 5:30pm

At this stage of your journey to Dentistry, you need to be going a lot further than nailing your exams. You need to know your UCAS Application inside out

That includes writing the best possible personal statement and participating in extra-curricular activities that make your application to Dentistry stand out

And the sooner you start writing this winning application, the better!

To help you with this, I’ll be hosting a free Virtual Get into Dentistry Conference on Sunday 29th May. I will be providing a comprehensive guide to getting into Dentistry, including: 

  • Application timelines 
  • UCAS and CV Building
  • Awards and Scholarships 
  • Getting Dentistry Work Experience 
  • Dental Leadership Programmes
  • Personal Statements 
  • Dentistry School Interviews

We’ll also be joined by a recently successful applicant to Dentistry who will share their insight into what it takes to get accepted

Attendees who stay for the entire conference will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance: a fantastic addition to your UCAS Application!

Click the link below to book your place on the next Get into Dentistry Conference on:

Sunday 29th May, from 2:00pm – 5:30pm


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