June 17th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 


Year 11 and 13

DateMorning Examination (9am)Afternoon Examination (1pm)
Monday 20th JuneYear 11-Chemistry
Year 13-Chemistry
Year 13-English Literature
Year 11-Food and Nutrition  
Tuesday 21st June Year 13-Maths  
Wednesday 22nd JuneYear 11-Music Listening  Year 11-Further Maths
Year 13- Further Maths  
Thursday 23rd JuneYear 11-Physics
Year 13-Chemistry
Year 13-Further Maths
Friday 24th JuneYear 13-Biology   


We are hoping that all students will join us for the results days which are Thursday 18th August for A-Level’s and Thursday 25th August for GCSE pupils. We will send out further information regarding this before the Summer. However, if you are unable to collect your results on this day, please use the link below to complete the results collection form (this form has also been handed to students in school). This must be completed and bought back into school for the attention of the exams officer. We will unfortunately not be able to email out any results.

Year 10 and 12 exams

Over the next two weeks, years 10 and 12 will be undertaking their mock exams. The exam timetable for next week is below. During tutor time this week, all year 10 and 12 students have been given guidance regarding exams. We wish them all good luck with these next week. As a reminder, please can all students ensure they arrive promptly, fully equipped and in full uniform for all exams. Mobile phones and smart devices must not enter the exam room.

DateMorning Examination (9am)Afternoon Examination (1pm)
Monday 20th June Year 10 Animal Care
Year 12 French
Tuesday 21st JuneYear 10 English Literature
Year 12 Maths
Year 10 Geography
Year 12 Business
Wednesday 22nd JuneYear 10 History
Year 12 Geography
Year 10 Business
Year 12 Psychology
Thursday 23rd June Year 10 Drama
Year 12 Biology
Year 10 Computer Science
Friday 24th JuneYear 12 French writing
Year 12 English Language
Year 12 Music
Year 10 Drama
Year 10 History
Year 10 Chemistry
Year 12 History
Year 10 Combined Physics

Change to Lunch times

From Monday the 20th we will be returning to one lunchtime for all students. The new timings for this are below:

Period Timing  
Registration/Form time8.40am-9.00am  
Period 19.00am-10.15am  
Period 210.35am-11.50am  
Period 3(a)11.55am-12.20pm  
Lunch-All Years12.20pm-1.00pm  
Period 3 (b)1.00pm-1.50pm  
Period 41.50pm-3.05pm  


Year 12

Please introduce your students to Cornell notes as a great way to revise.  You can watch this video to show them how to use them.  

How To Take Cornell Notes Properly (Video) – Bing video

Year 12 mocks

All students must remain on site and attend lessons as normal after any mock exams.

School Walk – Year 12

Reminder to return your permission slip with your payment, or:

Provide a letter from your parent/carers to inform the school that you will not be attending (this is not something you can opt out of yourself and we do need parental letters).

Let your form tutor know if you would prefer to marshal rather than walk. If you wish to marshal, you do not have to pay.

If you choose not to attend, you are legally required to be in school doing some work instead.  The school walk day is not intended as a day off for anyone. 

RAF World Interactive Virtual Event

Please see information for the latest upcoming Royal Air Force World Interactive ‘Access All Areas’ virtual event.

If any students are interested please click the link to book tickets:

Wednesday 22 June 1800 – 2030

A great opportunity to join us for our new virtual event RAF World, to explore where we could take your future with an exciting career with the RAF.

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 sixthform@tahs.org.uk

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 GCSE certificates

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

English Students of the Week

Year 9 book club: Carnegie shadowing

26 Year 9 students came together to launch the Carnegie shadowing scheme, supported by 4 Y12 Literature students. They’ve each selected a book from the longlist to closely work with, and will spend the next 5 weeks completing a range of activities relating to their specific texts and the wider judging process. Watch this space to keep up with what they’re doing. If you want to try some of the texts, the longlist is shown above.

Year 10 boys’ reading group

Congratulations to the 8 boys who have been working with Mr Hulme during registration. They’ve explored a wide range of texts, with the most successful being our book recommendation this week… see below! All the boys who completed the programme have been rewarded with a book token to redeem against a book of their choice.

Texts for September 2022

As mentioned last week, all current Y10 students need a copy of “A Christmas Carol” ready to start Y11. 

Current Y9 students will need a copy of “Romeo and Juliet,” ready to start Y10. 

Both texts are available on ParentPay, or students are welcome to source their own. As we anticipate high volumes of these being sold, the texts will be delivered to students through English classes in time for the Summer holidays.

Well done to everyone who entered the Jubilee writing competition: We had a grand total of 79 entries from Years 9 to 11. The entries were all read and shortlisted by the English team, with the best 12 now with the Judging Panel… watch this space! In terms of volumes of entries, the winning house was Torrance – well done Team Blue!

Book Recommendation

Our Y10 boys’ reading group have recommended “Legend” by David Gemmel as their text of the week. It’s, in Mr Hulme’s words, a ” thrilling heroic fantasy at its best, with massive battles, impossible odds, and interesting characters on both sides.  The start of a great series of novels.” The year 10 boys would definitely agree!

Work of the Week

This week’s work of the week comes from our Year 12 students. The linguists have been working on their opinion pieces: a newspaper or magazine article aimed at non-specialist readers, which explores an issue in contemporary linguistics. This week, students were practicing using extended metaphors, with the focus of jargon in the workplace. Here is Alyssa’s initial draft.

Year 12 Literature students have been working on poetry analysis. Mrs Cann was extremely pleased with Philippa’s comparative essay looking at “Calling Card” by Tracy Hind and “For Meg” by Fleur Adcock. Philipa’s essay was beautifully shaped and developed.

Together, the pieces remind us that A Level is connected to – but develops in very different and interesting ways – from GCSE. 

English department student of the week

Well done to this week’s student of the week winners. They are:

Y 9 Isabelle E, Matthew C, Jess G, Sophia C

Y 10 Isobel H, Sophie A, Domenica R, Noah M, Macie C, Tommy R, Ella H, Molly H

Y 12 Pip B, Lizzy S, Liliana K, Tess S, Alyssa W, Freya S

School newspaper

A group of students would like to set up a school newspaper. This will be a half-termly publication and will feature a range of articles and features. If you have any ideas about how to make this a beautiful and engaging feature of school life or you would like to get involved in any way, please come along to a meeting in Room 12 at break-time on Monday. For further information, please email cann@tahs.net

Year 12 Latin Club

Latin club will be moving to a new time as of this week. We will be having fuller lessons in Room 12 on:

– Week 1, Friday 3

– Week 2, Monday 2

If anyone hasn’t been to Latin club before but would like to give it a go, this is a good opportunity to come along to join us (for one or both lessons). Any year 11 students who would like to join in would also be more than welcome to come along where possible.

If you would like to find out more, please email: cann@tahs.net

Art Show

Talaxy – A reminder for Students

Remember to login to talaxy simply go to tahs.talaxy.app and then click login with Microsoft.

In school this will automatically log you in, out of school select you school office email, username@tahs.net and your school network password.

Any problems please see the technicians or Mr Cartwright

This week’s Science News

Mr Melland would like to nominate Holly T in Year 10 for sustained excellent effort in Physics.

Mrs Simpson would like to nominate James E (10H4) for an excellent attitude to learning in Chemistry.

Miss Wainwright would like to nominate Lucas W, Owen G and Emma-Louise O for their excellent result on their most recent Biology assessment. 

Miss Thorley would like to nominate Myles B (10U2) for a significantly increased positive attitude to lessons resulting in brilliant work being produced.

And also, Aimee S (10H4) for maintaining an incredible work ethic this term in Physics and mastering some tricky concepts.

Mrs Lawrence would like to nominate the following Year 12 students for their exemplary efforts at the IRIS (The Institute for Research in Schools) Conference: Toby P-L, Lydia M, Rebecca W, Evie R, Isla M, Tilly S, Mia B and Polly J.

Well done!

IRIS Conference 2022

On Tuesday 14th June, 8 Year 12 science students attended the IRIS Conference at The Bradford Science and Media Museum, along with 9 other schools.  The day was the accumulation of all our work so far on the DNA Origami project we have been studying this year.  At the conference we got to meet and talk to several scientists who are currently researching key fields such as dementia and cancer.  After lunch we presented our work to everyone who attended the conference.  We also got to try out a new scanning electron microscope and take a look around the museum.

We all had a great day and learned so much about the opportunities that science can offer.  We would like to thank everyone at IRIS for an amazing day.

News from PE

Congratulations to our athletes who participated in two athletics meets at Shobnall. !4 of our athletes qualified to represent the district in the Staffordshire County Championships last Saturday. 

Team Field Results 

Year 9 Girls 2nd

Year 9 Boys 3rd

Year 10 Boys 1st

Year 10 Girls 5th

Team Track Results 

Year 9 Girls 3rd

Year 9 Boys 5th

Year 10 Boys 3rd

Year 10 Girls 1st

 Y9 GirlsY9 BoysY10 GirlsY10 Boys
100mKatie F 5thWill G 6thLizzie W 2ndDan B 2nd
200mKatie F 2ndSam M 6thLizzie W 1stDan B 1st
300m/400mXRhys M 7thRosanna H 2ndEthan D 4th
800mGuna G 5thLewis A 3rdOlivia Y 2ndReggie W 3rd
1500mChloe B 3rdRhys M 1stMartha B 2ndBen P 3rd
Long JumpKatie F 1stRys M 8thLizzie W / Susie CJoel M 1st
High JumpChloe B 4thLewis A 2ndSophie H  4thTommy R 3rd
Triple JumpXWill G 5thXJoel M 1st
ShotDaisie J  1stSam M 7thCalli H Savannah O  5thDan B 3rd
DiscusDaisie J   1stSam M 4thCalli H /Savannah O  5thCharlie E 4th
JavelinDaisie J 3rdWill G 1stSophie H 1stTommy R 4th

U15 District Cup Cricket

On Thursday we hosted our first home cricket match since COVID, in the district cup against JCB who had beaten Denstone the previous week.  Batting first with a Derbyshire County player JCB scored 182 off 20 overs. Alleynes began well with the ball with Ashton bowling a good line on off stump and removing one ofthe openers for 0 caught behind by Lawrence. Some lapse fielding and good stroke play saw JCB build their innings well and with wickets in hand were able to attak through out.  Griffiths got reward for her efforts by bowling Bentley but with Alleynes needing 9 an over the task seemed a tall order.  Fantastic batting from Cantrill, including some great power hitting with three 6’s kept Alleynes up with the run rate, when she was finally out caught on the boundary for 60 off 35 balls, Cartwright took over in the same vein hitting 28 off 15 balls.  All the while captain Minshall anchored the innings well with 42, until he was run out leaving Griffiths and Beech just too much to do and we ran out of balls finishing agonisingly 2 runs short.

A huge improvement from the team from the last game. Well done to all.

Year 12 Geography Revision

Year 12 revision sessions for Geography to start on Wednesday 3.05-4pm commencing 22nd June.

Calling Year 11 Uniform Recycle

The pastoral team are wanting to recycle school uniform, if you would like to donate your uniform can this be taken to the Reception Office.  We will accept blazers, shirts, trousers, skirts, tie’s and PE kit.

Well done in MFL

Well done to the Y9 who have represented the school brilliantly talking about football in Belgium, baguettes, animals in Madagascar, flags and colours and sport in Canada. Merci a tous

Job of the week 

This week’s job of the week is a Nutritionist. 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: 

Nutritionist job profile | Prospects.ac.uk


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