July 8th 2022

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

School Walk 15th July

Information for the School Walk – Friday 15th July 2022

  • All students need to be in school at normal time (8.40am)
  • Y9 to register in the sports hall, Y10 in the theatre and Y12 in the wooden gym.
  • Student not going on the walk need to register in room 45 (maths, English, science and RE work will be set for students to complete during the day)
  • Students will travel up to Dove Dale in form groups by coach
  • Clothing and footwear must be suitable for walking in.  Footwear – walking boots or trainers (no thin-soled trainers, flip-flops, sliders, sandals, high heels).  Clothing – shorts, leggings, jogging bottoms, T-shirt, fleece/hoodie (no strappy sun tops – shoulders need to be covered), sun hat/cap, rucksack (not a hand bag)
  • Refreshments – students need to bring a packed lunch and 2 refillable bottles of water (water will be available at each checkpoint for students to refill their bottles), sweets (avoid chocolate – it will melt)
  • The weather is going to be warm and sunny, about 24 degrees
  • Please apply sunscreen before coming to school
  • Students are to keep to the Countryside Code – please remind your child of this

 – Leave no litter

– Keep to the footpaths across farmland

– Do not climb walls or cross fences – use a style

– Respect the peace of the countryside – do not shout, no loud music

– Do not damage or remove plant or animal life

 – On country roads, be aware of traffic – follow instructions given by staff

– Leave gates as you find them

– Keep out of rivers

  • As students finish the walk they will be loaded onto the coaches and return to school.  We anticipate most students will be back at school between 3.30 and 4pm.  However, students who walk slowly may be later than this.
  • Students waiting to be collect from school will be supervised in the canteen

Future Intentions Week – Monday 11th July – Thursday 14th July

Reminder that all Year 12 are off timetable for the week. There are many opportunities on offer to support them with planning your Post 18 choices.

Students have received their FIW brochure and booked sessions for the carousel event taking place on the Wednesday of FIW week.

Reminder Future Intentions Parents information evening

Monday 11th July at 6.30pm. The theme of the evening is Post-18 options and to also take the opportunity to discuss the forth-coming year 12 graduation, alongside the expectations, challenges and opportunities of Year 13.

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. 

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.

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

English News

English Department Student of the Week

Well done to those students who have been nominated by their English teachers as student of the week. They are:

Y 9 Bayley W, Poppy C-S, Jared H, Freya E, Gracie-Mae B

Y 10 Rhys W

Y 12 Gabi S, Tess S

Work of the week

9HA have been exploring how to discuss the effects of writers’ structural choices. Here are some answers from Poppy and Grace – we were particularly impressed with how they went back to improve their answers after a class discussion. Well done!

Carnegie Award

This week the shadowers have started putting together their poster presentations… watch this space!

English Taster Days – Keele @ Staffs

Anyone in current Y11 or Y12, who is considering one of the Englishes at Uni is encouraged to sign up for one of Keele’s taster sessions. They’re running on Tuesday 19th July, and will include sessions on English generally; creative writing, film and media. If you’re interested, the webpage is https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/opendays/tasterdays/

Literature Set Texts / Book Orders

Students who have ordered set texts since May half term will have these delivered to their lessons next week. There are plenty of copies still available to purchase from ParentPay.

Current Y9 students – should have a copy of “Romeo and Juliet” for September, and “An Inspector Calls” for later in Year 10.

Current Y10 students – should have a copy of “A Christmas Carol” for September.

Year 10 House Maths

On Thursday, 5 year 10 students from each house took part in the final inter house maths competition of the year. For the competition they had to work well as a team whilst also being confident enough to tackle mathematical tasks on their own. Over multiple rounds the students involved had to answer a range of quickfire calculations, longer problem solving tasks as well as compete in multiple ‘Coutdown numbers rounds’.

Whilst initially the competition was close between the houses one breakaway team did emerge with Whitmore ending up the clear winners, with Torrance coming in 2nd, Elkes 3rd and Orme 4th.

Well done to all of the students involved, but particularly to the winning team of Joel, Charlotte, Tashi, Jake and Kathryn. 

Technology Competition.

On Tuesday 5th July we held a cross phase Technology Competition. Teams from all three Middle Schools took part competing against each other. Students from Year 7 and 8 represented each school. The competition was supported by the Uttoxeter Rotary Club.

The tasks set were challenging but all teams gave it their best efforts and created some amazing innovative design solutions to complete the challenge. A combination of design skills, teamwork, practical work and iterative design enable the students to design and build a working prototype moving crane with an electronically controlled winch.

The judges had a very difficult decision separating the teams as all performances were accurately and carefully thought out and presented professionally.

However, a very deserving Windsor Park did scoop the Trophy this year.

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you from TAHS for the support from each Middle School and The Rotary Club.

BTEC Health & Social Care trip to Staffordshire University.

On Wednesday 8th July we took all our year 12 BTEC National Health & Social Care students to The Centre of Clinical Excellence at Staffordshire University where they had a packed itinerary full of practical experiences in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Operating Department Practice. They learnt to provide airway accessibility using different methods and also were able to insert intubation tubes using a bougie as a guide. They learnt how to perform abdominal thrusts to a choking patient and took part in a CPR race. They toured the simulation rooms where emergency situations can be set up to practice skills in the ‘real world’. The students found that the day reaffirmed their decisions to study Paramedic Science, Nursing or Midwifery at university or piqued their interest for another healthcare discipline. One student said that the day ‘Confirmed that a career in healthcare is definitely for me’

Job of the week 

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

Secretary/administrator job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

Virtual Work Experience.

Now that mock exams are complete it is an opportune time for students in Years 10 and 12 to be considering their future intentions and in particular taking advantage of  the numerous Virtual Work Experience opportunities that are available. Virtual Work Experience is a valuable opportunity for all students which provides a great insight into the world of work so that you can discover what specific jobs entail, gain valuable skills and meet employers.
There are a wide range of Virtual Work Experience opportunities available on the links below:

Virtual Work Experience Search (springpod.com) – includes a range of talks and programmes in the week we break up from school

Work Experience | Speakers for Schools

Free Virtual Work Experience Programs from Top Companies – Forage (theforage.com)

Halliday Fraser Munro – Work Experience Zone (hfm.co.uk) – for students who are interested in architecture and design. This programme includes the opportunity to design a house for a celebrity.

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