15th October 2022

Welcome – much to celebrate

We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of so many of our students in our final week before half term. Our Heads of House will be holding celebration assemblies for all year groups. In addition, 30 students who will be invited to join us for a special breakfast so that we can congratulate them on their exceptional achievements this term.

We look forward to seeing parents of Year 9 and 12 at the parent sessions on Wednesday. If you have not booked your appointment as yet both Talaxy and Eventbrite are still open for bookings. If you have any problem accessing these please contact your Head of House or Mrs Walton.

Thank you for your support this half term. School will be closed to students on Friday when staff will be undertaking training.

Data collection sheets

Please check the data collection sheet for your child, amend it as required, sign and return it to the school office by Thursday 20th October.  Thank you to those parents who have already returned data collection sheets. It is essential schools have at least 2 contact numbers in the event of an emergency.

House Dance and Drama

We are looking forward to our House Drama competition this week. Please find below further details. We wish the best of luck to all participants and thank them for their hard work.

Monday 17th October rehearsals: 

Period 1- Elkes

Y13-E Naylor, J Norton

Y12-E Russell

Y11-E Parker, J Fowler, H Kent 

Y10- K Prior

Y9- K Jones, M Shingler, A Ratcliffe

Period 1- Whitmore

Y13- H Leech, G Edwards

Y9- P Blake, C Taylor, G Richardson, K Garfin-Mumford

Period 2 -Torrance

Year 12: H Ekins, O Holland, J Norton

Year 10- L Hawley, E Baldwin, J Moore

Year 9- M Hipkiss, I Ross, E Byrne

Period 2-Orme

Y13-K Williams, C Hallam

Y11-M Parkes

Y10-P Tortenesi

Y9-O Twohig, A Harper, I Green

Period 3 and 4-ALL STUDENTS

Tuesday 18th October: ALL STUDENTS INVOLVED Period 1-4 

Opportunities in Sport


Well done to the 22 boys who made their school rugby debut’s this week against Denstone in the county cup.  Whilst losing to a very well organised side, the boys worked hard and have all made great progress in training.

Uttoxeter Rugby Club still require more players at all age groups Sunday Mornings- see club face book page.


Girls Football

Well done to our year 9 and 10 Girls who represented the school in their first match this week against QEGS. Your performance in the second half was amazing!

This week we have a year 9 Girls game Vs Trentham High School on Thursday after school. Good luck Girls!


This week we only have year 11 and sixth form netball on Thursday after school.

House Matches this week

Next Wednesday is House Rugby for boys and House Netball for Girls.

P1- Year 11

P2- Year 10

P3- Year 9

Boys and girls have been working towards this all-half term.  Please excuse yourself from lessons if you wish to play (GET YOUR MARK FIRST)

Badminton Club

Extra-curricular: Badminton club will be starting up again on Friday afterschool after half term and is open to all years 3.15-4pm. All students taking part require a PE kit and trainers. 

School Newspaper

If you are interested in the school newspaper or would like to have your writing or art published, please come along to A6 on Friday lunchtimes. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Allies Club

Allies club is a place to come and explore issues around equality. If you are interested in making the school and wider community more inclusive and want to help celebrate our diverse communities, please come along to A6 on Tuesdays after school.

Department News


Work of the Week

Mrs Bell’s Y10 class have been working on Romeo and Juliet.  Congratulations to Landon F, Max H, Sam M and Ryan F for their clear understanding of the key scenes so far.

KS5 Shakespeare Trip

Thank you to Tess S from Y13 for giving us this review of Mrs Baldwin’s English Literature trip:

“On Monday, Year 12 and 13 Drama and Y13 English Literature students visited the Curve Theatre in Leicester to watch the play ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, a text which we are all studying. The play was put together by the Frantic Assembly Theatre Company, whose adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic text places the story in the turbulent 21st century and has seen previous success in its original runs in 2008 and 2014. The powerful message of acceptance and deception is all the more poignant when placed in more familiar circumstances and the high tension throughout this re-imagining of the play made it a truly unforgettable and exciting trip!


For GCSE Literature, here are some useful links on GCSE Pod for unseen poetry.  Please see your English teacher or form tutor if you have forgotten your password – or just reset it in the usual way using your school email.  As you can see, there are links to: thinking like an examiner; planning an answer and how to tackle an unseen poem plus many other useful modules.

Book Recommendation

The Bookbuzz books | BookTrust

We couldn’t recommend just one book this week when there are 17 amazing choices for Y9.  Please click the hyperlink above to find out more about each choice.  If you are not in Y9 and are interested in any of the books, please see Mrs Bowler in room A6 as we have copies of them all which are available to loan. All students should be sharing their choice of book with their teacher before 18th October.


We were quite *vexed* to see the tone of words this week – *trepidation,* and *apprehensive* are not very happy words! However, we hold no *animosity* towards Bedrock, as it’s perfectly *feasible* we can use these words in our lessons and beyond…

Bedrock credits this week go to Abigail M for showing the most progress between pre and post unit tests. Well done, Abigail!


Year 11 History 

 After school revision session reminders:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after school – see Mrs Johnson / Mrs Young for details

American-West end of unit exam

All groups need to be revising for this exam which will be in the first week back after half-term. Ask your teacher for help if you feel you need it.

Social & Health Studies

Our star students this week are from our fabulous year 12 Psychology students for making a super start to their new A-level course:

Lucy B

Rhiannon T

Gemma B

Hannah W

Megan S

Jack W

Daisy T

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness

Please see attached video on BTEC Sport 6th form course suitable for anyone in Year 11

 PE VI Form Open Evening.mp4

Year 10- All students are currently completing an assignment on Technology in Sport and are planning practical delivery of warm ups.

Year 11- All students need to complete and upload to Teams coursework on Body Systems, Injuries and Technology before October Half Term.  Students who got below a L2 Distinction on their exam have been entered for a resit in February for the opportunity to improve their grade.

Year 12- Students are studying Anatomy & Physiology for exam in January.

Year 13- Students are practicing planning training programmes and lifestyle changes in preparation for January exam.


All year 11 students are encouraged to join us for the following revision sessions which will be held from 3:05 – 4pm Wednesday in the Geography classrooms.

2nd November – Urban Environments

9th November – Rivers

16th November – Coasts

23rd November – Economic World




Grade 7 – 9, Wednesday after school in room A5

Grade 3 – 6, Thursday after school in room A4

A Level conversation practice, Thursday lunchtime in A4


We will be running a Duolingo club for students who want to practice any foreign language. Full details to follow ASAP, ready for a November start.


Student Showcase: A-Level Photography

Each week in roundup we will be showcasing a different student from across KS4-5 in roundup to highlight the hard work and effort our students have been putting into their work. This week’s A-Level Photography unit was based on, “Wildlife Photography” looking at themes of Aesthetic, Awe, Abstract and Agility in the natural world.

Head of House updates

Whitmore – Miss Jones

Huge congratulations to Skye W who has been selected for the England Volleyball squad this week, also Imogen S who has been selected to represent Team England Cheerleading. 

Former Whitmore student Isabel P, currently in Year 13 has spent this week at a GB training camp for the Beach Sprint Rowing Championships.  

Also Amelie R and Lucy C, both former Whitmore students, now studying in Sixth Form spoke very well on BBC Radio Derby, promoting Women’s Rugby this morning. 

Please let us know of your successes and endeavours that you are involved in outside of school. 

Elkes – Mrs Brooks

Another fantastic week for Elkes. Next week is house drama and Elkes have been historically outstanding in this field. Get involved, get cheering and get DRAMATIC! 

Torrance – Miss Arrowsmith

This week we have house assemblies delivered by your Head of house. This is to celebrate your success in the following areas:

100% Attendance

Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for (30/60/90 credits)

Thomas Character award

Head of house recognition award for 1 year 9, 10 & 11 student in each house

Good luck to all students and well done to everyone who has achieved anyone of the above.

This week we have House netball, House Rugby, House drama and dance. We are currently coming second overall in the house rankings so I would like to encourage as many Torrance students as possible to get involved.

Orme – Mr Brassington

As we approach the end of the term and look forward to the half term review I wanted to say a quick thankyou to all the Orme students that have gone above and beyond. The number of credits, the number of times that I have been stopped by staff to tell me about individual achievements and the number of times I have witnessed Orme students stepping forward to help or support others so far this term is incredibly humbling.  I look forward to sharing some of these successes with you next week in our assembly.

Hey now, you’re an Orme star this week is Matilda M who has racked up an incredibly impressive 63 credits already this term. Well done Matilda!

Sixth Form updates

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 2022-2023 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


Year 12


Is Uni or an apprenticeship right for you? How do I know? Watch these videos to help you prepare covering topics such as finance, degree apprenticeships, city living and how to make the most of university open days:

Why go to university
Apprenticeship or uni
Discover Nottingham Trent
Advice to help you prepare for an open day


Watch a TED or similar debate.


Wellbeing/revision time.  Encourage students to organise their notes and folders, perhaps making some Cornell notes.


Check progress of work experience applications as we are around 6 weeks away.

Year 13


Watch your choice of apprenticeship videos from Amazing Apprenticeships.  https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/?films=1


Watch a TED or similar debate.


Wellbeing/revision time.  Encourage students to organise their notes and folders, perhaps making some Cornell notes.  Or give them a selection of colouring/sudoku/word puzzles (suggestions on the Team).  Or time to continue with a mooc.


Fab four future intentions choices: improve their personal statements; plan open day visits; improve their CV or research live apprenticeships on Unifrog.

Amazing Apprenticeships

The Parent Perspective Podcast episode 4 is now LIVE.

This week we’re talking about a crucial stage in your child’s journey – considering the options!

Not every child has a rock solid plan for their future and it can be daunting to make big decisions at this point of life. Our brilliant guests, Influencer and Co-founder of Bambuu Brush Tommie Eaton and his mum, Director of Sporting Futures Training Jill Eaton, discuss what that time was like for them, the importance of keeping options open, and never trying to predict the opportunities that might arise…

Please click on the link below:

Events – Pathway CTM



Inset day: Friday 21st October

Holiday: Monday 24 October – Friday 28 October

Term ends: Friday 16 December

Holiday: Monday 19 December – Monday 2 January

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Inset day: Tuesday 3 January

Inset day: Wednesday 4 January

Term starts: Thursday 5 January

Holiday: Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February

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Summer Term 2023

Inset day: Monday 17th April

Term starts: Tuesday 18 April

May Day: Monday 1 May

Holiday: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

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