On Sunday 12th November 3 students represented the school to show their respects at the Uttoxeter Remembrance parade. We were grateful to be invited to take part in this important event. Thank you to Will, Elisha and Tom for your leadership on this day.
Year 11 Parents Evening
Year 11 parents evening will be held on Tuesday 22nd November from 4 – 7pm. We will be holding a face to face event as we have not been able to meet parents recently.
Year 11 and 13 mock exams
Year 11 and 13 mock exams begin on the 17th November. Pupils were given their general timetables before half term and revision should be well under way. Next week they will be given their personal timetables with allocated venues and seat numbers. We wish all students the very best in these exams.
|Period 2 /3 |
|Thursday 17th Nov||English Language Paper 1 1hrs 45|
|Friday 18th Nov||English Literature|
|Monday 21st Nov||Computer Science|
|Food & Nutrition|
1hr 15 ICT Cambridge Nationals
1hr 45 BTEC Sport 1hr 30
|Tuesday 22nd Nov||RE – Themes|
|Weds 23rd Nov||Maths Paper 1 1hr 30|
|Thursday 24th Nov||Biology (Triple)|
|Friday 25th Nov||English Language Paper 2|
|Further Maths paper 1|
|Mon 28th Nov||BTEC Animal Health|
|History Western Front/Medicine|
|Tues 29th Nov||Geography P1|
|Maths Paper 2|
|Weds 30th Nov||Child Dev|
|Thurs 1st Dec||Drama|
1hr 45 Business
|Fri 2nd Dec||Music|
1hr 30 D&T
|Mon 5th Dec||Maths paper 3|
|Tues 6th Dec||French Listening|
|History Anglo-Saxon 1hr 45||Further Maths paper 2|
|Weds 7th Dec||Physics (Triple)|
|Thurs 8th Dec||French Reading|
|Geography Paper 2|
|Fri 9th Dec||Computer Science Paper 2|
|History Nazi Germany|
|Period 2 /3 |
|Monday 21st Nov||BTEC H&S Anatomy & Physiology 1hr||BTEC Sport Fitness 2hrs 30 Physics 2hrs 15|
|Tuesday 22nd Nov||History – Tudor 2hrs 30|
|Weds 23rd Nov||D&T 1hr 15|
|Thursday 24th Nov||Maths Pure 2hrs|
|Friday 25th Nov||Geography P1 80mins|
|Mon 28th Nov||Music 2hrs 5 French L/R/W 2hrs 30||Psychology P1 1hr 30|
|Tues 29th Nov||Biology 2hrs BTEC Forensic Science 2hrs|
|Weds 30th Nov||Working In H&S 1hr Human Lifespan 1hr||History – Russia 2hrs 30 Further Maths – Pure 2hrs|
|Thurs 1st Dec||Business P1 2hrs French Writing 2hrs|
|Fri 2nd Dec||English Lit 3hrs English Lang 2hrs 30 Further Maths – Decision 2hrs|
|Mon 5th Dec||Geography P2 1hr 15|
|Tues 6th Dec||Chemistry 1hr 30 Drama 2hrs 30 App Science – Investigation 2hrs 15|
|Weds 7th Dec||Psychology P2 1hr 30|
|Thurs 8th Dec||Business P2 2hrs|
|Fri 9th Dec|
Early exam information for January
Exams – advanced information
BBC Children in Need 2022 donations
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause you can do so via the following link:
Parentpay are collecting Donations for BBC Children in Need 2022. 99.25% will benefit BBC Children in Need (charity number 802052 in England & Wales and SC039557 in Scotland). Parentpay does not profit from this.
Opportunities in Sport
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.
Our under 16 team played John Taylor on Monday. It was a comprehensive performance with many of our team playing in different positions TAHS won 14-9
Team – Ainsworth, Bednall, Bettany, Clay, Randles, Ratcliffe, Smith, Weatherer
Player of Match – Louie
Some new names for this season were in the team for a floodlit tournament at Deferrers with several games against schools from East Staffordshire
Team – Ainsworth, Bettany, Clay, Cantrill, Guranca, Randles, Smith
Tuesday – U14 & U16 netball Vs John Port (A)
Wednesday – Cross Country at Oldfield
Thursday – Year 9 netball club
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 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.
Mental Health Club
Our school Mental health club will now be running every Thursday until Christmas. For more information, please speak to Mrs Brooks.
Last few weeks for getting your entries in for the 3 Art department competitions running this year… prizes to be won… please get all entries into Mr Robinson-White through the TEAMS chat- or bring down a physical copy to the Art department… many thanks…
Senior Maths Challenge
On Tuesday 4th October 11 Year 12 and 7 Year 13 A-level maths students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge 2022.
The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice Challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think.
The results are in and we have had our best set of results ever. A huge well done to Tom N for achieving the Gold award, Joe H and Tom L for achieving the Silver award and Dylan C, Will G, Harry I, Sophie R, Adam B, Charlie H, Toby P and Harry S for achieving the Bronze award.
Tom N, Joe H and Tom L will now compete in the next round of the Challenge – the Andrew Jobbings Senior Kangaroo. Well done and good luck in the next round!
Maths Week England – 14th to 18th November
Maths Week England was set up in 2019 by a small team of enthusiastic mathematicians who organise annual national events that celebrate Maths throughout schools and colleges.
This year’s theme is ‘The Power of 2’ and students will have the opportunity to carry out a fun investigation around this theme in their maths lesson next week.
Here is a sudoku puzzle for you to try. Each row, column and 3×3 square should have the numbers 1 to 9 once completed.
GCSE Computer Science and Cambridge National revision lunchtime support
Wednesday lunchtimes in C3. Please come along for support with this weeks revision topic as per homework task.
Please look out for revision guide information coming on ParentPay. Deadline for purchases is Wednesday 30th November to allow for delivery before the Christmas break.
Code club – starting Monday 21st November
We are in the motions of finalising plans for our very first code club on Monday lunchtimes. Open to all students and supported by some lovely year 12s with University Computer Science aspirations.
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 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.
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.
Year 11 Chemistry revision
Start next weeks. Will take place Wednesdays after school 3.10pm-4.15pm. Sessions will be split between triple science and combined science to take place fortnightly. Week 1 sessions will be Triple Science (Chemistry) and Week 2 Session will be Combined Science (Chemistry). Sessions will take place in C9.
Read…write. Autumn competition opportunity
See below – you could even print this off and use it as a bookmark!
Bugsy Malone trip
On Thursday 3rd November 42 year 10,11, 12 and 13 students traveled to see ‘Bugsy Malone The Musical’ at The Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Mrs.Baldwin asked some students to review the performance. “Going to see Bugsy Malone live in Nottingham was a fantastic experience! With a cleverly designed set, we were instantly immersed into the swing of the jazz music, Charleston dancing and 1920’s America. The choreography was flawless and I think we could speak for everyone in saying the young actors and actresses were both inspiring and elating on a cold Thursday evening!”
Pip and Liliana y12
Bedrock words this week
There’s an *eclectic* bunch of words this week, and we’re *enthralled* by the *abundant* options to *disseminate*… But we went with the ones most *prevalent* across subjects.
Bedrock shout outs
Congratulations to Megan R, who has made the most progress this week, and Hayden B for smashing his target.
Work of the week
Mrs Hunt would like to spotlight Blake R in Year 10. We’ve been looking at how we can use different sentence structures, including minor sentences, to create specific moods for a reader.
Inspired by the sentence structures in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games,” Blake wrote:
We’re in a crystalline, open cavern. An almost impassable rock. Behind a crystal – across from me – I can see another crystal indicating either energy radiating or power. To my right lies a levitating crystal and to my left and back, a huge crystalline beast consumes the bones of people. This is where my mother would want me to leave. Hastily.
Mrs Hunt really loved the word choices (especially “radiating” and “crystalline”) and the way Blake used minor sentences like Collins’ to create a foreboding mood. Well done, Blake!
There’s a lot of buzz around Netflix’s new film, Enola Holmes 2, but did you know it is based on a series of novels, which are themselves inspired by a series of short stories and novellas? Explore the literary heritage with Nancy Springer’s “Enola Holmes” series, and the original Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock. The Conan Doyle ones are also 19th century, making them great for Paper 1 practice.
Uttoxeter Choral Society and the English Champions
Two of our Y13 English Champions, Elizabeth S and Josh H, will be supporting Uttoxeter Choral Society’s Concert this Saturday (12th November) at St Mary’s Church. Both students will be performing poetry readings, in between the Choral Society’s presentation of music from the Baroque era (first half) and Vivaldi’s “Gloria!” in the second half. Year 9 students are studying these eras and pieces in music as well, so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy some beautiful words and stunning music. For more information, please visit https://www.uttoxeterchoralsociety.co.uk/concerts-events/.
Revision next week
Thursday 15th November: Structuring a Power and Conflict Answer. Miss Beevor, A12, 3:10-4:00.
Remember you can apply the same what-how-why structures to Literature texts. Try opening “An Inspector Calls,” “Romeo and Juliet” or your anthologies at a random page. WHAT effect is created? HOW has the writer used methods to create that meaning? WHY those choices, for that text/character/mood/setting/focus?
Y 13 English Literature, supported by Mrs. Baldwin, created and performed assemblies on each day this week with the theme of ‘Remembrance’. Y13 are studying WW1 literature texts and are very knowledgeable about the horrors endured by soldiers in that conflict in particular and they shared some poems by John McCrae and Wilfred Owen as part of the assembly. One student, Elizabeth S, wrote and performed her own war poem entitled, ‘The Lieutenant’s Lament’. Thanks go to her and all the other students involved: Philippa B, Tess S, Josh H, Sophie W, Katie L, Liliana K, Kyle W, Georgia E and Lucy M.
Head of House updates
Whitmore – Miss Jones
Our Year 11 students appear to be focused on their trial exams which begin next Thursday. Please spend your time preparing thoroughly and producing materials that can be used again in the summer.
Students in all Years please log into Unifrog and complete the questionnaires which have been set.
Torrance – Miss Arrowsmith
Great start to this half term. I am pleased to see just how many students across all houses are achieving credits. Competition Time!!!!!
From Monday 14th November I will be giving a box of chocolates on Friday to the form groups who achieve the most amount of credits for the week. There will be one form per house who will win the chocolates . Good luck!!
Sixth Form updates
Sixth Form entry September 2023 – online application
All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2023 is available in this team or by clicking the following link:
Any questions please email Mrs Walton via firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 12 Work Experience week – Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December
All Year 12 students are to undertake a week’s work experience. You need to be actively looking for a placement. You will need to register your placement via your Unifrog account. Mrs Young will be going into more detail regarding this during a Year 12 assembly. If you are having trouble accessing your Unifrog account please contact Mrs Walton on email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 13 Parents evening – Thursday 1st December 4-7pm. Letters to follow.
TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES W/C 14th November 2022
Y12: Thomas Character – self fulfilled, ambition, tenacity
Monday: Choice of Unifrog tasks. Log into Unifrog and start filling in competencies/skills which will form the basis of personal statements. Log onto Unibuddy via UCAS hub: search for universities or courses and chat online to current students. Continue this at home, during enrichment and in your study periods and 6th form 7. Or watch this Unifrog video on Moocs then log onto Future Learn to explore their Moocs and continue future planning during enrichment periods/6f7. Why you should take a MOOC : Unifrog Blog
Tuesday: debate or TED talk
Wednesday: wider reading, well being or revision
Thursday: continue with Monday’s tasks
Y13: Thomas Character – ambition and tenacity
Monday: Personal statement writing with tutor support. Or CV writing/apprenticeship research.
Tuesday: debate or TED talk.
Wednesday: REVISION IDEAS (2 WEEKS UNTIL MOCKS) With students, read the ‘6 more Revision ideas’ handout and watch the clips on different strategies. Handout the ‘getting to 3a revision status’ handout. Encourage students to make a revision plan for their use over Christmas using the templates on the Y13 team or 6th form team ‘revision timetables 1, 2, 3 and 4’ which you should show them and print if anyone wants a paper copy. Remind them to build in any coursework deadlines.
Thursday: Improve personal statements. Plan open day visits. Or CV/apprenticeship research. Or continue with revision plans.
Poppies on sale
Senior prefects will be selling poppies in school all week during form time.
Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference 27-30th March 2022
A four-day residential trip to Cambridge University, which aims to give students an insight into the study of Law and life as an undergraduate at Cambridge. It is organised and run by seven current Law undergraduates, many of whom attended the Law Conference themselves and are passionate about giving other students the opportunity to have this experience.
During the residential aspect of the conference, delegates will attend Cambridge style lectures, have the chance to meet current students and explore the city and colleges of Cambridge. Delegates will stay in college undergraduate accommodation, under the supervision of the Committee and college Porters. All meals are provided. Whilst under appropriate supervision, delegates are given the time and the freedom to explore the city on their own and live life as if they were an undergraduate student.
There are 200 spaces available with a combination of funded and non-funded places. The conference will cost £155, which covers both accommodation and food, but not travel. Two non-funded places can be allocated to each school. This is on a first come-first-serve basis. (Eligibility for funding is for accommodation only and can be found on the below link)
For more information visit: www.cambridgesixthformlawconference.com
Applications for the Conference are open from November 1st until December 31st.
Green Careers Week
Green Careers Week is an exciting event that raises aspiration, supports diversity, challenges stereotypes, and promotes real opportunities for young people to have a career that will genuinely make a difference. Discover careers, jobs, roles, and career pathways that are green careers and develop green skills.
A green career can be any job, role or occupation that contributes to preserving or restoring the environment and our planet. It can be any industry, not just those seen as ‘green.’ Green skills are abilities, attributes, values, attitudes, knowledge, and technical skills needed to adapt services, processes and procedures to support climate change.
Higher apprenticeship 101- Free workshop with the Civil Service for Y13 students
In partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Y13 students are invited to attend two free online workshops introducing:
Hear from some of the team at the OPSS here.
Workshop 1 (Weds 7th Dec, 4.00-5.00pm) – Higher Apprenticeship 101
Workshop 2 (Weds 14th Dec, 4.00-5.30pm) – Who are OPSS and what do they do?
For any students keen to apply for the apprenticeship, following the online workshops there will be two further workshops at the OPSS in Birmingham in early 2023 where students will be provided with more specific application guidance:
Workshop 3 – Skills for success: How to gain and demonstrate key employability skills such as confidence and communication.
Workshop 4 – Playing to your strengths: How to recognise your personal attributes and shine in interviews.
Causeway and the OPSS will also be offering some additional Mentoring support for a small number of students who are facing the greatest barriers and want to progress to applying for the apprenticeship. These students will be assigned a member of staff from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a mentor who will support them through particularly difficult parts of the application process.
We are looking to reach students from schools and colleges in the Midlands. The OPSS is particularly keen to hear from students from backgrounds which are under-represented in the Office.
How do students take part?
Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) at the University of Birmingham
In partnership with the University of Birmingham Medical School, this conference is aimed at Year 12 students selected to complement the University’s widening access selection criteria. We hope to reach as many young people as possible.
Moreover, due to the pandemic disproportionately affecting young people from widening participation backgrounds, this additional support is now more important than ever.
Our conference will contain a plethora of talks from medical students, doctors, and University of Birmingham staff. They will range from a crash course covering work experience, A-levels and a taster lecture session, to a day in the life of doctors and medical students – as well as other informative sessions. These are designed to provide medical applicants with a holistic overview and enable them to put forward their best application – making the event hugely beneficial for your students considering Medicine at University!
Please apply before Thursday 24th November 2022 at: https://tinyurl.com/dreamjunior22
Nottingham Trent University Taster Days
|Politics & International Relations||4/11/22|
|Sociology/Sociology & Criminology||9/11/22|
|English Language & Linguistics||9/11/22|
|Animal & Wildlife Studies||28/11/22|
|Geography & Environmental Studies||29/11/22|
These Experience Days will give you the opportunity to find out what it’s like to study at University, ask questions to academics and chat to current students. They will also help enhance your personal statement and make your university application stand out.
The Minerals Matter website contains lots of information on job roles and career pathways in the mineral products sector.
Watch their video to find out more: https://careermap.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ad6ea66c62b50396e776ca853&id=ab733cc434&e=ea33067b5f
PwC’s Flying Start degree programmes in Accounting, Business Management and Technology are open for applications. On these programmes students can earn a salary and fast-track their career while studying for their chosen subject.
Earn. Learn. Fulfil your potential.
Whichever programme students choose, they’ll work on a range of projects in a culture that embraces difference and encourages them to think imaginatively. At PwC we want our people to feel challenged, to grow and to flourish. Students will have the opportunity to make an impact, being the difference to our clients from day one.
Tuesday 22nd November from 5:00pm – 8:00pm we’re running our next major Young Professionals Conference covering off; Business, Finance, Accounting, Technology, Engineering and Law with workshops and keynote talks.
The event is taking place at Cineworld Broadstreet in central Birmingham and we are bringing with us some of the world’s most prestigious employers.
The Employers Involved: Business, Accounting & Finance: PwC, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Mazars and CIMA Law: Freeths, Browne Jacobson, Fragomen & University of Law Engineering & Technology: Mott Macdonald & BT Group This event is designed to increase your chances of achieving the business, accounting, finance, tech, engineering or legal career of your dreams by giving you access to insights, knowledge, a network of contacts and career advice that you won’t get anywhere else. This is a unique opportunity to hear from and network with industry experts from not just one or two but several global organisations. It’s a completely free event all you need to do is sign up using the registration link below. All students that attend will get a certificate of completion to use on their CV’s and any UCAS applications.
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YP-Conference-Birmingham
How to deal with interview stress
Stress can be a normal part of job seeking, more often than not, it’s the result of over-thinking a situation. This article is full of advice on how to prepare for an interview:
Webinar series: Subject choice and interview preparation
Sidney Sussex and Churchill are collaborating on an exciting series of webinars in November, targeted towards Year 11s and 13s. Half the sessions will be run by the Sidney Sussex Schools Liaison Officer, Maria Kazani and the other half by the Churchill Schools Liaison Officer, Natalie Abbott. The deliverers of each session will be allocated in due course, but all sessions are open to everyone.
These are targeted towards Year 11 students. They will explore choosing A-level subjects and University subjects with an emphasis on specific A-level prerequisites for certain University courses. Content will not only be applicable to Cambridge so we welcome applications from all students. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session, both to the lead of the session (either the Sidney Sussex or Churchill School Liaison Officer) and the Admissions Director (either of Sidney Sussex or Churchill). They run on:
14th November: 5-6 pm
25th November: 5-6 pm
2nd December: 5-6 pm
These are targeted towards Year 13 students who have submitted an application to either Cambridge or Oxford. Although we do not claim to represent the University of Oxford, there are a lot of similarities between our interview processes so students applying to Oxford are welcome to attend. These webinars will briefly cover the interview process, provide useful techniques and explore some mock examples. They are useful for those who have attended interview training before and also those who are not sure what to expect from the interview. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session, both to the lead of the session (either the Sidney Sussex or Churchill School Liaison Officer) and the Admissions Director (either of Sidney Sussex or Churchill). They run on:
15th November: 5-6 pm
24th November: 5-6pm
How it will work
Students should fill out this form for Year 11: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dc5i1j5aDpS4xE and this one for Year 13: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Qh3Nb6523yfUBo. Students are asked to indicate their preferred time and we will do our best to allocate each student to their first choice of date and time. Zoom links will be sent to individuals 24 hours before each event. We would be grateful if you could advertise this to your students!! There are some posters attached to help you do so.
Please get in touch either with myself at email@example.com or Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We are greatly looking forward to these webinars and hope to see many of your students there!
TERM DATES ACADEMIC YEAR 2022 – 2023
Term ends: Friday 16 December
Holiday: Monday 19 December – Monday 2 January
Spring Term 2023
Inset day: Tuesday 3 January
Inset day: Wednesday 4 January
Term starts: Thursday 5 January
Holiday: Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February
Term ends: Friday 31 March
Holiday: Monday 3 April – Friday 14 April
Easter Sunday: Sunday 9 April
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
Term ends: Tuesday 25 July
Holiday: Wednesday 26 July – Friday 1 September