19/2/23 Roundup – Key messages & Term dates (all year groups)

Year 10 Parents Evening

We look forward to welcoming the parents and carers of our year 10 students into School on Monday 13th March 2023. Booking opened up on Friday and were quite quickly filling up. Bookings will close on 6th March at 5pm to allow us to make preparations for the event.

If you have any problems at all in booking please do contact us as we have a team of people ready to help and would like to have as many parents & carers here as possible.

Student Leadership Group

The next meeting will be Thursday 2nd March period 3 in room S3.  Look forward to seeing all of our student leaders there.

News from the last week

Other round up news this week that you may have missed:


Valentines day cake sale


School farm and English


February half term revision, GCSEpod and Sports


Year 10 parents evening bookings, Updated revision sessions, Art course information, More Sports and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue


Torrance, Extra Curricular, Computing and Maths


Sixth form, Future intentions, Spring 2 Curriculum and Drama


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

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18/2/23 Roundup – Future Intentions (Sixth form)

Dear Parent / Carer,

Please see below information on apprenticeships, careers, courses and degrees.

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:

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Apprenticeships with the Met Police

Become a Police Constable through the 
Metropolitan Police Apprenticeship Programme

Today, Amazing Apprenticeships has launched a series of new and exciting resources showcasing the brilliant police constable apprenticeship opportunities available with the Metropolitan Police.

As one of the UK’s biggest police services, the Met are looking for individuals with the right values and who want to make a positive difference to join as a Police Constable through its exciting apprenticeship programme. Working with the Met is a rewarding career like no other.

Those who join the Met’s Police Constable Apprenticeship Programme will:

  • Make a real difference to the lives of people every day
  • Be a paid police officer from day one with a full range of support
  • Earn a starting salary of c.£33,500 with generous allowances
  • Gain a fully funded BSc (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing on completion of the 3 year apprenticeship programme

Have a range of opportunities open to them to progress their career in exciting roles that are hugely varied day to day.

A new film
Watch our inspirational 5-minute film to learn about the experiences of Police Constables, Akeem, Olivia and Gagandeep.


Join our webinar to find out more
Join the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday 21st March between 3.00pm – 4.00pm to find out more about the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). Suitable for students, teachers/careers advisers and parents/carers.


Visit our website
Keep up to date with the latest information regarding the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and other gateway programmes into the Met by visiting our website. Here you can access the links to our upcoming webinar, find resources and information about the degree apprenticeship programme and hear from other apprentices about their experiences.  

Careers in the Horseracing industry

Find out more about careers in the Horseracing industry

When people think about Horseracing, the first job that comes to mind is being a Jockey. In fact, there are hundreds of job roles available in the industry from working with horses in a racing yard or stud farm to working on a racecourse or in an administrative role. There are 59 racecourses in the UK with an array of jobs available. Horseracing is the second largest spectator sport in the UK and the largest sporting employer, supporting over 85,000 jobs. Our aim is to help people find a rewarding job role, in an industry that they are passionate about. We have dedicated training providers and courses available from Apprenticeships to an MBA, riding and non-riding.

Find out more

Insight Webinars

Insight Webinars for students, parents and career leaders!

We are hosting webinars with EDF Energy and Zurich Insurance. Find out more and sign up through the links below.

Insurance Apprenticeships Insight Webinar
Insurance is so much more than you think! Zurich apprenticeships cover not only claims and underwriting but also opportunities such as Data Science, Operations & IT and Marketing, plus more. These range from Level 3 apprenticeships right up to Level 6-degree apprenticeships.

On: 28th February 2023 at 6.30 – 7.30 pm
For: Students and parents of those in years 10 to 13. Career leaders and teachers are encouraged to join.

Book your place today

Energy sector apprenticeships at EDF Energy
If you’re passionate about tackling climate change, our Apprenticeship programme offers you the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future.

On: 21st February 2023 at 6.30 – 7.30 pm
For: Students and parents of those in years 10 to 13. Career leaders and teachers are encouraged to join.

Book your place today

And here are new apprenticeship opportunities with leading companies:

Explore opportunities with Ibstock
Location: Nationwide
Deadline: February 2023
Latest opportunities: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science Management, Mineral Products Management apprenticeships

Explore opportunities with National Audit Office
Location: Newcastle and Greater London
Deadline: 27th March 2023
Latest opportunities: Apprentice Accountancy Scheme 2023

Explore opportunities with Lloyds Banking Group
Location: Newcastle and Greater London
Deadline: March 2023
Latest opportunities: Internal Audit, Data Analyst, Finance, Commercial Banking Finance, Group Corporate Treasury,

Explore opportunities with EDF Energy
Location: Bridgewater, Gloucester
Latest opportunities: Radiation Protection, Maintenance and Operations, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Project Controls, DevOps and Business apprenticeships

Explore opportunities with CBRE
Location: Nationwide
Latest opportunities: Building Surveying, Human Resources, Quantity Surveying and Project Management, Environmental Consultancy, Real Estate, Marketing apprenticeships

VWG Apprenticeships
Location: Nationwide
Latest opportunities: Customer Service, Parts Sales Executive, Service Technician, Parts Assistant apprenticeships

Explore opportunities with Rolls-Royce
Location: Nationwide
Latest opportunities: Engineering, Manufacturing, Software Engineering, Digital & IT, Electrical & Electronics, Supply Chain, Nuclear Engineering, Finance, Project Management, Commercial, Materials Engineering, Non-Destructive Testing, Nuclear Business, Aerospace Services, Marketing, Quality Management apprenticeships

18/2/23 Roundup – Sixth form

Sixth Form entry September 2023 – online application

If you have missed the application deadline of 13th January, please get in touch with Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk ASAP.

Year 12 – UCAS Fair

There will be a Year 12 trip to the UCAS fair in Derby on Friday 17th March.  Students will travel by coach from school in the morning, arriving at the fair in time for the 10.30am entrance.  Students will travel back to school in time for their usual home-time.  Please make the payment via Parent Pay.  Letters have been sent home.

Please note, letters/payments to be received by Friday 3rd March at the latest.

Year 12 Lockers

We will be offering a limited number of lockers to Year 12 students on a first come, first served, basis.  There will be a £5 refundable deposit payable via Parent Pay.

Please can students bring a copy of their Parent Pay receipt to the Sixth Form Office where they will be issued with their key.

Refunds will be issued via Parent Pay when the key is returned.  This must be before the end of Year 13 whilst still on roll.

Uttoxeter Road Runners – volunteers needed – 30th April 2023

Uttoxeter Road Runners are looking for 6th formers or D of E students to assist with marshalling the junior road race on Sunday 30th April.

Scouts & Guides will be manning the water stations along all of the routes.

Please contact Mrs Walton or Mrs Griffiths if you would be interested in helping to marshal the race.

Data Collection Sheet

Any students who haven’t returned their data collection sheet, please can you drop it into the Sixth form office.

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

TAP for W/C 16th February 2023

Y12:  Thomas Character – ambition, tenacity, self fulfilled

Mon:  with assessment week at the end of March, you will be given a copy of the revision wheel handout. Please try different revision strategies from this as one or two might really help.

Tue: TED talk or debate

Wed: wellbeing and revision

Thu: future intentions planning

Fri: assembly

Y13:  Thomas Character – healthy and happy

Mon:  Use this time for an end of the month folder/notes tidy up.

Tue: TED talk or debate

Wed: wellbeing and revision

Thu: future intentions planning

Fri: assembly

17/2/23 Roundup – Computing (Years 9)

Next Tech Girls event of 2023!

I normally dodge anything aimed at women in Computing as it comes in stereotypical pink and purple completely missing what we are about. I can assure you my interest of coding didn’t come from being able to use a pink keyboard. Then I read this:

Next Tech Girls event 2023 #SMASHTHESTERIOTYPE

and I’m in to know more.

Taken from :https://www.empiric.com/nextechgirls/about-ntg/

The event will be held on Friday 10th March 9-10:20 in C6 via a Teams meet. It is for year 8 and 9 girls (and minority genders) only.

The agenda will include:

  • Exercises related to working in the tech industry and a panel Q&A with women in different roles and companies
  • The panel discussion will cover the women’s different routes into the industry, what they do day to day, projects they’ve worked on, and the benefits of working in the tech industry
  • There will be a way to ask questions. To be confirmed if live or present.

If you would like to get involved please either see Mrs Hadfield or send a message via email or Teams. Let me know your name and form. I will sort the rest.

17/2/23 Roundup – Maths (All year groups)

Magnificent Maths and Phenomenal Physics Event 

Ever wondered what maths and physics researchers really do? Interested to see how science at Coventry University is changing lives? If so, then our magnificent maths and phenomenal physics event is for you.

The event sees Coventry University’s research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) open its doors to the general public for the first time, with experiments, science shows, talks, and more.

Visitors can observe the “little earth” experiment, understand how we predict storms and weather patterns, get a glimpse into the revolution of quantum computing, and the mathematics of social interactions

Anyone with a passion for science is welcome (Recommended Age 12+). Come and meet our scientists and explore the world through their eyes for one day only.

Feel free to drop in at any point during the day to explore the world of maths and physics. 

For more information click on the link below.

Magnificent Maths and Phenomenal Physics Event: Open Day | Coventry University

17/2/23 Roundup – Extra curricular clubs (all year groups)



Badminton club runs on a Friday after school is open to all years 3.15-4pm. All students taking part require a PE kit and trainers. 

Girls football

Girls football will be on in the first week back. Its will be on every Wednesday until Easter. See Miss Arrowsmith for more details.

Fitness Suite club

All year groups welcome. Friday evenings after school in our fitness suite – see Mr Scott to sign up.

Boys Football- all years

Flexible due to fixtures- see Mr Barrow.

Boys Rugby- all years

Flexible due to fixtures- see Mr Barrow.

Girls Rugby Club

Friday after school 3:15 – 4:30. All years are welcome

Girls Cricket Club 

Thursday after school 3:15-4:30

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.


IRIS project

Year 12 Science: IRIS project runs on Tuesdays in C3 between 3:05-4:00 pm



We will be running a Duolingo club for students who want to practice any foreign language.

Sessions will take place in C9.

Performing Arts

Drama, dance and theatre design.

All year groups welcome.

Wednesdays 3.15-4.15pm 


Y10 Reading Champions

Tuesday lunchtimes, A15

Staff and Sixth Form Reading Group

Once per half term. Please see English round up for more details


Tuesday lunch: Year 9 Band

Thursday lunch: Choir

Friday lunch: Whole school Band

Tuesday after school rehearsals for the Music Winter Showcase:

Tuesday 17th January: 3.15 to 4.15pm

Tuesday 24th January: 3.15 to 4.15pm

Tuesday 31st January: 3.15 until 5pm