26/3/23 Roundup – Key messages & Term dates (all year groups)

Non-uniform day

Friday 31st March is a whole school non-uniform day.  Proceeds will be split between the 6th form prom and YESS.  Parent Pay will be open from 24th March.  Suggested donation is £2 but any donation is welcome, no matter how big or small.  Many thanks in advance for your support.  Prefects will come to form rooms to collect cash.

Guess the amount of Easter eggs

Senior Prefects will be coming to form rooms between now and Friday 31st March with a jar full of Easter eggs.  Guesses are 50p each and you could win the entire jar full of eggs (worth over £10) if your guess is the closest.  Please bring some change so you can have a go.  The winner with the closest guess will be informed on Friday 31st March.  Good luck!  Proceeds to the 6th form ball.

Bake sale

Senior Prefects are holding an Easter bake sale in the quad at break on Friday 31st March.  Please bring along some cash and treat yourself.  The jar full of Easter eggs for the ‘guess the amount of eggs’ will also be there if you would like to take part or have another guess.  Proceeds to the 6th form ball.

News from the last week

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




Future Intentions and Sixth form




Reminder Easter Break Curriculum Plan


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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23/3/23 Roundup – Sixth form

Date: 23rd March 2023

UCAS trip – Friday 17th March

On Friday 17th March the Sixth Form team accompanied Year 12 students to the UCAS fair at the Derby Arena.

Students had a great day and got to speak to a wide range of universities and employers and collected a wealth of information not to mention free gifts!  We have a large number of prospectuses in the lobby outside the Sixth Form Office, please feel free to come and have a look and borrow any prospectuses of interest.

TAP w/c 27th March 2023

Year 12:  Thomas Character – self fulfilled, ambitious (Y12 assessment week) Mon:  Take a look at student finance if you are considering university. Log onto Student Finance England during your 6f7 time to find out more and to try their student loan

calculator. Links have been dropped onto the Y12 Team so they are easily accessible. More information about Student Finance will be delivered during Future Intentions week in July. Tutors will show students what is available on these links. 2023 to 2024: It’s time to apply for student finance – Apply now for 2023 to 2024!, and Student finance calculator – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tue:  TED talk or revision for Y12 assessment week.

Wed:  Wellbeing or revision for Y12 assessment week.

Thu: Read the Unifrog: acing your personal statement resource in your study periods – the document has been added to the Y12 Team. Work through this step by step guide on Unifrog, adding to your competencies during 6f7 time. More information and support for your personal statements will be given during Future Intentions Week in July. Tutors will show students the document (available on the 6th form Team under the Thursday files).

Fri:  Assembly

Year 13:  Thomas Character – self fulfilled, ambitious

Mon:   Inspirational videos from Becoming X. Students can choose which people they would like to watch. BecomingX | Our films

Tue:  TED talk or debate

Wed:  wellbeing or revision (Y13 reports sent home)

Thu:  future intentions planning

Fri:  Assembly

Year 12 Lockers

We are offering a limited number of lockers to Year 12 students on a first come, first served, basis.  There is 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

23/3/23 Roundup – Future Intentions (Sixth form)

Dear Parent / Carer,

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

RAF Logistics apprenticeships webinar

Join us to find out more about how to become a Chef, Driver, Mover, Supplier or Air & Ground Steward with the RAF

Join the RAF Logistics webinar
Join apprentices & colleagues from the RAF Logistics team on Wednesday 29th March between 3pm – 4pm to find out more about the different roles available, how to apply and what it’s like to be an apprentice with the RAF.

Register Here

Did you know?

The Royal Air Force offer an exciting range of apprenticeships that give you opportunities that you won’t find in any other career.

Visit the website to find out more about the logistics roles available and how you can apply.

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Chef As a chef in the RAF, you will have a varied role from preparing food at five-star themed banquets to cooking in the field. Typical responsibilities can include preparing meals in the RAF messes, helping to order, storing and accounting for food, creating menus and more.

Find Out More

As an RAF Supplier, you will be responsible for the management of RAF assets, from the receipt, storage, handling and distribution of equipment to its ultimate disposal. Your typical responsibilities could be providing logistical support for RAF aircrafts and vehicles across the globe, travelling to make sure assets are maintained and more. 

As an RAF Driver, you will operate many vehicle types, from cars and minibuses to cranes, articulated trucks, coaches and specialist vehicles (such as aircraft refuellers) to ensure RAF personnel, equipment and commodities are in the right place at the right time.

Air & Ground Steward
As an RAF Air & Ground Steward, you will work as Cabin Crew on the A330-200 Voyager aircraft and later as part of our Specialist Field catering Squadron or work alongside industry partners in Military Messes. 

As a RAF Mover, you will be responsible for planning and executing the movement of RAF personnel and cargo by road, rail, air and sea. Your responsibilities could include checking in passengers and cargo, plan loads using IT systems and so much more. 

Why the RAF? The RAF can provide an exciting career for apprentices who want to be a key part of the team that keep the RAF moving

Voted as one of England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers (2022), the RAF offer the very best training, a chance for apprentices to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF, whilst also gaining a qualification and getting paid to learn.


Subject of the week: social work and community care

A Subjects library profile for students who want to make a positive difference in people’s lives

With a social work and community care degree, you could end up working in areas like child protection, family support, or support for the homeless.

In this Subjects library profile, we show you how to make a strong application for this degree, and equip you with all the details you’ll need.

Find it here (remember to sign in as a student first)

There are lots of routes into this subject – like studying an apprenticeship! Read more about our Apprenticeships tool below…

Bridge the gap with Unifrog’s Apprenticeships tool

Addressing the ethnicity gap in apprenticeships this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)

The Sutton Trust reported in December that young people of colour are significantly under-represented in apprenticeship starts. White British students account for 90% of apprenticeship starts in 16-18-year-olds.

Unifrog’s Apprenticeships tool helps your students find opportunities based on the things that matter to them. They can search by distance from home and subjects of interest, and rank their results by things like student recommendations and weekly wage.

Take a look (remember to sign in as a student first)

For parents and caregivers: what are apprenticeships?

Traditionally, vocational courses were seen as a route for ‘non-academic’ students. But modern apprenticeships are challenging, well-respected, and sometimes the better choice for getting into a particular industry.

In this guide, we show your parent and caregiver community what apprenticeships are, and why they may or may not be a good fit for their children.

Read more or share

St Mary’s: masterclass for students interested in teaching

‘Get into Teaching and Education’ Masterclass Day: Wednesday 21 June, online

St Mary’s Institute of Education is hosting a free, virtual masterclass for your students who are interested in becoming teachers.

It’ll include taster sessions to give a students a feel for different teaching and education degree options, and cover topics like pathways into teaching and interview preparation.

Find out more or share

20/3/23 Roundup – Computing (all year groups)


This is a really prominent topic in technology news right now. So I wanted to share this interesting blog with you from Teach Computing.


Cyber Explorers

This is a government initiative to get more students cyber aware and consider a career in Cyber Security. Unfortunately we don’t have time in lessons for students to access this in school but highly encourage them to take part as extra curricular.

This is the course: https://www.cyberexplorers.co.uk/

The new missions for it can be explained here : https://www.cyberexplorers.co.uk/knowledge-hub/3810000461597947073

If anyone takes part and wants support please do contact Mrs Hadfield.

GCSE Intervention

With the deadline for the coursework coming up shortly I’ve been asked again when the GCSE Intervention sessions are so thought I would share with all. For both Computer Science and IT there is an afterschool session on Thursdays 3:05-4 in C3 in addition to the lunchtime session on a Tuesday in C3.

The coursework hand in deadline for IT is 31/3/23. At that point work in the accounts will be marked.

The exams for both subjects start on week beginning 15th May so students are actively encouraged to continue with revision homework’s set on Talaxy. Every session complete will make a difference to what they can achieve.

19/3/23 Roundup – Key messages & Term dates (all year groups)

Message from Chair of Governors

Despite the cold weather, spring is definitely with us and the exam season for many of our students is now looming on the horizon. On behalf of the governing body, students and parents, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who are going above and beyond over the Easter holidays (and on subsequent Saturdays) to provide revision and exam preparation for the students. The range and number of sessions being provided is exceptional  and all of this being provided in their own time because staff want to be there to ensure the students have the best possible opportunities. 

Thank you!

Mike Prescott Chair of Governors

Letter sent home can be seen here.

News from the last week

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




Maths and STEM


Sixth form and Future intentions




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

School Website

School Shop


16/3/23 Roundup – Future Intentions (Sixth form)

Dear Parent / Carer,

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

Career of the Week: Surgeon

A Careers library profile for students keen to work in medical settings

What does a surgeon actually do, and how many years of training does it take to be one?

In this Careers library profile, we chat to consultant surgeon Sasha Stamenkovic about how he got into this career, his favourite and least favourite things about the job, and top tips to support students interested in becoming a doctor.

 Check out the profile here (remember to sign in as a student first)

Discover your future career in healthcare

If you’re interested in a rewarding career where you can make a difference every day, come along to our Healthcare Careers: Passport to your future event on Monday 27 March, 5pm – 8.30pm, and explore the great opportunities on offer at our Centre for Health Innovation.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our courses from our staff and current students, get expert guidance on our recruitment processes and explore our £5.8 million Centre for Health Innovation at our Stafford Campus.

Monday 27 March
5pm – 8.30pm

Book your place

Learn with us

Our learning and teaching centres around providing you with the skills, confidence and experience you need to hit the ground running when you graduate – that’s why we’ve invested £5.8 million to provide you with state-of-the-art simulation and immersive teaching opportunities at our Centre for Health Innovation.

Our brand new facilities, equipped with advanced VR and AR technology, will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in your learning, using cutting edge digital technologies in our wide range of simulation suites.

Learn more

Paramedic and Nursing
Simulation Day

We know how important it is to ensure our students graduate with real-world experience and skills. Check out the highlights of one of our Nursing and Paramedic Simulation Days and see what your future could hold.

Watch the video

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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