January 22nd 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

TAHS Future Intentions Evening – our annual event – with a difference!

On the 28th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be a little different this year, however we will still have a wide range of exhibitors who have kindly recorded an on-demand video for the evening, allowing you to watch at your own convenience. 

The evening will launch with a presentation from Carole Dodd (Head of Sixth form and Careers Lead) Mr Mitchell our curriculum lead  and Anna Featherstone (Teacher of Business and Careers Advisor) at 5pm, following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal where many of our exhibitors will be available to answer your questions about your child’s next transition stage. There will also be a range of videos regarding the option process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School and the Ebacc, so whether your child is choosing their GCSE options or considering their pathway post GCSE or A level, there will be something for everyone. All students will receive an invitation on their Team’s calendar before the evening, which will also contain information about how to register

The event is still under construction but you can register in preparation for the event on the following link:

https://learnliveuk.com/partner/thomas-alleynes-high-school/

SIXTH FORM TUTOR TIME ACTIVITIES

Tutor time activities will be put onto Teams and Insight every 2 weeks.  Please remember that participation in these activities is part of your Sixth Form conduct agreement.

To begin, there are 6 weeks on a short course designed for post-16 students, provided by leaders in education, Pixl. Based on Matthew Syed’s new book, Dare To Be You, the project helps students build confidence, build identity, navigate change, understand difference, be kind and choose their own path.

You will be reminded to download 2 Power Points per fortnight.  This time, your focus is on Sessions 1 and 2.

We will be proving workbooks within which you will complete these activities which will be added to your subject resources ready for collection from the school theatre on Wednesday the 27th of January as per parent news.

You can find these on Teams/Sixth Form 2021 (Year 12 or 13)/Y12 or Y13 Pastoral activities/TAP 2021/Change Makers and then find the sessions (Session 1:  Why Change Makers and Session 2:  The Doubts).

Y13 link:  

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2013%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:008b12725c954cb695480eadcbc6c321@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2019-2021%252FShared%2520Documents%252FPastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%25202021%252FChange%2520Makers

Y12 link:  

https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/school/files/Year%2012%20Pastoral%20Activities?threadId=19:cff856d5e7464b44b6c9e0de40fd832c@thread.tacv2&ctx=channel&rootfolder=%252Fsites%252FSixthForm2020-2022%252FShared%2520Documents%252FYear%252012%2520Pastoral%2520Activities%252FTAP%2520activities%25202021%252FPixl%2520Change%2520Makers

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

Reminder the national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry:

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  Deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2021.  All Year 11 students have been added to the Year 11 Future Intentions team on Microsoft teams.  All students were given a copy of the prospectus during their last skills session.

The information is as follows:

Online application

Year 11 Future Intentions

All students must complete this form even if you are undecided about applying for Sixth Form. This will help us to support you with your future intentions.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

UCAS Discover Apprenticeships

A week of live sessions covering everything your students need to know about apprenticeships, sponsored by the National Apprenticeship Service!

This National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 8 February – Friday 12 February) we’re hosting a week of dedicated live sessions, information, and advice about everything to do with apprenticeships! Each day students will discover something new about what’s on offer and what’s involved in studying while working.

Remote Assessments – Y11

Below is a summary of the Remote Assessments that will be offered between 1-12th February. This will be updated over the coming weeks.

Please be aware that English and RS assessments may take place in either lesson. We have scaled these down but wanted to provide students with the opportunity to do a series of timed assessments as we know they have been working hard. It will also give them an opportunity to experience completing a series of assessments in different subjects. The assessments have a specific area of focus to ensure that students have been prepared for this title and to give them time to review this area of their curriculum.

Home Learning – Free MS Office

Do not forget that you all have up to 5 free downloads of Microsoft Office in you Office365 account. www.portal.office.com

Log in with your tahs.net email and password and you can download, top right of the home page. You can also work on online versions within this website.

This will work on both Windows and Apple devices, laptops and tablets & phones.

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 Parenst evening will take place on Thursday 4th February via MS Teams. Full instructions on how to do this will be sent out in due course.

Books are opening today, Friday, via your parental insight account and year 9 parents will receive a sperate email with full details on the bookings system.

Pastoral Resources

Well done to all those students that have been accessing the ‘Pastoral Resources’ on Teams. If students have not yet accessed these they will remain available for students to work through during their core PE lessons or during their own time. Please ensure that students look out on Monday for this weeks uploads which will include:
Year 9 – Options and Career guidance (This will provide Year 9 students vital information regarding their option choices which they will submit in February)

Year 10 – Careers

Year 11 – Careers

PE Update 

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages. We also have a number of healthy eating videos on Teams which you can try.

It is important you are trying to get 60 minutes of physical activity and eating healthily each day. Why not have a go at making your own fitness or healthy cooking video and send it in on Teams? For Ideas and inspiration have a look at files on the Core PE Team.


BTEC Sport

** We have purchased on line learning resources for BTEC Students in Yr10, 11, 12, 13. Please see Teams for Log In details and how to access the resources **


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. Year 10 students have been taking part in Live practical lessons as they start to design training plans.

Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.


Year 12- All students took their Unit 1 exam on Friday! We have been really impressed with their dedication to revision lessons in what is a very difficult time. We now move onto Unit 3 next week with lessons and resources on Teams.

Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade.

RE Work

This week in RS Year 9s have been exploring whether animals should be used in experimentation, particularly in finding cures and vaccines for diseases. Year 10s have been considering when human life starts and if religion is a ‘virus of the mind’ as suggested by modern atheists. Some Y11s have been introduced to the ethical theory of Utilitarianism so that they can apply it to real contemporary situations. Year 12’s have considered the ethical implications of modern conflict and pacifism and Year 13s have evaluated the effectiveness of modern ethical theories – some fantastic work has been produced online and in discussion chat. 

Well done!

Science News

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominated all of the students in 9U2 Biology for working so hard in their first live lesson, in particular Billy T, Jessie H, Holly T and Isabelle A for engaging so well.

Also, in Year 10 Biology, Xanthe S, Oliver MW, Alistair D and Harriet E for superb engagement.

Miss Thorley would like to nominate George P (10W2) – I have been very impressed with his mature attitude to his remote learning and fantastic effort shown in his assessment score this week!

Mrs Hughes would like to nominate Zita, Matilda, Emily G and Jack in Year 10 for excellent effort in lessons.

Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate all of her amazing Year 11 Biology group. Their engagement in the genetics lesson was phenomenal…really proud of their progress today!

In Year 12 Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Reuben H for always keeping his video on and answering questions – it’s so refreshing to see a face rather than lots of circles…thanks Reuben!

In Year 13 Mrs Gwynne would like to nominate Sophie B and Will B for unmuting and answering questions!

Well done!

English Students of the Week

There have been lots of nominations for some fantastic efforts in English this week. Our students of the week are:


Year 9 Jessie H, Holly T, Laura G, Amina K, Joshua F, Shanaii B, Jess C, Billy TWill B

Year 10 Luke N, Jacob L, Zita M, Fletcher K, Anthony Y, Tim W, Charlie B, Liam A, Hannah C, Tom L, Henry A

Year 11 Millie Y, Katie L, Polly J, Isabelle R, Klaudia S, Freya S, Lucy C

Year 12 Eve B, Evie W, Darius B

Year 13 Maddie A, Lucy J, Emma K

Well done!

Geography

GCSE news:Y11 revision sessions are still being held on Tuesday’s after-school in the run up to your trial assessments. These are running on the Y11 Geography Teams from 3:30 to 4:15 on the topics that will be on the trial assessment. As always, these sessions are recorded and uploaded for you to go back and watch if you are unable to join them live.
The Y11 trial assessment is 1 hour in length and will be on the following topics:

  • Urbanisation
  • Coasts 
  • Living world

There are a number of revision resources available to you on the Y11 Geography Teams, as well as the screen cast lessons (from during last lockdown) on the Living World topic which you are able to rewatch to help with your revision.
A-Level news:The Y13 trial assessment will be made up of two papers (one for physical topics and one for human topics), with each being a total of 1 hour. The topics on these will be:
Physical geography trial assessment:

  • Water
  • Carbon
  • Coasts

Human geography trial assessment:

  • Globalisation
  • Superpowers
  • Human health and intervention

Drama Stars

Well done to Aminah in year 9 for her excellent set design for the opening scene of Blood Brothers. 

Another well done to Taylor In year 10 GCSE Drama who met the ‘just a minute’ challenge for speaking on a given topic without stopping or repeating. His talk was very entertaining and imaginative. 

Year 11 GCSE Drama have been analysing the National Theatre production of Peter Pan which is available to stream to all students on the drama online website for free. Please contact Mrs Mood if you would like the log in details to watch this magical production at home. Well done to Mollie in year 11 for her hard work and excellent contribution this week. 

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Advice on keeping safe on Instagram

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Careers advice and guidance

We have now started working through the careers appointments. These will be done over the phone and your child will receive a message on teams notifying them of their appointment. We will also ask the best number to contact them on. It is really important that they answer the call, the interview will discuss their future intentions and support them with decision making. They will either be contact by myself (Mrs Featherstone), Mark Stubbs or Clare Atkinson from Entrust. 

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

We will also be setting up further supportive workshops for our students who are applying for apprenticeships. If you have told us you are interested in an Apprenticeship you will be invited to this workshop.

Future Intentions – Student Resource Library.

All students have been added to a new group on Teams where they will be able to access information regarding anything to do with Future Intentions. If they cannot find the help they need then they can contact me – featherstone@tahs.net.

Career of the week

My inspiration for this week’s career of the week came from a Bitesize episode my son was watching! It wasn’t a job I knew much about so I thought I would share it.

Job title:Arboricultural officer – Arboricultural officers manage and maintain trees for local councils and arboricultural contractors. You could work in woodland, in an office, in parks and gardens or on the streets. Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Entry requirements:University: You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like: forestry arboriculture countryside management forest management woodland ecology and conservation Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could do a course at an agricultural college, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include: Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture Level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course=
What you’ll earn:£20,000 – £40,000
Day to day duties:advising on tree protection and preservation orders in planning applications managing trees in parks, on housing estates and at the roadside organising tree planting schemes carrying out tree surveys and monitoring tree numbers, using technology supervising tree care and tree planting contracts on site giving demonstrations and talks on arboriculture and woodlands to schools and community groups assessing tree damage after storms training new staff and volunteers
What skills will I need?knowledge of geography the ability to use your initiative to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to work well with others administration skills excellent verbal communication skills thinking and reasoning skills knowledge of maths to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Career path and progression:With experience, you could manage a team of arboricultural officers, for example in a local authority, and co-ordinate work with outside contractors. You could also work as a consultant, advising organisations on tree management, conservation and safety. You may find opportunities with training providers who offer courses in arboriculture.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk

Current opportunities locally: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/reference/1675844

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email me at featherstone@tahs.net

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January 15th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

Reminder the national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form Tutor activity programme 

Our pastoral programme will recommence next week.  Please can students and parents look out for these activities on Insight. 

UCAS INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

The 6th form team are here to support students and parents all the way through the university application process.  Whilst we will do all we can in school through our tutor activity programme and face to face tutor time when it is safe to do so, please rest assured that you can also find support online.  We can recommend the UCAS website for both Y12 and Y13 students and parents.  It gives undergraduate information on areas like courses, student life, choosing what and where to study, key dates, tracking your application and even apprenticeships.  Visit the page by clicking this link:  https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate.

We would also recommend that students use their Unifrog account to research universities and courses.  Unifrog also offers tools for creating CV’s, for live apprenticeship vacancies, logging competencies/skills and for starting personal statements.  Y12 will be guided through beginning this process via their tutors very soon.

Please contact sixthform@tahs.org.uk for any further information or queries.

Pastoral Programme


During the national lockdown Thomas Alleyne’s are keen to ensure that students are being provided with and are able to access a pastoral programme. Each week students will be able to view an online assembly and complete pastoral sessions that will be in place of their usual SK sessions. SK sessions will cover a range of important topics such as: 

  • Strategies and practical steps to coping with the lockdown
  • Careers
  • Options choices (Year 9)
  • Online Safety
  • Basic first aid skills.

Students are asked to use their core PE lessons or home learning time to access these materials. The assemblies and SK sessions will hold important information and therefore it is essential that students view these sessions. Guidance on how to locate these sessions will be published on Insight and Teams.

Writing Competition

This is the final opportunity to submit your entry for the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Writing Competition. I need all entries by no later than Friday 22nd January. Send your entries to brophy@tahs.net including your completed entry form. The details of the competition and the entry form are attached.

Home Learning – Free MS Office

Do not forget that you all have up to 5 free downloads of Microsoft Office in you Office365 account. www.portal.office.com

Log in with your tahs.net email and password and you can download, top right of the home page. You can also work on online versions within this website.

This will work on both Windows and Apple devices, laptops and tablets & phones.

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Year 9 History 

Miss Patrick would like to say a big thank you to all of her classes this week for making her feel so welcome and for working hard despite the unusual circumstances and adjusting to having a new teacher. Thank you all, keep up the good work!

RE Work

A productive first full week of live lessons in RE showcased below by some of the best work that has been submitted this week from Mr Scotts classes across all year groups, a really positive start to the term and an amazing effort has been made not only to attend the live lessons, but also contribute to them and complete work in a variety of ways.

Science News

Attention Year 9 Students!

This week has been Science Week on BBC Bitesize, it has featured some amazing demonstrations conducted at the Science Museum in London – ranging from dramatic explosions and freezing the air to making the very impressive foam of ‘elephant’s toothpaste’.

There have also been interviews with top scientists with inspiring stories to tell, including Doctor Maggie Aderin-Pocock, astronaut Major Tim Peake and Britain’s first woman in space and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station Helen Sharman.

All programmes are available on BBC iPlayer – you don’t have to be in Year 9 to find these demonstrations awesome!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Aimee S and Hannah S for fantastic homework completing an experiment to demonstrate osmosis in potatoes. Selected by Mrs North.  See below for photographs of their excellent experiment.

Year 10

Joe H and Tom L for excellent performance in online assessments, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Year 11

Well done to Lilly W, Ronnie-Jac P, Evie N, Dan F, Lizzie C, Evie B and Ellie A for improved results in your end of term test, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Animal care Students of the Week

Year 10

Tim W, Luke N and Hannah C for excellent contributions to live lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Mrs North would like to nominate all of the Year 11 Animal Care students for showing commitment and resilience in turning up for their external exam on Monday.

Well done!

PE Update

We hope you are keeping active- Please share your exercise plans on Teams. We are mindful that everyone enjoys different forms of exercise, but it is important you are keeping active and if possible getting fresh air each day. You can run, walk, bike or skate but try and get in a routine of being active each day.

On Monday 11th Joe Wicks is running “PE with Joe” on Mon, Wed and Friday at 9am on YouTube – “The Body Coach TV” This is a simple way of getting your day off to a good routine. The sessions are available on demand if you have live lessons at 9am.

We also have a range of Fitness Challenges you can try on our Core PE Teams pages.


BTEC Sport


Year 10 – All students should have submitted Body Systems coursework before Christmas- If this hasn’t been uploaded to assignments on Teams or needs improving, homework time should be used for this. All students have been entered for the exam in May and at this stage the exam will be going ahead. It is important that students are learning content and practicing exam questions. Support materials will be on Teams as well as Live Lessons. The official Exam board revision guide is available on Amazon £5.99 entitled ” Revise BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity and Fitness Revision Guide, by Ms Jenifer Stafford-Brown”


Year 11- We have been really impressed with attendance at Live Lessons this week. As you know February exams have been cancelled. Students need to be working on Leadership Coursework (Component 3) All resources required are on Teams. Due to the nature of BTEC students need to complete all 3 Components to get a grade at the end of the course. We are waiting for information from the government about how students can improve their exam grade.

Year 12- All students took their Unit 1 exam on Friday! We have been really impressed with their dedication to revision lessons in what is a very difficult time. We now move onto Unit 3 next week with lessons and resources on Teams.


Year 13- Students have received an individual mark breakdown via email. It is important that they use this to access lessons and resources they require. With uncertainty around summer exams it is vital students are fully prepared for the units they are taking to give them the best chance of their highest grade

English News

The English department would like to congratulate everyone who has been engaging so positively with their online learning this week. In particular, well done to the following:


Year 9 Savannah O, Jess C, Harry W, Kian S, Layla T, Zara J,

Year 10 Alfie H, Charlie A, Jake L, Tom Y, Ben L, Xanthe S, Charlotte J

Year 11 Katie L, Teegan B, Charlie A, Maddie W, Toby W, Dylan N, Millie Y

Year 12 Martha M, Rob F

Year 13 Maddie A, Torin N

Well Done from Art

Well done to our super artists in Year 9 who have submitted some simply stunning work based on the artist Georges Seurat and the technique of pointillism. It was really exciting to see you master this technique in our live lessons this week following on from these awesome homework submissions.

MFL MUSINGS

Looking for work?Puma (the sports brand) are looking for a financial analyst, if you’re interested in working for a global athleisure brand. Luckily you get to do French at Thomas Alleyne’s, because that might be pre-requisite for this job: https://about.puma.com/en/jobs/contrleur_de_gestion_h_f_r9639?title=Contr%C3%B4leur%20de%20Gestion%20H/F 

If you’re interested in German, there’s an endless amount of opportunity with Puma at their head office – it’s where the CEO of Women Who Code started her career: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/alaina-percival

Congratulations

Well done to everyone who has worked so hard this week. Year 9 get the bulk of the praise, they have been our online assessment guinea pigs! Here’s hoping you’ve done well.


ThisIsLanguage.comWell done to Y11 who were in the top 100 classes globally this week – someone is working hard….

In French news

On 1jour1actu they’ve been asking why children go to work in some countries https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/travail-des-enfants

Career of the week

My inspiration for this week’s career of the week came from a conversation with an old school friend who moved to France just before Christmas.

At school we both studied French and did the exchange together which is a memory I look back on now really fondly. We had so much fun and it was a great learning experience.  She was saying that her GCSE French even though it is now 18 years rusty, was proving essential for her as she looked for accommodation, found her child a nursery place and dealt with registering the family for other local services. She was certain that without it she wouldn’t have been able to set up home out there. It made me consider the opportunities that speaking a second language can bring a young person and so I thought I would look at language related careers this week!

I could have chosen interpreters, translators, teachers, publishers, civil servants and cabin crew to name but a few, however I found a job in Intelligence which sounds so exciting as a career, I thought I would share it! To find out more click on the link attached – the MI5 also offer apprenticeships!

Job title:Security Service Personnel  –  protect the UK against threats to national security ‘Whether spoken by millions or whispered by a few, we know the power of language. MI5 needs people who can speak, understand and listen to a wide range of languages and dialects. The ability to work in one or more language is a vital skill which helps us in our daily efforts to keep the country safe. As a Foreign or English Language Analyst you will be listening to and analysing a wide range of audio material which will assist and support our teams of investigators. Not only do our Foreign Language Analysts listen, translate and analyse information, they also provide expert insight into a country’s culture, political landscape and history’. Languages | MI5 – The Security Service
Entry requirements:A university course To enter the Security Service with a degree, you’ll need a pass at upper second class or higher. Relevant degree subjects include: history languages politics economics maths law With a degree you can apply for job roles, like: intelligence analyst internet and computer technology specialist security exploitation officer foreign language analyst An apprenticeship You could enter some roles through an intelligence analyst higher apprenticeship. Entry requirements: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Direct Application For some roles within the Security Service, like foreign language analyst or security guard, you would not need any specific qualifications. Entry would be based on the experience and skills you could bring to the role, for instance fluency in a language like Russian or Mandarin. There could also be opportunities for you if you have technical, vocational or professional qualifications in subjects like electronics or accountancy. For support jobs such as business officer or administration assistant, you may need five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent including English and maths, or have relevant office-based experience.
What you’ll earn:£18000 – £35000 or more dependent on skills and languages spoken
Day to day duties:collecting information on threats to national security watching and reporting on suspects’ movements and actions using specialist IT or electronics equipment to record and observe meetings, conversations or activities reading emails and letters and checking social media deciding if something poses a potential threat
What skills will I need?A language customer service skills knowledge of public safety and security the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to work well with others the ability to use your initiative to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Career path and progression:With experience and a good performance record, you could move into management. You could also move to another station in the UK or apply for opportunities with SIS and GCHQ.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.gov.uk and  Languages | MI5 – The Security Service

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email me at featherstone@tahs.net

Upcoming open events

TAHS Future Intentions Evening – our annual event – with a difference!

On 28th January at 5pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Future Intentions evening’. Our annual event will be a little different this year, however we will still have a wide range of exhibitors who have kindly recorded an on demand video for the evening, allowing you to watch at your own convenience. The evening will launch with a virtual presentation from Carole Dodd (Head of Sixth form and Careers Lead) and Anna Featherstone (Teacher of Business and Careers Advisor) at 5pm, following which you will be invited to log on to our live portal where many of our exhibitors will be available to answer your questions about your child’s next transition stage. On the same evening there will be a range of videos regarding the options process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School for Year 9 and details on attaining the English Baccalaureate. The careers evening is aimed at students from Year 8 through to Year 13. All students will receive an invitation on their Teams calendar before the evening which will also contain information about how to register. We very much hope you will be able to join us.

Careers advice and guidance

We are in the process of getting our virtual careers appointments up and running and will aim to begin meeting with year 11 students on the week commencing 18th January 2021.

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Barclays Life Skills

As many students move to remote learning, LifeSkills created with Barclays, the free employability programme, can support them in building their employability skills and resilience. They are going to be hosting a range of virtual work experience opportunities to which students can participate and a range of Q&A sessions for students to learn more about careers. Students can register on the young peoples hub by clicking on this link: Employability Skills | Young People Job Skills| Life Skills (barclayslifeskills.com)

In addition, they are hosting a live Q&A session with astronaut Tim Peake on Thursday 21st January from 5-6pm. To register for the event then click on the link below. Future Talent Group

InVestin Virtual Work Experience

InVestin Education have a number of paid for ‘Virtual Work experience’ programmes which you can subscribe to over the Easter term. They have a number of programmes in areas such as Architecture, Investment Banking, Publishing and Veterinary Science. The programmes include careers support and a chance to experience the profession. To register and find out more follow this link We Bring The Internship To You (investin.org).

Springpod – free virtual work experience 

Springpod are offering a range of different work experience options for young people. They are collaborating with a number of large businesses and their opportunities are well worth a look. To register your interest or to find out more click on the link below:

Buxton & Leek Colleges Virtual Information Event 

Buxton & Leek College has over 200 further education courses, both full-time and part-time, including adult learning courses, industry short courses, SEN, paid apprenticeships and in the future T Levels. They are hosting a number of virtual information events during February. You can register your interest by clicking on the link below.

Virtual Information Evening – Buxton & Leek College (blc.ac.uk)

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January 8th 2021

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Welcome back to all of our Sixth Form students.

We trust that you had a good Christmas and New Year and have been able to access and engage with your online learning this week.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form team by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 13 – UCAS Applications:

The national UCAS deadline for applications is the 29th of January 2021 at 6pm. The Sixth Form team are presently working through the applications received and year 13 students will receive an alert from UCAS once their application has been sent off.

If there are any queries about individual applications, the Sixth Form team will email students directly, so it is important that applicants continue to check their emails regularly until they have received notification from UCAS that their application has been sent off.

If you have any questions about UCAS please email the sixth form sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry:

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  Deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2021.  All Year 11 students have been added to the Year 11 Future Intentions team on Microsoft teams.  All students were given a copy of the prospectus during their last skills session.

The information is as follows:

Online application

Year 11 Future Intentions

All students must complete this form even if you are undecided about applying for Sixth Form. This will help us to support you with your future intentions.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Unifrog:

Reminder Year 12 students should all be accessing Unifrog. If any students are having difficulty logging in, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk for support.

Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next best step after school. It can help students with exploring what subjects they would be interested in studying Post 18 and how these choices can lead to different career paths and further education.

Discover and sign up to online courses in areas that are of interest.

Explore how to successfully apply to an apprenticeship or university course, including universities abroad.

Support with writing a CV and Cover Letter.

Record key activities, MOOC’s and achievements to help support their application.

 

Mentoring During Closure


It has been wonderful seeing so many students engaged in their online lessons as we have all rapidly switched to online learning.  During school closures, all students will also have a mentor attached to them as we did in the last lock down.  Mentors will support students and parents with pastoral concerns and be a point of contact and support.  They will be in touch on a fortnightly basis at least and we hope that this, combined with online live teaching, makes students feel that they continue to be part of our school community together.  


Mentoring also gives us the opportunity to find out about the great things our students are doing to keep active and creative after lessons finish for the day.  I was really impressed by the landscaping Will in Year 11 has been doing to build a pond in his garden – well done Will!

New life on the farm

On Boxing day we had a litter of nine piglets born on the farm. Mum and babies are doing well, staying nice and warm under their heat lamp out of the cold.

Home Learning

Need support with home learning the follow the below

School websitewww.thomasalleynes.uk

Top Menu: Teaching & Learning

Left Menu: Home Learning

A number of resources are located on this page including a set of videos regards Teams Office 365 Plus many other support information

If parents still require assistance please email : schoolitsupport@tahs.net

Covid Text Scams

Due to the roll of out the new vaccine, many people are anticipating contact from health care professionals about the opportunity and turn to receive their dose. This is great news, but unfortunately, criminals are seeing this as an opportunity to lure people into clicking links on fraudulent text messages and emails, with the eager anticipation of vaccine news and cyber criminality, this could lead to a perfect storm if people aren’t aware.

Attached you will find some useful advice and an example of a scam text message currently circulating, provided by Staffordshire Police Cyber Crime Unit.

CAMHS Help

Click the image to access the website…

Science News

Miss Thorley would like to nominate William B (9W3) and Ciaran M (9T1) for ‘fantastic effort,
enthusiasm and contributions to our live lessons this week. They have shown great maturity
during our first week of online learning and have adapted really well!’


Mrs Dykes would like to nominate her entire Biology Class of 11H3 for their excellent biology
results in the December end of term exam.

Mrs Dykes would also like to nominate Year 9 students Holly T and Sam L for excellent work
in Physics.


Mr Crum would like to nominate the BTEC Year 13 Forensic team for sitting their BTEC
exam on Wednesday despite the upheaval caused this week.

They are:


George M 13C
Katelyn P 13E
Ben S 13B
Aimee W 13C

Well done!

Due to the change to virtual learning for this half term, the Y9 science tests planned for the end of January will now be moved to March. The topics and exam content will stay the same. The exact dates will be shared with you via  your teachers, roundup and insight.

Elkes

I hope all of our students and families have found positives in the Christmas and new year break. While this isn’t how we would have liked the term to begin, and online learning is bringing numerous challenges, it has been a genuine pleasure this week to hear the voices of so many of you in my lessons, and in particular to see how mature and resilient years 11 and 13 have been while we all await important decisions and guidance about exams and grades. Welcome back everyone, and please do let Miss Attwood and I know if we can help with anything. I know it’s only been a half week, but special thanks to all those in 11U3 for making Friday morning p1 feel more like a normal lesson than I could have hoped. 

MFL MUSINGS

In the news in France this week, what is Brexit? https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/cest-quoi-le-brexit 

And also, why should we eat vegetables? https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/pourquoi-doit-on-manger-des-legumes


And in our news, people are learning languages more than ever https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/dec/26/bonjour-europe-britons-are-turning-to-learning-languages-like-never-before

Year 11 should be making the most of the extra flexibility of being at home all the time by logging extra work on TiL.com, and learning and revising conversation answers from the past 2 and a half years. We will re-start the revision sessions ASAP.


11A have already managed to build up over 1,000 points in the past week, so they get the collective praise and adulation of us all.

English News

From English we would really like to commend all students who have engaged positively with remote learning this week. We appreciate the efforts that students are making in the current circumstances and know that so many of you are showing so much resilience and determination; well done! However, we would particularly like to commend the following students for making a really outstanding effort and contribution this week.

They are:


Year 9: Luke N, Martha, Savannah, Will F, Vicky N, Aileen L


Year 10: Owen P, Fletcher, Alfie


Year 11: Evie U, Josh, Evie R, Grace K, Minnie M-A, Harry S and Maddie W (and 11U5 for brilliant attendance and participation

Year 12: Jess L


Year 13: Jack R


As well as anyone taught by Miss Beevor, who has been particularly impressed by all of her classes this week!

Future Intentions Post 16 – Year 11 Support

  • Workshops

This week we put on two workshops for our Year 11 students. The first on Wednesday was to support those who are looking at applying for College and the second on Thursday was with Vicky from Amazing Apprenticeships. Vicky explained the different level of apprenticeships and helped our pupils get registered with the apprenticeship search website. She talked about how they could boost their CVs and the sort of things that might be required in application forms.

Thank you to those of you who attended the sessions and we hope you found them useful. If you could not attend then the recordings of the session can be accessed by logging in to the year 11 Future Intentions folder. All Year 11 students have access to this folder, however I have copied the links below to help them locate the videos easily.

College Workshop

Apprenticeship workshop

You can also find Thomas Alleynes High School 6th form video and application form in this team.

  • Support with personal statements and CV writing.

I have received a number of questions regarding support with personal statements and CV writing, this will form part of your skills sessions next week and there are templates to support you with this, however I will also run a workshop next week for any students wanting additional support with this. The workshop will be on Tuesday 12th from 3.15 – 4.15. Look out for this in your teams calendars! 

  • Careers advice and guidance

We are in the process of getting our virtual careers appointments up and running and will aim to begin meeting with year 11 students on the week commencing 18th January 2021.

In the meantime if  you are wanting to explore potential career options then these websites are really useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Career of the week

Job title:Social media manager – Social media managers communicate with organisations’ customers and clients through social media channels.   Your duties may include: updating social media siteswriting blogs, articles and postsresponding to social media posts and developing discussionschecking online for company mentions and customer feedbacksearching for interesting posts, news and articles to attract site visitorsoverseeing competitions and campaigns promoting your companytaking part in conferences and group chat relevant to your industry or companyeducating other staff on social media usepromoting social media use within your companydeveloping strategies to increase your audienceusing social media tools like Hootsuite, TweetDeck or Buffer to manage multiple sitesusing web tracking tools like Google Analytics, Social Report or Bitly
Entry requirements:A university course Some employers may expect you to have a degree in a relevant subject, like:  advertisingmarketing and public relationsdigital and social media marketinginternet designjournalismbusiness management Entry requirements 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree An apprenticeship You could do a digital marketer advanced or degree apprenticeship, or a digital community manager higher apprenticeship. Entry requirements 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Working towards this role You could start work with a social media or marketing company as an assistant or digital content writer. As you get more experience, you could work your way up into a management position.You could also do qualifications through professional bodies like the Institute of Data and Marketing and The Chartered Institute of Marketing to help improve your prospects.
What you’ll earn:£23,000 – £75000 once qualified. You may need to work long hours, from home and also attend marketing events.
What skills will I need?knowledge of media production and communication knowledge of English language to be thorough and pay attention to detail excellent verbal communication skills the ability to sell products and services the ability to work well with others the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure the ability to use your initiative to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Career path and progression:With experience, you could move into managing social media for larger companies or progress to a senior or head social media manager job. You could also become an online digital community manager, acting as a link between consumers and businesses supplying online products. For example, working with gamers and games developers in the online gaming community   Here is an example of a Degree Apprenticeship in this area: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/reference/1000009462  

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email me at featherstone@tahs.net

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December 18th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Firstly, a thank you…

As 2020 is coming to a close, the Sixth Form team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Sixth Form students for their perseverance, hard work determination and most importantly their kindness during this unprecedented term. In addition, we would like to thank all parents/carers for the support they have offered and for keeping in touch so that we can best support your son(s) and daughter(s).

On behalf of the Sixth Form team, we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas, and we look forward to welcoming our sixth form students back in the new year.

TAHS Sixth Form Alumni:

We genuinely love to hear from our Alumni, and this week we have heard from two past students who have kindly agreed that we can share what they have sent to us this week.

Megan G (Class of 2016)

Dear Mrs Dodd,

I thought I would get in touch to update you on how I have been in the 4 years since I left Thomas Alleynes’ Sixth Form. I was a senior prefect and in your psychology class for 2014 – 2016.

I graduated from the University of Nottingham this summer [albeit a virtual ceremony] with a First Class degree in Law with Canadian Law, with a year of studying abroad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. During my undergrad, I actually elected to study a few Psychology modules after enjoying the subject so much during my time at Sixth Form. Since graduating, I’ve moved home to Uttoxeter whilst I study the LPC MSc to qualify as a solicitor [and add a few more letters after my name!]. I move to London next summer to begin my job as a Trainee Solicitor at the commercial City law firm RPC. I’m hoping to specialise in Litigation but I have the next 2 years of my training contract to try out different areas of law. I expect London-living is going to be a little more expensive than living at home with my parents but I’m incredibly excited to start!

I’ve spent this evening on a networking call for aspiring solicitors giving them tips on how to apply for trainee roles. Several students were discussing experiences during their A-levels and speaking to them made me reminisce on that time in my life.

I wanted to reach out to thank you for the support that you and the Sixth Form offered me at such an important time. Going to University was the best decision and I really value my time at TAHS for providing the foundations for it. Being a senior prefect gave me much a needed confidence boost at a time when I was far more introverted than I am now and Ms Bell’s English lessons have given me lifelong love of reading [law textbooks are unfortunately a little more monotonous than the classics].

I’m not sure how 4 and a half years have flown by quite so quickly but I hope that you have been keeping well, particularly during such a strange year as 2020.

Jess P (Class of 2018)

Over lockdown I started a blog as a creative outlet and to fill empty time as Uni finished 3 months earlier than expected. I use this platform to write about student life, finances and travelling on a budget.

I have recently written a Complete Guide to Student Finance and thought your sixth form students would find it valuable. It is a no-nonsense, basic and easy to understand explanation of everything you need to know about student finance. It answers all the questions I had when I began my university application. 

Please find the link to the article below;

www.budgetstudenttraveller.com/student-finance-guide

It would be great if you could share this link with your sixth formers as I believe those applying to university will find it helpful.

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry.

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  Deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2021.  All Year 11 students have been added to the Year 11 Future Intentions team on Microsoft teams.  All students were given a copy of the prospectus during their last skills session.

The information is as follows:

Online application

Year 11 Future Intentions

All students must complete this form even if you are undecided about applying for Sixth Form. This will help us to support you with your future intentions.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Reminder Year 12 students should all be accessing Unifrog. If any students are having difficulty logging in, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk for support.

Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next best step after school. It can help students with exploring what subjects they would be interested in studying Post 18 and how these choices can lead to different career paths and further education.

Discover and sign up to online courses in areas that are of interest.

Explore how to successfully apply to an apprenticeship or university course, including universities abroad.

Support with writing a CV and Cover Letter.

Record key activities, MOOC’s and achievements to help support their application.

Derby University Information

 

Pastoral Update

Timetable

Just a reminder that when students return to school or begin their home learning that we will be on Week 4. Students are to follow this week’s timetable. 


Uniform

Just a polite reminder that students are able to wear blue or back jumpers under their blazers, blazers can be worn and in classrooms that are cold due to ventilation coats can be worn. Clothing including jeans, trainers are not permitted and hats and gloves are not permitted within classrooms. 


Nails


We are beginning to see a number of students wearing very long and highly decorated nails. We would like to remind students and parents that all nail varnish and false nails are not permitted. Students will be asked to remove nail varnish in school and 24 hours notice will be given for false nails to be removed. Failure to comply with this after the Christmas holidays may lead to students facing sanctions including isolation. 


Skills

On Wednesday this week the students had their Skills session. In Year 9 and 10 students were delivered a session on the dangers and legal consequences of  ‘Sexting’ (The creating, sending and sharing of indecent images of Young people) This is a topic that is affecting many young people across the country and it is extremely important that students are fully aware of the dangers of this type of activity. The session was delivered by PC Gates from Staffordshire Police and students were really engaged with the session. We would like to thank PC Gates for his time and for the support and work he does within our community. 

Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to all the students that have once again have completed another half term in extremely difficult circumstances. Students have been kind to each other and supportive of their peers when things have been tough, they have shown appreciation of their teachers and recognised how hard they are working to both keep them safe whilst ensuring they make progress in their lessons and they have shown respect to the support team around them in ensuring that we can keep the school running as normal as we possibly can. I want to wish all our students and their families a safe and very happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Congratulations to Xanthe


Congratulations to Xanthe who has secured a place to represent East Staffordshire on the Kenya Service Project. We have asked her to describe how she achieved this opportunity with us. 

From Xanthe


I am a Young Leader and Ranger with Girlguiding in Uttoxeter Division.  I joined Guiding as a Rainbow when I was 5 and haven’t left! Now I help lead Abbots Bromley Rainbows.

I have had lots of opportunities through Girlguiding such as taking part in an Army Leadership day and an engineering day with AMEY in Stafford. Of course, I have been to lots of camps and residential events as well. 
My biggest and most exciting challenge to date is coming up. I am proud and very fortunate to have been selected to represent Girlguiding Staffordshire, as a member of a team travelling out to Kenya in February 2022.


In Kenya I will be carrying out a service project in a remote village just outside Mombasa and I know that I will face many new and demanding challenges and have many unique experiences. Along with a team I will be carrying out summer school sessions for children at school from 3 -15 years, we will be painting and making some bookcases among many other activities. I will meet members of Girlguiding and Scouting from Kenya and learn about their culture, life and faith.  


It will also be an opportunity for me to develop many life and personal skills, to share my knowledge and skills with others and to make international friends.

To experience an international event in another country is a wonderful, and possibly once in a lifetime, opportunity for me as a member of the largest organisation for girls and young women in the UK and as a member of WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) which is a worldwide movement of 10 million girls, young women and adult leaders in 145 countries. 


Before I can go, I have to raise nearly £3,000 so 2021 will be a busy year!

Elkes News

Each half term we would normally meet in our House assembly and celebrate our achievements, both in terms of House credits and also the effort rankings from the most recent reports. Obviously things have changed drastically, like so many other things, but we wanted parents to be able to have a look at the scores, and the special mentions from staff in the second part of the presentation. It covers all four Houses, and it’s great to see so many students getting acknowledged. We hope you all have a safe and restful Christmas break, and look forward to seeing you next year.

Mr Parker and Miss Attwood

MFL Musings

Le Père Noël’s Good listLe Père Noël doesn’t have a good and naughty list in France (Le Père Fouettard takes care of the naughty children), but he does listen to teachers. We’ve put in a good word for people who’ve worked extra hard in French this term.


Year 10: Grace, Catherine, Gemma, Dylan, Harriet, Keira, Beth, Yasmin, Owen, Ali, Eloise, Jack, Ellie-Mae, Frankie, Joseph, Charlotte, Thomas x2, Amelie, Jessica, Mia, Nell

Year 11: Georgia, Polly, Isla, Isabelle, Nathan, Harry, Leia, Samuel, Fallon, Talitha, Matthew, Oliver, Leo, Erin, Jessie, Katie, Finley, Arthur, Will, Benjamin, Kacper, Sophie, Liliana, Elizabeth, Klaudia, Freya, Alyssa, Leo


Year 9: Jake, Martha, Shanai, Keira, Jaydan, Isabella, Alex, Noah, Joel, Chloe, Lily, Aimee, William, Morgan, Maddison, Maisie, Willow, James, Milly, Georgie, Holly, Nathan, Lucas, Finn, Sadie, Jake, Paige, Milly, Charlotte, Isobel, Harriet, Catherine, Emily, Ethan, Euan, Olivia, Hazel, Tilly, Lily, William, Dylan, Alexander, Thomas, Aileen, Hannah, Joseph, Vicky, Emma, Alisha, Joshua, Laura, Charlie, Cicely, Victoria, Aminah, Layla, Oakley, Sebastian, Edwin, Hannah, Kieran, Rhys, Fearne, Rebecca, Abbie, Charlie, Caitlin, Jack, Libby, Siobhan, Elin, Jack, Harry, Eben, Holly, Millie, Joshua, Sam, Neve, Carly, Alex, Charlie, Isabelle, Sophie, Kai, Luke, Ben, Olly, Lewis, Keeley, Ellie, Joshua, George, Tristen, Imogen, Ella, Jack, Lucy, Molly, Zara, Libby x2, Kylah, Bobby, Dominica, Amelia, Billy, Anton, Joshua, Cameron, Tom, Susie, Logan, Hannah, Caitlin, Lennon, Molly, Rosanna, Calli, Oliver, James, Kristers, Bethan, Bella, Ben, Maddy, Garrard, Elizabeth


We will celebrate achievement in the new year with the MFL New Year’s Honours List.


What’s the magic of Christmas?https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/magie-de-noel

TiL.com

These people must have brains of steel and the willpower of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, because they have been doing extra French this week! Y9 – Ben PY10 – Grace A, Charlotte JY11 – Issy R, Polly J, Nathan S, Harry S, 

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11

Well done to the Y11 students who attended the revision session on Tuesday. These revision sessions will be continuing on Tuesday’s after school (3:15-4:15)  in room 6a with Miss Robinson after the Christmas break. These will still be open to all Y11 Geography students to attend, whilst also still being live on Teams which will be saved and uploaded after the sessions. 

After the Christmas break we will also be starting drop in sessions with Mr Harris in room 6b on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8am onwards). These sessions will allow students to discuss revision techniques, exam technique and topics they may wish to focus revision on.This week’s attached ‘Geog your Memory’ recaps the characteristics of biomes (from the Living World topic), formation of volcanoes (from the Challenges of Natural Hazards topic), and the causes of uneven development (from the Changing Economic World topic).


Please also see a message from Mr Harris on the Y11 Geography Teams regarding revision resources for students to access during the Christmas break.

Y13:

Well done to the Y13 students who have attended any of the exam technique revision sessions this term. These sessions will continue on Thursday’s after school and will continue to focus on exam technique and answering exam questions.

English Success

The English Department would like to commend all those students who have been working so hard this term – we really appreciate your efforts and know that many of you have shown real perseverance and determination to succeed this term; well done!

We also know that, for many of you, the holidays will be a much appreciated opportunity to organise your studies and prepare for upcoming examinations and assessments. However, we also hope that you rest and enjoy the Christmas break, however quietly you will be doing so this year!

Particular praise goes to our students of the week. They are:


Year 9: Holly T, Cicely H, Ben S, Garrard W, Alex C, Joe N, Aileen L


Year 10: Jake L, Liam A, Hannah C, Joe H, Zita M, Lucy O, 

Year 11: Lilly W, Jess B, Lucy C, Ben B, Maddie W, Rebecca W, Harley S, Freya S,  All of 11U3 (Miss Beavor has slightly broken my rules about only allowing one student but, as it is Christmas, we will allow it! 🙂

Year 12: Rosie K-P

Year 13: Emma K, Maddie A

Merry Christmas!

Orme News

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thankyou to all the Orme students this year. It has been a year of adversity, change and new experiences. You have handled this all with patience and respect, and I am immensely proud of you for this.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break (I’m looking forward to cramming the components of a Christmas dinner into the XL Breville I have asked Father Christmas for) and I look forward to seeing you again in January, be that virtually or in school.  I will continue to check my email during the break so If you need to contact me please do on brassington@tahs.net. Merry Christmas to you all from Mr Brassington and Mrs Moore.               

News from Torrance

As we reach the end of a very busy term, I would like to congratulate all the Torrance students for their efforts, positivity and resilience. For me personally, it has been a pleasure to met and get to know the students in Torrance House since during Thomas Alleyne’s in September. 

Mrs Collier and I would like wish all of our students a happy and restful Christmas, we look forward to seeing you all in the new year. 

Miss Keeling

Whitmore

The end of the first term, well done to all students but especially those in Whitmore. Both Miss Arbery and I have been pleased with how you have adapted to a different school day, with two hour lessons. The days always seem more tiring in winter with fewer daylight hours, but you have gone about your lessons with great maturity and kept working until the end of term. Enjoy your break from school and the festivities that Christmas brings. It is a great time to recharge the batteries, hopefully spend some time with families and take some time to look after your mental health. 

Have a lovely Christmas and we will see you all in January 

PE Update

Swimming


Over the last 2 weeks we have been reintroducing swimming into PE, which has enabled our Yr11 competitive swimmers to get in some much needed training. We are further increasing our swimming programme over the next few weeks so make sure your swimming kit (Black swim shorts/black swimming costume) fits. If you are an elite swimmer, please make yourself known to Miss James or the PE department. If you are a non-swimmer don’t worry our pool is ideal for learning to swim with a shallow end and only 17m by 8m, Our swimming programme is tailored to all ability groups.

Yr 12 BTEC Sport

Yr 12 BTEC students should be revising in preparation for January Exam. They have 3 packs in their folder to aid revision and can contact their teachers on Teams.Students did a full mock exam before Christmas and need to act on this feedback.


Yr 11 BTEC Tech Sport

Students who have an exam on 2nd Feb need to be revising over Christmas.
 Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. Students have taken home a revision resource booklet – please ensure you are using this.

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness

Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.


Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

Each week in the run-up to Christmas the Science Department would like to share some ‘did you know?’ Science facts. 

This week’s facts are Physics-based looking at the scientific principles that govern the shape and structure of snowflakes.

Have you ever marvelled at the myriad of shapes and sizes of snowflakes as they fall?

Snowflake shape depends on the humidity and temperature when they form.  Research suggests that there are over 121 different types of snowflake.

Do you love to watch snow falling on a cold winter’s day?

Snow forms in very cold clouds as water vapour freezes around tiny dust particles, such as pollen or volcanic ash, in the atmosphere.

The shape of a snowflake is determined by the temperature and humidity within the cloud.  The temperature determines the shape of the ice crystal and the higher the humidity the bigger the crystal.  When several ice crystals stick together they form a snowflake.  As the directions in which it can grow become more limited as it gets bigger, each individual snowflake develops a basic geometry consisting of six-sided plates and columns.

As snowflakes fall to Earth they each experience slightly different temperature and moisture levels, which results in each snowflake having a different shape.  The smallest snowflakes are as small as the diameter of a human hair.  The largest snowflake ever recorded was 38cm in diameter and 20cm thick.

Snow appears white even though it is made of clear ice, this is due to the reflection of light from the surfaces of the ice crystals.

Here’s a selection of some very large numbers!!!

The chance of finding two identical snowflakes is extremely small – about 1 in 1 million trillion. That’s a one followed by 18 zeros. 

Meteorologists have suggested that there are 1 trillion, trillion, trillion (a one with 36 zeros!) types of snowflakes.

Studies indicate that a typical snowflake is made up of 10­19­ water molecules.

In Antarctica layer upon layer of snow accumulates over the years and becomes compacted into ice.  Scientists have studied ice cores drilled through the ice and analysed the gases that were trapped by the snowflakes as they fell.  The oldest core contains ice that is over 2 million years old.  In this way atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen levels can be determined during Earth’s past which reveal evidence for past climatic change. 

Approximately half of the world’s population has never seen snow! Equatorial regions, including parts of India and Africa do not experience snowfall.

As you watch snowflakes fall this winter you will know that a snowflake owes its shape and structure to scientific principles.  And you may never see two identical snowflakes. Be quick as you observe them – snowflakes often melt as soon as they land!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Jasmin L (10U2) for her hard work and excellent assessment marks, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Ruby BW, Dan B, Issy G and Aimee S, for excellent results in their Biology assessment, selected by Mrs North.

Year 10

Jed F (10E1) for much improved work rate in lessons meaning he is achieving higher on his exam questions, selected by Miss Thorley.

Finlay T-S (10E1) for consistently high effort in every lesson and always completing his work to a really high standard, selected by Miss Thorley.

Alex B (10U3) for fantastic attitude to learning and excellent work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Josh B and Lewis T (11U1) for excellent work on naming organic compounds, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Leanne P for a fantastic score on the GCSE Chemistry assessment, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Kerys E and Harry M for fantastic work ethic and persevering with grasping difficult chemical calculations, selected by Miss Thorley.

Tommy M for excellent progress in organic chemistry nomenclature, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Amelia and Freya H for outstanding A Level Physics practical work, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13

Alex S, Charlie M and Will B – Year 13 Chemists for a brilliant practical chemistry result making 98% pure aspirin. Well done! Selected by Mr Mitchell.  Click to see the photograph of their superb aspirin crystals!

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 11

Katie B, Isla M, Rebecca W for outstanding results in their Animal Care mock exam, well above target, selected by Mrs North.

Very well done!

Crest Awards

In 2021, we will be running the silver Crest award for Y10 scientists. Please use the link below to find out about them. More details in the new year!

https://www.crestawards.org/crest-silver

Y11 Trial Exams

All students will sit their trial exams in late January / Early February.

For Trilogy scientists (sets 3,4 and 5), they will sit a paper 1 in Biology. Chemistry and Physics

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/specification-at-a-glance

For Triple Scientists (sets 1 and 2), they will sit a paper 1 in Biology. Chemistry and Physics

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/specification-at-a-glance

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/specification-at-a-glance

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/specification-at-a-glance

Please use the exam board links to see the exact topics on each of the papers

Y9 Assessment

All year 9 students will sit an assessment in the week beginning 18th January 2021. This will support any set changes prior to the options process in February.

The assessment will be 90 marks, with 30 marks from each science discipline.

Biology – Cell structure, Cell specialisation, Mitosis and Osmosis

Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table

Physics – Forces, Hooke’s Law, Magnetism and Speed & stopping distances

Please use BBC bitesize, oak academy, GCSEpod and your science workbooks to help prepare for this assessment. Teachers will go through some revisits of this during your lessons in January.

Remote Learning – 1st week

Please can you ensure that your child has their science workbooks to complete any work in. These pages will be referred to in the work set during that first week. Pupils will need to bring in their completed work for staff to mark/feedback when back in school.

YESS Support

Keeping Safe online

Please see the message below from Staffordshire Police

Upcoming Events

College open days

There are a number of college open days coming up, we have provided students with this information on Microsoft teams. Using their TAHS.net log in they can access this information on the link below.

College Information Links

Please do keep a look out on our school website careers tab for information regarding upcoming events and opportunities, as well as a range of other resources to support students with their career planning.

Virtual Work Experience

Virtual work experience, also referred to as online, remote or digital, provides young people with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability and explore new industries and job roles. It can include any opportunity which provides young people with an insight into what it’s like to work in an industry or job role whilst at home. It can help with their decision making and makes CV’s and personal statements more competitive. In current times virtual work experiences are essential where in work experiences are less available. For more information there is a fantastic guide on this link:  https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/post/virtual-work-experience

I have popped a list of opportunities and upcoming events below.

Changing Education

Is there a career you feel passionate about, or would just like to know more about? The changing education group can help you to get virtual work experience in a large range of different occupations. The Changing education group programme will enable you to register and find out about how you can access several different opportunities. The video link below will help you find out about what they can offer and how to register.

Changing Education – Virtual Work Experience

If you would like to find out more you can register for an information event on January 28th at 3.30pm by following this link – Information Event

Next Generation – Speakers for Schools

We have also been notified of a range of free online work experience opportunities available for students aged between 14 and 16 (age brackets vary). You can register, search and apply for vacancies by following this link https://www.s4snextgen.org/

Experiences include:

  • Publishing and Communications VWEX with Springer Nature : 15th – 19th February 2021

Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds keen to find out more about editorial, communications, marketing skills. Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

  • Build Yourself with Wates VWEX: 16th February 2021.

Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds keen to find out more about a career in construction, development, and property services. Application Deadline: 5th February 2021

  • Willmott Dixon Management Careers VWEX- Future Leaders Wanted : 15th – 19th February 2021.

Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in management careers in construction.  Application Deadline: 31st January 2021

  • VWEX for ambitious open-minded young women – careers within construction: 15th – 19th February 2021. Sessions will run from 10:00 – 15:00

Eligibility: 14– 19 year olds interested in management and the diverse careers in the construction sector. Application Deadline: 15th Jan 2021

  • Start Your Road to Success: AMEY: 15th – 17th February 2021.

Eligibility: Creative 14 – 19 year olds interested in an industry that keeps the country moving.  Application Deadline: 22nd January 2021

  • Humankind Research: Social Impact Market Research VWEX: 24th February 2021

Eligibility: 16 -19 year olds who are keen to gain insight into market research and communications.  Application Deadline: 17th February 2021

  • ST EMpowered Women Working in the Water Industry: 15th February 2021.

Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds interested in a career in problem solving and a clean environment. Application Deadline: 21st January 2021

  • Communications Agency VWEX with Cicero/AMO: 15th – 19th February 2021.

Eligibility: 15 – 19 year olds interested in a career in digital media, communications, or market research. Application Deadline: 15th Jan 2021

  • VGC Group Virtual Work Experience: 15th – 19th February 2021.

Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in the construction and support services sector. Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

  • Create and Market Content for a Fashion Brand: 15th – 17th February 2021.

Eligibility: 16 – 19 year olds interested in content creation and social media management.  Application Deadline: 15th January 2021

Career of the week – Top Ten Weird Careers

Instead of our usual career of the week – Mrs Dodd sent me this list of the worlds strangest jobs which I thought I would share for the last round up of 2020.  

10 – Professional Sleeper

A Finnish Hotel employs a full-time Professional sleep. He or she sleeps in a different room each night and critiques the comfort of beds to improve the the guests experience. NASA posts ads for Professional sleep jobs too. As the space agency preps for travel to Mars, it studies the effects on the human body of lying still for a long time. Volunteers got £12000 to catch zzz’s for 70 days.

9- Panda Fluffer

At the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre in Ya’an a Panda Fluffer can earn £22,900 per year.

8. Drying paint watcher

A man in the UK currently has this job for Dulux Paint, he spends his days painting sheets of cardboard to test how long new paint mixes take to dry and watching for changes in colour and texture.

7. Scuba Diving Pizza Delivery Man

If the fact that there’s an underwater hotel in Florida isn’t bizarre enough, to add on to that, they have a scuba diving pizza delivery man who supplies them with pizza by carrying them through the sea in a watertight case. What service.

6. Teddy- Bear Technician

Teddy bear specialists Build-A-Bear hire soft-toy surgeons to sew limbs and eyes back onto injured teddies. So, if your bear gets in a scrape, rush him to your nearest high-street BAB A&E. Depending where you are based and who you work for, you can earn between £30,000 and £40,000 per year.

5. Pro Queuer

Us Brits know how to queue. But some take it to pro-level. Like the guys and girls who stand in line for stores on occasions such as Apple releases and Black Friday. They earn around £100 a day for their patience.

4. Professional Mourner

A known profession in China, as well as some African and Middle Eastern countries, this job now exists in the UK. Earning £45 per hour, they attend funerals to increase numbers and weep on demand.

3. Acoustics Consultant

With an average starting salary of £18,000 a year, an Acoustics Consultant measures how materials react to noise vibrations. They make sure you’re heard (or not) in office meeting rooms, and can pick out all the a capellas from the back of a concert hall.

2. Roof Snow Cleaner

Yellowstone National Park gets a lot of snow in winter. So much that its Welcome Centre hires a full-time Snow Clearer – for the roof. To clear ice that would otherwise cave in, Roof-Snow Clearers cut checkerboard chunks of 10-foot high snow then slide the blocks to safety. Stephen started on $13.24 (£10) per day, back in 1973. We hope he’s had a pay rise since then!

1. Chief Listening Officer

At £60,000 plus, a Chief Listening Officer is one of our unusual jobs that pays well. They listen in on social-media conversations about your brand – good or bad – to help improve products and services. Technology helps, but companies need a human touch to translate the data.

As ever if you have any questions please email Mrs Featherstone at featherstone@tahs.net for help or support. Merry Christmas !

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December 11th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Wednesday 16th December P3 will be our next skills/tutor session. Please can all students ensure they attend this session.  Mrs Walton will email all students a reminder of their form room and tutor. The theme for the session will be: Personal Finance Part 2.  This session will also include a COVID safe chocolate raffle. One student out of each form group will win a festive chocolate treat. Please ensure that the sixth form code of conduct is signed and returned to school prior to this session.

Sixth Form applications September 2021 entry.

The application process for applying to the Sixth Form is online this year.  All Year 11 students have been added to the Year 11 Future Intentions team on Microsoft teams.  All students were given a copy of the prospectus during their last skills session.

The information is as follows:

Online application

Year 11 Future Intentions

All students must complete this form even if you are undecided about applying for Sixth Form. This will help us to support you with your future intentions.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=052BWkbg3EaseYPXj10lb5setKmnLThFlTOE5_igfydUQ1pLNTg1WFRTS1hTVllQQ1A4NElWVU5JUS4u

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Sixth Form team on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Reminder that the schools internal UCAS deadline is Friday 18th December. Applications need to be completed and with the Sixth form team by this date to ensure they are checked and sent off in time before for the national deadline 15th January 2021.  Please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk if any support is needed.

Year 12 students – don’t forget you can collect your GCSE certificates from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office.

Reminder Yr 12 students should all be accessing Unifrog. If any students are having difficulty logging in, please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk for support.

Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next best step after school. It can help students with exploring what subjects they would be interested in studying Post 18 and how these choices can lead to different career paths and further education.

Discover and sign up to online courses in areas that are of interest.

Explore how to successfully apply to an apprenticeship or university course, including universities abroad.

Support with writing a CV and Cover Letter.

Record key activities, MOOC’s and achievements to help support their application.

 

YESS Support of Christmas

If you feel you need help and or support over the Christmas break please see these two leaflets from YESS.

Pastoral Update

Achievements
Congratulations to the students below who have received the most achievement points in their house and year. 
Elkes

Year 9 Martha B (9E1)

Year 10 Ellie-Mae B (10E1)

Year 11 Emily T (11E2)


Orme

Year 9 – Sharpe A (9O1)

Year 10 – Milly G (10O3)

Year 11 – Katie L (11O1)

Torrence

Year 9 – Alisha C (9T2)

Year 10 – Ali Moustapha (10T1)

Year 11 – Liliana Kelsall (11T2)

Whitmore

Year 9 – Olly R (9W2)

Year 10 – Tim Wild (10W1)

Year 11 – Evie N (11W2)


Updates for the final week of term:

  • SLT Detention – Any student issued with a Senior Leadership Detention next week will complete this on Thursday 17th December. This is a change from the usual day of Friday. Heads of House detentions will run normally on Wednesday 16th December.
  • Uniform – Just a polite reminder that students are able to wear blue or back jumpers under their blazers, blazers can be worn and in classrooms that are cold due to ventilation coats can be worn. Clothing including jeans, trainers are not permitted and hats and gloves are not permitted within classrooms.  
  • Wednesday 16th December P3 is the final skills session of this term. Years 9 and 10 will be continuing to develop their awareness of internet and mobile safety. Year 11’s will be focusing on careers and revision techniques for their upcoming mock examinations.

MFL Musings

Year 11 revision

This weekend is the last hurrah for year 11 before the holidays. Focus on topics like school, holidays, family and future plans, money/shopping, and jobs. Can you give opinions? Can you talk about what you did? What are your plans? There will be a reminder on Insight of where to find useful resources and information.

1 day 1 question

https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/cest-qui-les-beatles – Who are The Beatles? Look for words like rock group, planetary success, artists, discs (records), leader of the group, homage, and more, and watch the video.

La Liste de Père Noël

The countdown has begun for the big reveal of who’s going to avoid meeting Père Fouettard this year. All will be revealed next week.


ThisIsLanguage.com leadersThere is fantastic work happening at home for French, and these people have done a lot recently:

11A – Ben W and Harry

11C – Katie and Finley

11D – Finlay and Leo

10C – Finlay and Gemma

10D – Joe and Charlotte

9 – Oliver and Charlie

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11 Revision

Apologies for the cancellation of this week’s revision session. From next week (Tuesday 15th December) and continuing after the Christmas holidays, ALL Y11 Geography students across all of the Geography groups are invited to join the classroom revision session with Miss Robinson (in room 6a) which will run between 3:15 and 4:15. This will be limited to a maximum of 30 students that will be able to sit in the classroom, however these revision sessions will still be recorded and live streamed via Teams each week. Next week’s revision session will be on coastal processes.


The attached ‘Geog your Memory’ revision task this week looks at the UK’s changing economy, particularly the North-South divide and the UK’s wider links, as well as the causes of flooding.


Y13 Revision

Well done to the Y13 students who attended this week’s revision session. These exam technique revision sessions will continue on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 with Mr Harris in room 6b.

English Success

The English department would like to commend our students of the week. This week, they are

Yr 13

 Finn W

Yr 12

Eve B

Yr 11

Sam A, Tom J

Yr 10

Amelie R, Anthony Y

Yr 9

Animah K, Charlie F, Josh B 

PE Update

Over the last 2 weeks we have been reintroducing swimming into PE, which has enabled our Yr11 competitive swimmers to get in some much needed training. We are further increasing our swimming programme over the next few weeks so make sure your swimming kit (Black swim shorts/black swimming costume) fits. If you are an elite swimmer, please make yourself known to Miss James or the PE department. If you are a non-swimmer don’t worry our pool is ideal for learning to swim with a shallow end and only 17m by 8m, Our swimming programme is tailored to all ability groups.


Yr13 BTEC students should all be working to complete their final coursework assignment for the end of term. Yr 12 BTEC students should be revising in preparation for January Exam.


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. Students have taken home a revision resource booklet – please ensure you are using this.

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September. We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.

Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

Each week in the run-up to Christmas the Science Department would like to share some ‘did you know’ Science facts. 

This week’s facts are Biology-based regarding the symbolic Christmas partnership of holly and ivy.

Holly (Ilex aquifolium) and ivy (Hedera helix) are both native British evergreen plants.  Their foliage has been used to decorate houses in the winter months for thousands of years.  Their evergreen leaves throughout winter suggested hope for the coming seasons.

Click below to discover more!

Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Alisha C – 9T2, for a consistently excellent attitude to learning in science, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Joel M – 9W3, for effort and focus in Biology lessons, selected by Mr Milward.

Year 10

Erin P – 10O2, for a fantastic score in her latest Chemistry assessment, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Mia S and Sadie O’B – 10U3, for continued hard work throughout the term. Excellent work in class, homework and practical work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Madison C – 11U4, for excellent attitude to learning throughout the year, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Mollie B – 11O2, for effort and progress in Biology lessons, selected by Mr Milward.

Year 12

Jack B and Matt J for an excellent approach to practical work in A level Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13

All Year 13 Chemists for the masses of Aspirin produced this week in their A Level Chemistry practical, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Well done!

Considering Art?

Check out these fantastic videos from the department exaplaing more:

A Level:

Induction work and course elements:

https://youtu.be/ewrufiUxx4M

Art Example Bryony`s Work from 2018

https://youtu.be/zG8kLic_p4U

https://youtu.be/8cFnivRYrXg

Pip`s work

https://youtu.be/3gAP2G0AdYM

GCSE

 GCSE Art information and Explanation

https://youtu.be/X4HYu_TSWOs

Level 9 Coursework Unit :   

 https://youtu.be/ENoOkGnZZjM

Level 8 Exam Unit : 

https://youtu.be/rgEbYxxmUxw

Year 11 Careers Interviews

All year 11s will have had or will be due a 15 minute interview with their Head of house or member of senior team. Following this they will be scheduled a half hour careers appointment with Mrs Tomlinson from Entrust or Mrs Featherstone. This will give them the opportunity to explore their next steps and talk about their careers ideas. There will be some support for college applications and apprenticeships if your child has identified that this is of interest to them.

If your child is isolating at home and is well, you may have already received a phonecall from Mrs Tomlinson. Please contact Featherstone@tahs.net if you need any information or have any questions about your child’s next step.

Apprenticeships

A number of students have stated they are interested in looking for apprenticeships next year. I will always publish any opportunities which are shared directly with us in round up, however there are some excellent websites which can help their search for an apprenticeship role.

Have a look at

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/apprenticeships

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/opportunities/apprenticeships

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/

as well the government website

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

If you need any help with applying for apprenticeships then please send an email to featherstone@tahs.net

Career of the week

Job title: Furniture Designer – Furniture designers create designs for mass-produced furniture, furniture made in small batches and one-off pieces
Entry requirements:University You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in furniture and product design; 3D design crafts, interior design Entry requirements You’ll usually need a foundation diploma in art and design, 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College: You could start by doing a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Furniture Design and Making. This would teach you some of the skills you’ll need and could help you to get a job as a design assistant with a furniture making company Entry requirements: You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You could get into this career through a furniture design technician, bespoke furniture maker or furniture product developer advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
What skills will I need?You’ll need: design skills and knowledge knowledge of engineering science and technology the ability to come up with new ways of doing things to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills persistence and determination the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools knowledge of manufacturing production and processes to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Day to Day tasks could include:Your day-to-day duties could include: carrying out research to develop ideas working to a plan or ‘brief’ agreed with the client producing new designs or improving existing ones working out costs, practicality and availability of materials preparing sketches for ideas, by hand or using computer software testing ideas using models, prototypes and computer aided design (CAD) working with manufacturers on the production process
What you’ll earn:£18,000 – £40,000
Working hours, patterns and environment:40-42 hours a week, could be freelance or self employed
More information:https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/furniture-designer

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming Events

College open days

There are a number of college open days coming up, we have provided students with this information on Microsoft teams. Using their TAHS.net log in they can access this information on the link below.

College Information Links

Please do keep a look out on our school website careers tab for information regarding upcoming events and opportunities, as well as a range of other resources to support students with their career planning.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

December 4th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Congratulations!!

We would like to congratulate all students who picked up their GCSE and A level certificates this week. These certificates are a reflection of the hard work and determination that students showed throughout their time in school.


As they have now moved into the next stage of their education we know that the GCSEs and A levels may feel like a distant memory. However, it is the skills they showed in achieving these grades that will stand them in good stead for their futures. These are qualifications that they will have for the rest of their lives and we are proud of all of their achievements.


If your daughter or son is in Year 12, and has not shared their certificates with you please ask them this weekend and remind them to keep their certificates safe.


As I always say on the prize giving evening, which we were unfortunately unable to host this year, it is always important students take a moment to pause and celebrate their achievements.

Tuesday afternoon was our form tutor study skills session on personal finance and budgeting. Thank you to all Sixth Form students who attended this session.

Students are no longer allowed to park at Bradley House. Please do not park on staff car parks. Parking is available at Tesco. Please use the spaces near the recycling area.

We would be grateful if parents could support us in speaking with your son/daughter regarding the wearing of masks. It is a statuary requirement to wear masks in communal areas including the common room and the wooden gym.

Many thanks to all parents who joined us for the Year 13 parents evening. It was a very successful evening with high attendance. Anyone who was unable to attend the evening and would like to receive feedback regarding your son/daughters, progress please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk.

Reminder that the schools internal UCAS deadline is Friday 18th December. Applications need to be completed and with the Sixth form team by this date to ensure they are checked and sent off in time before for the national deadline in January 2021.  Please email sixthform@tahs.org.uk if any support is needed.

 

School Transport – Message from SCC

We would like to thank you for your continued support with encouraging pupils to wear face coverings on school transport and in dealing with any behavioural issues and non-compliance in relation to the wearing of face coverings.

Now that we are entering Tier 3, the guidance from Public Health England has been updated.  PHE are expressing the view that face coverings are essential on school transport.  Our guidance has always been that face coverings are highly recommended and going forward we would like to ask with your help to encourage all pupils to wear face coverings on school transport unless exempt.  If you could please pass this message onto all pupils and parents. Thank you for your assistance.

School Transport Team

Staffordshire County Council

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessment Week

All year 11 French groups have their second round of trial exam papers beginning next week. Revision should focus on listening (use thisislanguage.com) and writing (learn and revise conversation answers plus opinions, reasons, tenses, time phrases, connectives). Focus on topics like school, holidays, family/friends, shopping, jobs.


Careers

Read all about a French graduate who managed to get into the highly competitive world of journalism here https://soclas.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/modern-languages-graduate-profile-david-taylor/  If you like the sound of being as flexible and confident in your communication as David Taylor, you should look at French for GCSE and A Level.


Random link

https://www.1jour1actu.com/info-animee/cest-quoi-etre-benevole
Find out what a volunteer is, on one of Mr Noon’s favourite French websites.


Trips for academic year 2021 / 2022

We are planning a study trip to the Opal Coast for the current year 10 French groups. Students will be able to register their interest in the new year.


TiL.com leadersSo first of all, special mention should go to Aiden and Ben in 11A, who have both used TiL a lot this week  – Ben has built up over 700 points! They have helped to push 11A even further ahead of the other groups.

Geography Revision Sessions

Well done to the Y11 students that attended the revision sessions this week, especially those students who attended both of these sessions. Next week’s revision session will be on Tuesday 8th December from 3:15-4:15 with Mr Harris’ 11C group invited to attend the classroom session (in room 6a) whilst the other Y11 groups are invited to join via Teams. This session will be on Coastal Processes from the Coasts topic that was studied in Y10. 


This week’s ‘Geog your Memory’ that is attached is recapping your knowledge on the Demographic Transition Model (from the Economic World topic), reducing the risk of tropical storms (from the Natural Hazards topic), and sustainable urban transport strategies (from the Urban Issues and Challenges topic).
Y13 exam technique revision session is on 

Thursday 10th December from 3:15-4:15 in room 6b. 

English Success

English students of the week this week are:

Yr 13

Lucy J

Yr 12

Sophie W

Yr 11

Mollie B, Ben A, Charlie A

Yr 10

Katie D, Thomas Y, Harriet E, Charlie A

Yr 9

Charlie E, Georgie S

PE Update

Over the last 2 weeks we have been reintroducing swimming into PE, which has enabled our Yr11 competitive swimmers to get in some much needed training. We are further increasing our swimming programme over the next few weeks so make sure your swimming kit (Black swim shorts/black swimming costume) fits. If you are an elite swimmer, please make yourself known to Miss James or the PE department. If you are a non-swimmer don’t worry our pool is ideal for learning to swim with a shallow end and only 17m by 8m, Our swimming programme is tailored to all ability groups.


Yr13 BTEC students should all be working to complete their final coursework assignment for the end of term. Yr 12 BTEC students should be revising in preparation for January Exam.


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. Students have taken home a revision resource booklet – please ensure you are using this.

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams.  All support resources for this are on Teams.


We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September. We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.

Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

Y11 Assessment Week – Mon 7th December to Friday 11th December

All science students will be assessed on work completed this term. This is chance for pupils to show evidence of the progress they are making and ensure a robust bank of evidence should the exam board call for pupil grades (as they did this year).

TRILOGY SCIENCE

(sets 3,4 and 5)

BIOLOGY TOPICS                             

  • Pathogens                                                                   
  • Fighting Disease                                                         
  • Vaccination                                         
  • Drug development       
  • REVISION GUIDE P42-49
  • https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/infection-and-response-4f71

CHEMISTRY TOPICS                         

  • Atomic Structure                                                       
  • Calculating RFM                                                          
  • Calculating % Element
  • Practical Chemistry                                        
  • REVISION GUIDE P96,123-126
  • https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/quantitative-chemistry-4db7

PHYSICS TOPICS

TRIPLE SCIENCE

(sets 1 and 2)

BIOLOGY TOPICS

CHEMISTRY TOPICS

PHYSICS TOPICS

You can also use the following sites to help with your revision;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv (BBC Bitesize)

https://www.gcsepod.com/ (GCSEpod)

https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ (Physics and Maths tutor)

Good luck!

Each week in the run-up to Christmas the Science Department would like to share some ‘did you know?’ science facts.  This week’s fascinating facts are all chemistry-based. 

The Science of Christmas Crackers

When you pull your Christmas crackers at the dinner table have you ever thought what produces the ‘snap’?

Inside each cracker are two narrow strips of card, one coated with small amounts of silver fulminate, which is a highly unstable chemical, and the other strip has an abrasive surface.  Pulling the cracker produces friction between the two strips causing the chemical to detonate!

You can’t carry Christmas crackers on most airlines – they come under the category of ‘Prohibited Items – Explosives and Flammable Substances and Devices’!

To discover many more brilliant Christmas chemistry-based facts – there is one for each day of Advent! – click on the link below.  

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

All of the students in Class 9U2! – Mrs Dykes was so impressed with the whole of Class 9U2 for their excellent attitude to their latest Chemistry assessment – every single one worked hard and was completely silent for the full 20 minutes!

Year 10

Jenny P, 10U5, Ryan B, 10T2 for excellent work on motion graphs, selected by Mr Melland.

Students in 10H1 – Finlay B, Joseph H, Charlotte J, Thomas L, Sam P and William S all scored over 95% in their Physics assessment. Brilliant work!! Selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Reece A, 11H5 for good answers in Physics, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Tyler B, 11E1, Bethany H, 11E1 and Arthur M, 11T2 for continued great work in Physics, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Year 13

Alex G for continued excellent effort in A Level Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 10

Chloe S and Callum W for excellent work dressing the turkeys, selected by Mrs North.

Katey G and Caitlin L for producing some beautiful Christmas wreaths, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Leanne W and Bethany H for their excellent approach to revision for the Animal Care exam, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

Animal Care

Students are now busily preparing for their external exam which will take place on Monday 11th January.

They will sit a mock exam during their animal care lesson next week and have been given paper copies of past papers as well as a copy of the specification. All past papers, mark schemes and examiners reports are also on Teams for students to access. 

In addition, there will be revision sessions until 4pm in room 81 on the following nights:

Wednesday 9th December

Wednesday 16th December 

Wednesday 6th January


I will also do a quick revision session via Teams on Sunday 10th January at 4pm and will send an invite out to all students nearer the time


If you have any questions regarding the exam, please feel free to contact me on north@tahs.org.uk

GCSE Drama

Year 11, GCSE Drama have been working very hard to prepare for their practical GCSE Drama exam next week. They have risen to the challenges of devising work at a social distance with care, tenacity and creativity.

The performance work that they have produced is powerful, relevant and thought provoking.

       

Lucy L and Leanne P in Dominos
Katie L and Evie N in Life is a full circle         

Year 11 Careers Interviews

All year 11s will have had or will be due a 15 minute interview with their Head of house or member of senior team. Following this they will be scheduled a half hour careers appointment with Mrs Tomlinson from Entrust or Mrs Featherstone. This will give them the opportunity to explore their next steps and talk about their careers ideas. There will be some support for college applications and apprenticeships if your child has identified that this is of interest to them.

If your child is isolating at home and is well, you may have already received a phonecall from Mrs Tomlinson. Please contact Featherstone@tahs.net if you need any information or have any questions about your child’s next step.

Career of the week

Job title: Marine Engineer  Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.
Entry requirements:University You would normally need to complete a foundation degree or degree to become a marine engineer. Courses include: marine engineering marine technology naval architecture offshore engineering Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree Apprenticeship You may be able to do a marine engineer advanced apprenticeship, then take further training on the job to qualify. As a qualified engineer, you may be able to apply for a marine technical superintendent degree apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Work You could train as a marine engineering technician with the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy, then study for a marine engineering degree while working.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: maths knowledge knowledge of engineering science and technology the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools knowledge of physics design skills and knowledge thinking and reasoning skills excellent verbal communication skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include: Depending on the industry you work in, your duties could include: shipbuilding, boat-building and repair working in the leisure boat industry designing, building and operating offshore gas and oil platforms marine surveying making sure engines, instruments and systems work safely
What you’ll earn:£24,000 – £55,000
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work away from home. Evenings and Weekends may be required or a normal 35-41 hr working week.
More information:https://www.imarest.org/membership/education-careers/careers-in-the-marine-profession https://apply.army.mod.uk/roles/royal-logistic-corps/marine-engineer

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming Events

College open days

There are a number of college open days coming up, we have provided students with this information on Microsoft teams. Using their TAHS.net log in they can access this information on the link below.

College Information Links

Please do keep a look out on our school website careers tab for information regarding upcoming events and opportunities, as well as a range of other resources to support students with their career planning.

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For men worried about domestic abuse, the respect advice line is a free, non-judgemental  service.

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November 27th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Thankfully, we have been able to welcome our wonderful Year 12 students back into school. I have spoken to many over the last two days and am very happy with how they have engaged with their virtual lessons. I hope that this does not need to happen again but I feel confident that all students within our Sixth Form will be able to make progress. 

We are supporting all students in Year 13 who are completing their UCAS application. To support this further Mrs Dodd has been hosting virtual events where students and parents can drop in and ask for guidance on Teams. Please remember that if you have a question then you can email us on our TAHS.net account.  Please let us know if you would like support with these events.

Unifrog have surpassed themselves again. They are offering webinars for Year 12 and 13 students on work experience as well as guidance on applying for specific types of courses. Today’s support webinar was on the creative arts and they are offering one soon on hospitality. This information is so easily accessible. One way is for your son or daughter to add Unifrog on Instagram and they update their story daily with what is happening.  I find it useful for students who are in Year 11 also.   I cannot express enough how important and useful Unifrog is for all our Sixth Form regardless of their chosen route Post 18.

Next week is our Year 13 virtual parents evening.  You will receive the links to all your child’s teachers and using their Team account you will be able to join the scheduled meetings. If you feel you need some further support with this then please let us know.

Tuesday 1st December period 3 is our second skills session of this half term. All students will need to be with their form tutor for this session.

Focus for both year groups is personal finance.  The session on 16th December will follow on from this.

Also covered during this session will be:

Y13 help/support to complete UCAS applications.  

Y12 discuss EPQ, moocs and Unifrog.  

Please see a member of the Sixth Form team if you need any support with the above.

 

Well Done….

We have received the following message into school – well done whoever you are!

“Yesterday my car broke down outside Bradley House and some of your students helped to push me to safety. I must say I was heartened by their act. Credit to your students.”

Pastoral Update

  • Punctuality – A small number of students are arriving at school up to 15 minutes after their period one lessons have begun. Names of these students are being collated and Head of House detentions are beginning to be issued as of next week.
  • Year 10 – Although it was not ideal having to have our Year 10’s out of school today it was great to see the live lessons taking place today and the engagement from students and staff. We look forward to having you all back in on Monday. 
  • Skills – On Tuesday 2nd December students will be involved in their Skills sessions P3. Students need to go to their form rooms for this session. Year 9 and 10 will be working on e-safety whilst Year 11 will continue looking into Career and Post 16 options.

Achievements

Below are the names of the students that currently have the most points in their house. Well Done!!

Orme – Aimee S 9O1 73 points

Whitmore – Tim W 10W1 62 points

Elkes – Martha B 9E1 55 Points

Torrence – Georgie S 9T2 52 Points

Year 13 Parents Evening

Next week it is the turn of year 13 for their online parents evening. Please make you bookings via Insight and meeting will be on Teams and we will send instructions and links prior to the evening.

News from MFL

Revision sessions

It was a delight to see so many of you last night at revision. The recording is on Teams for anyone who wants to catch up.

There will be one more session, on Thursday 3rd December, in preparation for the next Assessment Week.


You should be revising for listening and writing. Don’t forget to use your ThisIsLanguage.com login, it is the perfect website for listening and vocabulary learning. The writing paper could include the topics of school, house/home, holidays, relationships, pocket money and shopping, and future employment. You can find vocabulary for those topics here https://quizlet.com/join/cAsgBAz6V


Year 9 Success

Following the first topic assessment, we are delighted with the hard work students have put into their French. The following students have done particularly well:

Susie, Luke, Rosanna, Charlie, Isabelle, Calli, Olly, Georgie, Tom, Olivia, Cameron, Neve, Logan, Aileen, Emily, Bethan, Edwin, Joshua, Alex, Charlotte, keeley, Elizabeth, Poppy, Elsie, Caitlin, Catherine, Sam, Alex, Sophie, Victoria, Oliver, Aminah, Ethan, Lewis, Holly, Finn and Daniel.


ThisIsLanguage.com

Mr Noon’s favourite students this week are Polly, Kacper, Klaudia, Eloise, Ellie-Mae, and Ben, because they are in the lead for their respective TiL groups. 10C have crossed the 11,000 point threshold!

Geography Revision Sessions

Year 11 revision will be on Monday 30th November 3:15-4:15, revising the London case study from the Urbanisation topic.

There will also be a revision session on Tuesday 1st December 3:15-4:15 in which Miss Robinson’s 11C group are invited to join in the classroom (room 6a) whilst the other Y11 Geography groups are invited to join via Teams.

This session will be revising coastal processes and erosional landforms.

This weeks ‘Geog your Memory’ revision activity looks at key terms from the Economic World topic, wave-cut platform formation from the Coasts topic and urban regeneration from the Urban Issues and Challenges topic.

Y13 revision sessions will be on Thursday’s afterschool in room 6b. Topics to be announced in lessons.

Budding Coder?

Are you a budding coder or want to learn more about coding to supplement your studies? If so check out this learn at home website from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Raspberry Pi Learn @ Home

https://www.raspberrypi.org/learn/?utm_source=School%20newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=astro_pi&utm_term=Astro%20Pi%20Mission%20Zero&utm_content=Teacher_November_Email%201

English Success

English students of the week this week are:

Yr 13

Emma K, Torin N    

Yr 12

Katie G, Sophie W

Yr 11

Cole M, Brad M, Nathan S, Lucy C, Katie L, Leanne P, Mollie B

Yr 10

Alistair D, Harriet H, Josh W, Evie P, Anthony Y  

Yr 9

Morgan H, Joel M, Joseph N, Alexander C, Bethan P, Charlie E

Elkes News

Another busy week as Christmas seems just around the corner, but I wanted to note this week the great efforts of those Elkes students who’ve garnered the most credits so far this half term. Sophie J, Calli H, Libby L, Isabella G, Noah M and Susie C are keeping their heads up and their efforts strong so far! I was also reminded at parents evening (from home) of some of the fantastic work our year 11s are doing in the community, so want to mention Cole M and Sam B, as well as other members of the school body, who are involved with Uttoxeter cadets and are raising money to support the Royal British Legion this year. Well done to all taking part!

PE Update

Congratulations to George Foster who has been selected by UK Athletics to enrol on the Level 3 Pearson BTEC Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE). This is a great achievement. Only those athletes from across the country that their NGB deem as having the potential to progress to a higher level of elite performance are selected to take part in the course at Loughborough College.

Thank you to Yr11 parents who attended parents evening on Tuesday- if you were unable to meet with your child’s PE teacher the key information is that anyone below a L2D is entered for the exam in February and should be revising. Revision resources are on Teams.  All students also need to be up to date with coursework any questions please contact Mr Barrow.


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams.  All support resources for this are on Teams.


We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.

Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

This Week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Thomas M – Excellent work throughout. Hard work in lessons and always trying his best! Selected by Mr Mitchell.  

Imogen T – Completing all practical work and presenting findings, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Aimee S for excellent commitment to Biology, selected by Mrs North.

Year 10

Cameron B, Jack B, Tim W and Zita M for excellent effort and attainment in Chemistry, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 11

Duncan C – Excellent work and homework on the C6 – Quantitative Chemistry topic, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Tess S – Hard work, resilience and progress in Chemistry lessons, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Josh B – Above and Beyond! – Excellent scores in all Chemistry assessments and exam questions, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Lydia M – Excellent scores consistently across Chemistry topics, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Reuben H for excellent contribution during online lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Max H for enthusiasm in Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Rachel A for commitment and progress in Physics, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13 

Charlie M – Top score on the Chemistry assessment – Aromatics, Polymers and Biochemistry, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Animal Care Students of the Week:

Year 10

Shannon B and Lucy C for producing a stunning Christmas wreath, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

Career of the week

Job title: Make-up artistAlternative titles for this job include Media make-up artist, theatrical make-up artist, make-up designer Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: University You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or a degree in specialist make-up techniques like: make-up for media and performancemedia make-up artistrytheatrical, media and special effects make-up Subjects that show that you have creative flair and good communication skills can be useful for getting on to university make-up artistry courses. These could include: art and designperforming artsdrama or theatre studies You’ll also need creative talent and a print or online portfolio to demonstrate your skills. You’ll usually need: 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree College You could study for a qualification in media make-up, like: Level 2 Certificate in Make-upLevel 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-upLevel 3 Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course Apprenticeship You’ll usually need: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship You can do specialist make-up and beauty courses through private beauty schools. You can also get a job as an assistant in a salon and train on the job.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: design skills and knowledge the ability to work well with your hands the ability to work well with others to be thorough and pay attention to detail to be flexible and open to change excellent verbal communication skills the ability to use your initiative patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include: In this role you could be: researching and designing make-up and hairstylesworking to production designers’ notes and instructionstidying and styling hairusing special effects make-uptaking notes and photos for referencebeing on set to redo make-up and hairremoving make-up and keeping wigs and hairpieces in good condition
What you’ll earn:Variable
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at a TV studio, in a theatre, on a film set or at a film studio. You could be freelance / self-employed or work for an organisation. You will usually work 35-40 hours a week and most beatican
More information:Many make-up artists work freelance and develop their career by building a network of contacts and getting recommendations from their clients. With experience, you could progress to chief make-up artist or make-up designer. You could also develop specialist skills, for example applying body art or making facial or body moulds for creating and fitting prosthetics. You could move into areas like fashion and photography, print and digital media or special effects. You might also specialise in medical aesthetics, using make-up techniques to hide scars and skin conditions to improve a client’s psychological wellbeing and confidence.

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming Events

College open days

There are a number of college open days coming up, we have provided students with this information on Microsoft teams. Using their TAHS.net log in they can access this information on the link below.

College Information Links

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on

https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

WorldSkills UK LIVE online:

Spotlight Talks on Careers, Apprenticeships and excellence in partnership with BAE Systems kicks off today with three days of inspiring talks.

Leading employers and role models speak about their unique experiences. Giving students a greater understanding of what different careers entail, inspiring them to make informed decisions about their future.

You can register for the event at https://www.worldskillsuk.org/directions/worldskills-uk-live-online/spotlight-talks-on-careers-apprenticeships-and-excellence-in-partnership-with-bae-systems?dm_i=5BD4%2cAEY1%2c1DFSYU%2c16E6Y%2c1 and even if they cannot attend then the sessions will be recorded and available on demand.

Highlights will include: Engineer Roma Agrawal MBE talk about about her career and her work on The Shard, Foxdog Studios will be creating a massively-multi online game in one day, Medical Mavericks will explore amazing careers in the NHS and Olympian Peter Bakare will speak about using goal setting techniques

Please do keep a look out on our school website careers tab for information regarding upcoming events and opportunities, as well as a range of other resources to support students with their career planning.

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November 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week has been more an unusual one as we prepared to deliver lessons live to students self-isolating at home. I had a Year 13 class so I had a mixture of students in my classroom and students accessing the live lesson from home. It worked very well and I pleased that my history students had the opportunity to join in the class whilst at home.  I hope that, if I need to do this again, I will not feel as nervous using this technology.  If you have any questions about accessing these lessons for your child then please email me.

We have been working through UCAS applications this week and have managed to send a further 15.  Mrs Dodd has held live session every day this week which all students in Year 13 have been able to access, unless they were in a lesson.  These are all displayed on their calendar in Teams.  We are having a lot of personal statements being sent through to us and we are working through them. Some simple mistakes on the application itself is that their A level or BTEC subjects are not being added to their education section, these should be recorded as pending.

This week all of Year 12 had live skills session, run by Mrs Dodd, and Year 13 had contact time with their form teachers. At the Year 13 session we discussed UCAS applications and interview techniques. It is difficult to plan for an interview but the more they can work on general responses to questions and find positives about themselves the easier the interview will feel.

Please see below for Year 11:

We are currently meeting each Year 11 student and conducting a brief interview with them to help support their future intentions.  We are offering support with Unifrog, helping with revision strategies and discussing Post-16 opportunities. These interviews are not all focused around our 6th Form but also asking them to look at college courses to ensure that there is transparency in the careers advice that we offer.  We do have the facility to offer outside careers support, one-to-one interview via Teams with Mrs Tomlinson. 

The deadline for Year 11 to apply to the 6th Form is January 29th.  All guidance is on the Future Intention Teams and they can email any of the 6th Form Team including Mrs Featherstone if they would like further support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPbQVxIElCA This link will enable students to watch the 6th Form video. I have conducted nearly 20 interviews so far and I am pleased with how many students are wanting to attend TAHS 6th Form in September 2021.  If you would like help, guidance or would like to ask any questions then please email me young@’tahs.net .

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

This is now open for bookings, meetings will take place on MS Teams via your child’s account.

Full instructions will be emailed to all year 11 parents.

RS – Revision skills

Year 9 and Year 10 have started completing some great revision resources this week on key topics.  Connection maps and revision clocks are a great way of recording lots of key information in a concise way. Could these approaches be useful in other subjects?

UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge

On Thursday 5th November 4 Year 13 and 9 Year 12 A-level maths students took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge. 

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.  It encourages mathematical reasoningprecision 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. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

The results are in and all of the students did well.  Congratulations to Amelia and Dylan in Year 12 who achieved the silver standard.  However, one student achieved the gold standard and has qualified for the next round, the Senior Kangaroo.  A huge well done to Alex in Year 13 and good luck with the Kangaroo!

News from MFL

Year 11 Revision

It was a delight to see so many of you last night at revision. The recording is on Teams for anyone who wants to catch up.
There will be two more sessions, on Thursday 26th November and Thursday 3rd December, in preparation for the next Assessment Week.You should be revising for listening and writing. Don’t forget to use your ThisIsLanguage.com login, it is the perfect website for listening and vocabulary learning. The writing paper could include the topics of school, house/home, holidays, relationships, pocket money and shopping, and future employment. You can find vocabulary for those topics here https://quizlet.com/join/cAsgBAz6V


ThisIsLanguage.com

10C are ruling supreme at the top of the class leaderboard with nearly 11,000 points. 11A are 2nd with over 7,400, followed by 11C, 10D, 11D and the y9s who have earned a TiL membership. The leading students for each group are Elois, Ellie-Mae, Polly, Kacper, Klaudia and Ben.

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11 Revision:

Well done to the Y11 students who attended the revision session on Tuesday, either in person or via Teams – your contributions and discussions during these sessions are extremely valuable towards your revision and this shows all of your great effort that you’re putting in!

Next week’s revision session will be on Wednesday 25th November running from 3:15-4:15, with Mrs Goodwin’s 11A group invited to attend in room 6a. In this session we will be looking at the London case study for the Urban Issues and Challenges topic.

 I hope to see as many of you as possible (either in person or via Teams).

Any questions, please speak to Miss Robinson.


We have also attached a ‘Geog your Memory!’ revision activity for you to use to kickstart your revision. This weeks ‘Geog your memory’ recaps processes from the Coasts topic (which you studied in Y10) as well as exam style questions on more recent topics you have studied, covering the formation of tropical storms from your Hazards topic.


Y13 Revision sessions:Revision sessions will be after-school on Thursdays, topics that will be covered during these sessions will be announced via Teams. Any questions, please speak to Mr Harris.

English Success

The English staff would like to congratulate so many of the students for continuing to really push themselves and engage so positively in the subject. Particular note goes to our rather lengthy list of nominees for student of the week – some of whom were nominated by more than one member of staff! Well done to:

Yr 13

Eleanor P, Jack R

Yr 12

Sophie W

Yr 11


Joe H, Joe W, Harry S, Ben A, Liliana K, Jacob B, Leighton T, Bradley M

Yr 10


Jack B, Harry F, Chloe F, Grace A, Dylan C

Yr 9

Jack G, Henry M, Victoria H, Kristers L, Oliver H-P

Rotary Writing Competition

Mrs Brophy is coordinating the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Writing Competition. Please see Mrs Brophy for an Entrance form and competition information or email at brophy.tahs.net

PE Update

Reminder to Yr11 to  make parents evening appointments for Tue 24th Nov on insight for anyone taking BTEC Sport.
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.

Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Issy G, Scarlett BW and Aimee S have been selected by Mrs North for an excellent result in their first Biology assessment.

Year 10

Amelie R, Georgie F, Harry F, George B, Joel A and George P all for particularly successful eye dissections! Selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

Mia, Freya, Isla, Evie, Isabelle and Lewis for excellent results in their Physics assessment, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Jake P for real improvement in his test score, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Byron BW for his most original answer to a test question! Selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Kacey L for a big improvement in her test score, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11 Animal Care Students of the Week

Tyler B, Sophie G, Jessie J, Isla McF, Blake P, Rebecca W, Lucy H, Harvey C, Liam P, Katie B, Josh G, Nat S, Ben W, Ollie G, Tilly S. 

Mrs North has selected all 15 students for exceeding their target grades in the recent Animal Care assessment which is looking good in preparation for their external exam in January!

Very well done!

Career of the week

Job title:Veterinary Nurse
Entry requirements:University: You could do a foundation degree or degree in veterinary nursing accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree   Apprenticeships: You can do a veterinary nursing advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science   College   You can study full time for a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at college. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has a list of approved training organisations. Entry requirements You’ll need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science   You’ll need some work experience before you start training. You could volunteer with a vet, a local kennel or animal welfare centre, or with animal charities like the PDSA or RSPCA.   Colleges Local to us who offer these courses are:   https://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/courses/veterinary-care/?courseid=QRW3EEZVET https://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/academy-animal-equine-veterinary-nursing/ https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/careers-courses/curriculum-areas/animal-care?highlight=WyJ2ZXRlcmluYXJ5Il0=    
What skills will I need?You’ll need: the ability to work well with others to be thorough and pay attention to detail customer service skills patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations excellent verbal communication skills active listening skills the ability to work well with your hands the ability to use your initiative to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include:In this role you could: speak to animal owners to find out the problem take blood and urine samples from animals take x-rays prepare animals for treatment and assist vets during treatment give injections, medication and remove stitches talk to pet owners about how to care for their animals take care of in-patient animals supervise and help to train other assistants update records You could work at a veterinary practice or at an animal welfare centre. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding. You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.
What you’ll earn:£18,000 Starter to £26,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:Rota, evenings and weekends likely.  
More information:https://bvna.org.uk/careers/

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

A spotlight on BTECS

BTECs are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. This means BTEC learners develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for. At sixth form we are offering a wide range of these applied courses in Health and Social Care, ICT, Applied Science, Forensic Science and Sport. You can find out more about these courses and our entry requirements in our 6th form prospectus.

The BTECworks website also offers a comprehensive guide to the different courses and helps students to explore potential career routes.

https://btecworks.com/student

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 13th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I would recommend that you read Mrs Rudge’s Parent News each week. It contains relevant and up to date information regarding Covid 19, this week’s edition was sent to parents on 12th November.

Due to the ever-changing situation we find ourselves in can I ask you to remind your child that Years 12 and 13 need to use separate study areas within the school.  Year 12 are to have access to the wooden gym (face coverings must be worn in their unless eating or drinking) and Year 13 must use the common room and the study room (again face coverings must be worn).  When students are moving from lesson to lesson they must wear a face covering when inside the building, they must also be socially distancing.

Bradley Street car park is not to be used by our Sixth Form students, we do not have an agreement in place from The British Legion. Students must also not park their cars in the staff carpark as these spaces are needed by school staff. 

As the weather is starting to become a little colder can I ask that the uniform is maintained as much as possible. If needed then please were a jumper or ‘layers’ to ensure warmth, we do have to keep the windows open in the lesson to ensure airflow.

UCAS applications are being sent every day, if your son or daughter would like some help with theirs then please ask them to email their form tutor or myself (younge@tahs.net) and we will assist.  Remember that each week there are apprenticeships being added to Unifrog, again if any help is needed with this then ask them to email me.

6TH FORM SKILLS SESSION, MONDAY 16TH P3

As part of scheduled tutor time, there will be a Y12 and Y13 skills session on Monday p3.  As a priority, Y13 are being encouraged to complete their UCAS applications during this session.  Please can students bring in a laptop or mobile device which they can work on.  There will also be advice on personal branding and interviews.  Y12 will be working on enrichment such as EPQs and moocs.

Important reminder to all Sixth Form students.

All students must sign in and out, please scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.


Images of the QR code to scan are situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.
All students must use this system if they are leaving school and when returning into school if it is on the same day.  This is in order for us to ensure the safety of our students and to adhere to safeguarding and fire safety regulations.

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

This is now open for bookings, meetings will take place on MS Teams via your child’s account and full instructions will be sent next week

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessments

The next formal year 11 assessments will take place at the end of this half-term. Students will take both a listening paper and a writing paper. The writing paper could include the topics of school, house/home, holidays, relationships, pocket money and shopping, and future employment. You can find vocabulary for those topics here https://quizlet.com/join/cAsgBAz6V

Year 11 Revision sessions

The first wave of revision sessions start next Thursday, 19th November, and will run for three weeks. Foundation will be in room 10 with Mr Noon, and Higher will be in room 11 with Mrs Clemett. Spaces are limited, so some students will be invited. All materials and a recording will be on TEAMS.


ThisIsLanguage.com leaderboard

In no particular order, the top scorers for each group are currently:

  • Polly
  • Leo
  • Eloise
  • Ben
  • Ellie-Mae
  • Kacper

Polly currently reigns supreme, closely followed by Kacper. More interestingly, 11C are dominating the class leaderboard, with over 1000 points more than their nearest rivals, 11A.

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

All of year 9 have been set a homework with Computing to take part in the Bebras Challenge. A national computational thinking competition that also gives us a fantastic insight into the skill level of the students.

This is run and adminiastered by Oxford University and we encourage all students to take part over the coming week.

Full details are on insight and for any login details simply send Mr Cartwright a chat message on Teams.

Geography Revision Sessions

Well done to the Y11 students who attended Wednesday nights revision session. For anyone who was unable to attend, the session was recorded on Teams and is available to be watched back (this is on the Y11 Geography Teams, under the live revision sessions tab).


Next week’s revision will be on Tuesday 17th November running at an earlier time from 3:15-4:15. Again, this will be recorded and available on Teams if you are unable to join the live session. Miss Robinson’s 11D Geography class are invited to attend the session in person (please come to room 6a), with the other Y11 Geography classes invited to join via Teams.


Any questions, please see Miss Robinson.

SEND Appeal

In these, uncertain times facing us all it becomes even more important to reach out to those around us who need support.  The community of Thomas Alleyne’s over the years has prided itself on the way it supports diversity and the school mission statement for all is opportunity, progress and individuality. As a special needs department, we request that you discuss these with your son and daughter and what do they mean in support of pupils with SEND or if they are aware of pupils who  

Special needs are not always visible, they can be cognitive or emotional, we are asking that all pupils be supportive of each other if they see their peers or friends in distress with a situation or a task.  Where the need is physical please encourage the young person to be supportive of the individual, rather than the first question being can I have a go (of the crutches) or what have you done? Ask how can I help you?  Or hold a door open.  Small acts of kindness and appreciation can go a long way in an already busy, stressful climate.

Please discuss the above with your son or daughter and if you have any concerns or require further support please contact Mr Godwin or Mrs Oliver at school.

Pastoral Updates

Achievements

Congratulations to the students below. These students have accrued the most achievement points in their house this year so far. It is a fantastic achievement and reflects their continued hard work. 
Orme – Aimee S 54

Whitmore – Tim W 51

Torrence – Georgie S 50

Elkes – Martha B 47

In addition over 90 students have now achieved their Bronze Award. Well done everyone.


Uniform

As a result of the increasingly cold weather, given that windows need to be open, students are being able to wear jumpers in classrooms. Jumpers should be dark blue or black and blazers can be worn over these. All hoods must be down in lessons and hats removed. Students must wear school trousers or skirts. 

Face Coverings

We would like to remind students and parents that students have a social responsibility to protect themselves and others against the spread of Covid. We want to remind students that they must use their face coverings at all times when inside in communal areas. We appreciate that on occasion students may forget or lose their covering and we do therefore have provide students with a covering in these circumstances. That said we are encouraging students to be responsible with their covering and if the student requires a replacement on more than 3 occasions within a half term an after school detention will be issued with a HOH


Punctuality


Please can I remind students of the importance of being on time to school and to lessons. Students should be on the school site at 8.35am in order to commence their lessons period one at 8.40am. 


Community conduct


As a part of Thomas Alleyne’s School it is important that when you are out in the community behaviour reflects the standards that we would expect to see in school. Students are representatives of Thomas Alleyne’s and we are very proud of our students. We want the community of Uttoxeter to also be proud and therefore it is important that we behave in an appropriate and respectable manner. 

Year 11 Future Intentions

All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Future Intentions Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2021 is available in this team.

Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Whitmore

Miss Jones and I have been impressed at how well students have adapted to the changes since returning to school. We would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements of Whitmore students who have achieved more than 30 credits since September. Your bronze badge and certificate will be with you shortly. Well Done!

Year 9 – S. Omuso, O. Radley, L. Edwards, M. Hemmings, O. Plant, B. Smith, H. Timmis, L. Cunningham, J. Boot,  T. Thompson, T. Martins, G. Spink, A. Walker, H. Brandrick, W. Bulmer, J. Clay, P. Bettany, and V. Heathcote,

Year 10 – T. Wild, N. Wilson, and B. Jones

Year 11 – H. Leech, E. Naylor, M. Plant, L. Lowther, Te. Shelley, Ti. Shelley, I. Rose, and S. Archer

If you need email myself at  arbery@tahs.net and Miss Jones at jones@tahs.net

Torrance

Now that we are two weeks into the new half term I would like to congratulate students on adapting to the new timetable changes and continuing to follow all guidance around school to keep each other as safe as possible. There are a number of students who I would like to congratulate on achieving 30 or more credits. Their bronze pin badges will be awarded in the skills session on Monday if they did not receive one before half term. 

Well done to…

Georgie Slack, Vicky Nowak, Ali Moustapha, Carly Dowling, Liliana Kelsall, Willow Moss, Alex Endsor, Charlie Fairbrother, Oliver Humphreys-Paige, Lucas Waldron-Slater, Shannon Bagnall, Isla McFadzean, Chloe Nixon, Alisha Clarke, Polly Jones, Maisie Lawrie, Molly Wood, George Astbury, Keeley Slack, Holly Thompson and Lauren Nixon.

I look forward to presenting more students with their pin badges in the future and I am sure it won’t take long for students to reach their silver pin badge. 

In skills sessions this half term Year 9 and 10 students will have time to reflect on the first half term of this academic year and discuss with their tutors that has gone well, how to progress further and any support they may need. They will also be focusing on the topic of e-safety with both year groups having a session dedicated to the use of social media. Year 11 skills sessions will be focusing on careers and their post-16 options following on from the apprenticeship talk they had at the end of last half term.  

English Success

Congratulations to those students who have been put forward for this week’s student of the week by your English teachers.

They are:
Year 9: Will D, Oakley P, Cameron B, Kristers L, Lily C


Year 10: Jacob R, Alistair D, Edward F

Year 11: Alex P, Tiffany B, Duncan C, Lily M

Year 12: Rob F, Imogen N


Year 13: Tom F, Maddie A

Year 9 Photographs

The Year 9 student photographs have arrived and will be given out during the skills lesson on Monday 16th November. Please be aware, if your order form was handed in late then your photographs have not arrived yet and will be given out in a skills lesson when they do. 

PE Update

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.

We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.

PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

Science News

Y11 will be sitting a short trial exam during the next assessment window.

Students taking triple award science will sit a separate exam in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students taking trilogy science (sets 3,4 and 5) will sit one exam which covers all 3 sciences.

Triple Assessment

Biology Assessment – B6 – Infection and Disease, B3 – Bioenergetics (Respiration and Photosynthesis)

Chemistry Assessment – C6 – Quantitative Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, C4 – Rates of Reaction

Physics Assessment – P6 – Nuclear Physics (Radioactive particles), P5 – Electricity

Trilogy Assessment

Biology – B6 – Infection and Disease

Chemistry – C6 – Quantitative Chemistry

Physics – P6 – Nuclear Physics (Radioactive particles)

Please take time to review these topics using revision guides, revision workbooks, bbc bitesize, GCSEpod and your school exercise books.

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Alex H, Sam L, Joseph N, James R, Tom L and Lily C – all students were selected by Mrs Hughes for excellent work in Chemistry lessons and a great result in their first test.

Year 10

Henry A and Casey H for excellent effort and exemplary behaviour in lessons – selected by Mr Crum.

Lucy O, Hannah C and Charlotte J for excellent contribution to Physics lessons – selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 11

Lucy C for great engagement and contribution in lessons and Sam P for fabulous independent revision for the end of unit assessment – selected by Mrs Simpson.

Poppy B for brilliant balancing of combustion equations in Chemistry and Leia W for consistently high scores on all Biology assessments – selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Jack D and Isobel W for an excellent result in their Chemistry test – selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 13 Applied Science

Lily E and Georgia F for excellent effort in a recent past exam paper – selected by Mrs North.

Vicky C and Rachel A for determining a very accurate melting point of methyl 3-nitrobenzoate – selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 10 Animal Care

Keira F and Erin B for excellent commitment to course work – selected by Mrs North.

Year 11 Animal Care

Lucy M, Lucy H, Fallon C and Gabby S for excellent engagement in lesson and in homework – selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

After school revision sessions for year 13 biology, room 100, 3.15-4pm.

Virtual Coffee Morning

Career of the week

Job title:Events managers organise and run promotional, business and social events.
Entry requirements:University: You can take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in: events management marketing communications Apprenticeships: You could do an events assistant advanced apprenticeship. ·        Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship   There is no set entry route to become an events manager but it may be useful to go to college to do a relevant course like: Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management Some courses in travel and tourism may include an events planning option.You’ll usually need: 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course or 4 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course   You can also apply directly for jobs within Events management directly, it is incredibly competitive but you can work your work up within the industry. Volunteering for events is also a good route in as it enables you to establish a network.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: Customer service skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure the ability to work well with others to be flexible and open to change leadership skills excellent verbal communication skills maths skills to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Day to Day tasks could include:In this role you could be: discussing what the client wants coming up with original ideas for events agreeing budgets and timescales with the client researching venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiating prices booking venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies hiring and supervising contractors such as caterers and security publicising the event making sure that everything runs smoothly on the day ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed managing a team
What you’ll earn:£17,000 Starter to £80,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:You will need to be willing to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays. You may also need to travel away from home and working hours during events can be long.
More information:https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/events-manager https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/event-manager

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

A spotlight on BTECS

BTECs are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work. This means BTEC learners develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for. At sixth form we are offering a wide range of these applied courses in Health and Social Care, ICT, Applied Science, Forensic Science and Sport. You can find out more about these courses and our entry requirements in our 6th form prospectus.

The BTECworks website also offers a comprehensive guide to the different courses and helps students to explore potential career routes.

https://btecworks.com/student

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Toyota have sent us an email to inform us of their new apprenticeship opportunities for 2021.  They will be hiring 36 students for our Production Apprenticeship and 12 for our Maintenance Apprenticeship. They are hosting open evenings which need to be booked https://recruitment.toyotauk.com/  on

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

This could be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students and worth having a look at.

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

What a good start to the new half term!

All students have been given a new timetable, as well as this being on Insight over half term we have now printed each student their own copy. If your child has not collected theirs then please see Mrs Walton next week. Furthermore, all Year 12 students should now have received their 6th Form lanyard, these are also ready to collect from Mrs Walton.

We hope that you can support us in a change government legislation next week. All communal areas within the school now require all students to wear face coverings, for our Sixth Formers this does mean that from Monday all students must wear their face covering in the corridors and whilst they are in the wooden gym, the common room, the study room and the Ede Studio. This is compulsory, unless your child is exempt. 

If your child drives to school then please ask them to read the notice that I have sent to all Year 12 and 13 students on Outlook and Insight regarding parking.

Year 13 students who have completed or nearly completed their UCAS application well done, lets see if we can submit the majority before the first week in December.

Uniform


We continue to increase heating in school to compensate as much as possible for the windows being open. Please encourage students to wear layers under their school uniform if they feel cold. They can also wear their blazers in class which add an extra layer. Underneath this we encourage them to wear a dark blue or black sweatshirt. 

Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Virtual Parents Evening Tuesday 24th November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Please make your appointments on Insight which goes live on Monday.

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessment

For the next Year 11 assessment week, students should prepare for listening and writing. Use your ThisIsLanguage account for easy listening and vocabulary practice. For writing, learn and revise key phrases from all previous writing tasks, and make sure you have learned the relevant scripts for the different types of task you will encounter. More details to follow in lessons.


ThisIsLanguage – The battle heats up

Eloise in year 10 has used half-term well, earning over 1,000 points and claiming not just top spot in Year 10, but top spot for the WHOLE SCHOOL.She is followed closely by Polly in year 11, and Ben in year 9 continues to have the best score-to-time ratio. Can anyone in 11C or D claw back some points and get in the running?


GCSE entries for other languages

Mr Noon will be contacting all students who, according to school data, could be entered for a GCSE in a language not taught at the school. If you do not get an email on Outlook and think you should, come see him in room 10.


Funny videoMr Noon’s favourite MFL-related video, it’s all about how German sounds so much better than every other language.

https://youtu.be/-_xUIDRxdmc

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

All of year 9 have been set a homework with Computing to take part in the Bebras Challenge. A national computational thinking competition that also gives us a fantastic insight into the skill level of the students.

This is run and adminiastered by Oxford University and we encourage all students to take part over the coming week.

Full details are on insight and for any login details simply send Mr Cartwright a chat message on Teams.

Geography Revision Sessions

Starting from next week, year 11 Geography revision sessions will begin, with the first session on Wednesday 11th November. Each year 11 Geography class will have the opportunity to stay for the revision session in room 6a (Miss Robinson’s room), though this is limited to one year 11 group per week in order to make sure there are not too many students in the classroom at one time. For this reason, a timetable has been created to allow each of the Geography groups prior notice for their session in which they are invited to stay for the revision session.

If your Geography class is not on the timetable to stay in school for the revision session, you will be able to join the revision session via Teams, as each of these sessions will be live on Teams (which will also then be saved and uploaded onto the Year 11 Geography Teams if you are unable to attend the session either in person or remotely).Any questions, please feel free to speak to Miss Robinson.

History

Well done to Year 10 and Year 11 for some fantastic examination results. Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson can see that a lot of revision has taken place

PE Update

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams – saved. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. 
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in NOW. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.
We have been really impressed with students’ engagement in PE lessons since September.We are now delivering practical PE lessons.  The activities delivered are based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

  • Black TAHS polo shirt
  • Reversible TAHS rugby shirt ( This is for all outdoor lessons not just rugby)
  • Black Shorts
  • Black Football socks
  • Black Swimming shorts / Swimming costume
  • Shin Pads (Must be worn for Football and Hockey)
  • Gum Shield (Must be worn for Hockey and Rugby)
  • Football Boots 
  • Indoor Trainers

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.

English Success

For English this week we would like to say welcome back to the students and congratulations to lots of you for a good start to this half term. Well done in particular to our students of the week:
Year 9: Cicely H, Dylan H, Isobel H

Year 10: Connor H, Harmony G, Max D, Harry B, Thomas A

Year 11: Jessica R, Emily P, Martha M, Eisha B, Elizabeth S

Year 12: Martha M


Year 13: Chloe L

Science News

Science News

Our Year 9 students have been issued with GCSE Exam Practice Workbooks to help with their Science studies.  Sets 1 and 2, studying the separate sciences, have received a Biology, Chemistry and Physics Workbook. Students in sets 3 and 4 have received a ‘Combined Science’ Workbook.

Students who have not received the Workbooks or those who think they may have received incorrect books will need to see their Science teacher from Monday 9th November.

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Charlie F and Isabelle G for an amazing result in their Biology assessment, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 10

Yasmin L for fantastic improvement of her assessment scores, selected by Miss Thorley.

Jason A for much improved attitude to learning, selected by Mrs Thorley.

Year 11

Katie L, Tilly S and Sonny W for an excellent result in their Chemistry assessment, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Ali M and Isabelle M for good work in Biology this week, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Year 12

Reuben H and Izzy W for excellent engagement in A Level Biology lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Isobel W, Freya H, Tom J and Jack D for their commitment to A Level Chemistry, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 12 Forensic Science

Caitlyn J, Caitlyn W, Evie D, Eleanor W, Alex P and Kerys E for an excellent start in their genetics coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Year 13

Okyanus A and Katie L for working hard in A Level Biology, selected by Mr Milward.

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 10

Keira F, Anouska H, Caitlyn L for excellent engagement in coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Ben B, Nat S and Millie P for excellent engagement in lessons, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

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Young Writer Competition

Elkes

A few weeks ago I wrote about the effort rankings on reports and highlighted the year 10 students who were at the top of the Elkes tree. (When parents have access to reports on Insight, one of the numbers is the ‘average effort grade’, and it’s basically a score out of 4, where a 4 would mean ‘Excellent’ (the best possible’) and a 1 would be ‘Unacceptable’ (the least possible) in all of their subjects.)

This week, the year 9 effort rankings have shown the following students as warranted tremendous congratulations!

Martha B, Susie C, Cicely H, Alex L, Joshua F, Laura G, Calli H, Amelia U, Harriet K, Tilly C, Chloe S-A, Olivia Y.

Extra special mention to Martha and Alex who are the first year 9’s to reach their bronze badge for getting 30 credits!

Career of the week

I have chosen this weeks career as it came up in an article I was reading earlier in the week. I personally had never heard of of a Cartographer so thought I would share it!

Job title:Cartographers collect information about the geography of an area to design and produce maps, charts and plans.
Entry requirements:University: You can take a degree in: geography, geographical information systems (GIS), land surveying, earth sciences or oceanography. You’ll usually need 2 to 3 A levels for a degree Apprenticeships: You could complete a geospatial survey technician advanced apprenticeship, or geospatial mapping degree apprenticeship. You’ll usually need:4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship Other Routes: If you want to work as a cartographer in the armed forces, you can apply to the British army as a geographic technician, or the Royal Air Force as an air cartographer. After you leave the services, you could use your experience to find work in commercial cartography and mapping.
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of geography maths knowledge to be thorough and pay attention to detail analytical thinking skills excellent written communication skills excellent verbal communication skills design skills and knowledge the ability to work well with others to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Day to Day tasks could include:  using desktop publishing and specialist computer software designing digital or paper based maps checking maps and charts are accurate and to scale editing maps, adding and removing new roads, structures or landmarks collecting and analysing data from remote sensors on satellites and planes using GIS to model and analyse landscape features plotting the heights and positions of geographical features from aerial photographs carrying out topographic surveys of the land and hydrographic surveys of the sea and coastal areas
What you’ll earn:£18,000 Starter to £45,000 Experienced
Working hours, patterns and environment:With experience you could become a senior cartographer and manage mapping projects and staff. 

If you specialise in working with GIS, you could apply for Chartered Geographer (GIS) status

You could also work on a freelance basis, but you’ll need your own mapping equipment.
More information:https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/cartographer https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/cartographer

Information sourced directly from www.nationalcareersservice.com If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Success for School parent booklet

Success for schools have put together a free guide on careers. It is full of advice to help you steer your child through the confusing world of careers choices and has information about university, apprenticeships and work experience.

To download your copy you need to click on the link below:

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

Army Officer – A Female Perspective – 9th November  – 7-9pm

Join a panel of female Army Officers and Officer Cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to hear about life in the Army from a female perspective. Spaces are limited and so if you are interested the register as soon as possible on the link below.

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

Virtual Apprenticeship sessions for Teachers and Parents – 19th November – 6.30pm 

The ASK project and the National Apprenticeship Service are hosting sessions aimed at parents and teachers to give them information to fully understand apprenticeships. The sessions are free to attend.

The session will aim to break down myths and challenge misconceptions about the apprenticeship pathway. We’ll give a complete overview on what the apprenticeship pathway now entails, the levels of apprenticeships available, and how to best support their children through the application process. Plus, there’ll be the opportunity to ask our expert presenter questions.

Full information and session times can be accessed on the link below. Places are limited for sessions, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

The National Apprenticeship show will take place virtually this year with over 40 Exhibitors promoting apprenticeship opportunities. The day will run from 9.30 – 4.30pm If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship then this is worth a look. You can register your interest on https://nas.vfairs.com/en/registration

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Toyota have sent us an email to inform us of their new apprenticeship opportunities for 2021.  They will be hiring 36 students for our Production Apprenticeship and 12 for our Maintenance Apprenticeship. They are hosting open evenings which need to be booked https://recruitment.toyotauk.com/  on

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

This could be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students and worth having a look at.

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