February 14th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Please find below our final round up of the term. We wish you a very happy half term. 

As part of our ongoing Future Intention support programme for Year 12 students, it is proposed to arrange a visit on Friday 28th February 2020 to the Careers Live Convention in Birmingham. We will be leaving school at 8.30am and the predicted time of return is 3.05pm.  Students will be registered on the coaches prior to departure. The day offers an opportunity for students to explore a range of talks including information about student life, choosing a career, working a certain industry, applying for university, apprenticeships and much more.

The cost of this trip will be £10.00 per student.  Deadline for payment is Tuesday 25th February 2020

Consent forms to be returned to the Sixth Office by Tuesday 25th February 2020.

This is a great opportunity, so much so that we have offered it to our Year 13 students who have not applied to university. There will be a range of apprenticeship providers and students will be encouraged to seek out opportunities for themselves.

Last week was the Year 12 assessment week. All Year 12 students were ‘put through their paces’ as each classroom teacher assessed them on prior learning. This data will be formulated and passed back to students so they can see the positive progress they are making. This assessment week will also enable classroom teachers and the Sixth Form Team to see who may need academic support and intervention. This is a positive process that allows us to support the student to help bridge gaps in knowledge, help with confidence and also deliver revision strategies to those that may need further support.

With half term upon us, it is that time when I ask you to support your child in Year 13 and help them plan a revision timetable for their final set of examinations at TAHS.  We need them to ensure they have enough revision time scheduled per week and to encourage them to ensure that they do have time for themselves.  If you would like help with this then please contact Mrs Walton and she will forward your email or query to their classroom teachers.

Year 12 students should now be looking at the ‘super curricular’ activities, by completing  Moocs, using online learning platforms such as Future Learn etc. All of these platforms enable students to look deeper into their subject content and to discover a greater understanding of aspects of the subject specification. Using Unifrog is a great way to look at this.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back

Y12

As part of keeping students safe, please watch this BBC clip about a prolific offender and then a Drink Aware video about staying safe on a night out:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=prolific+rapist+uk&&view=detail&mid=0B826DBA6283C3DEAC770B826DBA6283C3DEAC77&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dprolific%2Brapist%2Buk%26FORM%3DHDRSC3


https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/staying-safe-while-drinking/stay-with-your-pack/


Y13

As part of keeping students safe, please watch these clips about staying safe on a night out.  The first is advice from Cambridge University, the second is from the Canals & Rivers Trust:


https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=staying+safe+on+a+night+out&&view=detail&mid=2618215B6135040DFBC12618215B6135040DFBC1&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dstaying%2Bsafe%2Bon%2Ba%2Bnight%2Bout%26FORM%3DHDRSC3

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/stay-safe-on-your-night-out

Year 9 Options

The options form has now gone ‘LIVE’ on insight. Please make sure that students are on their own account (and not parental account) to complete the form.


The options process closes on Wednesday 26th February

Revision

In order to support the run up to external exams we wish to share some ideas with you. Over half term please ask your child about their revision timetable and how they plan to get ready for the exams.  You may find the attached information about ‘revisiting content’ useful.

A Monster Calls

The trip to see ‘A Monster Calls’ is on Wednesday 19th February. Please ensure you return any outstanding medical forms and arrive at school for 12:10. 

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 parents evening is now live on insight, http://www.thonasalleynes.org.

Please check you appointments to see if you have missed any teachers – they are going fast!

If you have issues with insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Business in Berlin

Year 12 Business Studies arrived in a Berlin on Thursday and spent the day exploring and experiencing the Brandenburg Gate and even got to see a couple of ambassadors driving away from an important meeting at the Reichstag.

Friday was an early start to the BMW Motorcycle factory, an escape room experience and taking in the incredible view from the glass dome of the Reichstag, all whilst travelling around the city using the underground and tram systems! Still to come chocolate factory at Ritter Sport, Hard Rock cafe, bunker experience and Walking tour of Berlin. 

One student said: the few days we have spent in Berlin was one of my best experiences ever, the culture is different from England and on every street there is an impressive building.

Sports News

Eleanor Punchard in the sixth form, won silver in the English Indoor Rowing Championships at Manchester velodrome.


Berie Ingram was 9th in the County Cross Country Championships.

Year 9 Netball Vs Deferrers

The unbeaten run continued for the Year 9 netball team. Another high standard game was played by both teams. Alleyne’s controlled each quarter and this was reflected in the score. Amelie was voted player of the match for her high quality shooting.The movement with Megan and Amelie in the D allowed for lots of shooting opportunities close to the net.Hattie, Lucy, Kiera, and Evie jumped to intercept or collect rebounds in the defensive third. Whilst Molly, Lucy L and Flo made space in wide areas to create space on the court. An excellent game which finished 19-8 to TAHS

Y10 Girls Netball 

1st Orme, 2nd Torrance, 3rd Elkes, 4th Whitmore

Year 9 House Netball

1st Whitmore,  2nd Elkes,  3rd Orme,  4th Torrance 

Boys House Football

Year 9
1st Torrance, 2nd Orme, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Elkes

Year 10
1st – Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance 

Year 11
1st Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

CREST Award

The CREST award is now being offered for Y10 students! This award, overseen by the British Science Association, will run weekly and involves students working independently or in groups to plan and run a project addressing a real-world STEM problem. We will be working towards gaining Silver awards from CREST which you will be able to write about on CV’s and personal statements and the skills you learn and develop will be able to be applied to your GCSE science studies. There are many project ideas available such as ‘Detect Fraud Using Chromatography’, ‘Hit-And-Run Investigation’, ‘Monitoring Water Pollution’, ‘Shampoo and Hair Types’ and much more!

The first session will take place on Wednesday 26th February in room 53 with Miss Thorley. If you want to know more about it before you start then please see Miss Thorley at any breaktime or lunchtime.

Please note: this project is currently only offered to Year 10 students at this moment in time, other opportunities will be available to other year groups soon.

Message from student Eco team


We would request that parents, who are dropping students off in the morning or picking up after school, turn off their engines whilst waiting. We are keen to reduce the carbon footprint of our school and this is a relatively simple thing that everyone can do to make a difference. 

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey are:

Year 9 

Alex Bryden – for his consistent good work and focus in lessons

William Ball – for his steady progress in Physics (and achieving his target in his end of topic test)

Year 10

Cole Moody – fabulous last assessment score

Tilly Shelley – for consistent hard work and good progress this half term

Year 11

Freya Bettaney – for her growth in confidence in Physics and her consistent hard work this half term

Martha Murray – for her positive attitude to learning and determination to master difficult topics

Year 12

Okii Ari and Vicky Catterall for their work for the James Webb Space Telescope Project

Year 13

Nicole Rankin – for her resilience and determination in Physics

Will Taylor – for his determination to master the subject and his independent work outside lessons 

Well done!

Year 9 Most Able Music and Drama Workshop.


Mrs Todd, Miss Gibbins and Mrs Mood ran a workshop this week for some of our talented Year 9 students in music and drama. The workshop was designed to give the opportunity for some students to take part in a musical theatre experience and to rehearse and perform a scene over the course of the day. The musical chosen was Little Shop of Horrors and the choreography was designed by Mrs Mood to enable all students to take part in the performance. 

The following words are from Ella Russell:
Wednesday was great. It all started with a bit of a warm up – we had to make a dance together. We also did a really hard tongue twister but we all got it in the end.After we got our teeth around that, we learned the song we were going to be performing -‘Skid Row’ from Little Shop of Horrors’. We were told that there were going to be some solos and later we did the auditions. They were nerve wracking but everyone did really well and the parts were then cast. We ended with an epic performance of what we had created. We filmed it and were all very impressed when we watched it back. 

Government Advise on Corona Virus

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flucall NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

Elsewhere in ChinaThailandJapanRepublic of KoreaHong KongTaiwanSingaporeMalaysiaMacau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flucall NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Public Health England blog:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

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February 7th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Please see below our press release regarding the opening of our Sports Pavilion on Saturday. Thank you to students, who delivered some fantastic speeches and to everyone who joined us on the day.

Press release


A new, £1.5 million development, including new classrooms and state-of-the-art gym at Thomas Alleyne’s High School opened officially on February 1st 2020.  

 “The opening of the gym is part of our drive to provide the students of Uttoxeter and surrounding area with modern facilities which will enable them to study a broad range of subjects. We have always been fortunate to have our unique school farm on site to support students in their study of Environmental Science, and are thrilled to be able to now offer our Sports students such a fantastic additional resource,” said Headteacher Mrs Rudge.

Last year, Jack and Jess secured places to study Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam and Loughborough Universities, Lydia and Sean commenced their coaching qualifications and Thomas was successful in attaining a swimming scholarship. We currently have a number of students with their sights set on being part of the British team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

She added, ”The sports industry boasts a diverse range of career options from physotherapy, coaching to sports technology and which ever route our students wish to take we want to make sure they are supported and well prepared. ”

Events this week

It has been a busy week with our Careers and Year 9 options evenings on Thursday and our PTA Quiz on Friday. There was a fantastic turn-out to both events and we felt very fortunate that over 40 organisations joined us for the careers evening. Thank you for your feedback during the evening. We were thrilled that so many of you found the event helpful.

If any of our readers have contacts in any businesses or higher education establishments that may be prepared to exhibit in 2021 please make contact with Mrs Dodd via office@tahs.org.uk.


My thanks to our fabulous PTA, our exhibitors and Mrs Dodd and Mrs Walton for such a fantastic Future Intentions evening.

Fantastic opportunity for a sixth former from Staffordshire Police.


The police have set up the East Staffordshire Citizens Academy which is a ten week course which is open to anyone from the community of East Staffordshire. The course is not limited to those with an interest in Policing but may be of benefit to anyone wishing to join the Police as a future career. 

It is open to anyone from the community who wants to find out about the work we do and over a ten week period the following subjects will be covered:-

Week 1 – Neighbourhood Policing, Police Powers and Problem Solving

Week 2 – Crime Prevention, contact services and Single Online Home

Week 3 – Child Sexual Exploitation & Cyber Crime

Week 4 – Domestic Abuse & Stalking

Week 5 – Prevent and Forensics

Week 6 – Major Investigation Department

Week 7 – Anti-Social Behaviour, Knife Crime and Stop & Search

Week 8 – Operational Support including Dog Support, Firearms and Tactical Support

Week 9 – Working at heights, Protest Removal and Specialist Search Officers

Week 10 – The Showcase Event.

Each session will be around two hours in length and the course is due to commence at 1800hrs (6pm) on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 and the venue for the course is Princess Resource and Community Centre, Princess Street, Burton, Staffordshire, DE14 2NW. There will be light refreshments provided during the sessions along a final end of course presentation, certificate and photograph.

If anyone is interested in attending the course or wish for further information then they are asked to email scott.gidman@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk and further information will be provided. Please also let Mrs Walton know you have applied.

This week was the careers fair at TAHS where we had many Post 18 providers here to share information and offer advice to our all of our year groups.  We saw many Year 9 and Year 11 students and were able to offer support in using Unifrog and about career pathways in general.  It was nice to see some Year 13 attending, these students are ensuring that really have got many options to choose from on results day in August.

All week Year 12 students have been completing assessments in their lesson, this is our interim assessment and will enable the students to see what it may be like in their mock examinations in June.  I have seen many students revising in the canteen and in the study room this week and know that all those that have worked hard and prepared for these assessments will be rewarded.

I hope that all Year 13 students have started their revision and have a suitable plan in place. I want all students to do well and we offer arrange of support to help them. Please encourage students to ask for subject support, they can arrange revision sessions with their teachers, complete past paper questions and receive feedback on them. They can also see what guidance is written on the exam board.  My best piece of advice is to plan the revision schedule, ensure that students know what they are revising and that they have all the topic clearly identified at the start, my second piece of advice is for them to let their friends know when they are revising, this may lead to less distractions. 

Thank you to the students who have helped at school functions over the last few weeks. The same wonderful students have helped out at Year 12 and Year 11 Parents evening and supported at the Careers Fair. If you are in Year 12 and would like to be considered for a role in the Senior Prefect Team then please consider attending these events and helping the wider school community.

Tutor Activities for Next Week

Y12

As part of our legal responsibility to guide students about healthy relationships, students are being asked to watch a short BBC video about stalking and discuss the surrounding issues


Y13

As part of our legal responsibility to guide students about healthy relationships, watch a video from Plan International about sexual identity & then a further video giving advice to LGBQT+ teens. All videos will be shown by tutors.

Year 9 Options

Many thanks to all Parents/Carers who attended the Year 9 Future Intentions evening this week. It was a fabulous night with over 40 exhibitors on hand to give advice to our students.

Please find attached all of the information shared during the options presentations and a copy of the subject prospectus.

Please take your time read through and discuss the options with your child.

The options form will go live next Friday via Insight. 

National Finalists

On Tuesday, the Thomas Alleyne’s Robotics team travelled to RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton to attend the Regional FTC Competition. We qualified for the National Championships which will be hosted in London, at the Olympic Park from March 27 – 28th. The team came first in a social media image competition and were runners up in the Inspire and Innovate awards out of 21 teams!

Almost winning the Inspire award meant the judges deemed our team to be one of the most successful in our journey, overcoming obstacles and reaching the Regionals with a high optimism and willingness to improve.

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience participating in the competition and the games, with our team placing 10th in our ability.

It wasn’t all about the robot however, as we were judged not only on the hardware and the programming, but also our ability to work as a team and as a business, securing fundraising in order to progress in the project. Our triumph in this leg of the competition came forth from not only our smarts with robotics, but also our social skills and communication skills when securing sponsors.

However, to proceed to the National Championships, a two day event, we do still need some more investment. If you are interested in supporting us, we have a JustGiving donations page here:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/assrftc?utm_term=ndZpDd4KN 

Furthermore, any companies interested in sponsoring us, please send an email to: RobotTeam@tahs.net to enquire further.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 parents evening is now live on insight, http://www.thonasalleynes.org.

Please check you appointments to see if you have missed any teachers – they are going fast!

If you have issues with insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Uniform

Thank you for the continued support with the implementation of the uniform policy. We have seen a decrease in non-school uniform items being worn to school which allows the students to be ready to learn when they enter the classroom.  Please can you continue to support the school uniform policy by ensuring that your child is wearing the appropriate trousers, skirts and shoes to school. 

Intervention

We would appreciate all parents sharing the dates of the GCSE interventions with Year 11 students. A link to the timetable is below:

Sports News

House Basketball Results

Year 9
1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Year 10
1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme,3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance

Year 11
1st Orme, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Torrance

U16 County Cup Basketball Semi-Final


On Wednesday we took on Robert Sutton in the county cup semi final. We started slowly with the tactic of bringing on our stronger players as the game developed. 14-3 down after the first quarter, it was a tough hill to climb. Ben Wain began to find the basket inside the paint and with their stair player on 4 fouls we clawed it back to 32-32. The game became end to end with Wain scoring 3 pointers and Harry Taylor beginning to dominate inside the key. Some missed chances and improved discipline from our opposition resulted in a narrow loss but the boys could hold their heads high.

10 Tips to Stay Safe Online

  1. Only talk to people you know and trust in real life
  2. Don’t give away personal information to strangers – like what street you live on, or where you go to school. Say “no” if they ask you to share photos or videos of yourself
  3. Set your profiles to private
  4. Be ‘share aware’ – once you share something online, you’ve got no control over what anyone else does with it. And it’s illegal to take, share or view sexual images of under-18s, full stop
  5. Be mindful of your digital footprint – it could come back to bite you
  6. If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust
  7. Don’t assume everything you see is true to life. People often make their lives look more exciting online
  8. Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re asked to pass on or that as you for payment details or passwords
  9. Be wary of schemes that promise easy cash in return for you receiving and transferring money, and don’t be fooled by anything that glamorises gang lifestyles
  10. Watch out for loot boxes or other ways that games get you to pay – before you know it you can spend a lot on them

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey are:

Year 9 

Alex Bryden – for his consistent good work and focus in lessons

William Ball – for his steady progress in Physics (and achieving his target in his end of topic test)

Year 10

Cole Moody – fabulous last assessment score

Tilly Shelley – for consistent hard work and good progress this half term

Year 11

Freya Bettaney – for her growth in confidence in Physics and her consistent hard work this half term

Martha Murray – for her positive attitude to learning and determination to master difficult topics

Year 12

Okii Ari and Vicky Catterall for their work for the James Webb Space Telescope Project

Year 13

Nicole Rankin – for her resilience and determination in Physics

Will Taylor – for his determination to master the subject and his independent work outside lessons 

Well done!

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January 31st 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

On Saturday, we have our official opening of the new Sports Pavillion. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the build and are excited to see students using the gym for the first time. 

This week on Thursday, we will be holding our annual Careers Evening. There will be over 40 exhibitors at the show, which is always a fantastic evening. It is an opportunity for all students, including those from our middle schools, to speak to prospective employers or colleges. Even if you can only spend half an hour with us, please pop along.

The following evening, we have a very different event – our PTA Quiz – always fun – details below.


Please remind your daughters and sons of the fantastic resource that is GCSEpod. Since the start of this academic year, students have streamed over 7000 podcasts to support them with their revision. Seventeen students have streamed over 100 podcasts. We know that students who stream high number of podcasts go on to make excellent progress at GCSE and so urge everyone, from Year 9 to Year 11, to get into a good routine of regularly accessing the podcasts to revise or embed their learning. 


Thank you to Year 12 parents  for joining us at parents evening this week. With 90% of parents joining us for the evening, it was our best turnout yet. If you were unable to join us but would like feedback please contact the sixth form team. 


The Ryman Enterprise Challenge involved 150 students from our middle schools on Thursday. There was a fantastic buzz during the day and we think there may well be some budding entrepreneurs in Years 7 and 8! 

Last night was an opportunity for Year 12 parents to come and speak to subject teachers and the 6th Form team. It was an amazing turn out, 96%. This is exceptional. Thank you to all of you for your continued support. If you were unable to attend then please contact the school and we will provide current feedback on your child.

Staffordshire university have created a great opportunity for students to experience university life.  Unilife Summer Residential is open for applications. It is for 3 days in late June/early July and you will be able to experience taster sessions, study skills and social activities.  If you would like to attend or find out more information then please go on their website www.staffs.ac.uk/unilife.

This weeks assembly has been on internet safety and was delivered by Mrs Dodd, the assembly focused on their digital footprint and to be mindful of what they post online, including photographs and text. 

Year 13 students who have not applied to university will  be receiving advice and guidance from the 6th Form team, it would be very useful if all Year 12 and 13 students attend the careers fair on February 6th in the Sportshall. We have a variety of employers and apprenticeship organisations who will be there and this can help make informed choices.

Tutor Activities for Next Week

Y12

What sort of questions would you ask on a university open day?  Visit the Bright Knowledge website for some advice:  https://brightknowledge.org/education/questions-to-ask-on-a-university-visit


Y13Take a look at the live apprenticeships on offer at Amazing Apprenticeships.  Even if you are considering Uni, take a look at any degree apprenticeships that might interest you:https://amazingapprenticeships.com/vacancies/

Y9 Future intentions fortnight

Week Beginning 3.2.20 to 14.02.20


Year 9 assembly this week on options process followed by parent information evening on Thursday 6.2.20 at 6 pm during our future intentions career event.

Understand your Child’s Online Life

This week Mrs Dodd has delivered a very important message in assembly regarding the life our students lead online. Please take time to view the attaceched and tlak to your child about the contnets and thier online life.

Mr Cartwright attended an E-Safety confrecen this week and we will be publishing information from that in the coming weeks.

One thought from that is, it is good to restrict screen time, just as we were restricted on TVs, but the internet is now how children view content. Traditional TV programs are fast getting replaced by YouTube. Talk to your children and understand their life online, ask them what they are doing, why they like it so much? Opening the conversation is going to help much more than simply removing the device from them.

Cycling Success

Last week, Hannah competed in the national championships. Despite being the youngest competitor in the race and needing to compete in a senior category as a junior, she finished her day being placed 12th nationally. A superb achievement after an inspirational race. To watch the video please click on the link below – she reached 60.8kph!

Year 9 Parents Evening 13th February

Year 9 parents evening is now live on insight, http://www.thonasalleynes.org.

Please make your bookings via the system by selecting the parents evening option form the main menu and then selecting the appropriate time slot for each member of staff you wish to see.

Due to the high numbers of pupils taught in some subjects by one member of staff can we please ask that for the following subjects appointments are only made if your child is seriously considering opting for the subject for GCSE:

ICT, Drama, Music & PE

If you have issues with insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Intervention

We would appreciate all parents sharing the dates of the GCSE interventions with Year 11 students. A link to the timetable is below:

Sports News

Year 9 Netball Vs John Taylor

The year 9’s maintained there unbeaten run on Tuesday against John Taylor. All of the squad showed great leadership, organisational skills and enjoyment as they played their toughest fixture to date. The game was a lot closer than the final score of 21-9 suggests. Excellent defending by Lucy, Hattie and Evie reduced JT.’s shooters having opportunities. Kiera, Lucy L, Flo and Molly showed relentless energy to keep the game flowing at a high pace. Amelie’s shooting was exceptional and she was supported well with Chloe’s movement in the D. Player of Match Lucy L

House Matches

Year 10 girls Football

1st Torrance, 2nd Orme, 3rd Elkes,  4th Whitmore


Year 11 girls Football

1st Elkes, 2nd Whitmore,  3rd Orme and Torrance

BTEC Tech Award in Sport Activity and Fitness


Revision session Saturday 1st Feb 10.30-1pmExam Tuesday 4th Feb
Coursework dates have been sent out to all students.

U18 Football County Cup Semi Final
Home v Walton High School


After an early scare we dominated chances in the first half but couldn’t find the net! Apart from finishing, individualally we were near faultless. 2nd half we made a number of changes to try and unlock the door. Thornton made a great impact and Ford was dominate at Centre Back. Although some nervy moments at 0-0 we felt we were the better side, with Bosworth and Brain commanding the back, Shaw combining well with Coates and Haywood. Bussell worked industrially with Johnson sprinkling magic in the middle. Dawson playing in an unfamiliar position out wide struggled with the extra running but created a number of good chances. Whitehead held the ball up well and combined with McNair well. Man of the match was Ethan Archer at right back who had a sensational game from box to box.
After an uneventful Extra Time the game went to penalties. After a number of the side being on the end of a losing shootout in the final last year- this was redemption with us scoring all 5 pens confidently and Lucas Rogers being the hero with a great save to book a place in the final!

U16 County Cup 1/4 final


On a freezing wet afternoon we travelled  to Trentham. The difficult conditions made football difficult. We adapted best and and controlled the game. Similar to the U18 game the night before finishing was the problem. In the second half Baggly provided a great finish and then Brunt forced a own goal to give us a 2-0 lead. They struck back through a corner and then threw everything at us for the last 10 minutes. Keeper Whitehead was man of the match with a string of fine saves, good handling and positive kicking.

Final score 2-1 win

Young Writer Competition


Students from Year 9-13 are invited to enter the Rotary Club Young Writer competition, in which students from Thomas Alleyne’s school have been previously very successful.

The task is to produce a written or typed story in prose entitled, “CONNECTIONS”.The written entry could be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme. 
An A4 page or up to 500 words is a suggested suitable submission. 
Please see Mrs Peers for an entry form. 

Science News

We strongly advise our Year 11 students to attend our current revision sessions – look out for the posters displayed around the Science Department for times and location.

The dates of the upcoming GCSE examinations can be found on the attached poster.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:

Year 9

Keira Flanaghan for full marks on her last Chemistry assessment test

Abigail Rolph for consistent high scores in her last three Chemistry assessment tests

Year 10

Isla McFadzean and Lucy Lowther for always working to the best of their ability and achieving high scores

Year 11

Jack Doyle and Saffron Forrester for excellent Year 11 mock exam results

Year 12

Ellis Barhas and Emma Rose for consistent hard work in A Level Chemistry

Year 13

Tom Smith and Emelia Lowe for excellent Year 13 Chemistry mock results

Well Done!

PTA Quiz Night

PTA Meeting

Monday 3rd February, 7pm in the staff room – all welcome.

Dementia Friends Awareness in BTEC Health & Social Care


On Wednesday, Dementia Friends champion David Lindop came in to talk to year 13 Health & Social Care students about living with dementia and how to make it a positive experience for people and their families.  This is an invaluable enrichment activity, especially as so many of these students have places at university to study for careers in the healthcare sector.  
David is running another session on Monday 3rd February at 11.20am in room 62, so any year 12 or year 13 students who do not have a timetabled lesson and are interested in this as an enrichment opportunity are welcome to attend.  

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January 24th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

It was a pleasure to see so many parents at Year 11 parents’ evening this week. If you were not able to make it and would like to speak to your son or daughters teacher, please contact the school to arrange a phone call home or meeting. This week we have Year 12 parents’ evening. We hope you are able to attend to see how well your daughter or son has moved from GCSe to A level studies.

There are a wide range of revision classes now running to support students in these final weeks before their examinations – we urge them to attend. Next week, we will be running GCSEplus in the morning as additional support. We hope students find it a useful addition to their curriculum. Students will be told which sessions they are to attend on Monday.

To all our readers who currently have students in one of our middle schools, we look forward to welcoming your sons and daughters to the Ryman Challenge Business Studies transition event on Thursday. With over 150 students involved this is always an excellent day. Thank you to Mrs Featherstone for organising the day and to our students who will be mentors to Year 7 and 8 students during the event.

Good luck to all students competing in the Boys’ House basketball and Girls’ House Football competitions this week and to all students who are sitting their art examinations.

All Year 13 students have now received their mock results and today Mrs Dodd ran an enrichment session to celebrate the success of these results and to offer support to students who may still require help with revision skills and motivation for their Post-18 journey.

In assembly this week we explained that our Year 12 and 13 students are role models and as such reminded them that they need to ensure that they are acting as such. We stated that uniform must be perfect and that hoodie, t-shirts and trainers were not part of the school uniform.   As part of the safeguarding this morning we also stated that lanyards must be work at all times, if students forget these then they must collect a replacement one from MRs Walton at the start of the school day and lastly that coats should be worn in the canteen.

As part of our enrichment programme we would like all Year 12 students to complete some work experience. I asked them today to think about what they want to do as a career or what they may like to do at university and suggested that they start writing to companies to see if they would be willing to accept them for a week in the summer term. We will of course help and support all students to find work experience placements by providing them with writing frames and letters to give to the companies. We feel that this will be a great opportunity for all of Year 12.

Tutor Activities for next week are:

Year 12

Revision Time!!


Year 13

Preparing for uni:  a guide to accommodation

Preparing for Uni life:

Ace your Exams

Straight after getting their mock exam results,on Monday yr 11 pupils received a talk from an outside speaker on 10 steps to exam excellence.. They spent an hour working on revision and top tips to be successful in their up GCSE’s.  The pupils found the session informative and practical.

Assemblies

Assemblies: w/b 27th January

In a small change to the planned assembly Mrs. Rudge/Mrs. Dodd will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Staying Safe and Respectful Online’

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.” – Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe

GCSE + 


From Monday 27th January Year 11 will begin the second round of GCSE+. for 3 weeks.  All year 11 pupils will be working with subject specialist for 20 minutes on exam technique and revision strategies.  Pupils will attend these sessions instead of their tutor groups.  Further details will be available on Monday in Tutor time.

Expectations

This week the assembly was on our three core values, Respectful, safe and ready to learn. Mrs Young explained what these core values mean to us at Thomas Alleyne’s and how we would like the students to embrace them. 

We have encouraged students to wear correct uniform and thank all of those that have done so without the need for reminders. Branded jumpers and hoodies are not permitted in school and nose piercings are also not accepted as uniform. We have given students who have acrylic nails a weeks notice to allow them to have these safely removed. 

On Monday, as part of the uniform check during tutor time, students who have acrylic nails will be given a lunch time detention and we will contact parents and ask that they arrange for these nails to be safely removed. Please support us in our drive to improve uniform which takes away the need for negative conversations between staff and students.

Fire Alarm

You may be aware that the fire alarm was activated this week. Students evacuated the building sensibly and quickly. Please remind your sons and daughters that they must not touch any fire panels or alarms on the school premises unless they need to sound the alarms in the event of a fire.

Intervention

We would appreciate all parents sharing the dates of the GCSE interventions with Year 11 students. A link to the timetable is below:

England Netball trip.

 On Wednesday evening a group of 12 students travelled to Arena Birmingham to watch some international netball in the Nations Cup. We were able to see world champions New Zealand beat Jamaica, followed by England and South Africa. The atmosphere for that game was pulsating and the game was very close but England took the victory 58-54. It was a fantastic opportunity to watch the game being played with such intensity and athleticism and also to see the tactics which were deployed by both teams. A great time was had by all, even Mr Wright. 

House Matches

House Matches

Next week is the next round of House Sport.

Friday 31st Jan P2 Year 9 Boys Basketball and Year 9 Girls Football

Friday 31st Jan P3 Year 10 Boys Basketball and Year 10 Girls Football

Friday 31st Jan P4 Year 11 Boys Basketball and Year 11 Girls Football

Fixtures

Tue 28th Jan U18 boys football v Walton Home 2pm ko

Tue 28th Jan U14 netball v John Taylor A

Wed 29th Jan U16 boys football v Trentham A

Sat 1st Feb County Cross Country

BTEC Technical Award in Sport

Activity and Fitness – Information for internal assessments

Students following the BTEC Technical award have to complete 6 internal assessments, which contribute in total 60% of their final award. These make up components 1 and 3 for the award, with the full award made up of 3 components. 

The final 40% is the examined unit, which is due to take place on 4th February 2020.  This is component 2.

Internal assessments consist of 3 assessments for component 1 (Understand the body and the supporting technology for sport and activity) and 3 for component 3 (Applying the principles of sport and activity).

Component 1

Students have covered all learning content for this component.  Assignment deadlines for this component are as follows:

Assignment 1 – Understand the use of technology for sport and activity

Issue:  07/01/2020  Submission: 22/1/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 24/1/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 31/1/2020 to their class teacher. 

Assignment 2 – Explore common injuries in sport and activity and methods of rehabilitation 

Issue:  05/02/2020  Submission: 14/02/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 24/02/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 28/02/2020 to their class teacher. 

Assignment 3 – Investigate the impact of sport and activity on body systems 

Issue:  02/03/2020  Submission: 20/03/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 23/03/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 03/04/2020 to their class teacher. 

The work for the assignments above is to be completed in class and for homework as guided by staff.  This will be done in lesson with Mr Godwin and Mr Barrow.

Component 3

This is a synoptic unit which covers learning students will have completed for components 1 and 2.  The leadership content is currently being delivered in lessons with Miss Arrowsmith and after half term, this will include core PE lessons where students are leading activities for others as part of their assessment.  Assignment deadlines for this component are as follows:

Assignment 1 – Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership 

Issue:  05/02/2020  Submission: 13/03/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 18/03/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 27/03/2020 to their class teacher. 

Assignment 2 – Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership 

Issue:  30/03/2020  Submission: 20/04/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 27/04/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 01/05/2020 to their class teacher.   This piece is a shorter piece, consisting of an activity plan.  Leading the activity planned is assignment 3, which is videoed (completing a 10 minute video).  Some of the videos may be completed in an activity session after school to support the particular choice of sport a student has made.

Assignment 3 – Delivering and reviewing sessions for target groups  – video evidence and evaluation of leadership of the activity above in assignment 2

Issue:  30/04/2020  Submission: 08/05/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 11/05/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 14/05/2020 to their class teacher.   This piece is the video and evaluation.  For some students, the video and evaluation may well have been completed prior to the submission date due to the timing of their chosen sport.  All sport and core lessons are dedicated to this assignment with all staff during this period.

For all assignments, students have been given a brief which outlines what is required to be submitted in order for the to maximise their potential and reach their target grade. There is a revision/coursework support session after school each Friday in room 43. Students can also work on the assignments at home.

Science News

This week a group of our Year 9 students visited the ‘Big Physics Quiz’ held in the Great Hall on the campus of the University of Birmingham.  There were 103 teams representing 36 schools from across the region.  All of the students participated in the various rounds of the Quiz which focused on different aspects of physics.  Below is an account from two of our students.

‘On the 21st January 12 students left school for a trip to Birmingham University.  Upon arrival we made a trip through the amazing campus (the weather, however, was not on our side – it was freezing!). Then we were taken to our seats where we began the first challenge. After three rounds we listened to an interesting lecture on the ‘Physics of Hot and Cold’.

 After we were filled up with food, we began rounds 4 and 5. This was followed by a specialist round on Medical Physics – this was what we had studied at home, but was still extremely hard.  Then came the awards ceremony. One Thomas Alleyne’s team won a prize for getting the closest answer to a specialist question – precisely in fact! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it into the top three overall but it was an amazing day, enjoyed by all!’

By Joe Hall and Ella Russell (Year 9).

‘Big Science Question Competition’

Following the launch of this term’s chemistry-themed ‘Big Science Question Competition’ we hope that research is already underway.  The Competition is open to Years 9, 10, 11 and the 6th Form; the details of the questions and how to enter can be found on the posters displayed around the Science Department. 

Year 11 Revision Sessions

Revision sessions are ongoing for all Year 11 Science students – please see the poster below for details of times and locations.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Miss Thorley are:

Year 9

Ellie-May Brown for fantastic enthusiasm and positive attitude to learning

Callum Grant for great participation in class discussions

Year 10

Joshua Briddon for consistent high standard of work resulting in fantastic assessment results

Maddie Winters for continued hard work in class work, homework and revision

Year 11  

Melanie Birch for determination to do well in every lesson

Freddie Whitehead for consistent hard work in lessons and assessments

Year 12

Katelyn Poole for fantastic evidence of successful exam practice.

Lewis Brookhouse for a mature attitude to his studies, working independently yet asking for help to improve.

This week’s Year 10 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Harris are:

Ben Brittlebank and Ollie Birch for to real commitment to coursework and moving forward through the topic.

This week’s Year 11 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mrs North are:

Millie Watson and Maddie Perry for their commitment to the revision sessions and for making an excellent start to the final piece of course work.

Well done!

PTA Quiz Night

Geography Revision

Reminder to all year 11 students that geography revision is on Tuesday after school from 3.05-4pm.

This weeks session is on Coasts.

Year 11 Talking the Talk!

The English department were proud to host Talk the Talk for a second time this year, delivering workshop on oracy skills related to interviews and employability.

Students took part in interviews and interviewing, understanding the importance that first impressions and ‘waiting room behaviours’ can have on their job prospects. 


The following students were exemplary throughout the day and named ‘Oracy Champions’ by the Talk the Talk trainers: 

Leon Bareham, Connor Cockeram, Mya Dain, Sian Hancocks, Vaughan Holmes, Brandon Kirkham.

Congratulations! Talk the Talk will return in March! 

 

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January 17th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to all parents who joined us for the art GCSE evening. It was a fabulous turn out. We look forward to seeing your sons and daughters’ work as they work through their course. I am always astounded by the quality of work produced. 


Year 11 received their trial examination results on Friday. We know many students worked incredibly hard for these examinations and have seen their hard work rewarded with strong sets of results. Please wish them congratulations from the school staff. 


There are some students who are disappointed with their results. Please reassure them, as we have, that this was a practice and they will have many more opportunities to practise questions before their final examinations. We have urged them to ensure they have a detailed revision plan in place as we approach the GCSEs, There are after-school sessions they can attend to support them in this. 

Once again, our PTA is running their annual quiz. It is always a great night. If you can support the PTA, we look forward to seeing you there. (Further details below) 

The UCAS deadline has been and gone.

84 of our Year 13 students have applied to university this year. Of those 84, many students have received conditional and unconditional offers and others have been invited for interview. Some students have already accepted their offers.  As we continue through the next few months I will keep you updated on progress, not only of our university applications, but also of those students who chose a different route, those who are choosing apprenticeships and work.

Please remember that assessment week for Year 12 is week commencing 3rd February. All students are aware of this and we hope that they will be revising in preparation. We want them to use this is as an opportunity to show the knowledge and skills that they have learnt.

On Monday 15th Year 12 students, who have consistently shown commitment to their subjects and are working above target in their subjects, were invited to a Headteacher Breakfast where they were congratulated for their hard work.

Turor Activites for next week are:

Year 12

Read this useful hand

Understanding depression.  Look at some facts and symptoms of depression (which affects around 3 students in every class) on the Bright Knowledge website:  https://www.brightknowledge.org/health-wellbeing/understanding-depression

From here, take this NHS questionnaire about low mood (mood self assessment):  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/.  (Once on the NHS website, scroll down to ‘focus on mental health’).Most importantly, don’t suffer in silence. 

Speak to staff, family or friends who will be very understanding.


Year 13

Watch this 10 minute video about the level of support you can expect from universities.  This example is from Nottingham Trent:

Assemblies

Assemblies: w/b 20th of January

Assemblies will be led by Mrs Young on the theme of being Respectful, Safe & Ready to Learn.  

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”  ― Confucius

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” –Winston Churchll

Uniform

Please be reminded that we do not expect to see any hooded tops or sweatshirts with logos in school. We encourage students to wear a plain black sweatshirt, whilst it is cold, and to bring a coat with them to school, Any students wearing hooded tops or sweatshirts in school should expect them to be removed.

Please also ensure that students are not wearing acrylic nails or coloured nail varnish to school. We appreciate your support with this. 

Important Guidance


We would like to share the most recent guidance on the use of technology with you. Please share this guidance with your sons and daughters. It has come from the Royal College of Psychiatry.

Five to 11-year-olds:

  • develop a plan with your child for screen time and try to stick to it
  • ensure children have a balance of activities in the day, with physical activity, face-to-face conversation and tech-free times
  • encourage mealtimes to be tech free
  • ensure you have spoken to your children about how to keep safe online, check they are keeping safe and make it clear you will support them if they feel unsafe or upset online
  • try to ensure there are no screens in the bedroom at night

For 11- to 16-year- olds:

  • develop a plan or check your existing one is still appropriate 
  • encourage a balance of physical activity, face-to-face social time, schoolwork and family time
  • encourage mealtimes to be tech free
  • keep having conversations about keeping safe online and offer space to talk about upsetting things teenagers might see online
  • make it clear you will support them if they feel unsafe or upset online
  • try to ensure there are no screens in the bedroom at night

Intervention

We would appreciate all parents sharing the dates of the GCSE interventions with Year 11 students. A link to the timetable is below:

Help Shape the Future

Uttoxeter Town Council are interested in hearing the views of young people on the future of our town centre.  There is a short survey for students in any year group to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DJ6GFVS

School Council

The next student council meeting will be on WEDNESDAY 22nd JANUARY PERIOD 4 room 62 we look forward to seeing you there. 

Insight

We are aware of a few issues with Insight at present. This is being worked on by our technicians and our supplier and we hope to be back up and running as normal very soon.

BTEC Technical Award in Sport

Activity and Fitness – Information for internal assessments

Students following the BTEC Technical award have to complete 6 internal assessments, which contribute in total 60% of their final award. These make up components 1 and 3 for the award, with the full award made up of 3 components. 

The final 40% is the examined unit, which is due to take place on 4th February 2020.  This is component 2.

Internal assessments consist of 3 assessments for component 1 (Understand the body and the supporting technology for sport and activity) and 3 for component 3 (Applying the principles of sport and activity).

Component 1

Students have covered all learning content for this component.  Assignment deadlines for this component are as follows:

Assignment 1 – Understand the use of technology for sport and activity

Issue:  07/01/2020  Submission: 22/1/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 24/1/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 31/1/2020 to their class teacher. 

Assignment 2 – Explore common injuries in sport and activity and methods of rehabilitation 

Issue:  05/02/2020  Submission: 14/02/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 24/02/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 28/02/2020 to their class teacher. 

Assignment 3 – Investigate the impact of sport and activity on body systems 

Issue:  02/03/2020  Submission: 20/03/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 23/03/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 03/04/2020 to their class teacher. 

The work for the assignments above is to be completed in class and for homework as guided by staff.  This will be done in lesson with Mr Godwin and Mr Barrow.

Component 3

This is a synoptic unit which covers learning students will have completed for components 1 and 2.  The leadership content is currently being delivered in lessons with Miss Arrowsmith and after half term, this will include core PE lessons where students are leading activities for others as part of their assessment.  Assignment deadlines for this component are as follows:

Assignment 1 – Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership 

Issue:  05/02/2020  Submission: 13/03/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 18/03/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 27/03/2020 to their class teacher. 

Assignment 2 – Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership 

Issue:  30/03/2020  Submission: 20/04/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 27/04/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 01/05/2020 to their class teacher.   This piece is a shorter piece, consisting of an activity plan.  Leading the activity planned is assignment 3, which is videoed (completing a 10 minute video).  Some of the videos may be completed in an activity session after school to support the particular choice of sport a student has made.

Assignment 3 – Delivering and reviewing sessions for target groups  – video evidence and evaluation of leadership of the activity above in assignment 2

Issue:  30/04/2020  Submission: 08/05/2020   This is then reviewed against the criteria and returned to students for improvement by 11/05/2020 for resubmission of final piece on 14/05/2020 to their class teacher.   This piece is the video and evaluation.  For some students, the video and evaluation may well have been completed prior to the submission date due to the timing of their chosen sport.  All sport and core lessons are dedicated to this assignment with all staff during this period.

For all assignments, students have been given a brief which outlines what is required to be submitted in order for the to maximise their potential and reach their target grade. There is a revision/coursework support session after school each Friday in room 43. Students can also work on the assignments at home.

Science News

This term we will again be running our ‘Big Science Question Competition’; we are continuing with the theme ‘Science in Society’, this term’s topic is Chemistry. The Competition is open to Years 9, 10, 11 and the 6th Form; see the poster below for details or look out for posters around the Science Department next week.

All entries should be handed in to Mr Mitchell by the end of school on Friday 20th March 2020.  Rewards for the outstanding entries will be given out in April.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Milward are:

Year 10

Leighton Thomas for improvement in effort

Tiff Beardsley for effort in Science

Year 11

Scarlett Simister and Owen Birch for good progress

Year 12

Jenna Timmis and Emma Rose for progress in A Level Biology

Year 13

Beth Millward for progress and effort in A Level Biology

Emelia Lowe for attainment in A Level Biology

Well done!

PTA Quiz Night

Exam Dates

The last GCSE exam day is Thursday June 18th 2020.  The last GCE exam day is Tuesday June 23rd 2020.


The Contingency Day for GCSE/GCE is Wednesday 24th June 2020. In the event of national or local disruption to exams all students are advised to be available up to and including this day.

Geography Revision

Geography revision on Tuesday after school for all Year 11 students to attend in 6B.

GCSE Pod

 

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January 10th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Our week started on Monday with the 4th Conference for staff of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust. There were over 250 staff in attendance and we were all invited to select training from a wide array of options. These ranged from sessions on classroom practice, to sessions on bereavement. It was a superb day to start 2020 particularly as we were able to share best practice across the schools.


We look forward to welcoming back the Aberdovey students from their residential ths evening following their week away.
Some students are involved in external examinations next week the dates and times are below:

Monday 13th Jan – Yr11 BTEC Animal Care Rm 93, Rm 96 and THE – 1hr + 15mins

Thursday 16th Jan – Yr13 BTEC H&S Rm 93/94 – 1hr 30 +23mins

Friday 17th Jan – Yr12 BTEC Sport Rm 93/94 – 1hr 30 +23mins

Monday 20th Jan – Yr13 BTEC IT Rm 93 – 2hrs +30mins

Please remind your sons and daughers to check the seating plan in the Quad by the Maths block for their venues. We wish them well in their exams.

A good New Year to you all.

Thank you to the students that supported the Light Up Uttoxeter Conference, Mrs Rudge, Mrs Lindsay and Mrs Dodd all said that the event ran so smoothly because of the help they gave.


This coming Wednesday, 15th January, is the UCAS deadline, all students wishing to apply to UCAS should ideally have submitted their UCAS application before Tuesday, this gives us time to check through the form and if there are any mistakes for the form to be returned and those changes made. The staff that process the UCAS forms do have teaching responsibilities and may not be able to look through it during the teaching day.  Please therefore encourage your son or daughter to send it to us as soon as possible.

It is Year 12 Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 30th January, 2020.  The evening will last from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.  We have sent letters have been posted home with all the information on.  In order to prevent queuing please can you make appointments with your child’s respective subject teachers. This is done via Insight. Please log on to Insight and book your appointments. This will be live from 3.30pm on Friday 10th January. If you have a problem accessing Insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk for support.

You may wish to speak to a member of the 6th Form Team on the evening, if you feel that it may take more than five minutes then please contact Mrs Walton at Sixthform@tahs.org.uk to arrange a time for this conversation.

Turor Activites for next week are:

Year 12

Read this useful handout to help you improve your academic writing and general essay or study skills.


Year 13

Visit the Bright Knowledge website and look at their advice on money and housing for tips on budgeting, part time work, student accommodation and banking for students.https://www.brightknowledge.org/money-housing/student-banking

Assemblies

Assemblies: w/b 13th of January

YESS will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ Mental Health’.  There will be no assembly Monday due to exams, Elkes will be split by year and spread through the rest of the week. Year 9 Tuesday, Year 11 Wednesday and year 10 Thursday. All other houses are as normal.  

Thought(s) for the Week 

“There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”  ― Matt Haig

“Beautiful fake smile. All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.” —Robin Williams

Year 11 & 12 Parents Evening


Both of these events are now live and open for booking on insight.

Emotional Well Being

Help and advice on dealing with emotions.


We would like to bring to your attention a website from Childline which looks at strategies for dealing with emotions.


https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

A Thank You..

Thank you for choosing to make a donation to support the work of Epilepsy Research UK. We are the only charity exclusively dedicated to driving and enabling life changing life saving research into epilepsy across the UK and depend on the generosity of supporters like yourself to fund this vital work.   

Epilepsy Research UK is currently funding 34 pioneering research studies across 19 UK universities and hospitals involving over 120 researchers. The projects we fund are of the highest scientific merit and aim to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow. Our clinical research discovers ways to improve the medical care and management of people living with epilepsy, and our lab-based basic research looks at the causes of epilepsy and methods for improved diagnosis and prevention. As well as funding research projects, we also play a key role in bringing the epilepsy research community together, inspiring collaborations and driving further investment for research into epilepsy.

A life free from epilepsy is possible. Together we can achieve this through research. Thank you once again for supporting this vision.

Computing Master Class

Well done to the 5 year 9 students who have secured a place on the Computing Master Class at Repton College. We hope you have a great time and are enthused to continue your CS studies into GCSE.

For those who missed out remember the in school sessions starting this Wednesday lunchtime in room 43 – as per the email.

Sports News

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Macdonald are:

Year 9  

Sylvia Stocks and Alex Bryden for consistent hard work and an excellent first term in chemistry.

Year 10

Lucy Mitchell and Sam Archer for consistent hard work in chemistry.

Year 11

Surinder Mason and Eleanor Webster for excellent effort and hard work in chemistry in the run up to the mock exams.

Year 12

George Mothershaw for an outstanding report on DNA replication and analysis of variation and genetic mutations as part of his BTEC Forensic Science coursework.

Year 12

Libby Fry – for overcoming the barrier with calculations. Well Done!!

Very well done to all students!

PTA Quiz Night

Exam Dates

The last GCSE exam day is Thursday June 18th 2020.  The last GCE exam day is Tuesday June 23rd 2020.


The Contingency Day for GCSE/GCE is Wednesday 24th June 2020. In the event of national or local disruption to exams all students are advised to be available up to and including this day.

 

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December 20th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

It has been another busy term for us all and I would like to say a huge thank you to parents and carers for their support and encouragement and to the students for their commitment and hard work. Every week we celebrate the successes of our students, whether that is in examinations, classrooms, partaking in charity work, playing an instrument, being part of a drama production or on the sports field. 


A fantastic £1466.35  has been raised through our non-school uniform day on Wednesday. This will make a huge difference to some of our young people who will benefit from accessing counselling services. The other half of the money will be donated to Epilepsy  Research UK, this was identified as the charity of choice by our school council leaders. Thank you all for your generosity. 

Congratulations to all students who have been recognised for their achievements in our celebration assemblies or who have received a letter regarding excellent conduct in school. We have been fortunate to be able to congratulate some students personally at our Headteacher Celebration Breakfasts.


We use these breakfasts to ask students if they have any suggestions on how to improve the school. This week we were asked about the provision of vegan food in the school canteen. Having spoken with the canteen staff, this is possible. We ask that any student wishing to order vegan food introduces themselves to Mrs Lister in the school canteen and she will ensure vegan food is available to them. 


Whilst we did not serve a vegan Christmas dinner the vegetarian and turkey dinners were superb this year. Thank you to the wonderful team of staff in the canteen who look after us all each day. If your son or daughter does not purchase a hot meal I would encourage them to do so as they are of excellent quality and are good value for money. 


The Year 11 and Year 13 students have completed their first trial examinations and are focussing on areas to improve to ensure they can reach their target grades. Their attitude and commitment was outstanding throughout the examination period. 

When we return, students partaking in the Aberdovey trip will be leaving school on the 6th of January at 8.40am. Please meet Mr Wright, Mrs Wallbank, Mrs Lyon and Mr Alcock in reception. 


Students completing the PE workshop on the 6th January should also sign in at reception. We hope you find this helpful in preparing for your examination. 

For the rest of the school population we look forward to welcoming you back to school on the 7th of January. 


Christmas is an important time of year to spend time with those who matter most to us and recharge our batteries for the busy year ahead. I would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support this term and hope you all have a restful and enjoyable break   We wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. 

Merry Christmas to you all.

To help start the festivities this year the History department have continued with their tradition of Elizabeth I being involved in Secret Santa. All gifts are to be placed at Elizabeth’s feet and then students collect their gift. As usual there was a definite A Level theme with wonderful gifts being purchased that link to their A Level content.

Many of our Year 12 students have shown an interest in becoming Senior Prefects.  A perfect opportunity for them to show their commitment to the school is to attend the ‘Light Up Uttoxeter’ conference being held at Uttoxeter Race Course on the 6th January. For all the students that have signed up to help at Light Up Uttoxeter, thank you and we will see you on January 6th.

On Thursday 19th December, we invited last years Year 13 students back to school to collect their certificates and to chat to the team about their journey since results day, this was another successful event and we were pleased to see so many return to the Common Room one last time.

Today was the deadline for our UCAS applications. Those that had sought guidance from staff prior to the deadline will have their applications sent off, those that have handed work in today then we ill endeavour to do our best, the UCAS deadline is January 15th at 6pm.

I hope you all have a restful break and a lovely Christmas.

Year 11 Parents Evening


As previously communicated the revised date is Thursday 23rd January. We have unfortunately been unable to transfer the appointments thus booking will open for the new date at 3.30pm on Tuesday 7th January.

Canteen Accounts

Please can you check your accounts and top up accordingly.

Pastoral Expectations – Key Reminders

As we approach the end of term, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind our students and their families about some of our key pastoral expectations for years 9 to 13:

Punctuality – all students are expected to be on school site from 8.35am and in form period from 8.40-9am. Students are expected to attend all timetabled lessons on time and be present for the register at the start of each lesson. A detention system is in place, where students fail to attend form or lessons on time. We will contact you using our text messaging service.

Uniform – We expect all students to be in correct uniform each school day and do reserve the right to ask students to change or work away from the main school should they not co-operate with our uniform expectations. Form tutors check uniform daily during form period. Please do support us with our uniform policy. A copy of the uniform expectations for both years 9-11 and the sixth form is below.

Equipment – Students are expected to have the following items with them daily. 2 pens (black/blue),  a green pen, 2 HB pencils, a ruler, rubber, sharpener, scientific calculator, protractor and set square. Ideally this should be in a clear pencil case. Form tutors will carry out equipment checks.

Please contact the House offices or 6th form office should you have any further questions.  

Mrs Maingay

Uniform

Black blazer with school badgeBlack trousers; straight-legged with waistband (not bootleg, cropped, skinny or hipsters) and no buttons, embellishments, trims or belts

Regulation black pleated skirt; length just above the knee

Black v-necked jumper (school logo – optional). No cardigans or hoodies 

White shirt/blouse with turn-down collar for wearing with a tie (can be a fitted blouse – top button must be fastened and not visible)

School clip-on tie in House colour – must be worn at the correct length

Black socks/black lycra tights

Black shoes you can polish with flat or moderate broad heels (no higher than 2 inches/5 cm).No boots or trainers

Other Items:

Make-up, nail varnish and acrylic nails are considered unsuitable for school. One flat ring, one think linked chain necklace and small stud or ring earrings are allowed but only one per lobe. No other visible body piercing is permitted. Hair should be kept in a clean and tidy condition. Exaggerated styles, excessive hair accessories or exaggerated colours are not acceptable, e.g. tram lines, ‘number one’ haircuts.

December Mock Examinations

Thank you for effort and conduct in the mock exam- it has been an intense period of assessment and, hopefully, you have shown the best of yourself.

Please be aware that if you were absent for any exam, you will be asked to sit them in the first week back. 


Year 11 will receive their results on Friday, 17th January.

Year 13 will results subject results in lessons. 

Reports


Year 9, 10 & 12 reports are now available on Insight.

Sports News

England School boys in Stafford

U18 Football


We have had the pitch Shockwaved thanks to Croppers in preparation for our cup campaign after Christmas.

Swimming Success

On Tuesday afternoon the school swim team travelled to Biddulph leisure centre to compete in the Moorlands swimming gala.All pupils swam well with outstanding performances from Ben Twynham.

Our year 9 girls finished in first place and our year 9 boys finished 3rd. Overall our year 9’s finished 1st.Year 10 boys finished in 1st place but due to a disappointing turn out from year 10 girls the year 10’s finished 4th overall.Combined scores put Thomas Alleynes in 2nd place.

Year 11 PE Revision Day 6th January

Reminder we will be running a revision and coursework day on Monday 6th January 10am -2pm. Sign in at reception.

Core PE

Activities will be on Insight for the new term.

Science News

Congratulations to Joe Hall for his winning entry in this term’s ‘Big Science Question Competition’ titled: ‘Should embryonic stem cells be used for research and medical purposes?’.  Joe researched multiple sources, evaluated the evidence, drew conclusions from his research and his work was well referenced.   Joe received our star prize of an Echo Dot during Year 9 Assembly.

Next term we will have a new ‘Big Science Question Competition’ this time with a Chemistry theme.  Look out for the posters displayed around the Science Department in the first few weeks back.

As we reach the end of term we have selected 12 students from all year groups who have excelled in their Science lessons:

The 12 students for Christmas are….

Year 9

Jack Bright for consistent hard work and positive attitude in Chemistry; selected by Mrs Hughes.

Ryan Jeffrey for consistent hard work in Chemistry; selected by Mrs Macdonald.

Year 10

Heather Leech for being conscientious throughout the term; selected by Mrs Pavey.

Isaac Stanier for consistent exceptional effort all term; selected by Mr Crum.

Bailey Redshaw for excellent help around the School Farm, going above and beyond; selected by Mrs North.

Aiden Moorfield for determination all term to master skills and knowledge in Physics; resulting in excellent progress – well done Aiden! selected by Mrs Maingay.

Year 11

Eve Bednall for consistent positive attitude in her Physics studies this term; selected by Mr Melland.

Leon Bareham for consistent self-motivation in his GCSE Biology lessons; selected by Mrs Thorley.

Isabelle Watts for consistent hard work and interest in Chemistry; selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Shani Wright for continuous hard work in her A Level Biology lessons over the Autumn term; selected by Mr Milward.

Oki Ari for excellent effort and achievement in A Level Biology all term; selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 13

Emily Whieldon for achieving great progress in her A Level Chemistry studies; selected by Mrs Evans.

Very well done!

Safeguarding Advise

West Midlands Police has been made aware of an app called UNICO LIVE. This app is publicised as age restricted 12+ and is designed for young people to upload videos of themselves performing, singing and dancing, etc.

It has come to our attention that there is inappropriate content on the platform involving young people which is currently under investigation.

The content does not appear to be monitored and we urge you to raise awareness widely to increase vigilance and reduce the likelihood of any child/young person being sexually exploited.

For more information about online safety, please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

News from the farm

A big thank you to all the students who helped us prepare our turkeys for sale this year.  They have been the best year ever and have done a fantastic job.  We would also like to thank all the staff and parents who have bought a turkey from us. Out turkeys can be purchased in the knowledge that they have been well cared for and treated humanely throughout their lives. We have sold more turkeys than ever this year, 56, and any profit made goes straight back into the school farm.  If you have not bought a turkey from us this year please keep us in mind for next year.

Happy Christmas

Music News


Thank you to all students and staff involved in music department rehearsals this term. Your commitment and dedication have been outstanding and I am continually impressed every year with your talent. Well done team music!Rehearsals begin again the second week back, Monday 13th January.

All students are welcome and if you have not joined a group yet, you are most welcome. No need to audition, just come along at lunchtime. Bring your lunch with you!

Monday: Orchestra/band  -any instrument!

Wednesday: String Ensemble

Thursday: Jazz

Friday: CHOIR


Many Thanks and see you in 2020

 

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December 13th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

We would like to share with you the outcomes from Ofsted this year.

It is a credit to the hard work of students and staff that this is the 3rd year that the school has been placed in the top 20% of schools nationally. Thank you to everyone for your support.


Please see a copy of the 2019 Ofsted Inspection Data Summary Report below:

Subjects Guidance

  • Science value added (0.5) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as 2018.
  • Humanities value added (0.8) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as 2018.
  • The subjects of the EBacc form a strong academic foundation to the KS4 curriculum. The EBacc entry rate in this school was 28%. the subject that appears to be the greatest barrier to more pupils studying the EBacc is languages (32%).

Progress 8 Guidance

  • The mathematics element of Progress 8 (0.5) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018 and 2017. 
  • The EBacc element of Progress 8 (0.5) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018.
  • The open element of Progress 8 (0.5) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.

The open element includes subjects such as RE, Design Technology, Art, Drama, Music, Health and Social Care, Animal Care, Child Development, Business, and ICT.

We have also attached a link to our Ofsted report. We are delighted with the outcome, but are not complacent and continue to reflect on the previous year’s work to ensure that our young people  make the best progress they can in all aspects of their school life.

Assemblies week commencing 2nd December

Heads of House will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Celebration’

These assemblies are in houses as normal and for year 9 only. They will take place in the sports hall, can tutors be mindful of the noise being made moving through the school with their class as mock exams have begun. Where possible try to move through the school avoiding exam venues.

Thought(s) for the Week 

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”  Steve Jobs

“Celebrate the idea that you don’t fit in. Find your own fit. Stay unique.” Betsey Johnson

All Year 13 students are conducting themselves very well during this anxious and stressful time.  Mock examinations can place a lot of extra pressure on to the students. We feel that they have prepared well and are showing themselves to be mainly mature and sensible, hopefully the effort of all students will be rewarded with exceptional mock results.

Week commencing the 3rd February 2020 all Year 12 students will have an assessment week. This is where all class teachers will provide an hour long test.  This could be an essay or a variety of questions.  It will be based on knowledge learnt so far. For example the Year 12 history students will be completing an essay in timed conditions for both of their teachers.  We feel that this is a midway point and therefore it is good opportunity to test the skills and the knowledge that they have acquired so far.  As the assessment week is at the beginning of February we do recommend that they revise over the Christmas break.

Many of our Year 12 students have shown an interest in becoming Senior Prefects.  A perfect opportunity for them to show their commitment to the school is to attend the ‘Light Up Uttoxeter’ conference being held at Uttoxeter Race Course on the 6th January. We require 25 students to come and support the event.  If you know that your child is interested in this then please instruct them to speak to Mrs Walton next week.

On Thursday we invite our previous Year 13 students back to school to celebrate the success of their BTEC and A Level qualifications and to see what they are doing now. We have had a great response and look forward to sharing the photographs of the event with you all next week.  Once a TAHS Sixth Former always a TAHS Sixth Former.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been asking for Year 12 students to sign up to Unifrog, we still have some students that have not done this, please encourage your child to do so. It is needed by all students in Year 12 and 13. You, as parents, can also log on. We sent the details of how to do this a couple of weeks ago. If you would like help with logging on then please contact us. sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Next week we will also be sharing with you the success that our Year 13 students have had in planning their next chapter. I will be looking at UCAS and providing information of how many students have applied, how many have heard back from their choices and what sort of offers are being made. When we have information about apprenticeships and employment we will be sharing this as well.

Sixth Form TAP activity w/c Mon 16th December.

Y12 and Y13 Revision Focus

Getting to 3A revision status.  Make a revision plan for over Christmas and build in any deadlines eg course work.  Use apps like My Study Plan or a paper copy.

Request for parental support


Please ensure that your son/daughter comes to school in a blue or black school jumper if they wish to wear a jumper/sweatshirt to school. Any jumpers/sweatshirts with logos or hooded sweatshirts will be removed from students if they are worn in the building. We will request that they are collected by family members at the end of the school day.
We would also appreciate your support in reminding your sons and daughters that make up and acrylic nails are not allowed in school.


Non School uniform/Christmas Jumper  day Wednesday 18th December

A donation of £2.00 would be much appreciated for our non school uniform day. All proceeds will be donated to counselling for our students and a charity of school council’s choice.

Reminder

School will be closed to students on 6th January for a training day.

December Mock Examinations

Year 11 and 13 are now in their period of trial exams- Thank you for all your hard work so far. 


Exams start at either 8.50 or 11.20, so please ensure you arrive on time. If a student is too unwell to attend school, please let the school office know as early as possible. 


It is important that you have revision materials with you every day, as there may be occasions when you are able to revise in during lesson time. 

Year 11 Parents Evening

The Y11 Parents Evening will be rescheduled to Thursday 23rd January 2020. We will provide further information re appointments next week.

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


If you have not yet returned updated data collection and photo consent sheets to the school office would you please do so as soon as possible.

Christmas Lunch – Wednesday

PTA Thanks

The PTA wish to thank everyone who supported the Christmas Raffle by buying tickets. We raised nearly £800.00 and this will make a huge difference to our students by providing for example, additional learning opportunities, transport to future events and specialist equipment for pupils. Your continued support of our school community is very much appreciated by staff and pupils alike. Our next fundraiser is our annual quiz which will be held on Friday 7th February and we look forward to seeing you there. Further details will be available in the New Year.

 

Sports News

Year 11 BTEC Tech Sport, Activity And Fitness

Last minute Christmas Present Idea- the exam board have recently released a revision guide priced at £5.90 and is available from Amazon by Jennifer Stafford Brown entitled – Revise BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity and Fitness.

We are running a revision day and coursework support day on the inset day – Mon 6th Jan from 10am -3pm. Sign in at reception.

Registration revision sessions will also take place Tue-Thu from first day back until the exam on 4th Feb.

Reminder coursework info is on insight if you want to prepare a draft.

Netball 


The U16 netball team finished the year with a fantastic performance and a win. The game was very close until the final quarter, with Deferrers leading by two goals after the first quarter and leading by one at half term. TAHS made up the goal difference in the third quarter and led by one goal with one quarter to go. 

This quarter Alleyne’s started with great energy and speed, the ball was won twice off a Deferrers centre for shooters  Holly and Jess to create a four goal lead. Deferrers did compose themselves and began to score but they were thwarted several times by Lydia, Hattie and Zoe in the defensive D. Teegan and Halle completed a full game at C and WIng attack to keep the game flowing at a high intensity. The game was really enjoyable to watch and ended with a 22-18 victory. 

U14 East Staffordshire Rugby Championship


As you can see from the picture the drainage at Burton Rugby Clubs new ground still requires some work.! We played the conditions brilliantly and showed some fantastic defence. Connor Bassett captained the team well and pulled of some great cover tackles as well as guiding the team around the park from scrum half. Joe Rookyard and Finn Bointon made their debuts on returning from injury and ran strongly with good lines.

One of the highlights was Alfie Price charging through and giving a deft pass to front row partner Harry Foster. Both props put in a massive effort in all 3 games without a rest. Jack Bright at hooker was rucking brilliantly with numerous turn overs. Callum Ward was at times unstoppable scoring some great long distance trys.  Bren Phillips was compared to Jason Robinson by one opposition coach and showed incredible pace both in attack and defence. Harry Barrett battled strongly in the forwards and Will Ball playing out of position held his width well.


All round a great team performance

Thomas Alleynes 3- John Taylor 1Thomas Alleynes 4- Robert Sutton 2Thomas Alleynes 3- Granville 2


Thomas Alleynes U14’s district champions

Science News

Throughout December we are celebrating success in Science with our Students of the Week.  Students will be selected from teaching groups across all subjects.  

Students receiving our award, featured in each December ‘Weekly News Bulletin’, can pick up a hot chocolate at break time from the Science Department on the following Monday (16th December this week).

Year 9

Charles Fradley for the most improved test score in the recent Chemistry assessment; selected by Mrs Evans.

Sylvia Stocks for outstanding achievement in chemistry assessments, 90% plus! Selected by Mrs Macdonald.

Jack Bright for an excellent start in Chemistry including classwork, homework and assessments; selected by Mrs Hughes.

Thomas Adams for curiosity and questions in every lesson; selected by Mr Mitchell.

Eva Lovatt for regularly making good class contributions; selected by Mr Melland.

Katie Fuller for excellent attainment; selected by Mr Crum.

Year 10

Charlie Hallam for his consistent hard work and resilience; selected by Mrs Pavey.

Year 11

Maddie Hudson for dedication to thorough revision and a great attitude towards her mocks; selected by Miss Thorley.

Holly Chatfield for excellent effort and attainment throughout the term; selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 12

Vicky Catterall for consistently achieving an A* in her organic chemistry tests; selected by Mrs Evans.

Alex Griffiths for doing very well in the circuit test; selected by Mr Melland.

Year 13

Nick Jakes for dedication to his study of A Level Biology; selected by Mr Milward.

Very well done!

We look forward to seeing you at breaktime on Monday!

Recycle For Charity

If you have a new mobile phone for Christmas, please bring the old one into school for recycling.  Uttoxeter Lions recycle old mobiles, spectacles and hearing aids for many good causes in this country and abroad.  You can find the recycling bin outside Mrs Walton’s office in the 6th form building or bring items to Mrs Bell in room 14. 

Maths News

Earlier this year our A-level Further Maths students took part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.  They all did well but 2 students, Alex Ford and Andrew Pye, both qualified for the next round of the competition the ‘Senior Kangeroo’. Two weeks ago they sat the paper and the results are now in … Andrew achieved a qualification result and Alex achieved a merit award which places him in the top 25% of the very best A-level maths students in the country.  Well done to both but a very special congratulations to Alex!

Robots @ Staffs Uni

Last week our First Robotics UK Team, ASSR, went to Staffordshire University for a scrimmage event prior to the regional championships in February. The day was a great success and gave a renewed impetus to the project. To see how they are getting on follow them in Instagram @assr.tahs

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December 6th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

I very much enjoyed attending the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme presentation on Wednesday night. Congratulations to the young people who have been successful in attaining their bronze, silver or gold awards and thank you to parents for your support during the programme. We had the pleasure of listening to a keynote speech by Harry, one of our ex students, who has moved on to work in the fire service. It was a passionate and inspiring speech. Harry will be one of the staff supporting the trip to Aberdovey in the New Year. 


I would like to pay credit to the work of Mr Crum. We are very fortunate to have Mr Crum lead the team of volunteers who enable our children to complete the programme. He, and his team of volunteers, offer their time with generosity and kindness. The photograph below of Jess, who attained her gold award at St James’ Palace, is a testament to her determination, the support of her family and the work of the volunteers. It is an amazing achievement – well done Jess. 
The Aberdovey trip runs during the first week back after Christmas. Coaches will depart from the school at 8.40am. We ask that all students report to reception at 8.30am on the 6th of January. We are missing a few medical forms, please ensure these are completed and returned as no one can go on the trip without this. The 6th January is a school inset day when we are closed to all other students.


Congratulations also to all students who participated in the House music evening on Thursday it was wonderful to see so many students involved and such a broad programme. Thank you to Mrs Todd for organising the concert. 

Assemblies week commencing 2nd December

Heads of House will be leading assemblies this week on the theme of ‘ ‘Celebration’

These assemblies are in houses as normal and for year 10 only. They will take place in the sports hall, can tutors be mindful of the noise being made moving through the school with their class as mock exams have begun. Where possible try to move through the school avoiding exam venues.

Thought(s) for the Week 

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”  Steve Jobs

“Celebrate the idea that you don’t fit in. Find your own fit. Stay unique.” Betsey Johnson

As a school we are always happy to receive opportunities for our students. The following have come in to us this week and we would like to share these with you.

Radio / media opportunity

We have been offered the opportunity from Jo Jesmond and Ed Nell (formally of Free Radio) to come and speak to Sixth Former’s about careers in radio/media etc. If anyone is interested in this opportunity please see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form Office to register your interest. 

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Staffordshire Youth Commission

Voluntary and Work Placement Opportunities

The Staffordshire Youth Commission are recruiting to their ever-growing team.

New project year starts in March 2020, and they are looking for 20 new young people to join their team.

To apply go to : tinyurl.com/SYCapply

Any questions : please contact olivia.lucas@staffordshiure.gov.uk

All the details are on the flyer in the Sixth Form area

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Leadership volunteering opportunities for sixth form pupils

Summer Camps Trust are an organisation that provide affordable summer camps for young people. The trust are looking for sixth form students to be volunteer leaders on these camps and are keen to recruit more volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved please visit https://www.summercampstrust.org/volunteer  The website also includes further information about the work of the trust.

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Opportunity for Year 13 student after Sixth Form

RBA Wealth Management – High Street, Uttoxeter will be in a position to take on a member of staff within their administration team, and are keen to either take on an apprentice or school leaver. 

If anyone is interested, please can they see Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office for further details.

Please contact Mrs Young at sixthform@tahs.org.uk for further help and support.

Sixth Form TAP activity w/c Mon 9th December.

Year 12

Log onto Unifrog and make a university shortlist.  If you haven’t already, also look at European and American universities.  Courses and fees can differ greatly.

Year 13

Complete and update your UCAS applications, or work on your Unifrog competencies or CV builder.  Remember the UCAS deadline is looming. 

Revision Tips

Cognitive Load Theory….. be enlightened as to how this can held you.

December Mock Examinations

Year 11 and 13 are now in their period of trial exams- Thank you for all your hard work so far. 


Exams start at either 8.50 or 11.20, so please ensure you arrive on time. If a student is too unwell to attend school, please let the school office know as early as possible. 


It is important that you have revision materials with you every day, as there may be occasions when you are able to revise in during lesson time. 

Christmas Concert

Congratulations to all pupils who took part in the Christmas Concert last night, both back stage and on stage, for a highly entertaining and enjoyable evening. You all worked incredibly hard and did a fantastic job. Well done to you all.

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


If you have not yet returned updated data collection and photo consent sheets to the school office would you please do so as soon as possible.

Order your Alleyne’s Turkey Now!!!

Christmas turkeys available- Fully cared and prepared by our year 10 students, £7 per kg. Email deakingallimore@tahs.org.uk to order yours now! Thankyou for your continued support to the school farm! 

Public Health England Advice

Public Health England have seen an increase in reports of increased diarrhoea and vomiting in schools across England since Mon 18th November which remains sustained.

There is no specific outbreak in Thomas Alleyne’s, and the majority of children who have been off from school have reported having coughs and colds, however the guidance below is appropriate for all.  

Sports News

U14 County Cup Basketball


Our year 9 boys played their first basketball game for school on Thursday going down to a narrow defeat against Sir Graham Balfour in Stafford.  
Team- Owen Morgan, Joe Renshaw, Cameron Bott, Tom Lindsay, Bren Phillips, Tyler Ratcliffe, Jack Bright, Juan Brown, Caglayan Ali

Year 9 netball Vs Paget

The Year 9 league resumed with the Year 9’s playing their first home game of the season. Roared on by the home crowd TAHS played some excellent, composed netball. Rhiannon made her debut at WD and did not look out of place. The girls rotated positions in each quarter to develop different skills and positional sense. The game was won 22-0.

Squad – Kiera, Flo, Hattie, Lucy O, Lucy L, Molly. Evie, Rhiannon

Science News

‘The Big Science Question Competition’

We have a winner!!!

Congratulations to Joe Hall for his winning entry titled ‘Should embryonic stem cells be used for research and medical purposes?’.  Joe researched multiple sources, evaluated the evidence, drew conclusions from his research and his work was well referenced.   Joe receives our star prize of an Echo Dot.

Our four runners-up are:

Nell Wilson, Gemma Butterworth, Brett Allsup and Tom Newbury.  Please collect your ‘front of the queue’ lunch pass from Mr Mitchell. Very well done!

The entry from Grace Atkin was highly commended. Well done!

Thank you for all the entries received in the ‘Big Science Question Competition’.  All entrants will receive a Credit Point.

Throughout December we are celebrating success in Science and Animal Care with special nominations for our Students of the Week.  Students will be selected from teaching groups across all subjects.

Students receiving our award, featured in each December ‘Weekly News Bulletin’, can pick up a hot chocolate at break time from the Science Department on the following Monday (9th December this week).

Year 9

Holly-Marie Eaton for consistent positive engagement in all activities in Physics lessons; selected by Mrs Pavey

Amy-Lee Jones for an excellent start in Biology including classwork, homework and assessments; selected by Mrs North.

Year 10

Maddy Egerton for excellent dissection skills in this week’s Biology lesson; selected by Miss Thorley.

Lara Taylor-Caine for her excellent test results for Year 10 Biology; selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

George Foster for consistently working hard in his Chemistry lessons; selected by Mrs Evans.

Callum Stockbridge for really positive work over the last six weeks; selected by Mr Mitchell.

Reuben Hamnett for consistent good attendance at after school Chemistry revision; selected by Mrs Macdonald.

Kyle Elcock for consistently working hard in his Chemistry lessons; selected by Mrs Hughes.

Chloe Yates for general awesomeness! selected by Mr Crum.

Year 12

Georgia Fleeman for consistent hard work in A Level Biology; selected by Mr Milward.

Year 13

Laura Simister for outstanding effort and extra hours of work completed in A Level Chemistry; selected by Mrs Evans.

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week are:

Year 10

Nat Salmon for excellent commitment to her coursework; selected by Mr Harris.

Alex Keates and Isla McFadzean for excellent coursework; selected by Mrs North

Year 11

Chloe Bennett and Breanna Careless for excellent attitude to revision; selected by Mrs North.

Very well done to all students – we look forward to seeing you at breaktime on Monday!

 

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November 29th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

We have very much appreciated the support of parents and students this week. It was a difficult decision to postpone our production on Tuesday but students responded exceptionally well and put on a fantastic show on Wednesday. Congratulations to all involved. It was an innovative, refreshing presentation of Sharkespeare’s final play.  I would like to thank Mrs Mood and Mrs Shackell for their hard work in supporting students in preparing such a fantastic show. 


Student leadership has really shone this week. We have had Amanda from our sixth form leading assemblies on St John’s Ambulance and Oki and his team have submitted a bid to the Dragon’s Den Eco Challenge. We wish them every success in the bid they have compiled, which aims to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Finally, Mia supported students in the production of The Tempest in the role of make-up artist and Corey led the lighting team. Along with this, Holly from our sixth form, did an exceptional job in leading the Choreography.


We know the vast majority of Year 11 and 13 students are working hard to prepare for their mock examinations. Please encourage them to stream GCSEpods as these offer an excellent revision resource. All students from Year 9 through to Year 11 have access to this superb resource.

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Assemblies week commencing 2nd December

Assemblies next week will be led by Mrs Shanahan on the theme of attendance. Due to mock exams starting this week assemblies will be as follows:

Year group assemblies (Monday year 9, Tuesday year 10, Wednesday year 11)

Sixth form Assembly in Canteen

Our thought for the week is:

“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.” Brene Brown

Mrs Young sent information on Insight about Unifrog on Friday 15th November, some Year 12 students have registered but we still have many that have not. This is part of their tutorial programme and must be completed. It is a great tool and will benefit all students over the next two years. It helps students navigate their way through the process on apprenticeships, universities and employment.

Please contact Mrs Young at sixthform@tahs.org.uk for further help and support.

Sixth Form TAP activity w/c Mon 2nd December.

Year 12

Log onto Unifrog and research their careers library.  You can search by keyword eg law; by your 3 subjects; by career area eg social services; by theme eg community; or by competency eg team work.  At the bottom of the page is the Myers-Briggs personality test to take and compare with your friends before seeing which careers are best suited to you as an individual.

Year 13

Log onto Unifrog and take a look at their live apprenticeships.  Even if you are considering university, take a look – you might be surprised, especially with the Higher Level Degree Apprenticeships on offer.

Revision Tips

Do you understand the need for breaks and keeping active. Active body active mind!!

BEBRAS Challenge

In computing lessons year 9 have taken part in the Bebras Challenge, an international computational thinking competition. All students had 40 minutes to work through as many challenges as they could and they were then graded against all other competitors.

131,000 students from across the country took part in the same age group challenge as our year 9s and I am pleased to report that 18 of our students were in the top 10% nationally. They will now be invited to a further extra curricula club to prepare them to partake in a further challenge in March run by Oxford University. Names will be published in due course.

Well done all.

December Mock Examinations

Please see below for the upcoming examinations to held in school:

Well Done Max

Max Houghton in year 11 entered the National Young Drummer of the Year Competition and today found out that he is down to the last 40, shortlisted from over 4000 entries. He finds out on December 11th if he will be shortlisted for the final 10.

He performed his GCSE music composition as his entry and will be performing this at the Christmas Concert next week on December 5th at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and include seasonal interval refreshments. Tickets are available from the online shop or directly from Mrs Todd. 

Rehearsals for the Christmas Concert will take place all day on Wednesday 4th December. Please see Mrs Todd for further detail

 

Senior Maths Challenge

  On Monday, four Year 12 Further Maths students took part in the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge Regional Final. It was a closely fought competition with Thomas Alleynes performing exceptionally well, finishing in 6th place of 17 teams. The team achieved an excellent score in the group round, demonstrating brilliant team work alongside outstanding mathematical ability. Congratulations to Vicky, Alex, Andrew and Euan on their achievement!

Most Able Programme

Last week 30 year 9 students took part in the first session of the Most Able programme. After 4 hours of intense and entertaining French, they had all produced French lyrics to fit their favourite songs. They did a fantastic job, and even went so far as to perform them live for the rest of the group.
Try singing along to Wonderwall by Oasis:

J’ai mangé au petit déjeuner et c’était très bien,
J’ai bu du jus d’orange et c’était fantastique


Or try singing along to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree:

J’adore le fromage,J’adore le poulet et,Je mange des pommes de terre

Order your Alleyne’s Turkey Now!!!

Christmas turkeys available- Fully cared and prepared by our year 10 students, £7 per kg. Email deakingallimore@tahs.org.uk to order yours now! Thankyou for your continued support to the school farm! 

Flu-like illness at Thomas Alleyne’s School

This letter is to inform you that several children have been unwell from Thomas Alleyne’s School with a flu-like illness. There is no need for alarm as this most likely to be normal seasonal “colds” or flu. Please be reassured that the illness has been mild in most affected children and they are recovered at home.

If your child develops flu-like symptoms it is very important that your child stays at home and does not attend school or mix with others outside the home until 7 days after the onset of first symptoms.  

General infection prevention practices and good hand hygiene can help to reduce spread of all viruses, including flu. This includes:

  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
  • Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
  • Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people.
  • Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.

If your child has a underlying chest illness such as asthma problems you should contact your GP for further advice.

Further information on influenza is also available on www.nhs.uk  Health A-Z/Flu. If you would like further advice on flu please contact NHS 111.

Sports News

U16 County Cup Basketball


Well done to our U16 boys who beat Endon 65 -18! The team showed great improvement from last year.  Harry Taylor and Connor McLaughlin led the team well with good shooting percentages. Ben Wain was man of the match with a fantastic all round performance. Lewis Caparis was a ball of energy in attack and Hayden Fisher was incisive with the ball. Josh and Kain spread the ball well and Ricardo defended brilliantly.

U14 County Cup


Well done to year 9 boys who played gallantly against a talented Trentham High School team on Tuesday. In very muddy conditions we played well with the ball but could not penetrate their defence. In defence we rucked well but we’re unable to contain some of their individual brilliance.

U18 County Cup Rugby


So near… A missed kick proved the difference in a close fought 21-19 defeat to Denstone. Captain Ben Simon did a great job getting the team organised and he was rewarded with a length of the field interception try. Their were good performances across the board. See team picture below.

Science News

Thank you for all the entries received in the ‘Big Science Question Competition’.  The competition is now closed and judging has commenced!

All entrants will receive a Credit Point, runners up will receive a ‘front of the queue’ lunch pass and the overall winner will also receive the fabulous prize of an Echo Dot. The results will be announced in next week’s ‘Weekly News Bulletin’.

Throughout December we will be celebrating success in Science with special nominations for our Science Students of the Week.  Students will be selected from teaching groups across all Science subjects.   

Students receiving our award, featured in each December ‘Weekly News Bulletin’, can, pick up a hot chocolate at break time from the Science Department on the following Monday (2nd December this week).

Year 9

Joel Armstrong for fantastic practical work.  Selected by Miss Thorley.

Yasmin Liu for excellent effort in Chemistry.  Selected by Mrs Hughes.

Year 10

Blake Plant for consistent hard work in Chemistry and for figuring out and completing the electronic structure table with minimal help. Selected by Mrs Macdonald

Bradley Marcroft for being above baseline all term. Selected by Mr Mitchell.

Duncan Craven for receiving the top mark in the end of unit Chemistry test.  Selected by Mrs Evans.

Tilly Shelley for excellent work in Chemistry.  Selected by Mr Crum.

Year 11 

Katie Simister and Sam Johnson, both students were selected for their focus and conscientiousness in their Physics lessons.  Selected by Mrs Pavey.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne for consistent hard work and excellent results in Chemistry.  Selected by Mrs Evans.

Andrew Pye for his work with IRIS.  Selected by Mrs Pavey.

Katie Lawrence for always being so helpful in the Science Department.  Selected by Mrs Gouldsmith.

Year 13

Emily Whieldon, Elliot Jones and Luke Langley for excellent effort in Chemistry. Selected by Mrs Hughes.

Very well done to all students – we look forward to seeing you at breaktime on Monday!

 

Maths Revision

Maths after-school support sessions start after half term for Year 11, 12 and 13.  Come along if you need help with any topics or want to work on practice questions.

PTA Raffle

 

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Dates

Certificates are available for collection as follows:

  1. Monday December 2nd 2019 – 9am – 11am
  2. Thursday December 5th 2019 – 5pm – 6.45pm

If you are unable to collect your certificates please see the option below:

Nominate a friend/relative to collect them on your behalf.  They must bring with them photo ID plus the completed Certificate Collection form that was given out with exam results OR a letter of permission written by you.

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