November 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

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

Please see below for Year 11:

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

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

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

Year 11 Parents Evening

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

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

Full instructions will be emailed to all year 11 parents.

RS – Revision skills

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

UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge

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

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.  It encourages mathematical reasoningprecision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.  The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

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

News from MFL

Year 11 Revision

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


ThisIsLanguage.com

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

Geography Revision Sessions

Y11 Revision:

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

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

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

Any questions, please speak to Miss Robinson.


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


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

English Success

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

Yr 13

Eleanor P, Jack R

Yr 12

Sophie W

Yr 11


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

Yr 10


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

Yr 9

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

Rotary Writing Competition

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

PE Update

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

PE kit / Uniform List

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

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

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

Science News

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

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

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

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

Year 11 Animal Care Students of the Week

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

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

Very well done!

Career of the week

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

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

A spotlight on BTECS

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

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

https://btecworks.com/student

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

Success for School parent booklet

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

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

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

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

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

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

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

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

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

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

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

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

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 13th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

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

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

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

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

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

6TH FORM SKILLS SESSION, MONDAY 16TH P3

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

Important reminder to all Sixth Form students.

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


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

Year 11 Parents Evening

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

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

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessments

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

Year 11 Revision sessions

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


ThisIsLanguage.com leaderboard

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

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

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

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

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

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

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

Geography Revision Sessions

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


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


Any questions, please see Miss Robinson.

SEND Appeal

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

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

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

Pastoral Updates

Achievements

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

Whitmore – Tim W 51

Torrence – Georgie S 50

Elkes – Martha B 47

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


Uniform

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

Face Coverings

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


Punctuality


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


Community conduct


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

Year 11 Future Intentions

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

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

Whitmore

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

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

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

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

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

Torrance

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

Well done to…

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

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

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

English Success

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

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


Year 10: Jacob R, Alistair D, Edward F

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

Year 12: Rob F, Imogen N


Year 13: Tom F, Maddie A

Year 9 Photographs

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

PE Update

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


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

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

PE kit / Uniform List

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

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

Science News

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

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

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

Triple Assessment

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

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

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

Trilogy Assessment

Biology – B6 – Infection and Disease

Chemistry – C6 – Quantitative Chemistry

Physics – P6 – Nuclear Physics (Radioactive particles)

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

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

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

Year 11

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

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

Year 12

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

Year 13 Applied Science

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

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

Year 10 Animal Care

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

Year 11 Animal Care

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

Well done!

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

Virtual Coffee Morning

Career of the week

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

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

A spotlight on BTECS

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

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

https://btecworks.com/student

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

Success for School parent booklet

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

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

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

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

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

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

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

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

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

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

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

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

Apprenticeship Opportunities

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

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

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

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

What a good start to the new half term!

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

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

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

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

Uniform


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

Year 11 Parents Evening

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

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

News from MFL

Year 11 Assessment

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


ThisIsLanguage – The battle heats up

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


GCSE entries for other languages

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


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

https://youtu.be/-_xUIDRxdmc

Year 9 Bebras Challenge

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

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

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

Geography Revision Sessions

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

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

History

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

PE Update

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

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

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

English Success

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

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

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

Year 12: Martha M


Year 13: Chloe L

Science News

Science News

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

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

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

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

Year 10

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

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

Year 11

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

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

Year 12

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

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

Year 12 Forensic Science

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

Year 13

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

Animal Care Students of the Week

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

Well done!

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Young Writer Competition

Elkes

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

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

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

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

Career of the week

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

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

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

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

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

Success for School parent booklet

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

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

Link to Parent’s Guide

Upcoming Events

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

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

Army Officer – a female perspective – booking link

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

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

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

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

Click here to sign up for the parent session

The National Apprenticeship Show – Virtual – Wednesday 2nd December

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

Apprenticeship Opportunities

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

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

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

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

October 23rd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Well do to all our Year 12 and Year 13 students who have successfully navigated their way through the last 8 weeks. We have implemented changes and would like to remind all students, with your support, that they must sit facing forward at all times in lessons and also in their social areas (common room, study room, wooden gym).  We have needed to remind some of the importance of facing forward which, we feel, we shouldn’t need to do as Sixth Formers.  Thank you to those that always follow our new school policies. Again thanks to those that continually wear their face covering when moving around the school, this is useful as it sets a wonderful example to lower school students.

I would like to remind all students of the ‘rule of 6’ as they go through half term and for when they return after and that when they are in school that they should be social distancing and following protocols. We have placed hand sanitisers in all classrooms and social areas and that all students should be using them when entering and leaving the venue.  Our site staff monitor these regularly and ensure that are always working.   

It is important that students in Year 13 and 12 are monitoring their Insight, Teams and Outlook as these are the ways that we will communicate with your child. If your child is unable to attend school please let us know by calling in or emailing Mrs Walton on sixthform@tahs.org.uk, if they are well enough then please encourage them to use aforementioned platforms as this is where their teachers will set the work for the lesson, all students can submit work to their teacher via Teams or Outlook.

After half term all students will have a new timetable. This information will be on Insight.  A way to check this is for them to log onto Insight and put in a date after half term and it will allow them to see their timetable. It is important to check this before they return. This new timetable will also show skills sessions, where they will meet as a tutor group. If you have any queries regarding this then please email me younge@tahs.net.

All Year 13 students should be focusing on revision as well as their Next Steps. UCAS is open for applications for university 2021 entry. All students should have completed their personal statements and their form tutors or subject teachers should have been able to have provided feedback.  If you would like advice then please ask.

All students should be accessing Unifrog, we have instructed all to have logged on and should be looking at Post 18 opportunities, including university courses and apprenticeships. Unifrog is also for parents and if you would like help navigating this platform then please ask.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Thank you to all parents who attended Wednesday’s parent evening.  It was pleasing to see and hear so many conversations taking place throughout the evening. If you were unable to attend please contact your child’s tutor if you have any concerns. Thank you.

Half Term Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks

Over half term staff will be running virtual revision sessions throughout the week, please see the timetable for the sessions.  Thank you to all staff and pupils in these sessions.

GCSE Drama Students of the Week

Year 9: Kiera J and Libby H for excellent progress in our theatre review lessons

Year 10: Jasmin W for an outstanding attitude to learning in our theatre review lessons

Year 11: Lucy L for excellent focus and dedication with her devised piece

Excellent Health & Social Care Coursework Submitted

Here in the Social & Health studies department, we are very proud of the coursework that our year 11 Health & Social Care students have been submitting this week. The theory for this work was done during lockdown and since returning in September they have been applying their knowledge to 2 celebrities with outstanding results. We are so very proud of them all and looking forward to excellent results at the end of the course. If you are in year 9 and thinking of choosing Health & Social Care as an option, look through the pictures to see some of what you will be learning about. 

Geography News

Just a reminder for ALL year 11 Geography students:

On Tuesday 27th October, Miss Robinson will be running a ‘walking, talking’ mock revision session on both Paper 1 and Paper 2 of your Geography exams.

These will be:

Paper 1 – Tuesday at 10am-12pm

Paper 2 – Tuesday at 12:30pm-2:30pm

Both of the papers that we will be going through will be uploaded onto the Y11 Geography Teams files – you can either print these off if you would like a physical copy to make notes on OR have as an electronic copy.

Both of these sessions will be recorded and saved to the Y11 Geography Teams (if you are unable to attend one of/both of these sessions).

If you are attending these sessions, please join the session with your camera on so we can verify who you are.

Hope to see as many of you as possible!

Mission YTF

Mr Hollins is proud to announce that Joe H in Year 10 has won this year’s ‘Mission YTF’ competition. His entry, based on J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, placed first, beating all other entries from across Staffordshire. Well done Joe!

PE Update

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


PE kit / Uniform List

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

Optional – Black Skort, Black TAHS fleece, Plain Black leggings, Plain Black Tracksuit bottomsCoats can be worn outside in inclement weather for PE.
Students will be informed of the activities they are doing on Insight. Due to the nature of the timetable and the changing government advice it is important students check this before each PE lesson for any changes.
BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Yr11 students have got an online revision session on Teams from 10am-12 on Tuesday 27th October. This is in preparation for exam in Feb which will give students the opportunity to improve on the grade they were allocated by the exam board in the summer. Students allocated a L2D do not need to attend.


BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity & Fitness- Coursework. Both Year 10 and 11 all have a piece of coursework due in on the first day back after half terms. This can be uploaded to Teams or handed in on paper.  All support resources for this are on Teams.


PE students of the half term- Yr 9 Core PE – Bella R and Callum R

Yr10 Core PE – Tasha M and Liam A

Yr11 Core PE – Ellie A and Sam E

Yr10 BTEC Sport – Harriet E and Alistair D

Yr11 BTEC Sport – Mia B and Ben T

Online Safety

How much do you know about the social media apps your children use? Have a look at these handy Parental Guides to, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp & TikTok.

MFL

ThisIsLanguage.com Leaders

In a controversial twist, former champion Joe seems to have lost all of his previous points after a group change – Grace A is now top of the table. Ben in Y9 has more than doubled his score, and it’s all to play for in the next few weeks with at least 10 people merely a hundred points behind the current champ.


Higher Tier Walking Talking Mock

Keep an eye out for messages home/emails/Teams messages about the WTM taking place Friday 30th October at 10:00am. We will be looking at the 150 word task, translation, and section B of the listening and reading papers (the bits all in French).


Please contact Mr Noon if you want to join.


Half-term joy

Check Insight from tomorrow if you’re bored. You will be without French lessons, and it’s OK to admit that life isn’t the same without us. Just go on Insight and find some French-based joy.

English Success

Well done on a very busy and productive term in English. Students have been working hard and particular praise goes to:

Year 9

Logan C, Luke N, Oakley P

Year 10

Harmony G, Henry F, Eloise P, Sarah W, Tim W, Neve R, Henry A

Year 11

Alexander C, Evie N, Ellie S, Evie B

Year 12

Charlie S, Martha M, Rosie Mai KP, Darius B

Year 13

Chloe L, Maddie M

Pastoral Update

So we have made it. 8 very long, challenging but also inspiring weeks. It’s now time to have a rest, reflect on what we have achieved and look forward to what the next half term may bring us all. 

Amazing Apprenticeships

On Tuesday 20th October our year 11’s had a talk on apprenticeships during their skills session. This was run by Daniel Birch from Amazing Apprenticeships and included information on the wide range of different apprenticeships on offer as well as how to start looking for an apprenticeship opportunity if that is a route you are considering. We hope they all found it useful. More information can be found on https://amazingapprenticeships.com/.

If you do have any further questions regarding apprenticeships then you can come to see Mrs Featherstone in room 74 – email first at featherstone@tahs.net.

School Website – Careers Section

You may have noticed that there is a new tab on the school website called Careers. The page includes; information about the local labour market, the support that is available to our students, links to subject career booklets and other important information in regards to future intentions. You will find the careerometer and skillsometer in the ‘exploring your careers ideas’ section, this will give you quick information about your potential pathways. We will be updating and building these pages over the next few weeks so if there is anything you feel would be useful then please let us know at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk. 

Career of the week

I have selected Speech and Language Therapists as our career of the week. Speech and Language therapists support people with a range of different communication barriers and special needs.  

Job title: Speech TherapistSpeech and language therapists help children and adults who have speaking and communication problems.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or a university course. For an university course you’ll need a degree in speech and language therapy that’s approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). If you’ve got a degree in a science or language-based subject, you could do a 2-year fast-track postgraduate course in speech and language therapy. Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study You’ll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course. For an apprenticeship you’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
What skills will I need?You’ll need: knowledge of English language sensitivity and understanding the ability to work well with others to be flexible and open to change to be thorough and pay attention to detail excellent verbal communication skills patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Day to Day tasks could include:talk to clients, observe them and use tests to assess specific difficulties plan and develop therapy programmes support clients through treatment work closely with colleagues like doctors and teachers coach parents and carers to continue their therapy at home keep detailed progress records work with groups or individuals to improve the way they communicate
What you’ll earn:Starting Salary from £24,907 up to £44,503 as your experience develops.  
Working hours, patterns and environment:28-40 Hours a week between 8am and 6pm You may work privately or for the NHS.
More information:https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/allied-health-professionals/roles-allied-health-professions/speech-and-language-therapist https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/speech-and-language-therapist

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

Toyota Opportunities

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

Production Apprenticeship Dates

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Thursday 19th November 2020

Maintenance Apprenticeship Dates

Monday 9th November 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

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

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

October 16th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week we have seen 18 students in Year 13 send off their UCAS applications. These students are applying to Oxbridge and will now have an anxious wait to see if they have been selected to attend an interview at their chosen university, Oxford or Cambridge.  These students have applied not only for medicine, veterinary and dentistry but also architecture. As well as this we have had students who have applied to UCAS for early childhood studies. There is no reason why students cannot apply now, the deadline for UCAS applications is at the beginning of January.  All students have been offered support on writing their personal statements for the application process, not just for UCAS but also apprenticeships and employment.  Please encourage your child to complete this sooner rather than later to ensure they are bale to submit their application.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Dodd for all her hard work with these students. Helping them with their personal statements and offering huge amounts of encouragement along the way. I saw some of these sessions and I can honestly say that all those that have applied really have appreciated the help.

Unifrog are offering some great webinars on applying to universities abroad. I sent some links to all Year 13 this week via Insight so that they could participate if needed.  I would recommend adding Unifrog to their Instagram account if they have one as they do have some very good hints and tips each day.  If you would like to access Unifrog then please email me and will send you the supporting information.

STUDY SKILLS

Week 4 is the final personal finance session, with materials available on Teams.

Y12

Please fill in your workbook with the final personal finance resources (pages 10-15).  Find out about how covid has impacted finances; benefits; taxes; alternative income; the history and future of trade unions and the different types of insurances (eg PPI, buildings, contents; motor; pet and health). 

Y13

Please complete the final personal finance information (workbook pages 9-12).  Find out about foreign currencies; supermarket inflation and calculating exchange rates.

Year 12 Virtual Tutor Evening

Wednesday 21st October 4.00pm – 7.00pmThe attached letter has been emailed out to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form team at sixthform@tahs.org.uk if you require anything further.

UCAS Competitive Courses for 2021 entry


We are delighted to share the good news with our school community that this year we have had an unprecedented amount of students apply for Competitive courses, which includes both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine courses. We have also had an additional Conservatoire application to study Music. 


We are incredibly proud, as always, of our students, and they have produced some excellent personal statements to support their applications. 
Applications are as follows:

InitialsCourse
NPConservatoire Application for Music
OAEngineering at the University of Cambridge University (Emmanuel)
EBMedicine
LDHuman, Social, & Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge (Magdalene)
AFMathematics at the University of Oxford (Oriel)
LFMedicine
AGMedicine
GHMedicine
LLDentistry
KLVeterinary Medicine
CMMedicine
AMPhysics at the University of Cambridge (Open Application)
MPMedicine
APMathematics at the University of Oxford (Christ Church)
ERBiomedical Sciences at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s)
DWFine Art at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s)
EWPhysics at the University of Oxford (Hertford)
FWMedicine
SWArchitecture at the University of Cambridge (St John’s)

The sixth form team will continue to work with the remaining year 13 students to ensure that they get all of the information, advice and guidance they need to secure the next steps of their future intentions. 

GCSE Drama Students of the Week


Leanne P, in year 11, for showing pride in her work with beautiful presentation in her book as well as an excellent written response in her portfolio. 


Ryan W in year 10, for a moving performance of Adam’s monologue from the play, DNA.

Whole school Non-Uniform

On Thursday 22nd October. Donations to be made via ParentPay.  50% proceeds to go to Sixth Form Forever Charity Douglas Macmillian Hospice.
To find out more about Dougie Mac please see 

https://www.dmhospice.org.uk/

Year 9 History – Remembering the First World War

Centenary of the Arrival of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station – 10 November 2020

Every year on 10 November, the Western Front Association holds a service of remembrance at Victoria Station to commemorate the arrival, in 1920, of the Unknown Warrior on his journey to Westminster Abbey. Because this year is the centenary of this happening, the Western Front Association is asking Year 9 students to write a letter to the Unknown Warrior. You can write as yourself, a young person in 2020, looking back on the First World War or you could pretend to be someone living in 1920 who has lost someone important to you in the war: a brother, a father or a friend perhaps.

If you would like to take part in this commemoration then you need to write a letter of no more than 500 words and email it to your class teacher by November 1st, 2020.

The Association will publish the most interesting and thoughtful letters on their website and in their magazine and offer some small prizes.

For full details please see this link:

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

Certificates have arrived in school for the following students who have attained their Bronze award in this Digital Award.

Congratulations, well done and certificates will be distrubuted next week.

Fallon C, Daniel F, Kacper W, Reece A, Alex P

MFL News

A NEW CHALLENGER JOINS THE FIGHT

After only a matter of days, Ben P has already started the long climb to the top of the ThisIsLanguage.com leaderboard.

He has already overtaken some year 10 students! Is current champ champ Joe H worried? Time will tell.

Year 11 Future Intentions

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

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

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Bookings for this event are now available on the parental login to insight. If you do not have this please email insight:@tahs.org.uk.

This is a virtual event that will be held via your child’s Office 365 account, full details will be sent to parents early next week.

Exam Update

We have now received confirmation that the GCSE and A level exam period for 2021 will run from: 

Wednesday, 26th May 2021 until Friday, 2nd July 2021. 

It is vital that students attend all relevant exams within that period and an individual exam timetable will be given to students. 

Exam results days have also been published: 

A levels- Tuesday, 24th August 2021

GCSE results- Friday, 27th August 2021

Revision tip #3

Using revision guides can be really helpful, but just reading it is pointless! You have to ‘engage’ with it in different ways… You can make notes, or use it to add to your classwork, but just reading it isn’t useful. ‘Transform it into something else and the information will stick! 

Keep up the good work, 

Mrs Peers

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Leon and Elin (9W2) for accurate mitosis posters, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 10

Amelie (10W1) and Sarah (10O3) for excellent test scores, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 11

Leo (11U1) for really good questions and wider information on the topic of nuclear physics and the Chernobyl disaster, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Liberty (11E1) and Sonny (11W1) for super homework, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Year 13

Raeley (13D), Jenna (13B) and Aaron (13E) for great results on statistic questions, selected by Mrs Gwynne.

Well done!

English Success

From English, well done to:

Year 9: Billy T, Lucas W-S, Calli,

Year 10: William G, Ben P, Daisy C, Liam A,

Year 11: Lucy C, Ben B, Josh B,  Freya S,

Year 13: Torin N, Tom T

Latest from PE

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

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

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

Pastoral Update

Only one week to go until half term! It has been a tough half term in many respects but it has also been a really positive experience getting back into some form of routine albeit different from our previous ones. I know we are all getting ready for a rest but with one week to go let’s make sure we keep going keep making the fantastic progress we are making as a school and as a community. 
Congratulation to the following student for the achievement points:

Bednall M41 9E1
Wild T38 10W2
Gregory M37 10O3

Career of the week

This weeks career of the week was nominated by Mrs Bell – Thank you 😊

Job title: Bio ChemistA Biochemists will investigate chemical processes that take place inside all living things from viruses and bacteria to people.   A University course or specialist training with the NHS is the best way to pursue a career in this role. At university you could study: Biochemistry biotechnology biopharmaceuticals chemical and molecular biology microbiology genetics molecular biology In the NHS, you can train by following the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Entry requirements:You will usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study Some universities also offer a science foundation year as part of a degree if you have not studied science subjects to the level needed
What you’ll do:In the pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, your work will include: developing new products monitoring production quality control checking the safety of existing products In a hospital, public health laboratory or research institute, your work will include: carrying out tests on blood researching the causes of disease exploring new methods of treatment In agriculture and the environment, your work will include: genetically engineering plants to create pest-resistant crops improving the quantity of crops developing and extending the shelf life of produce monitoring the effects of pollution on the environment
What you’ll earn:£26,500 – £60,000 a year
Working hours, patterns and environment:38-40 hours a week – possibly night shifts Likely to work in laboratories or you could work in you could work in universities or colleges, or medical, veterinary or dental schools as an educational biochemist.
More information:You can find out more about becoming a biochemist from the Biochemical Society, The Royal Society of Biology or The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine

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

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

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October 9th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This Thursday we will be sending the last of our competitive course applications to UCAS.  Mrs Dodd and all of the 16 students who are applying for these courses, such as dentistry, veterinary and medicine, have worked incredibly hard on these applications and we are pleased that our small rural Sixth Form has so many this year.

We have now run two sessions for photographs to be taken for your child’s Sixth Form Lanyard, these will be created and distributed to students in the upcoming week. For those that did not attend the last session and have not made prior arrangements for their photograph to be taken we will use their Year 11 image. It is very important that when students are issued with these lanyards that they wear them when they are in school.

Year 13:

Please encourage your child to complete their personal statement and to work on their UCAS application, each copy of their personal statement should be sent to their form tutor, or their subject teacher if needed. This can be done through Unifrog or the teachers Outlook email (@tahs.net).  For those applying to UCAS must ensure that all basic sections are completed and that they are ready for their personal statements to be entered. At this point a member of the Sixth Form Team will check their application. 

Year 12:

All Year 12 students must ensure that they are logged onto Unifrog, this information was passed onto them in Year 11 and they were encouraged to use this to help them make plans in their Post 16 journey.  Unifrog is very useful for all students to look at careers, university and apprenticeships. If you would like to join Uniforg as a parent and see how the platform works then please email me, younge@tahs.net and I will send you the details.

SKILLS SESSIONS

During week 2, we continue with the theme of personal finance.

Y12

Students are to fill in the workbook pages 6 – 8:  types of employment; what is debt?  Think about the difference between part time, casual and zero hours contracts; what a P45 and P60 are; how much income tax you might pay and the advantages/disadvantages of different types of debt.  You can find the necessary files on Teams.

Y13

Students are to fill in the workbook on personal finance from pages 6 – 8:  borrowing money and risks; value for money and making it.  Find out about APR, payday loans, work out different lending rates and how some people live with debt, also different types of investments, buying, selling and discounts available to you.  You can find the attachments on Teams.

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

You will have started to receive different assessments this week as a way to support your progress over the year. Your teachers conduct lots of assessments during your lessons, but these give you a chance to attempt exam questions in timed conditions. It is important that you see these as an opportunity to show us what you have learnt so far, which then allows your teachers to give you specific feedback on how to improve your exam skills. These will give you a focus for what and how you need to revise for your different subjects.

Trial Exams


Your mock exams will be held in February, with the Assessment Weeks giving you additional opportunities to practise before these exams. As you will be sitting full papers, you should see these as TRIAL EXAMS rather than mocks, as you will have had a whole term of lessons to guide and support you and for you to focus your revision independently. A timetable for these will be published after Christmas.  


Exams Update

We do understand that there is a lot of speculation in the press at the moment about next Summer’s exams. Be assured that we have regular updates from Exam boards and OFQUAL (the exam regulator), so if there are any official changes we will inform you and publish all details to the school website. For now, it’s important that you continue to work hard in lessons, show what you can do in assessments and revise independently. 

Revision Tip #2: 

When should you start revising? It’s never too early! My top tip this week is to start little and often. For example, you have three lessons a day… at the end of each day, you could spend 15 minutes, for each subject, reading over your notes, finishing or adding to tasks, and coming up with questions for things you need help with… then each time build this up, so you’re reading more and more of your notes. Eventually, you SHOULD be able to read your whole exercise book in 15 minutes! 


Most importantly though, all of the staff are here to support you through your assessments and trial exams, so that you are as confident as you can be.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

We are holding our meet the tutor evening to give parents feedback on how well students have done as they transition from year 8 into our year 9 on Wednesday 21st October between 4 & 7pm.

This will be a virtual event and full details of how to access the meetings will be emailed nearer the date. The appointments will be held on MS Teams, through your child’s account, please ensure that you know their log in to Office 365, username and password.

In the meantime ensure you have made an appointment to see your child’s tutor via the booking system on Insight – http://www.thomasalleynes.org – full login details have been emailed to all parents / careers we have an email address for. If you have any issues please email insight@tahs.org.uk for assistance.

World Mental Health Day

Saturday is World Mental Health Day, this year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All’ This will be well advertised in all forms of the media. You may see your favourite actors, sports stars, Royals and people in the community raising awareness of positive mental health and wellness. 

Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:

  • the ability to learn
  • the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

It’s not always easy to describe how you’re feeling. If you can’t think of one word, use lots. What does it feel like inside your head? What does it make you feel like doing?

You don’t need to sit your loved ones down for a big conversation about your wellbeing. Many people feel more comfortable when these conversations develop naturally – maybe when you’re doing something together.

If it feels awkward at first, give it time. Make talking about your feelings something that you do. Please make the time to talk to friends and family to check in on how they are and express how you are feeling. There is always staff at school to speak to if you need. 

MFL

Congratulations to all of Year 9, who recently survived their first grammar check.

In particular the following students did incredibly well:


Susie C, Logan C, Rosanna H, Calli H, Layla M, Ben P, Scarlett B-W, Victoria H, Bethan P, Edwin S, Elizabeth W, Libby L, Oakley P, Josh B, Josh F, Isabella G, Cicely H, Oliver H-P, Kristers L, Emily O, Hannah S, Hannah D, Jessica W, Martha B, Tom B, Charlie F, Molly H, James L, Alex L, Olly R
We are so pleased that they are going to be given free memberships to ThisIsLanguage.com, where they can start sharpening their skills, and try to beat the scores of the GCSE classes.


Year 11 speaking assessment

While we wait for OFQUAL and AQA to confirm how the speaking element will be marked in lessons, we will be using photo card style assessments to make sure you are still practising your skills. Please make sure you prepare and practise answering typical questions.

Learning Support Evening

Parents of Year 10 and 11 SEND pupils are invited to attend our first virtual evening.  Invites will be sent out via email at the start of next week, to all parents. The evening will introduce you to how school is supporting pupils in the school day, how to access Mircosoft Teams for remote learning and revision techniques to assist your son or daughter in their GCSE work.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 15th October between 5 & 6pm.

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Tomas for his excellent Chemistry work, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Morgan, Poppy and Vicky all for excellent effort in Science, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 10

Lucy for brilliant participation and high-level answers in Physics, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Elliot and Ellie-Mae for always working with great enthusiasm and dedication to Science, selected by Miss Thorley.

Jamie for excellence in Biology, selected by Mrs Dykes.

Jack for his enthusiastic approach to every lesson, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 11

Thomas and Luke for fantastic first assessment results, selected by Miss Thorley.

Joe for hard work on moles, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Aaron for a brilliant Chemistry result on Benzene assessment, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Well done!

English Success

The English department have been very impressed by lots of the good work we have seen this week. Well done in particular to:

Year 9

Martha B, Sam L, Harry W, Tom Y, Charlotte H

Yr 10

Lachlan M, Jenny P, Katie D, Nell W, Jacob W

Yr 11

Lucy M, Lucy C, Harry S, Toby P L, Evie N, Josh R

Yr 12

Imogen N, Robert F, Tom F

Latest from PE

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

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

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

Pastoral Update

This week has been a difficult week in particular for our Year 11 students. That said I wanted to thank all the students that have remained in school for their support of each other and for those that are at home to say ‘Well Done’ for the work that they have been completing. Only last week I wrote how pleased we were as a school to have got through 6 full weeks without having to have a large number of students at home. Now that we have faced this I am once again hugely impressed how as a school community we have coped with this.  We do not know what next week will bring for us but what I do know is that as a school we will face it together.


Well done to the following students for the points they have accrued :  Martha Bednall (35 9E1), Lennon Edwards (31 9W1) and Olly Radley (31 9W2)


Mrs Major (Assistant Head : Pastoral)

Elkes News

While we’ll be going through some of this in assembly before the end of the half term, I wanted to recognise some of the year 10 students whose teachers have assessed their efforts so far this year.

When parents have access to reports on Insight, one of the numbers is the ‘average effort grade’, and it’s basically a score out of 4, where a 4 would mean ‘Excellent’ (the best possible’) and a 1 would be ‘Unacceptable’ (the least possible) in all of their subjects.

These are based on the effort our students are putting in, and while we’ll have information on years 9 and 11 shortly, the following students are those at the top of the year 10 ranking and should be tremendously proud of the start they’ve made to the year!

Bethan T, Ellie-Mae B, George M, Fin T-S, Livvy E, Oliver E, Maddie H, Raph H, Tom N and Lucy O are our Elkes top ten, and there are many more who ought to have a look at this score with great satisfaction. Well done all, and keep it up!

Geography News


GCSE Geography revision sessions (Y11) will be beginning after half term, most likely to run on Tuesdays after school. More details will be given in Y11 Geography lessons, with a timetable to follow. 

Career of the week

This weeks career of the week has been nominated by Mrs Mood – Thank you very much!

Job title: Sound Engineer  Sound engineers work in studios and make recordings of music, speech and sound effects.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: University completing a foundation degree or degree in sound engineering and production audio engineering or music production You’ll usually need: at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree A college course You could do a Level 3 Diploma in Sound Production or Music Technology To get on a college course you’ll usually need: 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course An apprenticeship You could complete a creative venue technician or technical theatre advanced apprenticeship, which have options in sound. To access an apprenticeship, you’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship You could also get a job working as an assistant in a recording studio or volunteer for hospital radio, music events etc
Skills required:. You’ll need: to pay attention to detail to be able to use computer operating systems, hardware and software efficientlyable to work well with othersable to accept criticism and work well under pressure persistence and determination customer service skills knowledge of media production and communication
What you’ll do:In your day-to-day duties you could: plan recording sessions set up the studio microphones and equipment operate recording equipment and add effectsrecord each instrument or vocal onto a separate trackmix tracks to produce a final ‘master’ tracklog recordings and other details of the session in the studio archive
What you’ll earn:£15000 – £40,000 a year depending on experience
Career path and progression:With experience, you could specialise in a particular technical skill, become a music producer, studio manager, or start your own recording studio.

Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk where you can find more information and current opportunities. If this career interests you, it is also worth looking at the videos on Icould.com  https://icould.com/?s=sound+engineer

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

Upcoming events

Below are a number of upcoming events which students can independently sign up to.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Medicine Seminars

The Medic Portal will be running three free Get Into Medicine Seminars over the coming month live online.

They will focus on how to succeed in the medical school interview (updated for this unique year) alongside top tips from admissions tutors.

Please can you share the free opportunity with your students from Year 11 onwards. They can sign up here.

They will run on the following dates and times:

       14th October: 5pm to 6.30pm

       4th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

       18th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

Your students will also get to hear from a top European Medical School, The University of Nicosia, on their unique programme.

London School of Dentistry – virtual work experience

London School of Dentistry would like to inform you about their online dentistry taster course for students! This course was created by current dentists to help younger students experience what it would be like to study dentistry at university, allowing them to make an informed decision before applying and pursuing it as a career. 

Their main aim is to help students realise whether dentistry is the career for them.

They are offering a 3 hour course which supporting materials covering various aspects of the dental curriculum at university, along with tips on securing work experience, writing a strong personal statement and performing well during interviews. 

There is a cost to the course of £44.99, but the London school of dentistry state that it will allow
aspiring students to obtain some work experience in the current pandemic where in-person experience is very difficult to organise! If students are interested then they can sign up on: www.londonschoolofdentistry.co.uk

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October 2nd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Please ensure that your son or daughter is aware of the sign out and in procedure that we have implemented.  In order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

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

As we have now taken most o the photographs of our Year 12 students we can start putting their ID together, for those that were not able to have their photograph taken then they will be required to be in school at 1.20pm on Thursday 8th October.

Y13

Students will need to:

Please complete pages 1 – 5 of the new ‘personal finance’ workbook which supports the 2 PowerPoints.  Find out about different payment methods and the best times to use them.  Also explore the costs of managing a household budget.  Fill in the blank budgeting sheet first then check your answers against the ‘budgeting sheet’ which is filled in.  This will be really useful for your future, including managing your budget (such as maintenance loan at university, or your first pay packet from an apprenticeship).  Please download these files from Teams – Mrs Dodd and myself will be checking to see who has accessed these.

Y12

The new focus for Skills lessons at the moment is personal finance.  For your Skills Session this week, please complete pages 1 – 5 of the new ‘personal finance’ workbook which supports the 2 PowerPoints.  Find out about income tax, NI, minimum wage etc and how council tax is spent.  Also find out about banking and explore which banks offer the best deals for students.  This will be really useful for your future, including setting up an account ready for a maintenance loan at university, or for your first pay packet from an apprenticeship.  Please download these files from Teams – Mrs Dodd and myself will be checking to see who has accessed these.

PE Update

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

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

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

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

A reminder to students in Year 11 and 13 that next two weeks are your first Assessment Weeks. You will be asked to complete some assessed work so that you can chart your progress against your targets grades. Your teachers will be able to guide your revision and help you develop skills for answering questions.  These will be completed in your classroom, but you will be expected to work in exam conditions, so completing tasks independently and within a specific time period. 


However, don’t worry- your staff have been planning assessments that will show your learning up to this point with a focus on what you have covered since returning in September. The best advice is to revise from what you have covered so far this term. 


Revision tip 1: Make a page of CORNELL NOTES summarising what you have learnt so far… See the link for how to make Cornell notes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtW9IyE04OQ

A Well Done…

Edwin from year 9 went above and beyond to make 44 boxes at home that all fitted inside each other. He worked out all of the sizes, assembled them in his own time. This was an extension from Miss Arrowsmith’s lesson in graphics!


Great job – Well done Edwin!

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Harriet and Daniel for excellent attitude and enthusiasm to learning, selected by Miss Thorley.

Year 10

Joseph for his consistent strive to better understand Science, selected by Mrs Simpson.

Year 11

Maddy for an excellent start to Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Billy and Daniel for brilliant cross curricula work to use maths skills to create a formula for calculating Half-Life in Nuclear Physics, selected by Mr Mitchell.

Year 12

Kerys, Caitlyn and Eleanor for excellent effort in lessons, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Katelyn, Aimee, Ben and George, all for awesome participation in remote lessons, selected by Mr Crum.

Well done!

English Success

From English, we have had a lot of nominations for student of the week. Clearly all of the teachers are very impressed with the work being produced and the effort so many of you continue to make. Well done in particular to:

Year 9

Maisie Lawrie, Sam Lawrence, Garard Wall, Charlie Edge, Alisha Clarke, Amina Kirby, Ellie Baker, Joshua Beckett, Jayden Davies, Aaron Pike

Yr 10

Harriet E, Ella R, Liam A, Jack Van Hoek, Charles Fradley, Cerys Doughty, Tim Wild, William G, Neve Rounthwaite

Yr 11

Mollie B, Isla M, O’Shea Poole, Larbi Fadili, Alex Price, Bailey Redshaw

Yr 12

Lizzie Steele, Katie Gilbert, Eve Bednall, Sophie Whieldon, Rob Fuller

Yr 13

Aidan Rowland

Pastoral Update

With 5 weeks now completed I wanted to once again congratulate students on how well they continue to cope with their return to school. In particular the following students have made a tremendous start with the number of achievement points they have accrued: Martha Bednall (29), Ali Moustapha (25) and Savannah Omuso (25). Well Done!


The first half term is always a long one but we are over half way through and students need to be commended for their acceptance of all the new procedures that have enabled all year groups to remain in school not only safe and well but also to be able to resume and enjoy their learning within their classrooms. The atmosphere around school is extremely positive. PE lessons have resumed this week which has given both staff and students a real lift. It has been a pleasure seeing students out on the school fields enjoying their practical lessons. 

3 weeks until half term. Lets keep up all the hard work and progress we have made.


Mrs Major (Assistant Head : Pastoral)

Orme News

It’s incredibly inspiring to see the achievements made by Orme students, the number of credits accumulated is really very impressive. A special mention must go out to Aimee, Luke and Maddison in year 9 and Joseph and Milly in year 10. Well done to everyone for  all the positive behaviours across a number of different lessons.  The credits and attendance totals are even more important this year as we head towards the half term celebration assemblies, we may not be able to beat Elkes, Torrance and Whitmore on the sports field right now but we can beat them in the classroom.

House captain applications are still open, If you think you have the qualities we need; leadership, positivity, resilience and empathy then please write a letter of application and send it to me at Brassington@tahs.net  This should be no more than a single page so try to be clear and concise.

This coming week Mr Mitchell will deliver an assembly as it is Space Week. This will be delivered during our recovery session on Thursday, I am looking forward to learning something interesting about what’s going on out there.

“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”  Jules Verne

Torrance News

The first month of this academic year seems to have flown by! I’d like to congratulate the many students who had adapted to our new normal so well and have approached the last few weeks with positivity, patience and resilience. 


In this week’s skills session Year 11 have started to look at money matters, gaining an understanding of money management, credit scores and the impact they can have on future options and opportunities. We feel that an understanding of these matters is an essential life skill and  supports the work they have covered on mental wellbeing and self-awareness.  A number of students have expressed that they are keen to cover these topics so I look forward to hearing what they have learnt.Year 9 and 10 have continued their work on mental health and wellbeing, this week focusing on positivity and resilience. This has included stress management techniques and a range of activities to equip our students with the skills they require to handle stressful situations throughout life. As part of the focus on positivity, students were introduced to the Action for Happiness calendar. This month’s calendar is ‘Optimistic October’ and helps to give a positive focus through a short daily activity. Please see the link below if this is something you would like to engage with as a family during these challenging times. I have also included a number of other websites which support our PSHE curriculum delivered during skills sessions. 


Miss Keeling 
https://www.actionforhappiness.org/optimistic-october

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://barclayslifeskills.com/families/money-skills/money-talks/

Drama News

Many thanks to our year 11 GCSE Drama students for developing and performing their powerful, socially distanced dance piece for our open evening film. Well done to: Lily Williams, Heather Leech, Leanne Painter, Alyssa Whitehall, Lucy Lowther and Lara Taylor-Caine. 


Our GCSE Drama achiever of the week is Ella Russell in year 10 for her excellent response to her component 3 exam question, as well as her ongoing dedication and focus.

Well done to Ella. 

Message for all Year 9 parents

Year 9 have received their school photograph order forms in the skills session this week.  If you wish to place an order, please follow the guidance on the forms to pay order online directly through Tempest. If this is not an option, order forms can be handed in to the office up to Friday 16th October.

Rotary Writing Competition

Mrs Brophy is coordinating the Rotary club annual writing competition this year.brophy@tahs.net for those interested in entering. Details on support and guidance sessions to follow. Could you include the competition outline but not the privacy notice or application form please.

Career of the week

Having looked through some of the future intentions questionnaires there are a few of our Year 11’s interested in pursuing a career in rail. So this week we have chosen Train Drivers as our career of the week.

Job title: Train Driver    Train drivers operate trains on the rail network, carrying passengers and freight around the country   In this role you could be: check controls and equipment before a journeydrive the train between stations or freight depotsspeak with control centres along the route about any issuesfollow track signalling, safety and speed instructionsleave platforms and pull into stations safelymake passenger announcementscontrol automatic doorsposition and hand over engines to drivers on the next shiftrecord incidents like equipment problems, onboard issues or delays
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: an apprenticeship working towards this role by taking on another role for a rail company applying directly   Employers expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications.  
Skills required:You’ll need: concentration skills to be thorough and pay attention to detail patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations the ability to operate and control equipment knowledge of public safety and security observation and recording skills the ability to work well with others and on your own knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device   You’ll need to: to be over 20 years of age    
What you’ll earn:Depending on experience a train driver can earn between £20,000 and £60,000 a year.  
Working hours, patterns and environment:Your working environment may be noisy and you may spend nights away from homeYou may need to wear a uniform35 to 40 hours a week
Career path and progression:Once you’re qualified, you could work on passenger, freight or engineering trains.   With experience, you could combine your job with instructing trainee drivers, who are learning new routes and cab controls. You could also become a driver trainer, teaching new starters in the classroom, working with driver simulators and accompanying trainees on journeys.   You could move into management, supervising drivers and making sure trains and crew are where they need to be on the rail network. Operations management is another possibility, planning future rail developments.

Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/train-driver you can find more information and current opportunities on the national careers service website.

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

Below are a number of upcoming events which students can independently sign up to.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Medicine Seminars

The Medic Portal will be running three free Get Into Medicine Seminars over the coming month live online.

They will focus on how to succeed in the medical school interview (updated for this unique year) alongside top tips from admissions tutors.

Please can you share the free opportunity with your students from Year 11 onwards. They can sign up here.

They will run on the following dates and times:

       14th October: 5pm to 6.30pm

       4th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

       18th November: 5pm to 6.30pm

Your students will also get to hear from a top European Medical School, The University of Nicosia, on their unique programme.

London School of Dentistry – virtual work experience

London School of Dentistry would like to inform you about their online dentistry taster course for students! This course was created by current dentists to help younger students experience what it would be like to study dentistry at university, allowing them to make an informed decision before applying and pursuing it as a career. 

Their main aim is to help students realise whether dentistry is the career for them.

They are offering a 3 hour course which supporting materials covering various aspects of the dental curriculum at university, along with tips on securing work experience, writing a strong personal statement and performing well during interviews. 

There is a cost to the course of £44.99, but the London school of dentistry state that it will allow
aspiring students to obtain some work experience in the current pandemic where in-person experience is very difficult to organise!

If students are interested then they can sign up on: www.londonschoolofdentistry.co.uk

Links

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September 25th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Please ensure that your son or daughter is aware of the sign out and in procedure that we have implemented.  In order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

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

As we have now taken most o the photographs of our Year 12 students we can start putting their ID together, when these are ready for collection we will notify all students through their Insight and place it on Insight notice board.  We do still have some photographs to take, these should all be completed by the end of next week.

Can all students in Year 13 ensure that they have all their work that was completed during lockdown accessible as this will be needed for revision purposes as we start heading towards mock examinations.

I have sent all Year 13 students notices to inform them that they must update the class teachers on Unifrog to enable them to complete their academic references. I have been informed that a number of students have not done this. Please could you check that they have done this. Unifrog is an amazing tool that we have purchased for the school and it really helps support our Sixth Form students in their how to preapre for their next steps Post 18. As well as utilising Unifrog to help with next steps I need to encourage all Year 13 students to register with UCAS, instructions on how to do this was sent out in July.  Please email younge@tahs.net if you are unsire and I will help.

PE Update

We are commencing with practical PE lessons from 28th September.  The activities delivered will be based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

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

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

Assessment Weeks- Year 11 and Year 13

You have an assessment fortnight from the 5th October- 16th October.

This means that within your lessons, you will be asked to complete some work alone and using exam style questions to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for your exams next Summer.

To prepare for this make sure that you are revising what you have been studying since returning in September. We are excited for you to show us what you can do!

Mental Health 

Next week is the official launch for the Burton and Uttoxeter Mental Health Support Team in Schools. Natalie and Bridie have already been working with students from our School and across the pyramid. 

Each day next week we will be sharing on videos on insight, with your teachers and social media MHST’s  5 ways to wellbeing including the topicsTake NoticeBe Active GiveKeep LearningTechniques for taking notice. 
If you are interested in a referral to the MHST please contact your childs Head of House. 

Logo Competition

Check out the details on the logo competition by following this link:

News from Science

This week’s Science Students of the Week are:

Year 9

Jack B for gaining 100% in his first Biology homework, selected by Mrs North.

Georgie S and Lucas WS for excellent understanding and contributions to class discussions, selected by Miss Thorley.

Luke N, Charlie F and Ben S for their positive contributions to Biology lessons, selected by Mrs Hughes.

Holly T, Josh B, Molly H, Chloe SA, selected by Mr Melland for making excellent contributions in their Physics lessons.

Year 10

Livvy E for excellent effort in biology, selected by Mrs North.

Liam A and Thomas N for fantastic assessment scores and attitude to learning, selected by Miss Thorley.

Evie P, Charlie A, Izzy M for working very well through the work on acceleration, selected by Mr Melland.

Year 11

Mollie B and Leo M for effort and progress in Biology, selected by Mr Milward.

Finley E for an excellent start to Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Year 12

Helena B and Alfie B for a strong start in the A Level Biology course, selected by Mr Milward.

Jamie D for an excellent Chemistry test result, selected by Mrs Evans.

Animal Care Students of the Week are:

Year 10

Katie B and Katey G for an excellent start in Animal Care, selected by Mrs North.

Year 11

Nat S, Emily T and Lucy M for excellent Animal Care coursework, selected by Mrs North.

Well done!

English Success

The whole of the English Department have been really pleased with your efforts since we returned. The following students have been nominated by their teacher as being fantastic this week… Keep up the good work!!

Miss Beevor:

Year 9 

Jess C, Joel M

Year 10

Jack W

Mrs Hunt

Year 9

Holly T

Year 10

Tom N

Year 12

Lizzie S

Year 13

Aidan R

Mr Brassington

Year 11

Josh B

Year 10

Georgie S

Year 9

Kai H

Mrs Bell

Year 10

Jake L

Miss Cann

Year 9

Oliver H

Charlotte H

Year 10

Abi C

Mrs Peers

Year 10

Rhys R

Charlotte J

CHANGES TO ENGLISH LITERATURE GCSE- Year 11:

As you will be aware, there have been some changes to the English Literature GCSE. Students will no longer be tested on the Power and Conflict poetry anthology. You will still be tested on An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, The Sign of Four and ‘unseen’ poetry.

If you wish to buy your own copies of the texts, they are available on the school shop for £13.85 (called Year Ten Lit Pack) and can be collected from Mrs Peers.

Revision guides will be available after half term.

New Arrivals

We have had two Rhea chicks hatch on the farm. They have been named Ray and Chris. They will stay on the farm until they are bigger and then they will go home with one of our farm staff.

Our Environment

Do you want to make a difference to your school and your local community?

Are you environmentally focused and can see changes that need to be made?

Do you want to work as part of a team to support our Eco-School Committee and to push our school to be awarded a Green Flag status?

If so…

Eco-School is an opportunity for our school to be awarded a Green Flag status. We have a team of students in Year 13, led by Okii, who last year worked with Mrs Rudge to ensure that all buses and minibuses that were dropping of and collecting students from TAHS turned their engines off while students were embarking and disembarking, they spoke about how they would like more bike sheds so students could be encouraged to travel to school by bike and be able to securely lock them up. Mrs Rudge has since provided 2 further bike sheds on the school site. We have also been able to secure an area of land on the school site that we can use to plane trees on. This is only the start of our journey. I will be working with Okii and his team in Year 12 and 13 to see what else we can achieve this year. We are also going to ask for representatives from Years 9-11 to join our team and to help make a difference.

If you would like more details then please email me younge@tahs.net.

If you would like to apply for a place on the committee then please email me with the reasons why you would like to join, what changes you think we could make to the school to improve our environmental status, this should be no more than 500 words.

Closing date 5th October

Elkes News

4 weeks in and still the new timetable presents challenges and changes for us, but the students continue to adapt well to them. I miss seeing our Elkes tutors so often, and I know they’re enjoying the skills sessions which currently take the place of form time. Our tutor meeting was a great start to the week, and while it’s just not the same on Zoom, being together in some sense was a real boost. For  a wide range of reasons, and for each making progress on their various paths, special mentions this week go to Harvey P, Joely and Selena, and Tom K.

As ever, if there’s anything we can do, just mail parker@tahs.net or attwood@tahs.net

Whitmore News

Today we have completed the four week timetable, the new look school day has become more of a routine. Miss Arbery and myself are still keen to hear the positive activities that you are participating in away from the classroom. Please e-mail us with your news at arbery@tahs.net and jones@tahs.net 

Career of the week

Job title: Care WorkerCare workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.
Entry requirements:You could take a college course, which may help when you look for work. Courses include: Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social CareLevel 2 Diploma in Care Entry requirements You’ll usually need: 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course   You could get into this job through an adult care worker intermediate apprenticeship or a lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeship. Entry requirements There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have: some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Skills required:You’ll need: sensitivity and understandingthe ability to work well with otherspatience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situationsthe ability to accept criticism and work well under pressureto be thorough and pay attention to detailcustomer service skillsa desire to help peopleexcellent verbal communication skillsto be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do:In this role you could be: getting to know clients and their interests and needshelping with personal care like washing, using the toilet and dressingfood preparation, feeding and giving out medicationcarrying out general tasks like housework, laundry and shoppinghelping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write lettersgoing with clients to and from a residential home You could also be: supporting families with new caring responsibilitiesgiving emotional and practical support to children and young peopleworking with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development planshelping to organise leisure activities
What you’ll earn:Starter: £12,500Experienced: £25,000
These figures are a guide.
Working hours, patterns and environment:You could work at an adult care home or at a client’s home.Your working environment may be physically demanding.You may need to wear a uniform.You will work 35 to 40 hours on a shift rota including evenings and weekends
Career path and progression:You could progress to a more senior role, managing people or services.As your career develops, you can move on to higher level qualifications, such as a foundation degree, social work degree or Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

Year 11 and 13 Questionnaires

Just a reminder that we would like our year 11 and 13 students to complete their future intentions questionnaires. If they haven’t completed the questionnaire yet they will have received an email this week with a reminder.

Their answers will allow us to identify the support they need this year with their decision making for the end of their key stages.

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September 18th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I do feel that we have embraced the ‘new normal’ and that all new systems that we have implemented are being adhered to.  I would like to reiterate that students in Year 12 and 13 have been provided with study areas within school to allow them to complete school work when they do not have a taught lesson.  We have been asked by the community to politely remind students that if they do leave school during the day to go home that they do maintain social distancing and follow government guidance on the use of face coverings etc.

All Sixth Form students that from Monday 21st September in order to sign in and out all students must scan the QR code and complete the online form with name, date and time of signing in and/or out.

Images of the QR code to scan will be situated upstairs in the Sixth Form area.

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

I have sent all Year 13 students notices to inform them that they must update the class teachers on Unifrog to enable them to complete their academic references. I have been informed that a number of students have not done this. Please could you check that they have done this. Unifrog is an amazing tool that we have purchased for the school and it really helps support our Sixth Form students in their how to preapre for their next steps Post 18.

A few days ago I messaged all Year 12 students and explained that unless they do not have a lesson on Tuesday, that they must be in school for period 3 to have their photo taken for their lanyard. This is part of our safeguarding policy and it is also part of their school uniform to wear their lanyard every day. Year 13 students were issued with their photographic ID last year and the Sixth Form Team will be taking photographs in the theatre. A schedule has been sent to all students via Insight. If Year 13 have lost their ID then please ask them to let me know younge@tahs.net and I will arrange a time for their photo to be taken.

Mrs Bell has sent the folowing message:

6TH FORM SKILLS 

Skills sessions for Week 4 are as follows.  Information and workbooks are available on Teams and Insight.

Y12:  immunisation and vaccinations; healthy eating habits

Y13:  stress and stress management including tips for better sleep

Eco-School is an opportunity for our school to be awarded a Green Flag status. We have a team of students in Year 13, led by Okii, who last year worked with Mrs Rudge to ensure that all buses and minibuses that were dropping of and collecting students from TAHS turned their engines off while students were embarking and disembarking, they spoke about how they would like more bike sheds so students could be encouraged to travel to school by bike and be able to securely lock them up. Mrs Rudge has since provided 2 further bike sheds on the school site. We have also been able to secure an area of land on the school site that we can use to plane trees on.  This is only the start of our journey. I will be working with Okii and his team in Year 12 and 13 to see what else we can achieve this year. We are also going to ask for representatives from Years 9-11 to join our team and to help make a difference.

Wellbeing Sessions

PE Update


We are commencing with practical PE lessons from 28th September.  The activities delivered will be based on the government’s guidance.  Please ensure all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have all items of PE kit and that they fit correctly.
PE kit / Uniform List

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

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

Year 9 Photographs

Year 9 school Photographs will this year take place on Tuesday 22nd September during their Period 3 lesson. Students are asked on this day to ensure that they are wearing smart and correct uniforms including a white shirt, their house tie and if they would like, their blazer. We ask that students remove their black jumpers for these photos if they are wearing them.

News from Science

Call for Club members!

Staffordshire University is offering our Year 10 students the opportunity to join a free ‘Virtual Club’, which will be a mixture of webinars and demonstration videos taking place over 10 weeks on Saturdays from October to December 2020.  The club will appeal to students interested in Science and Engineering.

Club members will receive free materials at the start of the club to enable them to fully participate in the webinar sessions.

The University are also offering a ‘Virtual and Live Club’ which will initially be virtual, but it is hoped that in January club members can be invited onto the campus, in line with Government Guidance.

For more information and an online application form please click on the link below:

Application form

This term we are continuing with our Science Students of the Week award.  Students will be selected from all year groups who have excelled in their science studies and will receive an electronic certificate.  We will also be continuing with our fortnightly award for students who have performed exceptionally well in their Animal Care studies.

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Maddy and Joshua have been selected by Mrs Gwynne for an excellent start to Biology. 

Charles has been selected by Miss Thorley for great scientific knowledge in class discussions.

Alfie has been selected by Mrs Dykes for his excellent knowledge in Chemistry.

Year 10

Charlie has been selected by Mrs Dykes, who remarked that ‘Charlie was on fire with is photosynthesis this week in biology!’

Chloe has been selected by Miss Thorley for working hard to master ionic formulae.

Alex has been selected by Mrs North for excellent attitude in Biology, both class work and homework.

Year 11

Tyler and Madison have been selected by Mr Mitchell for a really positive start to lessons in Physics and good understanding of topics taught so far.

Harley has been selected by Miss Thorley for fantastic contributions to lessons and a brilliant positive start to the year.

Year 12

Jess has been selected by Miss Thorley for her efforts in starting BTEC Applied Science.

Eleanor has been selected by Mrs North for fantastic engagement in Forensic Science.

Year 13

George has been selected by Mrs North for excellent work on Applied Science coursework.

Isobel has been selected by Mrs Gwynne for a promising start to Year 13 Biology.

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

Year 11

Amber, Ollie and Jacob for excellent contributions in class.

Well done!

History Year 11

Just a reminder that all Year 11 have an exam on Year 10 work (Medicine through Time) before the end of September. Homework is revision for this exam.

Torrance News

Another busy week this week. I feel the 3rd week back has really demonstrated how well the students are adapting to the new school routine and systems in place. It is great to see so many achievement points being awarded. A special mention has to go to Mr Pollitt’s form group (9T1) who have all picked up multiple achievement points and not a single behaviour point – what a fantastic start to the academic year!

Next week the students will have another skills session with their form tutors where they will continue to focus on mental health and wellbeing topics. These sessions are crucial to ensuring that our students can identify mental health concerns and develop strategies to enable them to deal with potential challenges to their wellbeing.

As there wasn’t chance at the end of the last academic year, I would like to let all Year 10 Torrance  students know that applications are now open for House Captain. Please send your applications to keeling@tahs.net by Monday 28th September, I look forward to reading them!

Orme News

As we all approach the end of the first month returning to school I am as always surprised and impressed at how well you all adapt to anything life throws at you. It has been described to me as the “new normal”, though I wouldn’t like to see this phrase used myself. When we use a word like normal we forget that the current situation requires a response, it is a challenge that needs us to gather ourselves as a school community and coordinate our efforts in keeping the school a safe and welcoming environment despite the challenges. It has given me great pleasure to see Orme students responding to this challenge by realising more is expected, that we must do better to ensure that we can also achieve what we did before as part of normal school life.

Orme students have shown this willingness to be resilient and rise to the challenge by returning to lessons and showing some excellent work and effort. I would like to give a special mention to a few of our year 9 students this week who have managed to accumulate double figures in achievement points already, this is more challenging with fewer lessons each day meaning less opportunities to impress.  Sophie and Harry from 901, Luke Jordan and Isabelle from 902. I am immensely impressed by the start you have made, showing that despite our days being far from normal, you can still work hard, achieve, and enjoy success as we always have done here at Thomas Alleyne’s. Well done!

Year 10 Orme students, we are looking for House Captains. If you think you have the qualities we need; leadership, positivity, resilience and empathy then please write a letter of application and send it to me at Brassington@tahs.net  This should be no more than a single page so try to be clear and concise.

This coming week Mrs Major will deliver an assembly on resilience during our recovery session on Tuesday, hopefully we can all take something from this as we continue to face Everyday challenges. This week’s quote is on that theme of adversity, challenge and resilience

“In the face of adversity, we have a choice.  We can be bitter, or we can be better.”  Caryn Sullivan

Mr Brassington

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

Quite a few of our students will be starting to think about their options for the future and making decisions about which subjects to choose, or what career and educational pathways to take once they have completed their time with us.  The Future Intentions team thought it would be useful to have a regular section in the round up to introduce you to a range of different careers and also to inform you of any upcoming events which may support you with your choices.  

We would like to say a huge thank you to Lorna who recently completed her A Levels at TAHS for designing us our logo. Lorna inspired us for our first ‘Career of the week’ section!

Career of the week

Job title: Illustrator  Illustrators produce drawings, paintings or diagrams for use in products like books and greetings cards, or on packaging.
Entry requirements:You can get into this job through: a university course an apprenticeshipapplying directly University Course: Entry requirements You’ll need a higher national diploma or degree in illustration or a related subject like fine art or graphic design. You’ll usually need: between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree Apprenticeship – Entry requirements You could do an advanced apprenticeship in graphic design, then with experience and further training, move into illustration work. You’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
What you’ll earn:£14000 – £40,000 a year depending on the hours you work
Working hours, patterns and environment:Your day-to-day tasks may include: discussing requirements, or ‘briefs’, with authors, editors or designers negotiating prices and timescales deciding on the right style for illustrations creating illustrations using hand drawing, painting or computer design packagesYou could work in a creative studio, from home or at a client’s business. You may work for an organisation or be self-employed and work from home.
Career path and progression:With experience and graphic design skills you could work for a design agency, publishing company or magazine. You could also move into specialist work, for example architectural or archaeological illustration   For further information, have a look – this is a really great insight into the career path of an illustrator and talks about her love of her profession   https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/learning/craft-careers/craft-careers-how-leigh-hodgkinson-became-illustrator  

If you have any suggestions for a career you would like to know more about then please email us at futureintentions@tahs.org.uk

Upcoming events

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair on Wednesday 21 October from 12:00-18:00. The event is free, it will feature over 80 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, and it’s open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. 

For more information and to register for the event click on the link below https://ukunisearch-west.vfairs.com/

The event will also include 10 webinars which will provide information on topics such as Choosing a course, Student finance, Personal statements, Employability and Apprenticeships

Once registered you will be able to access the virtual fair any time until Wednesday 4th November, but you will only be able to live chat with representatives and view the webinars on the day itself.

For help with registration or more information then please see Mrs Featherstone in the Careers office – room 74.

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September 11th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

This week has been successful with our Year 13 and 12 students focused on learning, not only in lessons but also the new systems we have implemented around the school. 

Students in both year groups do not need to be on the school site if they do not have a timetabled lesson. If the student does choose to stay on site then there are venues which they can use to study. The Common Room and Study Room are available all day. These areas are set out like classrooms, as per the guidance we have received, which means that the students will be facing forward whilst they are in there.  They can access the wooden gym, this also is only available to Sixth Form students. Period 3 they can use the canteen, the Theatre and Ede Studio as lower school will all be classrooms. We hope that you can reiterate the importance of your child following all guidance that we have introduced.

We have ensured that all Sixth Form students are able to purchase food and hot drinks whilst maintaining their bubble. When they are on break and lunch Room 65 is open for hot and cold food. This is a great opportunity and the food will be cheaper than similar food that they could purchase from shops in town.

If your child chooses to leave the school site during a non-taught session then please can you ensure that they understand the importance of social distancing and the purpose of wearing masks. This will not only support the school but also the local community.

As stated previously we are not expecting students to wear suit jackets as part of the current school uniform, notice will be given for when this will change, however we must impress upon them the importance of following all other aspects of the school uniform policy. For ladies they must wear a skirt of a suitble length for school, a blouse, smart jumper and shoes or boots. These are not part of the uniform policy; trainers or pumps, short tight skirts, ‘pleather’ skirts, jeans, t-shirts and hoodies or jumper dresses. Gentlemen can wear smart trousers, shirt, tie, jumper (no obvious branded logo) and shoes or boots. As with the ladies unifom, these are not part of our uniform policy; trainers, hoodies and jeans. Please support us by talking with your child about expectations around school uniform.

Year 13 students should now have ensured that they have updated their Unifrog information with their new academic teachers, this will enable their class teachers to write their subject reference and their form tutor to complete their part of the academic reference. This can be done by logging on to Unifrog and follow the instructions.

All Year 13 students should now have sent their form tutor a copy of their personal statements, this applies to all students including those that have already decided they are choosing another path Post-18. Their form tutor will read this and return it using Unifrog with feedback and amendments. 

UCAS is open for applications for competative course such as medicine, dentistry and vetinary and OxBridge applications should also be submitted soon as the deadline for this is only a few weeks away.

Year 12 are currently in their induction phase and teachers are being asked to assess them on certain areas inculding; punctuality, homework, Sixth Form 7 and bridging work.  This information will be collated and will be communicated with you.

Over the upcoming weeks I will be providing information on Unifrog for parents which will offer help and support on how to access and navigate this virtual platform. 

SKILLS SESSIONS

All Y12 and Y13 students have 3 ‘Skills’ sessions on their 4 week timetable as part of their 6th form pastoral programme.  It is essential that they complete this work regarding social, emotional and general health plus citizenship which forms part of their 6th form agreement and our duty of care.  Powerpoints and workbooks can be downloaded from Insight or Teams.  Any queries, please contact Mrs Dodd or Mrs Bell.  The theme of this weeks Skills session was emotional well being.

Office 365 & Insight

More details are to be provided in school but as a reminder all students have office365 accounts and staff are using the teams app contained within for class and homework.

Access via office.com

login: schoolusername@tahs.net eg smithdavid09@tahs.net

Password: as per school login

Insight: thomasalleynes.org

login is the same as the school network

A guide with videos are contained within this presentation and this will be backed up in school.

https://bit.ly/2RdSaDY

Pastoral Round Up

A huge well done to students this week for completing their first full week with the new systems in place. We appreciate, particularly for our Year 10 and upwards students, that there has been a lot to get used to and I would like to thank them for acting so responsibly this week. To our Year 9 students you seem to be getting to know the site well now and I hope that you are starting to feel part of the Thomas Alleyne Community.

Elkes News

Having seen most of our students back this week, I’ve been really pleased and impressed at how many have adapted to the changes and systems in place, helping new students find their way, working with us on social distancing and mask wearing, and getting back into good habits in lessons. Hearing from students and parents about the ways our students have coped and in some cases flourished during the pandemic is refreshing and reassuring, and I wanted to give particular mentions to Garrard W, Xanthe, Alfie A and Hannah C (not all Elkes students!) for getting involved in tremendous initiatives like local food banks, youth groups, businesses and family support during recent months, all of whom are great examples of what makes our community so special. I hope you’re all enjoying being back with us, and if we can do anything to make the coming weeks easier, just let us know.

Mr Parker

Whitmore

A busy and tiring first full week back in school. It is always a shock to the system following the summer holidays. It was good to see all of the Whitmore students in with their form tutors on Thursday afternoon for the skills session. Also to see the exotic animals in 10W1’s form room which is based on the farm. The vast majority of our students have made a good impression and have been awarded credits and it was nice to share that information with form groups and put some faces to names. 


Miss Jones 

Orme News

As we come to the end of our second week back at school and back in face to face lessons I have been reflecting on how the new beginning of a  school year brings with it the end of summer,  it has been particularly enjoyable this week to see our school community within their year groups enjoying the social time around the school building, the good weather has only added to this as we have been able to enjoy this communal time in outdoor spaces.

As next week also marks the Great British Beach Clean I was reminded how well our students look after the school environment, the privilege of enjoying a clean and pleasant space between periods of work really helps me to maintain a positive and productive attitude, I will let you know how this holds up when grey skies and rain arrive.

 I hope that you all take the weekend as an opportunity to further recharge away from daily pressures, I will be heading away from the often-gloomy skies above Stoke on Trent to recharge this weekend and am reminded of some slightly pretentious but certainly relevant lines from Shelly,

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”

I hope that Orme students and the rest of the school also enjoy the weekend in your own “silent wilderness” and return on Monday recharged and productive. 

Mr Brassington

Contact us on Brassington@tahs.net or Moore@tahs.net

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