May 22nd 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

I am pleased to say that this week Mrs Dodd organised a real-time zoom session with Year 13. The purpose of this was for all Year 13 students to be able to speak to Mrs Dodd and Mrs Featherstone and ask questions that they or you had about results, university and apprenticeships.  All questions and answers will be sent to Year 13 students via Insight.

This week our wonderful Mrs Walton was nominated for ‘Star of the Week, this is due to all the extra hard work and commitment she has made to support Year 11 into 12 transition.  This is not a small task as I’m sure you can imagine.  She has been liaising with many Year 12 and 13 students during school closure and supporting Mrs Dodd to help answer queries from parents and carers. If you have any queries then please email Mrs Walton at

Thank you for all your continued support whilst your child is working from home. Please encourage them to keep up to date with the work that is being set by their teachers. All work is being set on Insight but they may need to check other platforms as instructed by their classroom teacher.

UCAS and University Q&A Session

On Friday the 22nd of May Mrs Dodd hosted a Year 13 Q&A Session Via Zoom about UCAS and University offers.

Here is a selection of some of the questions asked:

Q: Can I defer my entry?

A: Deferral from 2020 entry to 2021 entry is at the Universities discretion and every university is different. I advise that students contact individual universities directly via email. The 6th form team has a template for this if needed.

If a university does not accept a request to defer, and you still want to follow this route, you may have to withdraw and reapply via UCAS in a new cycle. The risk involved with this is that there will be more people applying next year due to a larger cohort of year 12s nationally and many deferral requests from the current year 13’s and international students.

If you are thinking of deferring think carefully about what you are going to do with the year to make it of value – there will less options for work experience and travel. You will not have to declare it to the university form whom you wish to defer, but it should be time well spent, that will develop your personal skill set and experience.

Q: Will Results day go ahead?

A: Yes, it will and Post-16 results will be issued as planned nationally on the 13th of August 2020. We are not yet able to say what that will look like logistically but will let students know in due course.

Q: What if I have changed my mind and want to go with my insurance offer instead of my firm?

A: The first step here is to contact your insurance university (an email template is available from the 6th form team) Explain that you have reflected and ask if they would still be willing to offer you a place. If they get back to you with a yes at that point you can email to withdraw your firm offer. Insurance Choice will do the admin via UCAS. The Sixth Form team can provide 1:1 support on this via phone.

Q: Will there still be support for clearing?

A: Yes – you will be supported by the 6th form team on results days to go through the clearing process, where you haven’t achieved the grades to go to your chosen university.

Q: I have changed my mind about what I want to study – what do I do?

A: UCAS Extra is available which show what universities and specific courses have spaces – this is like early clearing and you can look through it and any course with an X has availability. If you want to apply for one of these courses, then you will have to already be in clearing or withdraw from your applications to place yourself in clearing to proceed. Again, please do contact the 6th form team for support with this if you are considering it.

Q: Will I need to make a new personal statement for a new course via UCAS Extra or Clearing?

A: Generally, no – but the sixth form team will email the university to support your application and to explain why you want to change to a different course.

Q: Can we defer on results day?

A: Yes – but mu advice would be that if you know that you wish to defer to do it now. Universities may defer some students but not all.

If you need any further support with anything related to Post-18 Future Intentions please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team

Senior Prefects for the Class of 2021

After half term all year 12 students, staff and current Senior prefects will be receiving a google form to vote for the new Senior Prefect team for 2020/2021. It will give you half term to have think of who you would like to vote for – everyone will get the opportunity to vote for two males and two females. You will not be able to vote for yourself! Once we have all the votes in, we will invite those with the highest votes to write to Mrs Dodd if they wish to apply for a Senior Prefect role. Further advice and guidance about this will be given nearer the time.

After Half term

We have a busy 1/2 term ahead of us coming up with UCAS, personal statements, and Future Intention planning coming up. Please ensure that you can log into your Unifrog account in preparation. Mrs Young has sent out some guidance about this.

Sixth Form Future Intentions – Y12 and Y13 Important Information From UCAS

Y12:  please read this information about 2021 applications.  The Sixth Form team and your tutors will help you progress your applications and personal statements after half term.  However, it would be useful for you to start completing your competencies on Unifrog in preparation.
Despite current challenges, we remain focused on supporting students with their continued studies and are pleased to announce that the 2021 cycle is now open.

Students looking to begin an undergraduate course in 2021 can now search for courses and make a start on their application. Although they can fill it in, it can’t be submitted until the 8 September so there’s still plenty of time for them to do their research and consider all their options.

To help you support those starting their research into university and college, we’ve developed a series of short, self-led tasks. 

Y13:  please read this important information about results day, receiving results and clearing.A level results day has been confirmed as 13 August, and SQA is working to ensure students receive their results by 4 August. So, here at UCAS, we’re busy making final preparations and can confirm that things will run broadly similar to previous years, with Clearing opening on 6 July giving your students the flexibility to make choices throughout the rest of the year.

Some of you may be aware that we’ve also been working on a couple of new features and enhancements for this year – our main focus being Clearing Plus: the personalised way for unplaced students to find their place in Clearing.

For the first time, unplaced students in Clearing will be able to view a list of courses they’ve personally been matched to in Track – alongside our search tool, which will still have 30,000 course options.

Year 8 Transition

I would like to thank the Administration Team at TAHS for collating and posting all the transition letters.  If you have not received yours then please contact me.

The Transition Team are working very hard to ensure that we meet the needs of all your children. This week myself, Mr Godwin, Mrs Oliver, Mrs Major and all of the Heads of Houses and Student Support Assistants have met with the Middle Schools, via Zoom, to share information. This is a lovely process where we are able to learn such wonderful information about your child.  This is part of the normal transition process.

This week I am working on putting together a presentation that we will be ready to send to you in a few weeks.  This will allow you to see us, your team, we have asked that all members of the Transition Team introduce themselves so that we can try to alleviate some of the anxiety that they may be currently feeling. Alongside the presentation we are coordinating activities that we will be able to send to you so that you can encourage your child to participate and feel part of the TAHS community and then when we provide you with a list of form tutors, you’ll be able to email them so your child will have some communication with their new Form Tutor.

Last week I introduced myself and Mr Godwin, this week it is the turn of Mr Brassington, Head of Orme and Mrs Moore, Student Support Assistant for Orme.

Mr Brassington.  I am the head of Orme House at Thomas Alleyne’s.  A little bit of information about me: I have been working at TAHS since October 2009 and this will be my third academic year as a Head of House.  I teach English in addition to my pastoral role. I am also responsible for assemblies here at Thomas Alleyne’s so will always be on the look out for volunteers, bear this in mind when you see me in the school corridor.

Hello, My name is Mrs Moore. I am the student support assistant for the Orme House. I have been a member of staff at Thomas Alleyne’s for 13 years. You will see me around the school a lot in the corridors supporting students and staff both in and out of the classroom, outside the theatre as you enter Orme assembly or at the front of the school on ‘late gate’. 

The Orme office door is always open for any students if they would like support or help or just want to talk through events that have happened and to gain some perspective. Some students just pop in to say hello and get a biscuit and I hope that you will want to do this too! 

I look forward to meeting you all in September.

I have feel that the message that I gave last week needs to be reiterated, especially as we move into half term and with all the conversations that are happening on social media and in the press. 

‘There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.’ 

If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on

Support from Catch22 (Stoke and Staffordshire CCE (Child Criminal Exploitation) Service)

As you will all be aware, lockdown restrictions have resulted in a significant increase in the amount of time children and young people are spending online which has led to increased opportunities for grooming and exploitative behaviours. This short video signposts to support from Catch22 if you have any concerns.  Telephone numbers appear at the end of the video.

Year 11 Employability Skills

By now most of you will have a clear idea of what you will be doing in September. Whether that be 6th form, College or an Apprenticeship there are a number of free online courses available at the moment which can help you to boost your employability, update your CV or improve your study skills in time for your next step. 

From courses in touch typing to coding to developing your CV there is a course here for everyone. I may  give the Basic First Aid course a go myself during half term. Click on the ones that interest you – why not have a go and let us know which ones you tried?

Touch Typing

Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Basic First Aid

Developing Career Resilience

How to write a CV

How to succeed at writing applications

How to succeed at interviews

Communication Skills

Presentation Skills

Digital Technologies – Duke of Edinburgh

Digital Technologies – Minecraft coding, Movie Maker

Plumbing , electrics, auto-service technician and carpentry introductions

Food safety

When accessing any of these courses please be aware that they are all free and so will contain feature ads, click on ‘remove ads’ and you will see the content. When registering only give out the briefest of information e.g. name and email. Never give your telephone number.

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the football league problem.Here is the solution…


It is great that I am also getting solutions from parents each week – well done to Andy Bailey who was the first person to submit the correct solution.


Using each of the integers from 1 to 35 make a chain where the sum of any pair ofconsecutive integers is a square number.You have to use all the numbers but can only use each one once.

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up after half term.

Corona Conundrums

A few weeks ago I put this in the newsletter

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotland – to my amazement I received an email earlier this week from Chris Smith himself, thanking me for sharing the link with you.  Therefore I thought I would share it again so that more of you can have a go at some of the conundrums.

Well done to the following students for all the great maths work they have been completing this half term

Year 9: Charlie, Holly, Jack, Gemma, Bradley, Spencer, Chloe, Elliot, Georgiet, Joe, Grace, Megan, Billy,  Zita,  
Lucy, Joe, Tom, Mia, Megan, Sylvia.

Year 10: Mollie, Ollie, Grace, Maddy, Lily, Megan, Liberty,  Abi, Katie, Heather, Finley, Jack, Kacper

and remember… all maths is good maths!

English Success


Some Year 10 students in RE have been reviewing key principles of Buddhism this week and attitudes towards happiness.  As part of the lesson they were asked to share a picture that best represented happiness to them and explain why.  Here are some of the images received. Take a look…

Students of the week have been chosen by Mr Scott

Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Ben, Oliver, Alice

Year 10 Students of the Week are:Katie, DiasyYear 12 Alice, Alicia, Becca

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Launching on 05 June: free online GCSE Science lessons 

As part of continuing to support science teaching and learning during COVID-19, we’re launching a brand-new series of free online GCSE Science lessons, brought to you by Pearson Edexcel and developed to be relevant for all awarding bodies.

The lessons will be broadcasting from the Pearson UK Learning YouTube channel from 05 June 2020 at 11 am.

Online lessons to help nurture your curiosity and passion for science

To help all GCSE-level students continue to engage with science learning, our lessons will be taught by Primrose Kitten, an experienced science teacher with a passion for helping students to achieve their best.The 45-minute lessons from Primrose Kitten, will showcase science and its real-world applications.

 Everyone studying GCSE-level science is welcome to join, whether they’re taking the course at school, college or remotely, and regardless of exam board.

 There’ll be one lesson available to join each week. Each lesson focuses on a different topic and tailors to the various stages of science learning, so you can choose the ones that are right for your students.
You and your students can use the lessons at a time that suits – be it joining us on the day on YouTube or viewing the recordings afterwards. Visit our website for details on the lesson timetable and topics.

Science Students of the Week

Year 9

Holly-Marie has been selected by Mrs Pavey for great Physics practicals.

Katie has been selected by Mr Crum for excellent effort.

Liam has been selected by Mr Crum for consistent hard work.

Year 10

Heather , Millie , Finley , Ollie and Harry have all been selected by Mrs Gwynne for super progress.

Tilley and Lily have been selected by Mr Crum for excellent engagement and effort.

Will has been selected by Mr Crum for excellent effort and achievement.

Tiff has been selected by Mr Crum for consistent excellent effort.

Year 12

Ben has been selected by Mrs Gwynne for making super progress.

George has been selected by Mr Crum for superb effort.

Year 13

Amelia has been selected by Mr Crum for excellent effort.

Well done!

Elkes News

Miss Attwood and I have had another week of learning new things as we move towards the half term, and make preparations for the transition of year 8s up to Thomas Alleyne’s. We had the chance last week to catch up face to face with our brilliant form tutors via Zoom, and I also wanted to thank my Y12 English group for trying an online lesson! Special mentions this week go to Lucy and Alyssa, who teachers have seen some great efforts in their online work. I hope you all have a restful half term, and as ever, if you need anything, email and to get in touch.

Orme News

Happy International Meditation Day! I know I am late, and this was yesterday but I still think it is worth noting. Meditation is how I prepare myself before my working days begins, this is every morning.  20 minutes of quiet contemplation where I sit completely still and try to ignore my dog who always tries to distract me by trying to lick my face. Apps such as Headspace, Waking Up and Calm are great tools to help guide this quiet time and I recommend having a look.

Tiredness can take a huge toll on our bodies and mind. It is just as easy to ignore how tired you can become when your days feel a little empty as it is when they are filled with activities. Taking the time to HALT is particularly important when you’re tired. A good night’s sleep or a leisurely nap may be all you need to change your outlook for the day.

Another option If you are feeling particularly tired, take a short break by listening to music, going for a walk, or simply taking a deep breath. Maybe it’s been a rough couple of days or a week that requires time watching your favourite movie or eating your favourite food. Recharging both your body and mind will help you get through tough moments.

It has once again been a real pleasure to see your contributions from the weekly assembly task (my daughter now looks forward to testing the various activities I get each week).  Keep them coming in!  Special mention to Thomas who seems to be single handedly entertaining and feeding his family based on the activities he has completed.

Sad news this week, my Breville has decided my over reliance on bread-based meals was not at all healthy and has stopped working. It has been a tough few days having to eat meals like an adult instead of a teenager.  I did ask my daughter to do circuits of my garden raising money for a replacement, she has informed me that she will not be doing this however as she is tired of eating essentially the same meal everyday and quite fancies a salad.

I will still be available for any questions or support you may need over half term at

Have a fantastic half term, ensure you get some rest and recharge body and mind.

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

Over the last few weeks Heads of House have been setting assemblies around the topics of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and after half term you will have an assembly on Communication. We selected these topics because we thought they were especially important at the moment, whilst we are all having to work in these unusual circumstances. Students have been able to complete tasks each week to encourage them to develop skills in each of these areas and to also earn certificates for completing these tasks. I particularly wanted to say well done to Connor and Charlie, who have been sending me their efforts every week – thank you for all of your hard work on this!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, we are really missing seeing you in school every day! Remember me and Mrs Collier are only at the end of an email if you need us: and


Both Miss Arbery and myself have enjoyed reading that Whitmore students have been selected for subject related prizes in round up this half term, for the work you have produced remotely at home. It is reassuring to read your names and remember how brilliant you are and how quickly you have adapted. 

Communication has been high with the Whitmore team this week and we look to celebrate your successes away from the class room as well. With many of you learning new skills and helping out with jobs around the house and community.  We wish you all a happy and safe half term. 

Students of the Week:  Charles has been learning to cook, Daisy has been helping her mum do up the garden and build a bar, Blake has been continuing with his cadet work, and interviewed his great grandad who was an evacuee of the war for VE day, painting fence panels & laying a patio, Billy has been helping out grandparents.

PE Department

Students continue to engage in a wide range of physical activity both from what we are setting on Insight and their own ideas. Please continue to share these with us. Half term optional projects will be on insight for all.

Even though competitive sport is on hold – Staffordshire School Games are setting online competitions for Year 9 – last week we came 2nd in the district for kick ups with a toilet roll. Well done to George, Fletcher, Jed, Sam, Rhys, Ryan, Max, Sam and Jessica who all took part. Dean Macaulay was first individually in the district with an amazing 54!

Have a go and see if you can beat him. This week’s challenge is an up -down plank, all year 9 have been sent the details on insight and have until Wednesday to enter.

Congratulations to students who have gained places on KS4 BTEC Sport Activity & Fitness and KS5 BTEC Sport.

Transition resources/ Bridging work/Preparation tasks and info will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams, this is accessed the same as your school outlook email. If you have received confirmation you are studying these courses in September please check on Teams. Any issues email Mr Barrow

Yr 10 and 12 resources are on Microsoft Teams – please check this regularly and work through material as you are able.

2.6 Challenge

Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email or

So far he has –

26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec

27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec

28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20

29th April 2.6 min plank 

30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights

1st May 26 squats with wife on back

2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec

3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec 

4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball

5th May 26 min yoga challenge

6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure)

7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)

8th May 14 reps shoulder press with 26kg barbell

9th May 13 reps bicep curl with 26kg barbell

10th May 26 min run = 4.52km

11th May 260 press ups in 17 min

12th May 26 Malcolms in 9min 37 (A Malcolm: lie on your front, getting up running back 10m, doing a burpee, then running forward 20m doing a burpee and then returning to the start – that is one Malcolm)

13th May 26 successful basketball free throws in 48 shots

14th  May 26 successful rugby drop goals 10 m away in 48 shots

15th May 26 min exercise bike – 10.3 miles on Level 3 

16th May 26 cricket bowls hitting stumps 9 times

17th May 26 successful rugby penalties out of 38 attempts

18th May 260 skips

19th May 260 runs to top of stairs

20th May 260 star jumps

21st May 6.2 mile run in 58 mins

22nd May 26 burpees

Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Art Work

Year 9 Art students have been emailing some excellent responses to the still life project. Here’s a selection of this week’s highlights’. Look out for your next project – hopefully there will be something for everybody!

Exciting New Art Project for all Year 9 Pupils

Can all Year 9 pupils please ensure they check out Insight to get details of an exciting new art project. Inspired by Grayson Perry’s Art Club there will be weekly tasks for you to complete. The most exciting and innovative submissions will be displayed in a virtual exhibition at the end of term.
Thank you for all the brilliant work Year 9 have been producing during the lockdown. If you are still completing the other projects then feel free to continue with this and over half term and email the  finished work to your teachers. Well done to Jack Bright for producing some amazing studies this week based on the Still Life theme.


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are streaming their production of Macbeth. Suitable for 11+

The link to the production is below 


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May 15th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

What did Mrs Rudge Say?

Today Mrs Rudge was interviewed by Year 11 student Max. Max has already secured a job with the BBC and is hoping to access an apprenticeship with the BBC next year. He has been involved in supporting the school  in a whole variety of ways during his time with us: interviewing students on school sports days; raising funds for the reopening of the pool; and speaking at community events. Whilst Mrs Rudge openly admits that being interviewed is not something she finds easy, she said that Max’s approach was superb and he managed to do what great interviewers are able to do – ‘almost’ put their guests at ease! Our thanks to Max.
If you would like to watch the interview please click on the link below.!AvUS8Q2sq8Qqbni5fdJnWQ3F50M?e=yyoACj


The Sixth Form team have made many calls to our Year 13 students since we closed our door to them on the 20th March. We have been wanting to keep them motivated and focused but also offer as much support as possible as this is a very unusual way to finish their academic journey. I have heard great stories about students who have set up their own business in the last few weeks.  They have done this to keep themselves occupied, to raise funds and to help others. Well done to all of the Year who have gone to work to help others in the community, those that have gone into care homes, hospitals, retail shops and those that are helping the most vulnerable in their community. 

We would like to know if an idea that we have had would be of interest to any of our year 13 students. We have seen that some of the universities have altered what will happen in September when many of your children would have been leaving to go to university. We would like to hold an online event where students from Year 13 would be able to join a live chat (via Zoom) with the Sixth Form Team.  This does not need to be focused fully around university students but for all that have a query or would like some advice. If you feel this would be useful or of interest to your child could you please email and we will arrange a date and time for this event.

We are now well and truly immersed in the new way of teaching and learning. All Year 12 students are being set work by their teachers. This can be compiled in various ways and will enable your child to engage with the content that is being delivered.

With this in mind I would like to keep our Year 12 students as focused as possible on their next step and using their time wisely as well as staying safe and keeping healthy.

Please encourage your child to keep on contact with their teacher if they are struggling with the content and that, if needed they are able to react feedback and express concerns to their mentor or class teacher. 

It is coming up to an important time for you they should be looking at their next steps in their journey.  Not all students will go to university, some of them will choose to have an apprenticeship or just to start a full time job or the more adventurous of them will choose to travel. 

We need to help prepare them for this next step.

Below I have put together a range of links that I would like you may choose to access, all of these have been sent to their email that they used to register with Unifrog.

You can refresh yourselves on how to log into Unifrog.

You can look at how they choose a university or a specific course that they are interested in and which universities offer that course.

They can focus on their competencies – these are used to help them write their personal statement for university or a covering letter for an apprenticeship or job. Their best option is to work through and complete all competencies over the next week or so and then it is done and out of the way, then when they are asked to start writing their personal statement – and they all will be asked to do this by Mrs Dodd, then they have a starting point.

The last link that I have provided is for them to look at their wider reading and extending their skills base. Moocs are a great way for them to start thinking about their next step, get an understanding of what a specific career may hold or just learn something new. You can complete a MOOC too, just log onto Unifrog, click on the MOOC section, choose a category and off you go!

Y12 TAP (tutor activity programme)

6th Form Wellbeing

Please take a look at these 50 ideas for lockdown kindly sent to us by Amazing Apprenticeships – there is an excellent variety of activities to dip into.  We also wanted to share a link of mental health web sites and apps for those who may need them from this document which is displayed in all our form rooms (insert here please!).  Please email any of the sixth form team if we can help support your wellbeing – we are always happy to hear from you.

6th Form Future Intentions – Careers Guidance and Information 

Deciding between university or apprenticeships?  Take a look at these resources which should help your decisions.  If you are already certain of your path, please read through the resources most relevant to you.  These include information from an apprentice (with or without the task) and signposting so you can research current apprenticeships.  Or advice from UCAS about making the right decisions and higher education myth busting.

Please download this pack for parents and carers about apprenticeships if you would like some more advice about apprenticeships, CVs and other useful guidance

Year 8 Transition

It is the time of year when the Pastoral Team, as part of transition, start their communication with Year 8 students, parents and carers. As part of the Year 8 transition process I would like to introduce two members of the TAHS Transition Team. 

Mrs Young.  I am your pastoral coordinator for the transition process at Thomas Alleyne’s High School this year.  A little bit of information about me: I have been working at TAHS since April 2009, currently I am Acting Assistant Head Teacher with Student Wellbeing and Behaviour as part of my responsibilities. I am also Deputy Head of Sixth Form and I teach History to all year groups. I am normally involved in the transition process as I lead on our Anti-Bullying Campaign by utilising Sixth Former as year 9 mentors and I deliver lessons during the transition days.  

I am Mr Godwin, responsible for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium students.  I have worked at Alleyne’s since 2002 working as a Head of House, PE teacher and now I am one of the Assistant Headteachers.  Under normal circumstances myself and my team of teaching assistants would be getting to know a number of you, you would have visited the school and we would have met some of your parents and carers.  Unfortunately, this year the situation is very different.  Transition will be unique for you but by working with your Middle School staff  and Thomas Alleyne’s staff  I hope that we will be able to answer some of your questions and give a little taster of life at Thomas Alleyne’s.

There is no doubt that this year’s transition will different but we are working to ensure that we meet the needs of all students. We will keep you informed of activities and events, let you know when we will be sending communication and endeavour for your child to know who their Head of House, Student Support Assistant and in time who their Form Tutor will be. At this time, we cannot guarantee that your child will meet their pastoral support team in person before the end of this academic year, but we will ensure that they will have the opportunity to put a face to a name and listen to their team and how we can support them.  

We are working collaboratively with your Middle School to ensure that we know as much about your son or daughter as possible, that we answer all the queries that come to us and that we help to make all the Year 8 students feel part of the Thomas Alleyne’s community.   If you have a query about the transition process at Alleyne’s then please contact me on

History News

A big well done to all the Year 9’s who have submitted their history assessments. This was a real challenge for pupils and it’s great to have received so many high quality pieces of work.Year 10 are now several lessons into their new GCSE unit on ‘The American West’. Please ask them how they are finding this new unit and encourage them to contact either Mrs Young or Mrs Johnson to let us know how they are getting on if they have not already done so. Thank you.

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the area problem.Here is the solution…The red areas add up to 1368, put them together to form a single rectangle of length 72 (99-27).The width is the area divided by the length 1368/72 = 19.  So the shaded area is 19 x 27= 513.Well done to Keith Ford who was the first person to submit the correct solution!
One I can do!

(99-27) x Y = 921 +447 where Y is the width of the column

72Y = 1368

Y = 1368 / 19

Y =19

Shaded area = 27 x 19

= 513

This Weeks Puzzle

With the Bundesliga restarting and the news that the Premier League may start again in June, I thought this puzzle was quite appropriate.

Six of the geekiest football teams on the planet are invited to compete in a new tournament.Each team will play each other, with the usual reward of 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.After the first couple of rounds of matches the table looks like this:

Can you work out what games have been played so far 
and the score in each?

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week.   

English Success

Your English Teachers love receiving your work from you. Following on from last week’s poetry, Caitlin (Year 9) has shared with us some of her work on Othello. Well done Caitlin- your ‘Student of the Week’ certificate is well deserved! 


Students of the week have been chosen by Mr Scott
Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Connor, George, James, Lucy
Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Lily, Olivia

Year 12 

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Students of the week for Mrs Lindsay are awarded for a range of reasons including consistently great work and effort, quality discussion online, completing quality bridging work and very good A Level assessments.

Well done – it is getting very difficult to choose!

Year 9: Beth, Charles, Zita, Milly, Joe, Hannah

Year 10: Lewis, Lara, Nathan, Katie, Blake, Liberty

Year 11: Evie, Gabby

Year 12:Lucy and Isaac

Please also see the answers to the ‘Famous people as children’ quiz – attached.  Thanks to those who go in touch with suggested answers.

Science News

Science Students of the Week

The following Year 9 students have been selected by Mrs Pavey for showing great resilience with online learning:

Eloise Paulinski, Tommy Smith and Finlay Taylor-Smith.

The following Year 10 students have been selected by Mrs Gywnne for showing resilience and superb progress:

Klaudia Siwek, Kacper Wielechowski, Lily WIlliams, Will Gregory, Maddy Capewell and Bailey Redshaw.

The following Year 12 students have been selected by Mrs Gywnne for determination and hard work resulting in great results:

Neve Hall, Georgia Fleeman, Sam Ward and Will Bowyer.

Well done!

Elkes News

I have had to adjust to working remotely as have you, and like many of you, I’m also missing the teachers and students I work with and the daily routines we were used to and like you I have to make new routines to adapt to this new way of teaching. This week I’ve had lots of emails from students who are becoming more confident in communicating with teachers about their work, and about the different places they are up to in their learning journeys but I wanted to especially mention Liam and Elliot in year 10, as both have had some ICT setbacks, but have worked really well to get back on course, and also Becky and Will who have maintained great approaches to the situation from the off. As ever, it would be good to hear from more Elkes students about how you’re doing, and if there’s anything we can do to help –

Orme News

Hello students of Orme,

I hope you have all had an industrious and tranquil week. Continuing with the acronym HALT I am going to touch on loneliness, this is I think an especially relevant subject given our circumstances, but I think something that we should consider.

First of all, being alone isn’t the same as being lonely. If you are spending time on your own, that’s fine, we all need space to think. However, everyone needs relationships in their lives. Try to make time each day or so for positive, constructive interaction with someone, a friend, a parent, a sibling or even a teacher. It is also important that you try to be available and emotionally honest in these interactions, if you are feeling unsure or overwhelmed talk to someone about these feelings. Just this alone can help to alleviate negative emotions and give you a sense of peace. I am proud of how as a house I see these connections being made and the Orme community that remains strong despite the physical distance between us right now.

On the subject of the Orme community I have been really pleased to see your contributions from the assembly I have sent out each Tuesday, from Eloise teaching me how to say kindness in British Sign Language ( here is the link she shared with me to Joe Hall teaching me the previously incomprehensible language of American football (I still don’t think I can bring myself to watch it though, sorry Joe). There are too many examples for me to share here but I have enjoyed each and every one of them and look forward to making my daughter get involved in more of the quizzes and activities you send to me.

There are times when you have to try something out just to make sure you’re not missing out,  and that is what I did this week when trying the legendary Elvis grilled sandwich (a grilled sandwich is a bit like a toastie that hasn’t tucked its shirt in and looks a bit untidy). Occasionally a combination can be wrong enough to be right (a bit like dipping fries into a milkshake) and this combination is bizarrely compelling. It rides that mysterious line between sweet and savoury, you could dial back the sweet by omitting the honey to make it more savoury, but,  Just don’t. I should warn you that this is a hugely calorific combination and should be followed by your daily exercise and a nap.

Hot Elvis toastie


2 tsp butter

2 slices white bread

1 tbsp golden caster sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 ripe banana, thinly sliced

2 tsp clear honey

a little icing sugar

vanilla ice cream, to serve


Using 1 tsp soft butter per side, butter one side only of two bread slices. Mix sugar with cinnamon, then sprinkle over the buttered slices of bread.

Put one of the slices, buttered-side down, in a toasted sandwich maker. Spread the top of this slice with peanut butter, then layer over the banana. Drizzle with honey, and sandwich the second slice of bread on top, buttered-side up. Close and cook, following your sandwich maker instructions, until the toastie is crisp and golden.

Cut in half, add a slice to each plate, dust with icing sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream.

 Have a great weekend and stay connected

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

As we reach the end of another week of our virtual school, I wanted to take the opportunity to share the success of one of our Torrance students, who has been keeping himself busy in lockdown. Many of you will be aware that one of our Year 11 House Captain’s Max has a very successful Youtube channel, ‘Matchday with Max’. As we all adapt to the changes in our lives during lockdown, Max has also been busy adapting his Youtube videos to become ‘Lockdown with Max’. So far he has interviewed football presenter Michelle Owen, journalist and broadcaster Caroline Barker and Olympic bronze medal winning gymnast Sam Oldham. I personally can’t wait to see who is next on his list!

Well done for adapting to the current challenges and continuing to make your videos Max, I know you’re providing a great deal of entertainment to a lot of people! Make sure you remember us all when you’re famous!!

You can check out Max’s Youtube channel here:

A reminder to all Torrance students that me and Mrs Collier are always here if you need anything and love to hear from you. You can reach us on and


This week I asked Miss Jones if it would be possible for me to write our section for Round up as I wanted to express how proud I am of all our students.

When I started at Thomas Alleyne’s and joined Whitmore House as a Student Support Assistant in September 2019 I had no idea that this would be how my first year would finish. Like all of you I have been missing spending time with my family and friends, but I am choosing to focus on the positives of the situation we find ourselves in. Since working from home, I have had the opportunity to get to know more and more Whitmore students and their families. It is inspiring to see how well the students have adapted to the circumstances. I am enjoying reading the stories from students about how they are spending their time and remaining positive. I look forward to the day we are able to have a Whitmore assembly in the theatre, and students can once again pop their head in the door of the Whitmore office.

I would like to share with you some of the work that our students in Whitmore have done and where they have gone above and beyond for their community. 

Evie has donated money that she and her family would normally use on going out to support the school in buying and supplying laptops and food for those that need them,  Alex is completing a 20km bike ride every week and Issy has been making scrubs for a local hospital 

In the meantime if you would like to share with us what you have been doing, if you have a question we can help you with or if you need some support then please contact myself or Miss jones

PE Department

Students continue to engage in a wide range of physical activity both from what we are setting on Insight and their own ideas. Please continue to share these with us.

Congratulations to students who have gained places on KS4 BTEC Sport Activity & Fitness and KS5 BTEC Sport.

Transition resources/ Bridging work/Preparation tasks and info will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams, this is accessed the same as your school outlook email. If you have received confirmation you are studying these courses in September please check on Teams. Any issues email Mr Barrow

Yr 10 and 12 resources are on Microsoft Teams – please check this regularly and work through material as you are able.

2.6 Challenge

Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email or

So far he has –

26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec

27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec

28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20

29th April 2.6 min plank 

30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights

1st May 26 squats with wife on back

2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec

3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec 

4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball

5th May 26 min yoga challenge

6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure)

7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)

8th May 14 reps shoulder press with 26kg barbell

9th May 13 reps bicep curl with 26kg barbell

10th May 26 min run = 4.52km

11th May 260 press ups in 17 min

12th May 26 Malcolms in 9min 37 (A Malcolm: lie on your front, getting up running back 10m, doing a burpee, then running forward 20m doing a burpee and then returning to the start – that is one Malcolm)

13th May 26 successful basketball free throws in 48 shots

14th  May 26 successful rugby drop goals 10 m away in 48 shots

15th May 26 min exercise bike – 10.3 miles on Level 3 

Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Art Work

‘The Art Department continue to be impressed by the work being emailed in from students and wanted to share some great examples of Year 9 work for both the ‘Insects’ project and the ‘Still Life’ project. Well done Year 9 and keep up the excellent work! Remember, even if you are not up to date with these tasks we still enjoy seeing you tackle them at your own pace. In addition to Year 9 success, it has also been really promising to hear from our Year 11’s who are beginning their bridging work tasks, and from our very talented Year 12s who are starting to move onto developmental work. We are looking forward to seeing how you progress with these tasks as we move into the second part of the summer term. The Art Dept’.


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May 7th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

We are almost halfway to our aim of being able to provide 2400 visors for key workers, 50 laptops for children in need and 5 weeks of additional food to over 45 families.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – we are so grateful to be part of such a supportive community.

At Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxeter, we want to support our community in the fight against COViD. 

As a school, we currently  have three projects running:

  • The design of PPE equipment for key workers.
  • Providing families in need with weekly food parcels. 
  • Providing vulnerable students with laptops. With exams next year every single student needs to be able to access online materials. 

Graeme and his team have been an inspiration to us all. We know we can do more but we really need your help. If you can spare anything at all it would be very much appreciated. 

School PPE

There are now visors available for key workers who need them. Please email with requests. A reminder that they are reusable and washable.

Another week has passed and we are still achieving.  Mrs Walton and Mrs Dodd have now ensured that every Year 11 student that has applied to the Sixth Form has had a personal response. All students who have received a letter are asked to complete the Google form as soon as possible.

Year 12 students need to log into their Unifrog account and start thinking about their personal statements ready for next year and get ahead.  They also need to ensure that they start looking at their  options, which university, which course or what type of apprenticeships are out there.

Year 13 students that have applied to UCAS should be looking at applying for their student finance. Read the government guide to see what information you need and then follow the instructions to apply. The sooner it is done the sooner you can tick it off your to-do list and relax. 

We recommend that all Year 13 students continue with their academic learning and look at online courses to keep themselves busy.

Y12 TAP (tutor activity programme)

It would be beneficial for you to start or improve your personal statements.  These form part of your UCAS application but can also form a great supporting letter for apprenticeship applications or job applications.  Therefore this exercise is suitable for all Y12 students.

The attached document from Unifrog will take a while to work through as it is really detailed and takes you through each step.  

To put the best into your personal statement, you might need to spend time researching courses, taking moocs or reviewing and improving your competencies.  Be prepared to spend some time on this – it will be worth it.

Mrs Dodd will also put some information onto Edmodo about personal statements.  Your tutors and the sixth form team will be giving you plenty of support with your personal statements later.  However, please make a start on them and try to get a good draft ready if you can.

Any questions, please email

Maths Puzzle

Year 11 A-Level Maths Bridging Work

The A-level maths bridging work has been put on Insight so if you have chosen to study A-level maths next year (either at TAHS or elsewhere) please make sure you check Insight to see what you need to do.  Any issues please email Mrs Ibbs

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the twenty twenty vision problem. Here is the solution..

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

VE Day Bunting

As we can’t get to the shops to buy bunting for VE Day here is some you can either print in colour, or print and colour in yourself

English Success

Year 9 English pupils have been working hard on an introduction to Shakespeare and have produced some fantastic versions of some of his works, including re-imagined versions of his famous ‘All the World’s A Stage’ speech, Sonnets and modernised versions of his plays. Here are a few examples which we thought you would enjoy.

RE Year 9

Year 9 in RE have been learning about the concept of ‘Anicca’  (Impermanence) – everything changes. Some students have been set this quiz to see if they can recognise famous people from their baby / childhood photos.It may be something you would like to have a look at!  Answers will be shared next week.Please let us know if you think you can identify them all!

Science News

This week’s students selected by Mr Melland are:

Year 9

Connor Bassett and Sophie Johnson for making good effort with their distance learning.

Year 10

Ollie Birch, Harry Bassett and Joely Davis for making good effort with their distance learning.

Year 11

Max Houghton, Freya Hadgett, Amelia Hadgett, Tom Johnson and Matt Jackson have all made a good start with their bridging work.

Year 12

Jess Eardley, Gregor Hayes and Alex Ford for asking good questions about their work.

Mrs Hughes has also selected the following students:

Year 9

Jack Bright, Owen Morgan and Mia Simon for excellent effort and attainment.

Well done!

To support you through remote learning and in the future when we return, all students now have access to an online textbook and resources. Some resources may get set through “Kerboodle” by your Science teachers, but all info will still be linked through INSIGHT.

Initially we would ask that you follow the information on the log in sheet attached to access your account. If you have any difficulties logging in, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SCIENCE TEACHER in the first instance. Contact with your science teacher can be made using your office365 account.

The extra attachments are to provide you (and parents/carers) with an overview of the topics we cover in science.Kind regards, keep safe and well.

Mr Mitchell

Elkes News

Nobody warned me that having a child was going to mean living in constant fear of it injuring itself. I should be pleased that she’s starting the hobby I enjoy so young, but actually, having a toddler trying to climb on to high shelves whilst finding it all absolutely hilarious is getting a bit exhausting.

Yesterday, while leaping up to stop the child from diving head first off a table, she managed to kick the sofa and break one of her toes. Cue a call to NHS 111, a trip to A&E, a stop at a different hospital and she’s x-rayed, bandaged and discharged, every step dealt with safely, efficiently and kindly by NHS staff, and you are one of the reasons they’re able to do their jobs, because you’re staying at home and staying safe too.

We were very thankful to the staff, but I’m also thankful to our students for making sacrifices in following the guidelines during lockdown. I hope you’re well, and email or to get in touch.

Orme News

Hello students of Orme,

I hope you have all had a productive and calm week. Continuing with the acronym HALT I would like to talk about anger.

When I think about all the things that cause this emotion I realise that they are all things that are far beyond my control and are an incredible waste of time. I find if I think of anger like an Instagram advertisement – I have two ways to deal with it, I can look closely, click the link and get lost in pages of useless endeavor over something that serves no purpose, alternatively I can just glance at it, accept it’s there but then scroll on giving it no time or space in my thoughts. The most important thing to try is this; pay attention to your feelings. If you’re angry, don’t act. Try talking calmly about it, take a time out. Breathe. Remove yourself from the situation. Anger causes us to act rashly and irrationally. Take control of your anger before it controls you!

I have also been continuing with my adventures in toastie experimentation this week (If you are still wondering what a toastie/Breville is imagine a swoll pop tart). This week I tried an Australian toastie (they call them Jaffles to make this extra confusing) and I can heartily recommend it using lesftover lasagna from the freezer.

The Garlic Bread Lasagna Jaffle!

Makes 4 jaffles

1 small clove garlic, crushed

75g/2.65ozs. butter

4 squares of lasagna just smaller than the slice of bread, warm

8 tablespoons extra pasta sauce

8 slices bread

Step 1 – Combine the garlic and butter and spread onto one side the bread. Place the bread butter side down on the jaffle maker and top with the lasagna. Add 2 tablespoons of sauce per jaffle (otherwise it can be a bit too dry). Top with another slice of bread butter side up. Heat until the outside is golden and crisp.

I have continued to enjoy the work I have seen from you this week, especially the contributions from the assembly I sent out on Tuesday and will hopefully share some of these next week. Enjoy your weekend and try to scroll past your anger

Mr Brassington

Torrance News

This week, I want to celebrate some of the fabulous stories I have had from Form Tutors and students, of how Torrance students and I’m sure students in other houses have been supporting others. In these challenging times, I think it’s so important to celebrate people coming together and supporting each other. I have heard about students who are supporting their parents by helping to look after their younger siblings and supporting them with their school work, of students helping out on family farms or with other family businesses and also of Year 11 students working in local care homes, to support the most vulnerable. I have heard so many wonderful things about how our students and our community are supporting each other that it is difficult for me to have to choose and mention only a few, but I am so proud of all of our students.

Please get in touch with us and share your stories of what you have been doing whilst we are all apart.
Please also remember that myself and Mrs Collier are here for you if there is anything you need.

We miss you all and enjoy hearing from you! Our email addresses are and

PE Department

2.6 Challenge

Mr Barrow is continuing to do the 2.6 challenge to support the schools fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor him please email or

So far he has -26th April 2.6km run in 15min 53sec, 27th April 26 press ups in 26 sec, 28th April 2.6 mile run in 26.20, 29th April 2.6 min plank 30th April 26 sec plank with 26kg on back and 2.6 min crusifix with 2.6kg hand weights, 1st May 26 squats with wife on back, 2nd May 26 times to top of stairs 5 min.47 sec, 3rd May 26 alternate hand catches with tennis ball in 27 sec, 4th May 26 kick ups with a rugby ball, 5th May 26 min yoga challenge, 6th May 26kg bench press 61 reps (continuous to failure), 7th May Connor in Yr9 challenged me to his work out 26 press ups, 26 squats, 26 bicep curls, 26 sit ups. Connor did it in 1min 45 , Mr Barrow did it in 1 min 54 (not sure if weights were the same)

Why not see if you can beat Mr Barrow on any of his challenges or send in a 2.6 challenge for him to try.

Year 9 student Sam Pickup has completed a virtual Coast to Coast outdoor bike ride! See attached pictures of his rides. Well done!

If you have completed any fitness challenges over this period please let us know.

World Changer Awards

Click the image for more information


Geography Year 9 Easter Competition

Students were set the task of researching and exploring an interesting landmark within China, Russia or India. They were asked to complete an information fact file on the landmark, inclusive of a bibliography of their research. We had some excellent contributions from a range of different Year 9 students, with our student teacher Miss Patrick running the project and deciding the winner for us.

Runner up: – Jack Bright researching the ‘Five flower lake’ in China

Jack used detail of a very high quality and it was evident how much he had researched to find out local legends and understand how the landscape can be explained from a cultural perspective as well as an environmental one. 

Winner: – Joe Hall researching Yuncheng Salt Lake, China

Joe’s research was of an exceptionally high standard, showing a very clear understanding of the size, scale and importance of the landform he was researching. This piece of work was very detailed, clearly well though out and presented well.
Well done to all those that took part.


Congratulations to all the Y9 students who recorded their own French shopping conversations at home and submitted them online. I was impressed by the effort both linguistically and technologically by everyone. Well done.

Mrs Clemett

Health & Social Care

Students in Health & Social Care have been producing some fabulous work at home.  The following students have produced some great work this week:

Year 12

Ellie Matthews, Georgia Fleeman, Caitlyn Emery, Tya Messer, Holly Irving, Holly Derbyshire

Year 10

Lydia Martin, Maddy Capewell, Lib Carr, Evie Robins, Nat Salmon

Year 10 have been researching the lives and life experiences of some celebrities to look at how people change through their life span.
Some pictures below of their research. 


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April 24th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

We would like to extend a formal welcome to our new Year 12 and class of 2022. Thank you to Mrs Walton and Mrs Dodd who have shared the Sixth Form offer letters via email and organised the options process. Bridging work will now be set to get our new year 12 students started on their Post-16 Curriculum. In some ways you could see this as a fantastic opportunity. Never before have a year group had over 2 years to be engaged in their A level and BTEC courses.

If students have not received a letter, or have any have any queries about their place in the Sixth Form please email the team We have some places available in the Sixth Form for 2020 entry. If anyone is interested in submitting an application, please also email the Sixth Form.

This week I would like to champion our very own Mrs Walton and Mrs Bell. Both have been working tirelessly on the every day jobs – lessons, Sixth Form options etc, but they have both found the time to show their support and give back to their community and other key workers that are doing their up most to keep us all safe and well.Mr and Mrs Walton, and Beth, have pained the telephone boxes that they have in their museum in an assortment of rainbow colours to show their support for the NHS and Mrs Bell has given up her time making masks and scrubs for the NHS workers.

We are aware that some students are struggling with the challenges that working from home brings, could I ask that you encourage your child to contact their teachers or the Sixth Form email address to access support.

Opportunities with Virgin Media

Check out what Virgin are offering school leavers, jobs and apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships Advice

To improve your knowledge about apprenticeships, have a go at these 2 fun quizzes provided by Amazing Apprenticeships:

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the window problem.  Here is the solution..

Here is a puzzle specifically devised for 2020.  It has a UNIQUE solution!

In this puzzle, each letter represents a different digit from 0 to 9

(but every time a T is used, it stands for the same number)

Corona Conundrums

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotland

and remember… all maths is good maths!

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

Update on Y10 options 2020

I am pleased to announce that all option pools and student selections have been sorted for the next academic year and were posted out on Thursday of this week. You should receive your letter by Monday (at the latest) but please allow for any postage delays.

Thanks again and keep well!

Free Training

Parents Protect

The confidential Stop It Now! helpline  from the Parents Protect organistaion is available to anyone with questions or concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention, including parents and professionals – call 0808 1000 900 (9am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday).  Please share  with friends, family and colleagues to make sure everyone knows how to play their part in protecting children.

English Success

RE Year 10

Year 10 RE  – Virtual Discussion on Gender As we are  missing some of our whole-class discussions currently; students in Year 10 RE have used some lesson resources, Ted Talks and documentaries to formulate views on Gender to help them with their  ‘Ethical Themes’ work. Have a look at some of the different views expressed about male and female stereotypes – generated by these resources.

Thank you for another great week of work and for the positive feedback we have received about the screencast lessons.  Your efforts are really appreciated. The quality of work is consistently impressive so do not worry if you need more time to complete some tasks – you can complete work at a pace that suits you.

Students of the week have been chosen by Mrs Lindsay

Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Jack, Joe, Sophie, Alice, Billy, Lucy and Harry

Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Isla, Evie, Lydia, Lily, Heather, Kacper and Harry

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Over the Easter period our Science students were set a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges.

One of the students’ challenges was to build a harness to safely transport a chocolate cream egg down a zip wire.

Consideration had to be given to the best material for the zip wire, the incline of the wire, the mass of the egg and the design of the harness. The forces of friction, air resistance and gravity all affect the experiment and also have to be considered.

Joe in Year 9 designed a superb harness and zip wire; the egg safely reached the end of its journey!  Joe also produced a video of his experiment and set it to music!

Joe has very kindly given us permission to share the video of his winning design.

Very well done!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Lucy Manton for consistent hard work and Alice Morris for excellent work, selected by Mr Crum.

Chloe Ford, was also selected by Mr Crum for spotting his mistake in the video lesson!

Year 10

Liberty Carr for consistent good work, selected by Mrs Pavey.

Lucy Lowther for continued excellent work in Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Jodie Birks and Liv Coldwell for excellent effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Tilley Shelley and Lilly Williams for excellent engagement and effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne for achieving 100% in his Chemistry work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

George Mothershaw for superb effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Amelia Barnacle for consistent excellent effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Well done!

Elkes News

My thoughts this week have been on the wins we’re making in the midst of this situation, and how we should celebrate what we can each day. Talking to students (and parents as well), lots of us are finding some days easier than others, and some days can be a struggle. I thought that reflecting on positives has been really helpful in not getting overloaded.

For me, the best thing about this week has been taking the time to sit down, sort the technology out and have an online meeting with Miss Attwood. It reminded me (as if she ever lets me forget) what a wonderful person she is to work with and to be around, but also made me look forward to a time when she and I can see you all, in the normality that will arrive. We’re both speaking to students and parents each day, and also hearing from other staff about how you’re getting on, and so many of you are dealing with this situation in strong and inspiring ways.

Yesterday was my daughter’s twentieth birthday, and while spending your birthday in lockdown (as lots of you have found in the last 6 weeks) isn’t ideal, she said something that really helped to see it more positively. We’ll celebrate properly when this is all over. Some things aren’t being cancelled, they’re just being postponed for a while, and we look forward to them in the future. Miss Attwood and I hope you’re all safe and well, and if you need us for anything, email or so get in touch!

Mr Parker

Orme News

The current situation has, like many people, left me thinking are trousers weird? Does cheese solve boredom? And, most importantly, how can I keep a positive mindset?  One way I have found to remain optimistic is to bear in mind the acronym HALT (Hungry – Angry‐ Lonely ‐ Tired). If you are feeling any of these emotions it could be a signal to HALT‐ stop and regroup before those emotions become overwhelming. How we care for ourselves when we’re not overwhelmed by stress has a real impact on our ability to cope if that stress arrives.  

This has helped me this week as I have I have been hangry quite a lot and so have planned my meals/snacks more carefully to make sure I don’t have to repeat my attempt at French toast pizza toasties from last weekend (here is the recipe if you are interested though I would not substitute the mozzarella for a cheese slice and pepperoni for Fridge Raiders as I tried to do). I have found that by building my day around meal breaks it has given me structure and a break from work, but also time to spend with my daughter as we try different combinations in the Breville I found at the back of a cupboard in my early lockdown cleaning frenzy (a Breville is what we had in the 80’s before toasted paninis had been invented).  So, my advice to you this week is if you get stressed and too busy to eat, become irritable, forage for junk food which leaves you feeling unsatisfied and empty, HALT. Plan your meals and snacks and think of food as fuel for your system.

Here at the Orme team we hope you are all safe and well and remember that if you need us for anything at all please contact us using  or

Torrance News

Since we started our virtual learning, I have been setting work for the RESPECT programme (PSHE), that students usually study on a Friday morning in tutor time. Students have been completing work around the topic of ‘Resilience’, because now more than ever, we are all having to be resilient as we face the challenges of these difficult times. I have received so many fantastic responses from students, about how they are being resilient at the moment.

Students have been taking up hobbies they had previously given up on to help them pass the time at home and others have been researching how famous people such as Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe had to show resilience to overcome adversity and succeed. I particularly enjoyed reading work by one student who spoke so passionately about the resilience NHS staff are having to show in overcoming the current challenges the world is facing.

I think it’s important to remember that not all of us will be able to demonstrate resilience every single day. I know I certainly have days where I need time to reflect on everything happening at the moment, to re energise. Just remember that we are proud of you, however you are personally getting through this time, and we are here if you need any support

Whitmore News

Stop and take time to smell the roses.

For many of us life has changed dramatically. For myself it has been a reminder to become fully present in the moment. Instead of racing around from A to B I have appreciated saying hello to neighbours, seeing the blossom growing on the trees and spotting the rabbits and squirrels. If you are able to go out for a walk, please follow social distancing but also take notice of the environment around you and how it is constantly changing. 

PE Department

This week in PE as well as completing a First Aid Course, students have been completing home workouts and learning healthy recipes.We have attached some physical activity based games you can have a go at home.
2.6 Challenge

  Last Sunday 26th April should have been the London Marathon, as a result many charities have lost out on funding. The 2.6 challenge is to do some form of exercise with the numbers two and six in

To raise awareness of Thomas Alleynes fund raising efforts for School Meals, PPE, and laptops, Mr Barrow is completing a different 2.6 challenge each day from 26th April until we return to school. Maybe you would like to have a go and see how many you can beat him at. If you would like to sponsor Mr Barrow please send any donations to

Or maybe you would like to set him a 2.6 challenge for him to have a go at

Sunday – Mr Barrow ran 2.6km in 15.53    This was a steady run, see how many of you can beat my time. I will try again next week.

Monday- 26 press ups in 26 seconds Full press ups – perfect timing, can you do 26 secs of press ups or how long does 26 press ups take you.

Tuesday – 2.6 min plank  I love a plank- build up to it, can you do longer?

Wednesday – 2.6 mile run in 26.20  The timing of this was a fluke – see pic as proof!

Thursday – 26 sec plank with 26kg on back (I used a 20kg sand bag and 2 2.6kg hand weights – be careful if you try this and get someone to help you. and 2.6 min crucifix hold with 2.6kg hand weights (This was harder than it sounds – Just stand feet together with arms out stretched and stay still for 2.6 min I held 2.6 kg hand weights)

Friday – 26 squats with his wife sitting on his shoulders (This was easy! – Could you try this with a pet or sibling … A safer way would be a piggy back)

PE – Students of the week.

Gemma Butterworth and Joseph Hall for maximum engagement with online learning – well done.

Remember to email us with what PE you have been doing

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, letting us know what workouts you have been doing at home. How far you have been walking and running etc. We have begun to send out some healthy recipes, many thanks to Gemma who shared her Chilli Con Carne photos her family enjoyed earlier this week. 


Well done to Year 12 history students who all completed an exam at home based on content largely studied during lock down. Their essays were really impressive.Year 10 groups nearly finished their unit on Norman England. We have been really impressed by the quality of work students have been emailing to us. We are about to start our next unit on the American West, 1835 – 1895, which has us on track with our progress through the GCSE specification – so well done to everyone who is keeping up. We realise that ‘keeping up’ can be difficult for a variety of reasons so please email Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young if you have a concern, need help or would like any lessons re-sending before the new unit is started.Year 9 history teachers have also been really impressed with the work that is being emailed to them – it’s lovely to see what students are doing and we are very proud of their commitment

Ski Trip 2020

Please be advised that we are awaiting the refund form the travel company to the school. Once we have this we will be in contact with all parents regarding the refund.

I will be working with the company next week to ascertain the current situation ans timescales. Thanks once again for your patience in this situation.

Staffs CC Vacant Seat Scheme

Applications for the vacant seat scheme for the academic year 2020/2021 will be available to complete from 07:30am on Monday 4th May 2020.

Please see the below document for further details.


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April 24th 2020

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Thomas Alleyne’s produce PPE to support the NHS

Access to PPE is critical for healthcare workers in the current climate and this has been the motivation for Design and Technology teachers at Thomas Alleyne’s High School who have already produced over 300 re-usable face masks to donate to the NHS and other local care providers.

Graeme Quigley, Head of Design and Technology at Thomas Alleyne’s, was inspired by work he saw from other schools on Facebook; he realised it would be feasible to produce PPE Equipment using resources in the school. With an initial donation from the school Graeme and his colleague, Trevor Swindlehurst, made a prototype using poly-carbonate and took this to Stoke Hospital for trials and testing. The design passed with flying colours and so production in school began using a laser cutter and bespoke design press. The total of masks is likely to be1500 by next week through the dedication of these staff.

The team of two has increased to a team of four who are able to work safely to produce the equipment together. At least 300 masks have been produced so far along with ear protectors, which are made using the 3d printer to prevent cuts to ears from surgical masks worn by care workers. 260 of these have been made with more underway. The PPE have received lots of positive feedback; primarily for the sturdy design but also because they can be dismantled and sterilised for re-use and are more environmentally friendly.  The school have already been able to donate masks freely to many local key workers including Leighton Hospital, Sudbury Prison, St Mary’s Mount Care Home, Community Pharmacies and Balance Street District Nurses. 

Graeme’s design has been shared on the school Facebook page and a short video that shows the process of making the masks has already been downloaded over 6,000 times, even by a school in Canada.  Graeme explained “I feel that as we have the facilities in school to help, we need to do all we can to support healthcare workers in the local community”.  The school will continue to produce masks for as long as possible and has already received some donations to continue this work. One student sold tomato plants and raise £50 and other students in the keyworker school, inspired by Captain Tom, raised £100. Students and staff members have donated money to support this work. A Senior member of staff at the school praised the work saying ‘we are a community school and are proud to support our NHS key workers and healthcare workers through the fantastic work of Graeme and his team’.

I hope you all were able to enjoy some moments of normality during the Easter holiday, I know that many students have been working hard and have ensured that they have completed as much as they can that has been set. If your son or daughter is struggling to access Insight, where lessons are being set and instructions given to students, then can you please contact the and they will assist you.  With that in mind can you check that your son or daughter is using Insight daily, we do not want any student to be disadvantaged because they have not been logging into Insight. It is not just used by their class teachers, it is used as a way of communicating with students, so Mrs Dodd, Mrs Walton, Mrs Bell or Mrs young may send information through Insight which is useful. Year 13 students, must please keep checking their UCAS account if they have applied to university, they are sending updates out and you need to keep on top of these, I would hate for any student to lose out on important information. If your child is interested in an apprenticeship then there are still plenty of opportunities out there. We have had one sent in today which may be of interest:

Engineering Apprenticeship opportunity that will be taught at Toyota Manufacturing UK starting in September 2020.

The roles are for Partner companies including;

         Faurecia UK Ltd

·         Futaba UK Ltd

·         Knapp Uk

·         Plastic Omnium

·         Radius Systems

Details of the apprenticeship are below:

Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship

Ø  The training will last for 44 months and consists of 2 parts:-

1.       22 months familiarisation and off the job technical training in the ‘Toyota Academy‘ at Burnaston.

2.       22 months on the job training at the partner company.

Ø  On successful completion of the programme, trainees will receive a level 3 NVQ qualification in engineering maintenance and become maintenance team members.

Ø  Applicants must possess or be anticipating a minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English and Science.

Further details are available on our website below.  Candidates can apply via this website and complete a short application.

Please keep using Unifrog to keep upto date with apprenticeships and also for Year 12 students they should be looking through the tools, starting to think about their personal statements and where the next step in their academic career, apprenticeship or employment will take them.  Please encourage them to log onto Unifrog, they are also now on Instagram as well as Facebook. 

We would like to encourage year 13 students to make good use of this time. To start reading around their chosen subject at university or to complete some MOOCS while they have some time on their hands. 

Year 12, if you do find yourself with spare time, firstly think about your health wellbeing, and then start to think about learning a new skill, a new language etc. 

A big thankyou to the students in year 12 who have become mentors to others, it will help these students enormously and willaid them in their journey.

Please stay safe.

Lions Young Leaders In Service Award

A number of students have been in touch to ask whether their community service counts towards the Lions Young Leaders In Service Award.  The answer is definitely YES!  Now open to lower school as well as 6th form, please contact Mrs Bell on if you are interested in taking part.  This is an internationally recognised award for community service which can form an excellent part of your personal statements, CVs or any of your future intentions.  Awards are given at 25 hours (bronze), 50 hours (silver) and 100 (gold) which must be completed within a 12 month period. 

I know several of you who have done almost double this already! 

Categories of community service include:Helping the elderly (doing shopping, mowing lawns etc)Helping children (teaching them a new skill such as baking etc)Literacy and education (assisting with homework, school work, mentoring)Disaster relief (fund raising etc)Other categories are public health, the environment, safety, helping the homeless and hungry and ‘other’.  I am sure that many of you have ticked many hours under these categories since isolation and maybe before.  The hours must be for unpaid service.Please email Mrs Bell who will send you a log for your hours if you are interested, or with any questions or queries.

How You Can Help Provide PPE

Your local hospitals, hospices and care homes are in urgent need of more PPE.  Do you have a 3D printer at home?  If so, then you can help by making mask extenders.  Can you sew or have you always wanted to learn this new skill?  This would be the perfect time.  There are Facebook groups such as Scrubs For Stoke or Derby For The Love Of Scrubs who organise patterns, materials and drop off points for PPE such as surgical scrubs, surgical hats, mask extenders and headbands.  The mask extenders are really simple to make – basically just a rectangle sewn together with a button either side for masks to loop over.  This helps save pressure on the ears of our key workers.  If you are interested, please visit the Facebook sites or get in touch with Mrs Bell on  This also counts as hours of community service for the Lions Young Leaders In Service Award.

TAP for the coming Monday:
Both Years

Please look on Insight for 2 career related tasks from Mrs Bell.  The first one (goal setting) is more appropriate for Y12.  It guides you through Unifrog and helps you find the best career.  Y13 might also find it useful if you are uncertain about which career to take.  The second task is called ‘geeking out’ and guides you towards moocs, short videos and wider reading suggestions all linked to your chosen careers.  We will be looking at improving your personal statements soon and having wider reading and moocs to write about will really help your next steps.

Anyone fancy a sing along?

A group video sing-along to the Robbie Williams iconic ‘Angels’ is set to make the perfect Staffordshire Day tribute to the heroic keyworkers getting the county through the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re inviting you to say thank you to our NHS staff, care workers, other key workers and volunteers by recording your own selfie video version of the Robbie hit and emailing it in.

Your videos will then be edited together and will premiere as a special collective moment on Friday 1 May, as part of this year’s online-only Staffordshire Day programme, which will also feature poetry readings, art classes, cooking demonstrations, talks, theatre and live music.

Under 16’s will need parental permission.
More details can be found here:

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the marbles problem.  In fact there were hundreds of possible different solutions.  Here are 3…

Well done to Tom Newbury Year 9 for being the first person to send in a correct solution.

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

Corona Conundrums

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotland

and remember… all maths is good maths!

Can you help?

Mental Health Support

SHOUT the UK’s first 24/7 text service that is free on all mobile networks for anyone in crisis at anytime, anywhere. Text number is : 85258  

Keyworker School Fundraising

200 laps for £100 raised for our PPE fund.
Well done to Kyle, Gemma and Minnie

English Success

More Great RE Work

Students of the week have been chosen by Mr Scott

Year 9 Students of the Week are:James, Liam, Rhiannan and George
Year 10 Students of the Week are:Alfie, DaisyYear 12 Ben

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

This week we have Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey and Mrs Evans.

Mrs Pavey selected:

Year 9
Charlie Aldridge and Alfie Hall.

Year 10
Mollie Beresford, Joe Hudson and Leighton Thomas.

All of these students have produced consistently good virtual learning work; having a go at all work set and showing resilience.

Mrs Evans selected:

Jacob Bailey and Bailey Redshaw in Year 10.
Both students have been selected for producing fantastic Chemistry work via online learning and for completing every lesson of work to date.

Mr Mitchell would also like to nominate Carlie Martin in Year 12 for achieving a great score on the first Chemistry practice paper.

Well done!

PE Department

Geography Competitions 

A thank you to those who submitted entries and apologies that the email address was incorrect on the word document. To submit, please send your entry to

Year 9 submissions have now closed. Year 10/11 and year 12/13 have until Monday to submit entries and the winners for each year group will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Please see previous newsletters or insight for the competition brief.

Good luck! 

Future Learn

We’re very pleased to announce, in partnership with FutureLearn, the launch of FutureLearn Schools, a new initiative that gives millions of students aged 13 and above free upgraded access to over a hundred relevant short courses, in order to support their learning and expand their horizons.

FutureLearn Schools will be available free from May until September 2020 to every eligible student in the UK and Ireland, and will be rolled out globally in due course.  Teachers, parents and students will also be able to access additional guidance and support for free through the initiative, such as the  Coronavirus support hub from Tes and support for parents and learners during Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Pearson.

Well Done Skye

Skye Gibson (Oldfields) sister of Sophie in Y11 has set up a stall selling cast resin ornaments and jewellery and has already made £52 for our PPE fundraiser.

Free Courses

Free courses online for age 13+ students in a range of subjects.Over 128 free courses are available online through Future Learn – some of our students have already taken advantage of this – Why don’t you?It’s free and easy to sign up.Courses include:

  • Spy Training for 13-18 year olds
  • Start Writing Fiction
  • Computer Programming for Everyone
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Project  Management
  • Heroism through Art and Film
  • Physical Theatre

And lots, lots more!

More New Life

One of our Shetland ewes has given birth to twins, this is the first time we have had twins from the Shetlands. So small and very cute. Mum and babies are doing well.


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April 4th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

The Science Department Donates Equipment to the NHS

Our Science students are continuing with their studies at home, consequently our science equipment in the laboratories is, at the moment, not being used.

On Tuesday we collected together our departmental PPE (personal protective equipment) from the laboratories and Prep. Room and donated it to our NHS.  Boxes of equipment were placed outside of the School for collection by various organisations.

We were able to donate well over 400 pairs of goggles and safety glasses, along with plastic aprons, gloves and a face shield.

The equipment has been distributed to Doctors’ Surgeries in Uttoxeter and Rocester, and also to the local Ambulance Service and Community Nurses.

We have received a message of thanks and a photograph from the Ambulance Service:

‘Thanks to you, every member of Burton and Hixon Stations now has their own safety goggles which will protect them in the fight we have with COVID-19’.

Northgate Surgery in Uttoxeter have also sent the following message:

‘Thank you so much for organising and providing us with the much needed goggles, it is much appreciated.  The GPs and I are very grateful for your kindness during this uncertain time’.

We are immensely grateful for all of the work being carried out by key workers on our behalf and trust that the Science Department PPE will help to protect our NHS staff.

In these unusual times we feel it is important to keep lines of communication open. Mrs Dodd has set up a new way of Year 12 keeping up to date with enrichment.  All year 12 students have been emailed a link and password to access the virtual Sixth Form via EDMODO, we encourage everyone to join as this is where we will be sharing resources in relation to Future intentions and Enrichment after Easter. As parents you can join too via your son/daughters link if you wish. Unifrog has now launched itself on Instagram.  This time can be used to plan your next step in your career journey. Use the tools on the home page of Unifrog to see what you can do.

I would spend some time going through these sections and look at the MOOC’s that are available for you to access. They will help to keep your brain active and engaged and you never know, you may learn about something totally unexpected that could give you greater insight in to a new career idea.Within the Subjects Library tool, once you have selected a career you can scroll to the bottom of the page and find a great section called ‘geek out section’ and this is for all subjects and all learners if you wish to enhance or develop your learning in any way.  We have many students in Year 12 who are currently undertakinganEPQ. The EPQ learning forum is going well with 32 students currently undertaking a project and that Mrs Dodd is very impressed with the range of ideas they have come up for their projects.

It is awful that we have not had the usual end of term activities and end of year 13 plans as we normally would.   It has been such a quick end to their time at Thomas Alleyne’s. We are still keeping in touch with them, if you can encourage them to please let their teachers, form tutors, and the Sixth Form Team know how they are getting on and if there is anything we can do for them then please let us know. 

For those that have applied to university then please check ask them to check their communication and messages from UCAS. They have stated that they have extended the deadline for acceptance on to these courses by two weeks due to the current situation, and to also state that if they have had a reduced offer or an unconditional offer then this extra two weeks will give them time to discuss with parents. It seems that some universities are trying to guarantee students on their courses so are changing the parameters by which they usually work.

Please all, you can encourage students to keep upto date on Insight, Outlook, Teams and Edmodo over the upcoming weeks then this will help them be aware of all communications from their teachers and Mrs Rudge.

TAP for after Easter as follows:

Both Years:

Both years:Stuck for ideas?  Why not try these 100 ideas for 100 days?  

Online Gigs

The Ticket Factory has created a calendar of streamed gigs.  Have a look and see if there is anything you fancy attending.

Online Theatre

The National Theatre are streaming free full length plays every Thursday such as James Corden in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.  Find them here:

Pet Photos

The Ticket Factory are running a Facebook competition for the cutest pet.  Why not join their Facebook page to upload your entries

Ofqual Notification

Ofqual have now published their guidance for school regarding the Summer 2020 grades for year 11 and 13. Mrs Rudge has sent the letter from OFQUAL to all students. Mrs Peers is working on a frequently asked questions document to share with all parents and students. This will be sent to all students early next week.

We know this is a time of great anxiety and we want to support all students as much as possible. However, please do note that Ofqual have stated specifically that the school is not to share any grades or rankings that we are considering. 

At this stage, we also do not need any additional work that your child has completed, including work with tutors. Any work that has been completed will have undoubtedly benefited them in their classwork before closure. 
Ofqual have stated that schools use the evidence available, particularly taking into account current Public Health guidelines. 

We are being asked to use a broad evidence base, including mocks, classwork, homeworks, and, where relevant, practical performances, to produce a fair grade. This means that if they were absent for any part or if coursework is incomplete, they will not be disadvantaged. 

We will continue to inform you of additional information as we receive, including advice for BTEC subjects.


It may be that since we have been using virtual learning that your son or daughter may have become a little overwhelmed by the work that appears on Insight. A tip that has been suggested is that they look at what they have achieved already.  They can click on ‘subjects’ on the top right of their homework page and deselect all the subjects. This will give them a chance to look at each subject in turn. They can then see how much work they have already completed and achieved and what they have left to do. We want them to feel a sense of accomplishment.

NSPCC Advice

The NSPCC have provided guidance for parents on talking to children worried about coronavirus.

Young Minds have a very informative web page about looking after your mental health when self isolating:

It includes 

  • staying connected
  • staying calm
  • dealing with stressful situations at home
  • helplines and resources

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to last week’s puzzle about dominoes and triominoes. Everyone found the correct number of dominoes (28) but the triominoes was more challenging. The most common wrong answer was 56 but the correct answer was 76. 

This is made up from 6 triples (all 3 numbers the same), 30 doubles (where 2 of the numbers are the same) and then 40 where all the numbers are different.  The key here was to spot that 5, 3, 1 is different to 5, 1, 3.

Well done to one of our school Governors, Peter Taylor, who was the only person with the correct solution.

This week’s puzzle 

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week

Calling all prospective medical/dentistry students

In order to support our students with the very challenging task of applying to study these competitive courses at university we have teamed up with a local consultant. She has agreed to act as a mentor to our students, offering advice and providing support with the online testing. Any student from y9 upwards who might be interested in applying for medicine or dentistry and would like to access this support or would like any further information please email Mrs North at

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RE Work

Thank you to a great week of work and the positive feedback we have received about the screencast lessons.  Here is a sample or great work  from Y9, 10 and 12 working from home – it really does show that it doesn’t matter what form your work takes – you can still make progress and keep learning.  Your efforts are really appreciated.

Students of the week have been chosen by Mrs Lindsay
Year 9 Students of the Week are:Sylvia, Keria, Grace, Millie, Lydia, Joe, Harry, Lewis and Jack.

Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Lilberty, Heather, Ben, Lydia, Polly and Josh.

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Even though our Science lessons are currently home based we are continuing to select students for their hard work across all academic years.

This week we have Science Students off the Week selected by Mrs Gwynne:

Year 10

Isaac Stanier, Katie Large, Aiden Moorfield and Tilly Shelley for super effort completing all work set to an exceptional standard.

Year 11

Jack Doyle, Eve Bednall and Seb Hancox for their continued commitment to Biology.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne and Jenna Timmis for continued communication and completing work.

Year 13

Jack Marples, Thomas Paige, Emelia Lowe and Kim Burgess for completing all of the A Level Biology work that has been set.

Mrs North has also selected students for excellent work in both Science and Animal Care:

Year 9

Joe Hall and Findlay Taylor-Smith for excellent work in Science.

Year 10

Millie Yates and Tom Jackson for excellent Animal Care coursework.

Year 11

Millie Watson, Scarlett Simister and Jess Smith for completing all of their Animal Care coursework.

Year 12

George Mothershaw for making an excellent start on his coursework on the musculoskeletal system.

Well done!

PE Department

This week for core PE our students have begun a First Aid Course, through St John Ambulance. This is a practical course on Insight.

Our Yr 11 BTEC Tech Sport students have this week received their exam results. They have all received a personal email on Office 365 giving a breakdown of their result. Most of our students are rightly very proud of their results but for those below their target we will be notify the exam board that they would intend to resit. Our Yr11s continue to work hard on their Coursework and completed assignments should be emailed to their teacher on Office 365. 
Yr10 BTEC Tech Sport students have been researching Sports Injuries for their Coursework. Over Easter they have an optional project on Sports Leadership which they will find on Insight.

Yr12 BTEC Sport students are researching careers in Sport.

Yr13 BTEC Sport students are completing their assignment on Fitness Testing.

In conjunction with Staffordshire Training Provider The Training Initiative, we have been able to offer Yr11,12 and 13 students the opportunity to complete a L2 Fitness Instructor course, details are on Insight.
Practically, students have a number of project options over Easter- The first is a daily mile challenge, create a mile route using Google maps or another app and try and beat your time each day you can start by walking.
The Royal Ballet have got a progressive fitness programme on

Leeds Rhinos have got a 14 day fitness challenge you can try (you don’t have to be a rugby player it is suitable for everyone) 

Alternatively create your own fitness/movement/ PE challenge, it might be to improve a skill e.g keepie uppies, or catching, try a yoga routine, make up a new game. Post your ideas on Office 365. 
Other ideas are on Insight

Games created by some members of Miss Jones’ PE group.

Gemma came up with Here’s the rules for the 2 games me and my two brothers made up:1) Crab Football:Basically, it’s a version of football that can be played inside, as long as there’s space! Each player starts in a ‘crab’ position, on hands and feet, kind of like the bridge gym pose but with arms bent below the shoulders, if that makes sense? Then, you set up as many goals as there are players (eg, 3), each about a meter wide. Next, you have to ‘crab crawl’ around and try and score the opponents goal. To score, it is a countdown: everyone starts with 5 points and if somebody scores in your goal, you lose a point and they gain one. Either first to 10 points wins, or first to 0 loses, whichever’s first!

2) Winguardium This game is also for indoors, and each player sits (preferably cross-legged, or kneeling) in a circle, with about half a meter between them all. The aim of the game is to defend your ‘goal’-your head- but you’re not allowed to move anything but your hands. If you can figure out a way of walking with your hands, that is allowed. If your head gets head-bumped by somebody else, you’re out!

Hannah invented a game called Tillies Out where the scoring system is, at the end of how many rounds you want to do, the person with the most times they have turned the lamp off wins. If the numbers are equal, the person who wins is the person who got sent back to the house the least amount of times.

Isabella continued with a fitness theme  – The game i did was to put exercises in one bowl and numbers in another. You pick a exercise and a number of times and continue until you finish both bowels
Sadie practiced her netball – 2 people each have a turn shooting the netball into the hoop. if it bounces off the wall and goes in its 1 point and if it goes in without touching the wall then its 2 points. the first person to 20 points wins.

Netball drills. 

The netball teams received a link with some solo drills they can practice at home if they have access to a ball. Everyone is welcome to try.

Please keep praticing your skills if you are able to and send in any photos or videos of any skills you have completed successfully

Internet Safety

Parental controls offered by your home internet provider to support homeschooling online safety

How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home. 

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.  

The link to this site can be found:

This site has lots of other useful resources for parents and carers to support online safety.

Geography Competitions 

As we are entering the Easter holidays, it is a good time to slow down and take a break from working all the time. So in light of this, we will be extending the final submission date of the competitions announced next week. The new dates are as follows:

Year 9-Wednesday 22nd April

Year 10 and 11- Friday 24th April

Year 12 and 13- Monday 27th April

Winners will be announced on May 1st.

Any questions, draft submissions, or final submissions can be sent to

Good luck and happy Easter!

Drama News

The National Theatre are currently offering free, at home access to some of their productions and this week are streaming the highly acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors (recommended for parents/carers and students of year 11 and above). This is available for the next six days, please see the link below.

Students and families have additionally been sent an at home login on INSIGHT to access the NT collection over Easter.

Digital Marketing Course

Further to us securing the opportunity for students to do online fitness course we are also able to offer a similar opportunity for Digital Marketing – ideal for ICT and Business students in years 11 to 13.

Child Development

Child development students have been set the “egg baby” challenge over Easter – here’s the first two entries baby Bella and baby Derek!

BTEC Tech Award Health & Social Care Exam Results

This week saw the arrival of the results for the external exam taken in February for all our year 10 and year 11 Health & Social Care students.  We are incredibly pleased with the results with a fantastic 100% pass rate.  Lots of students have performed above their target grades, but special mention must go to Lydia in year 10 who achieved an outstanding 48/48 points towards her overall qualification.  Well done to everyone.

Great Art Work

The Art Department has been really impressed with how well Year 9 students have been engaging with the first two art tasks. Some brilliant use of pattern and tone – well done! Here are a few examples to share with you

New Life

A bit of positive news for peoples day, new life down on the farm.

An Impressed Mr Parker!

While all those who’re staying focused online are doing really well, I particularly wanted to mention the work members of 11U2 and 11H2 are doing in such unusual times. I’ve been sent some hugely inspiring and well-thought out pieces, and think you should all be proud of keeping yourself in great working habits. 


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March 27th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

I would like to thank all members of our community as we complete week 1 of learning from a distance. Your ongoing support, tolerance and patience is greatly appreciated.

There is a lot still for us as a school to learn and I am grateful for how much our community has pulled together.

I hope you enjoy Round up.

TAP for this Monday as follows:

Both Years:

Please keep an eye on Insight for some additional TAP activities to help make this current situation go by in a healthy and productive way.  I would really like to hear from you with your uplifting playlists at

Year 12

Continue to work on your CV’s on Unifrog or on a Word document.  Good advice is available on this link from Barclays bank but remember to also utilise Unifrog.  You can also spend some time updating your competencies on Unifrog:

Year 13

Read this useful article about self esteem.  You could also explore the Bright Knowledge website which has lots of great articles on education, health and wellbeing but also a careers library to explore


GCSE Pod Usage

Well done all we are currently 2nd in our category for usage.

Maths Puzzle

Please see the attached for all the details of the latest maths puzzle.

Rotary Young Writer Competition

A huge congratulations to Maddie Andrews, who has won the Rotary Young Writer competition- at both Local and District level. This is a fantastic achievement. Maddie will now go forward for consideration by the National panel and we wish her all the best of luck! 

Auschwitz Visit

The Auschwitz trip was a once in a lifetime experience and one that I will never forget. After visiting the small town of Oświęcim, we visited the first Auschwitz camp. This was transformed from an old, unused Polish army settlement, so the barracks were brick and several stories high. Prisoners rooms were bare and harsh. It’s also interesting to note that many barracks had illusion windows; buildings had actually sealed up windows from the inside with wooden planks on a steel frame, meaning rooms inside had little to no light. This camp was mainly for political prisoners at the beginning, and later acted as the site of Dr. Mengele’s experiments. As we neared the end of the tour here, we visited the book of names. This book has over 4million names recorded in it. You can look through each individual page and find hundreds of names, next to which is their birthdate, where they were from and sometimes the exact day they died. It is a statement of both personal and societal impacts of the holocaust. The second camp was more similar to what most would imagine the camps to be like. It was quite a shock to me how large the camp really was, at 2 square miles. The wooden barracks were lined with bunk beds that would’ve been used by up to 5-10 people per bunk bed level. We also visited the toilet block which gave us a real impression of the lack of privacy prisoners were exposed to and reminded me of the ‘modern luxuries’ we now take for granted. At each stage we learnt about the personal implications of the holocaust while witnessing the enormous extent of its effects. Our tour leader was great and it was inspiring to see his commitment and passion for the cause, as he talked us through each site we visited. I’m overwhelmingly grateful to school for providing this as an opportunity for students and recommend it to anyone who wants to play their part in keeping the memories alive.

Science News

Our Science students are continuing their studies through a variety of distance learning methods.

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

Polly Jones in Year 10 and Caitlyn Beardsley in Year 11 for exceptional hard work and positive attitude to learning.

Miss Macdonald selected Eleanor Webster and Surinder Mason for working hard through all of the Chemistry GCSEPods and producing extra work in preparation for taking A Level Chemistry.

Well done!

PE Department

Well done to all students who are staying active, at least we have been blessed with some nice weather. Last week we set students the task of creating a mile run and then timing it. If it is safe for you to do, keep trying to beat your time and send them into us on Office 365. We also set you a deck of cards challenge (see last week’s roundup)

We will set some progressions of these in the next few weeks.  Some of you have been getting creative with you exercise-

E.g Jack has been doing this with his brother- 

1. Run around garden 10 times

2. Come together in middle of garden and do a 1v1 scrum 

3. 10 press ups

4. 10 sit ups

5. 2 laps of Garden

Roman has been been playing Wally, each player starts with 3 lives, you have to hit a wall with a ball with just one kick or lose a life. Last player to lose all lives wins.

Rhys- has been doing the woodwork challenge- 5 shots with football 10m away to hit crossbar and both posts, if you hit one you get an extra shot, if you miss cross bar 5press ups, if you miss post 5sit ups

Leighton has been playing Panna- a 1v1 football game first to 3goals or meg your opponent.

Lots of other complex back garden games involving pets and different equipment some of which I will share next week. 

Please share your games, so others can have a go.

BTEC Sport Results

Well done to our Yr12 and 13 students on a great set of unit exam results from January. 


Congratulations to a number of RS, Philosophy and Ethics students who have completed Open University Certificates as part of their learning from home this week to support their progress.  To those Y10 students who completed the 1 hour ‘Do Prisons work?’ module and Y12 students who have completed  the 12 hour ‘Rethinking religion’ module, very well done  This is a great achievement and relates directly to your courses.

Art Update

Art staff have been impressed by the numbers of students that have been actively engaging with the art tasks set across all year groups and have been emailing photos of their work to staff for feedback. Could we please request that parents particularly of students in years 11 and 13 do this if it is possible, as this will help with the awarding of grades.

Geography Competitions

TAHS Geography Competitions

The competitions below are aimed to develop your skills in geography as well as reinforce the knowledge you have gained in lessons. Have fun, good luck, and I look forward to seeing your results!


Please enter all entries as either a word document, or as a photo (if you are doing a poster/leaflet based task). Entries must be submitted to to be a valid entry. Please use the title of the competition with your name as the subject. I will be marking them and sending you feedback within a week of the closing date.

I will accept entries from the 30th March 2020. The final deadline for entries is 3pm on the following dates:

Year 9- Thursday 9th April
Year 10 and 11- Friday 10th April
year 12 and 13- Monday 13th April

Winners will be announced in the newsletter of that week.

Sources: you must include a list of where you got your information. The idea of these tasks is not to cut and paste, but effectively research a topic in a way that boosts your knowledge. Wikipedia is NOT a valid source!


Year 9- Our Fascinating Planet

Using google Earth (or google maps satellite view if you cannot access Google Earth), you are to find the most fascinating landform you can in one of the following countries:


This land form must be natural (NOT man-made!). Once you have chosen, you are to produce a leaflet no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining what the feature is, how it was formed, and any local stories/legends that may surround it. Include maps and pictures, however these must not fill more than half a page. Word limit: 500 words.

Year 10 and 11- Earthquake Survival Guide

You are to produce a guide for residents on how to survive an earthquake. This is to be no more than two sides of A3 and needs to include the following information:

What an earthquake is, how they happen, and where they happen.
How you can prepare yourself and your home for an earthquake.
What to do during an earthquake.

You will get bonus marks if you include extra information about earthquakes and mitigating the impacts, but only if you also have the information above. Don’t forget diagrams and images to support your work, and a list of sources.

Year 12 and 13: Troubled Water

There is a documentary on Netflix called Rotten. Watch the episode entitled ‘Troubled Water’ and use this along with a minimum of 3 other sources to write an essay with the following title:

‘What are the global impacts of the bottled water industry?’

This task links to the water module in the A-Level scheme of work, and will encourage you to use your understanding of the topic to explore this aspect of the water issue. If you do not have access to Netflix, you can either find a suitable alternative documentary or a detailed article to use as your main reference. Word limit: 1000 words.

Something a Little Different

We are heading to an atypical holiday in education. We understand that some of you will want a rest from school; rightly so, but some of you may find that you want something different to do as your movement is limited.With that in mind we are sharing a range of ideas you may wish to consider. Some of these allow you to change your scenery virtually. Why not visit museums and galleries online? watch free productions from the National Theatre and Broadway, stream concerts, tackle James Dyson’s design challenges, learn a new language for future holidays all from your own home.  These are just a few! These ideas are not compulsory but just an offering of some great stuff being shared beyond our own community. We would love to hear about anything you:


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March 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

This evening, I just wanted to thank everyone for your support. Because of our community working together, showing such patience and tolerance I feel we are making progress in moving to distant learning. We are determined to be with you through this even if it is remotely. Our thoughts are with any families who are struggling at the moment – please let us know if we can help at all. 

I know our Year 11 and 13s understandably want answers to their questions about what will happen regarding their GCSEs and A levels/BTECs.  Guidance is being shared that there may be opportunities to re-sit them in the Autumn term and there may be teacher assessments which will take place. At the moment, this is conjecture but I will share it on one of the daily updates early next week. 

We are keenly aware that Year 11 and 13 students may have felt like it was their last day today – I am confident that we will celebrate your time at our school when this moment in time has passed. We want to have the opportunity to thank you for all you have done for the school. For now though, let’s do the best we can with the coming weeks, let’s try and support our families, friends and those NHS workers and other key workers who are doing so much for us. 

Other news:
Two things happened this week which would normally be at the top of my newsletter. The first is that we were awarded 2 Specialist Schools and Academies Trust awards – an incredible achievement from last year’s Year 11 and 13 and your teaching and support staff. Congratulations – it is the first time we have made the top 10% of schools nationally for attainment.
And the second thing – the birth of some beautiful new lambs.

Round up remains our celebration of events – next week we move to a celebration of our online work and if you have positive stories that we can share please email

I will finish this week with my personal thank yous to our wonderful community: student support assistants; teaching assistants, 1:1 tutors, technicians, cover staff,  teachers, site staff, our cleaning team, ICT staff, our cooks, governors, parents, students and the senior team.
Education is about to change for a period of time – we will learn from it – then we will reunite. 

I look forward to that day. 

Until then, let’s see what we can do with learning from a distance.

6th Form Apprenticeships Online Short CourseIf you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, please enrol on this short course provided by Amazing Apprenticeships.  It is an interactive resource designed to tell you all you need to know about apprenticeships in a 10 hour self-directed course.  It includes what apprenticeships are, how to find one, about funding and preparing for the first day.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Create or improve your CV using Unifrog and advice from Barclays.  Log onto Unifrog and complete your CV or add to your competencies:


Please watch this video and read this advice about keeping good mental health during the coronavirus.

Sports News

U16 Football

With all football currently on hold – Yr11 were presented with their match shirts for the County Cup and Sentinel Shield.  Who knows when we will be able to play football again but these boys will have these shirts as memento’s of 3 years of school football  and will have these shirts to play 6th form football.

PE At Home 

With school closed to Yr9 & 10 at the end of the week pupils have been completing a range of activities at home. A couple of these examples are below.  All pupils can have a go at these and send in their times on Office 365.
Red/Black  – You will need a pack of playing cards (if not got one create your own or use an online card pack) and a timer (watch/stop watch/phone etc)

Instructions -This challenge is Called Red & Black. For Each red card do press ups and each black card do sit ups. Shuffle cards and put pack of cards face down- Turn first card over and look at the number. Complete the number of exercises on the card. All face cards are 10. If you turn over a Joker complete 20 star jumps. e.g turn over 2 of clubs ( complete 2 sit ups), then turn over next card 7 of hearts (complete 7 press ups).  Keep going until you have completed the full set of cards (52 + jokers) You can rest as much as you like but the clock keeps running. When you have completed the full deck of cards stop the timer. You can have as many goes as you like. If you can get someone to witness it. Press Ups can be completed on knees but you must state that on your results and chest must go down to the floor. Sit Ups Hands next to ears- elbows to knees, back must go to floor each rep.

 1 mile running challenge. 

Your task is to create a safe running route from your house using google maps, map my run or another app of your choice.  Plan a circular route that starts and finishes at home.  this could be 1 mile long lap or a number of smaller laps adding up to 1 mile.  Ensure your route is safe and that you tell someone where you are going.  If possible do the run with a friend or family member

Science News

On Thursday our Year 11 students carried out a series of Science experiments.

Mr Melland’s classes looked into rocket science – building a variety of different shaped rockets and impressively launching them towards a target!

Students also measured the wavelength of laser light using diffraction gratings.

Mr Mitchell made batteries from salt bridges using a range of sulfate solutions.  Cells arranged in series produced an outstanding 6.3 volts – sufficient to charge a mobile phone!

Some classes also tried their hand at alchemy – turning copper coins into ‘gold’!

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

Year 10

Macy Curran for excellent effort in Biology

Sam Archer for excellent work in Biology

Year 11

Tom Haines and Scarlett Simister for effort and progress in Biology lessons

Year 12

Charlie Martin for making good progress in A Level Biology

Isabel Foster for excellent effort in A Level Biology

Year 13

Luke Langley for making good progress in A Level Biology

Poppy Reay-Robinson for continued effort in her A Level Biology studies

Well done!

BTEC Success

This week we got some fabulous results for our year 13 BTEC Health & Social Care students.

They received the results from their January exam, the challenging Anatomy & Physiology paper and over a third of the students achieved the top distinction grade (with two more being just a couple of marks away).  Another 1/3 achieved a merit grade and 100% students passed.
There are still some places available on this course for September for students interested in a health, care or education career.

Help the Supply Chain

Are you in the sixth form and wanting to help with the current national emergency then check out this link.

Summer Holiday Opportunity

Please see the link below for information on a fantastic opportunity for students over the summer break on Cannock Chase.


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March 13th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us at Year 10 parents evening this week. We understand that some people were unable to attend and this will have been disappointing. Please contact us if you would like feedback from your son or daughter’s form tutor.

We would very much appreciate all parents/carers checking that your daughter or son can log into GCSEpod and Insight.

We have set a Maths piece of homework (just 15 minutes) for all Year 9 students to check they can access the podcasts. Please encourage them to do so. We will then provide training for students who cannot access the podcasts via their form tutors.

Talk the Talk have been back in school working with students to develop their communication skills; students reported that they had an excellent day and have found the day useful in developing their own confidence. Thank you to Mrs Peers ran our first formal walking talking mock where the students worked through the English examination paper with her in real time.

Thank you for the support that parents have offered us during this difficult time. We want to reassure you that we continue to follow guidance from Public Health England. currently guidance is as follows:

  • People who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have a new or persistent cough symptoms and/or temperature of 37.8C and above are being asked to self-isolate for seven days.
  • Schools are to remain open, but international school trips will be cancelled.

Absence will be authorised for all students who need to self-isolate.  Our thoughts are with anyone who is unwell.

6th Form Apprenticeships Online Short CourseIf you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, please enrol on this short course provided by Amazing Apprenticeships.  It is an interactive resource designed to tell you all you need to know about apprenticeships in a 10 hour self-directed course.  It includes what apprenticeships are, how to find one, about funding and preparing for the first day.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Create or improve your CV using Unifrog and advice from Barclays.  Log onto Unifrog and complete your CV or add to your competencies:


Watch these clips about settling in to uni life provided by UCL:

Sports News

U14 and U16 Netball

Both sides won matches against Cheadle and Moorside on Tuesday. We will be back for more fixtures in a couple of weeks 

Uttoxeter Rugby

Congratulations to our Thomas Alleynes boy’s who were involved in a superb win against Derby Rugby club today. The under 15’s and 16’s Uttoxeter teams joined forces at the start of the season as both low on numbers, they struggled up to Christmas with very few wins but thanks to the perseverance of the coaches James Holmes, Aron and David Pattison they have come of age and played a superb game.  

Science News

This week we celebrated British Science Week with a variety of spectacular and fascinating activities occurring each lunchtime.

The Chemistry Department produced a range of spectacular flames and explosions; including lighting methane bubbles, an ethanol ‘whoosh’ bottle and hydrogen and oxygen balloons.

Students were engrossed by the rat dissection in the Biology Department.  The answer to ‘how long is the small intestine of a rat?’ – approximately 1 metre!

In the Physics Department sparks flew as we looked into hair raising electricity with the Van de Graaff generator and a giant capacitor.

The reptiles made an appearance on the School Farm; including the bearded dragon and the gecko. The students took the opportunity to feed the corn snake. The tarantula also made an impressive appearance!

Thank you for all of the entries received so far in the ‘Big Science Question Competition’, which is open to all year groups within the school.  See the posters displayed in the Science Department for details of this term’s Chemistry-themed questions.  Prizes include credit points, front of queue lunch passes and a fabulous Echo Dot.  The closing date for the entries is Friday 20th March.

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

Year 9

Ellie-Mae Brown and Joe Renshaw for excellent effort and class contributions

Year 10

Finley Moger and Liea Wild for consistent effort

Year 11

Scarlett Simister and Chloe Yates for working very well in Physics

Year 12

Charlie Martin and Alicia Mountford for excellent attitude and effort

Year 13

Will Taylor for exceeding his target

Max Addison for supporting Year 11 revision.

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

Year 10

Emily Taylor and Evie Udall for excellent animal care course work at a distinction level.

Year 11

Georgie Woodfield, Abigail Wildman and Max Hayes for consistent hard work on course work.

Well done!

Summer Holiday Opportunity

Please see the link below for information on a fantastic opportunity for students over the summer break on Cannock Chase.


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March 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Please make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

 Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
 Avoid close contact with people who are sick
 If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
 If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days

Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:

 Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this at patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation)
 If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for

If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days

If you or your children are well:

You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
 Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
 Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)

Symptoms to look out for

If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:

 Cough
 Difficulty in breathing
 Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:

 Avoid contact with others
 Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
 Don’t travel while sick
 Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing,throwing tissues in the bin
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)

If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school to speak to Mrs Rudge or Mrs Maingay.Please ensure that the school has your most recent contact details so that our records are up-to-date and correct. We continue to monitor the safety and well-being of our students regarding future trips and activities and will keep in close contact with Parents.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Watch this video about LGBQT issues in school.  How could you help?  What might you need to ask staff for?  Also read the handout of websites for LGBQT advice and support.


Visit the ‘Student Meals’ web page.  How much does it cost to cook a healthy meal? Check out some recipe ideas here (guess the prices before watching):


Assemblies: w/b 9th of March

Miss North will be leading assemblies this week talking about National Science Week

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Rockets are cool. There is no getting around that.” -Elon Musk

“Reason, observation, and experience: the holy trinity of science.” –Robert Green Ingersoll

Year 10 Parents Evening

Year 10 parents evening is now live on Insight for your bookings. Reminder of the date, Thursday 12th March.

Sports News

 Year 9 – Champions  

Paulet were the final opposition to complete the fixtures for the East Staffordshire LeagueTAHS led through every quarter, in windy conditions. The final score was 10-1. The girls have had a phenomenal season and it has been fantastic to see them develop as a team. 

Squad – Lucy C, Evie, Kiera, Hattie, Lucy L, Flo & Molly POM- Lucy L

Year 10 finished runners up in their league with a 16-2 victory at PauletSquad – Lydia, Evie, Zoe, Teegan, Halle, Holly, Jess & Lucy. POM – Evie.  The same girls also made their debut in the U16 B Moorlands tournament on Thursday. Playing three fixtures in the tournament the girls enjoyed more success with a comprehensive victory against Cheadle, a 7-4 win over Moorside and a narrow 8-5 loss to Painsley. 

The Year 11 team won the Moorlands U16 A tournament at Cheadle. The girls won all three games beating Cheadle 11-5, Moorside 7-6 and JCB 14-2. Many thanks to Andrea Adams for umpiring and transport. Squad – Amelia, Freya, Jess, Ella, Frankie, Anna, Holly & Alice

Next Week 

Tuesday – U16 A & U14 netball at Cheadle

Wednesday – Girls Cricket Club

Friday – Trampoline Club

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Science News

Our celebration of British Science Week got underway on Friday 6th March with our much-anticipated Millionaire Quiz.

The winners of our Middle School Quiz were a team from Windsor Park Middle School, the runners-up were a team also from Windsor Park.  In third place were Oldfields Hall Middle School.

Well done!

We had joint winners in the Thomas Alleyne’s House Quiz – teams from Whitmore and Torrance took the prize and in third place was a team also from Whitmore House.

Well done!

Next week we have a range of activities to celebrate British Science Week; each activity will start at 13.30.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, Room 52: Explosive Chemistry with Mr Crum – potentially very loud!!!

Wednesday, Room 55: Rat dissection with Mrs Swinson; how long is the ‘small’ intestine of a rat?!!!

Thursday, Room 51: Electrifying Physics with Mrs Melland – hair raising!!!

Friday is Animal Antics on the Farm – come and meet a range of animals on the Farm including guinea pigs and the bearded dragon.

Miss Thorley would like to share with the School a piece of homework produced by Spencer Daniels. The homework titled ‘Journey of a Ham and Cheese Sandwich’ has been painted onto canvas and superbly illustrates the digestive system process. 

The Science Department would like to reward the excellent effort and hard work – a prize awaits Spencer in the Prep. Room on Monday breaktime.  Well done Spencer!

With exam season approaching we would like to offer Year 11 students the opportunity to purchase Science Revision cards.

The cards can be purchased from the School Shop:

Triple Science (students in sets 1 and 2) – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are priced at £4.50 per subject pack.

Combined Science (students in sets 3, 4 and 5) – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are priced at £3.50 per subject pack.

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

Year 9

Olivia Smith for consistent effort.

Ryan Jeffrey for excellent work.

Year 10

Wren Tilbrook for excellent effort.

Tilly Shelly for superb effort.

Katie Boot for always trying hard and achieving or beating her target grade.

Year 11

Abi Wildman for hard work.

Kyle Elcock for excellent effort.

Year 12

Alex Done and Katelyn Poole for consistent excellence.

Year 13

Luke Langley and Sian Rendell for excellent effort and attainment.

Well done!

Geography Revision

Geography revision on Tuesday until 4pm, all are welcome.

Drama News

Parents/ carers of our A Level and GCSE Drama students are invited to an informal showcase of practical exam work in the Ede Studio on Tuesday 17th March, 4-6pm. This will allow students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience before their exams. Please note that there are some mature and challenging themes and therefore we would recommend a minimum audience age of 14. 

Join our Team

We are recruiting cleaners and invigilators – please see the advert below for more details.


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