January 10th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

A good New Year to you all.

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


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

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

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

Turor Activites for next week are:

Year 12

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


Year 13

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

Assemblies

Assemblies: w/b 13th of January

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

Thought(s) for the Week 

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

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

Year 11 & 12 Parents Evening


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

Emotional Well Being

Help and advice on dealing with emotions.


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


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

A Thank You..

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

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

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

Computing Master Class

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

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

Sports News

Science News

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

Year 9  

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

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

Year 12

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

Year 12

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

Very well done to all students!

PTA Quiz Night

Exam Dates

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


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

 

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December 20th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

Merry Christmas to you all.

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

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

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

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

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

Year 11 Parents Evening


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

Canteen Accounts

Please can you check your accounts and top up accordingly.

Pastoral Expectations – Key Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs Maingay

Uniform

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

Regulation black pleated skirt; length just above the knee

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

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

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

Black socks/black lycra tights

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

Other Items:

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

December Mock Examinations

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

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


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

Year 13 will results subject results in lessons. 

Reports


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

Sports News

England School boys in Stafford

U18 Football


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

Swimming Success

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

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

Year 11 PE Revision Day 6th January

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

Core PE

Activities will be on Insight for the new term.

Science News

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

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

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

The 12 students for Christmas are….

Year 9

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

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

Year 10

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

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

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

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

Year 11

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

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

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

Year 12

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

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

Year 13

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

Very well done!

Safeguarding Advise

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

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

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

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

News from the farm

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

Happy Christmas

Music News


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

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

Monday: Orchestra/band  -any instrument!

Wednesday: String Ensemble

Thursday: Jazz

Friday: CHOIR


Many Thanks and see you in 2020

 

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December 13th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

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

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


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

Subjects Guidance

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

Progress 8 Guidance

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

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

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

Assemblies week commencing 2nd December

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

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

Thought(s) for the Week 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Y12 and Y13 Revision Focus

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

Request for parental support


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


Non School uniform/Christmas Jumper  day Wednesday 18th December

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

Reminder

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

December Mock Examinations

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


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


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

Year 11 Parents Evening

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

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


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

Christmas Lunch – Wednesday

PTA Thanks

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

 

Sports News

Year 11 BTEC Tech Sport, Activity And Fitness

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

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

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

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

Netball 


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

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

U14 East Staffordshire Rugby Championship


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

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


All round a great team performance

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


Thomas Alleynes U14’s district champions

Science News

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

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

Year 9

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

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

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

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

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

Katie Fuller for excellent attainment; selected by Mr Crum.

Year 10

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

Year 11

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

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

Year 12

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

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

Year 13

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

Very well done!

We look forward to seeing you at breaktime on Monday!

Recycle For Charity

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

Maths News

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

Robots @ Staffs Uni

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

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December 6th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

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


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


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

Assemblies week commencing 2nd December

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

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

Thought(s) for the Week 

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

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

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

Radio / media opportunity

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

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Staffordshire Youth Commission

Voluntary and Work Placement Opportunities

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

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

To apply go to : tinyurl.com/SYCapply

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

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

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Leadership volunteering opportunities for sixth form pupils

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

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Opportunity for Year 13 student after Sixth Form

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

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

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

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

Year 12

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

Year 13

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

Revision Tips

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

December Mock Examinations

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


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


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

Christmas Concert

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

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


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

Order your Alleyne’s Turkey Now!!!

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

Public Health England Advice

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

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

Sports News

U14 County Cup Basketball


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

Year 9 netball Vs Paget

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

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

Science News

‘The Big Science Question Competition’

We have a winner!!!

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

Our four runners-up are:

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

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

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

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

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

Year 9

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

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

Year 10

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

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

Year 11

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

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

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

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

Chloe Yates for general awesomeness! selected by Mr Crum.

Year 12

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

Year 13

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

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

Year 10

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

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

Year 11

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

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

 

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November 29th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

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


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


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

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Assemblies week commencing 2nd December

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

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

Sixth form Assembly in Canteen

Our thought for the week is:

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

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

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

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

Year 12

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

Year 13

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

Revision Tips

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

BEBRAS Challenge

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

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

Well done all.

December Mock Examinations

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

Well Done Max

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

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

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

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

 

Senior Maths Challenge

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

Most Able Programme

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

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


Or try singing along to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree:

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

Order your Alleyne’s Turkey Now!!!

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

Flu-like illness at Thomas Alleyne’s School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports News

U16 County Cup Basketball


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

U14 County Cup


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

U18 County Cup Rugby


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

Science News

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

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

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

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

Year 9

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

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

Year 10

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

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

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

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

Year 11 

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

Year 12

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

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

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

Year 13

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

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

 

Maths Revision

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

PTA Raffle

 

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Dates

Certificates are available for collection as follows:

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

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

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

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November 22nd 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

 

Outdoor Education Opportunity


We have a few places for Year 9 students on the Aberdovey Outdoor Education visit running from 6th – 10th January. This visit received fantastic feedback from students who went last year. 


If you would like to know more about Outward Bound please go to  https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/secondary-schools-and-colleges
If your son or daughter signed up but you have not made the first payment, please do so as soon as possible to secure a place. Please contact Mrs Julie Malbon who will support you on ParentPay if you have any difficulties. We are assuming that anyone who has not made a payment by Wednesday, no longer wishes to take up their place. 

If you are interested in securing one of the remaining places on the trip, and have not been allocated a place as yet, please email headteacher@tahs.org.uk with Aberdovey in the subject heading. You will then be given the opportunity to purchase a place on ParentPay. This will be organised on a first come first served basis for the remaining places.

The price of the week-long residential is £250.00.


All students who are participating will need to complete a medical form. These will be sent home next week. 


If any student receives PP funding, we will fund 50% of the £250.00.


There are just 7 days for Year 9 to take up these final places as we will then offer the places to Year 10 students. 

Ofsted visit


Thank you to all parents who completed the parent survey during our Ofsted visit. We hope to receive the report before the end of term and will forward you a copy on receipt. 

Parents’ evening


Thank you to all parents who attended Year 13 parents’ evening this week. We are looking forward to meeting parents of students in Year 11 next Thursday. 


Finally, in assembly this week we talked Year 9 through the advice given to us by the government on what to do in the event of a  terrorist attack. We do this each year. The video we shared with them is below as we understand some students may have found this difficult and may want to talk to you about the assembly. The students approached this difficult topic in a mature way. 
https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/t/terrorism-in-the-uk/staying-safe-from-terrorism/

Assemblies week commencing 25th November

Assemblies next week will be led by The St John’s Ambulance and will be led by Heads of House.

Our thoughts for the week are:

“Healing through the mind can work harmoniously with medicine.”  Rhonda Byrne

“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” Anthony J. D’Angel

This was such a busy week, unexpectedly so as well! Tuesday 19th November was Year 13 parents evening.  Thank you to all that attended. It was a very successful evening with 86% of students being represented by parents and carers. If you were unable to attend or had further questions that you would like answered then please email Mrs Walton on sixthform@tahs.org.uk

11th – 18th November was Samaritans Christmas shoebox week and Sixth Form form groups decided to get involved with a challenge to see which form group could put together the best shoebox.  We have had some amazing shoeboxes ensuring that children around the world will receive some wonderful gifts at Christmas.  Mrs Dodd has chosen a winning form from both Year 12 and Year 13 as the standard was so high.

Well done to the winning form groups – Ms Thorley’s form 12D and Mrs Evans form 13D 

We are always happy to receive positive feedback from outside organisations regarding our Sixth Formers and would like to share with you a message we have received from The Education and Learning Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust Thank you for joining us yesterday at BBC Media City.   Just to say that your students were a true credit to your school, they joined in all day and they were superbly polite”

Mrs Young sent information on Insight about Unifrog on Friday 15th November, some Year 12 students have registered but we still have many that have not. This is part of their tutorial programme and must be completed. I will resend the information to all students and parents. It is a great tool and will benefit all students over the next two years. It helps students navigate their way through the process on apprenticeships, universities and employment. Please contact Mrs Young at sixthform@tahs.org.uk for further help and support.

Sixth Form TAP activity w/c Mon 25th November.

Year 12

Visit the Bright Knowledge website and look at the tips on getting rid of stress.


https://www.brightknowledge.org/health-wellbeing/stress-busting-tips

Year 13

Watch this RAC video about safe winter driving.  Take away the handout from ROSPA.  Winter driving factsheet is attached.


https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/winter-driving/winter-driving-how-to-drive-on-snow-and-ice1/

Free School Meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • eligible for Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income (as used by HMRC to assess tax credits) is not more that £16,190. Please note: anyone eligible for Working Tax Credit, or if you have a partner and they receive it, regardless of Income, you will not qualify
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • In receipt of the 4 week run on of working tax credit (this is where someone becomes unemployed or reduces their hours and so is no longer entitled to working tax credit but will continue to receive it for a further 4 weeks and is entitled to free meals during that time) 
  • Universal credit (provided you have an annual net earned household income of no more than £7,400 as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods). Your net earned income is your household income after taxes and deductions and does not include income from Universal Credit or any other benefits you may receive.

To apply for free school meals please use the online link below:

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Educational-awards-benefits/FreeSchoolMeals/Apply-online.aspx

Revision Tips

Have you ever used / created Flash Cards to assist with your revision – well have a look at these hints and tips to help you prepare for your mock exams.

Year 11 Unifrog

Mrs Young sent information on Insight about Unifrog on Monday 18th November, some Year 11 students have registered but we still have many that have not. I will resend the information to all students and parents. It is a great tool and will benefit all students over the next four years. It helps students navigate their way through the process on apprenticeships, universities and employment. It is a great way to look at pathways needed for future employment. Please contact Mrs Young at sixthform@tahs.org.uk for further help and support.

December Mock Examinations

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

Success for School Farm at the English Winter Fayre

Students at Thomas Alleynes High school have yet again achieved huge success at the prestigious winter fayre run by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural society.

Training of both students and animals begins in September when halters are first put on the lambs. The lambs are never initially very keen on being restrained, but with a lot of patient encouragement and cajoling by students, they soon get used to the feel of the rope and walk confidently around the farm. The pigs are always a bit trickier because they go into the ring without halters and so require skilful manoeuvring with a stick and board; however, the students often have to resort to a tasty treat as a bribe to keep them well behaved.

The week before the show is always incredibly busy; the sheep have to be trimmed and washed, the pigs bathed and this year students also plucked two turkeys to enter into the poultry class. The hard work didn’t stop there with the students arriving at the show ground at 8.30am on both Saturday and Sunday in order to feed the livestock and carry out last minute cleaning and grooming.  Saturday started off well with two y10 students winning 3rd prize in the pair of cutter pigs class and one of our turkeys, plucked by the y11 students, winning 2nd prize. Despite all their other commitments, eight students also managed to take part in the sausage making competition which they found both educational and interesting and particularly enjoyed tasting the final products.

The main event of the day however, was the stock judging for our high quality Beltex cross lambs. At 3.30pm twenty very nervous students with their beautifully turned out animals entered the packed arena and led the lambs out in front of the judges.  All the hard work and many hours of halter training paid off with the lambs behaving impeccably, even standing still in pairs when required.  The judge started making his final decisions and we were thrilled when all six of the top pairs were chosen from Thomas Alleynes.  The students showing the top four pairs all received rosettes and were justifiably proud of their achievement.

On the Sunday, it was the turn of young handlers in which the students were judged on how well they understood and handled the animals.  Once again our students showcased the school, winning first, second and fifth prizes for their skills in showing the pigs and third and fourth with the lambs.

Our thanks and congratulations go out to all the students who took part in the competitions and in particular to the skill and dedication of Rosie Deakin-Gallimore the farm manager without whom this could not have been achieved.

 

Geography Star of the Week

This week’s stars are:

This week our winners are…


Year 9: Harry Pickering and Luke Norman for some fantastic subject knowledge and effort.


Year 10: Benjamin Edwards for great participation and showing eagerness to learn.


Well done stars.

Senior Maths Challenge

Thursday 7th November, ten Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in the UKMT’s Senior Mathematical Challenge. A national competition for all sixth form students. After a two week wait, the results are in…

Congratulations to the following award winners

Matthew Ockleton, Vicky Catterall and Euan Walsh – Bronze Award

Carl Hallam, William Taylor and Alfred Bednall – Silver Award

Alex Ford and Andrew Pye – Gold Award

Well done to all participants but especially to Alex and Andrew who have also qualified for the next round of the competition, the Senior Kangaroo which take places place Friday 29th November.

 

Production – The Tempest

Our school production, The Tempest by William Shakespeare will be
performed on the 26th and 27th November at 7pm. Tickets cost £4.00 and
can be purchased from the online school (see link at the bottom of this Newsletter). Then send the receipt into school for collection of tickets and allocation of seats.

For the past few months we have started a project called IRIS run by year 12 students. It is a project where we are sent data from the SPITZER telescope to analyse and identify Galaxies and stars. So far, we have analysed a known sample set and currently we are analysing an unknown data set which we will eventually send to the project organisation to confirm whether the analysis is correct. Eventually we will get data that no one else has analysed which means we will be the first people to uncover this data and will play a pivotal role in helping physicists to decide what interstellar objects to observe with the James Webb telescope when it is launched. This is an incredible opportunity for us and we will keep you updated on our progress and research.

Jess & Libby

Order your Alleyne’s Turkey Now!!!

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

Sports News

Inclement Weather


As the weather becomes wetter and colder please ensure students bring suitable clothing for outdoor PE.  We endeavour to carry on with normal curricular activities – students may wear skins or other tops under their PE top and may wear plain black tracksuit bottoms over their shorts.  Students may also wear gloves. Reminder if you are injured you need a note explaining what is wrong and you must bring full PE Kit so you can be involved in the lesson.  The pool is now fully operational and a major part of our curriculum. Students require plain black swimming costumes / black swimming shorts they may swim with a T-shirt if they wish.

6th Form BTEC Sport BBC Sport Media Trip


On Thursday we took 4 of our Year 13 sport students to Media City to work with BBC sport. The morning was spent having a tour of the BBC, meeting presenters, Editors, Producers and the news crew.  The boys had tips on how to use social media and practiced making insta stories to deliver news content and made their own insta story on their county cup run.   The afternoon we explored the docks area and then had some sessions on how to apply for jobs and talent ID at the BBC .

Science News

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

Year 9

Joseph Hall and Abigail Rolph for an excellent start in Biology and high assessment scores.

Year 12

Georgia Fleeman and Alex Done for excellent practical work and write-ups in their Applied Science studies.

Year 13

Nick Jakes and Luke Langley for consistent commitment and effort in their Biology studies.

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

Year 10

Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent work showing sheep and pigs at the Winter Fayre.

Emily Carrington for excellent work at the Winter Fayre and a brilliant piece of course work.

Year 11

Alex Pope and Saffron Forrester for excellent results in recent assessments and a superb attitude to learning.

Well done!

Maths Inspirations Trip


On Tuesday, 25 year 12 students along with Miss Wright and Mrs Rodi, travelled to Birmingham for a Maths Inspiration trip. The day was hosted by mathematician and stand up comedian Matt Parker, who we all agreed was extremely entertaining.  We were also treated to talks by three guest speakers, including a talk on how maths can stop an AI apocalypse. Ben Sparks’ talk, ‘Windmills of your Mind’ was particularly interesting; looking at rational, irrational and complex numbers, their visual representations and the surprising places these crop up in the real world. Zoe Griffiths, gave a fascinating insight into the pitfalls of believing every headline or statistic you read in the media. Alex Ford (Year 12) says “It was a fascinating day which highlighted the enjoyment and surprising applications of different branches of Mathematics”

‘A Monster Calls’ at Nottingham Theatre Royal.

We have managed to secure a set of excellent seats to see the smash-hit play ‘A Monster Calls’ during February half-term. If your child would like a place, please return the form below. We are currently offering places to Y9 and Y10 students. Any questions, please email Mr Hollins (hollinst@tahs.org.uk). Full details of the trip are available on the letter.

Maths Revision

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

PTA Raffle

 

World Challenge Christmas Gift Fair

Two Thomas Alleyne’s 6th form students are raising money to go to Malawi for a month in July 2020 with the prestigious World Challenge organisation. Archie Whitehead and Alfie Bednall are hosting a Christmas Gift Fair at Denstone Village Hall on November 30th from noon to 4pm.

The event is for all the family and includes hand picked gift stalls from organic skincare, hand made homewares to delicious home made treats and much more. There will also be a cafe serving home made soup, toasties, refreshments, cakes, mince pies and mulled wine. All this will be washed down with fun games for children of all ages, live music, a raffle and fun for everyone.

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Dates

Certificates are available for collection as follows:

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

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

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

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


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

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November 8th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to our guest speaker Emma Gerrard who spoke at GCSE prize giving on Thursday. We had a wonderful evening celebrating students’ achievements. 

Oki, from our sixth form, asked me to  try to reduce the school carbon footprint by contacting our school bus companies. The results of his request are evident from the letter below which will be sent out to all school bus companies in Staffordshire. I am sure you will agree that this shows what a difference an individual can make.

Dear Operator,

I have received a request from the students of Thomas Alleyne’s High School asking that all school bus drivers do not leave their vehicle engine running whilst waiting for students.

I hope you agree that it is very commendable that the students are considering the impact on the environment that school buses have. 

Staffordshire County Council have already issued notes regarding “Efficient Driving” on the final page of  the Drivers’ Guide to Home to School Transport.

Also, for any contract let from the 1stSeptember 2019, it is now part of the terms and conditions of contract that drivers avoid engine idling when a vehicle is due to be standing still for a minute or more at or adjacent to a school site. Obviously it is good practice to apply this rule on all contracts.

Please could you ensure that all your drivers receive this message and everyone’s cooperation in complying with this request would be very gratefully appreciated.

Staffordshire County Council

Assemblies week commencing 18th November

Mrs Mood will be leading assemblies for lower school this week showcasing the school production of The Tempest.

On Friday there is no sixth form assembly, instead year 9 will take part in the Prevent assembly led by Mrs Rudge.

Thought(s) for the Week

“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation. “ Stella Adler

“If you turn up worrying about how you are going to perform you have already lost” Usain Bolt

I am pleased to pass the following information on to you all. Amanda, who shaved her head for charity as part of the Macmillan Brave the Shave last Wednesday, has raised an amazing £800.00.  We are so very proud of her. Well done Amanda.

As part of the Sixth Form we like to give opportunities to all our students, participating in Uttoxeter’s Christmas Cracker night, World Challenge, Brave the Shave, Community Service are just some. A little closer to home we ask that students involve themselves, where possible, in the school community. We have many opportunities for students to represent the Sixth Form at school events. Next week, Tuesday 19th November is Year 13 Parents evening. We would like students to volunteer to help support staff and parents at this event.  We generally see students that are looking for senior roles in Year 13 helping and it is acknowledged by parents and staff how helpful these volunteers are.

The theme of Mrs Dodd’s assembly this week was happiness.

To support this assembly please find attached an image from the action for happiness organisation which discusses the ten factors that are important to our well-being and what we can do about them.

The website is: www.actionforhappiness.org and there is an app that can be downloaded.

In next week’s form TAP activities:

Year 12

Watch this RAC video about safe winter driving.  https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/winter-driving/winter-driving-how-to-drive-on-snow-and-ice1/

Year 13

Getting ready for university, watch these videos about clearing, adjustment and managing offers.  Handout about clearing is in your pigeon hole to give to your students.

UCAS advice on clearing (if your results are not as good as you expected):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTMOLaHoVcY

UCAS advice on adjustment (if your results are better than expected):  https://www.ucas.com/connect/videos/how-use-adjustment

Understanding UCAS offers by Bedfordshire University:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSJBhAvcmzw

Mrs Young has sent a link to all Students regarding Unifrog and how to log on, this information is on Insight. Please encourage your child to log on. When they have signed in they need to add their subject teachers and then they can start using the tools. It is a great platform that will help inform them of the many choices, apprenticeships and universities, that are available to them in the future. We will be holding information talks about these in school in the future.

Art Collection Dates

There is a second Year 11 Art work collection day for last years’ work is this Wednesday 20th, 2019- from 3:20- 5:00pm- Please collect your work from the Art Dept. from Mr Robinson-White. Don`t panic if you can`t make it and want to collect your work- we will keep it in storage until Christmas.

Revision Tips

This weeks tips are around the spacing and timing of revision, pertinent as we have mock examinations coming up in December. Take time to review these documents to assist you.

December Mock Examinations

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

Geography Star of the Week

This week’s stars are:


Year 9: Amy-Lee Jones for a superb performance in her exam.
Year 10- Lewis Tomlinson- some brilliant engagement in lesson and always showing willing to learn.


Well done stars!

An Inspector Calls

There are a very small number of places available on the ‘An Inspector Calls’ trip taking place on Thursday 21st November in the evening. Please email Mr Hollins (hollinst@tahs.org.uk) if your child would like a place. This is a performance of an exam text for GCSE English Literature, therefore attending is encouraged. The trip is open for all of lower school.

Production – The Tempest

Our school production, The Tempest by William Shakespeare will be
performed on the 26th and 27th November at 7pm. Tickets cost £4.00 and
will be available next week, details of how to buy the tickets will be
posted on Insight.

Christmas in Music!!!

The Christmas Concert will be on 5th December at 7pm and tickets are now on sale via the online shop or see Mrs Todd in the music department.

Rehearsals take place at lunch time for the following groups:

Monday: Band

Wednesday: String Group

Thursday: Jazz Band

Friday: Choir


If you wish to be involved in the Christmas Concert, please make sure you attend the rehearsals at lunchtime from 1.30 in the main music room. Please see Mrs Todd asap to collect a letter and consent form.

Save the date

7th February
PTA Quiz

Sports News

U18 County Cup Football


On Tuesday we hosted John Taylor in a rematch of our national cup defeat before half term.


On a wet boggy pitch, Alleynes had made some positional and personnel changes. Lewis Dawson open the scoring after teasing the fullback, Coates squared to Johnson who held it up and set it for Archer who shaped to shoot before sliding it to Dawson. With the crowd shouting shoot, Dawson treated us to some extra trips before smashing the ball the the keeper into the net.  Archer then rattled the cross bar from 35 yards.


1-0 at half time, Coates pulled his hamstring which resulted in Haywood coming on.


In the 2nd half, Bosworth bundled in a Archer cross.  Despite being on top John Taylor scored to increase the pressure. On another day Harry Johnson would have had a hat trick but the ball would just not roll the right side of the post. He did get a deserved goal in the end when a poor goal kick allowed Whitehead to head on and Johnson slotted the ball through the keepers legs. 


Final score 3-2


Man of the match Archer Team-  Rodgers, Archer, Ford, Bussell, Cope, Brain, Coates, Shaw, Johnson, Cope, Haywood, Bednall, Dawson, White


U16 County Cup Football


On Wednesday we made the trip to Chesterton. Playing on a 3G pitch we were able to play some attractive football. Kenny opened the scoring from distance, man of the match was Ashton Bagley who had his best game of the season and scored a deserved goal late on.Final score was a 3-2 winTeam- Whitehead, Cope, Clarkson, Brunt, Mangon, Hall, Beech, Hocking, Evans, Kenny, Stockbridge, Van Hoek, Lynn, Kenny

U14 County Cup


Home v Repton postponed due to conditions.

Science News

Mr Mitchell would like to send a really big ‘thank you’ to Mr Barrow’s form for the significant number of entries received so far for the ‘Big Science Question Competition?’.

There is still time to enter – look out for the posters displayed around the School. All entrants will receive a Credit Point, runners up will receive ‘front of the queue’ lunch passes and the overall winner will also receive the fabulous prize of an Echo Dot.

Entries must be received by Friday 29th November 2019.

Year 11 students are advised to refer to the posters in their Form Room and in the Science Department for information on Intervention Support for their upcoming trial exams. 

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

Year 10

Bailey Redshaw and Alyssa Whitehall for hard work and commitment in all lessons.

Year 11

Alice Boothby, Oliver Taylor and Thomas Johnson for getting 100% in both recent assessments.

Year 12

Charlie Martin and Emma Kendrick for consistent effort and achievement.

Year 13

Emelia Lowe and Luke Hardwick for excellent contributions to lessons and superb progress.

Well done!

All students receiving our Science Students of the Week award in December can pick up a hot chocolate from the Science Department on the following Monday at break time – just the thing for a cold winter’s morning!

Maths Inspirations Trip


On Tuesday, 25 year 12 students along with Miss Wright and Mrs Rodi, travelled to Birmingham for a Maths Inspiration trip. The day was hosted by mathematician and stand up comedian Matt Parker, who we all agreed was extremely entertaining.  We were also treated to talks by three guest speakers, including a talk on how maths can stop an AI apocalypse. Ben Sparks’ talk, ‘Windmills of your Mind’ was particularly interesting; looking at rational, irrational and complex numbers, their visual representations and the surprising places these crop up in the real world. Zoe Griffiths, gave a fascinating insight into the pitfalls of believing every headline or statistic you read in the media. Alex Ford (Year 12) says “It was a fascinating day which highlighted the enjoyment and surprising applications of different branches of Mathematics”

Wembley…

13 year 9 and 10 students went to Wembley on Saturday 9th November to watch England V Germany ladies football.

England lost in the closing minutes 2-1.


All students were a credit to the school and have a great experience.

Maths Revision

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

PTA Raffle

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Dates

Certificates are available for collection as follows:

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

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

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

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


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

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

November 8th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog – A Thank You!

Thank you to all the staff who have offered additional activities this week. It has been fantastic to hear recounts of students’ experiences watching Hamilton, The Woman in Black and at the Bodyworks visit. 

Attendance at our Year 11 revision evening was the highest we have ever had. Mrs Peers will be following this up with an assembly preparing Year 11 for their trial examinations 

Before Christmas, each Year 11 student will be meeting with one of our pastoral leads or senior staff to have a one-to-one guidance meeting to consider their next steps post GCSEs. 

Thank you to parents who joined us for the workshop on mental health. The feedback has been very strong. If you would like a place we are continuing to fund parental places on the workshops for a limited amount of time. Please email headteacher@tahs.org.uk to reserve a place. 

We would appreciate your support in ensuring that your children are dressed appropriately for school/ We encourage them to wear a plain black v-neck jumper under their blazers during the winter. However, they must not bring hooded tops or sweatshirts, of a different colour, into school. If they are seen in school wearing these they will be confiscated. Please also ensure that students are not wearing acrylic nails to school. These are not part of our school uniform. 

Assemblies week commencing 11th November

Assemblies will be taken by Mrs Dodd on the theme of Actions for Happiness.

Our thoughts of the week are:

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

“In life everyone has a choice. The key is: make a right choice.” DJ Khaled

Year 13 Parents Evening

We would like to say how proud we were of our Year 13 English Literature group who delivered the Remembrance Assembly to all year groups this week. It was delivered with the high level of respect and many staff and students alike have since commented on how well the students composed themselves throughout the twenty minutes assembly.

It is also very clear that the students in Year 12 and Year 13 are making a huge effort with regards to attendance.  We are very appreciative of the work that you as parents and carers are doing in ensure that students are in school and able to learn.  If for any reason they are unable to attend then please let us know at your earliest opportunity.


Year 13 Parents’ Evening is on Tuesday 19th November2019.  The evening will last from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Letters have been posted home.    
In order to prevent queuing please can you make appointments with your child’s respective subject teachers. This is done via Insight. Please log on to Insight and book your appointments. This will be live from 3.30pm on Friday 8th November. If you have a problem accessing Insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk for support.  If you would like to speak to Mrs Dodd or another member of the Sixth Form Team on the evening then please let us know.   

Charity Event


Well done to Amanda, one of our Year 13 students. On Wednesday 6th November 2019, at lunchtime in the school theatre Amanda had her head shaved to raise money for Brave the Shave in support of Macmillan Cancer. Staff and students had to give a donation if they wanted to watch.  Amanda raised over £80.00 from donations at lunchtime and is currently well on track to smash her £600 goal.  Amanda is also sending 8 plaits of her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Mock examination timetables will be issued soon to the Year 13 students, please spend sometime looking at these with your child to ensure they are a fully prepared for them as they can be. We want all our students to succeed and supporting them at home is a great way to start on the path of success.
Students that are completing BTEC subjects will be completing external examinations and these will count towards their final grade, this will Year 12 and 13 students.  Students will receive a timetable with these dates and times on.

6th Form Tutor Time Activities

Year 12

Watch the Unifrog video on Moocs.  Log onto the Future Learn website and look at some Moocs you can start during your enrichment time.  Once you have access to Unifrog, you should start filling in your competencies and researching universities and apprenticeships.

Year 13

Log into Unifrog and look at their personal statement writing advice.  Read some of their exemplars to help you improve your own.  Go to ‘subjects library’, choose a career area and scroll down to ‘statement’.  Remember not to plagiarise but to use this as a starting point.

Unibuddy

Discover Unibuddy!Chat online with current university students and gain insight into what life is really like at specific universities or specific courses.  Via UCAS, log onto the UCAS hub:

Year 11 Revision – Guidance for parents and students


Thank you to all students and parents who were able to join us for Y11 Revision Evening on Tuesday 5th November Materials and Powerpoints from the evening have been sent via insight – please let us know if you need any assistance.We are going to share additional strategies each week on round up to support your revision – with a handout for parents and students. Please see the attached parent and student information sheets on ‘chunking information’.  

Start now to maximise your potential.

December Mock Examinations

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

Learning Support Evening

Thank you to staff and parents who attended the evening on Thursday.  It was an excellent opportunity to meet year 9 parents and catch up with them regarding their son or daughter’s progress at school over the last 8 weeks.  The event held in Keeling House provided the opportunity for parents to meet the staff who were working closely with their child and visit the environment they work in .  Thank you once again.

Staffordshire Winter Fayre

This will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November at the County Showground.  A large number of students from the school will be taking part in the show with our pigs and sheep.  Most of the competitions will be on Saturday, with pig showing from 10am onwards and the big schools sheep competition at approximately 2pm.  Please come and support the students who have worked hard to prepare for the show. 

History Year 11

If you are considering taking A level history next year or would like to know more about the subject then you may be interested in attending a short A level History taster lesson. If you would like more information about this then see Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young for details.

Production – The Tempest

Our school production, The Tempest by William Shakespeare will be
performed on the 26th and 27th November at 7pm. Tickets cost £4.00 and
will be available next week, details of how to buy the tickets will be
posted on Insight.

Woman in Black

Mrs Mood, Mr Hollins and Mrs Goodwin took the GCSE Drama and A Level
Drama and Theatre classes to see The Woman in Black at The Regent
Theatre, Stoke this week.

The students will be writing about live theatre in their final exams
and this longstanding hit production certainly provided enough
material with some screams and jumps along the way!

West End Visit

This week, Y9 and Y12 students got the chance to visit London to see the musical, Hamilton.

“Organised by Mr Hollins and accompanied by Mrs Hunt, Mrs Robinson and Mrs Mitchell, we boarded the coach at 7:30 in the morning – a very early start! After a long and tiring journey, we finally arrived in the busy, bustling city of London. Sites greeted us everywhere we looked, including: the Lord’s Cricket Ground, Hyde Park and the amazing Buckingham Palace.

We got off the bus and stretched our legs before taking photos outside of Buckingham Palace and then eating our much-wanted lunch. While eating, we caught sight of Prince William! What a place to have lunch!

Arriving at the Victoria Palace Theatre, we took our Grand Circle seats (with an incredible view), ready to watch the much-anticipated American Musical: ‘Hamilton’. Overall, it was amazing – everybody enjoyed it!

After the performance, the cast came back on stage to do a Q+A – one question of was asked from our school! The cast gave us valuable information which we all remember and treasure. It was a brilliant, fun-packed, amazing day!”

Joe H – Year 9

Bodyworlds Health & Social Visit

We went to the BodyWorlds exhibition in Piccadilly, London to see the anatomical specimens on display. This supports our work in Health & Social Care towards the Anatomy & Physiology exam we are taking in January and supports the curriculum in Biology, Psychology and Sport.


“It was an eye opening experience and it taught me a lot about the human body. I found it very interesting and insightful and enjoyed the interactive exhibits.  We are grateful to the people who donated their bodies to science so that we could learn so much about the human body.”

Save the date

7th February
PTA Quiz

Sports News

Goal fest at John Port – Netball


Both our Year 9 & 10 teams enjoyed victories at John Port on Wednesday. The Year 9 team winning 38-5 & Year 10’s enjoying at 34-8 victory. The girls played some quick passing netball, quite direct providing our shooters with plenty of scoring opportunities.Both teams rotated players to unfamiliar positions in the second half of the fixture and looked to score from the edge of the D.   

Year 9 – Hattie, Lucy O, Amelie, Flo, Lucy L, Kiera, Molly & Evie

POM – Amelie

Year 10 – Halle, Zoe, Teegan, Lydia, Evie, Lucy & Holly

POM – Evie

Cross Country

Thursday brought the heavy rain and strong winds associated with cross country. The competitors warmed up well for the races with the walk to Oldfields.The Year 9 girls raced first and Grace Ingram finished 6th, Georgie Fryatt 16th, Amelie Rastall 17th, Katie Schuk 23rd, Alice Morris 25th, Harriet Ekins 26th and Chloe Stockbridge 28th all completed the course. The girls finished 5th as a team.Bertie Ingram won the boys race or Year 9 and Lewis Bradley finished 3rd, Sam Pickup and Harry Irving also competed and as a team TAHS finished 3rd.In the senior girls we had two competitors Evie Bowers and Issy Punchard who both finished in the top 10.The senior boys had team success winning this category represented by Max Houghton, Josh Rogers, Duncan Craven, Ben Twynhamn and Harry Meredith – Wood.

Under 15 Football District Cup.


On a very wet Thursday afternoon the year ten side ventured over to De Ferrers in the first round of the cup.  On a very wet pitch  both teams played good football with De Ferrers dominating the first 15 minutes.despite a spirited comeback at the end of the half and having a goal disallowed Alleyne’s  went into half time 2 nil down.  At half time Harrvey clarke came on to central midfield and gained some decent possession for the team, unfortunately despite this they were unable to score and take chances, Alleyne’s even had a penalty saved it was not tp be their night.  Chasing the game Alleyen’s lost 2 further goals, losing 4- 0. 

Science News

Our Year 13 A-level Physics students have recently been on an extremely interesting visit to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland.  The students had the opportunity to see some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators; which aim to uncover what the Universe is made of and how it works.

The students also had the opportunity to visit the United Nations buildings in Geneva.

Below is a write-up from one of our students:

‘Our trip to Geneva began late on Wednesday evening when we arrived in the city and made a short bus trip to the tram station, from which we got the tram to our hostel. After a relatively early start we rode the tram to CERN on Thursday morning, where we were shown two exhibitions in the museums. The first was a fascinating overview of the history, work and results of CERN since its formation in 1954. This provided us with an insight into the scale of the project (with their largest particle collider measuring at 27km long), what their experiments consisted of and how they worked whilst simultaneously exhibiting some of the equipment used in previous work. The second exhibition focused on CERN`s work answering some of the biggest questions in science and gave simple yet detailed explanations of everything from how there is energy in a vacuum to timelines of the Big Bang and understanding time as another dimension.
The second day began with a tour of the UN buildings after a walk through the greenhouses and groves of the Botanic gardens. We were shown around the complex and given a guided tour, informing us of the history, work and administration of the United Nations. In the afternoon we were taken on a boat trip around the lake, with views of Mont Blanc, the cathedral and the mountains across the lake.’ 

The visit has left a lasting impression on the students and enthused their Physics studies in school.

World Challenge Training Expedition Weekend


During the first weekend of half term, 27 Thomas Alleynes students made their way to the Peak District for their training expedition, in preparation for their trip to Malawi in summer 2020. Despite the cold temperatures and continuous rainfall, students spent their weekend with their teammates practising their roles and responsibilities that they will be expected to do whilst in Malawi.

This involved pitching their tents, preparing meals on trangeas and practise walks – with each team completing an 18km walk to the top of The Roaches. Students worked hard throughout the whole weekend, both individually and as a team, which resulted in a highly successful and enjoyable weekend.

Well done to all students (and staff!) who battled through the weather and for keeping morale high despite the poor weather conditions!

Star Geographer of The Week

This is a new scheme being brought in to the geography department, to showcase the students who have really shown great effort and achievement in their lessons.

Currently we are starting this scheme in Mr Harris and Miss Patrick’s classes and focusing on Year 9 and 10, but will be rolled out across the whole department and all year groups by the end of term. 

This Week’s Stars are:

Year 9- Joshua Leyland- Amazing effort in lesson, and showing willing to push himself further.

Year 10- Bradley Marcroft- Fantastic work produced this week, with great answers to the activities in class.


Well done to our Star Geographers! 

Maths Revision

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

PTA Raffle

Tickets on sale soon…..

A level / GCSE Certification Collection Dates

Certificates are available for collection as follows:

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

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

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

Data Collection/Photo Consent Reminder


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

Keeping Children Safe online. 

Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help parents have conversations about online safety. 
Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online’ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children which we thought parents may find helpful.

  1. “You can always come to me if you need help.”
  2. “What would you do if this happened…?”
  3. “Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
  4. “Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
  5. “Be respectful to others online.”
  6. “Think before you post.”
  7. “Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
  8. “Remember not everything is true online.”
  9. “The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
  10. “Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”

The Parent and Carer Toolkit can be found here:

Workshop Available…..

If you are interested, and have not replied, please email headteacher@tahs.org.uk. For those parents who have expressed an interest you will be contacted by our office staff who will offer you dates that remain for the sessions.

Anxiety Workshop

We all experience anxiety at certain times in our life, when it reaches high levels it can cause us physical and psychological distress. As an experienced counsellor and trainer, I have developed this 3 hour workshop to help you understand anxiety and learn how to feel more in control, not to fear it.

· Understand what anxiety is

· Why and how anxiety works, biologically and psychologically

· The effects of high levels of anxiety and panic attacks

· Effective coping techniques to reduce your level of anxiety

· How to feel more in control and achieve your goals

· Helpful for anxiety at work and in your personal life

· Students preparing for exams and parents supporting them

This workshop is aimed at parents who would like to learn more about anxiety concerning their child. It is useful for those experiencing life events which may cause increased levels of anxiety or anyone with longer term anxiety issues. It is a psychological educational workshop aimed at helping you to feel more in control of your life again. Come and join me in a relaxed atmosphere and increase your sense of well being. Jane Differ

Vacancies

We require a number of exam invigilators for our exams in December. Please see the attached for full information.

We also have some vacancies in our Special Needs team.

YESS Drop in Sessions

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

October 25th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

We have just completed our staff training day and it has been incredibly useful. It was lovely to welcome our new CEO Sarah Clarke to the Multi Academy Trust. I am excited to begin working with her from January.
We hope students and staff take a break to recharge their batteries, but are aware that many students will be wanting to combine time for relaxing with time revising ready for their trial examinations in December. Some students may want to revisit content taught in this term.


There are some fantastic resources to support parents and students with revision techniques one set is at GCSEpod https://www.gcsepod.com/free-resources/student-resources/. Thank you to the parents who attended the training session at Year 9 parents evening on Unifrog and GCSEpod. As we mentioned, we have purchased access for Year 9, 10 and 11 students to both packages.


We hope Year 11 parents can join us at revision evening on Tuesday 5th November at 6.00pm in the Theatre. We have some materials we will be giving away on the evening. If parents of a child in any other year group would like to attend please feel free to join us. The session is usually finished by 7.15pm.


Finally, on this rather rainy evening, I wanted to wish our World Challenge students well as they take on the elements this weekend, camping in the peak district. Thank you to the staff who are working with them.
I hope you all have a lovely half term

This upcoming week is a week to plan, to get ahead and to start thinking about the upcoming mock examinations. It is a week to complete personal statements, look at apprenticeships and to look at completing UCAS applications.  It is a week to find time to sit, relax and contemplate how much our students have completed in eight short weeks.

All students must not forget to bring their data collection sheets back to school when they return.  If their uniform is not quite right then it is a time to make those changes.  We would also like to state that all students should be in school between the times of 8.40 – 3.05. If they leave school at break or lunch then they must sign out, this is a mandatory requirement.

Upcoming events for the Sixth Form are: Body Worlds Trip, Maths Inspiration Trip, GCSE Prize Giving, Year 13 Parents Evening, UCAS Design Your Future Art Trip and Year 13 mock examinations.

6th Form Tutor Time Activities

These are the weekly activities for 6th form registration for Monday 4th November’, then the above under Y12 and Y13.

Year 12

Read the Which guide to higher and degree apprenticeships.  Consider which is the right route for you.

Year 13

Spend some time working on your personal statement.  Talk to your tutor.  Read the TAHS personal statement advice on Twitter.  Consult Unifrog advice and exemplar statements.

Year 11 Revision Evening

On 5th November 2019 6pm we would like to invite all Year 11 students, parents and carers to attend a Revision evening to share key information about revising for cores subjects and effective strategies for exam success. Please join us to support your preparation for the mock exams.

Robotics Challenge

Our first Robotics UK challenge team made up of pupils from year 9 through 13 are busy preparing for their first event on 4th December at Staffordshire University. This will then be followed by a regional competition at RAF Cosford in the New Year. Keep an eye on the school social media for updates and links to their own social platforms.

idea Award

Three more students have attained their idea.org.uk Bronze award in Digital Literacy in their 6th Form 7 time. They are now working towards their silver award. Congratulations to Harvey, George & Jack.

Sports News

Lifesaving Training


The PE Department successfully completed the RLSS National Rescue Award on Wednesday.A full day of training was delivered by Miss James, covering aspects of pool safety, operating procedures, CPR and basic first aid. The test included practical rescues, demonstrations of first aid techniques and questioning. Completion of this award will allow for more swimming lessons to be delivered on our curriculum.  

U18 ESFA Cup


On Tuesday our U18 boys bowed out of the FA cup at the second round stage going down 4-2 to John Taylor.  After taking the lead through Lewis Dawson we took the foot off the gas and allowed the home side back into the game. Poor defending allowed a 3-1 deficit before Archie Whitehead pulled a goal back. We then missed an open goal, hit the post and had another disallowed- It was not going to be our day.


U16 BDSFA Cup


On Thursday we travelled to Robert Sutton in the semi-final of the district cup.  Despite playing some lovely football we went down 3-0 to a very strong side, in what was our first defeat of the season.

Science News

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

Year 9

Lucy Blood for excellent effort

Harmony Green for superb attainment

Thomas Yeomans for his enthusiasm and effort in lessons

Year 10

Charlie Hallam for his consistently high effort and attainment

Harley Walkenden for exemplary effort this half term

Isaac Stanier for excellent effort and attainment

Year 11

Chloe Yates for consistent effort

Abi Wildman for always trying her best every lesson

Year 12

George Mothershaw

Katelyn Poole

Ben Seaman

Leyton Tyers for their brilliant efforts towards their forensics assignment at Staffs University

Year 13

Elliot Jones for superb effort all half term

Luke Langley for consistent excellent effort

Sian Rendell for her conscientious approach to her studies

Well done!

Maths Revision

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

Apprenticeships

If your child is thinking about whether to go to university or to do an apprenticeship, please read this guide to help with your decision.  Y12 have been watching useful videos on this topic during registration this week.  We would also advise researching university websites.

Geography Revision

Optional Geography revision sessions, every Thursday in room 6B from 3:05 to 4pm.

Sadfishing

SadFishing’ is described as a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention. The term was created at the beginning of the year by a blogger using the term to describe certain celebrities who embellish their emotional difficulties to generate sympathy and gain more followers. The term has now gained traction and is seen as a growing trend on social media. The challenge with sadfishing is that sometimes real problems can become overlooked or young people can even be bullied for having shared their problems online.  


A guide for parents from the National Online Safety Centre can be found here:

Support for D & T

We are looking for support from local businesses in giving some real world examples to our A level DT students who are covering some complex Industrial practices in preparation for their main exam. If you feel that you could support our students by sharing your own expertise and experience, giving them examples to refer to in their coursework and exam, then we would love to hear from you. We are looking at Manufacturing systems and strategies including Concurrent Manufacturing, Project Data Management and Enterprise Resource Planning, Scrum, SixSigma, DMAIC and DMADV. Please contact office@tahs.org.uk and I will get back to you. Many thanks, Mr Swindlehurst

Vacancies

We require a number of exam invigilators for our exams in December. Please see the attached for full information.

We also have some vacancies in our Special Needs team.

YESS Drop in Sessions

Parental Help with Fortnite Chapter 2

Links

School Website

School Shop

 

October 18th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

I joined Mr Cartwright this week for his assembly on on-line safety. The message was a powerful one. If you have chance to ask your sons and daughters about the assembly, please do as this may help them reflect on the key messages which were shared. 


The PTA raffle has gained incredible momentum with some amazing prizes including a £250.00 shopping voucher. Please look out for the tickets as your PTA has done an incredible job in sourcing the prizes.
We look forward to meeting Year 9 parents next Wednesday (23rd) to review how everyone has settled in. If you haven’t booked your appointment, please do so. 


On the 5th November, we will be holding our Year 11 revision evening. The hall is always packed on the evening and we hope you can all join us. We will be starting the evening at 6.00pm. It will be an opportunity for you to hear from our Heads of Science, English and Maths on the final steps before the GCSE examinations. We will also be sharing some generic revision skills which you can support your sons and daughters with. 


I have seen the first plans for our new gym. there is no doubt in my mind that If we can make it happen it will be a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to do some training on site. I am personally excited to see the vision brought to reality! 

Assemblies: 14th October

Assemblies: w/b 21st of October

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

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”–Ayn Rand

‘Taking the initiative’ is an ethos that we promote within the Sixth Form so it was no surprise to us that the Sixth Form Council decided to wear a red tie to school to show support for Show Racism the Red Card campaign.

It is very relevant especially after the recent incident involving English football players, well done.

One of year 13 students, Amanda Clough is very involved with outreach programmes in the community and is hoping to raise awareness and encourage participation in life saving events.  Amanda is going to allow her hair to be shaved! Please read the follow article from Amanda.

‘Brave The Shave, is where I shave my head for charity. I will be doing it on 6th November 2019, at lunch time in the Theatre. I am doing it in memory of a loved one and in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Everyone is welcome to come and watch, and there will be a 50p entrance charge. The person who donates the most, gets to do the first shave, currently the amount to beat is £30, so if you want to do this, or simply just donate follow this link – https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/amanda-clough -, or google “Brave The Shave Amanda Clough” and you will find a link to my Macmillan Profile page, alternatively you can donate on the day, when paying the entrance fee for the Theatre, (you will not be able to shave my head if donating on the day). Happy Donating everyone, and a massive thank you! I will also be sending my hair to the Little Princess Trust’

To add to this amazing effort Amanda also volunteers for St John Ambulance.  They are running a Restart A Heart Day, where you can come along to the St John Ambulance Unit, Carter Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8EY, and learn the lifesaving skills of CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator). If this sounds interesting to you, come along on Saturday 19th October 2019, from 9am until 12pm.

Each week Mrs Bell organises an activity for Year 12 and Year 13 forms which enable them to help plan for the future. This is completed each Monday and over the year we will have covered a range of skills and topics. Work, university, apprenticeships, finance, time management to name a few. This coming week we will be:

 Y13

How well do you use source material? 

Y12

Is university right for you? 

Why go to uni?

Apprenticeship or uni?

Advice to help you prepare for an open day

With these topics in mind the Sixth Form Team have processed all the UCAS applications for Oxbridge and competitive courses.

French Exchange

Applications need to be with Mrs Clemett by the 24th October please.

Year 9 Tutor Evening

Year 9 Tutor Evening Wednesday 23rd October 4.00pm – 6.00pm
We are looking forward to welcoming year 9 parents on Wednesday evening.  It will give parents the opportunity to meet their son/ daughters form  tutor as well as attending workshops on Unifrog, a destinations platform, GCSE pod and a most able workshop. There will also be an opportunity to purchase revision materials at a reduced rate too! Look forward to seeing you Wednesday.

Appointments are made via the Parents Evening menu on your parental Insight login (not the child’s login). If you are having issues logging in please email insight@tahs.org.uk

Year 11 Revision Evening

On 5th November 2019 6pm we would like to invite all Year 11 students, parents and carers to attend a Revision evening to share key information about revising for cores subjects and effective strategies for exam success. Please join us to support your preparation for the mock exams.

Data Checking and Photo Consent

Envelopes containing data collection sheets, photo consent forms and our Privacy Notice have been given out to students this week.  Parents should check, sign and return data collection sheets and photo consent forms and return to the school office by Thursday 24th October please.

Sports News

U15 Netball


v’s John Talor. Our Year 10 girls first game of the season ended in defeat to John Taylor.Our girls battled hard but a very strong John Taylor side did not allow many TAHS many opportunities to scoreNext fixture is against Robert SuttonTeam – Calladine, Martin, Carr, Robins, Perry, Berry, Young, Page

U14 Netball


At the half way point of the staffs moorlands competition TAHS are leading having won 5 games out of 6.The latest fixtures saw a 9-2 win against Painsley, a 13-0 victory against against Cheadle and a 2-0 defeat to Moorlands.Well done girls

U16 District Football

On Tuesday we hosted John Taylor in the Burton and District Cup, winning 2-1 with two goals from Ashton Bagley and a man of the match performance from Ethan Clarkson.

Team- Whitehead, Kenny, Cope, Beech, Van Hoek, Hocking, Clarkson, Evans, Brunt, Bagley, Stockbridge, Hall, Lunn, Mangon, Wildridge

Fixtures next week-


Tue U18 FA Cup away v John Taylor

Thu U16 District cup away v Robert Sutton

Thu U14 District cup home v Pingle

U15 National and county cup Rugby v QMG Walsall


On Monday in torrential rain we hosted the powerful QMG Walsall.  While matching them in many aspects of play their match experiences coupled with 2 super stars made the difference to the score line.


Team- Pattinson-Lycett, Edwards, Gascoigne, Wilson, Watt, Forrerester, Gwynne, Hensman, Moorfield, Hodgekinson, Plant, Buxton, Chouhibi, Ward, Moody, Pagett, Craven, Young

Science News

 

This week our Year 12 BTEC Forensic and Applied Science students visited Staffordshire University’s crime scene house and specialist laboratories.  Below is an account from one of our students.

‘The Forensic and Applied Science groups went to Staffordshire University to take part in learning how to investigate a crime scene.  We started off with a brief on what we were doing and how to investigate, package and record certain elements before we began the investigation.

After the brief we all got taken to the investigation house and got suited up in an investigation kit and then went into our room and began finding evidence and packaging them up properly.  We also learnt how to take pictures properly, take finger prints and draw a sketch of our room to try and solve the crime. 

Overall, it was a really fun day out and was very interesting to learn new skills.’

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

Year 9

Joseph Hall for brilliant work rate, and out of the classroom with excellent homework and research tasks.

Frankie Groom for brilliant answers in Science and completion of work.

Year 10

Alyssa Whitehall for a brilliant work ethic and application to Science in the classroom.

Zoe Hunter for excellent work in Physics.

Year 11

Hannah Davis for a great start to the year with attitude and progress in Chemistry.

George Foster for a tremendous start to Year 11 with a really mature work ethic and high test scores.

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

Toby Minshell and Josh Gascoigne – both students have worked really hard and really sensibly throughout the start of Animal Care.

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

Taylor Corkin, Ben Guntripp, Izzie McLeavy, Spencer Reeves for excellent results in a recent end of module test.

Well done!

INSET Day

A reminder that students finish school at 3.05 on Thursday 24th October and return at 8.40 on Monday 4th November.

With this in mind the canteens ‘fish and chip Friday’ will be on Thursday next week.

Geography Revision

Optional Geography revision sessions, every Thursday in room 6B from 3:05 to 4pm.

Exam Invigilators

We require a number of exam invigilators for our exams in December. Please see the attached for full information.

YESS Drop in Sessions

Parental Help with Fortnite Chapter 2

Links

School Website

School Shop