May 3rd 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

6/05/2019 Bank Holiday

13/05/2019 GCSE Examinations Start

24/05/2019 End of Term

 

 Headteacher blog:

Looking at what has taken place over the Easter holiday and our first week back, I would like to thank all those who have been involved in making sure that we offer the best possible opportunities for young people. I would also like to thank those students who have been involved in the activities on offer. 
 
On the day of storm Hannah, our silver Duke of Edinburgh students successfully completed their Expedition.  Meanwhile many students joined Mr Cartwright on his skiing trip and had a wonderful time. 
 
Students have also been very successful on the sports field, securing a win against Painsley to reach the final of the Sentinel cup. Our PE team of staff is not large, and yet they manage to support students to participate and be successful,  in a wide range of sports. 
 
Year 11 have now completed their French speaking and PE examinations. Feedback from the examiners was that they conducted themselves superbly. The Art examinations are now underway and we wish everyone in Year 11 and Year 13, who is sitting an external examination, the best. 
 
Finally, my thanks to Mr Storer our business manager, Mr Mirams our site manager and his team. During the Easter holiday, with their oversight, work continued on both the pool and new build. 
 
They have also been successful in securing a grant of over £350,000 to replace the roofs over many of the school buildings. Finance for schools is incredibly tight, as you will have read in the national news, and therefore their success in securing these funds and managing the projects, means that we are able to continue to develop the facilities on offer to our young people.
 

Assemblies

Our thought for the week for next week  is:
 
 
“I want to say to all people around the world – this should not happen again. I saw the faces of the people we liberated – they went through hell.”

Anatoly Shapiro, Jewish Red Army commander whose troops liberated the camp
 
Assemblies will be led by two year 12 students, Lily Ella and Amy who have recently been on a visit to see the concentration camps.
 
 
 
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We have ‘hit the floor running’ this week.  Year 12 students have got their mock timetables ready for the summer examination season in June, Year 13 students are revising with their subject specialists and attending important webinars which are providing a further insight in to their impending exams, please ensure that you have a copy of your child’s exam timetable so that you are aware of when their exams are.

Final choices for university destinations have been selected, the deadline was Wednesday for those few who were undecided.  This is a big choice to make but can be amended on results day if it needs to.

We are looking at taking all of our Year 12 students to the NEC on Tuesday 25th June, this is to the UCAS Convention.  The focus is on Degree Level apprenticeships and university options. There are over 200 exhibitors at the NEC on this day and it is the student’s opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the courses they are interested in.  If your child is unsure about what to do Post-18 then attending this convention really will allow them to see how much is available to them.

Today we had Staffordshire Youth Participation Team in to talk to Year 12 and Year 13. They explained the purpose of their organisation and how it benefits young people and adults within Uttoxeter and our local area.

‘Participation is about young people and parents being involved in the development of youth mental health services. We want to know what you think is working well, and what’s not working well, and we want to invite you to be a part of making changes.

This can range from being involved in interviews for new staff, re-designing buildings to make them youth friendly, co-producing and co-delivering training/workshops, presenting work at wider events, being involved in system changes like transition plans and lots more!’

Please click on the link below for further information.

https://yes-s.org.uk/new/youth-participation

 

 

RE Revision

Year 11 RE Revision will be available on Saturday 11th May, next Saturday between 10 and 12.
 
In this session students will have the chance to opt into quick topic overviews for each religion and a walk through some potential questions. 33B
 
In 33A students can revise, work through practice questions and ask individual questions to a teacher. 
 
It would be great to see you there, we are here to help!
 

 

Computer Science



Practice your algorithms for unit 2 by using this fantastic free resource. More items are to be sent throughout next week via Insight. Remember the final revision session is on Thursday after school in room 43.

 

https://revisecomputerscience.com/algorithms/writing-algorithms-practice/ 

Also see this fantastic knowledge organiser for paper 2:

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Year 9 Options

 
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Youth Mental Health Participation

 
We have welcomed staff from this organisation into talk to our students this week.
 
Please find below their welcome pack and details of how young people can get involved if they wish too.
 

 Welcome Pack

 

 

Ski Trip 2019

 

A party of 49 left school on the first Saturday of the school holidays for the long over night journey to the Aosta Valley in Italy. La Thuile is in the high Alps in the shadow on Mont Blanc and again gave the students fantastic snow conditions for Easter skiing.

6 days of skiing ensued, with experts to beginners enjoying the cold & sunny conditions, more like February than April. All groups showed fantastic progress, enjoying the food, snow weather and new experiences. The two top groups even had the opportunity to ski into France and explore the new pistes in La Rossiere.

This is much more than a ski trip, it is an opportunity for the students to try a new sport, look after themselves, gain independence, try a new language, try differing foods (we love mystery meat and chips!!) and socialise in groups that they would not normally. All students were a credit and we all had a fantastic trip.

Look out for 2020 being advertised soon.

Science

 

A Level Biology Webinar

On Thursday 2nd May our Year 12 and Year 13 A Level Biology students attended a webinar, which is a live web-based conference relayed over the internet.  The webinar was presented by the AQA Examination Board to support the students’ preparation for their upcoming Paper 1 exam.

The one-hour session was led by an AQA examiner who guided the students on how to interpret questions to ensure they fully understand what the question is asking; to understand command words and also how to gain maximum marks in the real summer exams.

This type of feedback regarding exam technique and the use of key terminology is vital when tackling A Level papers.  The students were very attentive throughout and gained valuable techniques to use in their exams.

Thanks to Mr Milward for organising the event.

There are two more sessions for the Year 13 students to attend:

Thursday 16th May for Paper 2

Thursday 23rd May for Paper 3

 

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

Year 9

Georgia Edwards and Ollie Birch for working well in their Physics lessons

Year 10

Saffron Forrester and Orla Hodgkinson for working well in their Physics lessons

Year 11

George Mothershaw and Georgia Fleeman for their commitment to Physics revision.

 

Well done!

 

News from PE

Year 9 Cricket
 
On Thursday the year 9 cricket team led by Archie Cooper went to play Rawlett High School Tamworth, in the County Cup  Unfortunately due to bad weather the match had to be decided with a bowl off- most number of wickets taken of  4 three ball overs.  The Alleyne’s bowlers, Dan and Lewis Forrester, Jack McGarry and Archie Cooper bowled well taking 3 wickets.  This was to be matched by Rawlett.  A sudden death bowl took place, first team to hit the wicket, unfortunately Rawlett struck first.  Thank you to the rest of the team who traveled to Tamworth and supported the bowlers.  We hope for a better result next game.  
 
 
3rd Time Lucky??
 
Congratulations to our U16 football team who have reached the Sentinel Cup final after beating Painsley in an epic semi final encounter at Foley FC. After losing to Painsley in the County Cup Final on penalties only a few weeks ago, the game had even more feeling. Alleynes began the game well and scored within 5 minutes with a Dawson header. This rattled Painsley and a number of their players lost the plot. We couldn’t score the important 2nd goal though and went in at half time 1 nil up. At the start of the 2nd half Mitch Ball was through on goal having stripped the defence for pace and was then rugby tackled to the ground. Ball fell into the box but the first foul was adjudged to be outside the box. The defender received red card. This changed the game with Painsley refocused and starting to play football. They scored an equaliser and began to gain the upper hand. The game finished 1-1 but unlike the county cup there was now 10 mins of extra time each way.  Players began going down with cramp all over the place, our rotations helped us get back on top.  Archie McNair was then tripped in the box for a penalty.  Captain Frankie Bussell stepped up and dispatched the penalty to wild celebrations in the crowd.  Despite further drama, we held on for a dramatic 2-1 win.
 
The final is Monday 13th May at Port Vale FC 7pm kick off Admission £4 adults and £2 concessions.
 
GCSE PE Moderations
 
All GCSE PE students have completed their practical assessments. On Wednesday an external examiner was in to moderate Football, Netball, Rugby, Athletics and swimming.  The moderator complemented the students on their excellent, attitude, effort and skills and said that the students were a real credit to the school. Well done to all that took part.

French Intervention

 
French intervention next Friday 10th in room 10. Sorry not on Tuesday due to meeting.

 

 

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April 12th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

29/04/2019 School Reopens

 

 Headteacher blog:


On Thursday of this week I attended the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Annual General Meeting.

At the meeting we were provided with a summary of our work over the past 2 years which I have copied for you below. Converting to become an academy has been a very smooth process for us at Thomas Alleyne’s. In addition to building closer links with all the middle schools and first schools to improve transition, we have also been successful in achieving over £2.5 million to improve the quality of our buildings. The money was much needed but would have been unlikely to have been secured if we had remained with the Local Authority.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year and wish you a very happy Easter.

ULT CEO Annual Report for AGM 11.4.19 Anne Tapp.

What have we achieved?

ULT Membership and Growth

ULT Schools

The Uttoxeter Learning Trust was established as a multi-academy trust (MAT) on 1st April 2017 with 3 founder schools: Picknalls First School, Windsor Park CE Middle School and Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 3 more Uttoxeter schools converted to academy status and joined the ULT on 1st January 2018: All Saints CE First School (Church Leigh), Hutchinson Memorial CE First School (Checkley) and Oldfields Hall Middle School. Ryecroft CE Middle School then came on board on the 1st April 2018. These are our 7 full member schools.

We now offer associate membership for a 12-month period prior to fully joining the ULT. The Richard Clarke First School, Abbotts Bromley have joined the ULT as an associate member. We are in very positive discussions with a number of other potential schools in and around Uttoxeter. We are a sponsored multi academy trust and therefore could be asked to support an underperforming school/s in the future.

New Free School Presumption Application

The three full member first school headteachers have been working hard on the application for a new 150 place first school land west of Uttoxeter. The local authority have established the need for this school with the new housing developments around Uttoxeter. The headteachers have taken advice from the New Schools Network and are on track for the closing date of the 12th April. Successful shortlisted schools will be interviewed in June with a prospective opening of September 2020 for a Reception class only and will then build each year by a year group at a time.

External Reviews

Ofsted Inspections

No ULT schools have received an OFSTED inspection since the last AGM. As schools may receive an inspection between their second and third year of converting our three founder schools could receive an inspection from 1st April onwards.

Current OFSTED grades for the ULT schools are:

Thomas Alleyne’s High School – good

Windsor Park Middle CE (C) School – good

Oldfields Hall Middle School – good

Ryecroft Middle CE (C) School – good

Picknalls First School – good

All Saints CE (C) First School – good

Hutchinson Memorial CE (A) First School – outstanding

Richard Clarke First School – good

School Categorisation Outcomes

Each year Staffordshire LA categorise a school based on key performance indicators available including trends over the last 3 years for all and disadvantaged pupils. Currently we have a majority of schools that achieved the highest categorisation. (This included Thomas Alleyne’s High School) We are working closely with our schools that showed some concern which are all showing strong progress in their key areas.

School Performance Summer 2018

We are very proud of all our ULT schools and the efforts they go to in order to support children in all areas of education. We are able to celebrate the strong personal development of individuals, our broad and balanced curriculum and the wider opportunities provided by all. We focus closely on school performance and our flight paths monitor the outcomes for all individuals and groups. We have some very strong areas to celebrate across the Trust such as KS1 and KS4 outcomes, but we acknowledge that in some areas we need to improve further and this work is underway. Progress in schools own action plans demonstrate the impact being made and any underperformance when compared nationally is monitored closely. All ULT schools aim to be in the top 20% when compared nationally.


External review of governance

All full member schools completed an external review of Governance during Autumn term 2018. Each school has received it’s individual reports and have completed action plans in order to address any areas for development. The outcome of the reviews were extremely positive. They showed that all our local Governing Boards have outstanding features and the action plans will further develop improvements. The reviewer stated that all Governing Boards were very professional and fully embraced the process.

External safeguarding review

Roz Randall (Education Lead for Families First) has completed an external review of safeguarding in 5 of our 7 schools. All schools completed an initial NSPCC questionnaire then had a one to one session with Roz. Schools completed an action plan as a result of the work and actions being completed.

External Health and Safety Audits

All ULT schools currently buy into a service level agreement with Entrust and get very effective support with health and safety. Schools are expected to aim for at least a level 3, which means they are establishing and managing health and safety. Level 4 indicates a school is performing well concerning health and safety and level 5 schools are continually improving.

School Improvement (Teaching School)

Thomas Alleyne’s was successful in being appointed as a Teaching School. All of the ULT schools, plus other partner schools, are part of the Teaching School Alliance headed by TAHS and are funded to broker and provide school improvement and training, including initial teacher training. The Teaching School has appointed key central staff and are working extremely hard to develop its offer to local schools and the wider community.


School Improvement (Uttoxeter Pyramid)

We continue to work closely with the pyramid of Uttoxeter schools, whether or not they are part of the ULT, especially on training and transition. Heads have formed triads which enable them to visit partner schools, learn from them and provide external critiques of work.

Capital Projects – CIF (Condition Improvement Funding) bids

Successful CIF bids for 18/19 included TAHS (£900K and £1.5M) and WPMS (£2.1M). Thomas Alleyne’s has received a second capital investment of £370,000.

Headteachers’ Professional Board

ULT Headteachers continue to meet every 3 weeks to discuss leadership, management and pedagogical issues. They make recommendations to the ULT Board relating to teaching and learning and finance. They have excellent working relationships and are proactive and dynamic in driving improvement. The CEO chairs these meetings and the Board Chair often attends.

School Representation Board

ULT Chairs of Governors meet half-termly, supported by the Heads. Currently, the chair of Windsor Park Middle School chairs the meetings and the CEO and Board Chair attend and update all present. The group tackles a number of key areas and ensure that all Chairs of Governors are up to date with key information. It is an opportunity to feedback updates from Trustee meetings, and as they meet a week prior to Trustee meetings, it is an opportunity for chairs of local governing boards to feed up to the Trustees.

DFE Review of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust

The Chair of the Board, Julie Rudge and myself attended a meeting in Coventry on 27th March. This was the first review we have received and the agenda included:

Welcome and Introductions

School Performance and Improvement

People and Leadership

Governance Arrangements

Strategic Vision

Future Ideas for Growth (if applicable)

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They asked many questions about our leadership, performance, finance, capacity etc and really tried to get to know us as a relatively new MAT. They seemed genuinely interested in our local issues.

It was a very positive meeting when concluded with the statement ‘The ULT are one of their stronger trusts.’ This was great to hear after everyone’s hard work and having been going only 2 years.

 

Assemblies

Our thought for the week for the first week back after Easter is:
 
 
“Positive mental health begins with me.”
 
Assemblies are being led by Heads of House and the NHS.
 
 
 
6th

 

Year 13 now have just five full weeks until their A Level examinations begin, they should ensure that they have revision timetable or schedule which allows them to utilise their time efficiently over the Easter holidays.  It is key that students do not spend the two weeks breaking working extra shifts.  This is a short-term situation with long-term benefits and should be treated as such.  We have sent work home to students on Insight and from lessons so that they have sufficient resources to revise over Easter.

 

6th Form Parking Update

Tesco have very kindly agreed to allow our 6th form students to park for free on their car park.  There are certain conditions.  Students should park near to the recycling bins and not anywhere near the store as this area is for customers only.  Students need to be respectful of the general public and not play loud music, not speed and must be polite at all times.  If these conditions are not adhered to, we risk losing this privilege.

Bradley House car park is still available even closer to school at a cost of only £1 per day which could be divided within car shares.  Permits are available from Mrs Walton in the 6th form office.

We would like to thank both Bradley House and Tesco for supporting us and showing their community spirit.

Volunteer Opportunity

Uttoxeter Gateway Club as looking for Sixth Form volunteers to help at the club. This club is a registered charity and they have been running for 25 years. They support adults with learning disabilities and meet every Tuesday evening between 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Guild Hall in Balance Street. They are looking for some volunteers who could help out on a regular basis with activities, the tuck shop, fund raising etc. Full training will be given for which volunteers will receive a certificate. Ideal for student/s looking to going in to medicine or any other caring professions.

Anyone interested in helping or would like further information, please see Mrs Walton.

 

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Play in A Day! 

Wednesday 10th April saw the first ever Drama department ‘Play in a Day’ project.
4 year 11 captains facilitated a cast of up to 20 students from years 9, 10 and 11 in a student lead drama project. This project asked year 11 captains to cast and direct Mary Wheeler’s play ‘Hard to Swallow’. A play based on the true story of a girl with anorexia.
On Thursday 11th, they showed the piece to an invited audience of 100 students.
The play was hard hitting in nature and inspiring in its commitment from students. Audience comments included “that was inspirational” and “I can’t believe they did that yesterday!” 
 
The Play in a Day project replaced the annual House drama competition, in order to allow students to participate in the performing arts and still commit to their academic studies.
 
I am so proud of them, and it constantly a pleasure to watch the talent we have in this school.
 
 
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Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)



As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

Tips include:

  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.

  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.

  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.

  • Remain positive and hopeful!

  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.

  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine

You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/

 

Safeguarding advice for parents as your child takes examinations,
 
 

 

Year 9 Options

 
We have been unable to complete the options process for Easter, we have had to make some final changes to the options. We will be sending out letters notifying students of what subjects we can offer them in the first week back. Apologies for the delay and we appreciate your cooperation.
 

Geography Year 11 and Year 13

 
Revision for Year 11 will be taking place on Monday 15/04/19 in room 6A, 6B and 7 between 9 and 12am. During this time Miss Robinson, Mrs Goodwin and myself will be delivering 3 sessions that students can opt into in order to improve their exam knowledge and understanding. The 3 areas we will be focusing on;
 
1) Paper 1 with Miss Robinson
2) Paper 2 with Mrs Goodwin
3) Urban redevelopement and regeneration and Paper 3 with Mr Washbourne.
 
A drop in session for Year 13 will take place between 9 and 11am. This will be a 1-2-1 session for individual support on areas of development.

 

Well Done Aaron!

Congratulations to Aaron Gwynne who completed a swimathon in aid of Cancer Research. He successfully completed a 15k swimathon challenge (300 lengths over 3 sessions).

He also did his final 2 lengths in butterfly! Aaron so far has raised over £350, congratulations on an amazing achievement and a worthwhile cause.

Well done.

 

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Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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The following is also on offer over the Easter holidays….

Easter Intervention

 

RS Examination 

The first RS exam in on Monday 13th May and to support revision further all students have been sent knowledge organisers on a page for each topic area.  These have been shared via Insight.  Please make use of these in short bursts of revision to top up you knowledge of key words and concepts. These will support all the other materials in your revision guide. Make you are ready!

 

 

ICT & Computer Science Exams

These exams, ICT and paper one CS are also on Monday 13th. All students have knowledge organisers for each topic area, numerous online resources shared via Insight, past papers and questions. Make sure you use these constructively over the Easter holiday to be properly prepared for your examinations.

 

 

 

French GCSE Intervention

 

Monday 15th April 10.00-12.00 in room 10. 

 

Science

 

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


Year 9


Charlie Hallam and Erin Hough for consistent hard work in lessons. For Charlie specifically for his contributions to questions in lessons.

Year 10


Ryan Kenny – for his consistent resilience shown in lessons and good work.
Martha Murray – for her consistent progress and determination to succeed.

Year 11


Maria Loaring – for her positive approach to revision
Danielle Ashmore – for her ‘growth mindset’ attitude towards Physics; you’re doing great – well done!

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

Year 10


Spencer Reeves and Chloe Yates for all their work on stock duties with the sheep and lambs this week. Spencer did a fantastic job when he lambed one of the sheep on Monday morning.


Year 11


Kenzie Paterson and Sasikan Jaenprakhon for all their hard work in course work, achieving well above their target grades.

Well done!

 

 

News from PE

U16 Football

Sentinel Cup Semi-Final Tuesday 30th April at Foley FC 6.30 ko v Painsley.
 
GCSE PE
 
Revision work will be posted on Insight each day over Easter. First exam is on May 15th.
 
U18 Rugby 7’s
 
Well done to our U18 Rugby team who reached the plate final of the Staffordshire rugby 7’s.
 
 

Art Exam Season

 
GCSE Art 10hours exam will take place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May. A Level Art starts on Friday 3rd May and A Level photography starts Thursday 9th May, both 15 hours over 3 days.
 
We know that many students have been working really hard to devise interesting responses the exam boards theme. Make sure you are ready with any images printed off and equipment needed before they start. 
 
When the exam starts students must hand in all their prep work. 
Best wishes and good luck from the Art Staff. 

Elkes Achievement

 
 

Special mentions for Elkes students Sam Long and Lucy Shaw on their extra-curricular commitments (skating and race driving), showing us how best to balance work and life!

 

SEND Easter Fun

The SEND department had an Easter Party and egg hunt around the garden outside Keeling House.  All the students had a fantastic time and got handfuls of eggs to take home.  

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April 5th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

12/04/2019 End of Term

13/04/2019 Ski Trip Departs

21/04/2019 Ski Trip Returns

29/04/2019 School Reopens

 

 Headteacher blog:

We are thrilled to receive the national award for performance at GCSE this week. Please see details below from the Specialist Schools Academies Trust.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School wins national award for performance Thomas Alleyne’s High School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress. The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England and the highest performing schools for a range of key measures are awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School will be presented with their award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I am delighted that Thomas Alleyne’s High School has won an Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises one important aspect of the school’s work but at SSAT we believe an outstanding school has deep social justice at the heart of its plan; it subjects that plan to constant challenge and innovation; and it liberates teachers to perform brilliantly in the classroom. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to students, parents, staff and governors.”

Assemblies

Assemblies this coming week will be on the theme of celebration and will be led by heads of house.
 
 
6th

 

One full week let before the Easter break and I am very impressed with the work ethic of many of our Year 12 and 13 students. They certainly are rising to the challenge placed upon them by their teachers. Students are taking full advantage of the time teachers are giving outside of their lessons and after speaking to some this week they have stated how useful these small tutorial sessions are, so thank you to Mrs Fisher and Mrs Johnson, as well as other teachers, for offering this opportunity.


As you may be aware we are having a considerable amount of building work done on site, could I therefore politely remind all Year 12 and Year 13 student’s that they must not be parking their cars on school site, we need to space for the contractors and a safe space for their deliveries. The British Legion at Bradley Street have kindly offered their car park, at the rear of the building for £1 per day. This money can be given to Mrs Walton and she will provide a permit. Many students are using this facility and some are paying weekly.


School uniform still need to be addressed by some students. If clarification of what is acceptable is needed then please contact Mrs Walton for more information. Students have been informed on numerous occasions but we are still having to speak to individuals about the length and type of skirt worn. Please could the correct uniform be encouraged.


We have nearly completed all our Year 11 interviews for the Sixth Form and letters are being sent out to students. If you have any questions then please notify us as soon as possible.

Next week it is the turn of the Year 12 students to shine, we will giving out Senior Prefect nominations slips and these need to be completed and returned to their form tutor. It is important that when thinking about who will make a good Senior Prefect the following criteria is followed.


1. Have they worked hard for the school since being at TAHS?
2. Have they attended events throughout the year and supported the Sixth Form Team and the Senior Leadership Team within the school?
3. Are they proactive?
4. Can they work well as part of a team?
5. Are they willing to stand in front of others and talk when required?
6. Are they willing to attend after school functions to help promote the Sixth Form and TAHS at lower school events?


If the answer is yes to most of these then they have what it takes to be on the team!

As part of our ongoing commitment to our students Mrs Bell organised for another outside speaker to explain about the advantages of a gap year, this could be pre or post university/apprenticeship or job. This week it was the turn of Project Trust. They offer opportunities to 17 – 19 year olds working and exploring in places worldwide such as Africa, The Americas, Asia and Oceania. Interested students will need to do some fundraising but Project Trust are on hand with a huge amount of help. If you would like to find out more, please take a look at their website: https://projecttrust.org.uk/why-volunteer/.

Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)



As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

Tips include:

  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.

  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.

  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.

  • Remain positive and hopeful!

  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.

  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine

You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/

 

Safeguarding advice for parents as your child takes examinations,
 
 

HAMILTON TRIP

Tuesday 2nd April

 

On Tuesday , at the early hour of 7.30 a.m, 44 students from Year 12 and Year 9 , accompanied by Mrs.Baldwin, Mr.Hulme, Mr.Hollins and Miss Dalby, left for London to see the spectacular, historical musical ‘Hamilton’.

The show took place at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The musical is based on the life story of a ‘Founding Father’ of the U.S.A, Alexander Hamilton, delivered through the mediums of song, hip-hop, rap and dance. It was youthful and energetic but it also taught us about American history.

After the show we were lucky enough to be involved in a cast question and answer session. They shared their inspirational stories from their performing arts schools and audition experiences, some of them long and gruelling. One of the cast had auditioned constantly for a year to get one of the lead roles! This made us realise just how dedicated to their art these actors are.

What we thought:

“Before I even got the opportunity to go and see Hamilton I was already a huge fan! I was extremely excited and the show was even more spectacular than I ever could have imagined! It inspired me to follow my dreams and aim high to achieve my goals. I laughed, I cried and sang throughout. All in all this was an amazing experience!” Lily Williams 9U2

“Overall my personal experience of watching Hamilton was one I will never forget! Before we went I had no idea what it was about, but afterwards I was highly amused with the outcome. Hamilton was educational but at the same time extremely funny, aimed at our age group. To conclude, this performance was incredible and empowering!”  Isla Mcfadzean 9U2.

 

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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The following is also on offer over the Easter holidays….

Easter Intervention

 

New BBC Bitesize for GCSE

BBC Bitesize have updated all the revision materials for GCSE Religious Studies. 

They also have an app available too.
 
 
The per unit sections specific to our exam board for Computer Science can be found here, make sure you make use of these fantastic free resources:
 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zmtchbk

 

Year 11 and Year 13 Study Leave 2019

 
Year 11 will begin their study leave from the end of the school day on Friday 24th May 2019.
To support with revision, we welcome students to work on school site in the canteen. There will be required a signing in/out sheet.
 
Year 13 will continue to attend lessons until their final examination.
 
We wish all of our students the very best of luck in their examinations an remind everyone to speak to their teachers if any help or support is required with revision.
 
 
 
 

Well Done Year 11

Well done to all those who have done their GCSE French speaking exams this week. We have been impressed by your hard work and understanding. French intervention room 10 Monday 15th April 10.00 – 12.00.

History news

 
 

Students in Year 11 are currently creating amazing revision cards and revising for Anglo Saxon and American West exams, remember revision is available with Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young Tuesday – Friday.

Mrs Young’s Year 9 classes are currently focusing on World War Two, specifically factors linked to Britain at this time. An open ended project was given which gave students the opportunity to ‘think outside the box’. The projects that have been handed in so far are amazing and we can’t wait to see the rest next week.

 

 

Yess its Back…

 
Chocolate bingo…….
 
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Parent View

We would like to invite all parents and carers to complete a Parent View online questionnaire. Parent View allows you to feedback on your child’s experiences at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. The questionnaire has 12 questions and is used by the school to identify what we are doing well and what we need to work on. Parents and carers will need to register on the website in order to complete the questionnaire. If parents or carers have any queries or questions regarding the questionnaire, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

 

 

Year 11 Geography

The 2nd section of the Paper 2 GCSE Geography exam on 5th June focuses upon Economic Activity. This looks at how we can measure development, why it varies around the world and how we can reduce the development gap. Nigeria is the focuses for this as a case study and students will need to know the advantages and disadvantages of how a TNC can affect a country. Students will also need to understand that there is a North South divide in the UK and what is being done to address this. The attached knowledge organiser covers the key points. If you have any questions about the Geography exams, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Year 9 Options

We are close to completing the Year 9 Options process and hope to send letters out next week regarding the option subjects that we can offer Year 9 students. We would like to remind parents, carers and students that we have tried to match as many of the students preferences as possible but that we do not guarantee that every student will get their first four choices.

 

Science Week

 

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

Year 10

Jessica Banner and Abigail Wildman for excellent effort in chemistry lessons.

Year 11

Amy Latchford, George Mothershaw and James Seaman for excellent attitude to work in chemistry.

 

Well done!

 

 

 

News from PE

U16 East Staffs & South Staffs Rugby Championship
 
On Wednesday Thomas Alleynes year 11 boys rugby team travelled to Burton Rugby Club to take on South Derbyshires John Port and East Staffordshires Deferrers for the duel district championship.
 
The first match saw us play John Port. We couldnt have started any better and completely blew the opposition away 50 -0 in less than 20 minutes. Our team play was outstanding and tries were shared out between backs and forwards.
 
The second match saw us play against Deferrers immediately after the first game. Our biggest concern was complacency after the first game. Those fears were allayed as Alleynes spread the ball from side to side to score some scintillating tries to record another 50+ to nill win.
 
An incredible achievement!
 
Team – 
Gregor Hayes great forward play and a well taken try.
Will Bowyer exciting breaks and high level hooking.
Anton Davidson first try scorer, took kick offs well and solid in the tight play.
George Hill pace and power as well as skillful lineout ball
Edward Fradley fearsome in the tackle and his carries.
Ben Simon excellent captaincy playing out of position in the forwards.
Ben Seaman great workrate around the pitch.
Max Hunt express pace around the ruck including a great solo try.
Joel Grout class thoughout including some great kicks and passes to set up tries.
Lewie Thornton playing in his best position at inside centre carried the ball with a constant threat, strong fends and lovely width of pass.
Charlie Cope man of the match display in first game with brilliantly read intercept try, great centre play and support.
Owen Carrington attacked well from deep and chased kicks intelligently.
Alex Done took his catches well and was solid at the back.
Charlie Martin pace and confidence in second game saw the score board rattling round.
 
We have some video and once we work out the best way to share it with you we will!!
 
Watch this space!
 
 
 
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RE Presentations

Year 12 students have taken part in group presentations this week on ethical issues they have been studying as part of their course.  The quality of content and oracy have been high. 

Well done.

 

 

Our New Arrivals

We are currently in the midst of lambing and have 6 healthy lambs so far with more due over the weekend.  Students have been very hands on this year with one group actually witnessing a lamb being born during their lesson.  Other students come into school early to check on the ewes that are due to lamb and make sure the new born lambs are okay. It has provided a fantastic experience for our animal care students.
 
We have also had our first chicks hatch out with more due over the weekend. Exciting times.
 
 

 

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March 29th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

12/04/2019 End of Term

13/04/2019 Ski Trip Departs

21/04/2019 Ski Trip Returns

29/04/2019 School Reopens

 

 Headteacher blog:

It has been excellent to see the high turn out of Year 11 students in after school revision sessions as they spend their final days in school with us. Over 40 students were present in Geography on Friday evening and the GCSEplus sessions have been well attended. Students continue to use GCSEpod to help them with their revision. We will be distributing packs of revision guidance to students next week to support them in the run up to their GCSEs. 
 
The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants continue with their preparations for their expeditions next weekend. We wish all students well for their practice expedition. 
 
This week we said goodbye to one of our longest serving members of staff, who has worked in the school canteen for over 23 years. Sue, thank you for the care you have shown us all over the years and all the best for your much deserved retirement.  

Assemblies

Next week Mrs Lindsay will be leading assemblies on the theme of Festivals.
 
 
Our thought for the week :
 
“love your family and friends. Spend time and serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised and today is short” 
 
 
 
 

Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)



As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

Tips include:

  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.

  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.

  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.

  • Remain positive and hopeful!

  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.

  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine

You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/

 

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Anna Adams. Anna has been a Young Leader with Tean Valley Netball Club. She  has volunteered her time helping to coach at sessions for younger children and officiating in local school and County leagues and tournaments. 
A fantastic example of student leadership.

 

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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The following is also on offer over the Easter holidays….

Easter Intervention

 

School Lottery

 
 
Win money and support the school – what could be better!!!
 
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Good Luck Year 11

French GCSE speaking exams in room 26 Monday 1st- Friday 5th April. Bonne Chance.

 

Yess its Back…

 
Chocolate bingo…….
 
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Science Week

 

Following on from the inspiring events throughout ‘British Science Week’, our Year 9 classes have been learning about geoscience and climate change during a geology presentation given by Mrs Gouldmith.


The students had the opportunity to handle a piece of a 4.6 billion year old meteorite, look at dinosaur bone and eggshell and hear accounts of the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius and the devastating effect on the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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

Year 9
Lucy Howson and Grace King for having an excellent attitude to work.

Year 10
Eleanor Webster and Dylan James for making a superb effort in every Chemistry lesson.

Year 11
Maddie Andrews, Eleanor Punchard, Katie Lawrence and Amy Podmore for excellent effort throughout the Chemistry course.

This week’s Animal Care students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 10
Lucy Sutton and Merrillees Rankin for continued effort and enthusiasm.
Year 11
Rachel Spence and Joe Porritt for great results in their recent BTEC Animal Care Exam.

Well done!

 

 

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News from PE

Girls Rugby
 
Thomas Alleyne’s enjoyed a great rugby fixture against Robert Sutton in the sunshine at Burton Rugby Club. The hard ground was not conducive to rugby but the girls wanted to continue playing full contact. The team were well organised with the experience of Holly and Jess organising positions and tactics on the pitch. TAHS made an excellent start scoring a try in the opening minute through Maddy. The tries continued to rain in but the match was still very competitive with Beth and Heather increasing the total. It was an ultimate team performance with strong defensive play from all team members. Thank you to Mark Tolley for organising
 
Team – Porrit, Jones, Chatfield, Banner, Poole, Yates, Beresford, Baldwin, Leech, Perry, Reilly 
 
 
 
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March 22nd 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

26/03/2019 Year 10 SEND Evening

12/04/2019 End of Term

 

 Headteacher blog:

This week, we have spoken to students about ensuring that they make the very most of their ‘Right to Education.’ During assemblies we reminded them of the importance of our school values and school rules. We would appreciate parental support in reminding them that we want them to be ‘Ready to Learn’ as soon as they arrive at school so that they are able to get the most from their day. Some students have been arriving at school without pens/pencils/rulers/glue sticks, which makes their day more difficult. If you can check their bags and top up any pencil cases that would be very helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact our Heads of Houses if you need support with this. 
 
We would also like to remind students that, if they do choose to bring mobile phones to school, these should be kept in bags during lessons. We have had students lose expensive headphones recently and would ask that, either they do not bring these into school, or if they choose to they to they are kept in their bag. Thank you for your support. 
 
Beyond lessons, it as been a busy week. It was my pleasure to see our Year 10 and 11 boys play in the football county final at Stafford FC. They showed real sportsmanship and mettle during and after the game and were a credit to the school. Max Hayes’ match report – is fantastic and little did we know that Mr Barrow was such a natural on camera!  
 
Click here to watch them in action https://1drv.ms/v/s!AvUS8Q2sq8QqaRhjAYdhsDHPnFw 
 
Hope you enjoy it! 
 
Max is entering the Football Blogging Award’s  this yearYou can vote by clicking the link here: https://bit.ly/2EJ5Hgd and scrolling down to the box where it says ‘Best Young Content Creator’ then type in the box ‘Matchday With Max’ . Please help Max bring another trophy home.

 

 

6th
 

 

With only three weeks left of this term I would like to share with you that most students in Year 13 are showing a very mature attitude towards their preparation for the upcoming summer exams. I as I moved around the school this week I have seen students working in the canteen, library and other vacant classrooms. They are working in groups, as individuals and even having small tutorials with teachers, it is nice to see this positive work environment helping them to achieve.
 
On a slightly negative note I would ask that both Year 12 and 13 female students take time this weekend to think about aspects of their uniform. We encourage all students to dress appropriately, this includes skirt lengths and also blouses and not jumpers. The Sixth Form team will be addressing all students next week about this issue, some of the skirts are simply too short, this does need to change. Students must wear the correct uniform to school; if the uniform does not meet previous discussed criteria then students will be asked to wear spare uniform.
 
On a positive note, we are impressed with the boy’s attire.

We had an ongoing understanding with B&Q that our Sixth Form students can park in their car park, sadly, this has ended and students must now not park there. They are installing an automatic number plate recognition camera in the ca park and our students run the risk of being fined by the company that owns the carpark. We have spoken to Bradley Street British Legion and they have stated that our students can park in their car for £1 a day; passes can be purchased from Mrs Walton and need to be displayed in the windscreen of the car.
 

As part of TAHS sixth form’s ongoing commitment to provide advice regarding future intentions, please follow these links for some useful information about student finance kindly given to us by Derby university.  If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the sixth form team.

 

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Assemblies

Next week Mr Washbounre will be leading assemblies on the theme of World Water Day.
 
 
Our thought for the week :
 
“the right to safe & clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights” 
 
The United Nations
 
 
Assemblies until Easter are as follows:
 
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Year 10 Artists Workshops

 
In addition to our regular Art Club which supports our GCSE and A Level students, Mrs Cornell has gathered together some of our creative year 10 art students to develop their expertise in sketchbooks, drawing and experimental work. We look forward to seeing what they do over the next few weeks….

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Rotary Art Competition

Some examples of the fantastic work we are entering this year

 

 

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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The following is also on offer over the Easter holidays….

Easter Intervention

 

School Lottery

 
 
Win money and support the school – what could be better!!!
 
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County Lines

 
 

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Reflections on visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

 
Two Year 12 students Amy and Lily-Ella recently experienced a 24 hour visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.  Linked below are their reflections of their visit:

 

 

Yess its Back…

 
Chocolate bingo…….
 
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Science Week

 

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

Year 9

Emily Parker and Ben Ogden for excellent work in Biology and achieving excellent test scores.

Year 10

George Foster and Leon Bareham for excellent Biology test scores.

Year 11

Owen Blount and Sophie Brown for excellent Biology test scores.

 

Well done!

 

 

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News from PE

U16 County Cup Final
 
See ‘Match Day Max’s’ report here
 
 
 
 
 
 
U15 Rugby Sevens County Cup.
 
On Tuesday 10 Yr 10 boys played in a County cup competition at St Joesphs Catholic College. 
 
15 teams from across the county competed in a league tournament.  Alleynes were drawn against King Edwards of Lichfield, Walton, Clayton and Graham Balfour.  From their first game the team knew that they would be up against some tough opposition.  Losing the to King Edwards without scoring in the first match was a steep learning curve however as the matches progressed the team improved significantly, they became much better organised and took their chances to score tries. Despite improving they couldn’t quite master a win. As a team they pulled together throughout the afternoon with excellent performances from Harry Meredith Wood, Alfie Clowes and Harry Ashton.  Well done to the team and thank you to the parents who transported us to Trent Vale.

 
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Versatility Netball Tournament
 
A mix of Year 9 & 10 students combined to play in Miss Jones’ favourite netball tournament at Deferrers. Robert Sutton were our first opposition where the girls had to adapt to having different team mates and our first victory was chalked up. Deferrers A were next up, and they had a strong team, with TAHS unable to get into the attacking third and Deferrers winning the ball and scoring quite regularly they took an 8-2 victory. Alleyne’s were then back in the groove for the remaining fixtures to record convincing victories against John Taylor A & B and Deferers B.
 
Team – Dickens, Young, Robins, Adams, Hadgett, Hadgett & Bednall.
 
Thank you to Mrs Adams who assisted with transport and umpiring.
 
 
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Girls Cricket 

A great day was had at Fenton Manor on Tuesday with 8 of our students taking part in the Under 15 Lady Taverners Cricket Competition. We played 4 games throughout the day. The team was made up of Zoe Carr, Lib Carr, Maddy Egerton, Evie Robins, Holly Chatfield, Amelia Hadgett, Freya Hadgett and Eve Bednall. With special thanks to Lucy Carr for umpiring the games.  
 
The first game was against Painsley who had already played and was suitable warmed up. We were a little rusty but put up a good score of 71, Painsley then responded with a strong 88 to give us our first defeat. Woman of the match was Maddy Egerton for her bowling after playing cricket again for the first time in a long time.
 
The second game of the day gave us our first win, against Newcastle Under Lyme School. We batted first again and got our highest score of 90 and due to strong bowling and fielding we kept Newcastle to a total of 81. Woman of the match for this game was Holly Chatfield for her excellent batting.
 
Third game was against Alleyne’s, this time we fielded first and kept them to a total of 76. It then came down to our last ball to gain 3 runs to draw and 4 to win. Unfortunately we didn’t get the final runs, so finished on a total of 73. Woman of the match was Eve Bednall for great batting.
 
Our last game of the day was against the undefeated team of Paget. We batted first against some very strong bowling and got out to a total of 64. We then bowled fantastically and got all of Paget for only 40 runs. Woman of the match was Freya Hadgett for being the last woman standing when batting and keeping the game alive.
 
The standard of cricket seen at the competition was so high and it was amazing to see 13 schools playing so well. Our girls should be very proud of their conduct and performance. Well done ladies.  

 

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March 15th 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

18/03/2019 PTA Meeting

21/03/2019 World Challenge Evening

26/03/2019 Year 10 SEND Evening

12/04/2019 End of Term

 

 Headteacher blog:

Apologies for the late arrival of Round Up this week. I was fortunate on Friday and Saturday to be able to attend the Association of College and School Leaders National Conference where myself and Mrs Maingay listened to leaders in the field of education as well as meeting Headteachers from across the country. It was a very useful and informative experience but has meant that the Headteacher blog is slightly delayed. 

This week, I wanted to draw your attention to the role of governors in our school. Our current governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and careers. They use their varied experience to support and challenge the school. Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective and at the moment we are looking to welcome 2 new parent governor to our experienced board. 

Election of Parent Governors

Currently two vacancies exist for parent governors on our governing board and I am therefore inviting you to stand for election.  Parent Governors are appointed for a period of four years, irrespective of whether their children remain in school during that period.

Governors play a very valuable and important part in the life of the school and gain an interesting experience for themselves.  There is no need to worry if you do not have any previous experience of such a role as there is plenty of training available.  All that is required is a little time, commitment, the ability to question and analyse, and a willingness to learn.  The Governing Body members have between them a range of skills and experience, and to add to this range we are particularly keen to recruit, if possible, a parent governor with knowledge of ICT, or a member of the business community. 

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors or trustees set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

The Governors usually have one full meeting a term and, in addition, each governor is a member of one of the two committees (Learning and Standards; Managing and resourcing) which meet once or twice a term.  The full governing body meets at 4.00pm and the committees meet at 5.00pm.  

Parents (for the purpose of this election includes step-parents, guardians and other persons having parental responsibility) of all children currently registered at the school are entitled to stand for election or nominate others who qualify.*  Any parent or guardian wishing to stand for election must agree to being nominated.  It would be helpful if each candidate could submit a brief statement about themselves (no more than 200 words) and this will be circulated with the ballot papers.  

Nomination forms can either be posted to school or given in at the Main School Office – to be received no later than 3.30pm on Friday, 5th April 2019.  Please mark the envelope as  ‘Parent Governor Nomination’ for the attention of Russ Sheldon, clerk to governors.  

Alternatively if you prefer to nominate by email please headteacher@tahs.org.uk and provide the information below. 

If you wish to discuss this matter with myself or Mike Prescott, chair of governors, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

* Employees at the school who work more than 500 hours in a year are not eligible for nomination, but may vote in the election.

 

 

Nomination Form – Parent Governor

 

I wish to nominate Mr/Mrs/Other Title_____________________________________   (PRINT Name please)

Nominees address:-

Email address: 

Proposed by:-

(print)________________________________Signature________________________

Seconded by:-

(print)________________________________Signature________________________

 Signature of Candidate accepting nomination:         

 Signature_____________________________

Please enclose a brief statement of no more than 200 words.

 

All persons signing must be parents/guardians of a student at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxeter.

 

 

 

 

 

6th
 

 

6th Form Car Parking
 
We have come to an agreement with Bradley House that TAHS 6th form students can park there for a charge of £1 per day.  This is the car park at the back of the bowling green NOT the car park at the front of Bradley House.  Permits can be purchased from Mrs Walton during break which will display your registration number and the date that you have paid up to.  Bradley House ask that you do not leave too much room between cars as local businesses also use their facilities. 
 
You can use the side gate to access school.  This is on a trial basis for a couple of weeks.  The car park will be regularly patrolled and registration numbers will be taken of cars illegally parked there.  If you do park without paying for a permit, you risk a fine of £10 (which will be given to a local charity) and possibly being wheel clamped. 
 
Please treat the facilities with respect eg no loud music and driving considerately.

 

Assemblies

Next week Miss Wright will be leading assemblies on the theme of Managing Change.
 
 
Our thought for the week :
 
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, then change your attitude” 
 
 
Assemblies until Easter are as follows:
 
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World Book Day
 

This Monday, 26 Year 7 and Year 8 students from Oldfields and Windsor took part in a fun ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ quiz to celebrate World Book Day. They competed against each other answering 15 multiple choice questions to see who would be crowned champion and walk away with one million pounds (or a creme egg…). The level of the competitors was highly impressive, with 4 teams making it through the last question! 2 rounds of tie breaking later, we had our winners! Congratulations to Libby and Emily from Windsor Park! After the quiz, the students were treated to a tour around some of our school site led by Mrs Rudge, Mrs Maingay and Mr Hulme – they got to marvel at the amazing Art department and they even got the opportunity to meet some of our animals down on the farm with Mrs North!

A special thanks to our sixth form linguist volunteers Lorna and Harrison, as well as Mrs Hunt’s Year 12 English Language class!

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Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Reports

 
 
Year 11 and 13 Student Progress Reports are now available in Insight.
 

History

 
Mrs Young and Mrs Johnson continue to be impressed with the vast majority of Year 11 students who have given up some of their lunchtime to enable them to complete a full 1 hour 20 minute practice GCSE examination on Germany (Paper 3). The results show students making significant improvements on their mock examination results.
 
Year 13 have also given up a large amount of time to enable them to sit a 2 hour 30 minute Russia practice examination paper. We are very impressed with the focus students are showing in this critical period of time before the real examinations start.

 

Countdown is on…

2 weeks until the French GCSE speaking exams. Intervention Tuesday room 10 foundation 3.05 Friday room 10 higher 3.05.

 

 

Hamilton Trip

 
Students are advised to return their Hamilton trip letters on Monday, as there are limited places. Forms can be handed to Mr Hollins directly in the library (from 8:30) or to the letterbox outside the staffroom.

 

Science Week

 

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

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

The Physics Department looked into rocket science and launched a very impressive hydrogen rocket. 

Students were engrossed by the rat dissection in the Biology Department.

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

 

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

Year 9

Elizabeth Shaw and Harvey Stanton for continued hard work and excellent assessments.

Year 10

Scarlett Simister and Archie Fountain for making excellent progress.

Year 11

Carla Williams and Tara Wilkins for continued hard work and thorough revision.

 

Well done!

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Congratulations to students from Windsor Park who won the science millionaire quiz at Thomas Alleyne’s as part of National Science week.

 

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Apprenticeships

 
Alongside useful information given out by 6th form registration tutors, please visit this link to a host of live apprenticeships both local and national:
 

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YEAR 9 –  Dancing on Ice 

 
On Wednesday 20 year 9 pupils started their ice skating programme. Pupils received skates, a 20 minute coaching session  as well as 20 minutes free skating.  All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the session and will continue for the next 4 weeks. 
 
Thank you to Cinebowl for offering them this opportunity, it is excellent value for money.
 
 
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BTEC SUCCESS

Well done to BTEC students in years 11, 12 and 13 who received their results from examinations this week. Students in Animal Care, Sport, Health & Social Care, IT and Applied Science studied hard over Christmas and took the exams in January. These results are added to their portfolio assignments to achieve their overall grade.

We were delighted to see so many distinction and merit grades which will help them towards their final qualifications.

 

 

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News from PE

U16 Boys Football
 
Great preparation for our county cup final this week with a 7-0 win in the Alleynes derby in the 2nd round of the Sentinel Schools Shield. Played in the face of storm Gareth, our boys managed to get the ball down and play some fantastic football. Lewie Thornton scored a hatrick, Charlie Martin 2 and Ethan Archer added a 7th from right back. Man of the match though was shared between Alex Shaw at left back and Lewis Dawson who ran the game from midfield. Next round of the Sentinel Cup is on Wednesday at home to Trentham High.
 
Team – Belcher, Shaw, Archer, Ford, Bosworth, Dawson, Flanagan, Bussell (captain), Martin, Thornton, McNair – Simon, Hunt, Ball
 
 
U16 County Cup Final
 
 
Our year 11 boys football team have done outstandingly well to reach the County Cup final.  They will play Painsley on Monday 7.30 kick off at Stafford Town FC
 
Address
Evans Park 

Fairway
Stafford
ST16 3TL
 
They would very much appreciate your support ( admission £2 adults, £1 concessions)
 
 
Trampoline Competition
 
Five students competed in the trampoline competition at Paulet. There were three levels of competition and TAHS celebrated success in the beginner, intermediate and elite categories. Evie led the way in the beginner routine competing in the fiercely contested 10 bounce routine with great control. Evie was awarded the silver medal for her performance. Eliya & Lily scored well in their first ever trampoline competition. 
Caitlin was our entry for the intermediate competition, having competed in the event in year 9 & 10 she brought great composure to the event and performed two near perfect routines to win the gold medal. 
 
Zoe excelled in the elite competition expertly executing some highly advanced moves, such as straight backs & tuck backs to also win this competition. 
 
It would be great to have more performers at trampoline club, which is held after school on a Thursday. 
 
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Uttoxeter Cricket Club – Junior Training

Our junior training for this season will commence on Friday 19th April at 6:30pm at our new home of Jacks Lane, Marchington. Boys and Girls aged 5 to 14 are most welcome. Training will focus upon the key skills of batting, bowling and fielding. This will continue on Fridays throughout the summer and youngsters of any level of ability are most welcome.

All Stars Cricket (5 to 8 year olds)

For 5 to 8 year olds we offer All Stars Cricket. This is a national programme designed to introduce children to the game. Further details and registration can be found here: https://allstarscricket.co.uk/uttoxeter. £40 represents outstanding value as it includes: Personalised Playing Shirt, Cap, Cricket Bat, Cricket Bat, Activity Book and Training throughout the summer.

Junior Cricket Fixtures

We have an Under 8 Kwik cricket team plus Under 11 and Under 13 hard ball teams who all play regular fixtures.

 

Forthcoming Event

Friday 9th April will see us move to our new ground in Marchington. On this day we will be hosting a Natwest Cricket Force National Showcase which will see volunteers work on a series of projects. We anticipate that two current England international cricketers will be joining us on this day. Any volunteers are most welcome to be involved.

 

Contacting Uttoxeter Cricket Club

 

Please note that our new address is: Uttoxeter Cricket Club, Jacks Lane, Marchington, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8DW. With regards to any of the above opportunities, the best way to contact us is via email: info@uttoxetercc.co.uk or calling James Burton on 07961208354. Further information can be found on: www.facebook.com/uttoxetercc.

 

NCS Update

 
NCS will be in school on Wednesday 27th March at lunch time to distribute t-shirts to those students who have signed up. There are still spaces available at the cost of £40, if you are interested please see Miss Jones 
 

Parent Guide on Internet Safety

 
 

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March 1st 2019

TAHS Weekly Newsletter.

Dates for your diary

 

Revision skills evening at 6.00pm on 06/03/2019 we would love you to join us – the session lasts for just 1 hour. All year groups welcome.

Please join us for our parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:

This week our school canteen was inspected. The team who run the canteen are a fantastic group of people who look after us day in, day out. If your son or daughter hasn’t tried the hot meals we recommend them to you! The inspection report reflects their commitment to serving us healthy and delicious food.

Comments from inspectors:

”Today’s visit to Thomas Alleyne’s High School was an absolute pleasure, First of all I must give praise to you (Lisa Lister canteen manager) and your team in creating a showcase venue.  Thomas Alleyne is in the premiership of our canteens.

Food quality and presentation was of the highest I have experienced in all my years with Chartwells”

Our congratulations to the team. 

 
It was my pleasure to bring the week to a close by meeting our ‘Stars of the Week’. Amongst the achievements this week, they had attained the Queen’s Scout Award; the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award; captained the school netball team and represented the county; taken on a new sport and within 2 months achieved their yellow Karate belt; achieved 130 credits since starting in Year 9; and finally, I had the chance to say thank you to one of our students who has stood out for her positivity and kindness throughout her time at the school. 
 
I have enjoyed seeing the photographs of Year 9 students on their Outward bound residential trip in Aberdovey. It looks like they all relished the opportunity to try new sports and activities. Thank you to parents for your support, and to the staff who looked after them whilst away. Congratulations to all the students who took part. 
 
There are not many schools able to offer the breadth of facilities we are fortunate to have. The unique school farm; Sports Hall including a gym and climbing wall; wonderful art rooms and Photography dark room; Drama Studios and well resourced Design Technology rooms; are just a few of the facilities accessed by students. It is my pleasure to be able to report that we have now raised sufficient money to refurbish our swimming pool. 

Lane1 to set up a Swim School at Thomas Alleyne’s High School. 

 

The decision comes just over a year after the school announced it would have to shut the swimming pool from January 2018 because it could not commit to the necessary funding to repair it.

The closure prompted the school, local swimmers, Dove Valley Swim Group, Lane1, members of the community, Tescos, Sport England, East Staffordshire Borough and Staffordshire County Council  to work together to raise the funds to complete the repairs on the pool. 

The final funds for completion were handed over on 1st March. 

The School will continue to use the pool for swimming lessons during the day, to run life-saving courses and to offer schools within the Uttoxeter Learning Trust the opportunity to bring first school children to the pool to swim. In the evening Lane1 will be offering swim lessons to the community.

Headteacher Julie Rudge said: ”The pool was originally built utilising funds raised by the local community and it is fantastic to be able to start work on refurbishing the pool so that the opportunity to learn to swim will be available for generations to come.”

“Along with the re-building of our Pavillion which will provide a sports gym , new changing facilities and three new classrooms; the pool now has a strong future at the heart of Uttoxeter. ”

“I would like to thank all of those who have supported us in our campaign to save the pool, particularly Cllr. Atkins, Cllr Colin Whittaker, David Brookes, Graham Hunt, Phillip Hudson, Mark Rizk, Melina Greensmith, Lioncourt Homes, Ken Hardy and John Plant. 

Pool sessions will commence in September please contact Lane1 Swimming school for details.  http://lane1coaching.com

 

 
 
6th
 

 

This week in TAHS Sixth Form has been a quiet week, apart from the Senior Prefects working hard to get the Year Book completed. If your son or daughter has not provided a comment for the year book or submitted photographs by today, Friday, then sadly they have missed the deadline.  This is a wonderful keepsake, so much better than the scruffy notebook that I had when I left school!

 

As a community, we like to celebrate success and this week I would like to take the opportunity to share the success of Adam Burrows in Year 13.  Adam is a hard working student who has participated in Auschwitz project and helped to put together the assembly to highlight to scale of Holocaust.  As well as this commendable work Adam has working well as part of a team and also on an individual level and will be attending Buckingham Palace in May for his Gold Duke of Edinburgh presentation.  This was not enough for Adam and he has also completed his Queen’s Scouts Award (the highest award you can get in scouting).  He is only the fifth person in Staffordshire to get it this school year and the youngest by far. So Adam Burrows – Well done!

 

Adam will now be going to Windsor Castle where he will parade around the castle, meet Bear Grylls and a representative of the Queen or possibly the Queen herself before having a church service in St Georges Chapel inside the castle. This is a highly sought after accolade I’m sure you will agree.  

Year 12 students have been given the tools, on paper and with the use of Unifrog, to start putting together their personal statements. On Unifrog they have seven competencies to complete, this will enable them to see the good, to see what they have achieved so far and how they have achieved it. By seeing this aspect of themselves they can start to piece together their statement.  We don’t expect all students to know which courses, jobs or apprenticeships they want to apply for yet, but starting now makes it easier in September.  The deadline for these personal statements to be handed to your form tutor is April 5th

 

 
 

 

 

Year 9 Options

 
Thank you to all of those students who completed the options form by the deadline. We will now begin the process of creating the option groups based upon the options that students have chosen.
 
 We hope to get confirmation of option subjects out to students by Easter. If parents/carers have any questions about the options process, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Washbourne.

 

 

MOMO Safeguarding

You may be aware of a harmful po-up that appears during YouTube videos aimed at children, on Fortnite and other social media called Momo. It shows disturbing images and encourage viewers to hurt themselves.

A statement on the National Online Safety website said:

“There have been recent reports that some seemingly innocent videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids (such as ‘surprise eggs’, unboxing videos and Minecraft videos) have been edited by unknown sources to include violence provoking and/or other inappropriate content. Even though YouTube monitor and remove videos that include inappropriate content, clips can be uploaded and viewed thousands of times before they get reported and removed. As a parent, it’s difficult to spot these videos as the harmful content doesn’t appear until partway through the video.”

Please be aware if this and talk to your children about clicking on unidentified links.

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Puzzle of the Month 

 
 
For March the adventures of Ian and Chris continue and this month they are off on a coach trip:
 
Ian and Chris decided to run a coach trip to Windermere. Charges were –
 
All the way and back £15 and children half price.
 
For an extra payment of £13.25 (£11 for children) there was an extra additional attraction of a trip on a steamer to Bowness.
 
Chris said ‘ I have taken exactly £2000
 
One – quarter of the bookings for the steamer had been adults.
 
1. How many tickets did they sell for the steamer
 
2. How many adults and children went to Windermere
 
Answers and solutions to Mr. Askey
 

 

Year 11 Geography

 
This week’s knowledge organiser is focused upon the Physical landscapes of the UK. This topic involves understanding how there are a variety of upland and lowland areas of the UK and then focuses upon two specific landscapes – coasts and rivers. Students will need to understand how different processes result in different types of landforms in these two environments. Students will also need to understand the different ways in which we can manage these environments. This is an optional part of Paper 1 so there will also be a section in there that looks at glaciation but students DO NOT have to do this section.
 
 
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Also just a reminder that Yr11 students will be completing their primary data collection in Uttoxeter next week. Students will be collecting river data and pedestrian counts for their Paper 3 exam. The letter regarding the trip is attached. Can students please make sure that they are in uniform but dressed appropriately for the weather and that you have completed the consent form. Students are to register first and then go to room 7. 

 

Geography Letter

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Ski Trip Parents Evening New Date

As emailed please be reminded that we have had to move the Parents evening to Thursday 7th March at 6pm.

Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..

https://www.nhs.uk/…/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health…/ 

As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses. 

 

English Evening

On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination.  The presentation will take place in the school theatre. 

All are welcome.

 

Business Studies Trip To Prague

 
This week we took 30 A level Business Studies students to Prague. It was a busy schedule!
 
We started with a walking tour of the city which enabled us to see the castle and many of the key attractions of the city. After a lunch break at Hard Rock Cafe we then made our way up to the Pietron watch out tower where some of our students climbed to the top to see the view across the city.
 
After a day of being tourists we then had two days of trips to see some Czech Businesses. We were given a tour around the Skoda Factory and Museum where we were able to see the cars in manufacture. We visited a Brewery, where we learnt about how the brand had been affected by nationalisation after the war and how it had grown since being privatised again in 1989. We saw the beer being bottled and met their brand mascot, a goat!
 
On the final day we visited the Rukl glass factory in Nizbor. This visit was my favourite! The students were able to watch glass being blown, cut and polished by hand into trophies, vases and ornaments. Our guide explained how the employees need to work as a team to ensure the quality of their piece, as one mistake means the item has to be destroyed and noone gets paid.  We watched as one employee worked on a vase which only he is trained to make, it takes 50 hours in total and the final piece is sold for £6000! It was very beautiful.
 
The students also enjoyed a trip on a tour bus, a boat cruise and we successfully navigated the metro and tram lines!
 
Thank you to Mr Brunt and Miss Beevor for coming along too.
 
 

 

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Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

 
It is with great delight that once again we have been able to secure the services of Tim Benton. Tim is a motivational speaker who delivers strategies to help young people go about learning, revising and more in an effective, purposeful and brain-friendly way,  Tim has been regularly used by the school over a number of years and holds the philosophy “Whether you’re ten years old or ten years teaching, I want you to live at your best.”  Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, Tim helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.
 
Tim will be working with all year 11 pupils on revision techniques and strategies in the day and will run a workshop for parents in the evening.  Please come along at 6.00pm on 6th March, to gain valuable insights into how you can best support your son or daughter as they approach their public exams.
 

Learning about the English Language in London

A Level English Language students attended the EMC Student Conference on Tuesday this week. The students travelled by coach to London, braving a 6am departure, and were treated to a range of talks by academics from all over the country.

Alongside 700 other students, they learned how analysis of someone’s text message style helped solve a murder in Stoke; how someone’s accent changes subtly according to the different functions within a conversation; and how online anti-social behaviour becomes normalised. After a quick lunch out in the city, they were then able to listen to the country’s pre-eminent linguist, David Crystal, explain how babies understand the rudiments of language from in the womb, to one year old. This talk was highly enjoyable, with Prof. Crystal being cheered by the auditorium.

There was a final presentation from a contemporary poet, Luke Wright, who demonstrated how words can be chosen to shape a voice and a mood in poetry, including an impressive demonstration of a “univocalic lipogram” – a poem which uses only one vowel (in this case, o). Although everyone was somewhat tired when we returned to school at 8pm, students have come away with a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted nature of language study, and some have even chosen coursework ideas based on what they learned during the day. 

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Fairtrade Fortnight 

 
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 25 February to 10 March. The There will be many events during Fairtrade Fortnight to highlight the importance of Fairtrade as a way of supporting poorer people in the developing world. These will include:
 
Fairtrade Coffee Morning 27 February Friends Meeting House: This will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 39 Carter Street on Wednesday 27th February and will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  Fairtrade drinks and cakes will be served. All proceeds will go to charity. 
Mayor’s FT coffee morning 8 March 10-12 noon – Uttoxeter Town Hall
 
Information Stalls at Tesco (25 February) and Waitrose (29 February)
 
Both Tesco and Waitrose will be running Spot the  Fairtrade logo children’s competitions
 
There will be Fairtrade displays throughout Fairtrade Fortnight at Uttoxeter Library, the Town Hall and St Mary’s Parish Church
 
The  Lenten Lunches. These will take place 12-2 pm at the United Reformed Church – Fridays in Lent from 8 March onwards offering FT refreshments.”
 
 
 
FT 2019

News from PE

Girls County Rugby Festival
 
Jess, Holly, and Lucy were all selected to represent the County at the U15 rugby festival held at  Lichfield Rugby Club last Sunday. The girls enjoyed a fantastic day playing full sized games in the morning session and having their first experience of rugby 7’s in the afternoon. Courtney also played representing at Under 18 level. Well done!

 

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U16 Football

 
Congratulations to our year 11 footballers beating Endon 5-2 with goals from McNair (2), Dawson, Thornton, Martin. Reaching 2 more finals!

 

 
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Year 9 Football
 
Year 9 football won 8 – 4 in staffs cup to reach final.
 
Whilst Mr Godwin has been in Aberdovey, Mr Askey took temporary charge of the team, now will Mr Godwin get his position back after such a thumping victory!
 
 
Rugby Success
 
Fantastic to hear of the success of Lewie, Ben and Dan all of whom have made it to the final of The Staffordshire U16 rugby final this year. Great story here from Staffordshire Live. 
 

Science

sci week

Next Friday 8th March will be the start of our celebration of British Science Week.  We begin with our Millionaire Quiz for our Year 9, 10 and 11 students.

The following week will feature a range of activities and demonstrations at lunchtime. Details will be revealed soon; look out for the Science Week posters around the School!

 

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

Year 10

Saffron Forrester, Ruby Taylor-Caine and Anna Adams

Year 11

Rachel Spence, Samantha Cotterill and Rachel Holloway

All of the students were selected for excellent recent results in biology assessments.

Well done!

 

 

MFL Revision

 
French intervention 
 
Foundation  room 10 Tuesday after school
 
Getting to a 9 room 23 Tuesday after school
 
Higher room 10 Friday after school
 
GCSE speaking exams are the week beginning 1st April.

 

Respect Spring Term 2

 
The in school respect programme followed every Friday registration moves onto the following topics from 1st March: 
 
Year 9: Diversity
Year 10: Teenage Pregnancy
Year 11: Financial Capability

 

Year 11 Group Photograph

 

We are pleased to let you know that we now have a web collection for the school. We have password protected your image using your account number 380431. 

Please note these images are available for viewing only, ordering takes place via the order forms available from your tutor.

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February 15th 2019

Dates for your diary

 

15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

25/2/19 School reopens 

06/03/2019 Parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:



Stars of the week this week included ice-skaters, rugby players and house leaders. It was a pleasure to meet the nominated students today to learn a little more about their individual ambitions.
 
We hope to have a busy half term on site, with the pavilion being demolished to make way for our new build. When we went to look at the current building there is no doubt that our students deserve a better facility and we are looking forward to bringing these plans to life. Please remind your sons and daughters to be mindful that we will have contractors on site and they must stay out of any fenced off areas.
 
Finally, a message to Year 11 and 13. This half term is important for you to rest and re-charge alongside this you will also want to schedule in times for revision in order to prepare for your final examinations. It is always shocking how quickly these exams come round. Year 9 – the options process is now open but if you have any difficulty please don’t worry just contact us on our return. 
 
I hope everyone has a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back on 25th February. 
 

 

 

6th

 

I would like to draw your attention to our behaviour and attendance policy, we require all students to have at least 96% attendance and ask all students that they adhere to our school behaviour policy. We have made the decision to send letters home to students who are not in school to explain the negative impact that this is having on their education.

All Sixth Form students are aware of where they can and cannot study during their non-contacts and what they should be doing during those times. The library is only for quiet study and it should be respected. 

 

The Sutton Trust School deadline: 28th of February 5pm for applicants.

 

All Year 12 students have been given information on their personal statements, slides have been sent to students and staff on Insight so that you can have discussions at home. 

 

 
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Year 9 Pupil Premium Meet and Greet afternoon 12th February.

 
Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended last Tuesday afternoon. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with parents and to discuss how best to support their child in the coming months.  Tutors were introduced to parents and resources were shared. We look forward to the next meeting which will be held in the second half of summer term.

 

Puzzle of the Month 

 
Murder on the River
 
The solution for February and the murder on the river was; the stream was running at 2mph and the boat at 3.
 
For March the adventures of Ian and Chris continue and this month they are off on a coach trip:
 
Ian and Chris decided to run a coach trip to Windermere. Charges were –
 
All the way and back £15 and children half price.
 
For an extra payment of £13.25 (£11 for children) there was an extra additional attraction of a trip on a steamer to Bowness.
 
Chris said ‘ I have taken exactly £2000
 
One – quarter of the bookings for the steamer had been adults.
 
1. How many tickets did they sell for the steamer
 
2. How many adults and children went to Windermere
 
Answers and solutions to Mr. Askey
 

 

Post 16 Digital Success

 
As part of their 6th Form 7 extended work, post 16 BTEC ICT students have been working towards their Digital Enterprise Award, endorsed by the Duke of York. 
 
Congratulations to Jamie who is the first ever student from Thomas Alleyne’s to receive his Bronze Award certificate.
 
The first of many…
 
 

 

 

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Ski Trip Easter 2019

Diary date for all those skiing at Easter.

Final parents evening is Wednesday 6th March, 6pm.

Please ensure you bring your child’s passport with at least 6 months validity and a valid EHIC card. Order your EHIC here…..

https://www.nhs.uk/…/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health…/ 

As it stands we are planning for the status quo to maintain post Brexit day at the end of March. Thus the need for you all to still have a valid EHIC card, should we leave with a deal then these will still be valid. I have been in constant consultation with Interski and should we crash out with no deal the insurance policy already in place covers all participants on the trip for medical expenses. 

 

English Support

Summary of Year 9 English Study

From February half term, Year 9 classes will be working on completing their GCSE Speaking and Language presentations and will be either beginning, or continuing, their study of ‘The Sign of Four’, which is s set text for the GCSE English Literature examination.    The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the novel, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.

Resources: ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Available from the school online shop, at a discounted cost of £1.50

Also see the GCSE Pod resources.

 

Summary of Year 10 English Study

From February half term, Year 10 classes will be completing their study of non-fiction writing from the Victorian Era and the present, or commencing study of J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’, which is the set text for the GCSE English Literature examination. The purpose of this is to introduce pupils to the plot, characters and themes of the play, in preparation for more detailed study in Years 10 and 11.

Resources: Copies will be provided by the school from after February half term, although you are welcome to acquire a copy for your child to use if you wish to.

Revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.
Also see the GCSE Pod resources.
 

Summary of Year 11 English Study

From February half term, Year 11 classes will be revising all units in the lead up to the examinations. After school classes are in full swing and we encourage all students to attend.

See GCSE Pod resources to support revision.

Additional revision guides will be added to the English School shop from after half term.

 

On Tuesday 5th March, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, Mr Hulme will be delivering a presentation to parents about the content and structure of the two English GCSE examinations, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  The presentation will also include advice on how to help pupils best prepare for these examination.  The presentation will take place in the school theatre.  All are welcome.

 

Parking outside school when dropping off students

A polite request that all parents dropping off children pull in to the marked bay area, and not to stop on the double yellow lines outside of school.  This puts children crossing the road there at risk.  
 
Thank you for your co-operation.
 
 

JCQ Exam Contingency Period – Wednesday 26th June 2019

Please see clarification on the notice previously issued – this was initially misinterpreted by many as ‘one day’.  On the basis of this, JCQ have now issued clarification that there is to be a ‘contingency period’ ending on Wednesday 26th June.

The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam/s in the event of a national incident, and to rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance. . This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 26 June 2019. 

 

Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

 
It is with great delight that once again we have been able to secure the services of Tim Benton. Tim is a motivational speaker who delivers strategies to help young people go about learning, revising and more in an effective, purposeful and brain-friendly way,  Tim has been regularly used by the school over a number of years and holds the philosophy “Whether you’re ten years old or ten years teaching, I want you to live at your best.”  Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, Tim helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.
 
Tim will be working with all year 11 pupils on revision techniques and strategies in the day and will run a workshop for parents in the evening.  Please come along at 6.00pm on 6th March, to gain valuable insights into how you can best support your son or daughter as they approach their public exams.
 

Fairtrade Fortnight 

 
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 25 February to 10 March. The There will be many events during Fairtrade Fortnight to highlight the importance of Fairtrade as a way of supporting poorer people in the developing world. These will include:
 
Fairtrade Coffee Morning 27 February Friends Meeting House: This will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 39 Carter Street on Wednesday 27th February and will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  Fairtrade drinks and cakes will be served. All proceeds will go to charity. 
Mayor’s FT coffee morning 8 March 10-12 noon – Uttoxeter Town Hall
 
Information Stalls at Tesco (25 February) and Waitrose (29 February)
 
Both Tesco and Waitrose will be running Spot the  Fairtrade logo children’s competitions
 
There will be Fairtrade displays throughout Fairtrade Fortnight at Uttoxeter Library, the Town Hall and St Mary’s Parish Church
 
The  Lenten Lunches. These will take place 12-2 pm at the United Reformed Church – Fridays in Lent from 8 March onwards offering FT refreshments.”
 
 
 
FT 2019

News from PE

Rowing

On Sunday 10th February the Punchard sisters entered the JIRR trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on behalf of Trent Rowing Club, Burton on Trent in the double sculls event. They both had really good times but Isabel was selected to represent the East Midlands at Peterborough in April as part of a Junior 15 quad with Nottingham Union rowing club. They have both been invited to join a training camp at Nottingham on 2nd and 3rd of March, Eleanor as a reserve in J16.

 

 

U16 House Football winners Elkes.

 

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Year 11
 
1st Elkes
2nd Whitmore
3rd Torrance
4th Orme
 
Year 10
 
Torrance 2 Orme 1
Whitmore 3 v Elkes 0

3rd/4th place play off Elkes 0 v Orme 1

Final – Whitmore  2 v Torrance 0
 
Year 9
 
Torrance v Orme Orme win on pens
Whitmore v Elkes Elkes win on pens
Final Elkes 5 – Orme 1
3rd 4th Torrance 2 – Whitmore 1

 

U16 Football
 
Great performance by our U16 boys reaching the county cup final with a 3 – 1 win over Codsall.  Played on a new artificial surface and at one of the county’s biggest football academies Alleynes made a great start taking the lead through Archie McNair and then were soon 2-0 up through captain Frankie Bussell who hit a half volley as sweet as a nut from 25 yards. 
 
A mistake at the back allowed Codsall back into the game and the match evened out. A second half header from Lewis Dawson from a Thornton cross sewed the game up and allowed the victory songs to be sung.
Man of the Match – Ethan Archer
 
Next Match – Thursday 28th Feb Home v Endon (League and cup semi final double header)

Science

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

Year 9

Wren Tilbrook and Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent effort and consistent attainment in Science.

Sam Archer for excellent effort and enthusiasm in Science.

Year 10

Sam Cope, Max Hayes and Tazmin Jones for consistent excellence in Science throughout the year

Year 11

Emma Allen, Dan Hensman, Aaron Gwynne and Shani Wright for consistent excellent work and high achievement this year.

 

This week’s Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Year 10

Felicity Burgess and Isabel Smith for consistently good effort and positive attitude.

 Year 11

Rachel Spence and Morgan Perry for care and attention to their course work.

 

Well done!

 

 

MFL Revision

 
French revision Monday 18th February 10.00-12.00

 

Respect Spring Term 2

 
The in school respect programme followed every Friday registration moves onto the following topics from 1st March: 
 
Year 9: Diversity
Year 10: Teenage Pregnancy
Year 11: Financial Capability

 

Advice From Childline


https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/

Free for Safer Internet Day


TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents 


https://resources.thekeysupport.com/hubfs/Booklets/TikTok-parent-factsheet-Safeguarding-Training-Centre-The-Key.pdf?utm_campaign=Safeguarding%20Training%20Centre%20-%20Spring%202019&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9NLD4Y2XTUqF1ZmCfX3ZhybyyUX7l_ccl1I6zRDyj93IDCQQA4J209YtKjckMAKfa7QJiEEdPibUkSD8GaYd_qxG4n9A&_hsmi=69569762&utm_content=69569762&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=d98f2fc2-5a8b-44b7-96f6-36da72ac49b1%7C7f6c1d08-2e31-4487-9fa6-549db1133266

Several local schools are contributing to fundraising for the family affected by the fire in Stafford last week. Should any student or parent/carer wish to make a donation then this can be passed to form tutors and we will share this with Staffordshire fire service.

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February 8th 2019

Dates for your diary

 

14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening

15/2/19 School breaks up for half term

25/2/19 School reopens 

06/03/2019 Parent and Student Revision Evening with Tim Benton, author of ‘Brain Box’ https://www.independentthinking.co.uk/associates/tim-benton/ (Useful for any parent or child interested in techniques for revision.)

14/03/2019 Year 10 Parents Evening

 Headteacher blog:



Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Future Intentions evening this week. Year 9 are now deciding their options preferences. As we explained on the evening, we encourage the vast majority of students to follow the EBacc route, as recommended by the Department for Education. This route means Year 9 students will need to select either Geography or History and French as 2 of their choices. We will endeavour to allocate students as many of their higher preferences a possible, but we cannot guarantee they will be offered all of their first four choices.  If anyone needs any further support please speak to your form tutors.
 
On Friday of this week, I met with all our East Staffordshire Sports Scholarship winners. Their commitment to their individual sports was impressive. A number of the winners regularly complete over 15 hours of training a week alongside completing their studies in school. We wish them all well in their future competitions and look forward to hearing about their successes. 
 
Next week we have Year 9 parents evening. If you have any problems booking appointments please contact your Head of House. We are keen to meet as many families as possible on the evening. 
 
Finally, I wanted to draw your attention to a number of changes which will be happening on the school site over the coming months. Over half term, the area surrounding the pavilion will be removed from use, so that we can commence our rebuild. We will talking to students about how they can move safely around the site as a number of entrances and exits will be altered. Please reiterate to them that they must stay well away from the building site. We are excited at the improvements that these new facilities will offer and are looking to re-open our pool after Easter. 
 

Fire Alarm Activation

We have recently experienced a malicious activation of our fire alarm at lunchtime. The fire brigade was alerted and we fully evacuated the school.

Clearly, this false alarm caused significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. It compromised everyone’s safety in school and presents a significant risk to the local community because the emergency services are not available to attend genuine emergencies whilst they are at the school. The Fire Brigade will prioritise the school over other emergency call-outs. We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the incidents. The police will be involved because malicious call-out of the Fire Brigade is a crime. The police will speak to a number of students who were near the site of the alarm and will continue to support our investigations.

The penalty for a student caught maliciously setting off the school fire alarm is permanent exclusion. The penalty for conspiring to have the alarm sounded is exclusion for a fixed period or permanent exclusion.

Senior staff will speak to students in assemblies. Students will be informed about the seriousness of setting off the fire alarm and the very serious consequences of being caught doing so. Students will be reminded to treat any sounding of the fire alarm as a potential emergency and to follow fire evacuation procedures promptly and sensibly.

Obviously, we are very disappointed that one or more of our students has chosen to behave in this inconsiderate and irresponsible way. I am pleased to be able to tell you, however, that students have responded very patiently and sensibly to the evacuation.

Please would you support us by talking to your son or daughter to reinforce our message that they must treat any sounding of the alarm seriously and follow the evacuation procedure promptly. If your son or daughter has any information that might help us identify the culprit/s, I would be grateful if you would let us know in order to prevent any further disruption and risk to the local community.

 

 

6th

 

As part of our commitment to Year 12 and Year 13 we organised for NHS professionals to come in and talk to our students regarding attitudes to healthy relationships.  We received some lovely feedback form the nurses who stated that our students were extremely polite and a pleasure to talk to, they also agreed to return to the school to host similar events in the future as part of our ongoing commitment to student wellbeing.  These small, yet meaningful talks, help to build a positive ethos around our community commitment. I spoke to a few students after the event and they felt the information they heard about what is and what is not a healthy relationship resonated with them and I know that this led to deeper conversations in school and at home.

This week Mrs Dodd led an informative talk on Oxbridge, this was to inform those that are interested in applying to either Oxford or Cambridge about the process and the level of detail that needs to be placed within their personal statement.  As part of the commitment to these students, we also hold mock interviews nearer the time. 

It is clear that not all students are using Unifrog to its full potential; it is a great resource that we provide. It helps with planning for the future, it allows them to start putting together a personal statement which they will need for apprenticeships, university and work. It allows them to look into universities now, look at apprenticeships and careers. It really is a ‘one stop shop’ for all their post 18 needs.

Three of our Year 12 students arranged to speak to the Denstone Tuesday Club, they ‘transported them to Laos and Vietnam’ as they explained their adventure.  Alex Bennett, Tom Page and Elliot Williams really did make a good impression. ‘Maturity’ and ‘confidence’ were used to describe them and they really did enjoy hearing about their World Challenge experience. As a result of this we have received a donation from the Denstone Tuesday Club for our forever charity, Dougie Mac.

 

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

 
Thank you to those parents and carers who came to the Yr9 Option Talk and Future Intentions evening on Thursday. We hope that Yr9 students have a better understanding of the option subjects that are available to them and how the process works. If your child has misplaced their Future Intentions booklet or needs a copy because they were absent, tutors have spare copies or see Mr Washbourne. Yr9 Parents Evening on Thursday 14th February will be an ideal time to talk to subject teachers about your child’s option subjects. The option form on Insight will then go live on Friday 15th February. Yr9 students will need to ensure that they have access to Insight in order to complete the form. 

 

Puzzle of the Month January 2019

 
Murder on the River
 
Ian and Chris took a boat trip on the canal. They left from the Star pub. Ian started the motor and they set off gently up-stream. Some minutes later as they passed under a bridge Chris shouted ‘Ian, there is a hand in the water! It’s a dead body, Ian laughed ‘It is only an old glove.’ They continued up-stream. After 15 minutes Ian turned the boat round and made for the Star. They shot under the bridge and then it did not take long to travel the remaining mile to the Star. As they arrived  they saw floating midstream the same old glove which they had just overtaken.
 
Ian kept the boat engine at the same speed all the time. But what was the speed of the current?
 
Solutions to Mr Askey
 

 

Year 11 Geography Revision.

 
This week’s knowledge organiser is focused upon the Living World. This topic involves understanding how ecosystems work at both a small and large scale. The large scale examples that we have studied are Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts. Students will need to know where these ecosystems are, why they are there, what the climate is like, how humans/plants/animals have adapted to these ecosystems and how we can manage them for the future. An example question for this topic would be “Choose one of the following environments: hot deserts or tropical rainforest. To what extent is your chosen environment at risk from human activity?” This would be a 9 mark question in which students would have to explain the challenges in these environments and then justify how successful we are at managing these challenges.
 
 

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Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Year 9 Pupil Premium Meet and Greet afternoon 12th February.

 
On Tuesday afternoon we look forward to meeting year 9 parents over a cup of tea and a biscuit.  The afternoon gives parents and 1:1 tutoring staff the opportunity to meet each other, provide resources and find ways in which we can best support their son or daughter in the coming months.  If you haven’t returned your reply slip please do so asap, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 12th February.
 

GCSE +

 
The intense revision programme moves into its final week of this first session.  Pupils have benefited from spending time with specialist subject staff supporting them with their revision and exam technique.
 

Parents Evening to help support your son/daughter with revision

 6th March 6.00pm. Tim Benton

 
It is with great delight that once again we have been able to secure the services of Tim Benton. Tim is a motivational speaker who delivers strategies to help young people go about learning, revising and more in an effective, purposeful and brain-friendly way,  Tim has been regularly used by the school over a number of years and holds the philosophy “Whether you’re ten years old or ten years teaching, I want you to live at your best.”  Through his disarming manner, his casual and entertaining style and his inarguable logic, Tim helps all those he works with – young and old – revaluate what they do, why they do it and whether they should be doing something else entirely.
 
Tim will be working with all year 11 pupils on revision techniques and strategies in the day and will run a workshop for parents in the evening.  Please come along at 6.00pm on 6th March, to gain valuable insights into how you can best support your son or daughter as they approach their public exams.
 
 

Year 9 Parents Evening Thursday 14th February from 4.00pm.

 
This is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet the teaching staff and discuss their child’s progress before deciding what the best GCSE options are for their son or daughter.  This is often a very busy evening so please ensure that you have made the appointments you need and if there are any concerns regarding the process or attendance please contact your respective Head of House.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 14th February.
 

Science

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

Year 9

Katie Large and Rebecca Wooliscroft for excellent assessment scores throughout Module One.

 Year 10

Jessie Dickens and Nico Ball for consistently good scores in Biology assessments.

 Year 11

Alexander Griffiths and Leyton Tyers for a positive approach to revision.

Well done!

 

Book Club

Book club starts on Monday at lunch in the library. Students from all years are welcome!

 

 

News from PE

Netball Results
 
Year 9 team endured the wintery conditions on the outside court at Robert Sutton. The game was played in a good spirit with TAHS dominant in both possession and scoring. The defensive duties were covered by Lucy Calladine, Abi Garland & Evie Robins who saw little of the ball but looked to support the attacking play. Zoe Carr, Teegan Berry & Jess Perry showed good composure to keep feeding the ball to our shooters Halle Young and Holly Dickens who were challenged to shoot from distance. Alleyne’s romped to a 29-5 victory, with Holly being named Girl of the Game. 
 
Our Year 10 team enjoyed the luxury of the indoor court at Robert Sutton. The game was yet again an exciting and competitive game to watch and umpire. The first quarter was an even contest with Alleyne’s taking a narrow 9-5 lead into the break. Eve Bednall and Amelia Hadgett made some great tips and interceptions to stop the high ball going into the GA and GS. Jess Banner, Frankie Tooth, Holly Chatfield and Alice Boothby worked tirelessly to create space and keep the ball moving at a high pace. Anna Adams and Freya Hadgett again had a high success rate with their shooting. The work rate of the team saw TAHS extend the lead over the remaining three quarters to win 25-12, with Eve voted as Girl of the game.  

 

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House Netball and Boys House Football Thursday 14th February

 
The next round of house matches are next week.  
 
Thursday 14th Feb
 
Year 9 period 4
Year 10 period 3
Year 11 period 5
 
 
County Cross Country
 
Congratulations to Leighton Thomas who came 5th in the county cross country last weekend, representing East Staffordshire.
 
 
House Basketball
 
The boys house basketball competitions took place last week with good participation and high levels of performance particularly in year 11 where Torrance put together some great plays.
 
Results- Year 9 1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance
Year 10 1st Orme, 2nd Torrance, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Elkes
Year 11 1st Torrance, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore
 
 
Football Update
 
Our Year 11 football team have an exciting month coming up-
They are due to play in the County Cup Semi-Final away to Codsall, The semi-Final of the Moorlands Cup at home to Endon, The semi-final of the league play offs also at home to Endon and the 2nd round of the Sentinel Cup at home to Stone-Alleynes.
 

History

 
Year 12 will be having big exams on both sides of the course next week. You can support revision this weekend by asking students to show you revision work completed as part of their 6th Form 7 activities and testing their subject knowledge by looking through their Purple Progress Books.

MFL Interventions

 
Foundation Tuesday after school room 102
Aiming for a 9 Tuesday after school room 23
Higher French intervention Friday after school room 10
 
Half term French intervention – Monday 18th February 10.00 – 12.00 in room 10
Key vocabulary and structures to include in writing questions and general conversation speaking in past present and future tense.

Congratulations!!!

 
Huge congratulations to Joel Grout and Gregor Hayes for representing their county in the U16 rugby squad. Both play for Stone Rugby Club, and Joel is in his third year of the youth program with Leicester Tigers. It’s a great achievement for them both, and we’re looking forward to see the part the sport has to play in their futures. 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Maths

 
All year groups will be having an assessment in maths lessons this week.
 
Year 9 – calculator paper
 
set 1 and 2 – percentages, perimeter and area, coordinates and linear graphs, real life graphs
set 3 and 4 – sequences, percentages, perimeter and area
 
Year 10 – calculator paper
 
set 1 and 2 – surds, recurring decimals, quadratic sequences, upper and lower bounds, Pythagoras’ Theorem, trigonometry, simultaneuos equations
set 3, 4 and 5 – congruence and similarity, trigonometry, perimeter and area
 
Year 11
 
Students will sit a past paper over 2 lessons – this will be a calculator paper
 
An excellent way to revise for these assessments is to use Mathswatch

www.vle.mathswatch.com

username:  your school login with @tahs at the end  eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 
Equipment needed for all assessments: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, scientific calculator
 

Children’s Mental Health Week

4-10 February 2019 

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Advice from childline on sexting


https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/sexting/

Free for Safer Internet Day


TikTok: child-safety factsheet for parents 


https://resources.thekeysupport.com/hubfs/Booklets/TikTok-parent-factsheet-Safeguarding-Training-Centre-The-Key.pdf?utm_campaign=Safeguarding%20Training%20Centre%20-%20Spring%202019&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9NLD4Y2XTUqF1ZmCfX3ZhybyyUX7l_ccl1I6zRDyj93IDCQQA4J209YtKjckMAKfa7QJiEEdPibUkSD8GaYd_qxG4n9A&_hsmi=69569762&utm_content=69569762&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=d98f2fc2-5a8b-44b7-96f6-36da72ac49b1%7C7f6c1d08-2e31-4487-9fa6-549db1133266

Several local schools are contributing to fundraising for the family affected by the fire in Stafford last week. Should any student or parent/carer wish to make a donation then this can be passed to form tutors and we will share this with Staffordshire fire service.

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February 1st 2019

Dates for your diary

 
 
7/2/19 Careers & Preferences Evening
All year groups are welcome to join us for our annual Careers Fair – this will be held in the Sports Hall. A great opportunity to speak to prospective colleges, employers, apprenticeships, universities.
 
14/2/19 Year 9 Parents Evening
 
15/2/19 School breaks up for half term
 
 
 

 Headteacher blog:



Over the last few weeks, our swimming pool has gradually been stripped back. Boilers and air handling units have been replaced and we are beginning to see the difference that the refurbishment will make. We have a little more funding to secure, but once that is received, our plan is to reopen the pool at Easter. It is fantastic that, due to the efforts of the community and the financial backing of Sport England and other sponsors, this resource has been saved for our community. It guarantees that in the future, more children from Uttoxeter and our local community will have the life skill of being able to swim. 
 
It is always a privilege to work with our site team manager, Mr Mirams and our Business Manager, Mr Storer to improve the environment for our young people. As sport is a personal passion of mine, this development is particularly important to me. We plan to hold our opening ceremony in May when we will be saying thanks to those of you who donated to our Crowdfunding appeal by passing over your rewards. 
 
There was a particularly exciting moment this week: we met with Ken Hardy, founder of Lane 1 Swim School, who will become a partner of the school offering swim lessons for children in the area. Plans are for Lane 1 to offer swim lessons 6 days a week. Interested? See this link http://lane1coaching.com/swim-school/swim-school-info-video/
 
On Friday, I held an assembly for our sixth form students following their trial examinations. My congratulations to the 25% of the year group who have met or exceeded their targets. I shared with the year group the attendance data from 2017 when they completed their GCSEs. The correlation between high attendance and their GCSE results was evident to all. Equally evident was the negative impact of low attendance on GCSE results. Currently, some of our sixth form students are not attending all lessons or the intervention classes the staff are offering for them. We are concerned that many have ambitious applications for University places and apprenticeships which they risk not securing unless there is significant improvement in their results. We would appreciate, any conversations you can have with your sons and daughters to impress on them the importance of simply turning up to lessons alongside having a comprehensive revision schedule. Some students have registered in the morning and then not attended their lesson. The next few weeks will be tough, but it will all be worth it, if they secure the places they desire at university, on apprenticeships or in work. Please contact Mrs Dodd if you have any questions regarding post 16. Every lesson and every study hour counts in these final days. We want them to leave us securing their dream.

 

 

6th

 
Thank you to all that attended the Y12 parents’ evening, it was a very successful evening with 89% of students being represented by parents and carers.  Some of the feedback given to us told us that a number of students are feeling under pressure in the move from GCSE to A level. This is not uncommon. We have tasked all our Year 12 and Year 13 form tutors to play this clip in form next week. We thought you would like to see it and maybe discuss it with your child.
 
 
There are 2 more clips on the same site; one is about social pressures at exam time and the other is about how to spot signs you are getting stressed.  Both are worth a watch.

 

FI Fair for round up

 

Ill Child Procedure During the School Day

 
A polite remind for everyone please that students must report any illness during the school day to a member of staff. We will always ensure that our students are cared for and see by a member of the first aid team. 
 
Parents & carers will contacted should your child be too unwell to remain in school.
Please can we ask for your support with these protocols to avoid students contacting parents directly themselves.

 

 

Puzzle of the Month January 2019

 
Murder on the River
 
Ian and Chris took a boat trip on the canal. They left from the Star pub. Ian started the motor and they set off gently up-stream. Some minutes later as they passed under a bridge Chris shouted ‘Ian, there is a hand in the water! It’s a dead body, Ian laughed ‘It is only an old glove.’ They continued up-stream. After 15 minutes Ian turned the boat round and made for the Star. They shot under the bridge and then it did not take long to travel the remaining mile to the Star. As they arrived  they saw floating midstream the same old glove which they had just overtaken.
 
Ian kept the boat engine at the same speed all the time. But what was the speed of the current?
 
Solutions to Mr Askey

 

GCSE+  28th January – 15th February.

 
This week saw the yr11 complete the first week of GCSE+.  This is an intensive revision programme held for 20 minutes every morning.  Pupils work on a subject with a specialist teacher on revision and exam techniques, giving them an extra 100 minutes revision a week.  GCSE + will continue until half term and will be revisited towards the end of March.
 
 
 

 

Intervention Timetable

The latest timetable for interventions and revision in linked below. Make sure you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you.

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Science

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

Year 9

Tom Keeling and Halle Young for improved effort in Science.

Year 10

Jed Brunt and Jess Lyons for improved test scores in Chemistry.

Year 11

Alex Griffiths and Ben Collier for fantastic scores in the Chemistry trial exam.

 

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

Year 10

Scarlett Simister and Jess Carrington Smith for excellent work on their Animal Handling course work.

Year 11

Eboney Robertson and George Mothershaw for excellent work on their Animal Behaviour course work.

 

Well done!

 

 

Geography Revision 

 
We started our Friday after school revision sessions last week and it was great to 17 pupils there. 
 
These will be running every Friday 3:10 – 4pm in 6a and 6b. All students welcome to attend. 

 

In order to help students get prepared for the GCSE Geography exams, attached is a Knowledge Organiser for the Natural Hazards topic. This will be the first section of Paper 1 and will look at the topics of Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tropical Storms and Climate Change. There is a lot of information on these so I would recommend that students download a copy and make any notes/changes they want to to help them understand it. The following link will also take you to the section of GCSEPod that is relevant. Also thank you to all of those students that are attending the revision session on a Friday afternoon, we hope your finding them useful.

https://members.gcsepod.com/shared/podcasts#6003/6016/8320 

 

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News from PE

Year 9 Netball Match

30/01/2019


The year 9 netball team played a match against Paulet on Wednesday after school. They all played fabulously with great teamwork and high morale. They won the game 26-11 which is a great score line. The girls managed to double their points from the first half in the second half, which shows great dedication and perseverance. Congratulation to Halle Young who was voted Girl of the Game by the opposing team.

We have two fixtures next week with both the Year 9 and U16 teams playing Robert Sutton and Paget on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Good luck ladies.

 

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Girls House Football


Massive well done to all the houses that came out and represented their houses in house football, the conditions were not ideal but all the girls that attended played with spirit and commitment.


Year 9


In the year 9 competition there was a lot of excitement and very close matches, with goals coming from Ava Shenton, Holly Dickens and Mia Bevan. The competition eventually ended in a nail biting penalty shootout between Orme and Torrance. With some expert goal keeping from Zoe Carr, Orme ended up on top.
1 st : Orme
2 nd : Torrance
3 rd : Whitmore
4 th : Elkes


Year 10


In year 10 there were some very high scoring matches, with goals from Eve Bednall, Freya Hadgett, Harriet Bebbington, Alice Boothby and Shona McIntyre it was all to play for. However, in the end Whitmore came out on top, with a good win over Torrance.
1 st : Whitmore
2 nd : Torrance
3 rd : Elkes
4 th : Orme

Year 11


In the year 11 competition it came down to a battle between Elkes and Orme, which eventually left the decision to the fact that earlier on in the tournament Elkes had beaten Orme 1-0 meaning Elkes house took home the victory. Goals came from Eloise Gadsby and Jemima Pope.
1 st : Elkes
2 nd : Orme

3 rd : Torrance
4 th : Whitmore

 

 

Year 9 Future Intentions

Dear Year 9 Students and Parents/Carers,

Please find attached a copy of the plan for Future Intentions Week which starts on Monday 4th February to Friday 8th February. The purpose of this week is to provide guidance on completing the options process and to give students a taste of the subjects that we offer that they have not previously experienced. These subjects include Child Development, Animal Care, Health and Social Care and Business Studies. 

Students in H Population will be off timetable for lesson 1 and students in U Population will be off timetable during lesson 2. Their normal timetable will take place for the rest of the day.

I have also attached a copy of the Option Preference List to help with choosing your option subjects.

I would also like to remind you that on Thursday 7th February there will be an information talk in the Theatre about the options process. This will be delivered by Mrs Rudge at 6.15pm and then repeated at 7.00pm. At the same time as this, there will also be ours careers fair in the Sports Hall from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. This hugely successful and popular event has over 50 employers, universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers to help make the right decisions regarding their future and options.

If you have any queries or questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact school and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night.

Regards

Mr Washbourne

 

Future intentions 2019 Student

Options Parent Presentation 2019 010219

 

 

 

MFL Interventions

 
GCSE French intervention 
Friday after school room 10 higher
Friday lunchtime room 10 foundation
Tuesday after school room 23 aiming for a 9

 
 

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