17/2/23 Roundup – Torrance (Years 9-11)

Well done to all students who have achieved their Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus Awards this half term.

Well done also to the following form groups in each house who have achieved the most amount of credits so far this year. These are:

Elkes – 9E2 – 3291 Credits

Orme 9O2 – 3141 Credits

Torrance – 9T1 – 2396 Credits

Whitmore – 9W1 – 2380 Credits

I would also like to introduce the Torrance mascot. His Name is Terrance the hedgehog. You will be seeing alot more of Terrance around so look out for him. 

16/2/23 Roundup – Art course information (Years 10-13)

Art and Photography students in GSCE and A-Level exam groups can access the following videos to see an overview and access links to graded examples of past work to develop a strong understanding for what is expected of them throughout the exam preparation period.

GCSE Exam video : click here

A-Level Art Exam video : click here

A-Level Photography Exam video : click here

16/2/23 Roundup – Updated revision sessions (Years 11 and 13)

Animal Care

Animal Care coursework catch up

Wednesday and Friday in F1 each week.


Year 13: Wednesday after school C24 3.10pm to 4.00pm.

Year 11: Friday lunchtime C4.

Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science and Cambridge National revision lunchtime support

Wednesday lunchtimes in C3. Please come along for support with this weeks revision topic as per homework task.

*New day added * After school session

This is growing in popularity by the week. 3:05 – 4 every Wednesday Thursday after school.

Child Development & Health and Social care

Health & Social Care/ Child Development coursework club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school for years 10-13 in rooms S2 and S3.

Design and technology

Design and Technology after school interventions are Thursday after school for year 11 and 13.

Room 39 or C 19.


After school

Tuesday in K9 each week. You will receive coaching for the component 3 exam as well as help with the all -important written portfolio. See you there, snacks and drinks served.

Lunch time

GCSE Drama Revision Thursday lunchtimes in K9. Come along any time during lunch. 


Every Thursday. Please see English roundup for more details.



For both GCSE and A-level in either room A1 or A2.

GCSE Podders

Monday lunchtime in C3. Please come along if you are having problems with your account or what to use our resources (computers and headphones) to complete any GCSE Pod revision.


Year 11After school in A9 and A10 3.10 – 4.00 pm.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – see Mrs Johnson / Mrs Young for details


DayRevision GroupRoom
TuesdayHigher GCSE / A-level Further MathsJ4
 Foundation GCSEC6
 GCSE Further MathsJ7 / C7
WednesdayFoundation GCSEJ6
 Higher GCSEJ7
ThursdayHigher GCSEJ5
 A-level MathsC7
FridayFoundation GCSEC7
 A-Level MathsC5




Grade 7 – 9, Wednesday after school in room A5

Grade 3 – 6, Thursday after school in room A4

A Level conversation practice, Thursday lunchtime in A4


Chemistry revision

Takes place Wednesdays after school 3.10pm-4.15pm. Sessions are split between triple science and combined science to take place fortnightly. Week 1 sessions will be Triple Science (Chemistry) and Week 2 Session are Combined Science (Chemistry). Sessions are in C9.

Biology – triple Science

Year 11 – Monday lunchtimes in C14

Year 13 – Biology, it’s Tuesday’s after school in J1

Combined science Higher Tier

This is for any student currently studying for combined science GCSE who has been recommended by their teacher to sit the higher tier exam.

Thursday in F1 each week.


BTEC Sport

Coursework support and catch-up after school Friday all years. C4

2/2/23 Roundup – Music (all years)

The Music Winter Concert is on Thursday 9th February at 6pm in the Theatre. Please can pupils involved return their consent slip as soon as possible to Mrs Todd. Tickets are available to purchase from the school online shop. Please bring your receipt to Mrs Todd to collect your tickets. 

Students from Year 9 through to Year 13 are involved and the evening is packed full of a wide range of musicians and performances. 

I look forward to seeing you there. 

Mrs Todd 

31/1/23 Roundup – 8/2/23 Year 11 Photo day

On Wednesday February 8th Year 11 students will be having their whole year group photograph taken. This will be during form time which will run into period 1. Students are expected to be in full uniform that is compliant with the policy. Any student that does not meet uniform requirements will not be included in the photograph.

If students have any concerns about this please speak to their PWO or Head of House before the day of the photograph. 

29/1/23 Roundup – Key messages & Term dates (all year groups)

Sixth form

We have the opportunity to support a small number of students with a superb resource called uplearn https://uplearn.co.uk/

If you are interested please see Mrs Dodd or Mrs Young.


Trusted by leading state and independent schools and teachers worldwide

Forward-thinking teachers and schools use Up Learn to support their students in delivering optimal learning outcomes and achieving table-topping academic results. Up Learn helps students to learn independently at home, and enables teachers to support their students outside of school hours

Urgent safeguarding reminder

I appreciate this was shared earlier in the week but with the safety of our young people being so important I will keep reminding. Please read, share and get in touch if you need any support.

Safeguarding: “A Game” – Warning to Parents

It has come to our attention that there is “A game” being circulated via Facebook to children which contains several different actions for them to complete, including the encouragement of self-harm and hurting others.

Whilst many of our children will, I am sure, be confident in ignoring these messages, we are conscious that around the country there have been several incidents where dares via social media have led to child fatalities.

Please be vigilant around your child’s use of social media and if you have concerns, advice can be sought from the following platforms or contact the safeguarding team and school.

Social media | NSPCC

Social media guides – UK Safer Internet Centre

Inner Drive reminders

For all students who attended the Inner Drive sessions this week – please remember how to get the best for yourself and improve your study habits with the following key tips:

News from the last week

Other round up news this week that you may have missed:


Forensic science trip






Sports results


Extra curricular and more sports results


Sixth form and Future intentions




Holiday: Monday 20 February – Friday 24 February

Term ends: Friday 31 March 

Holiday: Monday 3 April – Friday 14 April

Easter Sunday: Sunday 9 April

Summer Term 2023

Inset day: Monday 17th April

Term starts: Tuesday 18 April

May Day: Monday 1 May

Holiday: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Term ends: Tuesday 25 July

Holiday: Wednesday 26 July – Friday 1 September

School Website

School Shop


29/1/23 Roundup – Exams (Years 11&13)

Exam information for February

BTEC exam

UPDATED Provisional Summer Exam Timetable

Please see the UPDATED PROVISIONAL timetable below. There are three contingency days that have been planned by JCQ, to allow for a national incident/s which may necessitate a co-ordinated change of date for some exams.We advise that all students are available to attend on the following days:

  • Thursday 8th June – afternoon
  • Thursday 15th June – afternoon
  • Wednesday 28th June – all day

Please see also the information on subjects and subject codes for exam entries this year.

28/1/23 Roundup – Sixth form

Sixth Form entry September 2023 – online application

If you have missed the application deadline of 13th January, please get in touch with Mrs Walton via sixthform@tahs.org.uk ASAP.

Year 12 Lockers

We will be offering a limited number of lockers to Year 12 students on a first come, first served, basis.  There will be a £5 refundable deposit payable via Parent Pay.

Please can students bring a copy of their Parent Pay receipt to the Sixth Form Office where they will be issued with their key.

Refunds will be issued via Parent Pay when the key is returned.  This must be before the end of Year 13 whilst still on roll.

Bra Collection

Data Collection Sheet

Any students who haven’t returned their data collection sheet, please can you drop it into the Sixth form office.

Sixth Form Finance

The school has been allocated a Discretional Bursary Fund (DBF) which students are able bid into throughout the academic year providing they meet the financial criteria set by the school and outlined in our DBF policy.

For the academic year 2022-2023 students are eligible for funding of up to £400 if their parental income is below £27,000 (proof required) or if they were designated as pupil premium. If a student is a looked after child (LAC) they may be entitled to up to £1,200 of financial support. Students must use this funding to support their Post-16 education.  For example, Sixth Form uniform, transport costs to and from school, textbooks, revision guides, course materials, IT equipment (up to £150), educational visits, UCAS application Fee, University entrance tests etc.

More detailed information will be available in the DBF booklet which students can be obtain from Mrs Walton in the Sixth Form office or by emailing sixthform@tahs.org.uk

TAP for W/C 30th January 2023

Y12 – Thomas Character:  Mindful, Self-Fulfilled

Monday:  What sort of questions would you ask at a university visit? Write/discuss a list then watch this video from Brighton university and check out the Bright Knowledge website suggestions: Bright KnowledgeWhat questions should I ask at an open day? – Bing video

Tuesday: TAP talk

Weds: wider reading, wellbeing and revision

Thurs: future intentions planning

Friday: assembly

Y13 – Thomas Character:  Healthy & Happy

Monday:  Revision and/or end of the month file/folder/notes tidy up.

Tuesday: TAP talk

Weds: wider reading, wellbeing and revision

Thurs: future intentions planning Friday: assembly

Date for your diary 2023

Y12:  Parents Evening Thursday 2nd February 4-7pm – bookings via Talaxy are now open – please get in touch if you need help with booking.

27/1/23 Roundup – Sports results


Our U16 netballers prepared for the regional netball finals with a trip to Denstone on Wednesday. 

The fixture really worked on the girls fitness with TAHS travelling with the bare minimum of 7 players, the game was divided into 

sixths each lasting 7 minutes.

This had been the first competitive game since before Christmas and the first segment of the game 

saw us go behind but towards the end of the 7 minutes the girls had really started to gel and self belief was high for the rest of the game.

The second and third quarter Bella and Louie were much more commanding in the D and were scoring many of their chances

and the lead was down to two goals, still in Denstone’s favour. Jess C and Martha covered a lot of court and kept the tempo high 

with lots of composure and great decision making when in possession of the ball. Poppy worked tirelessly as WA for the majority of the game 

and provided great feeds into the D for our shooters. Aimee and Jess W did a great job defensively and were able to win many interceptions 

and effectively start attacking moves. 

At the end of the fourth period we had taken the lead but going into the last segment 

TAHS trailed by 2. Denstone’s large squad and fresh legs were the difference with them winning the final segment but the performance was

really high from our girls who showed great tenacity throughout.