I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of parents last night. Some key messages:
Revision guides are on parent pay should you wish to purchase them at the discounted school rates. Deadline for purchases is 30th November 2022. Any problems with this deadline please let Mrs Hadfield know.
Topics for revision will appear on Talaxy every week
Support for each revision topic is on a Wednesday in C3 for those that wish to use it
Talaxy – Year 9
Every child in year 9 has now had the opportunity to logon to Talaxy in their Computing lesson. All students left lessons having been able to access Talaxy in schools. If there are any problems accessing from home or any student was missing for their lesson and doesn’t have access, please ask them to come and see Mrs Hadfield in C3 at the start of any lunch time.
Following on from parents evening, this felt an appropriate day to share the wealth of revision sessions available. If not stated otherwise, please ask your child to see their class teacher for more information.
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.
Year 11After school in A9 and A10 3.10 – 4.00 pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – see Mrs Johnson / Mrs Young for details
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
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.
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.
GCSE Drama Revision Thursday lunchtimes in K9. Come along any time during lunch.
Higher GCSE / A-level Further Maths
GCSE Further Maths
J7 / C7
Design and technology
Design and Technology after school interventions are Thursday after school for year 11 and 13.
Room 39 or C 19.
Every Thursday. Please see English roundup for more details.
Students from Thomas Alleynes have once again represented the school farm at the Winter Fayre at Staffordshire showground. First up were our four pigs and the students did a fantastic job containing them in a corner of the ring without a pen. Unfortunately the pigs were not placed in their competition. The students then took part in the sausage making competition and thoroughly enjoyed learning this unique skill, especially because they were able to take their surplus sausages home. Whilst competing here, we found out that we had won the prestigious ‘champion turkey prize’ so a couple of students had to leave their preparations in order to have their photo taken with the award winning bird.
Finally, the big event of the day, the sheep showing. Students had been preparing for this competition for the last few weeks, training the sheep to walk with a halter and then washing and trimming them so they looked their best. We had 16 sheep entered in the schools competition and we picked up first, second, third and fourth prizes.
On Sunday, there was a chance for the students to show off their expertise in the young handlers competition and although they didn’t win any prizes they showed excellent skills in working with the animals
Thank you to all the students who took part, they were a credit to the school
Thank you to all parents who have completed our parental survey this week. In response to parent feedback, you will notice Roundup is in a slightly different format this week. We’re trialing having multi posts with clearer headings so you can more easily get to the right information for you, your family and our community. Please send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. If parents prefer the previous format this is straightforward for us to return to.
Year 11 Parents Evening
Year 11 parents evening will be held on Tuesday 22nd November from 4 – 7pm. We will be holding a face-to-face event as we have not been able to meet parents recently. Thank you to everyone who has booked appointments. If you have not been able to book an appointment, please contact your Head of House for support.
Mental Health group
The CAHMS team will be in Thursdays in A11 from 3.05-4 delivering a mental health and well-being course which will look fantastic on your CV and record of achievements. Open to all students and staff.
Non uniform day for all year groups
A date for your diaries – Friday 9th December will be non-uniform day for all year groups. This is the date of the annual Dougie Mac Christmas jumper day so we would encourage students to wear their best festive jumper. However, this is not compulsory. Suggested donation is £2 with proceeds being split 50/50 between Dougie Mac and YESS. Parent Pay is open for donations and 6th formers will be collecting cash donations during registration on the day. Thank you in advance for your support of these brilliant local charities.
Revision guides are now on ParentPay. Deadline for purchases is Wednesday 30th November to allow for delivery before the Christmas break. Please let me know if this causes any problems.
This weeks highlights
I just wanted to take a minute to share some of my proudest moments in lessons this week, without names but sharing a little insight.
Year 11 – Computer Science student that was adamant 2 weeks ago he couldn’t sit down as in his words “I just can’t do it, so what’s the point?”. Spent a dedicated 40 minutes revising by matching definitions, stepping through binary addition and inspiring others to follow suit.
Year 11 – Another Computer Science student who took on the massive challenge of coding a ceasear cypher. When he started the lesson not knowing how to do inputs and ended it decyphering the exit message.
Year 10 – Student entered the room, started the retrieval quiz and said “Oh, it’s theory work day I need my…”. Yes, two weeks in and he is clear on routines that will support him in achieving great things.
Year 9 – I challenged them to “think like a computer scientist” in their homework when defining key terms. The level of care and precision one student showed was extraordinary.
Last week for getting your entries in for the 3 Art department competitions running this year… prizes to be won… please get all entries into Mr Robinson-White through the TEAMS chat- or bring down a physical copy to the Art department… many thanks…
Sixth Form entry September 2023 – online application
All Year 11 students have been given access to a Year 11 Sixth Form Applications Team. This is to support them in making their Post 16 choices. Access to the online application form for Sixth Form entry September 2023 is available in this team or by clicking the following link: Sixth Form Application September 2023
Any questions please email Mrs Walton via sixthform@burrow11
Current Sixth form
Year 12 Work Experience week
Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December
All Year 12 students are to undertake a week’s work experience. You need to be actively looking for a placement. You will need to register your placement via your Unifrog account. Mrs Young will be going into more detail regarding this during a Year 12 assembly. If you are having trouble accessing your Unifrog account please contact Mrs Walton on email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our ‘Count Me In’ event this December and hear our brightest minds explain how they became an actuary, find out how companies will support you and discover how you can begin a fulfilling career that really makes an impact. As an actuary you’ll solve real world problems that can make a huge difference in areas including financial services, climate change, cyber security, population growth and so much more. Actuaries use cutting edge mathematical theory combined with real world experience and understanding to help governments, businesses and organisations protect themselves against the unknown and succeed in a fast-changing world. What is an actuary and how to get started (Institute and Faculty of Actuaries) Employer insights Graduate Insights Q&A
Lloyd’s Banking Group insight webinar
On: 6th December 2022 at 6.30 – 7.30pm For: Students and parents of those in years 10 to 13. Career leaders and teachers are encouraged to join.
Join us to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities at LLoyds Banking Group.
Hear from current apprentices
Organisation insights including what skill sets Lloyds are looking for, their culture and values, how they want to build the bank of the future and where an apprenticeship with Lloyds could take you
PLUS a Q and A session, where you’ll be able to ask questions directly to their recruitment teams
Join us virtually on Tuesday 17th January 2023 for an exciting live assembly hosted at a secondary school in Harrogate. Centred around the theme of ‘Developing character for the future’, students will get the chance to hear directly from ex-AFC students, Junior Soldiers and Instructors about life at AFC Harrogate and learn about how to build character, core skills and develop your self-confidence.
How will it work?
Sign up to gain access to the assembly on 17th January 2023 • Students will also be able to submit questions for a Q&A session • Teachers can tune in from their classroom and live stream our select panel discussing their experiences of AFC Harrogate • Available to watch on-demand afterwards.
Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference 27-30th March 2022
A four-day residential trip to Cambridge University, which aims to give students an insight into the study of Law and life as an undergraduate at Cambridge. It is organised and run by seven current Law undergraduates, many of whom attended the Law Conference themselves and are passionate about giving other students the opportunity to have this experience.
During the residential aspect of the conference, delegates will attend Cambridge style lectures, have the chance to meet current students and explore the city and colleges of Cambridge. Delegates will stay in college undergraduate accommodation, under the supervision of the Committee and college Porters. All meals are provided. Whilst under appropriate supervision, delegates are given the time and the freedom to explore the city on their own and live life as if they were an undergraduate student.
There are 200 spaces available with a combination of funded and non-funded places. The conference will cost £155, which covers both accommodation and food, but not travel. Two non-funded places can be allocated to each school. This is on a first come-first-serve basis. (Eligibility for funding is for accommodation only and can be found on the below link)
Explore Early Careers Programmes available in the sport of Horseracing
If you are considering working directly with animals or in a career linked to sport, the Horseracing industry has several Early Careers programmes to get you started in a rewarding and exciting career. Horseracing is the second largest spectator sport in the UK, supporting over 85,000 jobs. There are so many different careers available from working directly with horses in a racing yard or stud farm to running large events at racecourses and race meetings. Take a look at the programmes on offer below.
Racing Media Academy
The Racing Media Academy provides a pathway into Horse Racing for those who love the idea of working in racing but can’t necessarily, or don’t want to ride or work directly with horses. The Racing Media Academy gives its students the opportunity to undertake work experience and training within racing’s top media houses including Sky Sports Racing, Racing TV and the Racing Post. An intensive week’s training has been designed at the British Racing School, where students will get an insight into the world of Horse Racing and learn about the different areas of the media. Applications for 2023 will be open shortly.
Entry to Stud Employment Programme If you want to work directly with horses, take a look at the opportunities available in the Thoroughbred Breeding industry. The National Stud, based in Newmarket, offer a 9 week residential period of training that upon completion leads to a 6-9 month paid work placement at a UK stud farm. During this time you will complete a Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Racehorse Care (Breeding Option). Applications are now invited.
Higher Apprenticeship 101 – Free workshop with the Civil Service for Y13 students
In partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Y13 students are invited to attend two free online workshops introducing:
Workshop 2 (Weds 14th Dec, 4.00-5.30pm) – Who are OPSS and what do they do?
For any students keen to apply for the apprenticeship, following the online workshops there will be two further workshops at the OPSS in Birmingham in early 2023 where students will be provided with more specific application guidance:
Workshop 3 – Skills for success: How to gain and demonstrate key employability skills such as confidence and communication.
Workshop 4 – Playing to your strengths: How to recognise your personal attributes and shine in interviews.
Causeway and the OPSS will also be offering some additional Mentoring support for a small number of students who are facing the greatest barriers and want to progress to applying for the apprenticeship. These students will be assigned a member of staff from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a mentor who will support them through particularly difficult parts of the application process.
We are looking to reach students from schools and colleges in the Midlands. The OPSS is particularly keen to hear from students from backgrounds which are under-represented in the Office.
Support for students following the COVID-19 pandemic.
FREE monthly webinars for students who wish to study Medicine at University run by real doctors.
The next Online talk is on the 4th December 2022 and 2 UK doctors will talk about how to prepare for Medical School interviews. It will be an excellent opportunity for students to hear from doctors and understand the requirements to get through the Medical School interview.
There are 2 links below, one is an eventbrite link and the other is a direct Zoom registration link.
Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) at the University of Birmingham
In partnership with the University of Birmingham Medical School, this conference is aimed at Year 12 students selected to complement the University’s widening access selection criteria. We hope to reach as many young people as possible.
Moreover, due to the pandemic disproportionately affecting young people from widening participation backgrounds, this additional support is now more important than ever.
Our conference will contain a plethora of talks from medical students, doctors, and University of Birmingham staff. They will range from a crash course covering work experience, A-levels and a taster lecture session, to a day in the life of doctors and medical students – as well as other informative sessions. These are designed to provide medical applicants with a holistic overview and enable them to put forward their best application – making the event hugely beneficial for your students considering Medicine at University!
The free online Medicine and Dentistry Lecture Series 2023 are now open! This programme is for students across the UK in Year 11, 12, and 13 who have only attended non-selective state schools since age 11 and are interested in becoming a doctor or dentist. Over the course of the 14 lecture programme students will hear from a variety of speakers to help them make the best application to medicine or dentistry possible! Last year’s lectures included the following:
· Medical and dental specialities: cardiology, prosthodontics, renal transplant, and many more!
· Q&As each week with current medical and dental students as well as a lecture dedicated to the student experience.
· A session on other careers in healthcare with six professionals currently working and teaching in the sector (nursing, dietetics, clinical science, etc.)
· September Q&A with key admissions colleagues in the schools of medicine and dentistry at KCL and UCL.
· Lectures on the application process: the UCAT, personal statements, and interviews.
Lectures will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6-7.15pm and will run in blocks of three throughout 2023. The first three lectures will take place on the 31st January, 7th February, and 14th February. The remaining three blocks of lectures will take place in Spring and Summer.
MORGAN STANLEY VIRTUAL APPRENTICESHIP INSIGHT EVENTS
At Morgan Stanley, we offer a range of Apprenticeship opportunities aimed at school leavers. Apprenticeships offer an alternative route by providing the opportunity to study towards a qualification, whilst gaining practical industry experience and earning a salary. Join us at our Apprenticeship Insight Events to learn more about what Programmes we offer across our London and Glasgow offices and what it’s really like to be an Apprentice at Morgan Stanley.
MEET OUR APPRENTICES
Date: Wednesday 30th November 2022 Time: 16:30-17:30 (GMT) Application deadline: Tuesday 29th November 2022 Platform: Zoom Hear first-hand from our Apprentices across London and Glasgow what it’s like to work at a Global Financial Services Firm. Find out what exciting projects they get to be a part of!
GLASGOW: INSIGHTS INTO TECHNOLOGY, OPERATIONS, FINANCE
Date: Tuesday 6th December 2022 Time: 16:30-17:30 (GMT) Application deadline: Monday 5th December 2022 Platform: Zoom
LONDON: INSIGHT INTO TECHNOLOGY
Date: Thursday 8th December 2022 Time: 16:30-17:30 (GMT) Application deadline: Wednesday 7th December 2022 Platform: Zoom
CV & INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP
Date: Wednesday 11th January 2023 Time: 16:30-17:30 (GMT) Application deadline: Tuesday 10th January 2023 Platform: Zoom
Learn about our application process step by step to set you up for success.
The Minerals Matter website contains lots of information on job roles and career pathways in the mineral products sector.
These Experience Days will give you the opportunity to find out what it’s like to study at University, ask questions to academics and chat to current students. They will also help enhance your personal statement and make your University application stand out.
PwC’s Flying Start degree programmes in Accounting, Business Management and Technology are open for applications. On these programmes students can earn a salary and fast-track their career while studying for their chosen subject.
Earn. Learn. Fulfil your potential. Whichever programme students choose, they’ll work on a range of projects in a culture that embraces difference and encourages them to think imaginatively. At PwC we want our people to feel challenged, to grow and to flourish. Students will have the opportunity to make an impact, being the difference to our clients from day one.
Find out more about our programmes here, or sign up to our upcoming events here. Explore. Inspire. Reimagine.
Tuesday 22nd November from 5:00pm – 8:00pm we’re running our next major Young Professionals Conference covering off; Business, Finance, Accounting, Technology, Engineering and Law with workshops and keynote talks.
The event is taking place at Cineworld Broadstreet in central Birmingham and we are bringing with us some of the world’s most prestigious employers.
The Employers Involved:
Business, Accounting & Finance: PwC, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Mazars and CIMA
Law: Freeths, Browne Jacobson, Fragomen & University of Law
Engineering & Technology: Mott Macdonald & BT Group
This event is designed to increase your chances of achieving the business, accounting, finance, tech, engineering or legal career of your dreams by giving you access to insights, knowledge, a network of contacts and career advice that you won’t get anywhere else. This is a unique opportunity to hear from and network with industry experts from not just one or two but several global organisations.
It’s a completely free event all you need to do is sign up using the registration link below. All students that attend will get a certificate of completion to use on their CV’s and any UCAS applications.
We had a great week last week for our boys footballers. Firstly on Tuesday our U14’s put in their best performance of the season beating Pingle 5-0 in the 1/4 final of the district cup. Man of the match was O Irving with a great display in midfield. Goals came from Filip x 2, Freddie and Archie x 2. Most pleasing aspect was our first clean sheet and our determination to keep them scoreless. Our U18’s then pulled off an amazing win , 3-2 against Painsley in the county cup.
Last week was the first game of the season for our U15 boys and first win – 7 points to 5 over Painsley. We were very rusty and have lots to work on in the backs. We dominated possession and won almost every scrum with the experience of Toby and Ben. Up front our powerful ball carriers Adam and Jack made post contact meters every time they ran. Our try came on one of the rare occasions we got the ball wide with Sam showing excellent strength to finish in the corner. Corey then kicked the decisive conversion from out wide. Jonty tackled fantastically as usual and Ben had a solid debut at full back. Our challenge going forward is how we can unleash our exciting outside backs.
League fixtures were held at John Port on Tuesday. Our U16 controlled the game and won 33-8
Team – Hayes, Randles, Clay, Weatherer, Ainsworth, Smith, Cantrill
POM – Bella
Our U14 team competed really well in a tight game but lost 18-14
Nash, Broomhead, Wheildon, Morrison, Read, Burnett, Taylor
Yr 13 Unit 2 exam Wed 11th Jan
Yr 12 Unit 1 exam Fri 13th Jan
Yr 11 exam Mon 6th Feb
Year 10 have started their first controlled coursework assignment. Support materials are on Teams – it is vital students are coming to lessons fully prepared.