22/5/23 Roundup – Maths (Year 11)

GCSE Maths

The maths department will be holding a pre-exam breakfast revision session before each of the GCSE maths exams.

The sessions will take place from 8-8.30am on Wednesday 7th June and Wednesday 14th June.

Wednesday 7th June 8–8.30am

H1Mr BuryJ7
U1Mrs IbbsC7
H2A/U2Mr FreestoneJ4
H2B/U3Mr PhillipsC5
H3/H4/U4Mrs AlcockC6

The sessions are a great way to get your brain into maths mode before entering the exam.  We will go over a few key topics, ensure you know the formulae you will need and make sure everyone has the correct equipment!  In past years the students have found these sessions very useful to attend.

Equipment you need: black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator.  All of this can be purchased from the maths department or online shop (maths sets £1.20, calculators £8.49) Thomas Alleyne’s High School Merchandise Shop. (parentpay.com)

After school revision sessions are still continuing.

Foundation Tier:  Tuesday C6, Wednesday J6 and Friday C7

Higher Tier: Wednesday J7 and Thursday J5

22/5/23 Roundup – Intervention revision challenge (Year 10)

GCSE pod challenge – year 10 students. Escape the mocks with the best possible grade

We have now been doing the intervention challenge for 2 weeks and your response has been incredible. In just 10 school days over 770 pods have been watched and over 5700 questions answered by well over 100 students.

Questions are such a valuable way to revise, reminding your brain that the topic is important and worth remembering. Reinforcing the neurons to make the memory stronger.

This is why this week I would like to introduce you to a way of challenging yourself with this questions. GCSEpod has an element named “Check and Challenge”. This is difficult questions for you to check your understanding and challenge yourself to succeed. These questions can be accessed any time without a teacher needing to set them and I’m going to share with you how.

1. Pick your subject

From the main page click on the subject your would like to search for questions on. You may need to press the “Show more” button if your subject doesn’t show in the first list.

2. Choose your topic

Consult your revision list if you have one and choose a topic. For check and challenge it must be one with a diamond on the tile. Like the Computer Systems one below.

3. Choose your subtopic (if there is one)

If given another set of tiles then choose your subtopic. Still needs to be one with a diamond option as below.

4. Choose check and challenge

You do this by clicking on the purple C&C button as shown below by the big red arrow.

5. Go!

Press the start button to access the questions.

As always if you need any help please come and see Mrs Hadfield in C3 at break or lunch. Alternatively you can send a message on Teams.

21/5/23 Roundup – Key messages & Term dates (all year groups)

Change of the school day

The school day timings will be changed to accommodate the exam season until Friday 16th June. Arrangements for this are as follows:

9am-10.15amPeriod 1
10.35am-11.50amPeriod 2
12.35pm-13.50pmPeriod 3
13.50-3.05pmPeriod 4

Year 11 leavers hoodies (optional)

If you wish to purchase a year 11 leavers hoodie for £21.95 please click on the following link. The deadline to purchase a hoodie is the 1st June 2023.

News from the last week

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


English reading group






Future Intentions and Sixth form




Holiday: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Term ends: Tuesday 25 July

Holiday: Wednesday 26 July – Friday 1 September

School Website

School Shop


21/5/23 Roundup – Exams (Years 10-13)

Y11 Science Exam Equipment

Please remember that you will need a scientific calculator for all of your science exams as well as pens, pencils, erasers and a ruler. For the Physics exams, you will also need a protractor. Please make sure you have all of this equipment before your exams start.

Exam information and results collection letters

Please see below letters that were sent home on Friday 12/5/23 regarding exams and results collection.

Summer Exam Timetable

Please see the 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.

Summer mock examinations

I am pleased to be able to share with you the mock examinations timetable for year 10 and year 12 students.

20/5/23 Roundup – Sixth form

Date: 20/5/23

TAP w/c 22nd May 2023

Y12 and Y13:  Thomas Character – mindful

Mon:  Watch this advice from Phil and Holly on Good Morning about how to cope in the exam period. Then teach a friend and try out the oral learner method.

Good Morning how to cope with exams  

Tue:  TED talk or debate:  does listening to music help or hinder your study? Then watch the first 5 minutes of this clip to find out about some studies both for and against listening to music while you study.

Does music help you study?  

Wed:  wider reading, well being or revision:  watch this video to help students understand how to remain calm in the midst of anxious thoughts.

Mindfulness to help with exam stress  

Thu:  attendance check and future intentions planning:   take this quiz to find out what your learning style is. Then adapt your revision strategies accordingly.

Learning style quiz  

Fri:  assembly


8th June is the UCAS deadline to accept firm choices.  Students should also ensure that they have their accommodation if needed and student finance in place.  For students who have rejected courses, they should ensure that their student finance application reflects their current needs as Student Finance England may not have up to date records where university choices have changed.

Learn about the Quantum World in Pictures

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

Year 12 Lockers

We are offering a limited number of lockers to Year 12 students on a first come, first served, basis.  There is 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.

20/5/23 Roundup – Future Intentions (Y11 & 6th form)

Dear Parent / Carer,

Please see below information on apprenticeships, careers, courses and degrees.

Experience Sport Science at NTU

The Post 16 Outreach and Recruitment Team

Join us on 6th June to experience what it’s like to study a Sports course the award winning University of the Year.

Spend the day at our Clifton Campus. You’ll meet our teaching staff and get hands-on experience of:

Sports physiology – measuring oxygen consumption during cycling

Sports Psychology – looking at the strategies for performing under pressure

Biomechanics – tracking movement using 3D motion capture

Book your place here

Our Experience Days are free and created to help you decide if the subject is right for you, they can also help your personal statement stand out.

From sport management and coaching to physiology and nutrition, our varied sport science courses combine practice, theory and industry experience. At NTU, you’ll have full use of our high-tech sports performance labs and Olympic Association-approved facilities at our purpose-built Sport Village.

Keele University

In 2023, Keele University will be running in-person events in the following subject areas: 

  • Friday 23 June – School and Colleges Open Day
  • Tuesday 27 June – Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Day
  • Wednesday 28 June – Natural Sciences Taster Day
  • Friday 5 July – Keele Business School Taster Day

Registration is now open for teachers/advisors to express an interest for their group of students to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so please book early to guarantee a spot. You’ll find further information about each of our taster sessions including the subjects covered, below. 

Express your interest

Tuesday 27 June 2023
Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Day 

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Day gives students the opportunity to attend multiple taster lectures across different subjects including:

  • Criminology Creative
  • Writing Education
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Media and Communications
  • Music and Sound
  • DesignPhilosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology

Register here for our Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Day.

Draft programme

Wednesday 28 June 2023
Natural Sciences Subject Taster Day

Our Natural Science Taster Day gives students the opportunity to attend multiple taster lectures across different subjects including:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Data Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Life Sciences and Geography
  • Geology
  • Maths
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology 

Register here for our Natural Science Taster Day.

Draft programme

Friday 5 July 2023
Keele Business School Taster Day

Our experienced faculty will share their expertise and help students decide if a business degree is right for them. There will also be an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and learn more about the benefits of pursuing a business education. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to take the first step towards a successful career in business.  Our Keele Business School Taster Day gives students the opportunity to attend multiple taster lectures across different subjects including:

  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Business Management

Register here for our Keele Business School Taster Day.

Lancaster University

Information on our upcoming Virtual Open Day, and two useful webinars: Student Life at Lancaster, and a Campus Live Stream.

Exciting taster sessions in collaboration with Unifrog on our English Literature and Creative Writing, and Architecture courses.

Our top tips for Year 12s trying to choose between degree options. Revision skills and mindfulness guidance for Year 13s starting their exams.

Information on how Lancaster University can visit you in your school and college!

Virtual Open Day: Discover Lancaster

31 May to 1 June   Can’t wait for our next in-person Open Day? If you’re just starting your university search, join us as part of our virtual Discover Lancaster event, and let us tell you about studying with us.

Register here

Unifrog Subject Tasters

We have two wonderful sessions coming up with Unifrog, giving students the chance to have a taster of our Architecture and English Literature and Creative Writing courses.

Below are the details for both sessions:

English Literature and Creative Writing

Tuesday 16th May, 16:30-17:15

Lancaster University Professor John Schad will explore what you can study, what to do with an English Literature and Creative Writing degree, and where it can take you after university.


Monday 22nd May, 16:30-17:15

Join Lancaster University course leader Dr. Ana Costa and learn how Architecture can tackle the climate emergency and design sustainable futures. Take an insightful visit to our degree show led by our amazing students and ask any questions that you may have about Architecture at Lancaster.

Webinar: Student Life at Lancaster

Wednesday 24th May, 17:00-18:30

An opportunity to learn about the social and academic life at Lancaster University through the lens of our current students.

Lancaster offers the best of both worlds when it comes to campus and city living, and is a great place to make your home. It’s a friendly city with lots to explore and enjoy plus a great base from which to visit the rest of the UK. During this session, our students will share with you their experience of living and studying in Lancaster, and answer your questons.
Register here

Livestream Campus Tour

Wednesday 6th June, 12:00-13:00

A tour of Lancaster University campus hosted by our Student Ambassadors, delivered to you via a live stream so you can explore without travelling.

Our friendly Ambassadors will talk about what it’s like to be a student at Lancaster and guide you around campus. You’ll be shown to some of the key locations across campus to give you a flavour of what’s on offer: the library, departmental buildings, social spaces, eateries and essential facilities, such as transport and student support.
Find out more

Y12 – Narrowing Down Degree Options


Figuring out next steps after college or sixth form can be tough! We’ve gathered together our top resources to help students struggling with that decision, along with some guidance on how to pick a degree course.

• SACU – this site is great for Year 12s struggling to decide on the right degree or apprenticeship for them. Take a short picture-based quiz and SACU will come up with a cloud of subject areas that would suit the student.
• Prospects – another great website for browsing through degree subjects and the careers they can lead to. Prospects is also useful for working backwards – starting with a desired career in mind and seeing which degrees or other pathways would be best for achieving a role within that industry.
• Hear from our Student Ambassadors – here is a blog from one of Lancaster University’s Student Ambassadors on how to choose between universities.

Webinars with an NHS doctor

Having graduated from the University of Oxford Medical School last summer, now working at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. This is the third year this free webinar has been delivered to students planning to apply to medicine or dentistry in the coming UCAS cycle.
Please note spaces are limited to Year 12/13/gap year students who will be applying in the next UCAS cycle.
The seminar will be delivered entirely by a doctor. It will cover the personal statement, strategically selecting universities and the admissions tests. There will also be a chance to ask any questions. It will run twice on the following dates:

Thursday 25th May 18:00 – 19:30
Saturday 10th June 18:00 – 19:30
Please register using the link below:


19/5/23 Roundup – French (All year groups)

For French Film Club

This half-term we are showing April and the Extraordinary World. Join us in A4 at 3:15 on Thursday 25th May. “In an alternate past where electricity hasn’t yet been discovered, Paris is run by steam power and any scientists not working to forward the aims of the Empire have mysteriously disappeared. April is an orphan from a long line of scientists, whose parents have been tragically killed in a “freak accident”. With the help of her cat Darwin – who can talk thanks to an early prototype of a serum her parents were working on – April spends her life in a secret lab trying to complete their work while seeking to keep her progress hidden from the Empire’s spies.

French Revision

There will be one final French revision session on Friday 2nd June 10am to 12pm. The session will focus specifically on the French writing paper, and will include tips, scripts, model answers, and last minute tips for revision. The French writing paper will be on Monday 5th June. Please contact noon@tahs.net to confirm attendance, this will allow us to plan a suitable venue within school.

Warm up for French GCSE listening exam Tuesday 23rd May 8.05 room A5.

Get ready for the listening exam by doing some practice to get warmed up.

17/5/23 Roundup – English (all year groups)


It’s amazing to see how many year 11 students are actively engaging with revision sessions: there were 56 students in the English Department on Tuesday 15th (the night before the first Literature exam). Keep up the great work, Y11!  Upcoming dates for revision are as follows:

Bedrock shoutouts

Mrs Hunt would like to highlight the work of Leah K, Illia K, and Isobelle G for their amazing work in Bedrock recently: all have made excellent progress between pre and post tests.

Remember Year 9: 20 points per week, please. 

Work of the Week

Miss Beevor’s class have produced some amazing leaflets having researched Shakespearean context.

They have also been looking at war poetry: 

16/5/23 Roundup – English (year 9)


The star reader this week is Maria S who has read 5 of the Carnegie nominated books!

Next Tuesday we will have to decide which books we want to vote for to win the YotoCarnegie medal for 2023. All Carnegie readers need to attend and bring their books. Maria is favouring ‘Needle’ right now – what do you think?

New time: Tuesday 23rd May at 12.10 in A14.

14/5/23 Roundup – Key messages & Term dates (all year groups)

Change of the school day

The school day timings will be changed to accommodate the exam season from Monday 15th May until Friday 16th June. Arrangements for this are as follows:

9am-10.15amPeriod 1
10.35am-11.50amPeriod 2
12.35pm-13.50pmPeriod 3
13.50-3.05pmPeriod 4

Fundraising in memory of an ex student

Bobby is doing a fundraiser in memory of his cousin Dan Plant who was an ex student of the school. 

Bobby will have had his haircut on Saturday and is donating it to the little princess trust for children with cancer. He is also raising funds for PAPYRUS.(prevention of young suicide)

If anyone is interested the link is:


News from the last week

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


Year 10 revision challenge


English and Business


Geography fieldwork, safeguarding and RE booster


English and Maths


Future intentions and Sixth form


Leavers hoodies and prom




Holiday: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Term ends: Tuesday 25 July

Holiday: Wednesday 26 July – Friday 1 September

School Website

School Shop