April 24th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

We would like to extend a formal welcome to our new Year 12 and class of 2022. Thank you to Mrs Walton and Mrs Dodd who have shared the Sixth Form offer letters via email and organised the options process. Bridging work will now be set to get our new year 12 students started on their Post-16 Curriculum. In some ways you could see this as a fantastic opportunity. Never before have a year group had over 2 years to be engaged in their A level and BTEC courses.

If students have not received a letter, or have any have any queries about their place in the Sixth Form please email the team sixthform@tahs.org.uk We have some places available in the Sixth Form for 2020 entry. If anyone is interested in submitting an application, please also email the Sixth Form.

This week I would like to champion our very own Mrs Walton and Mrs Bell. Both have been working tirelessly on the every day jobs – lessons, Sixth Form options etc, but they have both found the time to show their support and give back to their community and other key workers that are doing their up most to keep us all safe and well.Mr and Mrs Walton, and Beth, have pained the telephone boxes that they have in their museum in an assortment of rainbow colours to show their support for the NHS and Mrs Bell has given up her time making masks and scrubs for the NHS workers.

We are aware that some students are struggling with the challenges that working from home brings, could I ask that you encourage your child to contact their teachers or the Sixth Form email address to access support.

Opportunities with Virgin Media

Check out what Virgin are offering school leavers, jobs and apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships Advice

To improve your knowledge about apprenticeships, have a go at these 2 fun quizzes provided by Amazing Apprenticeships: 



Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the window problem.  Here is the solution..

Here is a puzzle specifically devised for 2020.  It has a UNIQUE solution!

In this puzzle, each letter represents a different digit from 0 to 9

(but every time a T is used, it stands for the same number)

Corona Conundrums

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotlandhttps://bit.ly/2UuPPqA

and remember… all maths is good maths!

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

Update on Y10 options 2020

I am pleased to announce that all option pools and student selections have been sorted for the next academic year and were posted out on Thursday of this week. You should receive your letter by Monday (at the latest) but please allow for any postage delays.

Thanks again and keep well!

Free Training

Parents Protect

The confidential Stop It Now! helpline  from the Parents Protect organistaion is available to anyone with questions or concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention, including parents and professionals – call 0808 1000 900 (9am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday).  Please share  with friends, family and colleagues to make sure everyone knows how to play their part in protecting children.

English Success

RE Year 10

Year 10 RE  – Virtual Discussion on Gender As we are  missing some of our whole-class discussions currently; students in Year 10 RE have used some lesson resources, Ted Talks and documentaries to formulate views on Gender to help them with their  ‘Ethical Themes’ work. Have a look at some of the different views expressed about male and female stereotypes – generated by these resources.

Thank you for another great week of work and for the positive feedback we have received about the screencast lessons.  Your efforts are really appreciated. The quality of work is consistently impressive so do not worry if you need more time to complete some tasks – you can complete work at a pace that suits you.

Students of the week have been chosen by Mrs Lindsay

Year 9 Students of the Week are:

Jack, Joe, Sophie, Alice, Billy, Lucy and Harry

Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Isla, Evie, Lydia, Lily, Heather, Kacper and Harry

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Over the Easter period our Science students were set a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges.

One of the students’ challenges was to build a harness to safely transport a chocolate cream egg down a zip wire.

Consideration had to be given to the best material for the zip wire, the incline of the wire, the mass of the egg and the design of the harness. The forces of friction, air resistance and gravity all affect the experiment and also have to be considered.

Joe in Year 9 designed a superb harness and zip wire; the egg safely reached the end of its journey!  Joe also produced a video of his experiment and set it to music!

Joe has very kindly given us permission to share the video of his winning design.

Very well done!

This week’s Science Students of the Week:

Year 9

Lucy Manton for consistent hard work and Alice Morris for excellent work, selected by Mr Crum.

Chloe Ford, was also selected by Mr Crum for spotting his mistake in the video lesson!

Year 10

Liberty Carr for consistent good work, selected by Mrs Pavey.

Lucy Lowther for continued excellent work in Chemistry, selected by Mrs Evans.

Jodie Birks and Liv Coldwell for excellent effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Tilley Shelley and Lilly Williams for excellent engagement and effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne for achieving 100% in his Chemistry work, selected by Mr Mitchell.

George Mothershaw for superb effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Year 13

Amelia Barnacle for consistent excellent effort, selected by Mr Crum.

Well done!

Elkes News

My thoughts this week have been on the wins we’re making in the midst of this situation, and how we should celebrate what we can each day. Talking to students (and parents as well), lots of us are finding some days easier than others, and some days can be a struggle. I thought that reflecting on positives has been really helpful in not getting overloaded.

For me, the best thing about this week has been taking the time to sit down, sort the technology out and have an online meeting with Miss Attwood. It reminded me (as if she ever lets me forget) what a wonderful person she is to work with and to be around, but also made me look forward to a time when she and I can see you all, in the normality that will arrive. We’re both speaking to students and parents each day, and also hearing from other staff about how you’re getting on, and so many of you are dealing with this situation in strong and inspiring ways.

Yesterday was my daughter’s twentieth birthday, and while spending your birthday in lockdown (as lots of you have found in the last 6 weeks) isn’t ideal, she said something that really helped to see it more positively. We’ll celebrate properly when this is all over. Some things aren’t being cancelled, they’re just being postponed for a while, and we look forward to them in the future. Miss Attwood and I hope you’re all safe and well, and if you need us for anything, email parker@tahs.net or attwood@tahs.net so get in touch!

Mr Parker

Orme News

The current situation has, like many people, left me thinking are trousers weird? Does cheese solve boredom? And, most importantly, how can I keep a positive mindset?  One way I have found to remain optimistic is to bear in mind the acronym HALT (Hungry – Angry‐ Lonely ‐ Tired). If you are feeling any of these emotions it could be a signal to HALT‐ stop and regroup before those emotions become overwhelming. How we care for ourselves when we’re not overwhelmed by stress has a real impact on our ability to cope if that stress arrives.  

This has helped me this week as I have I have been hangry quite a lot and so have planned my meals/snacks more carefully to make sure I don’t have to repeat my attempt at French toast pizza toasties from last weekend (here is the recipe if you are interested http://teenyrecipes.com/eggy-bread-pizza-sandwich/ though I would not substitute the mozzarella for a cheese slice and pepperoni for Fridge Raiders as I tried to do). I have found that by building my day around meal breaks it has given me structure and a break from work, but also time to spend with my daughter as we try different combinations in the Breville I found at the back of a cupboard in my early lockdown cleaning frenzy (a Breville is what we had in the 80’s before toasted paninis had been invented).  So, my advice to you this week is if you get stressed and too busy to eat, become irritable, forage for junk food which leaves you feeling unsatisfied and empty, HALT. Plan your meals and snacks and think of food as fuel for your system.

Here at the Orme team we hope you are all safe and well and remember that if you need us for anything at all please contact us using brassington@tahs.net  or moore@tahs.net

Torrance News

Since we started our virtual learning, I have been setting work for the RESPECT programme (PSHE), that students usually study on a Friday morning in tutor time. Students have been completing work around the topic of ‘Resilience’, because now more than ever, we are all having to be resilient as we face the challenges of these difficult times. I have received so many fantastic responses from students, about how they are being resilient at the moment.

Students have been taking up hobbies they had previously given up on to help them pass the time at home and others have been researching how famous people such as Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe had to show resilience to overcome adversity and succeed. I particularly enjoyed reading work by one student who spoke so passionately about the resilience NHS staff are having to show in overcoming the current challenges the world is facing.

I think it’s important to remember that not all of us will be able to demonstrate resilience every single day. I know I certainly have days where I need time to reflect on everything happening at the moment, to re energise. Just remember that we are proud of you, however you are personally getting through this time, and we are here if you need any support

Whitmore News

Stop and take time to smell the roses.

For many of us life has changed dramatically. For myself it has been a reminder to become fully present in the moment. Instead of racing around from A to B I have appreciated saying hello to neighbours, seeing the blossom growing on the trees and spotting the rabbits and squirrels. If you are able to go out for a walk, please follow social distancing but also take notice of the environment around you and how it is constantly changing. 

PE Department

This week in PE as well as completing a First Aid Course, students have been completing home workouts and learning healthy recipes.We have attached some physical activity based games you can have a go at home.
2.6 Challenge

  Last Sunday 26th April should have been the London Marathon, as a result many charities have lost out on funding. The 2.6 challenge is to do some form of exercise with the numbers two and six in

To raise awareness of Thomas Alleynes fund raising efforts for School Meals, PPE, and laptops, Mr Barrow is completing a different 2.6 challenge each day from 26th April until we return to school. Maybe you would like to have a go and see how many you can beat him at. If you would like to sponsor Mr Barrow please send any donations to malbon@tahs.org.uk

Or maybe you would like to set him a 2.6 challenge for him to have a go at

Sunday – Mr Barrow ran 2.6km in 15.53    This was a steady run, see how many of you can beat my time. I will try again next week.

Monday- 26 press ups in 26 seconds Full press ups – perfect timing, can you do 26 secs of press ups or how long does 26 press ups take you.

Tuesday – 2.6 min plank  I love a plank- build up to it, can you do longer?

Wednesday – 2.6 mile run in 26.20  The timing of this was a fluke – see pic as proof!

Thursday – 26 sec plank with 26kg on back (I used a 20kg sand bag and 2 2.6kg hand weights – be careful if you try this and get someone to help you. and 2.6 min crucifix hold with 2.6kg hand weights (This was harder than it sounds – Just stand feet together with arms out stretched and stay still for 2.6 min I held 2.6 kg hand weights)

Friday – 26 squats with his wife sitting on his shoulders (This was easy! – Could you try this with a pet or sibling … A safer way would be a piggy back)

PE – Students of the week.

Gemma Butterworth and Joseph Hall for maximum engagement with online learning – well done.

Remember to email us with what PE you have been doing

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, letting us know what workouts you have been doing at home. How far you have been walking and running etc. We have begun to send out some healthy recipes, many thanks to Gemma who shared her Chilli Con Carne photos her family enjoyed earlier this week. 


Well done to Year 12 history students who all completed an exam at home based on content largely studied during lock down. Their essays were really impressive.Year 10 groups nearly finished their unit on Norman England. We have been really impressed by the quality of work students have been emailing to us. We are about to start our next unit on the American West, 1835 – 1895, which has us on track with our progress through the GCSE specification – so well done to everyone who is keeping up. We realise that ‘keeping up’ can be difficult for a variety of reasons so please email Mrs Johnson or Mrs Young if you have a concern, need help or would like any lessons re-sending before the new unit is started.Year 9 history teachers have also been really impressed with the work that is being emailed to them – it’s lovely to see what students are doing and we are very proud of their commitment

Ski Trip 2020

Please be advised that we are awaiting the refund form the travel company to the school. Once we have this we will be in contact with all parents regarding the refund.

I will be working with the company next week to ascertain the current situation ans timescales. Thanks once again for your patience in this situation.

Staffs CC Vacant Seat Scheme

Applications for the vacant seat scheme for the academic year 2020/2021 will be available to complete from 07:30am on Monday 4th May 2020.

Please see the below document for further details.


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April 24th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Thomas Alleyne’s produce PPE to support the NHS

Access to PPE is critical for healthcare workers in the current climate and this has been the motivation for Design and Technology teachers at Thomas Alleyne’s High School who have already produced over 300 re-usable face masks to donate to the NHS and other local care providers.

Graeme Quigley, Head of Design and Technology at Thomas Alleyne’s, was inspired by work he saw from other schools on Facebook; he realised it would be feasible to produce PPE Equipment using resources in the school. With an initial donation from the school Graeme and his colleague, Trevor Swindlehurst, made a prototype using poly-carbonate and took this to Stoke Hospital for trials and testing. The design passed with flying colours and so production in school began using a laser cutter and bespoke design press. The total of masks is likely to be1500 by next week through the dedication of these staff.

The team of two has increased to a team of four who are able to work safely to produce the equipment together. At least 300 masks have been produced so far along with ear protectors, which are made using the 3d printer to prevent cuts to ears from surgical masks worn by care workers. 260 of these have been made with more underway. The PPE have received lots of positive feedback; primarily for the sturdy design but also because they can be dismantled and sterilised for re-use and are more environmentally friendly.  The school have already been able to donate masks freely to many local key workers including Leighton Hospital, Sudbury Prison, St Mary’s Mount Care Home, Community Pharmacies and Balance Street District Nurses. 

Graeme’s design has been shared on the school Facebook page and a short video that shows the process of making the masks has already been downloaded over 6,000 times, even by a school in Canada.  Graeme explained “I feel that as we have the facilities in school to help, we need to do all we can to support healthcare workers in the local community”.  The school will continue to produce masks for as long as possible and has already received some donations to continue this work. One student sold tomato plants and raise £50 and other students in the keyworker school, inspired by Captain Tom, raised £100. Students and staff members have donated money to support this work. A Senior member of staff at the school praised the work saying ‘we are a community school and are proud to support our NHS key workers and healthcare workers through the fantastic work of Graeme and his team’.

I hope you all were able to enjoy some moments of normality during the Easter holiday, I know that many students have been working hard and have ensured that they have completed as much as they can that has been set. If your son or daughter is struggling to access Insight, where lessons are being set and instructions given to students, then can you please contact the schoolitsupport@tahs.net and they will assist you.  With that in mind can you check that your son or daughter is using Insight daily, we do not want any student to be disadvantaged because they have not been logging into Insight. It is not just used by their class teachers, it is used as a way of communicating with students, so Mrs Dodd, Mrs Walton, Mrs Bell or Mrs young may send information through Insight which is useful. Year 13 students, must please keep checking their UCAS account if they have applied to university, they are sending updates out and you need to keep on top of these, I would hate for any student to lose out on important information. If your child is interested in an apprenticeship then there are still plenty of opportunities out there. We have had one sent in today which may be of interest:

Engineering Apprenticeship opportunity that will be taught at Toyota Manufacturing UK starting in September 2020.

The roles are for Partner companies including;

         Faurecia UK Ltd

·         Futaba UK Ltd

·         Knapp Uk

·         Plastic Omnium

·         Radius Systems

Details of the apprenticeship are below:

Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship

Ø  The training will last for 44 months and consists of 2 parts:-

1.       22 months familiarisation and off the job technical training in the ‘Toyota Academy‘ at Burnaston.

2.       22 months on the job training at the partner company.

Ø  On successful completion of the programme, trainees will receive a level 3 NVQ qualification in engineering maintenance and become maintenance team members.

Ø  Applicants must possess or be anticipating a minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English and Science.

Further details are available on our website below.  Candidates can apply via this website and complete a short application.


Please keep using Unifrog to keep upto date with apprenticeships and also for Year 12 students they should be looking through the tools, starting to think about their personal statements and where the next step in their academic career, apprenticeship or employment will take them.  Please encourage them to log onto Unifrog, they are also now on Instagram as well as Facebook. 

We would like to encourage year 13 students to make good use of this time. To start reading around their chosen subject at university or to complete some MOOCS while they have some time on their hands. 

Year 12, if you do find yourself with spare time, firstly think about your health wellbeing, and then start to think about learning a new skill, a new language etc. 

A big thankyou to the students in year 12 who have become mentors to others, it will help these students enormously and willaid them in their journey.

Please stay safe.

Lions Young Leaders In Service Award

A number of students have been in touch to ask whether their community service counts towards the Lions Young Leaders In Service Award.  The answer is definitely YES!  Now open to lower school as well as 6th form, please contact Mrs Bell on bell@tahs.net if you are interested in taking part.  This is an internationally recognised award for community service which can form an excellent part of your personal statements, CVs or any of your future intentions.  Awards are given at 25 hours (bronze), 50 hours (silver) and 100 (gold) which must be completed within a 12 month period. 

I know several of you who have done almost double this already! 

Categories of community service include:Helping the elderly (doing shopping, mowing lawns etc)Helping children (teaching them a new skill such as baking etc)Literacy and education (assisting with homework, school work, mentoring)Disaster relief (fund raising etc)Other categories are public health, the environment, safety, helping the homeless and hungry and ‘other’.  I am sure that many of you have ticked many hours under these categories since isolation and maybe before.  The hours must be for unpaid service.Please email Mrs Bell who will send you a log for your hours if you are interested, or with any questions or queries.

How You Can Help Provide PPE

Your local hospitals, hospices and care homes are in urgent need of more PPE.  Do you have a 3D printer at home?  If so, then you can help by making mask extenders.  Can you sew or have you always wanted to learn this new skill?  This would be the perfect time.  There are Facebook groups such as Scrubs For Stoke or Derby For The Love Of Scrubs who organise patterns, materials and drop off points for PPE such as surgical scrubs, surgical hats, mask extenders and headbands.  The mask extenders are really simple to make – basically just a rectangle sewn together with a button either side for masks to loop over.  This helps save pressure on the ears of our key workers.  If you are interested, please visit the Facebook sites or get in touch with Mrs Bell on bell@tahs.net.  This also counts as hours of community service for the Lions Young Leaders In Service Award.

TAP for the coming Monday:
Both Years

Please look on Insight for 2 career related tasks from Mrs Bell.  The first one (goal setting) is more appropriate for Y12.  It guides you through Unifrog and helps you find the best career.  Y13 might also find it useful if you are uncertain about which career to take.  The second task is called ‘geeking out’ and guides you towards moocs, short videos and wider reading suggestions all linked to your chosen careers.  We will be looking at improving your personal statements soon and having wider reading and moocs to write about will really help your next steps.

Anyone fancy a sing along?

A group video sing-along to the Robbie Williams iconic ‘Angels’ is set to make the perfect Staffordshire Day tribute to the heroic keyworkers getting the county through the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re inviting you to say thank you to our NHS staff, care workers, other key workers and volunteers by recording your own selfie video version of the Robbie hit and emailing it in.

Your videos will then be edited together and will premiere as a special collective moment on Friday 1 May, as part of this year’s online-only Staffordshire Day programme, which will also feature poetry readings, art classes, cooking demonstrations, talks, theatre and live music.

Under 16’s will need parental permission.
More details can be found here:


Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to the marbles problem.  In fact there were hundreds of possible different solutions.  Here are 3…

Well done to Tom Newbury Year 9 for being the first person to send in a correct solution.

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week. 

Corona Conundrums

Why not have a go at some of these short maths conundrums (loosely connected to the current Covid-19 crisis) set up by Chris Smith a maths teacher from Scotlandhttps://bit.ly/2UuPPqA

and remember… all maths is good maths!

Can you help?

Mental Health Support

SHOUT the UK’s first 24/7 text service that is free on all mobile networks for anyone in crisis at anytime, anywhere. Text number is : 85258  

Keyworker School Fundraising

200 laps for £100 raised for our PPE fund.
Well done to Kyle, Gemma and Minnie

English Success

More Great RE Work

Students of the week have been chosen by Mr Scott

Year 9 Students of the Week are:James, Liam, Rhiannan and George
Year 10 Students of the Week are:Alfie, DaisyYear 12 Ben

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

This week we have Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Pavey and Mrs Evans.

Mrs Pavey selected:

Year 9
Charlie Aldridge and Alfie Hall.

Year 10
Mollie Beresford, Joe Hudson and Leighton Thomas.

All of these students have produced consistently good virtual learning work; having a go at all work set and showing resilience.

Mrs Evans selected:

Jacob Bailey and Bailey Redshaw in Year 10.
Both students have been selected for producing fantastic Chemistry work via online learning and for completing every lesson of work to date.

Mr Mitchell would also like to nominate Carlie Martin in Year 12 for achieving a great score on the first Chemistry practice paper.

Well done!

PE Department

Geography Competitions 

A thank you to those who submitted entries and apologies that the email address was incorrect on the word document. To submit, please send your entry to geogcomp@tahs.net

Year 9 submissions have now closed. Year 10/11 and year 12/13 have until Monday to submit entries and the winners for each year group will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Please see previous newsletters or insight for the competition brief.

Good luck! 

Future Learn

We’re very pleased to announce, in partnership with FutureLearn, the launch of FutureLearn Schools, a new initiative that gives millions of students aged 13 and above free upgraded access to over a hundred relevant short courses, in order to support their learning and expand their horizons.

FutureLearn Schools will be available free from May until September 2020 to every eligible student in the UK and Ireland, and will be rolled out globally in due course.  Teachers, parents and students will also be able to access additional guidance and support for free through the initiative, such as the  Coronavirus support hub from Tes and support for parents and learners during Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Pearson.

Well Done Skye

Skye Gibson (Oldfields) sister of Sophie in Y11 has set up a stall selling cast resin ornaments and jewellery and has already made £52 for our PPE fundraiser.

Free Courses

Free courses online for age 13+ students in a range of subjects.Over 128 free courses are available online through Future Learn – some of our students have already taken advantage of this – Why don’t you?It’s free and easy to sign up.Courses include:

  • Spy Training for 13-18 year olds
  • Start Writing Fiction
  • Computer Programming for Everyone
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Project  Management
  • Heroism through Art and Film
  • Physical Theatre

And lots, lots more!

More New Life

One of our Shetland ewes has given birth to twins, this is the first time we have had twins from the Shetlands. So small and very cute. Mum and babies are doing well.


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April 4th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

The Science Department Donates Equipment to the NHS

Our Science students are continuing with their studies at home, consequently our science equipment in the laboratories is, at the moment, not being used.

On Tuesday we collected together our departmental PPE (personal protective equipment) from the laboratories and Prep. Room and donated it to our NHS.  Boxes of equipment were placed outside of the School for collection by various organisations.

We were able to donate well over 400 pairs of goggles and safety glasses, along with plastic aprons, gloves and a face shield.

The equipment has been distributed to Doctors’ Surgeries in Uttoxeter and Rocester, and also to the local Ambulance Service and Community Nurses.

We have received a message of thanks and a photograph from the Ambulance Service:

‘Thanks to you, every member of Burton and Hixon Stations now has their own safety goggles which will protect them in the fight we have with COVID-19’.

Northgate Surgery in Uttoxeter have also sent the following message:

‘Thank you so much for organising and providing us with the much needed goggles, it is much appreciated.  The GPs and I are very grateful for your kindness during this uncertain time’.

We are immensely grateful for all of the work being carried out by key workers on our behalf and trust that the Science Department PPE will help to protect our NHS staff.

In these unusual times we feel it is important to keep lines of communication open. Mrs Dodd has set up a new way of Year 12 keeping up to date with enrichment.  All year 12 students have been emailed a link and password to access the virtual Sixth Form via EDMODO, we encourage everyone to join as this is where we will be sharing resources in relation to Future intentions and Enrichment after Easter. As parents you can join too via your son/daughters link if you wish. Unifrog has now launched itself on Instagram.  This time can be used to plan your next step in your career journey. Use the tools on the home page of Unifrog to see what you can do.

I would spend some time going through these sections and look at the MOOC’s that are available for you to access. They will help to keep your brain active and engaged and you never know, you may learn about something totally unexpected that could give you greater insight in to a new career idea.Within the Subjects Library tool, once you have selected a career you can scroll to the bottom of the page and find a great section called ‘geek out section’ and this is for all subjects and all learners if you wish to enhance or develop your learning in any way.  We have many students in Year 12 who are currently undertakinganEPQ. The EPQ learning forum is going well with 32 students currently undertaking a project and that Mrs Dodd is very impressed with the range of ideas they have come up for their projects.

It is awful that we have not had the usual end of term activities and end of year 13 plans as we normally would.   It has been such a quick end to their time at Thomas Alleyne’s. We are still keeping in touch with them, if you can encourage them to please let their teachers, form tutors, and the Sixth Form Team know how they are getting on and if there is anything we can do for them then please let us know. 

For those that have applied to university then please check ask them to check their communication and messages from UCAS. They have stated that they have extended the deadline for acceptance on to these courses by two weeks due to the current situation, and to also state that if they have had a reduced offer or an unconditional offer then this extra two weeks will give them time to discuss with parents. It seems that some universities are trying to guarantee students on their courses so are changing the parameters by which they usually work.

Please all, you can encourage students to keep upto date on Insight, Outlook, Teams and Edmodo over the upcoming weeks then this will help them be aware of all communications from their teachers and Mrs Rudge.

TAP for after Easter as follows:

Both Years:

Both years:Stuck for ideas?  Why not try these 100 ideas for 100 days?  

Online Gigs

The Ticket Factory has created a calendar of streamed gigs.  Have a look and see if there is anything you fancy attending.

Online Theatre

The National Theatre are streaming free full length plays every Thursday such as James Corden in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.  Find them here:

Pet Photos

The Ticket Factory are running a Facebook competition for the cutest pet.  Why not join their Facebook page to upload your entries

Ofqual Notification

Ofqual have now published their guidance for school regarding the Summer 2020 grades for year 11 and 13. Mrs Rudge has sent the letter from OFQUAL to all students. Mrs Peers is working on a frequently asked questions document to share with all parents and students. This will be sent to all students early next week.

We know this is a time of great anxiety and we want to support all students as much as possible. However, please do note that Ofqual have stated specifically that the school is not to share any grades or rankings that we are considering. 

At this stage, we also do not need any additional work that your child has completed, including work with tutors. Any work that has been completed will have undoubtedly benefited them in their classwork before closure. 
Ofqual have stated that schools use the evidence available, particularly taking into account current Public Health guidelines. 

We are being asked to use a broad evidence base, including mocks, classwork, homeworks, and, where relevant, practical performances, to produce a fair grade. This means that if they were absent for any part or if coursework is incomplete, they will not be disadvantaged. 

We will continue to inform you of additional information as we receive, including advice for BTEC subjects.


It may be that since we have been using virtual learning that your son or daughter may have become a little overwhelmed by the work that appears on Insight. A tip that has been suggested is that they look at what they have achieved already.  They can click on ‘subjects’ on the top right of their homework page and deselect all the subjects. This will give them a chance to look at each subject in turn. They can then see how much work they have already completed and achieved and what they have left to do. We want them to feel a sense of accomplishment.

NSPCC Advice

The NSPCC have provided guidance for parents on talking to children worried about coronavirus.

Young Minds have a very informative web page about looking after your mental health when self isolating:


It includes 

  • staying connected
  • staying calm
  • dealing with stressful situations at home
  • helplines and resources

Maths Puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted a solution to last week’s puzzle about dominoes and triominoes. Everyone found the correct number of dominoes (28) but the triominoes was more challenging. The most common wrong answer was 56 but the correct answer was 76. 

This is made up from 6 triples (all 3 numbers the same), 30 doubles (where 2 of the numbers are the same) and then 40 where all the numbers are different.  The key here was to spot that 5, 3, 1 is different to 5, 1, 3.

Well done to one of our school Governors, Peter Taylor, who was the only person with the correct solution.

This week’s puzzle 

Please email your answers with workings / pictures to ibbs@tahs.net.  The correct solution and names of those who got it correct will be put in round-up next week

Calling all prospective medical/dentistry students

In order to support our students with the very challenging task of applying to study these competitive courses at university we have teamed up with a local consultant. She has agreed to act as a mentor to our students, offering advice and providing support with the online testing. Any student from y9 upwards who might be interested in applying for medicine or dentistry and would like to access this support or would like any further information please email Mrs North at north@tahs.net

English Success

RE Work

Thank you to a great week of work and the positive feedback we have received about the screencast lessons.  Here is a sample or great work  from Y9, 10 and 12 working from home – it really does show that it doesn’t matter what form your work takes – you can still make progress and keep learning.  Your efforts are really appreciated.

Students of the week have been chosen by Mrs Lindsay
Year 9 Students of the Week are:Sylvia, Keria, Grace, Millie, Lydia, Joe, Harry, Lewis and Jack.

Year 10 Students of the Week are:

Lilberty, Heather, Ben, Lydia, Polly and Josh.

Each will receive their online certificate explaining the reasons they have been chosen.

Science News

Even though our Science lessons are currently home based we are continuing to select students for their hard work across all academic years.

This week we have Science Students off the Week selected by Mrs Gwynne:

Year 10

Isaac Stanier, Katie Large, Aiden Moorfield and Tilly Shelley for super effort completing all work set to an exceptional standard.

Year 11

Jack Doyle, Eve Bednall and Seb Hancox for their continued commitment to Biology.

Year 12

Aaron Gwynne and Jenna Timmis for continued communication and completing work.

Year 13

Jack Marples, Thomas Paige, Emelia Lowe and Kim Burgess for completing all of the A Level Biology work that has been set.

Mrs North has also selected students for excellent work in both Science and Animal Care:

Year 9

Joe Hall and Findlay Taylor-Smith for excellent work in Science.

Year 10

Millie Yates and Tom Jackson for excellent Animal Care coursework.

Year 11

Millie Watson, Scarlett Simister and Jess Smith for completing all of their Animal Care coursework.

Year 12

George Mothershaw for making an excellent start on his coursework on the musculoskeletal system.

Well done!

PE Department

This week for core PE our students have begun a First Aid Course, through St John Ambulance. This is a practical course on Insight.

Our Yr 11 BTEC Tech Sport students have this week received their exam results. They have all received a personal email on Office 365 giving a breakdown of their result. Most of our students are rightly very proud of their results but for those below their target we will be notify the exam board that they would intend to resit. Our Yr11s continue to work hard on their Coursework and completed assignments should be emailed to their teacher on Office 365. 
Yr10 BTEC Tech Sport students have been researching Sports Injuries for their Coursework. Over Easter they have an optional project on Sports Leadership which they will find on Insight.

Yr12 BTEC Sport students are researching careers in Sport.

Yr13 BTEC Sport students are completing their assignment on Fitness Testing.

In conjunction with Staffordshire Training Provider The Training Initiative, we have been able to offer Yr11,12 and 13 students the opportunity to complete a L2 Fitness Instructor course, details are on Insight.
Practically, students have a number of project options over Easter- The first is a daily mile challenge, create a mile route using Google maps or another app and try and beat your time each day you can start by walking.
The Royal Ballet have got a progressive fitness programme on 


Leeds Rhinos have got a 14 day fitness challenge you can try (you don’t have to be a rugby player it is suitable for everyone) 

Alternatively create your own fitness/movement/ PE challenge, it might be to improve a skill e.g keepie uppies, or catching, try a yoga routine, make up a new game. Post your ideas on Office 365. 
Other ideas are on Insight

Games created by some members of Miss Jones’ PE group.

Gemma came up with Here’s the rules for the 2 games me and my two brothers made up:1) Crab Football:Basically, it’s a version of football that can be played inside, as long as there’s space! Each player starts in a ‘crab’ position, on hands and feet, kind of like the bridge gym pose but with arms bent below the shoulders, if that makes sense? Then, you set up as many goals as there are players (eg, 3), each about a meter wide. Next, you have to ‘crab crawl’ around and try and score the opponents goal. To score, it is a countdown: everyone starts with 5 points and if somebody scores in your goal, you lose a point and they gain one. Either first to 10 points wins, or first to 0 loses, whichever’s first!

2) Winguardium This game is also for indoors, and each player sits (preferably cross-legged, or kneeling) in a circle, with about half a meter between them all. The aim of the game is to defend your ‘goal’-your head- but you’re not allowed to move anything but your hands. If you can figure out a way of walking with your hands, that is allowed. If your head gets head-bumped by somebody else, you’re out!

Hannah invented a game called Tillies Out where the scoring system is, at the end of how many rounds you want to do, the person with the most times they have turned the lamp off wins. If the numbers are equal, the person who wins is the person who got sent back to the house the least amount of times.

Isabella continued with a fitness theme  – The game i did was to put exercises in one bowl and numbers in another. You pick a exercise and a number of times and continue until you finish both bowels
Sadie practiced her netball – 2 people each have a turn shooting the netball into the hoop. if it bounces off the wall and goes in its 1 point and if it goes in without touching the wall then its 2 points. the first person to 20 points wins.

Netball drills. 

The netball teams received a link with some solo drills they can practice at home if they have access to a ball. Everyone is welcome to try.


Please keep praticing your skills if you are able to and send in any photos or videos of any skills you have completed successfully

Internet Safety

Parental controls offered by your home internet provider to support homeschooling online safety

How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home. 

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.  

The link to this site can be found:


This site has lots of other useful resources for parents and carers to support online safety.


Geography Competitions 

As we are entering the Easter holidays, it is a good time to slow down and take a break from working all the time. So in light of this, we will be extending the final submission date of the competitions announced next week. The new dates are as follows:

Year 9-Wednesday 22nd April

Year 10 and 11- Friday 24th April

Year 12 and 13- Monday 27th April

Winners will be announced on May 1st.

Any questions, draft submissions, or final submissions can be sent to geogcomp@tahs.net.

Good luck and happy Easter!

Drama News

The National Theatre are currently offering free, at home access to some of their productions and this week are streaming the highly acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors (recommended for parents/carers and students of year 11 and above). This is available for the next six days, please see the link below.


Students and families have additionally been sent an at home login on INSIGHT to access the NT collection over Easter.

Digital Marketing Course

Further to us securing the opportunity for students to do online fitness course we are also able to offer a similar opportunity for Digital Marketing – ideal for ICT and Business students in years 11 to 13.


Child Development

Child development students have been set the “egg baby” challenge over Easter – here’s the first two entries baby Bella and baby Derek!

BTEC Tech Award Health & Social Care Exam Results

This week saw the arrival of the results for the external exam taken in February for all our year 10 and year 11 Health & Social Care students.  We are incredibly pleased with the results with a fantastic 100% pass rate.  Lots of students have performed above their target grades, but special mention must go to Lydia in year 10 who achieved an outstanding 48/48 points towards her overall qualification.  Well done to everyone.

Great Art Work

The Art Department has been really impressed with how well Year 9 students have been engaging with the first two art tasks. Some brilliant use of pattern and tone – well done! Here are a few examples to share with you

New Life

A bit of positive news for peoples day, new life down on the farm.

An Impressed Mr Parker!

While all those who’re staying focused online are doing really well, I particularly wanted to mention the work members of 11U2 and 11H2 are doing in such unusual times. I’ve been sent some hugely inspiring and well-thought out pieces, and think you should all be proud of keeping yourself in great working habits. 


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March 27th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

I would like to thank all members of our community as we complete week 1 of learning from a distance. Your ongoing support, tolerance and patience is greatly appreciated.

There is a lot still for us as a school to learn and I am grateful for how much our community has pulled together.

I hope you enjoy Round up.

TAP for this Monday as follows:

Both Years:

Please keep an eye on Insight for some additional TAP activities to help make this current situation go by in a healthy and productive way.  I would really like to hear from you with your uplifting playlists at bell@tahs.org.

Year 12

Continue to work on your CV’s on Unifrog or on a Word document.  Good advice is available on this link from Barclays bank but remember to also utilise Unifrog.  You can also spend some time updating your competencies on Unifrog: 


Year 13

Read this useful article about self esteem.  You could also explore the Bright Knowledge website which has lots of great articles on education, health and wellbeing but also a careers library to explore

:  https://www.brightknowledge.org/health-wellbeing/self-esteem

GCSE Pod Usage

Well done all we are currently 2nd in our category for usage.

Maths Puzzle

Please see the attached for all the details of the latest maths puzzle.

Rotary Young Writer Competition

A huge congratulations to Maddie Andrews, who has won the Rotary Young Writer competition- at both Local and District level. This is a fantastic achievement. Maddie will now go forward for consideration by the National panel and we wish her all the best of luck! 

Auschwitz Visit

The Auschwitz trip was a once in a lifetime experience and one that I will never forget. After visiting the small town of Oświęcim, we visited the first Auschwitz camp. This was transformed from an old, unused Polish army settlement, so the barracks were brick and several stories high. Prisoners rooms were bare and harsh. It’s also interesting to note that many barracks had illusion windows; buildings had actually sealed up windows from the inside with wooden planks on a steel frame, meaning rooms inside had little to no light. This camp was mainly for political prisoners at the beginning, and later acted as the site of Dr. Mengele’s experiments. As we neared the end of the tour here, we visited the book of names. This book has over 4million names recorded in it. You can look through each individual page and find hundreds of names, next to which is their birthdate, where they were from and sometimes the exact day they died. It is a statement of both personal and societal impacts of the holocaust. The second camp was more similar to what most would imagine the camps to be like. It was quite a shock to me how large the camp really was, at 2 square miles. The wooden barracks were lined with bunk beds that would’ve been used by up to 5-10 people per bunk bed level. We also visited the toilet block which gave us a real impression of the lack of privacy prisoners were exposed to and reminded me of the ‘modern luxuries’ we now take for granted. At each stage we learnt about the personal implications of the holocaust while witnessing the enormous extent of its effects. Our tour leader was great and it was inspiring to see his commitment and passion for the cause, as he talked us through each site we visited. I’m overwhelmingly grateful to school for providing this as an opportunity for students and recommend it to anyone who wants to play their part in keeping the memories alive.

Science News

Our Science students are continuing their studies through a variety of distance learning methods.

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Miss Thorley are:

Polly Jones in Year 10 and Caitlyn Beardsley in Year 11 for exceptional hard work and positive attitude to learning.

Miss Macdonald selected Eleanor Webster and Surinder Mason for working hard through all of the Chemistry GCSEPods and producing extra work in preparation for taking A Level Chemistry.

Well done!

PE Department

Well done to all students who are staying active, at least we have been blessed with some nice weather. Last week we set students the task of creating a mile run and then timing it. If it is safe for you to do, keep trying to beat your time and send them into us on Office 365. We also set you a deck of cards challenge (see last week’s roundup)

We will set some progressions of these in the next few weeks.  Some of you have been getting creative with you exercise-

E.g Jack has been doing this with his brother- 

1. Run around garden 10 times

2. Come together in middle of garden and do a 1v1 scrum 

3. 10 press ups

4. 10 sit ups

5. 2 laps of Garden

Roman has been been playing Wally, each player starts with 3 lives, you have to hit a wall with a ball with just one kick or lose a life. Last player to lose all lives wins.

Rhys- has been doing the woodwork challenge- 5 shots with football 10m away to hit crossbar and both posts, if you hit one you get an extra shot, if you miss cross bar 5press ups, if you miss post 5sit ups

Leighton has been playing Panna- a 1v1 football game first to 3goals or meg your opponent.

Lots of other complex back garden games involving pets and different equipment some of which I will share next week. 

Please share your games, so others can have a go.

BTEC Sport Results

Well done to our Yr12 and 13 students on a great set of unit exam results from January. 


Congratulations to a number of RS, Philosophy and Ethics students who have completed Open University Certificates as part of their learning from home this week to support their progress.  To those Y10 students who completed the 1 hour ‘Do Prisons work?’ module and Y12 students who have completed  the 12 hour ‘Rethinking religion’ module, very well done  This is a great achievement and relates directly to your courses.

Art Update

Art staff have been impressed by the numbers of students that have been actively engaging with the art tasks set across all year groups and have been emailing photos of their work to staff for feedback. Could we please request that parents particularly of students in years 11 and 13 do this if it is possible, as this will help with the awarding of grades.

Geography Competitions

TAHS Geography Competitions

The competitions below are aimed to develop your skills in geography as well as reinforce the knowledge you have gained in lessons. Have fun, good luck, and I look forward to seeing your results!


Please enter all entries as either a word document, or as a photo (if you are doing a poster/leaflet based task). Entries must be submitted to geogcomp@tahs.net to be a valid entry. Please use the title of the competition with your name as the subject. I will be marking them and sending you feedback within a week of the closing date.

I will accept entries from the 30th March 2020. The final deadline for entries is 3pm on the following dates:

Year 9- Thursday 9th April
Year 10 and 11- Friday 10th April
year 12 and 13- Monday 13th April

Winners will be announced in the newsletter of that week.

Sources: you must include a list of where you got your information. The idea of these tasks is not to cut and paste, but effectively research a topic in a way that boosts your knowledge. Wikipedia is NOT a valid source!


Year 9- Our Fascinating Planet

Using google Earth (or google maps satellite view if you cannot access Google Earth), you are to find the most fascinating landform you can in one of the following countries:


This land form must be natural (NOT man-made!). Once you have chosen, you are to produce a leaflet no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining what the feature is, how it was formed, and any local stories/legends that may surround it. Include maps and pictures, however these must not fill more than half a page. Word limit: 500 words.

Year 10 and 11- Earthquake Survival Guide

You are to produce a guide for residents on how to survive an earthquake. This is to be no more than two sides of A3 and needs to include the following information:

What an earthquake is, how they happen, and where they happen.
How you can prepare yourself and your home for an earthquake.
What to do during an earthquake.

You will get bonus marks if you include extra information about earthquakes and mitigating the impacts, but only if you also have the information above. Don’t forget diagrams and images to support your work, and a list of sources.

Year 12 and 13: Troubled Water

There is a documentary on Netflix called Rotten. Watch the episode entitled ‘Troubled Water’ and use this along with a minimum of 3 other sources to write an essay with the following title:

‘What are the global impacts of the bottled water industry?’

This task links to the water module in the A-Level scheme of work, and will encourage you to use your understanding of the topic to explore this aspect of the water issue. If you do not have access to Netflix, you can either find a suitable alternative documentary or a detailed article to use as your main reference. Word limit: 1000 words.

Something a Little Different

We are heading to an atypical holiday in education. We understand that some of you will want a rest from school; rightly so, but some of you may find that you want something different to do as your movement is limited.With that in mind we are sharing a range of ideas you may wish to consider. Some of these allow you to change your scenery virtually. Why not visit museums and galleries online? watch free productions from the National Theatre and Broadway, stream concerts, tackle James Dyson’s design challenges, learn a new language for future holidays all from your own home.  These are just a few! These ideas are not compulsory but just an offering of some great stuff being shared beyond our own community. We would love to hear about anything you:



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March 20th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

This evening, I just wanted to thank everyone for your support. Because of our community working together, showing such patience and tolerance I feel we are making progress in moving to distant learning. We are determined to be with you through this even if it is remotely. Our thoughts are with any families who are struggling at the moment – please let us know if we can help at all. 

I know our Year 11 and 13s understandably want answers to their questions about what will happen regarding their GCSEs and A levels/BTECs.  Guidance is being shared that there may be opportunities to re-sit them in the Autumn term and there may be teacher assessments which will take place. At the moment, this is conjecture but I will share it on one of the daily updates early next week. 

We are keenly aware that Year 11 and 13 students may have felt like it was their last day today – I am confident that we will celebrate your time at our school when this moment in time has passed. We want to have the opportunity to thank you for all you have done for the school. For now though, let’s do the best we can with the coming weeks, let’s try and support our families, friends and those NHS workers and other key workers who are doing so much for us. 

Other news:
Two things happened this week which would normally be at the top of my newsletter. The first is that we were awarded 2 Specialist Schools and Academies Trust awards – an incredible achievement from last year’s Year 11 and 13 and your teaching and support staff. Congratulations – it is the first time we have made the top 10% of schools nationally for attainment.
And the second thing – the birth of some beautiful new lambs.

Round up remains our celebration of events – next week we move to a celebration of our online work and if you have positive stories that we can share please email Headteacher@tahs.org.uk

I will finish this week with my personal thank yous to our wonderful community: student support assistants; teaching assistants, 1:1 tutors, technicians, cover staff,  teachers, site staff, our cleaning team, ICT staff, our cooks, governors, parents, students and the senior team.
Education is about to change for a period of time – we will learn from it – then we will reunite. 

I look forward to that day. 

Until then, let’s see what we can do with learning from a distance.

6th Form Apprenticeships Online Short CourseIf you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, please enrol on this short course provided by Amazing Apprenticeships.  It is an interactive resource designed to tell you all you need to know about apprenticeships in a 10 hour self-directed course.  It includes what apprenticeships are, how to find one, about funding and preparing for the first day.  


Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Create or improve your CV using Unifrog and advice from Barclays.  Log onto Unifrog and complete your CV or add to your competencies:  



Please watch this video and read this advice about keeping good mental health during the coronavirus.


Sports News

U16 Football

With all football currently on hold – Yr11 were presented with their match shirts for the County Cup and Sentinel Shield.  Who knows when we will be able to play football again but these boys will have these shirts as memento’s of 3 years of school football  and will have these shirts to play 6th form football.

PE At Home 

With school closed to Yr9 & 10 at the end of the week pupils have been completing a range of activities at home. A couple of these examples are below.  All pupils can have a go at these and send in their times on Office 365.
Red/Black  – You will need a pack of playing cards (if not got one create your own or use an online card pack) and a timer (watch/stop watch/phone etc)

Instructions -This challenge is Called Red & Black. For Each red card do press ups and each black card do sit ups. Shuffle cards and put pack of cards face down- Turn first card over and look at the number. Complete the number of exercises on the card. All face cards are 10. If you turn over a Joker complete 20 star jumps. e.g turn over 2 of clubs ( complete 2 sit ups), then turn over next card 7 of hearts (complete 7 press ups).  Keep going until you have completed the full set of cards (52 + jokers) You can rest as much as you like but the clock keeps running. When you have completed the full deck of cards stop the timer. You can have as many goes as you like. If you can get someone to witness it. Press Ups can be completed on knees but you must state that on your results and chest must go down to the floor. Sit Ups Hands next to ears- elbows to knees, back must go to floor each rep.

 1 mile running challenge. 

Your task is to create a safe running route from your house using google maps, map my run or another app of your choice.  Plan a circular route that starts and finishes at home.  this could be 1 mile long lap or a number of smaller laps adding up to 1 mile.  Ensure your route is safe and that you tell someone where you are going.  If possible do the run with a friend or family member

Science News

On Thursday our Year 11 students carried out a series of Science experiments.

Mr Melland’s classes looked into rocket science – building a variety of different shaped rockets and impressively launching them towards a target!

Students also measured the wavelength of laser light using diffraction gratings.

Mr Mitchell made batteries from salt bridges using a range of sulfate solutions.  Cells arranged in series produced an outstanding 6.3 volts – sufficient to charge a mobile phone!

Some classes also tried their hand at alchemy – turning copper coins into ‘gold’!

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

Year 10

Macy Curran for excellent effort in Biology

Sam Archer for excellent work in Biology

Year 11

Tom Haines and Scarlett Simister for effort and progress in Biology lessons

Year 12

Charlie Martin for making good progress in A Level Biology

Isabel Foster for excellent effort in A Level Biology

Year 13

Luke Langley for making good progress in A Level Biology

Poppy Reay-Robinson for continued effort in her A Level Biology studies

Well done!

BTEC Success

This week we got some fabulous results for our year 13 BTEC Health & Social Care students.

They received the results from their January exam, the challenging Anatomy & Physiology paper and over a third of the students achieved the top distinction grade (with two more being just a couple of marks away).  Another 1/3 achieved a merit grade and 100% students passed.
There are still some places available on this course for September for students interested in a health, care or education career.

Help the Supply Chain

Are you in the sixth form and wanting to help with the current national emergency then check out this link.


Summer Holiday Opportunity

Please see the link below for information on a fantastic opportunity for students over the summer break on Cannock Chase.


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March 13th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us at Year 10 parents evening this week. We understand that some people were unable to attend and this will have been disappointing. Please contact us if you would like feedback from your son or daughter’s form tutor.

We would very much appreciate all parents/carers checking that your daughter or son can log into GCSEpod and Insight. https://www.gcsepod.com

We have set a Maths piece of homework (just 15 minutes) for all Year 9 students to check they can access the podcasts. Please encourage them to do so. We will then provide training for students who cannot access the podcasts via their form tutors.

Talk the Talk have been back in school working with students to develop their communication skills; students reported that they had an excellent day and have found the day useful in developing their own confidence. Thank you to Mrs Peers ran our first formal walking talking mock where the students worked through the English examination paper with her in real time.

Thank you for the support that parents have offered us during this difficult time. We want to reassure you that we continue to follow guidance from Public Health England. currently guidance is as follows:

  • People who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have a new or persistent cough symptoms and/or temperature of 37.8C and above are being asked to self-isolate for seven days.
  • Schools are to remain open, but international school trips will be cancelled.

Absence will be authorised for all students who need to self-isolate.  Our thoughts are with anyone who is unwell.

6th Form Apprenticeships Online Short CourseIf you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, please enrol on this short course provided by Amazing Apprenticeships.  It is an interactive resource designed to tell you all you need to know about apprenticeships in a 10 hour self-directed course.  It includes what apprenticeships are, how to find one, about funding and preparing for the first day.  


Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Create or improve your CV using Unifrog and advice from Barclays.  Log onto Unifrog and complete your CV or add to your competencies:  



Watch these clips about settling in to uni life provided by UCL:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/support-and-wellbeing/uclcares/student-support-and-wellbeing-videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qq1pJ8TGy8

Sports News

U14 and U16 Netball

Both sides won matches against Cheadle and Moorside on Tuesday. We will be back for more fixtures in a couple of weeks 

Uttoxeter Rugby

Congratulations to our Thomas Alleynes boy’s who were involved in a superb win against Derby Rugby club today. The under 15’s and 16’s Uttoxeter teams joined forces at the start of the season as both low on numbers, they struggled up to Christmas with very few wins but thanks to the perseverance of the coaches James Holmes, Aron and David Pattison they have come of age and played a superb game.  

Science News

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.

Students were engrossed by the rat dissection in the Biology Department.  The answer to ‘how long is the small intestine of a rat?’ – approximately 1 metre!

In the Physics Department sparks flew as we looked into hair raising electricity with the Van de Graaff generator and a giant capacitor.

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!

Thank you for all of the entries received so far in the ‘Big Science Question Competition’, which is open to all year groups within the school.  See the posters displayed in the Science Department for details of this term’s Chemistry-themed questions.  Prizes include credit points, front of queue lunch passes and a fabulous Echo Dot.  The closing date for the entries is Friday 20th March.

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

Year 9

Ellie-Mae Brown and Joe Renshaw for excellent effort and class contributions

Year 10

Finley Moger and Liea Wild for consistent effort

Year 11

Scarlett Simister and Chloe Yates for working very well in Physics

Year 12

Charlie Martin and Alicia Mountford for excellent attitude and effort

Year 13

Will Taylor for exceeding his target

Max Addison for supporting Year 11 revision.

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

Year 10

Emily Taylor and Evie Udall for excellent animal care course work at a distinction level.

Year 11

Georgie Woodfield, Abigail Wildman and Max Hayes for consistent hard work on course work.

Well done!

Summer Holiday Opportunity

Please see the link below for information on a fantastic opportunity for students over the summer break on Cannock Chase.


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March 6th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Please make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

 Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
 Avoid close contact with people who are sick
 If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
 If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days

Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:

 Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for- patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation)
 If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for

If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days

If you or your children are well:

You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
 Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
 Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)

Symptoms to look out for

If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:

 Cough
 Difficulty in breathing
 Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:

 Avoid contact with others
 Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
 Don’t travel while sick
 Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing,throwing tissues in the bin
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)

If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school to speak to Mrs Rudge or Mrs Maingay.Please ensure that the school has your most recent contact details so that our records are up-to-date and correct. We continue to monitor the safety and well-being of our students regarding future trips and activities and will keep in close contact with Parents.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Watch this video about LGBQT issues in school.  How could you help?  What might you need to ask staff for?  Also read the handout of websites for LGBQT advice and support.



Visit the ‘Student Meals’ web page.  How much does it cost to cook a healthy meal? Check out some recipe ideas here (guess the prices before watching):  



Assemblies: w/b 9th of March

Miss North will be leading assemblies this week talking about National Science Week

Thought(s) for the Week 

“Rockets are cool. There is no getting around that.” -Elon Musk

“Reason, observation, and experience: the holy trinity of science.” –Robert Green Ingersoll

Year 10 Parents Evening

Year 10 parents evening is now live on Insight for your bookings. Reminder of the date, Thursday 12th March.

Sports News

 Year 9 – Champions  

Paulet were the final opposition to complete the fixtures for the East Staffordshire LeagueTAHS led through every quarter, in windy conditions. The final score was 10-1. The girls have had a phenomenal season and it has been fantastic to see them develop as a team. 

Squad – Lucy C, Evie, Kiera, Hattie, Lucy L, Flo & Molly POM- Lucy L

Year 10 finished runners up in their league with a 16-2 victory at PauletSquad – Lydia, Evie, Zoe, Teegan, Halle, Holly, Jess & Lucy. POM – Evie.  The same girls also made their debut in the U16 B Moorlands tournament on Thursday. Playing three fixtures in the tournament the girls enjoyed more success with a comprehensive victory against Cheadle, a 7-4 win over Moorside and a narrow 8-5 loss to Painsley. 

The Year 11 team won the Moorlands U16 A tournament at Cheadle. The girls won all three games beating Cheadle 11-5, Moorside 7-6 and JCB 14-2. Many thanks to Andrea Adams for umpiring and transport. Squad – Amelia, Freya, Jess, Ella, Frankie, Anna, Holly & Alice

Next Week 

Tuesday – U16 A & U14 netball at Cheadle

Wednesday – Girls Cricket Club

Friday – Trampoline Club

Latest from Match Day Max

Science News

Our celebration of British Science Week got underway on Friday 6th March with our much-anticipated Millionaire Quiz.

The winners of our Middle School Quiz were a team from Windsor Park Middle School, the runners-up were a team also from Windsor Park.  In third place were Oldfields Hall Middle School.

Well done!

We had joint winners in the Thomas Alleyne’s House Quiz – teams from Whitmore and Torrance took the prize and in third place was a team also from Whitmore House.

Well done!

Next week we have a range of activities to celebrate British Science Week; each activity will start at 13.30.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, Room 52: Explosive Chemistry with Mr Crum – potentially very loud!!!

Wednesday, Room 55: Rat dissection with Mrs Swinson; how long is the ‘small’ intestine of a rat?!!!

Thursday, Room 51: Electrifying Physics with Mrs Melland – hair raising!!!

Friday is Animal Antics on the Farm – come and meet a range of animals on the Farm including guinea pigs and the bearded dragon.

Miss Thorley would like to share with the School a piece of homework produced by Spencer Daniels. The homework titled ‘Journey of a Ham and Cheese Sandwich’ has been painted onto canvas and superbly illustrates the digestive system process. 

The Science Department would like to reward the excellent effort and hard work – a prize awaits Spencer in the Prep. Room on Monday breaktime.  Well done Spencer!

With exam season approaching we would like to offer Year 11 students the opportunity to purchase Science Revision cards.

The cards can be purchased from the School Shop:

Triple Science (students in sets 1 and 2) – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are priced at £4.50 per subject pack.

Combined Science (students in sets 3, 4 and 5) – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are priced at £3.50 per subject pack.

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

Year 9

Olivia Smith for consistent effort.

Ryan Jeffrey for excellent work.

Year 10

Wren Tilbrook for excellent effort.

Tilly Shelly for superb effort.

Katie Boot for always trying hard and achieving or beating her target grade.

Year 11

Abi Wildman for hard work.

Kyle Elcock for excellent effort.

Year 12

Alex Done and Katelyn Poole for consistent excellence.

Year 13

Luke Langley and Sian Rendell for excellent effort and attainment.

Well done!

Geography Revision

Geography revision on Tuesday until 4pm, all are welcome.

Drama News

Parents/ carers of our A Level and GCSE Drama students are invited to an informal showcase of practical exam work in the Ede Studio on Tuesday 17th March, 4-6pm. This will allow students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience before their exams. Please note that there are some mature and challenging themes and therefore we would recommend a minimum audience age of 14. 

Join our Team

We are recruiting cleaners and invigilators – please see the advert below for more details.


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February 28th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Please support Barry’s development!

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting our successful Robotics team. It was fantastic to see the team working together to develop their robot ‘Barry’ so that they are in a strong position for the final in London. They are determined to prepare well for the final however they need our financial support. If you are able to help them please contribute to their justgiving page.


We will also be supporting them via a non-school uniform day. The proceeds will be shared between the Robotics team, our charity of choice Dougie Mac and YESS counselling. We hope you are able to support the team and their chosen charities by donating £2.00 for your son or daughter to wear non-school uniform on Friday 20th March. 

Thank you to all the parents who I met at Windsor and Oldfields over the last 2 weeks when I joined your Year 8 parents evenings. I found the evenings very helpful as we prepare for your sons and daughters to join us in September. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are very happy to complete small tours for any students who are anxious about their move to High School or just if they want to take another look before the induction days. 

Finally, congratulations to Ben in Year 9 for your incredible achievements swimming at county level recently. We wish you all the best in your future races, We very much appreciate parents keeping us up to date with students achievements outside school. 

A very successful future intentions trip today. Year 12 and some Year 13 were given the opportunity to attend the ‘What Career Live’ exhibition at the NEC. There were universities and apprenticeships available for all our students to talk about their post 18 options. Some of the best stands seemed to be the most interactive ones, for example the RAF stand seemed very busy all day. We were lucky enough for the RAF to come to our careers fair that we held at TAHS in earlier this month. Myself, Mrs Dodd, Mrs Bell, Mrs Featherstone, Mrs Walton and Mr Brunt have been successful in acquiring contacts for many of the apprenticeship providers and we hope to see them at the careers fair next year or coming in to speak to groups of students from Years 10-13. 

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


Are you in a healthy relationship? Are you worried about a friend in a relationship but don’t know what to do? Log onto this website for help whatever your sexuality.  Watch the short clip called ‘Disrespect Nobody’.


What if you need the doctors or dentists while you are at uni? Visit the ‘Bright Knowledge’ website for advice on health and well being at uni (you will also be given advice about this at freshers week):



Assemblies: w/b 2nd March

Assemblies this week taken by Mr Hulme focusing on World Book Day.

Thought for the Week 

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”  ― Tahereh Mafi,  Shatter Me

Year 10 Parents Evening

Year 10 parents evening is now live on Insight for your bookings. Reminder of the date, Thursday 12th March.

GCSE Pod – Well Done all…

Unico Live App

Please see the advise here re the aforementioned app

NCS – assembly Y11 residential and community service experience.

NCS delivered an assembly to our Year 11 students this morning. The information that was covered is below

NCS is an experience specially designed for 16 – 17 year olds. We give young people a few weeks out over the summer holiday to meet new people, try new things and cover new ground. We’re all about helping teenagers realise their potential, by giving them a taste for independence and loading them up with new skills so they can go on to smash their future goals.

As a national youth programme, NCS is made up of lots of regional providers – and that’s where we come in. (Hello!) We’re Burton Albion Community Trust and we’re your local NCS provider. Last year, we graduated 281 students from Burton who all completed the NCS experience. And this year, it’s your teen’s turn!

Technically a spot on our four week programme costs around £1,500 but because we’re government-funded, we only ask for a contribution. The most you’ll pay is £50, and we also offer bursaries – so everyone can do NCS.

This summer, we’ve got a few dates you can choose from:

Wave 1 –  Monday 29th June 2020 – Friday 24th July 2020

Wave 2 – Monday 3rd August  2020 – Friday 28th August 2020

Want to find out more? Head to: wearencs.com or email me as your local contact on the below email address.

Sports News

BTEC Tech Award Sport Activity And Fitness – Unit 1

For anyone needing to improve or complete sports injuries assignment or technology in sport assignment room 43 is available Friday after school each week. Year 11’s should now be practising leadership and coaching skills in preparation for unit 3.

U18 County Cup Rugby 7’s

County 7’s is being held on Wed 4th March at Stafford Rugby Club.  See Ben Simon for squad list.

Science News

On Friday 6th March we will be launching our celebration of British Science Week.  We begin with our Millionaire Quiz for teams of Year 8 students from our Middle Schools and all Year Groups from Thomas Alleyne’s, who will compete in house pairs.

The following week will feature a range of activities and demonstrations in the Science Department. 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 Mr Mitchell are:

Year 9

Sylvia Stocks for the top score on her Science test and consistent work and high quality this year.

Sam Pickup for consistent high scores in Science tests.

Year 10

Alyssa Whitehall for brilliant work rate and ethic leading to good progress all year.

Joshua Briddon for good work rate and understanding in Physics.

Year 11

Harry Van Hoek for consistent good work attainment at Level 8.

Courtney Hudson for brilliant effort and progress in lessons.

Year 12

Matthew Payne for consistent work rate at or above target and asking good questions in class.

Aimee Wild for resilience shown with all new Chemistry concepts.

This week’s Year 13 Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Evans are:

Tom Smith and Luke Langley for consistent hard work in A Level Chemistry.

Well done!

Join our Team

We are recruiting cleaners and invigilators – please see the advert below for more details.


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February 14th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Please find below our final round up of the term. We wish you a very happy half term. 

As part of our ongoing Future Intention support programme for Year 12 students, it is proposed to arrange a visit on Friday 28th February 2020 to the Careers Live Convention in Birmingham. We will be leaving school at 8.30am and the predicted time of return is 3.05pm.  Students will be registered on the coaches prior to departure. The day offers an opportunity for students to explore a range of talks including information about student life, choosing a career, working a certain industry, applying for university, apprenticeships and much more.

The cost of this trip will be £10.00 per student.  Deadline for payment is Tuesday 25th February 2020

Consent forms to be returned to the Sixth Office by Tuesday 25th February 2020.

This is a great opportunity, so much so that we have offered it to our Year 13 students who have not applied to university. There will be a range of apprenticeship providers and students will be encouraged to seek out opportunities for themselves.

Last week was the Year 12 assessment week. All Year 12 students were ‘put through their paces’ as each classroom teacher assessed them on prior learning. This data will be formulated and passed back to students so they can see the positive progress they are making. This assessment week will also enable classroom teachers and the Sixth Form Team to see who may need academic support and intervention. This is a positive process that allows us to support the student to help bridge gaps in knowledge, help with confidence and also deliver revision strategies to those that may need further support.

With half term upon us, it is that time when I ask you to support your child in Year 13 and help them plan a revision timetable for their final set of examinations at TAHS.  We need them to ensure they have enough revision time scheduled per week and to encourage them to ensure that they do have time for themselves.  If you would like help with this then please contact Mrs Walton and she will forward your email or query to their classroom teachers.

Year 12 students should now be looking at the ‘super curricular’ activities, by completing  Moocs, using online learning platforms such as Future Learn etc. All of these platforms enable students to look deeper into their subject content and to discover a greater understanding of aspects of the subject specification. Using Unifrog is a great way to look at this.

Tutor Activities for First Week Back


As part of keeping students safe, please watch this BBC clip about a prolific offender and then a Drink Aware video about staying safe on a night out:




As part of keeping students safe, please watch these clips about staying safe on a night out.  The first is advice from Cambridge University, the second is from the Canals & Rivers Trust:



Year 9 Options

The options form has now gone ‘LIVE’ on insight. Please make sure that students are on their own account (and not parental account) to complete the form.

The options process closes on Wednesday 26th February


In order to support the run up to external exams we wish to share some ideas with you. Over half term please ask your child about their revision timetable and how they plan to get ready for the exams.  You may find the attached information about ‘revisiting content’ useful.

A Monster Calls

The trip to see ‘A Monster Calls’ is on Wednesday 19th February. Please ensure you return any outstanding medical forms and arrive at school for 12:10. 

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 parents evening is now live on insight, http://www.thonasalleynes.org.

Please check you appointments to see if you have missed any teachers – they are going fast!

If you have issues with insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Business in Berlin

Year 12 Business Studies arrived in a Berlin on Thursday and spent the day exploring and experiencing the Brandenburg Gate and even got to see a couple of ambassadors driving away from an important meeting at the Reichstag.

Friday was an early start to the BMW Motorcycle factory, an escape room experience and taking in the incredible view from the glass dome of the Reichstag, all whilst travelling around the city using the underground and tram systems! Still to come chocolate factory at Ritter Sport, Hard Rock cafe, bunker experience and Walking tour of Berlin. 

One student said: the few days we have spent in Berlin was one of my best experiences ever, the culture is different from England and on every street there is an impressive building.

Sports News

Eleanor Punchard in the sixth form, won silver in the English Indoor Rowing Championships at Manchester velodrome.

Berie Ingram was 9th in the County Cross Country Championships.

Year 9 Netball Vs Deferrers

The unbeaten run continued for the Year 9 netball team. Another high standard game was played by both teams. Alleyne’s controlled each quarter and this was reflected in the score. Amelie was voted player of the match for her high quality shooting.The movement with Megan and Amelie in the D allowed for lots of shooting opportunities close to the net.Hattie, Lucy, Kiera, and Evie jumped to intercept or collect rebounds in the defensive third. Whilst Molly, Lucy L and Flo made space in wide areas to create space on the court. An excellent game which finished 19-8 to TAHS

Y10 Girls Netball 

1st Orme, 2nd Torrance, 3rd Elkes, 4th Whitmore

Year 9 House Netball

1st Whitmore,  2nd Elkes,  3rd Orme,  4th Torrance 

Boys House Football

Year 9
1st Torrance, 2nd Orme, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Elkes

Year 10
1st – Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance 

Year 11
1st Orme, 2nd Whitmore, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes


The CREST award is now being offered for Y10 students! This award, overseen by the British Science Association, will run weekly and involves students working independently or in groups to plan and run a project addressing a real-world STEM problem. We will be working towards gaining Silver awards from CREST which you will be able to write about on CV’s and personal statements and the skills you learn and develop will be able to be applied to your GCSE science studies. There are many project ideas available such as ‘Detect Fraud Using Chromatography’, ‘Hit-And-Run Investigation’, ‘Monitoring Water Pollution’, ‘Shampoo and Hair Types’ and much more!

The first session will take place on Wednesday 26th February in room 53 with Miss Thorley. If you want to know more about it before you start then please see Miss Thorley at any breaktime or lunchtime.

Please note: this project is currently only offered to Year 10 students at this moment in time, other opportunities will be available to other year groups soon.

Message from student Eco team

We would request that parents, who are dropping students off in the morning or picking up after school, turn off their engines whilst waiting. We are keen to reduce the carbon footprint of our school and this is a relatively simple thing that everyone can do to make a difference. 

Science News

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

Year 9 

Alex Bryden – for his consistent good work and focus in lessons

William Ball – for his steady progress in Physics (and achieving his target in his end of topic test)

Year 10

Cole Moody – fabulous last assessment score

Tilly Shelley – for consistent hard work and good progress this half term

Year 11

Freya Bettaney – for her growth in confidence in Physics and her consistent hard work this half term

Martha Murray – for her positive attitude to learning and determination to master difficult topics

Year 12

Okii Ari and Vicky Catterall for their work for the James Webb Space Telescope Project

Year 13

Nicole Rankin – for her resilience and determination in Physics

Will Taylor – for his determination to master the subject and his independent work outside lessons 

Well done!

Year 9 Most Able Music and Drama Workshop.

Mrs Todd, Miss Gibbins and Mrs Mood ran a workshop this week for some of our talented Year 9 students in music and drama. The workshop was designed to give the opportunity for some students to take part in a musical theatre experience and to rehearse and perform a scene over the course of the day. The musical chosen was Little Shop of Horrors and the choreography was designed by Mrs Mood to enable all students to take part in the performance. 

The following words are from Ella Russell:
Wednesday was great. It all started with a bit of a warm up – we had to make a dance together. We also did a really hard tongue twister but we all got it in the end.After we got our teeth around that, we learned the song we were going to be performing -‘Skid Row’ from Little Shop of Horrors’. We were told that there were going to be some solos and later we did the auditions. They were nerve wracking but everyone did really well and the parts were then cast. We ended with an epic performance of what we had created. We filmed it and were all very impressed when we watched it back. 

Government Advise on Corona Virus

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flucall NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

Elsewhere in ChinaThailandJapanRepublic of KoreaHong KongTaiwanSingaporeMalaysiaMacau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flucall NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus:


Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:


Public Health England blog:



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February 7th 2020

TAHS Weekly Newsletter. 

Headteacher’s Blog

Please see below our press release regarding the opening of our Sports Pavilion on Saturday. Thank you to students, who delivered some fantastic speeches and to everyone who joined us on the day.

Press release

A new, £1.5 million development, including new classrooms and state-of-the-art gym at Thomas Alleyne’s High School opened officially on February 1st 2020.  

 “The opening of the gym is part of our drive to provide the students of Uttoxeter and surrounding area with modern facilities which will enable them to study a broad range of subjects. We have always been fortunate to have our unique school farm on site to support students in their study of Environmental Science, and are thrilled to be able to now offer our Sports students such a fantastic additional resource,” said Headteacher Mrs Rudge.

Last year, Jack and Jess secured places to study Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam and Loughborough Universities, Lydia and Sean commenced their coaching qualifications and Thomas was successful in attaining a swimming scholarship. We currently have a number of students with their sights set on being part of the British team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

She added, ”The sports industry boasts a diverse range of career options from physotherapy, coaching to sports technology and which ever route our students wish to take we want to make sure they are supported and well prepared. ”

Events this week

It has been a busy week with our Careers and Year 9 options evenings on Thursday and our PTA Quiz on Friday. There was a fantastic turn-out to both events and we felt very fortunate that over 40 organisations joined us for the careers evening. Thank you for your feedback during the evening. We were thrilled that so many of you found the event helpful.

If any of our readers have contacts in any businesses or higher education establishments that may be prepared to exhibit in 2021 please make contact with Mrs Dodd via office@tahs.org.uk.

My thanks to our fabulous PTA, our exhibitors and Mrs Dodd and Mrs Walton for such a fantastic Future Intentions evening.

Fantastic opportunity for a sixth former from Staffordshire Police.

The police have set up the East Staffordshire Citizens Academy which is a ten week course which is open to anyone from the community of East Staffordshire. The course is not limited to those with an interest in Policing but may be of benefit to anyone wishing to join the Police as a future career. 

It is open to anyone from the community who wants to find out about the work we do and over a ten week period the following subjects will be covered:-

Week 1 – Neighbourhood Policing, Police Powers and Problem Solving

Week 2 – Crime Prevention, contact services and Single Online Home

Week 3 – Child Sexual Exploitation & Cyber Crime

Week 4 – Domestic Abuse & Stalking

Week 5 – Prevent and Forensics

Week 6 – Major Investigation Department

Week 7 – Anti-Social Behaviour, Knife Crime and Stop & Search

Week 8 – Operational Support including Dog Support, Firearms and Tactical Support

Week 9 – Working at heights, Protest Removal and Specialist Search Officers

Week 10 – The Showcase Event.

Each session will be around two hours in length and the course is due to commence at 1800hrs (6pm) on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 and the venue for the course is Princess Resource and Community Centre, Princess Street, Burton, Staffordshire, DE14 2NW. There will be light refreshments provided during the sessions along a final end of course presentation, certificate and photograph.

If anyone is interested in attending the course or wish for further information then they are asked to email scott.gidman@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk and further information will be provided. Please also let Mrs Walton know you have applied.

This week was the careers fair at TAHS where we had many Post 18 providers here to share information and offer advice to our all of our year groups.  We saw many Year 9 and Year 11 students and were able to offer support in using Unifrog and about career pathways in general.  It was nice to see some Year 13 attending, these students are ensuring that really have got many options to choose from on results day in August.

All week Year 12 students have been completing assessments in their lesson, this is our interim assessment and will enable the students to see what it may be like in their mock examinations in June.  I have seen many students revising in the canteen and in the study room this week and know that all those that have worked hard and prepared for these assessments will be rewarded.

I hope that all Year 13 students have started their revision and have a suitable plan in place. I want all students to do well and we offer arrange of support to help them. Please encourage students to ask for subject support, they can arrange revision sessions with their teachers, complete past paper questions and receive feedback on them. They can also see what guidance is written on the exam board.  My best piece of advice is to plan the revision schedule, ensure that students know what they are revising and that they have all the topic clearly identified at the start, my second piece of advice is for them to let their friends know when they are revising, this may lead to less distractions. 

Thank you to the students who have helped at school functions over the last few weeks. The same wonderful students have helped out at Year 12 and Year 11 Parents evening and supported at the Careers Fair. If you are in Year 12 and would like to be considered for a role in the Senior Prefect Team then please consider attending these events and helping the wider school community.

Tutor Activities for Next Week


As part of our legal responsibility to guide students about healthy relationships, students are being asked to watch a short BBC video about stalking and discuss the surrounding issues


As part of our legal responsibility to guide students about healthy relationships, watch a video from Plan International about sexual identity & then a further video giving advice to LGBQT+ teens. All videos will be shown by tutors.

Year 9 Options

Many thanks to all Parents/Carers who attended the Year 9 Future Intentions evening this week. It was a fabulous night with over 40 exhibitors on hand to give advice to our students.

Please find attached all of the information shared during the options presentations and a copy of the subject prospectus.

Please take your time read through and discuss the options with your child.

The options form will go live next Friday via Insight. 

National Finalists

On Tuesday, the Thomas Alleyne’s Robotics team travelled to RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton to attend the Regional FTC Competition. We qualified for the National Championships which will be hosted in London, at the Olympic Park from March 27 – 28th. The team came first in a social media image competition and were runners up in the Inspire and Innovate awards out of 21 teams!

Almost winning the Inspire award meant the judges deemed our team to be one of the most successful in our journey, overcoming obstacles and reaching the Regionals with a high optimism and willingness to improve.

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience participating in the competition and the games, with our team placing 10th in our ability.

It wasn’t all about the robot however, as we were judged not only on the hardware and the programming, but also our ability to work as a team and as a business, securing fundraising in order to progress in the project. Our triumph in this leg of the competition came forth from not only our smarts with robotics, but also our social skills and communication skills when securing sponsors.

However, to proceed to the National Championships, a two day event, we do still need some more investment. If you are interested in supporting us, we have a JustGiving donations page here:


Furthermore, any companies interested in sponsoring us, please send an email to: RobotTeam@tahs.net to enquire further.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Year 9 Parents Evening

Year 9 parents evening is now live on insight, http://www.thonasalleynes.org.

Please check you appointments to see if you have missed any teachers – they are going fast!

If you have issues with insight please email insight@tahs.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Thank you for the continued support with the implementation of the uniform policy. We have seen a decrease in non-school uniform items being worn to school which allows the students to be ready to learn when they enter the classroom.  Please can you continue to support the school uniform policy by ensuring that your child is wearing the appropriate trousers, skirts and shoes to school. 


We would appreciate all parents sharing the dates of the GCSE interventions with Year 11 students. A link to the timetable is below:

Sports News

House Basketball Results

Year 9
1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme, 3rd Torrance, 4th Elkes

Year 10
1st Whitmore, 2nd Orme,3rd Elkes, 4th Torrance

Year 11
1st Orme, 2nd Elkes, 3rd Whitmore, 4th Torrance

U16 County Cup Basketball Semi-Final

On Wednesday we took on Robert Sutton in the county cup semi final. We started slowly with the tactic of bringing on our stronger players as the game developed. 14-3 down after the first quarter, it was a tough hill to climb. Ben Wain began to find the basket inside the paint and with their stair player on 4 fouls we clawed it back to 32-32. The game became end to end with Wain scoring 3 pointers and Harry Taylor beginning to dominate inside the key. Some missed chances and improved discipline from our opposition resulted in a narrow loss but the boys could hold their heads high.

10 Tips to Stay Safe Online

  1. Only talk to people you know and trust in real life
  2. Don’t give away personal information to strangers – like what street you live on, or where you go to school. Say “no” if they ask you to share photos or videos of yourself
  3. Set your profiles to private
  4. Be ‘share aware’ – once you share something online, you’ve got no control over what anyone else does with it. And it’s illegal to take, share or view sexual images of under-18s, full stop
  5. Be mindful of your digital footprint – it could come back to bite you
  6. If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust
  7. Don’t assume everything you see is true to life. People often make their lives look more exciting online
  8. Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re asked to pass on or that as you for payment details or passwords
  9. Be wary of schemes that promise easy cash in return for you receiving and transferring money, and don’t be fooled by anything that glamorises gang lifestyles
  10. Watch out for loot boxes or other ways that games get you to pay – before you know it you can spend a lot on them

Science News

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

Year 9 

Alex Bryden – for his consistent good work and focus in lessons

William Ball – for his steady progress in Physics (and achieving his target in his end of topic test)

Year 10

Cole Moody – fabulous last assessment score

Tilly Shelley – for consistent hard work and good progress this half term

Year 11

Freya Bettaney – for her growth in confidence in Physics and her consistent hard work this half term

Martha Murray – for her positive attitude to learning and determination to master difficult topics

Year 12

Okii Ari and Vicky Catterall for their work for the James Webb Space Telescope Project

Year 13

Nicole Rankin – for her resilience and determination in Physics

Will Taylor – for his determination to master the subject and his independent work outside lessons 

Well done!


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