July 20th 2018

A Note from the Chair of Governors

Change of Chair of Governors

After being a Governor at Thomas Alleyne’s for around 22 years and Chair of Governors for 6 years I’ve decided to step down when my term of office expires in September.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a strong and committed group of governors, such a tremendously dedicated staff group, and of course a body of students who are a credit to our school and the town. 

It has been a demanding 6 years, dealing with Ofsted visits, with tough challenges as funding for schools reduced year on year, with decisions on academy status, and, most importantly, with the responsibility for appointing a new headteacher four-and-a-half years ago when we welcomed Mrs Rudge to the school. 

Now I am delighted to see Alleyne’s going from strength to strength as a founder member of The Uttoxeter Learning Trust, a Teaching School, a school rated ’Good’ by Ofsted and, most importantly, a school giving its students an excellent academic and extra-curricular experience.  Achieving funding for classroom building work is the icing on the cake, and I hope the funds can be raised to save the swimming pool for future generations.

My successor is Mike Prescott who will bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to the role.  I wish him and all students, parents, staff and governors well, and look forward to hearing of the school’s future successes. 

Alison Trenery

Thought for the Week 

Assemblies week beginning Tuesday 4th September
Tuesday: Mrs Rudge (Welcome assemblies)
Wed-Fri: Mrs Maingay will lead assemblies on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’
Thought for the Week
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~ Mary Pickford

 Headteacher blog:

As we come to the end of the academic year, we would like to thank you for your continued support this year. We know that it is by working together with you as parents, that we are able to support our young people most successfully.

I would also like to remind students that in addition to having a break, the summer holiday is an opportunity to review the learning from last year and to prepare for the year ahead. For Year 10 students who received their mock exam results this week, it is very important that the areas of development revealed by the mock exams are addressed. I would recommend GCSE pod as an excellent resource as a starting point for this exercise.

When students return in September they will see the benefits of an extensive programme of building work, which will have allowed us to remodel some of our classrooms and our dining facilities.

A number of staff will be leaving us this year. We would like to wish Mr Sabin, Mrs Blair, Mrs Ingram, Mrs Bracebridge, Mr Beeley, Mr Allen and Mrs Lyon all the best and thank them for their work during their time at Thomas Alleyne’s High School.

We are pleased that we are fully staffed for the start of the Autumn term and look forward to welcoming new colleagues to Thomas Alleyne’s High School in September.

Mrs H Khan MFL teacher

Mrs R Pavey – Physics teacher

Mr B Lloyd – Maths teacher

Miss S Robinson – Geography teacher

Mrs K Goodwin – Geography teacher and Assistant Headteacher

Mrs D Ainsworth, Teaching School Administrator

Ms A Bates, Inclusion Support Assistant

Ms R Rodi – Maths 1:1 teacher

Mrs L Massey English 1:1 teacher

Mrs A Grief – Curriculum Area Learning Supervisor

Ms E Oliver – Animal Worker

Mrs Rudge is looking forward to returning to the school in September.

Last week I mentioned that I am stepping down from my role as a Senior Leader and I would like to wish my successor, Mrs Maingay, every success in her role next year.

Mr Brunt

Examination Results Days

Please note the dates for examination results collections in the school Theatre:
Post-16 : Thursday 16th August from 7am
GCSE: Thursday 23rd August 9am-12pm
Ensure contact is made with the school Examination Officer if you need to arrange for your results to be posted, or you need an alternative arrangement.
I will be available alongside the school Mrs Sosinski on both days to discuss reviews of marking, if required. I will be based in the school library and Mrs Sosinski will be based in her office.
Wishing you every possible success!

Swimming Pool Crowd Funding

We need your help to save our school Swimming Pool.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-uttoxeter-swimming-pool-/

Here is our award winning vlogger Max telling you why we should save our pool.

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgF2gDAKrgyFa70gknOnDYLn53E

Dates for your diary

20/07/18 – Last day of Summer Term 2018

03/09/18 – Inset day

04/09/2018 – All students return to school – Autumn Term 2018 

03/10/18 – Y9 Open evening

11/10/2018 – Post 16 Open Evening

16/10/2018 – Y11 Core Subjects Revision Evening
24/10/2018 – Y9 Tutor Evening

 

w/c 29/10/18 – Half term 

05/11/2018 – Inset day

20/11/2018 – Y13 Parents Evening
29/11/2018 – Y11 Parents Evening
20/12/2018 – Last day of term
21/12/2018 – Inset Day

6th

I love the last week of term but probably not for the reasons you think. It is a hive of activity, lots to do and excited students at every turn. Teachers and students ensuring loose ends are sorted and that we are all prepared with our ‘to do’ list for over the summer break. I have been able to revamp my classroom displays and ensure that resources are prepared for September, although I still have quite a bit to do over the next few weeks. This year has seen many Year 12 students facing their fears. For many this year has been a roller coaster of emotions, bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level, the amount of work needed to achieve their target grade, the extra work put in by those that are reaching for the stars and lastly Mrs Walton who faced a very large and very real fear on Wednesday. Mabel was very well behaved, she did not answer back and she did as she was instructed. Mabel is a Tarantula. Mrs Walton is petrified of spiders and she saw Mabel being brought into the Sixth Form Common Room she did have a knee wobbling moment. Mabel looked at Mrs Walton and she seemed determined to help her overcome her fear. The pictures that were taken and that I’m sharing with you do not fully show how scared Mrs Walton was but I’m sure you will agree the look of relief when Mabel was given back to Mrs North speaks for its self. As well as Mrs Walton doing this for our forever charity, Douggie Mac, I held Mabel alongside some very brave students. Mrs Walton raised close to £100.

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This week Jess Poole and Rachel Clemett organised for a Holocaust survivor to come in and talk to all of Year 12 students. Martin Sturn works with the Holocaust Education Trust (HET) and delivers educational talks to students all around the country on his experience. It was clear from the account that Martin gave that he owes his life to luck, from his mother dropping anti-Nazi propaganda in front of a Nazi Brown Shirt on a train and him just helping her to pick up her leaflets without reporting her to his name being missed off a transport list which was destined for Auschwitz. As a child, Martin and his sister would have been sent straight to their deaths in the gas chamber. It was very thought provoking and Martin was also kind enough to relay some of his early life to four classes of Year 9 and 10 English and RE students. Euan Walsh in Year 10 spoke to his English teacher after and thanked her for the opportunity to hear Martin talk. This sentiment was relayed from Year 12 students. I would like to thank Rachel and Jess for all their work on the Lesson from Auschwitz programme; they have gone above and beyond in all aspects.

Holocaust

Finally I would like to share with you an extract that we received from a Year 13 student, Rhiannon Kenny. The words are very genuine and the message resonated with all of us in the Sixth Form Team.

‘My teachers have given me the most important and supportive life advice and the confidence and belief in myself that was sometimes missing. Now leaving Sixth Form, I’m going into a career I never thought I’d be confident enough to pursue…This would not have been possible without the careers advice and UCAS guidance that we were given during the most crucial times of the application process. And it’s not only me, I don’t think there’s a single one of my friends that hasn’t grown and achieved success during their time in the Sixth Form.’

So on this positive note I would like to wish all our Year 12 students a lovely holiday, but don’t forget to work on coursework and read through subject content during the holidays. We look forward to seeing them all return as Year 13

House Competition 2018

After 43 House Competitions, Mr Hawthorne is proud to announce that Torrance have retained the House Trophy. Mr Hawthorne, the House Captains and all Torrance students are incredibly happy to have won the trophy for the second year running. Three years in a row has only been achieved by Elkes in 2011, 2012 and 2013, can Torrance House match this record?
The final results are as follows:
Torrance – 192.5 Points
Whitmore – 165 Points
Orme – 135 Points
Elkes – 129.5 Points
Congratulations to all of Torrance House!

Sports Day

Results
Elkes
3rd
Orme
4th
Torrance
2nd
Whitmore 1st
377 360 419 518

As we published last week the results are as above, but Max has been at it again and here is his report on the biggest sporting event of last week:

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgF2gDAKrgyFaQFXejrYlsu_y9Y

Sports Day update.  
Well done to Max Haughton who won the Yr9 boys 80 meter hurdles.in a time of 12.88. Owen Birch was 2nd and Callum Stockbridge 3rd.

 

 

Girls Summer Coding Camp

For the 2nd year, Vodafone is running a 4-day coding workshop for girls aged 14-18, as part of a global programme spanning 26 countries. This programme will give girls the skills, confidence and encouragement to learn, develop and thrive in STEM fields and occupations. They will be taught the technical skills to build their own website including Html, CSS, GitHub and JQuery.

The Manchester course will take place at Atlas House, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th August.

Applicants must identify as a female/non-binary, be 14-18 years old, and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.

CLAG leaflet

A Maths Reunion

Six years ago as I said farewell to my year 13 maths class, they suggested we have a reunion in July 2018. They bought me a notebook and put the date in, clearly they had known me long enough to realise that my memory would fail over that length of time. Well that date was last Saturday. I was delighted and honoured that they took time out of their busy lives to travel back to Uttoxeter to meet up. They looked so well……and grown up! All working and incredibly successful. I heard all about their jobs, the different places that they are living, travel plans and career plans. How proud….and old I felt, what incredible young people. It was a lovely afternoon.

Thank you folks.

Jewellery Designer Visits Art Dept

 
Jewellery designer “Emily Jane” AKA Emily Deacon visited 9H3 art class this week to share with students her experience of the design process and experience in contemporary jewellery and fashion accessories design industry. 
As a one woman designer-maker Emily develops her designs through inspiration found in a variety of sources especially natural patterns and shapes. Often using her Photography  and drawing mark making skills to capture patterns and textures in her work. She uses a variety of materials such as aluminum, silver and wood to develop designs that are highly original and contemporary in style. 
Our students were able to see Emily’s portfolio and view images of her paper models she develops before using metals, so that she can work out any issues. Also paper is a quick way of generating lots of ideas. Our inventive 9H3 had a chance to develop their own paper designs, with Emily selecting her favorites at the end of the lesson.
Recently Emily has returned from Milan where her work was exhibited and her work has been advertised in Vanity Fair magazine, but is based in her studio at Spode in Stoke where she handcrafts every piece. Since graduating Emily has been working for individual commissions and for craft shops, her work is also available on the Etsy webite too.
Emily was a student at TAHS, studying Art and Photography gaining top marks before going to Staffordshire University too pursue 3D Design, where she gained a First Class hons degree. 
More of Emily Jane’s work and contact details for commissions can be found on her website www.jewellerywithlife.co.uk
instagram: @emilyjanedesigner_

 

Art Trophy Awarded to Lizzie Steele (Year 9)

 

Last week we shared with you the news of Lizzie’s award, so why did she win it? Well here are some examples of her work and I am sure you will agree they are fantastic!

 

20,000 Doves Project

 
The Art department have been accepted to be part of Lichfield Cathedrals upcoming  20 000 Peace Doves Project. We will be using the origami skills of TAHS students to make our target of 400 doves to contribute along with doves from school across Staffordshire.
The doves are a symbol of peace and will be an impressive sight in such numbers suspended in the Nave of Lichfield Cathedral. This will form part of the cathedrals centenary commemoration for the end of the First World War. 

We will also  personalise each dove with a message or drawing related to peace. 

The display are expected to be in Lichfield Cathedral from late November, over Christmas and January. 

Keep reading future Newsletters to see how we get on!

 

doves

Music Concert

Well done and thank you to all pupils who were involved in the music concert on Thursday night.  A range of talent was on show throughout the 2 hour performance, it was excellent to see all year groups working together to put on a great show.

 

Internet Safety

As we fast approach the summer holidays the students ill have more time to be on social media. Please see below parental fact-sheets for the main sites to assist you with your understanding.

 Facebook_Flyer(oct 17)AHV9 –

interactiveInstagram Safety

InteractiveSafer Internet Day 2018 –

Parents and Carers Pack – Factsheet

Snapchat Checklist interactive

Twitter Checklist-Interactive_0

 

Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

It is the time of year where school uniform begins to be replaced for the academic year ahead. Please see the details below of when the “uniform pop up shop” will be open in school over the summer holiday.
Please also see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Old Uniform

If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.

Lockers for Students

Should you wish to hire a for your child over the next academic year, please see the details for this below.
If your child has rented a locker this year, please remind them to empty it before the summer break.

Students need to keep their locker key if they are keeping the same locker in September.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

 

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July 13th 2018

Thought for the Week 

Assemblies: w/b 16th July

Mrs Maingay will be leading assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday on the theme of ‘Change’.
On Friday we will have Year 9 and Year 10 end of year Celebration assemblies.
Thought for the Week on the theme of ‘Holidays’
Holidays have been commercialized. It has become about material things. But the holidays are about sharing stories and being in each other’s presence.
The fact is, we need markers in life, whether we subscribe to a religion or not. And the major holidays, such as Christmas, serve to remind us of the turning world.

The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.

 Headteacher blog:

The theme of this week’s blog is reflections.
On Tuesday I had the chance to address students and their families at our Year 10 and Year 9 Prize Giving Evening. As always this was a hugely enjoyable event where staff and families came together to celebrate the impressive outcomes achieved by students this year. I would like to thank Mr Godwin and his team for organising the event, Mr Johnstone for hosting it and Vince Owen, our guest speaker, for his interesting and thought provoking speech.
A traditional feature of the evening is the Headtechers’ reflection on key events and activities taking place during the year. I was able to make reference to a host of opportunities that students have been involved in this year, including sporting successes, maths enrichment and participation in World Challenge.I was promoted to share some personal reflections which I would like to share here also.
At the end of next week I will reach the end of a 28 year long teaching career. 16 of those years have involved me working as a senior leader, 13 of them as a Deputy Head at Thomas Alleyne’s. As many will know, I am a Uttoxeter person through and through and have lived in the community all of my life apart from a few brief years when I was at university.When I began working at Thomas Alleyne’s in January 2006, I was excited and motivated to be part of a group of people who were determined to ensure that the children of the town had an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an excellent education.
As I look back over those years I feel a sense of pride and feel very privileged that I have been able to make a significant contribution to the community that I am rooted in and I would like to thank all of the staff, students and parents I have worked with during my time at the school.I am delighted that my association with the school will continue as I will be returning in a very different role in September.
Mr Brunt

Swimming Pool Crowd Funding

We need your help to save our school Swimming Pool.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-uttoxeter-swimming-pool-/

Across Staffordshire we have significantly less access to swimming pools than is needed for our population. (In fact we are over 1000sqm of pool space short.) This is particularly acute in Uttoxeter where we risk only having one pool in our town. 

For this very reason back in 1974, the Uttoxeter community came together to raise sufficient funds to build an indoor 17 metre x 7metre swimming pool at our school. Since then thousands of children from the age of 5 to 18, have learnt to swim in our pool. Over the years the school has supported community use of our pool ensuring it has been open in the evenings and at weekends. Every Saturday morning prior to closure, over 100 children were able to make use of the pool to learn to swim and have been doing so for over 10 years.

As a school, we share our facilities with our local community at all possible opportunities. Our swimming pool has ensured that many young people and adults have had the opportunity to learn to swim. It has also been the venue for numerous swimming galas.

At a time when Adam Peaty is representing Great Britain in swimming, it would be a loss to see the pool, which is based at the heart of his home town, close permanently. He has inspired many to swim in our area, and yet the facility has been unavailable for 7 months.

We have been working tirelessly to secure a significant proportion of the funding we need to improve the fabric of the building and to upgrade the mechanical services. For instance, we have successfully secured £124,000 from the Education Funding Agency to replace the swimming boilers. We now need to raise funds for the changing rooms, air-handling units, pool side pipework and plant upgrade. The showers are beyond repair and the changing facilities are currently not fit for use. We are also working with East Staffordshire Borough council to get the support we need to keep the pool open but we need your support. 

In order to allow us to continue to offer this resource to our local community and to teach children to swim, we need to raise £100,000 to refurbish the pool.

If we are successful in this bid, our pool will become a sustainable facility utilised once again by the local community at the weekends and evenings. We would be able to recommence swimming lessons during the day for first, middle and high school students and return to our regular galas.

Here’s why so many people feel we need to save our pool:

‘As a swimmer, it’s great to have the chance to show off all of my efforts to get to where I am now. It’s also great to watch all of the non-swimmers and less confident swimmers progress and to be competitive in a sport that’s new to them.’ Jenson Hulbert, a current Year 12 student, House Swimming Captain and national swimmer.

‘Dove Valley ASC has used the Thomas Alleyne’s High School Pool for a number of years as it’s Swim School catering for young swimmers in their formative years. It is small and friendly, allowing swimmers and parents alike to have confidence at this early stage. Our Teachers find the pool excellent as a lot of time is spent in the water with swimmers giving them additional confidence. Having parents close on poolside also adds confidence to the swimmers.

‘To lose this facility would be a retrograde step for DVASC, stopping the most important roadway for new swimmers. It is imperative that swimmers are taught correctly at these early stages.’
John Plant Dove Valley Swimming Club
DVASC is Swim Mark accredited
 club, ensuring that all our swimmers and activities are carried out in a professional manners. Parents can be assured that their children are safe.

‘We have run an after-school swimming session for staff on a Friday for many years. This has provided an important well-being service to reduce stress and is open to all members of staff.’ Sarah Jones, staff swimming club leader.

‘I’m in a privileged position within the school where I get to see the varying abilities of our pupils in regards to swimming. Over the past 7 years, the standard of swimmers coming into our school has fallen and there is a higher percentage of non-swimmers each September. We pride ourselves on the fact that no child has left Thomas Alleyne’s without being able to swim 25m and all have a basic idea on how to help somebody if they were in trouble.

‘Swimming is a life skill that no child should go without. All children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe and supervised environment and hopefully have the ability to stay safe in and around water through the rest of their lives. Without a pool at Thomas Alleyne’s, the ability to learn and develop the essential & potentially lifesaving ability to swim is being denied to the young people of Uttoxeter.’ Helen James, Life Guard and swimming teacher

‘We’re a keen swimming family (three of us are members of our local Dove Valley Amateur Swimming Club, including myself!) My youngest was having lessons with our club’s swim school at the TAHS swimming pool when it closed and I was also learning to teach. It was a real shame, as despite trying very hard, the club’s Swim School has been unable to find an alternative suitable venue. This is a big disappointment for: the kids learning to swim, I know my little girl missed her swimming lessons; the older kids, who had been gaining valuable volunteer experiences helping to teach the young kids; the families, who now have to search for comparable teaching and the club, who’s main source of young swimmers was their swim school. I sincerely hope that this local teaching facility will re-open soon.’ Parent and member of Dove Valley Swim School Helen McPherson

‘The pool has enabled Thomas Alleyne’s to provide water polo and triathlon to pupils both of which are Olympic sports that could not be delivered without a pool. The after-school clubs we ran proved popular with pupils and attracted pupils who weren’t already swimmers to come and get involved.’ Ian Cartwright, Triathlon coach.

‘Thomas Alleyne’s swimming pool has been invaluable for enabling young competitive swimmers to train and compete. The facility is vital to provide pool time to swimmers at a competitive level. I myself used the pool each week in the build up to the national championships.’ Laura Evans, national swimming champion. 

 

Dates for your diary

18th July Summer Concert 
20th July End of Term
4th September Start of Term

Mobile ‘phones

 

Many of you may have seen in recent weeks comments from Ofsted about mobile ‘phones adding to low lesson disruption and distractions during lesson times.
In response to this, some schools have changed their policies and no longer allow students to take mobile ‘phones into school.
We currently do not want to take that step at Thomas Alleyne’s. We recognise the benefits of students being able to contact family members, particularly on their journey to and from school.
However, we would like to ensure that mobile ‘phones, their notifications and alerts are not disrupting the learning of your children. 
Therefore, we wish to clarify our policy as follows,

  • Mobile ‘phones should be off or on silent without any vibrating or lighting alerts.

 

  • All devices should be placed in school bags or lockers before Form period. Students should not carry their mobile in their blazer pockets during Form period or lesson time. 

 

  • In the event of a student not complying with this, they will be expected to hand in their mobile to the member of staff and collect it from their House office at the end of the school day. 
  • In the event of a mobile phone being confiscated three times, we will contact parents/carers and ask you to collect the device and discuss the matter with your child’s Head of House.

    As ever, should you need to speak with your child urgently during the school day please contact the school on 01889 561820. Our Student Support Team are on duty through the day and will always support yourselves and your children with any urgent messages

 

Summer Concert

Thomas Alleyne’s Summer Concert will be held on Wednesday 18th July at 7PM.
Tickets can be purchased in the on-line shop or via Julie in the Finance Office at a cost of £5 each (£3 concessions).
Come and celebrate the end of term in style!

Non-Uniform Day

Staff & students are invited to donate a minimum £1 donation for a non-uniform day on Tuesday 17th July.
All donations will be in support of the crowdfunding for our school swimming pool.
Please note that non-uniform must be appropriate clothes for a school day, despite the warm weather. No crop tops, super short skirts or shorts & no flip flops.

Exams

Well done to our Year 10 and 12 students for their hard work throughout the summer mock examination period. The results will be handed out on Monday 16th July. Year 12 will get their results in form time and Year 10 will get their results period 5.
Use the results to prepare yourselves as much as you can over the summer holidays for Year 11 and Year 13. Speak to your teachers if you need any additional guidance.

House Music

As I type I am awaiting confirmation of the result, but here are a few images from the day:

 

Sports Day

Results
 
Elkes
3rd
 
Orme
4th
 
Torrance
2nd
  Whitmore 1st
  377   360   419   518

 For a full list of winners please see this document:

Sports Day 18

Science News

On Friday last week, our Year 12 students visited Formby sand dunes and pine forest, situated on Merseyside, to carry out a required practical as part of their A Level Biology course. 

The sand dunes provided the ideal opportunity to study some of the plants growing along the coastline. The students investigated the growing conditions of marram grass – which helps to stabilise the sand dunes and prevent coastal erosion.  Older sand dunes were found to have a lower density of marram grass, but higher plant species diversity overall when compared to younger dunes.

The students also studied the plants growing in the adjacent forest. The light-level conditions in the pine forest were studied with respect to the location of lichen on the tree bark.  The students concluded that the most favourable growing conditions were on the north facing tree trunks away from direct sunlight.

After spending a glorious summer’s day by the seaside, the students are now back in the lab analysing their data and presenting their findings!

For a selection of images please click this link:

Photos 13th July 2018

 

Y10 Mock NEA 2 Practical – Afternoon Tea

This week our Y10 food and nutrition students had a mock NEA 2 exam where they had to cook 2 or 3 items in 2 hours to meet the brief of ‘Afternoon Tea’. This was an excellent oppportunity to practise dovetailing in order to cook more than one item and time management to fit their dishes in the time allowed as best they could. Have a look at the photos to see their finished dishes – they definitely show promise for their real NEAs next year!

Girls Summer Coding Camp

For the 2nd year, Vodafone is running a 4-day coding workshop for girls aged 14-18, as part of a global programme spanning 26 countries. This programme will give girls the skills, confidence and encouragement to learn, develop and thrive in STEM fields and occupations. They will be taught the technical skills to build their own website including Html, CSS, GitHub and JQuery.

The Manchester course will take place at Atlas House, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th August.

Applicants must identify as a female/non-binary, be 14-18 years old, and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.

CLAG leaflet

Art Trophy Awarded to Lizzie Steele (Year 9)

 

This Years Junior Prize Giving Presentation night had a very special award to give. The past students from a group who attended Thomas Alleyne’s in 1961, visited the school a couple of years ago and were so impressed by the vibrant art department they donated a trophy to be awarded each year to the Junior and Senior student who had demonstrated outstanding creativity and ‘Original Thought in Art’. This year was the first opportunity to present to the Junior winner, Lizzie Steele. Past Art teacher Mrs Mary Shemza (who taught some of the class of ’61) also returned to the school and was given a tour around the Art department with current Head of Art Mrs Derby. It was interesting to note that although Mrs Shemza was part of the design of the art block, she didn’t get to teach here. Mrs Shemza was delighted to see that the place was full of art works and the energy of the work on display palpable, as well as how the spaces have adapted for our current needs including the ICT suite dedicated for digital photography.

Year 9 student Lizzie Steele has demonstrated outstanding ability in and out of school, where she has been commission to create portraits and animal studies. She is a worthy winner indeed. Although Lizzie was unable to make the Presentation evening itself, we have presented her with the Trophy (please see picture) and she is very pleased to receive it! Further images of Lizzie’s portfolio will follow in due course.

 

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TV and Set Designer Visits Art Department.

 
Past TAHS A Level Art and Photography student Ellie Koszak, came back to visit and talk to our current students after graduating from Cardiff University with a First Class degree in TV and Film Set Design.
Ellie talked through her degree course, design process and the exciting opportunities she has worked on already including Disney’s Aladdin Film, Disney’s Aretmis Fowl (released soon) , BBC’s Doctor Who, CBS crime documentary- Murder by the Sea game show Big Heads to name a few. It is an impressive CV already and one where timekeeping, work ethic and creativity are vitally important. Some of the exciting 3D models and a portfolio Ellie kindly let our students look through of past work are testament to the hard work Ellie has undertaken, but also a great insight for our students to see how careers in the creative industries are varied in a thriving economic sector. 
Our students were interested to see how her creative skills have been used from initial research, concept, drawings models and presentation. Skills from A level art and Photography were useful in developing ideas, but other skills such as CAD design were taught from scratch at university. Also how contacts in industry are made and cultivated so you get more work in the future.
We look forward to hearing from Ellie and other Past Students in their Art & Design Careers.
Ellie Koszak.jpg

Internet Safety

As we fast approach the summer holidays the students ill have more time to be on social media. Please see below parental fact-sheets for the main sites to assist you with your understanding.

 Facebook_Flyer(oct 17)AHV9 –

interactiveInstagram Safety

InteractiveSafer Internet Day 2018 –

Parents and Carers Pack – Factsheet

Snapchat Checklist interactive

Twitter Checklist-Interactive_0

French Exchange Students

 

Thomas Alleyne’s is welcoming four French students from the Limousin area. They have been to Birmingham and the Gladstone Pottery Museum. We hope they are enjoying our English weather!

 

Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

It is the time of year where school uniform begins to be replaced for the academic year ahead. Please see the details below of when the “uniform pop up shop” will be open in school over the summer holiday.
Please also see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Old Uniform

If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.

Lockers for Students

Should you wish to hire a for your child over the next academic year, please see the details for this below.
If your child has rented a locker this year, please remind them to empty it before the summer break.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Another opportunity here for an Apprentice Electrician working in Rugeley
Also how about being a Business & Admin Apprentice at the Staffordshire Clinic Dental Practice in town:
The vacancy is currently advertised on indeed.com 

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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July 6th 2018

Thought for the Week 

 

No assemblies w/b 9th July due to the whole school taking part in reading during form time
Thoughts for the week:  on the theme of reading
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
― Groucho Marx
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” 
― Margaret Fuller
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” 
― Stephen Fry

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” 
― Carl Sagan

 

 Headteacher blog:

This has been an exciting week at Thomas Alleyne’s in that we have had the opportunity to meet with  next year’s Year 9 students and their families.  

On Tuesday students were accompanied by parents and carers as they attended their House Transiton Evening. Students took  the opportunity to meet key staff who will be looking after them next year and I hope the evening did much to soothe the natural nerves that will be apparent during a period of significant change.  The positive comments we received about the evening indicate that we were successful in meeting our aims for the evening.   I would also like to thank Mrs Catterall and her team  the organisation of a complex event that made it run very smoothly.

On Wednesday and Thursday,  the Year 8 students attended for a full day of education at Thomas Alleyne’s and will have got to know some of the teaching staff in addition to their tutors, Heads of Houses and Student Support Assistants.  
On the first day I welcomed the students to the school in an assembly in which I stressed the importance of making a positive first impression.  I am pleased to report that the students were successful in achieving this.
On 10th of July I am looking forward to participating in the Junior Prize Giving Event where we will be celebrating the achievements of our Year 9 and 10 students.  This is always a special evening and a wonderful way to mark the ending of the school year.  
Mr Brunt

Dates for your diary

  
10th July Junior Prize Giving
20th July End of Term

4th September Start of Term

 

6th

What a success Future Intentions has been this week. Despite the hot weather all students were fully engaged with the activities that were undertaken.  All our guest speakers were complimentary on how well our students presented themselves and reacted positively to all situations ‘thrown’ at them.  It was lovely to see the participation in the sessions and the feedback that has been given to the Sixth Form Team was very positive.  There is a parental session on July 11th at 6.30pm to provide information and advice on post-18 options. We look forward to seeing you there.  I have attached some photographs so can see some of the activities that were carried out.

Thursday 5th July saw two of our wonderful Year 12 students shaving their head for Dougie Mac, our Sixth Form Charity. John Dee and Thomas Barrclough are going on the World Challenge next week and decided that as they were going to have their haircut they have their heads shaved and donate all money to the charity. They raised £50. Students who either watched or paid to help shave their heads gave the money. Some photographs were taken and these have been attached.

I would like to say a personal thanks to the future Year 12 students who either gave up their evening on Tuesday or came into school to support with the Year 8 Transition Days. They were amazing. We have had such a wonderful response from staff who have complimented them on their commitment to the school, some of them even arranged activities for some of the students on their lunch break on Thursday. I look forward to working with them as ABC Mentors in September, letters have been sent home to these students thanking them for their time.

History News

Over the last few weeks Mrs Young has tasked her Year 9 students to complete homework projects, the results have been ‘out of this world’. Both projects were based around current topics of World War Two and the Sixties. It is lovely to see such a varied range of individual and group work. An open brief was given to the students and all students rose to the challenge as well as the homework that you can see on the images there were also cakes and biscuits made and then shared amongst their peers. We love this type of homework as it compliments the rigerous writing tasks that we complete in lesson, homeworks and assessments. In room 15 there is an abundance of work that can be viewed by all students and staff.

Sports Day

This years Sports Day is on Wednesday 11th July.  All Heads of House and Form Tutors have team lists.  Changes can be made up until the day to competitor lists.

Science News

 

This week Mr Melland’s Year 12 A-level Physics group have been studying projectile motion by rolling a marble off the edge of a desk.
The students investigated the relationship between initial horizontal velocity of the marble and the range, which is the distance the marble travelled.
The students used light gates to measure the velocity of the marble and used either a sand tray or carbon paper where the marble fell to measure the range.
The students concluded that the initial horizontal velocity is directly proportional to the range.
The School’s PTA funded the new light gates that the students used during this investigation; Mr Melland would like to thank the PTA for their generosity and support.

 

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

Year 9
Chloe Yates and Caitlyn Woodings

Year 10
Sasikan Jaenprakhon
Libby Fry

All four students were selected for excellent effort and attainment.
Well done!

 

Pastoral students of the week

So many to name, but we and our new year 8s could not have had such a successful couple of transition days without the following students from years 9 and 11, all of whom were outstanding. They guided and supported the year 8s, and stood as models for conduct and approach. Our tremendous thanks to them all!

Issy Watts, Holly Chatfield, Eleanor McCarthy, Scarlet Simister, Freya Hadgett, Alice Boothby, Dylan James, Amelia Hadgett, Eve Bednall, Jack Doyle, Jimmy Wilson, Grace Harvey, Matthew Payne, Vicky Catterall, Katie Lawrence, Tom Johnson, Sophie Gibson, Max Hayes, Millie Hodges, Joe Haywood, Archie Whitehead, Kieran Coates, Amelia Barnacle, Amy Burrows, Lilly-Ella Holgate, Dan Campion, Lorna Hill, Beth Millward, Abbie Chilvers, Lucy Parker, Chloe Cartwright, Ellie Roobottom, Samantha Cotterill and Andrew Pye.

Reports

Year 9, 10 and 12 reports are now ready for you to view on Insight.

 

 

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Message from the Fire Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to communicate to young people how to stay safe during the warm weather we are currently experiencing. The main points to cover are as follows:
• Deliberately setting grass fires is a crime. It could result in a prison sentence or a £5000 fine.
• Grass fires are very dangerous as they can quickly spread and get out of control.
• Deliberate grass fires can also put both firefighters and members of the public at needless risk of injury.
• When enjoying the outdoors put rubbish in a nearby bin or take it home.
• Open water can be dangerous. There may be unseen dangers including the risk of waterborne disease. Cold water shock can kill within one minute of being in the water.
Only swim at lifeguarded pools
More safety information can be found on our website at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk and we are also on Facebook ‘Staffordshires Fire and Rescue’ and Twitter ‘@Staffsfire’.
Please help to keep your pupils safe by sharing this information with them. It is really important that they enjoy the summer safely.

Reading Week

Next week sees our annual reading week whereby the whole school silent read for 30 minutes each morning. Students are required to bring in a book for this period, one that will captivate them and keep them engrossed for the whole week.

 

New Logo

Thanks to Mrs Turner in the D and T Department for designing the logo for the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School.  Her vision for this design is explained below:
The teaching school logo is based on the idea of a tree signifying growth and enrichment, the overlapping of the leaves show our collaboration as colleagues and schools work together to share strengths and skills; the colours used throughout Thomas Alleyne’s High School are reflected in the logo.

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Bake off challenge!

Our Y10 students are about to do their mock NEA 2 practical next week in preparation for next year. This week they bought cupcakes they had made at home and practised different decorating techniques focusing on piping and presentation skills.

Some lovely plates presented which is no mean feat in this hot weather!

They will be cooking their own version of afternoon tea next week.

 

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Uniform at Thomas Alleyne’s

It is the time of year where school uniform begins to be replaced for the academic year ahead. Please see the details below of when the “uniform pop up shop” will be open in school over the summer holiday.
Please also see the specific details of our uniform policy. It is a clear expectation that this is followed correctly and we ask for the support of parents and carers with this. Please note skinny fit trousers are not accepted as part of our uniform policy. Any student who wears incorrect uniform will be asked to change and parents/carers will be contacted. 
Your support is very much appreciated, particularly to ensure we all make the best start possible to the new school year.
Any questions, please do contact your child’s Head of House.

Old Uniform

If you have any school uniform or PE kit that your child has grown out of we would welcome any donations in school. Students can drop this at their House offices.

Lockers for Students

Should you wish to hire a for your child over the next academic year, please see the details for this below.
If your child has rented a locker this year, please remind them to empty it before the summer break.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Another opportunity here for an Apprentice Electrician working in Rugeley
Also how about being a Business & Admin Apprentice at the Staffordshire Clinic Dental Practice in town:
The vacancy is currently advertised on indeed.com 

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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June 29th 2018

Thought for the Week 

 

There will be House assemblies on Monday and Tuesday led by Mrs Maingay on the theme of ‘CHANGE’
Thought for the week
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
― Nelson Mandela
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” 
― Rumi

 Headteacher blog:

Today saw the return of our Year 11 students in all of their finery as they attended their Year 11 Celebration Day.  The Celebration Day is a hugely important Thomas Alleyne’s tradition and a wonderful way to mark the end of the students’ time with us before they move on to their various Post 16 destinations.  
Of course,  many of our students will be returning to Thomas Alleyne’s to join our 6th form and we look forward to them beginning the next stage of their journey with us in September.  I would like to wish every success to all of the students who are moving on from Thomas Alleyne’s as they start their apprenticeships,  college courses and new employment.
I has the privilege of welcoming the students this morning to St Mary’s Church for their leavers service and took time to reflect on how quickly time passes since the students sat in the same venue at the start of Year 9 for their welcome service.  
Looking towards the future,  I am particularly looking forward to meeting next years’ families and students at our transition evening on Tuesday,  where there will be an opportunity to meet key staff and hear about new and exciting developments in school relating to our recently awarded teaching school status and building improvement programme. In addition,  I know our staff are looking forward to seeing the new Year 9 students on Wednesday and Thursday next week  as they attend their two transition days.
I would like to finish this blog by wishing everyone a nice weekend and I hope you get the opportunity  to enjoy the good weather while it lasts.
Mr Brunt

Dates for your diary

  
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening
4th & 5th July Year 8 Transition Days
10th June Junior Prize Giving

 

6th

Monday 2nd July and Tuesday 3rd July is Future Intentions for Year 12. They will be off timetable for those two days completing a whole host of activities linked to their ‘next step’. They will be looking at Post-18 options such as work, apprenticeships and university courses. Attendance at these sessions is compulsory as is normal school uniform. All Year 12 students were informed of this in assembly today.   A schedule will be issued to students upon arrival at school on Monday and we will put it on Insight for parents to access.  Please contact us if you require further information. We would also like to inform you that will be a parental session on July 11th at 6.30pm to provide information and advice on post-18 options.
In assembly this morning, we made reference to school uniform. We have noticed that as the weather has improved that the uniform has become unacceptable in some cases. As a Sixth Form we do not accept short lycra skirts or off the shoulder tops to be acceptable for the girls. It must be smart work wear so we would remind all parents to support us on this. Unless stated by the Head Teacher ties must be worn at all times in school by the young men in Year 12, again we ask for your support on this. 

This week I led the ABC Mentor training for our future Year 12 students and was pleased with their attitude and commitment to the school by volunteering their time over the next week, these students are already showing potential to be on the Senior Prefect Team.

If any Year 11 students missed their taster sessions then can they visit the school website and all the information they need is in the Sixth Form section.

 

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Celebration day

With the GCSE exams  finished, we were today able to formally celebrate the achievements of our year 11 students. It was a glorious morning as the students arrived in their finery, and we started with the traditional service in St Mary’s Church. Many parents and family members were able to join us in the church, which the students really appreciated. Then it was back to school for presentations from their form tutors, lunch and ice lollies in the sunshine, musical performances and the student-led awards, before the students departed for the last time as year 11s. 
We would like to say again how proud we are of the year 11s, and of how they conducted themselves today. A huge thank you to all the students and staff who contributed, and we look forward to seeing many of you on results day. 

We will share images once they have been sorted & checked.

Art Show

See a sample of images for the fantastic art show below, further images can be seen under this link 

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Rotary Competition and Arts Society Awards Evening
Thanks to all who were involved, supported and took part in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year Awards held at TAHS on Tuesday 26th alongside our A-Level Art Show.  Well done to all our winners who attended along with an extra big congratulations to Erica Poyser who won the Arts Society award for outstanding overall performance in her A-Level Art and Photography.
It was great to see lots of parents and students attending alongside past Alleynians from the Class of 1961 and our Mayor Mrs.Trenery.  As for our Artists and Photographers….we are all really proud of you!

Screen Addiction

 Do you know the signs…..

Screen-Addiction-Guide-May-2018 – all years

 News from PE

U15 Staffordshire Moorlands Cricket Semi-Final
 
On Thursday Thomas Alleynes travelled to Cheadle cricket club in fantastic weather to play competition favourites Painsley.   Alleyne’s lost the toss and bowled first. We made a great start with Harvey Belcher removing star man Degg with a good catch from Owen Carrington.  At the other end Frankie Bussell bowled a great spell getting the other opener caught behind by Dreher for a duck and then bowling number 3 Lowe for another duck and number 5 Lowe for 1.  The Painsley middle order though dug in and took the score from 19 for 4 to 98 for 6.
In reply Alleyne’s began well with Gregor Hayes finding the boundary regularly scoring 21 before chipping to mid off.  Then disaster struck as we went from 41 for 2 off 5 overs to 49 all out off 12 overs. A disappointing result after we gave our selves a great opportunity to win.
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Year 9 Cricket.

 
On Thursday year 9 played Abbott Beyne in the league.  Once again the team produced an excellent to beat them by 47 runs.  Electing to bat first Alleyne’s got off to a great start with 37 runs coming from the first four overs, a succession of wickets then feel with captain John Ball needing to steady the team. He came into bat and hit an unbeaten 30 runs.  This allowed Alleyne’s to score 120 runs off 16 overs.  Abbot Beyne’s opening batsmen resisted well against opening bowlers Whitehead and Ashton  but they could not match the scoring rate of Alleyne’s.  As Abbot Beyne’s need for runs increased wickets started to tumble, Alleyne’s bowlers bowled a steady line and length and eventually they were bowled out for 73.  That is 2 wins out of 2 in the league.  Well done. 

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Levi Gill and Alyssa Shaw for hard work in chemistry lessons.

Year 10

Mason White and Amy Latchford for hard work and revision in chemistry.

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

Mia Stevens and Rowan Hall for all their hard work in preparing to do the farm mural.

Well done!

 Summer Concert

Thomas Alleyne’s Summer Concert will be held on Wednesday 18th July at 7PM. Tickets can be purchased in the on-line shop or via Julie in the Finance Office at a cost of £5 each (£3 concessions).
I would really like to ask all who can sing to attend choir on Monday lunchtimes in Room 67 (as we don’t have enough singers for the concert). Also anybody who would like to offer a ‘humourous’ musical act in the concert should see Mr Power in Room 67 asap.

Year 9 Vaccinations

3rd July – all year 9 vaccinations in the old Gym
Form tutors will advise them of the time to attend for their vaccination.
If parents have not returned the form please do so asap.  Replacement forms available from the office.

 

 

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Vacancies @ TAHS

Come and join the team we presently have vacancies for:
Teaching School Administrator
Inclusion Supervisor
School Librarian
Inclusion Support Assistant
Further details are on the main school website

Hamper Raffle

These beautiful hampers are the result of your amazing donations and the PTA wish to thank you all for your magnificent efforts. Tickets are £1.00 a strip and are now available via reception and at the Junior Prize Giving on Tuesday 10th July and Summer Concert Wednesday 18th July.
Don’t miss out on the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!
Thank you
PTA

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Foxes are recruiting for Engineering aApprentices please see this link for further details.

APPRENTICE – Engineering

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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June 22nd 2018

Tuesday 26th June: Art & Photography exhibition 5:00-7:00pm

 

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Thought for the Week 

 

No assemblies due to the continuation of exams in the theater
You can not miss that the World cup is on and we wanted to share a few quotes that show how sport can transcend all, politics & racism to name but two below. But as Sir Matt Busby says we should be gracious in victory and defeat – but let us hope Gary Lineker is wrong…..
worlcup quotes

 Headteacher blog:

As we approach the end of the school year, my thoughts have turned to the opportunities our students have been involved in and will be involved in during the year.

 

In July, students will participate in a World Challenge Expedition to Vietnam and Laos. As preparation for the trip, each person has had to raise £4350.  This has been a great test of the students’ commitment and ingenuity.  Notable fund raising achievements include, Tom Brittlebank receiving a £200 donation from a Young Explorer’s Trust, Iona Barron, the Head Girl,  raising £450 through participation in the Safford Half Marathon and Bea Egerton,  Harvey Grills and Freya Barkas raising over £1000 when they organised a sponsored swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and swam 6377 metres. This is the distance between Uttoxeter and Hi Chi Min City in Vietnam.

 

In April, the Under 16 Football team reached the final of the prestigious Sentinel Cup Final held at Port Vale FC.  The competition has featured a host of future professionals in the past such as Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and Manchester United’s James Wilson. This was the third time in 4 years that the school’s footballers have reached the final and although they were defeated by Biddulph High School, they performed very well and gained a lot form the experience.  Staying with sport, May 2018 saw the Thomas Alleyne’s Girls’ Athletics Team crowned as District Champions.  In addition, one of the school’s Year 9 students and budding sports reporter, Max Hayes reached the final of the Young Blogger of the Year as one of only 10 finalists and he attended a ceremony at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an exciting programme of activities for young people aged 14 to 24. Thomas Alleyne’s offers the award at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. Candidates select and complete activities in four sections (five for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. Participants find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity.  Candidates pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

 

In February, a group of four Year 12 students took the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Concentration camp in Poland.  Rachel Clemett, Jess Poole, Adam Burrows and Lydia Grocott were able to visit the camp with the Holocaust Educational Trust.  As part of the programme, they were required to share their experiences with other students.  In March the group delivered a powerful series of assemblies to the rest of the school and in doing so they helped the Trust in their mission to educate as many people as they can about what can happen when society turns its back on humanity.

 

In the 6th form, Thomas Alleyne’s students enjoy a wealth of opportunities, which support them in planning their future intentions.  One of these opportunities involved Year 12 students travelling to Manchester for a UCAS convention to gather information from over 140 higher education providers.  Students enjoyed the chance to find out detailed information about the huge variety of courses on offer to them.

 

At the other end of the age group, Year 9 students had an opportunity to take part in the BBC’s annual School Report Day.  This was an event during which students worked together to research and create a news bulletin, which they eventually performed to camera.  Year 9 student Elli Robothan said, “Overall, I had a really fun day and leaned lots of new skills”.

 

A key priority at Thomas Alleyne’s is working with our Middle Schools.  On that theme Year 7 and 8 students, this year worked with the Alleyne’s business studies department.  The work involved participating in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge to develop a new concept for Kidzania in London.

 

Student leadership is an important part of the philosophy at Thomas Alleyne’s.  In February, the School Council held a meeting at Uttoxeter Town Hall during which they met Uttoxeter Mayor Alison Trenery and Borough Councillor Sue Mcgarry.  Students learnt about local democracy and fedback their views on how the town could be developed to meet the needs of young people.

 

In November 2017, Thomas Alleyne’s was visited by a group of ex-students, who left the school in 1961.  The group enjoyed their visit to the school and the trip down memory lane.  The art department made a lasting impression in that the member of the group, Graham Penning, organised for an award for ‘Original Thought in Art’ to be made available to students at prize giving events.  The first recipient of the award was Livia Robinson, who achieved a grade A* in her GCSE art exam.

 

I firmly believe that the experiences described above, combined with high academic standards mean Thomas Alleyne’s students are well prepared for their futures.

 

Dates for your diary

  
Week commencing  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
29th June Year 11 Celebration Day
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening
4th & 5th July Year 8 Transition Days
10th June Junior Prize Giving

 

gcsepod

 As a reminder, parents can view the benefits of gcsepod by clicking on: https://www.gcsepod.com/parents-benefits/   gcsepod has a proven track record in helping students make progress and achieve their best, whilst developing independent learning skills. 

YEAR 10
 
This is a good time of year to start to think about what has gone well in your recent exams and what you found difficult.  Making a note of these areas and starting to use gcsepod to revise these will support you as enter Year 11 and make your final progress towards your GCSEs.
 
YEAR 9
 
As you are about to start your GCSE courses in your option choice subjects, gcsepod can help you get ahead of the game!  Start early to boost your knowledge and skills.  gcsepod is a really valuable way of revising the work done in Year 9 in English, maths and science too.  

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Inside GCSEPod – work experience:
During July, students can contact GCSEPod in a Twitter Q&A to ask any career questions surrounding particular jobs in the office i.e. web development, marketing, design, accounting etc.

This can include questions such as ‘how did you get into the job you’re doing?’ ‘what do you do on a day to day basis?’ ‘what do you love most about your job?’ ‘what’s the worst thing about your job?’

 

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Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

 A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 

Art Success

Young Photographers Winners!!!
Youngsters from a range of local schools were invited to participate at the Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Photographer of the Year Competition,
We have been thrilled to receive  1st, 2nd & 3rd place in BOTH the colour and Black and White 6th form Categories, with TAHS students receiving a further 7 x highly commended and 11 x commended in the 6th form.
In the Years 9-11 category one of our students secured 3rd place and another commended in the colour category, whilst  TAHS students also gained 2nd and 3rd in the black and white section for this age group.
Winners are being  presented certificates and Placed students will receive an awards during a presentation at our Art exhibition on Tuesday 26th June at 6:15 in the theatre.
Well done to all who entered, it was a strong competition as always and the judges must have had an incredibly hard time deciding!
 

 

If you would like to have a look at what we`ve been doing this year in Photography- you may want to look at bit.ly/flickrTAHS it has our rotary photography entries inside- and we will also be uploading images for our show on the 26th June.

 

News from PE

Year 10 Rounders 

This week’s fixture was against John Taylor. They had several big hitters who were hitting to all area of the pitch. they amassed a score of 21 rounders from there two innings. In reply TAHS could not score as freely due to some accurate fast balls from there bowler, Alleyne’s scored 11 1/2. 
Team Jess Eardley, Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright, Ellie Alcock, Jemima Pope, Lily Ede, Lottie Cooper, Katelyn Emery, Libby Fry. 
Lottie Cooper was awarded player of the match thanks to some big hits and some accurate long throws towards fourth post. 

 

House Rounders

Placings for year 10 

1st Orme

2nd Elkes 

3rd Torrance 

4th Whitmore 

Placings for Year 9 

1st Whitmore 

Joint 2nd Elkes & Torrance

4th Orme 

Girls Cricket Staffordshire Finals
Finals day saw TAHS face St Joseph’s in the first semi final. Losing the Alleynes were put into bat, Lucy Carr & Lottie Cooper got the team off to a positive start, confidently running 1’s and hitting the boundary. Lucy retired from the time Ning’s having scored the maximum 20 runs, Katie Hartley & Eve Bednall got the score up to 48 from the 7 overs. The bowling and fielding was solid from Alleyne’s with Sam  Cotterill bowling there opener for a golden duck. St Joseph’s Kept the run rate high scoring a run a ball. They reached our total with an over to spare to reach the final. 
Blythe Bridge were our opposition in the bronze medal match, batting first Alleyne’s followed a similar pattern to the first game. Lucy retiring again having scored the maximum, Lottie and Eve steering the total to 55 runs. No wickets were taken in the game but TAHS managed to restrict Blythe Bridge’s scoring with Lucy managing the fielding positions. At the close of play Blythe Bridge had scored 49 runs, meaning Alleyne’s had finished 3rd in the County. 
Team – Lucy Carr, Lottie Cooper, Katie Hartley, Sam Cotterill, Amelia Hadget, Holly Chatfield, Freya Hadgett & Eve Bednall 
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Congratulations to Torrance on winning the House Cricket Championship.

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Year 9 Cricket.
 
Congratulations to the year 9 cricket team who beat De Ferrer’s in the league on Tuesday evening.  De Ferrer’s won the toss and chose to bat first.  However with some fine bowling from captain John Ball, Freddie Whitehead,  Alfie Clewes and Harry Ashton’s 4 wickets in 2 overs Alleyne’s reduced the visitors to 72 runs. An excellent unbeaten30 from Freddie Whitehead put Alleyne’s in a commanding position, with some careless bowling and more robust batting from the middle order, Alleyne’s won the match with 4 overs to spare. Well done.  Next league game is on Thursday at home to Abbott Beyne.

Science News

 

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

Year 9

Tom Reddington – working hard in chemistry and cleaning up without being asked

Freya Hadgett – making excellent progress in chemistry

Year 10 –

Grace Gadsby – for working very hard and answering lots of questions

Jalen Doughty – for making superb revision resources for chemistry

Well done!

 

Girls in STEM

On Thursday this week we had the pleasure of year 7 and 8 girls from Oldfields, Ryecroft and Windsor Park. They joined us to hear about careers and opportunities in engineering, science and maths.
The girls listened to Sally Parker from Capula talk to them about female engineers and the sorts of jobs that they do. We heard that only 11% of engineers are female.
We then built a paper roller coaster between us. It was a very good effort girls!

During the day the girls also designed and created in DT and took part in maths games and science experiments. It was great to see the girls taking charge, working together and gaining confidence. Lets hope this is the first of many days like this.
It was a pleasure to have the girls here and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them on the transition days and in September.
Thank you girls. Mrs Payne.

 

 

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French Festivals

Year 9 French students did an amazing job presenting French festivals to Y3/Y4 children from Hutchinson and Picknalls. They looked at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Maple Leaf and Music festival, Fête des Rois and Carnaval, as well as the St Ambroise Fruit festival. The first school children really enjoyed the activities and our students were excellent ambassadors and MFL teachers.

News from your Canteen

Come on down on Tuesday 26th June for chocolate pudding day…..

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

An ex student who is working in renewable energies has sent in this guide to getting into offshore wind aimed for young people. Have a look and see if it for your particularly if you have an interest in STEM.

Links

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June 15th 2018

Thought for the Week 

 

No assemblies due to the continuation of exams in the theater
A centenary honour to the  women’s suffrage movements
Women who were householders over the age of 30 (6 million womengot the vote in 1918women over 21 did not get the vote until 1928.
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 Headteacher blog:

As parents and carers will be aware from reading recent editions of the Headteacher’s Blog,  I will be acting as Headteacher for the remainder of this term due to Mrs Rudge having an operation.  I have been in touch with Mrs Rudge,  she is now on the road to recovery and I know you will wish to join me in passing on our best wishes to her.
Years 11 and 13 are now approaching the end of their exams and I wish to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication and the mature  way in which they have approached their exams.  We look forward to welcoming Year 11 back for their Celebration Day on June 29th.  This is always an enjoyable day and a very important Thomas Alleyne’s tradition. We also look forward to celebrating with students from Years 11, 12 and 13 in August as they receive their exam results.  The GCSE exam results day is 23rd August whilst Post 16 students receive their results the week before on 16th August.

 

Next week sees the beginning of trial exams for Years 10 and 12 and I would like to wish all students every success in them.

Whilst for students in Years 11 and 13, this time of year is very much about completing a journey,  our thoughts also turn to those students who are about to begin their time with us at Thomas Alleyne’s.  On Tuesday of this week the SEN department held a very enjoyable evening, during which we were able to meet with families and students from Year 8 who will be joining us in September.  On 3rd July we will be holding our transition evening for the incoming Year 8 and on 4th and 5th July we look forward to meeting all the Year 8 students as they attend their transition days.
Mr Brunt

Dates for your diary

  
Week commencing 18th &  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening

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Moving into the last half term our focus is on preparing Year 12 students for their mocks and starting discussions about their future intentions. I am working with a number of students who are currently undertaking further research into apprenticeships and university courses. Each Year 12 student is encouraged to use Unifrog to help this search at home and at school and to speak to any member of the Sixth Form team for further guidance.

 
This time of year always amazes me, Year 11 students finishing their GCSE’s and showing their high level of maturity and the BTEC and A Level students in Year 13 finishing their full-time education with either coursework or exams. The manner with which these students arrive at school and enter their exam shows their commitment to their subject and themselves. As teachers, we encourage our students to share their experience of the paper with us, to give them support and to show them how much we believe in them and their ability. Our Year 12’s have their mock examinations starting on Monday and must ensure that they arrive promptly to their exam venue with the right equipment and in the correct uniform. Students are expected to be in school as normal during these two weeks and to be in lessons when they do not have an exam. All registers will be taken as normal during this time. There will be revision sessions offered by subject teachers and we encourage students to attend these to complement their independent revision. If any student in Year 12 has lost their exam timetable then they are encouraged to see the school exams officer.

 
Year 13 BTEC students have yet again risen to the challenge of displaying their work of the past two years for members of staff to see. Each year I see it I cannot believe the time and commitment they have given to their subject to have produced such substantial documents. The imaginative and unique way with which they show their knowledge, the amount of written work that is undertaken, sitting exams and then completing over 100 hours of work experience fills me and the Sixth Form team with immense pride. Mrs Blair has also provided photographs of this work for you to see.

 
As a reminder to parents and students in Year 11 the Sixth Form taster sessions do run next week, we are aware that there is a clash with some of the sessions and exams. We will run an information session for these students. If your child is interested in some of the other subjects on offer then they are more than welcome to attend those taster sessions as well. They must ensure that they sign in and out of school on the days that they attend, that they are quiet when moving around the school as there will be mock examinations and they do not need to wear school uniform. If your child is unable to attend then please email Sixthform@tahs.org.uk. We have attached the timetable for these sessions if one is not at hand.

Taster Session table June 18

World Challenge

We are officially on count down until we leave for Vietnam and Laos on July the 10th. I hope everyone is excited and getting all their packing started with the kit from kit list.
As the lead teacher on this trip I wanted to highlight and commend some of the students and their conduct towards their fund raising. Students have had to raise £4350 to attend the trip and then add on their spending money and injections, they have raised a huge amount of money. Firstly Tom Brittlebank has received £200 and a Young Explorers Trust award for his participation in this expedition. Excellent work Tom, well done. Iona Barron, our Head Girl, took part in the Stafford Half Marathon in April. She completed 13.1 miles, raised £450 pounds and earned herself a shiny well earned medal. Congratulations Iona.
Also in April Harvey Grills, Bea Egerton and Freya Barkas organised a sponsored swim at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. The centre donated the time needed for them to swim the distance between Uttoxeter and Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam. This equated to 6377 meters and when divided between the 3 of them they needed to complete 85 lengths each, which they all completed and a little extra as Harvey had been sponsored by the length by his Grandad. In total they raised over £1000 which will have helped massively in their fund raising. Fantastic idea guys, such a good job. These are only a few of our students stories and I will be adding more as we get closer to our departure date.
Not long now.
Tốt (that’s well done in Vietnamese!!)
Tom Brittlebank, in 11E3, is a recipient of one of this years Young Explorers Trust awards for his participation in the World Challenge expedition.
They also awarded him £200 to help towards his expedition costs.

Year 10 GCSE Maths Exam

The Year 10 end of year maths exam takes place on Monday 18th June. It is one non-calculator paper worth 80 marks.  The exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 and 10 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam:  Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor and compass.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention.

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator.  Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

 A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end 

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 

Art Exhibition 2018-

TUESDAY 26th June 5pm-7pm 

SNEAK PEAK…..

Just over a week left until the Art department opens its doors to the friends and families of our students and our supportive community to see some of the interesting, intriguing, skillful and time consuming work that has been occurring over the last year. 
We will have selection of Year 9-13 Art & Photography work on show for you to look at. It would be especially useful for those doing GCSE or A Level art next year to see whats in store!

 

Art Dept Proud!

In the midst of another hectic week we are pleased to pause to celebrate with past Art students Ella Kasperowicz and Richard Holmes. 
Ella Kasperowicz studied Art and Photography along side maths at TAHS- gaining A*,A*,A*, then graduated last year from Falmouth University with a First Class BAHons in illustration. She is now forging a career as an author and illustrator and has just received a first copy of her soon to be released adult giftbook #squadgoals.
The Art department staff are so pleased to hear of her success and loved the vibrant and witty illustrations, and it’s great to see someone loving the work they get to do and hear of the design process and publisher support from octopus books. Ella is going traveling in September around Asia otherwise known as ‘the book tour’ and will no doubt find inspiration along the way for future projects!
Another past student is Richard Holmes who has just this week found out he too has a first Class Degree in Photojournalism from Staffordshire University. Richard Studied A level photography whilst here at TAHS and has been working at Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium and beyond as part of his development in Photo journalism. 
Richards work can been seen below and is printed on to aluminum taking pride of place in his degree show exhibition. 
We wish all of our past Art & Photography students the best of wishes and look forward to hearing from others who are far and wide across the country and beyond!

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED DISCOUNTED TICKETS FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS & RELATIVES OF PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENING 21ST JUNE 18

JURRASIC WORLD

TICKETS WHICH INCLUDE ENTRANCE POPCORN AND & DRINK ONLY £8.50 PP

Usually almost £12-13.50 depending on age

ENTRANCE ONLY TICKETS WILL BE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR

£5 PP (normal price £6-£7.50 depending on age)

TICKETS AVAILBLE FROM FINANCE OFFICE

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO TAKE CASH OR CHEQUE (payable to Thomas Alleyne’s High School PTA) INTO THE FINANCE OFFICE IN AN ENVELOPE WITH THEIR NAME, TUTOR GROUP AND AMOUNT WRITTEN ON WITH WHETHER THEY WANT TICKET ONLY OR FOOD & BEVERAGE PACKAGE

TICKETS GIVEN OUT WEEK OF THE FILM

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

Cricket

On Wednesday Mrs Fletcher and Miss Jones took a Year 9 and Year 10 combined team to John Taylor for a tournament. The games were one innings each, made up of 18 good balls. We played Robert Sutton first and it was a well matched game, we batted first and put up a score of 5 rounders in total, they then managed to equal our score so the game ended in a draw. Vicky Catterall was woman of the game due to her great rounder on her second bet of the game. Second game of the evening was against the hosts John Taylor. They batted first and put up a score of 2 rounders for us to chase. In reply we scored 9 rounders resulting in strong win for Thomas Alleyne’s. Eve Bednallwas awarded woman of the game thanks to her long throws when fielding and her huge hits and rounders scored when batting. Last game was against De Ferrers and this time we got to bat first. We scored a respectable 4 rounders but they scored 6 in their innings. Even though we lost, Scarlett Smister performed brilliantly when batting scoring 2 rounders with her big hits. Well done to all that took part.

 

U15 County Cup Cricket
Thomas Alleyne’s County Cup run came to an end on Thursday after defeat to our Alleyne’s cousins Stone.  Batting first the excellent Stone bowlers restricted us to 88 for 7 of 20 overs.  Openers Gregor Hayes (19) and Alex Ford (12) top scored but after that runs were hard to come by.  Stone began their innings by peppering the boundary and hittng some huge shots.  Uttoxeter Stuck at it though and wickets came for Belcher (3), Hayes (3) and Bussell, as the wickets fell the runs dried up and we took the came to the 19th over before the winning runs were hit.
House Cricket.
School House Cricket Competition took place this week.  The first Semi Final was Torrance v Whitmore, Whitmore mad 2 early break throughs before Harvey Belcher (38) and Frankie Bussell (24) began to find the boundary at regular intervals.  Freddie Whitehead took 2 late wickets but Torrance had a challenging score of 96 runs.  Whitmore began well with pinch hitter Callum Ward (15) hitting Belcher for 6 but they could not keep up with the run rate and finished 26 short.  The second semi final saw underdogs Orme v Elkes. Orme’s captain Callum Dreher (40 n.o) batted brilliantly to steer his side to 82 of 16 overs, with Lottie Cooper taking 2 wickets for Elkes.  Elkes had little trouble knocking off the runs in just 11 overs with Hayes (24 n.o) and Thornton (17 n.o)  batting well.
On Friday the 3rd/4th place play off was won by Whitmore, despite Orme putting up a good fight.  Dreher again top scored (27) and there was good support from Reuben Kenny (16). Freddie Whitehead (3 wks) and Alex Ford (2wks) were the pick of the bowlers, Ethan Archer stole the show though by removing the Orme captain.  Archer continued his good form by opening the batting and hitting 16 before excellent batting from Owen CArrington (24 n.o) and Charlie Cope (15 n.o) saw Whitmore home.
The final saw Elkes bat first and make 87 off 15 overs, Hayes top scored on 14 with wickets taken  in pairs by Bussell, Belcher, and Bosworth.  For Torrance Belcher dominated the batting hitting 74 not out to guide Torrance home off 11 overs.  Lucy Carr taking the solitary wicket of Lewis Dawson (10).
House Cricket 2018
BTEC Sport Visit To Staffs University
On Wednesday our Yr12 BTEC Sport level 3 students had the excellent opportunity to visit Staffordshire University’s Sport Science department.  This gave our students the oportunity to experience lab fitness testing, question staff, see athlete testing in action, tour facilities and gain a greater understanding of energy systems. The day also gave students the opportunity to research Sport employment and the courses and pathways available.  This will be a great advantage for units studied in yr13.
 

Staffordshire Schools’ AA Track & Field Championships 

Thank you and congratulations to all those Thomas Alleyne’s athletes who represented East Staffs at Northwood last Saturday. Overall East Staffs came 3rd in the event which is their highest finish for a number of years.  Well done.  Special mention must go to Lucy Carr and George Foster as they qualify to represent Staffordshire  to compete for the Mason Trophy held at Alexander stadium, Birmingham.  George will run in the Junior boys 100m and 200m races, whilst Lucy will be throwing the javelin in the Intermediate girls competition. Good luck and well done.

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Girls Cricket

The Under 15 girls team enjoyed a great day at the South Staffordshire Cricket tournament, held at Wolverhampton Cricket Club. 
First match saw a great bowling and fielding display against Wolverhampton Girls High School, restricting them to 43 runs off 7 overs. Unfortunately our efforts were not matched with the bat and the game was lost by 5 runs. Katie Hartley batting well to make the final over very competitive. 
Lucy Carr captained the side brilliantly over the course of the day. She won the toss in the second game and put Erasmus Darwin in to bat. Another excellent bowling and fielding display saw EDA score 36 runs. Reversing the batting order with Hadgett twins,  opening the run chase went well, with Holly Chatfield coming in at number 3 and also scoring freely,  Amelia scoring 12, Freya 8. The total was reached with 3 and a half overs to spare. 
Newcastle under Lyme School were our next opposition and another comprehensive victory Lucy Carr & Lottie Cooper opening and reaching the retirement figure of 20 runs and Eve Bednall also coming into bat and not losing her wicket. The bowling saw Sam Cotterill, Freya Hadget, Lucy and Lottie all take wickets. 
The final game to secure qualification was against St Chad’s. TAHS batted first and set there highest total, over 80 runs. Again Lucy and Lottie dominant scoring 19 and 18 runs. The fielding was again excellent with St Chads only able to amass 38 runs from their 7 overs. 
The finals for the Rachel Heyhoe Flint trophy take place next Wednesday at Wolverhampton Cricket Club 

Special Needs Open Evening

On Tuesday evening the Special Needs department welcomed year 8 pupils and parents from our middle schools.  It was great to see so many in attendance.  The visitors were invited to look around the department and take tours of the school. Teaching assistants and parents got to know each other over a tea or coffee, whilst pupils enjoyed playing games or petting the range of animals which had be bought up from the farm.  Thank you to all those who attended and to the staff who worked hard to ensure that the evening was a success, a special thank you must go to the current Alleyne’s pupils:  Jamie, Joe C, Gemma F, Izzy and Amelia B.
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Science News

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

Year 9

Zack Hedgcombe and Caitlin Beardsley for consistent hard work in Chemistry.

Year 10

Amy Latchford and Eleanor Turner for excellent effort in preparing for the Biology mock exam.

 

This week’s Year 10 Animal Care Students of the Week selected by Mr Gilson are:

Thomas Clayton for care and pride in all of his work.

Rachel Spence for conscientious work.

Well done!

BTEC Health & Social Carre

TToday saw the culmination of 2 years of hard work for the BTEC Health & Social Care students.  As well as sitting 4 tough examinations, they have completed 9 comprehensive portfolios of work.  Staff who visited the presentation were very impressed and overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of work they have produced. They are moving on to further education in subjects such as Primary Education, Psychology, Criminology and Midwifery. 


We wish them all the very best for the future.


Mrs George, Mrs Blair, Mr Brunt and Miss Beevor.

 

 

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

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June 8th 2018

 Headteacher blog:

Year 11 and Year 13 students are continuing to show great resilience, ambition and determination in approaching their examinations.

We are pleased to see that Year 10 and Year 12 students are following their lead and have adopted comprehensive revision for their Year 10 examinations. If you feel your son or daughter needs more support with revision, please speak to their form tutors and encourage your son or daughter to access GCSEpod. The school has purchased access for all students in the school. Together, students have streamed over 129,000 pods.

As we approach the end of the year, many students have attained their Bronze, Silver, Gold and even Platinum Credit Badges. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to these students and thank them for their hard work and commitment to the school.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, staff from across the school collaborated to develop the School Improvement Strategy for 2018 – 2019. We are looking forward to building on work already started to ensure we offer the highest quality education to your daughters and sons.

As you may be aware, I will be out of school for the remainder of the academic school year, as I will be having an operation on my leg. During this time, Mr Brunt will be Acting Headteacher and Mrs Maingay will be Deputy Headteacher. I wish the staff and students a productive and enjoyable half term.

Dates for your diary

 
 
12th June SEN Evening
Week commencing 18th &  25th June year 10 & 12 Exams
26th June Art Exhibition
3rd July Year 8 Induction Evening

GCSE Revision Sessions

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Maths GCSE Revision

Well done to everyone on all their efforts so far.

To help with your preparation for paper 3 here is a link to a website with revision lists, demonstration videos and practice papers. These papers and revision checklists are based on the topics that either haven’t appeared or usually have a higher profile. As there are 3 papers, it is likely that topics from paper 1 or 2 may appear again, so definitely make sure you revise everything.

https://corbettmaths.com/2018/06/07/aqa-paper-3-material/

Year 10 GCSE Maths Exam

The Year 10 end of year maths exam takes place on Monday 18th June. It is one non-calculator paper worth 80 marks. The exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 and 10 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor and compass. Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention.

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

Year 9 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June. The first paper is a non-calculator paper and the second paper is a calculator paper. All students have been sent, via Insight, a list of all the topics they have covered in Year 9 to use as a revision list.

The following equipment is needed for the maths exam: Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator. Students without equipment will be issued an afterschool detention

A great way to revise for your exams is to use www.vle.mathswatch.com

username: normal school login with @tahs at the end

eg smithjohn04@tahs

password: triangle

 

Year 11 GCSE History

Paper 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany is on Tuesday.
Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young are around for any questions on Monday. On Tuesday pre-exam revision classes are available with Mrs Johnson and Mrs Young periods 3 and 4. – come up to the history rooms.

Art News

Photography Competition WINNERS!
As you may recall our students enter the Rotary Club Young Photographer Competition each year, and this year we were very proud to have success  the DISTRICT Level. 
At a wonderful prize giving ceremony hosted and  by the Rotary Club including Rotarians David and Janet  Stubbs,  It was a busy evening, with a lovely buffet provided by Barr Beacon School and attended by the student winners,their proud parents and teachers.
The photography competition had over 1000 students enter at different age ranges from the huge geographical area including Telford and Wrekin, Wolverhampton, Ludlow, Stafford, Stoke on Trent and Walsall as well as Uttoxeter. The finalists all had a lot of competition to make it to this level and it is a testament to the work our students do in the Art department with a particular thanks to Mr Robinson-White’s dedication to helping students achieve their potential and for helping to compile the entries. 
Here are some of the results TAHS Students achieved
Senior (up to Y11)
HIghly Commended: Lucy Parker
Highly Commended: Millie Eaton
3rd Prize: Chelsea Bowden
College (Up to Y13)
Black and White:
 
3rd Place: Erica Poyser
2nd Place: Rhiannon Kenny
1st Place Jade Dyche
Additional Governors Award: Jade Dyche
College (Up to Y13) 

Colour:  

1st Place: Mel Davis

Additional Governors Award: Mel Davis
 
Special Award: A Years Youth Membership to the Royal Photographic Society
Awarded to Mel Davis
Placed winners all received certificates and mounted professional prints of their work. 1st place also received a book from the Royal Photographic Society, and Governors award included a £25 voucher. 
Huge congratulations to all concerned.  
Please come to our Annual Art Exhibition on Tuesday 26th June 5:00-7:00pm to view these and many other fantastic examples of Art and Photography across our 5 art rooms.
 
 
Look at the link below to see a taster of the work done in the Art dept !

 

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PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

U15 Cricket County Cup

On Tuesday Thomas Alleyne’s played Erasmus Darwin at Uttoxeter Cricket Club. Erasmus Darwin won the toss and batted- Harvey Belcher and Frankie Bussell removed the openers with the score on just 9. Darwin’s number 3 batted well and scored a well crafted 29 but there was a flock of ducks that followed. Gregor Hayes produced a magical over taking 4 wickets including a brilliant caught and bowled. Lewie Thornton bowling for the first time this year took the final 2 wickets with off stump yorkers.

Set Just 49 to win- skipper Alex Ford reversed the batting order and despite a couple of early wickets, Alleyne’s reached the target off just 9 overs with Owen Carrington top scorer with 9.

The next round is a home game against Stone Alleyne’s on Thursday 14th June 2pm start.

HOUSE CRICKET 2018

 

Rules- 11 aside, timed innings- one teaching period per team batting.

             You may select boys and girls from both Yr 9 and Yr 10.

Captains:

Elkes: Gregor Hayes

Orme: Callum Dreher

Torrance: Frankie Bussel

Whitmore: Alex Ford.

Tuesday 12th June – P2 & P3 Torrance v Whitmore

Thursday 14th June – P3 & P4 Elkes v Orme

Friday 15th June – P1 & P2 3rd v 4th place play off

Friday 15th June – P3 & P4 Final

 

Science News

Year 11 students preparing for their second GCSE exam papers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, please be reminded of the warm-up sessions at 8am on Monday 11th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th June.  Good Luck!

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

Year 9

Gabby Johnson for continued excellent effort

Saffron Whittingham for effort and progress

Year 10

Bailey Holder for progress and effort

Kiera Chell for excellent effort

Well done!

SEN EVENING  – TUESDAY 12TH JUNE 4PM – 6PM.

We are looking forward to welcoming the year 8 parents and  pupils from the middle schools as well as our own parents and pupils.  The evening will be based in Keeling house and parents will be given the opportunity to speak to teaching assistants and see pupils work as well as join in with activities and games.  Please join us for refreshments and an insight into Thomas Alleynes Special Needs department on Tuesday.

Year 9 Vaccinations

The Immunisation Team have changed the vaccinations on the dates previously stated.

Now –

3rd July – All Year 9 – ACWY & DTP

12th July – Year 9 Girls only – HPV

If you have not returned your consent form please do so as soon as possible so we can pass it to the Immunisation Team.

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

Harper Adams University open day on 16th June.  Courses range from Agriculture, Animal Behaviour, Engineering, Land Management, Geography and Conservation.
There is also a summer residential open to 16 and 17 year olds from July 8-9th.
Visit harper.ac.uk/open for more details

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Please see the attached information about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

Links

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May 25th 2018

Dates for your diary

 
4th June School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

It has been a busy final week of term this week. Teachers and classroom support staff have been completing their final formal lessons with year 11 and 13, working hard to make the most of the final lessons and offering before school and after school interventions. We have been impressed by the turnout in many of these warm up sessions before examinations. Mr Hawthorne for example, reported that 23 of his class of 28 turned in for his Maths ‘warm up’ session at 8.00am earlier this week. Staff will continue to offer lessons during study leave to support any student who feels they would prefer to revise with their teacher. At points when they wish to revise in school, but not be in lessons, we ask that they base themselves in the canteen or library and sign in at reception. 
You may have been made aware that due to a bird entering the exam hall on Friday we had to put in place contingency plans to move  a number of students from Year 11 to a new venue. Thank you to all staff, students and particularly our examination officer, Mrs Soskinski, who worked together to provide the best possible alternative solution. The regulations around exams are strict and therefore we had a very short window to put in place an alternative venue. 
Saying a formal good bye to Year 13 is always difficult. They have been a superb asset to the school – leading by example and creating a real sense of community in the sixth form. When our Head Girl, Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl and Boy have visited other schools or community events, we have received letters letting us know how well they have represented the school. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my personal thanks to Iona Barron, Ryan Wiggens and their team for the fantastic support they have provided for the school.  Thomas Alleyne’s is better because of the work you have done.  We will miss you and wish you all well for your future. I would also like to mention 2 student leaders who introduced new online packages to the school which have been valued by our students: Anna  Sykes for persuading me that the purchase of Unifrog could only benefit our sixth form students; and Tom Hollins for taking the usage of GCSEpod to a level which places us in the top 10 nationally, and for running Year 11 revision sessions after school. Mentioning names is always difficult and there are so many other students who have raised money for charity, supported younger students in mentoroing, organised the wonderful sixth form leavers event  and supported us as staff by completing duties. Thank you to you all.
This week a team of non-classroom based staff and external consultants led by Mr Storer (our Business Manager) and Mr Mirams (our Site Manager)  have been working on our plans for site development. We are currently exploring the possibility of refurbishing 8 classrooms over the next 12 months and also extending our school canteen. These refurbishments will mean that all of these classrooms will be increased in size, so that they are in line with recommended classroom size, improving the environment in which all our students learn and our staff work within.  In addition to this, the plans for the replacement for the pavilion and mobile blocks are now past the initial design stage. In the very near future, we will be able to share images with you of the plan for the new build. We will also hold a meeting for any parent or member of the community to attend, so you can ask any questions you wish to pose to us and so that you can see the plans. Finally, work has already started on the replacement of the boilers and pipework over a significant part of our school site. 
We are very mindful that as a school, we will need to put in place comprehensive plans to be able to carry this work out on a busy school site. We will be beginning the work next half term and much will be taking place over the Summer, however some will run into the next academic year. Therefore we are working hard to minimise the impact on our current students. 
All of this work has been funded through succesful bids to the Department of Education or provided as a result of local housing development. 
The final piece of work, which we have not yet been successful in securing funding for, is the re-commissioning of our school pool. If you have any contacts, who you feel would like to see this resource for the school and community re-opened, please put us in touch with them. We do not want to lose this facility.
We have now staffed our Teaching School and are thrilled that Mrs Maingay, our new Deputy Headteacher, will be the strategic lead. She has vast experience of leading a teaching school. Mrs Lindsay, currently Assistant Headteacher and Head of RE, and Mrs K Goodwin, our newly appointed Assistant Headteacher, will be the Co-Directors of the teaching school.  Both have significant expertise of leading teacher training and Initial Teacher Training. We look forward to our first strategic team meeting when we will be working with other schools to develop our action plan for the coming 12 months. 
Finally, I wanted to mention my Year 9 classes. It has been a pleasure to teach them this year and due to me not being in school next half term, I have now had my final lesson of the year with them. During my time with them, I have particularly enjoyed studying poetry  from 1500 to the modern day, public speaking and more recently, Shakespeare. Having worked with them over the 12 months, I am excited by the potential they have shown in lessons and also the support they offer each other. The very experienced and knowledgable Mrs Fisher, Mrs Baldwin and Mr Hulme, will be taking on my lessons after half term. 
I wish you all a lovely half term and a safe expedition to all our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students. 
To year 11 and 13, get some rest but keep on with your revision – a very long holiday awaits you all! It will be well deserved. 

 

 

Exams

We are now two weeks into the external examinations and incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication and attitude of our students.
Keep working hard with revision, especially over half term. Stay motivated. We know you can do this!
Please see dates for examination results collections below:
Post-16 : Thursday 16th August from 7am
GCSE: Thursday 23rd August 9am-12pm
Ensure contact is made with the school exams officer if you need to arrange for your results to be posted, or you need an alternative arrangement.
Wishing you every possible success!

Year 10 Study Skills

Year 10 students should be starting revision for their mock exams now!  The more you do now, the more prepared you will be for these exams and for Year 11.
Please see the attached video clips from Lucy Parsons – who will be working with some of our students next year.  Find a style of revision that works for you!
Please ask your subject teachers if you would like more support.

GCSE Warm-up & Holiday Revision Sessions

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Year 11 GCSE History

History half-term revision
Mrs Johnson is running a drop-in session for anyone who wants to discuss any aspects of GCSE history (content or exam technique) on Thursday 31st May from 10.00am until 2.00pm.
Remember!  
Paper One examines The British Sector of the Western Front and Medicine Through History (4/6/18) 
Paper Two examines American West and Anglo-Saxon and Norman Society (8/6/18)
Paper Three examines Weimar and Nazi Germany (12/6/18).
Pre-exam pep talk for Paper One
Monday 4th June in Rooms 15 and 16 from 8.00am.

Geography Revision

Year 11
Year 11 Geographers still have 65% of the total marks available in Paper 2 (Tuesday 5th June) and Paper 3 (Monday 11th June) so there is everything still to revise for! In order to help revise and prepare for these exams, the PPT below is a useful summary of the topics for Paper 2. Students are also welcome to come to a warm up session on Monday 4th June at 3.15pm in room 6. Students can also use the attached word document in order to help prepare for the Paper 3 decision making exercise on the new reservoir at Abingdon.
Year 13
Just a reminder that if any students have any queries or questions regarding revision or exam technique over the May half term, Edmodo is the best way to ask. Good luck with the revision and think like a geographer!

Y11 German Revision

Room 23 
Monday 4th June lesson 4 listening reading 
Thursday 7th June lesson 4 listening reading 
Tuesday 19th June lesson 3 writing 

Maths GCSE Revision

Well done to everyone on all their efforts so far.

To help with your preparation for the calculator exams here is a link to a website with revision lists, demonstration videos and practice papers.

These papers and revision checklists are based on the topics that either haven’t appeared or usually have a higher profile. As there are 3 papers, it is likely that topics from paper 1 may appear again, so definitely make sure you revise everything.

Higher tier – https://corbettmaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Paper-2-and-3-Checklist-AQA-Higher.pdf

Foundation tier – https://corbettmaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Paper-2-and-3-Checklist-AQA-Foundation.pdf

Remember revision sessions in school are as follows

Paper 2 revision sessions:

Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:

Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

A-level Maths Revision

All A-level maths students have been given a timetable when each of the maths teachers are available.
There will be a revision morning for Core 3 and 4 on Thursday 31st May 9am – 1pm in rooms 104 and 105.

Respect Programme

 

The respect programme will now move onto exploring different life skills for Years 9 and 10. Extra form periods in the week may be used, particularly with Year 10 preparing for their exams towards the end of June.

 

Year 9 will be studying two themes, Volunteering then Drugs, looking into:

Why Volunteer?

Conservation Volunteering

Conservation Issues

Volunteering Abroad

Information and Advice

Messages about Drugs

How do you feel about drugs?

Year 10 will be spending the next half-term revising to prepare for their end of year exams. Afterwards, they will be moving onto building life skills. The topics include:

Why Revise?

Getting Prepared

Revision Techniques

Exam Techniques

Positive Mindsets

Affirmations

Role Models

Confidence Building

If there is anything that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor or Head of House.

Art News

Have you taken Art/ Photography as an option for GCSE/ A Level?
 
Any aspiring artists and Photographers (and their families) are welcome to join our Annual Art Exhibition on 26th June 5:00-7:00pm.
This is a great chance to see a showcase of work completed by students in years 10-13 as well as some examples from Y9.  Every year we are taken back by the time and dedication, effort and perseverance our students exhibit towards their studies.  
Uttoxeter Rotary Club Young Photographer competition
Look at the link below to see a taster of the work done in the Art dept !

Rotary Club Young Photographer of The Year- DISTRICT competition
We have just had news that the following Y11 and Y13 students’ photographs have been shortlisted  to go through to represent Uttoxeter in the district Rotary Club Young Photographer Competition at Senior and College level.  The results will be announced at a presentation evening held on the 7th June in Aldridge and we will let you know results after the event. This competition is held across several counties and students work from different Rotary Clubs as far afield as Ironbridge, Ludlow in Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Stafford and Walsall are also competing, so to have 6 students represented is a testament to their creativity and high caliber of photography.
If you want to see more of our fantastic students photography and artwork in general, our exhibition is open on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm.
Y11 :
Lucy parker, 
Chealsea bowden
Millie Eaton
Y13:
Mel Davis 
Jade Dyche
Rhiannon Kenny
Erica  Poyser
7th June doors open 6:30pm
Barr Beacon School, Old Hall Lane, Aldridge WS9 0RF 
Good luck everyone!

 

PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

U15 County Cup Cricket
On Thursday Thomas Alleyne’s began their county cup cricket campaign against Cheadle High at Cheadle Cricket Cricket Club.  It was a perfect summers evening for cricket with a good smattering of supporters and the speaker system set up.  Alleyne’s were elected to bat first and began explosively with Harvey Belcher targeting the short boundary. Alleynes kep the run rate at around 8 per over but wickets fell at regular intervals, Belcher (14), Hayes (11), Bussell (3), Bosworth (11), Ford (4), Thornton (1), Carrington (0), Walsh (0).  Callum Dreher kept the innings together with 18. But the loss of wicket meant Alleynes were restricted to just 11 off the last 7 overs.  Mathew Payne and Lewis Dawson dug in well to ensure Alleynes batted out the overs.
With a target of 82 off 16 Alleynes had something to bowl at but were now second favourites.  Hostile and accurate bowling from Belcher and Bussell put the Cheadle batsmen under pressure but they were unable to make the breakthrough. The sole wicket being a run out.  Alleynes worked hard in the field though and kept the run rate below the target.  Captain Alex Ford and spinner Gregor Hayes were introduced and Cheadle required 11 runs off the final over.  Hayes held his nerve and Alleynes won by 1 run.
Next week we take on local rivals JCB in the district cup on Tuesday  and Erasmus Darwin on Thursday in the 2nd round of the county cup.

Year 10 Rounders Vs De ferrers

TAHS played a competitive, tough fixture against Deferrers in the glorious sunshine. 
The girls met their first objective of batting out the whole 10 minutes with three girls remaining for the final 3 minutes. Amassing a total of 4 1/2 rounders. The half time break saw Deferrers lead by 2 1/2 rounders. The second innings saw TAHS score at a similar rate against an excellent fielding side. Vicky Catterall, Jess Eardley and Libby Fry completed the game as TAHS top scorers all gaining two rounders. 
Alleyne’s kept a tight field for the last innings but were blown away by one Deferrers player who hit big into different regions of the pitch on each of her turns to allow Deferrers to extend their lead to 16 1/2 – 10. 
Team – Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright, Ellie Alcock, Jess Eardley, Libby Fry, Lily Ede, Katie Lawrence, Lucy Rogers,  Maddie Whalley,  Grace Harvey, Katelyn Emery

Cricket

U15 Moorlands Cup Home v JCB

On Thursday Thomas Alleyne’s hosted JCB in the district cup first round. JCB won the toss and chose to bat, a decision they were soon regretting when Harvey Belcher rattled the stumps first ball. JCB did then put up some resistance up with a couple of well struck boundaries. Excellent bowling by Belcher (3 wickets for 6 runs), Gregor Hayes ( 2 for 12), Callum Dreher (2 for 7), and Jenson Bosworth (2 for 2) saw JCB bowled out in 13 overs for 39 runs. Alex Ford captained the side well and ensured the overs were bowled quickly. In reply Belcher hit a quick fire 19 and the winning runs came in just the 6th over. In the next round Alleyne’s will face Moorside.

After half term we will entertain Erasmus Darwin in the next round of the County Cup on Tuesday 5th June 2pm at Uttoxeter Cricket Club.

Athletics

Congratulations to the following who have been selected to run in the County Athletics Championships at Northwood Stadium on Saturday 9th June.

George Foster 100m, 200m
Lewis Dawson 400m
Euan Walsh Shot
Owen Carrington 1500m
Lily Ede 300m
Shani Wright 800m and Long Jump
Abbie Hulbert 1500m
Ellie Allcock Shot and Discus
Lucy Carr Javelin

 

Year 9 Rounders 

The second rounders fixture of the year 9 season took place on Thursday evening in the glorious sunshine. De Ferrers came over to play against Alice Boothby, Holly Chatfield, Amelia Hadgett, Freya Hadgett, Scarlett Simister, Abby Moore, Jess Banner, Frankie Tooth and Jazz Hardisty. We batted first and lost some early wickets meaning we were bowled out early after scoring 5 rounders. De Ferrers then batted and we caught 3 out within the first 9 balls and used that momentum to bowl them out before their time restriction. They finished the first innings with 6.5 rounders. During the second innings we were again bowled out early but put up a good fight. Our girls again bowled well to stop De Ferrers using the extra time gained and giving us 2 mins 17 seconds to try and catch their target of 13.5 rounders. We delivered a strong performance and finished on a total of 12 meaning we lost by 1.5 rounders. All the girls played really well and Amelia Hadgett was nominated as Woman of the Game. Well done girls. We have two fixtures first week back on Tuesday and Wednesday at home, see you there!!!

Science News

This week Mr Gilson’s A Level Biology students have been investigating mitosis or cell division in garlic root tips.  Cloves of garlic are suspended in a small beaker of water until they develop roots, which grow extremely quickly.

The roots were prepared by the students with ethanoic alcohol and hydrochloric acid, placed onto a microscope slide and stained blue – revealing the cell detail, including the chromosomes within the nucleus.

The photograph, taken looking down the microscope, shows the cells undergoing all the stages of mitosis – prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.

This superb slide prepared by Ruby Woollard, Isla Stubbs and Bryony Hall is the finest example of mitosis ever seen at School – very well done!

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

Year 9

Ruby Taylor-Caine and Lewis Taylor for excellent recent biology results

Year 10

Ellie Clayton and George Hill for a much improved performance in their biology recently

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

Jessica Bailey and Aimee Wild for outstanding effort in Animal Care course work

Well done!

 

 

Online Safety


The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating.
 Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way. 
 Advice regarding uploading pictures: 
Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend. 
Advice for students:
What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share – you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity. 
Students/Parents & carers please visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ for further information
 

Reminder to Parents

 In the event of an emergency with your child, have you got a new phone number (especially mobile)? Have you moved? Has there been a change in your circumstances? Has there been a change regarding any medical information for your son or daughter?
 If so, it is vital that you alert school so we can change the details on our system. Please contact school as soon as possible.

Teaching & Learning

On Monday, all teaching staff participated in the last Teaching and Learning Community to feedback on the projects they have been involved in over the year.  These have covered a range of areas including supporting post-16 learners and student leadership in learning.  Lots of good practice was shared to help staff to prepare for the next academic year.  Thanks to all teaching staff who have contributed to these projects over the year.

 

 

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Attendance

As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using attendance@tahs.org.uk and 01889 561820

 

Year 9 Vaccinations

Please note the following dates for Y9 vaccinations.
 School Nurse Team to visit school on –
12th July –
All Y9 pupils for Meningitis ACYW and Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio
Consent forms must be returned asap if not already sent in.  Replacement forms available from school office.
3rd July
All Y9 girls 2nd vaccination for HPV (consent will have previously been given at Middle School).

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

This weeks new additions are Staffordshire Police Open Day and opportunities at Juniper Training in Burton over half term.

Direct Page Link

beau

Please see the attached information about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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May 18th 2018

No assemblies as exams continue.
Thought for the week
Accomplishment
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519

 

Dates for your diary

 
25th May Last full day of school for year 11 & 13
4th June School Reopens

 Headteacher blog:

Huge congratulations to Max Hayes in Year 9 who has taken home the National Award for Young Football blogger of the year. A phenomenal achievement. 

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Well done also to Year 11 and 13, many of whom have sat over 8 examinations in just 5 days. It takes real stamina and resilience to cope with the pressure and they have shown just that. If any parent or young person needs support please let us know. 

​Finally, I wanted to let our parents and students know that I will be having a knee operation on the 12th June. Whilst I will be keen to return to work as soon as possible, we have planned for my absence for the the rest of this academic year.  
We are very fortunate that Mrs Maingay, our new Deputy Headteacher, has been able to start with us early to cover my absence. Therefore I have been able to work closely with both Mr Brunt and  Mrs Maingay as they take on the roles of Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher respectively from June 8th. ​
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 

 

6th form

Exam Support:

The theatre and other venues are now set up in readiness for the busy exam season ahead. When your child faces examinations, often scheduled close together, they will undoubtedly feel under some pressure. I therefore thought it would be useful to offer the following sources of advice and guidance to support both you and your child during this important time in their educational journey:

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you feel that your child requires any additional support during this time. In addition, I will be sharing some resources with the year 13 students to support them in undertaking their BTEC and A-level exams – please ask them to share them with you.

A momentous day for Year 13 today, this was their last taught Friday at TAHS.  Next week they will be participating in their Year 13 Leavers Day. Below is the schedule for the day,

Order of the Day

–             9:30am – 10.15am:         Common Room & 6th Form Area

–             10.15am:                          Students to Bradley House.

–             10:40 – 11:30am:            Formal Leavers’ Session – Bradley House.

–             11.30 – 11.45am:            Short break to get a drink, photos etc

–             11:45am – 1:00pm:         1st Section of Entertainment: Awards and Prize Giving

–             1:00pm – 1:45pm           Everyone back to Common Room for food and Yearbooks / Hoodies.

–             1:45pm – 2:30pm           Back to Bradley House for 2nd half of entertainment

–             2:30pm (approx.)            Year 13 Depart

Exams

The first full week of examinations took place this week. Students have conducted themselves well. We are all very their hard work and effort. Keep going now and keep revising.

GCSE Warm-up Sessions

A large number of departments are offering pre-exam booster sessions and the full program is outlined below:

 

ABC Mentors

Year 11’s who have applied to Sixth Form should have now received their offer letter and taster session information via their form tutor and their invitation to apply to become ABC Mentors.  Any problems, please see Mrs Walton in the 6th Form office or email Sixthform@tahs.org.uk

Year 11 Celebration Day – Friday 29th June 2018

 May I take this opportunity to congratulate our Y11 students on a successful and positive start to their final GCSE examinations. They have impressed all members of staff with their maturity and positive attitudes.

Year 11 students will complete their full time attendance at school and timetabled lessons on Friday 25th May. After this date, they are expected to attend scheduled revision sessions and GCSE examinations only. Full school uniform must be worn for all of these occasions.

We understand that students may need to catch the bus to and from school during the examination period and it is not possible or appropriate for them to study at home. Therefore when there are not supervised lessons, if your son or daughter needs to study in school they are invited to use either our school canteen or the library. This is also the case if they have 2 or 3 exams in a day and need somewhere to study between examinations. If they do choose to study in school, after May half term, they will need to sign in the visitors book.

We look forward to celebrating the end of the examination season with our students with the traditional Leavers Celebration Day.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to celebrate with their friends and teachers. Formal attire is expected for the day. We begin at 10am and conclude at 2.00pm, with a buffet served at lunchtime and a morning service at St. Mary’s Church. Parents are welcome to join us for the Church Service, should you wish. It will commence at 10.30am.

On arrival at 10am, students are expected to go straight to the following rooms, where their Tutor will meet them. We will leave at 10.20am for the Church Service.

11E1 – 20, 11E2 – 19, 11E3 – 18, 11O2 – 16, 11O3 – 15,

11T1 – 13, 11T2 – 12, 11W1 – 11, 11W2 – 10

On our return to school, students will be expected to remain in the Theatre. This is our base for this day, to avoid any disruption to lessons and internal examinations for the rest of our students in years 9.10 and 12. We also respectfully request that all students do leave the school site at the end of the celebrations at 2pm.

Celebration Day is an enrichment part of the school year & is therefore by invitation only. I must stress that we continue to expect high standards of behaviour throughout the examination period & would still reserve the right to remove any invitations to this day. Individual Heads of House will contact parents as appropriate should this affect your child.

I look forward to a happy and successful day on Friday 29th June. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of House if you have questions.

Advice for female students

The Pastoral team would like to recommend the following website any parents who have daughters in school. You may wish to take a look at the website and then introduce your daughter to it. It contains a lot of useful advice and guidance.
 https://agnesforgirls.com

Year 11 Geography

Thank you to those students who attended the revision session this afternoon, this wil be repeated on Monday 21st at 3.15pm in room 6. If any students were unable to get hold of the revision sheets , these are below. There is a sheet for each topic that will be in the exam plus a case study/exam technique help sheet. These are a useful summary of the Paper 1 topics and will help with that last minute revision! Good luck!

English Revision

The GCSE English Literature examinations take place next week on Tuesday 22nd May and Friday 25th May.

Warm up sessions will run as follows:

Tuesday 22nd May 8:00am-8:40am

Room 13 Mr Hulme
Room 18 Mr Parker
Room 19 Mr Brassington

Room 20 Mrs Harris (inc Mrs Baldwin class/other students if required)

Friday 24th May 8:00am-8:40am

Room 13 Mr Hulme
Room 18 Mr Parker
Room 19 Mr Brassington

Room 20 Mrs Harris (inc Mrs Baldwin class if required)

Please also note that revision takes place after school next week on Tuesday 22nd May, Wednesday 23rd May and Thursday 24th May. Please speak to your English teacher or Mr Hulme for more details.

We know you have worked hard. Well done, keep going with revision and we wish you every possible success!

Maths GCSE Revision

After school revision sessions continue to take place every Wednesday (rooms 48, 102, 103 and 105), Thursdays (rooms 48 and 102) and Fridays (rooms 46, 47, 102, 103 and 105)
In addition to these the maths department will be putting on some extra sessions before each of the GCSE maths exams.

Paper 1 revision sessions:
Wednesday 23rd May after school
Thursday 24th May 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 2 revision sessions:
Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:
Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

There are also unconfirmed rumors that a lobster was seen teaching maths this morning, but it has to be said that she (there is a clue) was rather camera shy. We will see what we can do for next week!!!

A-level Maths Revision
All A-level maths students have been given a timetable when each of the maths teachers are available.
There will be a revision morning for Core 3 and 4 on Thursday 31st May 9am – 1pm in rooms 104 and 105.

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

cinema

THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

DISCOUNTED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

Here is reporter Max and his report from the Sentinel Cup final:
Rounders Vs William Allit
The Year 10 rounders team travelled to William Allit to compete in an epic opening fixture. A decent start was made by TAHS restricting the big hitting opposition to 8 rounders after the first innings. At the half way point Alleyne’s trailed by 1 and half rounders.
A much improved performance was seen in the field with Vicky Catterall, Shani Wright and Jemima Pope taking great catches. Communication was great from all of the girls so the correct decisions were made when fielding the ball. Katie Lawrence, Grace Harvey, Lucy Rogers, Ellie Alcock  & Katelyn Emery made solid throws into 2nd and 4th post. Whilst Jess Eardley delivered some quality bowling and Lily Ede covered the backstop and 4th post areas.
The batting also improved in the 2nd Innings with Shani, Jess, Grace & Katelyn taking chances and keeping the score board ticking with 1/2 rounders. The final score being TAHS 15 – William Allit 14 1/2.
East Staffordshire District Athletics Championships
After 2 weeks of competition at Shobnall our Year 10 Girls Athletics team has been crowned district champions.  The boys came a creditable 4th out of a total of 16 schools.
This week on the track – Lottie Cooper was 5th in the 100m, Vicki Catterall 2nd in the 200m, Lily Ede 2nd in 300m, Shani Wright 1st in 800m, Abbie Hulbert 2nd in 1500m.  For the boys George Foster who was making his debut won both the 100m and 200m by sizable margins.  Lewis Dawson was 2nd in the 400m.  In the Field- Shani Wright was first in Long Jump, Ellie Allcock 2nd in both Shot and Discuss, Lucy Carr 3rd in Javelin, Euan Walsh was 3rd in Shot, 4th in Discus.  Well done to all that took part.
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Science News

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

Year 9

Ben Wain and Sam Cope for excellent effort

Year 10

Rachel Agnew for excellent achievement and Annie White for consistently high effort

Year 11

Joe Hayward for enthusiasm in revision and Chloe Clayton for a diligent approach to revision

Well done!

Attendance

As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using attendance@tahs.org.uk and 01889 561820

 

Year 9 Vaccinations

Please note the following dates for Y9 vaccinations.
 School Nurse Team to visit school on –
12th July –
All Y9 pupils for Meningitis ACYW and Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio
Consent forms must be returned asap if not already sent in.  Replacement forms available from school office.
3rd July
All Y9 girls 2nd vaccination for HPV (consent will have previously been given at Middle School).

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

How about this for budding vets….

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Direct Page Link

beau

Please see the attached information about 6 year old Beau. With many other organisations TAHS would like to support this charity on Friday 15th June.
Staff & students are invited to donate  £1 to wear silly socks for the day, with all funds going to the Beau’s Boots charity.

Links

Follow the links to; School Website, Facebook, Twitter & our Online Shop

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May 11th 2018

No assemblies for next two weeks due to Year 11 examinations taking place in the school theatre.
Thought for the week
w/b 14th May is Mental Health Awareness Day

 

Dates for your diary

 
14th May First GCSE Examinations
25th May Last full day of school for year 11 & 13
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 Headteacher blog:

We are thrilled to be able to share with you that Thomas Alleyne’s High School has been selected to be a national teaching school. I would like to thank Mr Brunt and Mr Osborne-Town for their work on securing this status for the school.

 

Please see below a press release from the Department for Education:

The headteacher and staff at Thomas Alleyne’s High School  part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust, have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Thomas Alleyne’s High School  is one of over 40 schools that has been selected to become a national teaching school in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.

Mrs Julie Rudge is one of more than 50 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education in the latest recruitment round

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Julie Rudge Headteacher said:

“It’s an incredible honour to receive this designation on behalf of Thomas Alleyne’s High School. Our commitment to securing the best quality of education for children in the Uttoxeter area is unwavering.

 ‘’We look forward to building on the work already in place within Uttoxeter Learning Trust to further develop teaching and learning, both across our trust and beyond.’’

Mr Brunt said:

“The designation of Thomas Alleyne’s as a Teaching School, is a wonderful recognition of the significant work that had been undertaken over the last four years to develop the quality of teaching and learning in the school.”

Alison Trenery Chair of governors said:

The Governors are delighted to hear this news which is a tremendous achievement for a comprehensive school in a semi-rural area like Uttoxeter, and which is the result of the impressive progress made by Julie Rudge and her colleague staff in taking the school and the Uttoxeter Learning Trust forwards.’’

Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Thomas Alleyne’s High School and Julie Rudge on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching schools and national leaders of education are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”

 Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a regional induction event.


 GCSE Warm-up Sessions

A large number of departments are offering pre-exam booster sessions and the full program is outlined below:

RE Revision

Please see the attached Presentation with information about the Saturday Revision session 10-12.

Please note that there will be also warm up sessions from 8am on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th May in room 33A and 33B.  All Year 11s welcome.

Year 11 – RE Revision plan

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Computer Science & ICT

The first written papers of the 2018 GCSE Season are the Computer Science Paper 1 & the ICT written paper on Monday morning.
A large number of revision resources, question papers and websites have been shared with the students via social media and insight for both qualifications.
Please can you encourage these to be used over the weekend.
A breakfast session will be held on Monday morning at 8 am for both subjects. This will be an ideal opportunity to focus the mind, go over some quick-fire knowledge based questions and fully prepare the students for the exam.
They have all the resources and knowledge at their fingertips and they need to go in full of confidence and attempt every question, that is the only way they will get marks!!
The students have all worked incredibly hard and the end is insight – so please pass on our best wishes to them all and we hope to see them at 8am on Monday.

 

Year 11 Geography

The first geography paper is on Tuesday 22nd May. This is the Physical Geography paper and the topics to revise are Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and climate change), the Living World (Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests and Hot Deserts) and the UK Physical Landscape (Rivers and Coasts). The GCSEPod resources for these topics have been reassigned to all Year 11 Geographers in order to help with revision. The following YouTube clips are also useful for revision but also for exam technique on how to answer the questions.
 
Students will also need to ensure the know how to read an Ordnance Survey Map as one of these is likely to come up in this paper. This link is to the BBC Geography – Get Lost series and is a quick explanation of grid references but there are also clips on scale and contours.
Paper 3 is on Monday 11th June, a month from today! This paper focuses on Geographical skills, fieldwork and the Pre-release material. Every student will have been given a copy of the Pre-release material for them to read over and annotate. They will be given a new copy for the actual exam. The Pre-release material is a decision making exercise based upon the construction of a reservoir. The following mind map gives some structure on how to prepare for this exam. There is also a mock paper with answers to help students prepare and some questions regarding the fieldwork.
Revision warm up sessions will be taking place on Monday 21st May, Monday 4th June and Friday 8th June from 3.15 to 4.30 in room 6.
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GCSE PE EXAMS

The GCSE PE exams take place next week. Paper 1 on Fitness and Body Systems is on Wednesday 16th May and paper 2 Health and Performance is on Friday 18th May.  Reminder GCSE POD and GCSE bitesize have been updated with new content,  Students have all been issued with practice questions and have revision work on insight.  There will be a final warm up session for the exam at 8am on Wednesday 16th May in room 83A.  Good Luck.

Maths GCSE Revision

After school revision sessions continue to take place every Wednesday (rooms 48, 102, 103 and 105), Thursdays (rooms 48 and 102) and Fridays (rooms 46, 47, 102, 103 and 105)
In addition to these the maths department will be putting on some extra sessions before each of the GCSE maths exams.

Paper 1 revision sessions:
Wednesday 23rd May after school
Thursday 24th May 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 2 revision sessions:
Wednesday 6th June 11.20-1.20 (periods 3 and 4) and after school
Thursday 7th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Paper 3 revision sessions:
Monday 11th June 11.20 – 12.20 (period 3) and after school
Tuesday 12th June 8am- 8.40 am (exam starts at 9am)

Equipment needed for the maths exam:

black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator for paper 2 and 3.

There are also unconfirmed rumors that a lobster was seen teaching maths this morning, but it has to be said that she (there is a clue) was rather camera shy. We will see what we can do for next week!!!

Save the Date!
Tues 26th June 2018- Art department Exhibition

Please note that the Art Department Exhibition will be open to the public on Tuesday 26th June 5-7pm, and is a great chance to see a lot of the wonderful work that our students have produced. There is hours and hours of dedicated work in Art, Craft & Design, Photography from Year 9-year 13 on display and a chance to talk to some of the 6th form artists about their work.

PTA FUNDING RAISING EVENT – SAVE THE DATE

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THE PTA HAVE ORGANISED A CINEMA NIGHT FOR ALL TAHS PUPILS

THURSDAY EVENNG 21ST JUNE 2018

JURRASIC WORLD

DISCOUNTED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Summer HamperRaffle

News from PE

The district athletics saw victories on the track for Shani Wright in the 800m and Lily Ede in the 300m. Lottie Cooper and Vicky Catterall were 2nd Place in the 100m & 200m. Lewis Dawson completed the same events for the boys and also finished 2nd. We are still awaiting the final placings for the field events but there were some creditable performances with Ewan Walsh & Ellie Alcock in the Shot & Discus, Frankie Bussell in the triple jump, Shani Wright in the Long Jump and Lily Ede in the high jump. 
Round 2 is next Wednesday also at Shobnall
The Year 9 team played their first rounders game of the season on Tuesday evening. We played William Allitt at home and there were a few nervous faces before we played. By the end of the game those faces were smiling and victorious. The girls won 16 – 3 1/2 after being 10 1/2 – 2 at the end of the first innings. The team were led by captain Alice Boothby and made up of Freya Hadgett, Eve Bednall, Holly Chatfield, Frankie Tooth, Jess Banner, Abby Moore, Jazz Hardisty and Scarlett Simister with Amelia Hadgett being given Girl of the Game for her excellent bowling. Well done ladies, lets keep the wins coming!!

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Science News

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

Year 9

 Eleanor McCarthy for excellent practical skills dissecting the heart. 

Amelia Hadgett for super assessment scores. 

Year 10

Matthew Payne and Maisy Jeffrey for continued dedication and success in assessments. 

Year 11 

Alfie Bednall and Brad Cope for showing a continued excellent level of revision and subject knowledge.

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

Year 10 

Tom Clayton and Morgan Perry for both producing course work above their target grades.

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

Year 11

India Edwards and Sian Rendell for hard work, resilience and dedication to the subject. 

Well done to all students!

Attendance

As part of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust we are please to inform parents that we are working with “Attend EDC” in maximising the attendance of our students.
This arrangement will not change any of our current practices & procedures. Our key Education Welfare Worker is Mrs Marie Shananahan.
Please direct all normal correspondence and questions to school using attendance@tahs.org.uk and 01889 561820

Careers

Don’t forget to check out the new careers page on tahsroundup.wordpress.com 

University tasters at Keele, a cracking website and information on Nursing & Midwifery at Burton.

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