Thomas Alleyne’s High School Weekly Roundup week commencing 12th June

Thought of the Week

Assemblies week beginning 19th June

Assemblies will be led by Heads of House on a RESPECT theme. These assemblies will be for Year 9 in their respective Houses

Thought for the Week

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” —Albert Einstein

It’s never too late to change your life. There’s always hope that tomorrow will be a better day, it’s up to you whether or not it turns out that way.

Headteachers Blog

Congratulations to Oldfields who put on a fantastic production of Oliver this week which many of our staff enjoyed. We were thrilled that some of our staff and students were able to support the event.
As this academic year draws to a close, I am keen to remind you of some key dates in our calendar.
A level Results Days:
Students will be able to collect examination results on Thursday 17th August between 7.30am and 11.30am.


GCSE Results Days:

Students will be able to collect examination results on Thursday 24th August between 9.00am and 11.30am. After collecting their results, from 10.00am,  they will be able to meet with the sixth form team to sign up for sixth form in the Ede Studio.

If students are not able to attend in person to collect their results then they can either:

  • provide a stamped self-addressed A4 envelope to allow us to post results home.
  • write a letter advising us of who is going to collect their results on their behalf – this needs to be a named person, who will need to bring identification.
​As we mentioned last week wherever possible we would like parents to attend with their sons and daughters. ​

Please be aware that we are not allowed to release results to anyone other than the student without their signed authorisation. Should you have any queries regarding the collection of your exam results please contact our exams administrator

MrsB Sosinski

We have been so proud of ​many of ​our students’ appearance this year; they look immaculate in their shoes and blazers and are a real credit to our school. Can we also remind parents that trousers should be fitted in design, skin​ny fit ​trousers​, jeans​or jeggings are not allowed. The vast majority of our students look incredibly smart and business like; we want to ensure that all of our youngsters adhere to the same dress standards.

​ If you need to see the uniform policy it is on our website.

Art Exhibition 2017

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Business Year 10 Revision

There will be a lunchtime revision session every Thursday with Mrs Basi in room 7. This will be for any year 10 students who are unsure of any of the key concepts or any students who want to revise. I would encourage year 10 attendance as we need to ensure that we are stable with year 10 content before moving into year 11. Please see Mrs Basi or Mrs Featherstone with any questions or queries.

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The Year 13 Leavers Day reflected our opinion of them, full of life, happy and successful. They did themselves proud and the 6th Form Team. Their day started with celebration breakfasts in their form rooms and then it was over to Bradley House Club for the formal part of the day. Mrs Rudge gave a heart-warming speech, followed by Mrs Dodd, Mrs Young, Mrs Bell and then Mr Robinson-White. Each speech made was well received by the students and the staff shared their personal experiences from the same time in their life, how things have changed and progresses. Mr Robinson-White decided that his speech should provide advice for the future and how to deal with unusual circumstances and how to get of awkward situations.

The students were wonderful, all were involved in each activity and many decided to perform for their peers. This can be a very nervous thing to do but each student was perfect. Lunch was provided by Tesco’s Community Trust and was well received by the students. The sun was shining, what more could we have asked for.
It was emotional for all who attended the theme of celebration never left our hearts. The Senior Prefects did a fantastic job organising the event and running with the theme of The Great Gatsby. Here are some photographs of the day. There is also a link under the picture below that you can click on to see all photographs taken by Mr Robinson-White.

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This week the 6th Form team took 108 Year 12 students to the NEC to participate in the HE Convention. There were over 52 universities in attendance as well as stalls representing Higher Level Apprenticeships, Student Finance and also careers. The students were very enthusiastic when we quizzed them about their experiences and I am aware of many Open Days being booked to specific Universities based on their encounter with them on Monday.

Please be aware that Mrs Walton, 6th Form Administrator, does need to see written confirmation from the student before they attend the Open Day so we can code their absence from school accordingly.

Our new Senior Prefect Team will be revealed to all our readers next week.

Year 11 into 12 Taster Sessions

Yesterday the letters and plan have been posted out to the Year 11’s who have applied to 6th Form. This will provide information for the Taster Sessions that departments will be running in the next few weeks. If your child cannot attend then you will need to let the school know so that we can provide them with the bridging work that needs to be completed over the summer break from school and handed to their subject teachers in September.


Sports Roundup

The Year 9 team completed their league fixtures with two wins against Robert Sutton and Pingle. An excellent fielding display in the second innings saw Robert Sutton all out and half a rounder short of reaching the TAHS total.

TAHS 10 1/2 – 10 Robert Sutton

Team Jess Eardley, Vicky Catterall, Ellie Alcock, Shani Wright, Grace Harvey, Katie Lawrence, Lottie Cooper,Llily Ede, Katelyn Emery
POM Katelyn Emery

TAHS 12 1/2 – 11 1/2 Pingle

Team Jess Eardley, Vicky Catterall, Ellie Alcock, Shani Wright, Grace Harvey, Katie Lawrence, Lottie Cooper, Amy Fuller, Maddie Whalley
POM Jess Eardley

The Year 10 maintained their 100% record by beating Robert Sutton 12 1/2 – 10.
Team Jaz Sutton, Belle Hancox, Freya Barkas, Sophie Howe, Abbie Walters, Emelia Lowe, Sophie Lomas, Heidi Woodward & Tilly Edwards

POM Belle Hancox

Wednesday saw a very competitive game vs Pingle. where TAHS were trailing until the very last ball of the innings and Elsie Howell scored a full rounder to win the game 14 1/2 – 13 1/2.

Team Jaz Sutton, Stacey Harrison, Sophie Howe, Maddie Woodfield, Lillian Ford, Kim Burgess, Tilly Edwards, Elsie Howell & Abby Chilvers.
POM – Sophie Howe

Girls Cricket

Little Stoke hosted the North Staffordshire cricket final on Tuesday. The TAHS girls played very well with all team members producing some very accurate bowling.

  • TAHS by John Taylor by 38 runs
  • TAHS lost to Paget by 3 runs
  • TAHS beat Abbot Beyne by 33 runs
  • TAHS lost to St Joseph’s by 12 runs
  • TAHS lost to Painsley by 18 runs

Squad members – Sam Cotterill, Emily Barton, Freya Barkas, Jem Thornett, Katie Hartley, Lucy Carr, Sophie Lomas and Jaz Sutton.

Checkley CC beat TAHS by 44 runs in a friendly pairs competition played before half term. Jaz Sutton, Belle Hancox, Freya Barkas, Sam Cotterill, Katie Hartley, Katie Lawrence, Karris Gordon & Kim Burgess represented TAHS. Jaz, Belle and Freya starred with the bat. Whilst Katie Lawrence and Sam Cotterill both took 4 wickets.
Playing for Checkley TAHS students Lucy Carr, Jem Thornett & Sophie Lomas took wickets whilst Meghan Geofferson and Emily Barton produced a solid batting performance.

Many thanks to Gavin Carr and Mark Tolley who have prepared the girls for these fixtures.


Road To Wimbledon Tennis Competition

Last Friday Thomas Alleyne’s hosted the U14 road to Wimbledon tennis competition. Some great tennis was played with the final 4 boys being Alex Done, Owen Carrington, Alex Ford and Charlie Land.

1st place Charlie Land and 2nd place Alex Ford go through to the county finals in Wolverhampton on Saturday 15th July.
Well done to all.

County Athletics

On Saturday Thomas Alleyne’s district Athletics Champions got the opportunity to compete in the county Championships.

The major successes came in the girls field events with Ellie Alcock winning the shot put and Lucy Carr coming 2nd in the javelin. Both girls go on to represent the county.
More field success came in the senior boys hammer with Callum Jones winning and also achieving county selection.

  • Other results included
  • Alex Shaw 4th in 300m heat
  • Sam Ward 5th in 800m final
  • Jude Longley 9th in Long Jump
  • Ryan Locker 5th in 400m heat
  • Gabe Eastwood 7th in Shot
  • Lottie Cooper 5th in 100m heat
  • Vicki Catterall 4th in 200m heat
  • Sharni Wright 4th in 800m final

Well done to all that took part.

Boys Cricket

After beating JCB Alleynes hosted Moorside in the Staffordshire Moorlands cup. The game was held at Uttoxeter CC with Alleynes not having a maintained cricket wicket. Alleynes provided the pre race entertainment for ladies night.

Alleynes won comfortably after putting Moorside into bat and restricting them to 56. Joe Haywood began with a maiden and Alfie Bednall created a couple of opportunities but it was the first change bowlers Alex Bennett and Frankie Bussel who took the first wickets. George Whitehurst then took 3 wickets to put Alleynes firmly in the driving seat.

With Alleynes under pressure to get the game completed before star jockeys and DJ Sarah Cox arrived by helicopter, Joe Haywood and captain Archie Whitehead began the run chase with Haywood dominating the scoring with 27 off 4 overs. Jack Bond and the skipper then completed the job with plenty of time to spare.

Archie Whitehead, Joe Haywood, George Whitehurst, Jack Bond, Alex Bennett,
Alex Ford, Frankie Bussell, Callum Dreher, Alfie Bednall, Kieron Coates, Lewie Thornton

SEND Open Evening

On Thursday the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Department had it’s annual Tea Party held in the canteen and the adjoining Millennium Quad. Current Thomas Alleyne’s students welcomed parents and future students from our feeder schools to join them for cakes, games and craft. There were a number of carnival themed activities with “Splat a Rat” proving very popular with everyone attending.

There were some very tasty cakes and cookies, hand made by both staff and students from the department,alongside a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and strawberries to dip in it. The craft table was kept extremely busy throughout the event with parents and students producing masks and Big Top tents to take away with them.

All of the SEND team were on hand running activities and speaking with the parents and students who attended and a number of staff from other departments also showed their support for the event helping to make it a busy and successful evening.

Annual House Chess Competition

The tension in the air has been electric, the crowds have been fanatical, the action has been fast and furious but the school has survived for a victor to be crowned in this years House Chess Competition.

Congratulations to this year’s champion:

Jack Wright 9O3.

Jack beat Okyanus in a close fought final. The match was watched by a spellbound audience in the theatre of dreams (room 47). It was one of the best finals in recent times. ‘It was a great final. Jack is a real champion. My uncle taught me how to play but on the day Jack was the better player’ said Okyanus, a gracious loser. ‘It was great to win. Okyanus was a difficult opponent’ said a jubilant Jack. ‘Being in Year 9 gives me the opportunity of emulating the great champions of previous years like Tom Munro, Michael Wright (no relation) and Hamish Haas’.

1st Jack Wright 9O3
2nd Okyanus Ari 9O1
3rd/4th Luas Rogers 10W1 and Tom Bagnal 10T2

House Placings

1st Orme 8 House Trophy Points
2nd Whitmore 6 House Trophy Points
3rd Torrance 4 House Trophy Points
4th Elkes 2 House Trophy Points.

Well done to all competitors.

Mr Askey has just about kept a lid on the excitement as can be seen in these action shots below.


Photography Work

To view the fantastic work that has been done in the photography department this year click on the image below. All of this work has been entered into the Rotary Club competition for 2017.


Physics Jobs

We require a Head of Physics and a part time teacher of Physics for a September start. For further details on these roles click on the school badge below:

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Letters confirming option subjects for Year 10 in 2017/18 will be sent out to parents during week commencing 19th June.

Staff Training

This week members of our teaching staff have undertaken training in Facilitation and Coaching and this will enable them to work with and enable other teachers to develop their skills and practice.

Duke of Edinburgh Re-Licencing

We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully been re-licensed as a D of E center. Many congratulations to all of the staff involved in running this fantastic scheme. Not forgetting the brilliant students who make our D of E such a success. 

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Year 9 & 10 Maths Exams

The Year 9 end of year maths exams take place on Tuesday 20th June (non-calculator) and Wednesday 21st June (calculator). The Year 10 exam is on Thursday 29th June (non-calculator only). All students have been sent a revision list via Insight.

Students must bring the following equipment with them:
Black pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, compass and Year 9 will need a scientific calculator on Wednesday.

Maths sets (£1.00) and casio scientific calculators (£7.80) can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of this newsletter).

If students do not turn up with all of this equipment an afterschool detention will be given

A great way to revise for the maths exams is to use

username: surnamefirstname2digityearofbirth@tahs ie the same as students log into the school system but put @tahs at the end
password: triangle

Happy revising and good luck to everyone!

Science Week…

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

Year 9
Emily Whiteman and Jasmin Hall for effort, attainment and class contribution

Year 10
Matthew Simpson and Matthew Ockleton for effort and attainment

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

Year 10
• Jordan Elcock and Zoe Clemmett for continued enthusiasm in all practical aspects of the course
• Hayden Hatton and Olivia Bennett for attending after-school sessions to finish their coursework

Well done!

Cheeky Monkeys!

Arwen Litchfield and Katie Keeling, two year 10 Health & Social Care students have visited Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery this week to carry out a presentation that they have created on Healthy Eating as part of their coursework. They worked with a group of 25 three and four year old children and carried out activities including sorting foods into healthy and unhealthy boxes, drawing their favourite fruits and vegetables and making rainbow fruit salads.

We are always very keen to work with local service providers and would like to extend our thanks to Cheeky Monkeys for accommodating us.


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