Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 2nd March 2015

Headteacher's Blog

Approximately 82% of parents attended parent's evening for Year 10 this week which is much appreciated by staff. We realise for some people that the date may not have been possible and therefore if you were not able to attend please contact us with any questions regarding your son or daughter's progress. We had an excellent evening and whilst for some students there have been targets set, others are progressing exceptionally well through their courses. On Monday we also held our first Year 11 post 16 evening if you missed an appointment again please just let us know.

As an additional offer to our normal school curriculum we are able to offer one to one English and Maths for some students alongside the after school revision classes which are currently running. If your child is offered this opportunity please encourage them to attend. We are fortunate to have very skilled one to one teachers and feedback so far has been excellent.

The world book day quiz took place in the school theatre as you will see below. Congratulations to Orme who narrowly won it ahead of Torrance with 36 points and thank you to Mrs Shakespeare who organised the event so well and over so many years.

I had a reminder from a parent this week about including updates on the House scores in our weekly news which we will be doing again in coming weeks. So much goes on each week in school and one of the successes this week came from our girls' rugby team against my old school John Taylor - when I was told I realised I do have a little bit of a competitive edge! Well done girls and apologies to any of my old colleagues who read this blog!

And finally for this week a reminder. We have just 18 school days until Easter School holidays and 23 days after that until May half term, when examinations will be into full swing. I know from talking to students that the vast majority of our Year 11 and Year 12 and 13 students are revising well but for those who are still struggling this is an observation I shared with one of the Year 11 students I interviewed this week for sixth form.

'If I revised 3 hours a day for the next 40 days that would equate to just 120 hours - it seems a lot but when I divide that between my 9 subjects it leaves just 13 hours a subject'.

As an English specialist I know just how much the students have to cover for English and 13 hours is not a lot.

A few parents asked if we could do another revision techniques session for parents and students together so I will be running a morning on Thursday 16th April during the Easter holiday prior to our final 23 days leading up to exams. Please email me at if you would like to attend and I will let you know the details. If you would like a session but would prefer an evening again please let me know.

A Paramedic Calls.....

On Friday the year 12 Health & Social Care BTEC class had the opportunity to have a technical lesson delivered by a paramedic from the West Midlands Ambulance Service. He demonstrated what to do in the case of a Tonic Colonic Seizure; how to call for help and show good practise when the first responders arrive. He gave practical demonstrations and all of the students were very keen to partake in activities such as placing a casualty into the recovery position. The class were very eager to gain the opportunity to put the first aid skills that they have developed throughout the course into use and to have a professional check out their handy work! Now the class will use their new found skills to develop short “Health and Safety” videos that could be used in a residential setting. These videos will be assessed as part of their overall course which will help them to continue to succeed with the high level of success historically achieved by the BTEC Health and Social Care students.

Year 11 Photographs

Last call for year 11 photography orders. Please ensure you have your orders in to the front office by 9.00am Tuesday 10th March at the absolute latest.

The year 11 whole group photograph is now available to view online on the Tempest Groups website. Please note this service is for viewing images only, ordering will take place via the order forms which will be available in school shortly.

To view the photograph, go to -

Year 12 Performance - a Local Story

On Friday 27th February, year 12 Performance Studies students took part in a community performance project at Uttoxeter Town Hall. As part of their AS level, they are set the task to create a performance based on a local story, to be performed in a local venue, using the art forms of Dance, Drama and Music combined. Parents and friends gathered to see the story of 'The Smiler' at Alton Towers and the story of 'The Fauld Crater'.

The students professionalism and commitment to the project was excellent. It was great for the parents to see the results of all the hard work that goes in to such performances. Comments after performances suggested surprise at the quality of the students work... some very proud parents

French Controlled Assessments

Next week it is the turn of the following groups to complete their controlled assessments in French.

11B1 11A4 11A1 11C

Ensure you see your teacher if you have any questions or issues with this.

Key Dates Reminder

PTA meeting - Wednesday 1st April 7.30 pm

Easter holiday - 3rd - 17th April

School opens on 20th April for students

House Lit' Quiz

The ninth House Lit' Quiz produced an exciting finish with only one point between Orme and Torrance. A good decision by Orme to play their joker in round one – People and Places ensured they were off to a good start. Torrance hit back with double points for round two – Superheroes but couldn’t quite manage to pip the Orme team of Jess Pool, Cairan Selwood, George Adams and Tom Barraclough who took the trophy to a delighted Head of House Mr Wright. Whitmore and Elkes struggled to overcome less than happy Joker rounds but continued to chase the leaders right to the last minute.

Well done to the runner s up Team Torrance of: Hannah Brown, Holly Carnall, Marley Topliss and Ewan Haas. Elkes team of: Jess Large, Sophie Smith, Callum Marcroft and Jensen Hulbert. Whitmore team of:Joe Hagan, Zoe Shaw, Millie Mcleavy and Bryony Hall.

Students from English classes 9H1 and 9H2 formed the audience but in teams of 4 also competed. Very Well done to Ben Dreher 9W3, Milly Radley 9W3, Sophie Degg 9o1 and Harry Massey 9o3 who pipped team no 1 at a tie break to win the floor team prize,

Thank you to Mrs Fisher, Mr Bailey and Mr Brassington and a huge thank you to Mrs Shakespeare for all her hard work each year.

Post 16 Transport Consultation

Can the parents of pupils in year 11 please take time to look at the consultation regarding transportation for post  16 students. You have until April 2nd to comment on the proposals.

News from the Careers Service

Careers Advice for Year 11 students

The Senior Team have been busy interviewing year 11’s for the school 6th form. If your son/daughter is considering college they need to make sure they have sent their application in as soon as possible. Places get filled from February so students need to apply now or they might miss out on a place. If your son/daughter is unsure what they want to do and needs help with this please email Elaine the Entrust Careers Adviser on

If your son/daughter wants an apprenticeship but has no definite place they also need to apply to college for a full time course as a back up plan. If they need help finding an apprenticeship please e-mail Elaine for help and advice.

6th form students

Year 13’s have been busy applying for University. But if your son/ daughter is not planning on going onto University they need to start focusing on their plans for the end of year 13. There are some useful websites that provide information on gap years. These are and To search for apprenticeships go to To look for local jobs go to If your son/ daughter needs any help with their plans please email Elaine on the address above.

The Entrust Careers website has useful links to careers related websites. It also has Young People’s Factsheets on Apprenticeships, HE and Job Hunting. The address is

Sports News

A combined year 9 & 10 girls rugby team beat John Taylor in the County Final on Wednesday by 8 tries to 4.

The team battled well and showed great bravery going into contact and great speed and agility in thereforward play. The team were skippered by Kaitlin Arnold, who was outstanding with her knowledge and experience.Also representing the school were Alisha Hudson, Mylene Bepole, Katie Edwards, Hannah Thacker,Vicky Brookes, Rhiannon Kenny, India Wilson, Chloe Kerr, Niamh Miller, Antonia Lee-Jones, Ellie Chatfield, Georgia Apperley,Hannah Whittaker.

The girls have progressed to the regional finals which take place on Wednesday 18th Marchat Dudley Kingswinsford. Well done girls.

This fantastic week for girls sport continued on Wednesday when 5 girls went to the East Staffordshire Trampoline School Games at Paulet.

Hannah Kiddle, Molly Jordan and Kira Watson were a beginners team, with Alice Malbon and Jess Fry entered individually into the advanced and elite categories respectively. Kira, Alice and Jess all won 1st place in their categories and Hannah and Molly performed very well for their GCSE PE moderation.

Well done to all

Rotary Club Art Competition

All our talented artists and photographers, get involved and submit colour or Black and white Photographic images for this years Rotary Club Young Photographer of the Year Competition- hopefully our proud tradition and success in this competition will get repeated again!

Entries for this competition need to be J:PEG format in folders on J Drive before deadline of Friday 20th March 9:00am.

Please ensure the image file name is 'YOUR name, AGE and TITLE for piece' See Mrs Derby, Mr Parkes or Mr Robinson if you have any queries.

Thank you and good luck!

Ski Trip 2016!!

We have not even gone on this years trip and it is time to start planning next years!

The trip is booked for the Easter Holidays, 2016 and letters are now available from Mr Cartwright in room 43. In the first instance this is open to pupils in year 9 and 10 on a first come first served basis.

The deposit is on ParentPay, reply slips need to be returned to Mr Cartwright. For further details please do contact me at the school.

As the pupils who have been before say #bestweekofyourlife

House Trophy

Girls Netball

Year 11

1st Elkes - 4 House Trophy Points

2nd Torrance - 3 House Trophy Points

3rd Whitmore - 2 House Trophy Points

4th Orme - 1 House Trophy Point

Boys Football

Year 11

1st Whitmore - 4 House Trophy Points

2nd Orme - 3 House Trophy Points

3rd Torrance - 2 House Trophy Points

4th Elkes - 1 House Trophy Point

Well done to all the students that took part. Thanks to Miss Quinn and Mr Barrow for organising the house competitions.



1ST Whitmore 54.5 points

2nd Torrance 49 points

3rd Orme 39.5

4th Elkes 37 points

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