Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 15th December 2014

Headteacher's Blog

Thanksgiving Service

Our students were outstanding in the way in which they spoke about their teacher Mrs McLeod in this evening's thanksgiving service. The number of students who chose to attend the service was a tribute to Mrs McLeod and reflected the help and support she has provided so many young people during her time at Thomas Alleyne's High School. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the service to support each other and Mrs McLeod's family and friends.

Uttoxeter School Review

The Uttoxeter School review looking at the provision of future school places in the town and surrounding villages has now reached its conclusion. The County Council have made the decision not to implement a two tier schools system across the schools' pyramid.
Our focus to continue to build on the quality of the partnerships between the schools to ensure that the education that students receive is of the highest quality, remains our key aim.

School Progress
As part of the on going support from the local authority we received a monitoring visit on Friday of last week. The outcome was very positive and supported the findings of the school's own self evaluation.

The feedback from the visit is copied for you below:

''RAISE was scrutinised with the Headteacher, who shows a high level of understanding in her interpretation of the document. All points discussed were agreed:


  • Attainment as an overall measure is positive and is recognised as being significantly above national for the key indicators, including % A*-C inc. En/Ma (school 61%, national 55%).
  • Individual subjects where attainment is significantly below have already been identified by the Headteacher and appropriate actions have already begun to address these.
  • Art results, relative to other subjects and national indicators, are excellent.
  • History results are also a real strength compared to other subjects and national indicators, although fewer students take this subject.
  • For overall Average Point Score, a large number of pupil groups are significantly above the national average and there are no groups significantly below.
  • Overall value added score is 1016.8, which is significantly above expectations from students’ starting points. The percentile rank for the last three years is (2012 - 73), (2013 - 78), (2014 - 26)
  • Value added scores in the subjects of mathematics, science and humanities are all significantly above national performance. The percentile rank for all of these subjects, and English, has improved from the 2013 ranking.
  • Almost all groups’ Value added scores are recognised as significantly above the expected values.
  • 2014 Value added score represents a massive improvement from the last two years, where the school was significantly below in almost all groups. The overall score three year trend is 988.1, 985.0, 1016.8.

Areas for further development:

  • FSM students’ VA is significantly below the national average, although not significantly below within their group.
  • Close analysis of Free School Meals students shows that gaps are not closing for attainment or progress.
  • The VA score for a minority of subjects is significantly below national average. All of these subjects have been identified by the Headteacher and senior team.
  • FSM persistent absence remains high compared to the national average. ''

We are currently working towards the targets listed above and will continue to do so in the new year. Interestingly, approximately 80% of secondary schools are currently judged as good or outstanding. Approximately 20% of these are outstanding. Based on the most recent results our school has been placed on the 26th percentile for GCSE performance indicating that the school serves its students very well in terms of academic performance.


I would like to thank all staff at the end of this term for their hard work and commitment. I hope you all enjoy time with friends and family during the holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone back in January, refreshed and ready for the term ahead!

School Uniform

Please find linked below a reminder of our expected school uniform for students, should you need to replenish any items for the new term in January.

Y13 Marketing Challenge

On Tuesday 9th December 7 of our Y13 Business Studies students went took part in an Apprentice themed activity which saw them pitch their soft drinks ideas to a panel of judges. The activity saw Lewis Blount and Jacob Peach pitch their idea for a new energy drink called Hysterix targeted at males and females aged 16-20, Lizzie Gould, Alice Hunt and Emma Longland present their plans for a new non alcoholic beverage aimed at females in socio economics groups A and B and Oliver Marriot and Theo Hall discuss their ideas for a new protein shake. One aptly named The Pump which was aimed at males who attend the gym and another product lower in fat aimed at family groups who are concerned about healthy eating called the Cheeky Squeeze.

Throughout their presentations they discussed their ideas, why they chose this type of soft drink, plans for promotion opportunities, places in which they would sell, prices they are considering and some even created the product for the judges to taste on the day. All students who took part had worked very hard to produce presentations of a high standard and all the judges all commented on how fantastic the students work was considering the time constraints they had been given. Several of the judges even commented that students should consider taking their ideas further and trying to gain some financial support to make their ideas come to life.

The winning team was Elixir. The ladies had done themselves very proud and produced an outstanding presentation which was well researched, delivered and filled with lots of great information and ideas. Massive thanks to the judges Julia Holmes from Business Enterprise Support, Nick and Dan from Uttoxeter Leisure Centre and Elaine Dolman, TAHS school governor, for their attendance and feedback to the groups on the day. All the teams won a box of chocolates for taking part and the winning team won a £20.00 voucher for Tesco.

Christmas Concert

The music department Christmas concert is almost upon us. There are still a few tickets available. The concert is on Wednesday 17th December and will start at 7pm and finish at approximately 9.15pm, with seasonal interval refreshments very kindly organised by the PTA. Many thanks to the PTA who continually support all music department events.

Rehearsals for the final week;

Monday break time; meeting with the technical team

Monday lunch; Choir

Tuesday lunch; Brass ensemble

Wednesday day; Period 1; Soloists, Period 2; Jazz Band, Period 3; Wind Band, Period 4; String Ensemble and soloists, Period 5; Choir

Pupils taking part need to wear concert dress as stated on Miss Todd's letter and be back at school between 6pm and 6.15 pm at the latest on Wednesday.Thank you to all pupils and parents for their continued commitment and dedication. You can hear all of their hard work on Wednesday evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

Virtual Baby Event

30 of our year 10 students have been taking part in the annual virtual baby event. All the students are studying for their Child Development GCSE and this event helps them to learn about the needs of a newborn infant. The babies are programmed to cry when they need attention and it is up to the students to find out what it is that they need. The students learn skills such as nappy changing, feeding and winding and how to calm a distressed baby. Throughout the weekend, the babies record everything that happens to them on an internal computer chip. After the event, all the information is downloaded to create a parenting report and the top three scoring parents are awarded a prize.

Mrs Blair, co-ordinator of the event says “This experience is really valuable for the students as they learn vital parenting skills which will help them in the future. All the students are really excited about this weekend and have been counting down the days since it was organised in September, I am sure they all took the responsibility of looking after the baby very seriously. This is the fourth year that the event has been running and each year it is a success. Child Development is a popular subject at the school and the practical experience the students gain from taking part, is a real boost to their subject knowledge.”

Bali Rai Gives Inspirational Talk

Bali Rai, award winning author and keen supporter of Libraries and reading for pleasure spent Thursday in school speaking to every student in year nine and Language students in years 12 and 13.

9H2 who had been studying ‘ An unarranged Marriage’ and Mrs Fisher’s group, studying ‘Them and Us’ were given the opportunity to discuss with the author the characters and themes from the novels.

“Bali made me really think that I should take life and school more seriously if I want to get a decent job – which I do. When my teacher told me he was coming in and I would miss P E I was very disappointed. How wrong was I thinking that!“

Yr 9. BD

“ He really opened my eyes to how important reading is”

Yr 9 HC

See Mrs Shakespeare if you would like to order signed copies of Bali’s books.

Food Bank Donations

The first boxes of donations of food to Uttoxeter Food Bank have been delivered to the food bank, been passed on to families, and has been eaten. A second delivery goes today. Mrs Fisher's form today have surpassed even Mr Beech's form's donations: thank you to everyone who has given so far! All food donated goes to families in need in Uttoxeter and the surrounding villages.
Many thanks, and, more please!

Future Intentions Careers Event

Advanced notice of the careers event taking place in school on Thursday 5th February between 6 and 8pm.

See next weeks news or our Facebook page for further details.

Are you in receipt of?

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income is not more that £16,190. Please note:anyone receiving Working Tax Credit, or if you have a partner and they receive it, regardless of Income, you will not qualify
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit (from 30th April 2005)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If so please click on the link below as we can access additional funds to support your child this may allow us to provide one to one support in English and Maths or support you individually as parents.

If you would like more information or help filling in any forms please let us know.

House Competition

Swimming Gala Results

1st Torrance

2nd Whitmore

3rd Orme

4th Elkes

The latest positions after 13 events are as follows

1st Whitmore 46.5 points

2nd Torrance 41 points

3rd Orme 31.5 points

4th Elkes 31 points

Events still to come include, maths puzzles, drama, winter sports and the much anticipated chess competition.

Revised Bus Timetables

We have been notified by School Transport of a change of timetable to the Stafford/Uttoxeter buses which serve Hixon. Please find linked below the revised 841 and 842 D & G timetables effective from 2 January 2015 when the 841 service returns to serving Tixall Road. Timings have been amended to improve reliability whilst the Severn Trent roadworks are in operation in Stafford.

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