Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 8th June 2015

Headteacher's Blog

The Year 10 Expressive Arts Showcase held on Monday gave parents and staff the chance to see the work of our current Year 10 students as they prepare for their Expressive arts qualification. In addition to the way in which they expertly combined the forms of drama, dance, media and the spoken word what struck me personally was the complexity of the issues they chose to explore. They showed maturity and sensitivity in presenting their thoughts on topics such as depression and the lives of young carers.

That sensitivity and also ability to influence others showed up in school in a different way in the RE department this week as students received replies from local MPs to letters they crafted on areas which concerned them. We have a responsibility to explore British values such as democracy with our students, and this was a very practical example of how they can have their voice heard in our society.

Next week I am looking forward to meeting with our newly elected Headboy and Headgirl who will play a key role in student voice and leadership across the school we will discuss how they see their role in school developing and also what the school will require of them in their year of post.

Part of their role will be welcoming our new Year 9 students to school both in the upcoming transition events but also in September. Work across our pyramid of schools continues and it was my pleasure to work closely with Mrs Hodgson our partnership co-ordinator, Mrs Kenny Headteacher of All Saints First School and Mr Slack Headteacher of Windsor this week on further shaping the work which we need to do.

Finally on a very different note I would like to support our school walk. As a new Headteacher the tradition of a whole school walking together through the Peak District was something I had not encountered before!
I would like to thank Mr Sabin and Mr Washbourne who are preparing us for the event and am very much looking forward to us as a school community raising money together for charity and as Mr Washbourne put it: 'learning a little more about ourselves and each other.'

In order to enable traditions like this to continue we need your support. Both in encouraging your sons and daughters to participate and also in supporting them in raising the money to cover the cost of the trip and enable us to raise money for charity.

Thank you for your continued support of our work and please contact us with any concerns you may have.

New Senior Prefect Team

Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form has elected their new Senior Prefect line-up for 2015-16; after votes from Staff and Students, plus consultation from the outgoing Senior Prefects we are pleased to announce;

Head Boy and Girl Andrew Cleare and Louisa Kelly

are joined by Deputy Head Boy and Girl Ally Wilson and Lily O’Brien.

Lucy Cooksedge, Megan Grew, Lucy Ford, Oliver Hoult, Elisha Lycett, Oliver Ritchie, Helen Craven and Kieran Knights complete the team.

The Senior Prefects’ primary purpose is to be ambassadors of the School and role models for younger pupils; responsible for leading the Sixth Form student body and lending support in a variety of tasks which range from organising fundraising activities and the social 6th Form events such as the leaver’s ball, to playing a key role in public occasions such as open evenings and PTA events. There are many opportunities to develop personal skills and qualities, including leadership, responsibility, sense of service and trust.

Helen Craven and Kieran Knights will be chairing the Sixth Form Council which is a forum where the cohort can have their views heard on matters affecting their Sixth Form life.

The Sixth Form have also unveiled their permanent adopted charity - The Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke on Trent, in memory of Helen Reaney.

Parent Workshop

e-Safety Parent Workshop invitation – Cyber Bullying

Thursday, 25th June 2015, 7.00pm - Thomas Alleyne’s High School Theatre.

As part of our commitment to safeguarding our students and working with parents, the Uttoxeter pyramid have organised an e-safety workshop for parents. This particular workshop will focus on cyber bullying.

Young people use the internet for a variety of activities including games, research, homework and social networking. Whilst they are confident with the technology, students are not always able to make the right decisions about what they access, who they talk to and what they might post about themselves and others on the internet.

Although Thomas Alleyne’s teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, students need to be empowered to keep themselves safe. It is essential that parents are aware of the risks and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home as they have a vital role to play in helping to keep their child safe online. Advances in technologies move so quickly that parents often do not have the necessary skills to support their child either because they are not familiar with what their child is doing or because they do not have the technical knowledge to help protect or support them.

Some of the things we will cover include:

  • What is cyber bullying?
  • Advice on ICT management at home.
  • The potential risks and dangers of cyber bullying.
  • How to deal with, and stay safe from, cyber bullying.

The focus and content of the workshop is for an adult audience and therefore students, young children and babies will not be admitted.

Parents do not have to be ICT or computer literate to find this workshop useful – it is aimed at everyone. You do not need to have a computer at home to benefit from this workshop – e-safety applies to the safe use of technology at all times, even with tablets and mobile phones.

Further information on E-Safety can be found on the Think You Know Website.

School Walk

The Bi-Annual Thomas Alleyne’s School Walk will take place on 10th July 2015. The walk is approximately 13 kilometres long; whilst a challenge, we do feel this is within the capacity of nearly all our students. The walk takes students through the impressive scenery in the Peak District National Park and is a memorable experience for all students On previous school walks students thoroughly enjoyed the day and do feel a sense of achievement at the end of the walk so we hope that all will take part.

Each student has been given a sponsor form. We would ask that each child has a target to raise £10 sponsorship. The form also has a gift aid tick box. Please tick this box as it means we can get additional funds; last time this was over £1400. This money would be used to support house charities and cover the cost of transporting over 600 students to and from the Peak District. We would be grateful if your child could bring their sponsorship money in before the 26thJune 2015. If the money and form could be put into an envelope with the students name on it and taken to the student finance office.

When your son/ daughter is collecting sponsorship, we advise against calling on strangers door to door and we would expect them to obtain sponsorship from friends and family. There will be a prize this year for the most sponsor money raised by an individual student.                         

Revision & Warm up

Monday 15th June

Chemistry 8.00 am Miss Simms room 41 Mr Crum room 52

Tuesday 16th June

Business Communications 11.20 am (P3) Mrs Shirley room 8

Wednesday 17th June

ELBS 7.30 am Mrs North room 80

Physics 8.00 am Mr Foster room 51

Graphics 11.20 am (P3) Mrs Turner room 37

Year 11 Return Forms

Year 11 subject sign off forms must be returned to school by 3pm on Wednesday 17th June. Remember that completion of this form is a prerequisite for Leavers Day attendance.

Expressive Arts Show

On Monday evening family and friends of our Year 10 Expressive Arts class were invited to school to see some of their work so far. The evening was a mock exam for the girls, whose exam is on the 2nd July. The performances were fantastic and were extremely useful to the girls, as the audience gave feedback on what they saw.

The girls who took part were; Iona Barron, Ellie Carr, Jade Dyche, Kristi Epple, Mollie Fowell,Karris Gordon, Kyra Hall, Antonia Lee-Jones, Tash Oakden, Connie Thomas-Lacroix, Ellie Whiston and Laura Wilson.

Well done to all, Miss Quinn and Mrs Krause are looking forward to seeing the final performances.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Please follow the link below to see the latest opportunities for apprenticeships in the local area.

Year 10 French Speaking Exams

10A2 French controlled speaking next week. Keep revising, ask your teacher for support. Bonne Chance.

10AS 10DS Spanish controlled assessment is coming soon - your preparation is good make sure you learn it.

Year 10 Art Trip

Well Done Y10 Art students- an excellent visit to the Liverpool Tate! Students were an absolute pleasure to be with and some had to be dragged out the gallery to go home!

Science News

This week’s ‘warm-up’ revision sessions prior to the Science exams have been well attended.

Next week we have our last GCSE Science exams; Chemistry on Monday 15th and Physics on Wednesday 17th. There will be more ‘warm-up’ sessions during the week – dates and times will be posted.

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

Liam Burnett and Courtney Barnett in Year 10

Well done!

News from Maths

It was great to see so many Year 11 students taking advantage of the revision sessions offered. Last Saturday we had over 85 students come into school to revise for their calculator exam that was first thing Monday morning.

Thank you to Mr Hawthorne, Mrs Payne and Mrs Ibbs for giving up their Saturday morning to run the revision sessions.

Sports News

On Tuesday Miss Jones and Miss Quinn went to an athletics meet at Shobnall with a Year 10 girls team, Year 9 girls team and a Year 9 boys team. It was a successful night all round with the Year 9 boys team coming joint second, Year 10 girls team coming 3rd and the Year 9 girls team coming joint third. Some special mentions go to Jack Wilson and Maddie Hill who both came first in the high jump, India Wilson who came first in the discus and Alice Smith who came first in the javelin. As well as the Year 10 girls relay team coming second. Well done to all competitors.

Wednesday saw the Year 10 rounders team beat Robert Sutton 20-9 and on Thursday the Year 9 team very shortly missed out on their first win, by loosing 17 - 15 against Abbots Beyne.

Year 10 House Cricket

In the first match of this year’s cricket House Matches, Elkes won the toss and batted against competition favourites Whitmore. With county batsman Gabriel Wild controversially out LBW for 17 and fellow opener Josh Berry being caught off the bowling of Luke Jones after hitting two 6’s, Elkes were always going to struggle. With some dogged batting from Ryan Krawjeski Elkes scrapped to 72 off 14 overs. A dominant batting display by Luke Jones who scored 28 not out ensured Whitmore won with 3 overs to spare. Elkes best bowler was Ellie Carr who produced figures of 2 for 7.

In the other semi-Final Torrance set Orme 89 to win with school star batsman James Bennett hitting 35 and big hitting Alex Belcher scoring 20. Bennett then followed up with 4 wickets to help bowl Orme out for 79, despite 28 runs from all-rounder Luke Bebbington.

In the 3rd/4th play-off Orme comfortably beat Elkes with Elkes collapsing to 44 all out. Only 3 Elkes players scored with Josh Berry top scoring on 20 and Bebbington taking a final catch to dismiss Wild for 15. In reply Hartley and Wibberley were unbeaten on 23 and 10 respectively.

In the Final, Torrance were dealt a blow with talisman James Bennett ruled out with injury. Torrance batted first but were restricted to 68, Connor Mcgarry top scoring with 20. Jonathan Duckworth was Whitmore’s most effective bowler. Whitmore Opener Luke Jones hit a comfortable 23 not out to see Whitmore win with the loss of just 1 wicket.


1st Whitmore

2nd Torrance

3rd Orme

4th Elkes

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