Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 30th March 2015

Headteacher's Blog

Last week we launched GCSEpod to our students and staff. On Wednesday morning I received the following email from GCSEpod.

‘‘In just 5 school days you have amassed over 1,500 podcasts. Which is an average of 300 a day which is superb, this puts you in our top 5% of subscribing schools for the last week’s usage,

200 students have already logged in and one of your students in Year 10 has watched a remarkable 100 podcasts in just a few days.’’

Today the current usage stands at over 1800 podcasts accessed. Looking at the table above it appears that students studying PE have made particularly good use of the podcasts.

Whilst this is excellent we want to ensure that all students are revising as well as they possibly can over the Easter break. There is guidance attached to help your son or daughter log on please remind them that the podcasts are not only to support Year 11 in their final days before GCSEs but also to support Year 10 as they prepare for their Year 10 examinations immediately after the Easter holiday and Year 9 with any material they have not understood in lessons.

In form tutor period this week form tutors will remind students that as they commit to their revision the reward they will receive is one which is the knowledge that at the end they will have:

‘Results which no-one can ever take away from you. The knowledge and comfort that you did all that you could.’

I know many parents will be joining me at 10.00am on 16th April for a revision tips sessions if you cannot be there please find below a link to a recent top tips sheet from the Telegraph newspaper.

As Windsor Park parents will be aware this week the Ofsted report for Windsor Park was released. I would like to offer our congratulations to the staff and students at Windsor Park on their fantastic report which is attached here.

As we approach the end of this term we have said good bye to a number of our support staff many of whom have been at the school for a considerable amount of time. We would like to wish them well in their futures. We have a number of new staff who will be joining our team they have completed 2 days of induction and we wish them well in their careers with us.

Finally you may have read in the local paper that there has been a asbestos incident in school. I like to reassure you that all procedures have been followed. Ian Parry Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council has informed the school that the air samples revealed that 'fibre levels were far below the levels required to shut the affected area or the school.'

The areas remains sealed off to pupils and as a precautionary measure the remaining asbestos insulation board will be removed during the Easter holidays. If you have any questions please contact the council helpline on 01785355777.

Tree Planting in Memory of Mrs McLeod

ON Thursday our students planted a tree in memory of Mrs McLeod I would like to thank them for all the time and care that they put into raising money for the tree, selecting it and organising the service. They were an absolute credit to the school.

GCSE Pod Login

1. open internet browser and go to

2. PC in school go to the shortcuts folder on desktop and select shortcut

3. Frog via the link on the iPhone

4. From school website click on the banner on top website home page

5. Download the Apple iPhone app from the app store

Easter Revision

Please see the link below for details of the Easter revision program that is being put on by staff. Please see the named member of staff for further details.

News from Science

Revision is in full swing in the Science Department. Year 10 core science students will be sitting their external GCSE Science exams on the 20th May and 5th June, Easter holiday revision is the order of the day!

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

Hannah Brown and Callum Perrett in Year 9 and Lois Lee, Dan Kirkland and Fran Watts in Year 11.

Very well done to all.

School Walk Advanced Notification

May we give you advance notice that this important bi-annual event will take place this year on Friday 10th July 2015. This event has taken place regularly since 1968 and forms an important part of the school’s social and educational life.

Students from Years 9, 10 and 12 will all participate in a sponsored walk through rural Derbyshire. The route will be carefully marshalled by the staff of the School. Both the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Police, and Staffordshire County Council, have been informed of the logistics and are fully aware of our plans to cover health and safety requirements.

Students will be fully briefed in the summer term about the timings, route, suitable clothing, provisions, etc and details will be sent out to parents in advance. The normal school timetable will be suspended on the day to facilitate whole school participation.

Please note that dependant on the speed at which your son/daughter walks, and how long they take over their lunch stop, the day may be slightly longer than the usual 8.40 am to 3.05 pm time span. It may, therefore, be necessary for you to make arrangements to collect your son/daughter from school if they arrive back after the normal school buses depart.

We anticipate that the vast majority of students will be able to undertake this activity, but if there are specific medical reasons why your son/daughter may be unable to participate fully, would you please inform Mrs Rudge in writing within the next fortnight, detailing your concerns, so that appropriate alternative provision can be made in advance.

The F-ABerystwyth Geography Trip!

Last Friday the Yr12 Geographers returned from Aberystwyth as part of their Geography AS level. The trip formed part of their fieldwork exam which involves collecting primary data, so students donned their wellies and sunglasses (the weather was that good!) to measure different characteristics of the Nant Silo in Mid Wales. The overnight trip also allowed the students to study various different coastal management techniques and processes. This culminated in a competition to see who could model the entire stretch of coastline using only material found on the beach at Ynyslas. And who said Geography was just about colouring in!

Post 16 Transport for Year 11

Year 11 students who travel on school buses and who will be joining 6th form in September need to apply and pay for continued transport Places are allocated on a first come first served basis All applications must be made online at from 16th April.

A Couple of Reminders for the New Term

Parent/Carer Contact details.

If you change your address/telephone number please advise the school so the we can change the details on our computer system.


Please find attached a reminder of our expected school uniform for students, should you need to replenish any items for the Summer Term

House Competition - The Latest

After 23 events it is Whitmore who have the lead going into the spring term.

They have 78.5 points to second placed Torrance on 73, they are closely followed by Elkes on 68 with Orme presently having 60.5 points.

But that could all change next term with the climbing competition, maths puzzles and the double pointed summer sports day.

Key Dates Reminder

School opens on 20th April for students

Tackk App

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