Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing 22nd May

Thought of the Week

Assemblies w/b 5th June
Assemblies for Year 9 will be led by the respective Head of House on a 'RESPECT' theme
Thought for the Week
When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “Happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. -John Lennon

Headteacher's blog

We had a wonderful end to the term with Year 13 holding their Great Gatsby themed leavers day. Our Year 13 students have been superb role models to the rest of the school and shown great generosity of spirit to our school community. It was no surprise that the leavers day they organised today was such a success.

Meanwhile outside the exam room I overheard a conversation between one of our Year 11 students and a sixth former. As the Year 11 student came out of his English literature examination he saw our Sixth form senior prefect. He immediately told him that the revision session the sixth former had run the night before for had 'saved' him in his exam.
Later Mr Godwin was on the school field when he witnessed 60 of our Year 11 students starting to play their final lunchtime football match.

He was a little confused when they all stood arm in arm in two lines facing each other. Silence fell. They then remembered those who had suffered in Manchester this week. We were struck by the maturity, empathy and character of these young men.

Remember Online Safety

The impact of social media can be amazing – the promotion of events, the re-connection with friends from times past and the sharing of memories – are all fantastic ways of communicating. Unfortunately social media is not always used in such a positive way.

Advice regarding uploading pictures:

Only upload pictures that you’d be happy for a parent to see (the internet is a public place). Don’t post pictures of you or your friends wearing school uniform (this lets people know where you will be). Tick the “no pic forwarding” option on your settings page – this will stop people forwarding your pictures to anyone without your consent. Who are you communicating with? Do you know? Do you really know?? Have you met them? If you know someone… who knows someone… who knows someone….. it doesn’t make them your friend.

Advice for students:

What you put on social media sites is there forever. Consider the information you share - you don’t know who your friend’s friends are… or your friend’s friends’ friends… Be aware that information on your profile could potentially be viewed by anyone. Consider you photo – what info does it give about you? Understand the meaning of ‘joint enterprise’ Be aware that university admissions and employers WILL check your internet activity. Students/Parents & carers please visit for further information

Reminder to parents

In the event of an emergency with your child, have you got a new phone number (especially mobile)? Have you moved? Has there been a change in your circumstances? Has there been a change regarding any medical information for your son or daughter? If so, it is vital that you alert school so we can change the details on our system. Please contact school as soon as possible.

Year 10 Summer Mock Exams

Year 11 Reminder

A reminder to Year 11 students and parents that after school half term they are required to attend school for revision sessions and exams only.

Full school uniform is expected at all times.

Students MUST sign in and out of school for revision sessions at the main reception.
Students are also able to use the school library or canteen for private revision.

School Uniform

Please find below a reminder of our school expectations in relation to uniform.Please support us with this in your child's return to school after the half term holiday.

A little teaser of what to expect....

By Royal Appointment

On Thursday 25th May, Her Majesty The Queen visited Eland Lodge Equestrian Centre to see the exceptional equestrian facilities in action. The private visit was conducted within the Needwood Survey which is part of The Duchy of Lancaster Estate owned by Her Majesty The Queen as The Duke of Lancaster.

Year 10 TAHS student India Edwards was selected to meet Her Majesty the Queen when Her Majesty visited Eland Lodge Equestrian. India has been riding since the age of 3 and is a member of the South Staffs Pony Club & North West British Young Riders Dressage squad. India who is on the left of the photographs in the yellow and blue hat cover was riding her bay 12 year old horse Jenga who gave her a fantastic ride in front of the Queen completing the cross country course clear. Indy said "my only worry was that I didn't fall off or that Jenga didn't spook at the cameras but she was an angel and it was such an honour to meet the Queen"

Once arrived, Her Majesty, dressed in royal blue, proceeded to the Royal Viewing Platform. Among those presented to The Queen were John and Veronica Coupland of Eland Lodge Equestrian.

Managing Director John Coupland spoke about the visit “We are extremely happy that Her Majesty has made time in an incredibly busy schedule to visit the Needwood Survey and Eland Lodge in particular. The whole country knows of Her Majesty’s love of horses and we are thrilled to have had the chance to show off the equestrian centre we have created here at Eland Lodge. We have commitment to entry level riding and believe whole heartedly in the development of the next generation of riders through training, competition and enjoyment and it was a wonderful endorsement of that belief to have Her Majesty on site to watch four members of the Pony Club demonstrating their excellent skill on our Cross Country course. It was a very special day for all concerned!”.

From the viewing platform, The Queen enjoyed the view over the 65 acre cross country course and watched a small team of riders tackling a number of fences and combinations, including the Newborough Leap, Dubarry Water complex, the Dew Pond, the Broken Bridge and the Log Stacks.

Riding the course were four local Pony Club members: India Edwards & Josie Coupland from the South Staffordshire Hunt Branch of The Pony Club, and Sally Ann Turkington & Izzy Mead from the Meynell Hunt Branch of The Pony Club. Once the demonstration was complete, the riders were presented to the Queen.

Indy said "my only worry was that I didn't fall off or that Jenga didn't spook at the cameras but she was an angel and it was such an honour to meet the Queen"

Once the presentation was complete, Her Majesty was driven through the site to take in the on-site equestrian & country store, livery yard and 4000m2 all weather show jumping and dressage arena.

House Tennis

House tennis is taking place on Friday 9th June, please see the below poster for more details and sign up on the PE notice board.


The start of the rounders leagues coincided with the warm spell of weather and some great matches were played at Thomas Alleyne's.

There were two wins on Monday night when William Allit visited Year 9 won 14 1/2- 3.The highlight of the year 9 match was the fielding in the first innings, which saw the girls get the whole team out in 4 mins. This was matched with some strong batting to take a comprehensive win. POM- Shani Wright

Team - Jess Eardley, Vcky Catterall, Shani Wright, Ellie Alcock, Lucy Rogers, Neve Hall, Maddie Whalley, Jemima Pope

Year 10 won 17-11This was a good performance for the opening fixture, the mistakes which were made in the first innings were rectified in the second innings. Lillian Ford top scored with her tally of rounders.POM- Tilly EdwardsTeam - Sophie Howe, Lillian Ford, Elsie Howell, Tilly Edwards, Heidi Woodward, Emily Barton, Jaz Sutton, Belle Hancox, Freya Barkas POM Tilly Edwards

Year 9 lost to Deferrers on Tuesday 16-12 A great team performance in the field to reduce half rounders but Deferrers had two big hitters who kept the scoring rate higher than TAHS.Team- Jess Eardley, Caitlin Emery, Ellie Alcock, Shani Wright, Vicky Catterall, Grace Harvey, Amy Fuller, Katie Lawrence, Lottie Cooper, Lily Ede POM- Shani Wright

Year 10 beat Deferrers 13 1/2 - 13 This was an epic game which saw Alleyne's trailing at the half way stage and looking out of the fixture. The girls were again much improved in the second innings and reduced the Deferrers scoring. With 50 seconds left to play Alleyne's scored a full rounder to win the game.

Team - Jaz Sutton, Belle Hancox, Freya Barkas, Abbie Walters, Emelia Lowe, Sophie Lomas, Kim Burgess, Holly Wilson, Tilly Edwards

Remembering Mr Nevin

Staff & students remembered Mr Nevin in school with a balloon release in his memory.

Maths Support

It was great to see so many students taking advantage of the revision sessions the afternoon before the first GCSE maths exam and the morning of the exam. Well done to all those who attended!

We will be repeating this for the other 2 exams...

GCSE Maths Pre-Exam Revision sessions

Wednesday 7th June 3.05-4.30 - revision for all groups the day before the paper 2 calculator exam

Thursday 8th June 8.00 - 8.40am - before the exam all maths teachers will be available

Monday 12th June 3.05-4.30 - revision for all groups the day before the paper 3 calculator exam

Tuesday 13th June 8.00 - 8.40am - before the exam all maths teachers will be available

Equipment for GCSE Maths Exams

All students will need the following equipment for their maths exams:black pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and scientific calculatorMaths sets (£1.00) and casio scientific calculators (£6.00) can be purchased from the online shop (see link at bottom of this newsletter)

Maths Half Term Revision

A-Level Maths Decision 1 revision morning - Wednesday 31st May 9.30am-12.30pm in rooms 103 and 105.A-Level Further Maths (Year 13) Thursday 1st June 9am-12.30pm in room 104

Business & Economics Revision

Year 11 Business Studies Exam Revision

Mrs Basi and Mrs Featherstone will be available at the following times to help you prepare for your Unit 3 exam on Friday 9th June.

Monday 5th June during Period 1

Wednesday 7th Period 1 and 3

Thursday 8th June Period 2,3, 4 and 5

Last minute support - Friday 9th June Period 1 and 2

Year 13 Business Studies Revision

Monday 5th June Period 1 and 2

Tuesday 6th June Period 5

Thursday 8th June period 1

Thursday 8th June period 4

Year 13 Economics Revision

Monday 5th June Period 4 and 5

Tuesday 6th June Period 1 and 2

Thursday from 10 am with Dr Ian Jackson

We hope to see as many of you as possible that week. Please bring in any past papers you have done for support and feedback. Good luck!

The Turn of ELBS...

ELBS Revision Schedule 2017

ELBS teachers will be available in room 80/81 on the following dates for extra support with revision. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday 6th June 10am – 11am

Wednesday 7th June 9am – 10am and 11.20am – 12.20pm

Thursday 8th June 10am – 11am and 2.05pm – 3.05pm

Friday 9th June 9am – 11am

Tuesday 13th June 10am – 11am

Wednesday 14th June 9am – 10am and 11.20pm – 1.20pm

Specific revision for B681 – Management of the Environment

B681 Exam Friday 16th June

Thursday 15th June 10.00am – 12.20pm

Friday 16th June 8am – 8.40am

Specific revision for B683 – Horticulture and Livestock Husbandry

B683 Exam Wednesday 21st June

Tuesday 20th June 10am – 12.20pm

Wednesday 21st June 8am – 8.40am

Top Scientists

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mrs Hughes are:

Year 9

Lottie Cooper and Natalie Hulme for outstanding effort in Chemistry lessons

Year 10

Ryan Locker and Alex Hylton for achievement in their Chemistry test

Year 11

Emma Hassall and Megan Blake for commitment to Science

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

Year 10

Raeley Hall, Ellen Adams, Amelia Barnacle, Heather Cockeram for excellent stock duties

Year 11

  • Rob Hepburn for excellent contribution in GCSE+
  • Kasiyah Royal-Goodwin for excellent attitude towards revision

Well done!

Half Term Revision

History Revision
Friday 2nd June. 10-2 Room 15

A Level Maths Revision

Wednesday (Decision 1) and Thursday (Further Maths) up in the JCB maths block.9-12.30 both days in rooms 103, 104 and 105

Careers Bulletin

Local Apprenticeships & Employment Opportunities...