Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 6th July 2015

Headteacher's Blog

Year 9/10 presentation evening, held on Wednesday this week, was our opportunity to celebrate the work of students who have shone this year. Congratulations to all students who received prizes. We also held our final Year 8 transition days and evenings thank you again to parents for attending. If you were not able to attend please contact the school to ensure you have all the materials you need so that your child has a smooth start to Thomas Alleyne's. Since the evenings we have had a number of queries from parents which we are responding to. If you have any questions please ensure that you do get in touch before the end of term. In our final round up of the year we will share with you our extra curricular timetable for next year so that our new Year 9 can quickly become involved in the full life of the school.

PTA Meeting

Our PTA group will be meeting on Thursday 24th September 7.30 pm in the staffroom. We would welcome new members to the group as they play a crucial role in supporting the school and also in feeding back parent views

Podcast Competition

This Summer we are looking to find the best educational podcast created by a TAHS student.

The rules are simple.

Choose an area of any one of your courses and prepare a podcast on that area that could then be shared with your peers.
It could be a video or audio file.
Once completed please email/provide a link to

Deadline for all entries is September 4th 2015.

We look forward to judging your entries.This Summer we are looking to find the best educational podcast created by a TAHS student.

Former Pupil Success

Former students who are graduating this year after studying languages here at A level and then at university have achieved superb results!

Rebecca Prew 1st class degree in French and Russian- Leeds

Sarah Wilkinson 1st class degree in French with Arabic- Leeds

Chris Isted 1st class degree in maths and French- Sheffield

Jake Dolphin Shirley 1st class degree in Business and Spanish- Birmingham

Congratulations to them all; the world is now their oyster!

Our 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.

Carole Dodd, Assistant Headteacher Post-16 said; “It was a really difficult task to agree on our Senior Prefects for this year as the field of applicants was so strong. The willingness and enthusiasm of all of the candidates is a reflection of the strong sense of community which exists within the school, and I am confident that they will be very successful in leading the Sixth Form Student body. Their wide range of strengths and talents means that they all have something to contribute and the Sixth Form Leadership team looks forward to working with them”

Julie Rudge, Headteacher said; “As Current Head Girl and Boy Chloe Nicholls and Tom Guyah, plus their deputies, Hannah Purdy and Luke Randall leave us following completing their A Levels, I am thrilled that Andrew and Louisa along with Ally and Lily will be working with us to ensure the best possible provision at Thomas Alleyne’s Sixth Form. I very much appreciate the fantastic work completed by last year’s team.”

Health & Social News

This week students who will be studying psychology, sociology and health & social care in sixth form next year attended taster days. The sociologists and psychologists looked at the case of Dylann Roof, who shot people dead in a church in America and tried to explain why he committed these crimes from different psychological and sociological perspectives. The health and social care students looked at the range possible work placements they could go to and created vlogs of what to expect in various health, care and early years settings.

Reminder - Students who are starting BTEC extended diploma in Health & Social Care should bring their id documents for their DBS check in the first week of term, these include your passport, birth certificate and bank statement (with your address on).

Science News

This week our Year 9 students investigated making a fertiliser by using titration to demonstrate neutralisation and salt formation. Quantitative techniques using volumetric apparatus enabled the students to obtain accurate results.

Burettes, conical flasks and evaporating basins at the ready in the lab.!

This week’s Science Students of the Week selected by Mr Nixon are:

Charlotte Holland and Luke Wood in Year 9 and Thomas Hayes and Jess Waddington in Year 10

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

Peter Barker and Alex Lings in Year 10

Very well done to all

Transition Evenings

Thanks to all those parents and students who came in to the Elkes intake evening this week. We hope you and the students enjoyed meeting the ABC helpers, and that any questions you had were answered. We're currently enjoying the intake days in preparation for September, and look forward to getting to know our new students and their families next year. Mr Parker and Miss Attwood.

CSE Awareness Fortnight - Exploited?

Thomas Alleyne’s is committed to educating young people about healthy relationships. We also know it is crucial to alert them to the risks of exploitative relationships, and ensure they know where to get help if they need it.

As part of teaching your child about healthy relationships, over the next two weeks in their tutor groups they will view and discuss a film called Exploited, which has been produced by CEOP. CEOP is part of the National Crime Agency, and its role is to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

If you would like to watch Exploited yourself, you can find it at

The film aims to help young people learn:

  • That in a good relationship, both people want what’s best for each other.
  • That some people make you think they are your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, but really they are using you e.g. for money, status or sex.
  • That some people make young people feel special (e.g. giving them gifts or paying them compliments) in order to gain control over them.
  • That some people use pressure and threats to try to gain control over others.
  • How to tell when a situation is unsafe, and set boundaries about what you do and don't want to do.
  • How to tell if someone wants a relationship with you for the right or wrong reasons.
  • That there are many people who can support you if you feel at risk, including teachers, parents/carers, and organisations like CEOP and Childline.
  • Help keep your child safe from exploitative relationships

    As a parent/carer, you have a vital part to play in helping your child stay safe in relationships. We would encourage you to discuss this film and its key messages with your child to keep them safer in future.

    Conversation starters

    • - Ask your child what they thought of the film and what they thought its main messages were.
    • - Emphasise that if someone is treated badly in a friendship or relationship, it is NEVER their fault.
    • - Tell them that they can always talk to you about any worries they have.

    For more support with helping your child stay safe in relationships, sex and the internet, visit CEOP’s website:

    If you are concerned about your child’s safety...

    If you are worried that your child is in a harmful relationship, please consider contacting their Tutor or Head of House at Thomas Alleyne’sto share your concerns.

    If your child is at direct risk of being sexually exploited, you should report this to the police, or report to CEOP by visiting and clicking on the ClickCEOP button, pictured.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Future Intentions Week

Last week saw all of Year 12 take part in 'Future Intentions' week; whereby Sixth Formers were given the opportunity to explore many different aspects of life beyond Sixth Form and reflect on what their goals for the future may be, and how they can achieve them- whether that is continuing studying at University, Apprenticeships or the world of work. There were various talks and activities throughout the week; and we tasked two of our freshly appointed Senior Prefects to document the week in a blog, which you can read here.

Cashless School

Cashless Catering and Online payments to school with ParentPay

We have been successfully operating our cashless catering and ParentPay online payments systems since September 2012. We hope you and your son/daughter have found them easy and efficient to use.

From September 2015 we are moving to the next phase towards becoming a totally cashless school. We will no longer be accepting cash or cheques for the payment of school meals, trips, resources, revision guides etc.

A letter with further details will be sent to all parents/carers and is available HERE for download.

Details are being given to all new Year 9 students and parents/carers at the induction evenings and days.

Art Taster Sessions

Great Art work from our feeder school students! We look forward to seeing you again in September

Thomas Alleyne's High School v John Taylor – East Staffordshire A League

Thomas Alleyne's began their league campaign with a test against favourites John Taylor. John Taylor have already reached the County cup semi-finals and were unbeaten.

With John Taylor winning the toss and putting Thomas Alleyne's into bat on a very green wicket the task did not get any easier and when Jamie Hartley was bowled third ball Alleyne's were really up against it. Positive running from Ben Dreher and attacking hitting from Alex Belcher saw Alleyne's steady the ship, until first change bowler McMillan took 5 quick wickets to leave Alleyne's batting card in tatters, Gabriel Wild was then given controversially out caught behind and Alleyne's were all out for just 69 after 13 overs.

With a combination of determination and fear of embarrassment Alleyne's took to the field with a real purpose and intensity. Alleyne's made a great start with the ball with Wild and Tom Hayes dismissing the top 3 John Taylor batsmen for ducks. With John Taylor only needing 3.5 runs an over the pressure was still on Alleyne's but they didn’t let up in the field and bowled John Taylor all out for 39 with only 10 runs scored off the bat. Gabriel Wild finished with 3 for 14, Thomas Hayes 3 for 11, Ollie Rommelrath 2 for 9 and Connor McGary 1 for 8. Alleyne''s fielding and catching was also outstanding.

House Competition

After some great performances the judges had to make the hard decision as to who would win the House Music this year, and this is what they decided:





Well done to all.....

Year 9 House Cricket

Year 9 House cricket got underway with Whitmore dominating Elkes. Whitmore scored 112 for 1 with Ben Dreher hitting 62 not out and Euan Jones 29 not out. Elkes were then bowled out for 51 with the wickets shared out between the Whitmore bowlers.

In the second semi-final Torrance beat Orme. Orme batted first and scored 81 for 6 with Josh Chell top scoring with 25 not out. Torrance reached the total comfortably with opener Gabriel Sumnall hitting 38 not out.

In the 3rd/4th play off Elkes were bowled out for just 27 with Josh Chell taking 6 wickets for 4 runs. Orme then took just 5 overs to reach the required total.

Fridays final saw Torrance bat first and record only 50 runs with 7 players out for a duck! The wickets were shared between Ben Dreher, Eoin Whelan, Euan Jones and Josh Pirie. It took Whitmore just 8 overs to reach the target and it was Ben Dreher who top scored with 34.

1st- Whitmore

2nd Torrance

3rd Orme

4th Elkes

Latest position after 29 events:

1st Whitmore 105.5 points
2nd Torrance 96 points
3rd Elkes 94 points
4th Orme 78.5 points

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