Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 26th September 2014

Headteacher's Blog

On Wednesday evening Mrs Harris Head of English and her team held an English information evening for parents. This was well attended and you will be able to read more about English skills' classes in a future 'Round up'. As teachers, we appreciated the opportunity for parents to ask questions of us at this early stage in the year and also value the support that parents clearly want to offer.

Perhaps the most important question was not one about English but about all subjects. It was from a parent who wanted to access past papers to support her son in revising over the coming months. In order to do this she asked for an easy way to access the exam board and unit number for each subject. This information is available for all students on Frog. In order to see these revision materials, you would need to log on to Frog with either your own or your son/daughter's username. Then click on the resources icon in the iPhone section, then on resources and then revision. Each department has prepared resources for your son/daughter. However in conversation with parents, we also agreed that communicating exam boards through 'Round Up' was a good way forward. Please find under the links below, tables with all exam boards and unit codes so that you can download papers to practise.

Year 11 and 13 are very short academic years and it is important that students start preparing themselves for examinations early on.

We look forward to a successful year ahead and please do not hesitate to contact school if you have questions.

Finally I would like to congratulate Year 9 on the smooth transition they have made into our school. They are clearly focused and wish to make the very most of their time with us. It is superb to see so many of them getting involved in extra curricular events. Please remind them that at lunchtime our school library is open where they are welcome to go to read quietly if they wish.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a nationwide celebration of poetry that shakes poetry from its dust-jacket into the nations’ classrooms, streets, offices, shops, playgrounds, train stations and airwaves, through live events, happenings, classroom activities and spontaneous uncontrollable outbursts of poetry. As part of this celebration of poetry you are invited to a ‘Spooktacular’ Poetry Café to be held on Thursday 23rd October, between 6pm and 8 p.m at the school.

This is always an enjoyable evening and Governors, parents, family and friends are warmly invited to also be part of the audience. There is a small charge of a £1 per adult (accompanied children free) on the door. Tea, coffee and home made cakes will be on sale.

Open Evening

The annual Open Evening for entry onto Year 9 is fast approaching and takes place on Wednesday 1st October. This is an opportunity for those of you with children in year 8 to come and look round the school and see the many varied subjects and activities on offer at Thomas Alleyne's.

Music Tour 2015

The music department will be adding to the list of prestigious venues in which the school groups have performed, including the Basilica in Venice, Monserrat and Barcelona Cathedrals. The next planned tour will continue the tradition of offering pupils an amazing opportunity to perform in world class venues. In July 2015, the school choir will perform in New York, in beautiful cathedrals and be able to take part in Broadway workshops and perform alongside Broadway stars. Please see the music department PowerPoint on Frog for further details or see Mrs Todd for a letter. The deadline to sign up for the trip is Friday 3rd October. Please make sure you see Mrs Todd if you want to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Music Notices

Further reminder about rehearsals next week

Monday lunch; soprano rehearsal

Monday after school; Wind Band

Tuesday lunch; alto rehearsal

Wednesday lunch; Choir

Thursday lunch; tenor and bass rehearsal

Thursday after school; coursework support

Friday lunch; String Ensemble

It's not too late to start instrumental tuition. Please see Mrs Todd ASAP if you wish to start lessons. You can choose from; voice, piano, guitar, drums, all brass, all woodwind, all string instruments. Not every school offers the opportunity to learn EVERY instrument. Please don't miss out.

PTA Events

Friday 10th October sees the PTA Quiz, entry is £1 per person and you are free to make up a team from family and friends - all welcome. A bar is available on the night to help with the memory retrieval!

Prizes on the night!

The Annual Christmas Gift Market takes place on Thursday 27th November between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Please contact the school you would like to book a stall, the cost is £10 per table. There will be lots of stalls selling a wide variety of gifts and goods. More details soon.

Please do support our PTA events. The PTA work hard all year to raise money for the benefit all our students. The new fund raising project for this year is to purchase new lockers for use by the pupils.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Staff have taken part in the Macmillan Coffee morning at break today. A plentiful supply of cakes and biscuits were available for purchase, along with 'posh' coffee. Mary Berry would have been proud!

Special mention to Mr Washbourne and hi tutor group who held their own event this morning and contributed £12 to the cause.

In total the school has raised £153 for the cause.

Upper School Book Club

Fifteen year 10 students crammed into the back room of the Library at lunchtime on Friday for the inaugural meeting of the Upper School book group. There was an, at times heated, discussion when it came to choosing the next book, but everyone agreed that 'Down the Rabbit Hole' by Peter Abrahams was an excellent first choice to read. The next meeting will be Friday 17th October. Come along to the next meeting and join in the discussion. If you would like a copy of ' Down the Rabbit hole' before the next meeting see Mrs Shakespeare or Mrs Fisher


iPads have been ordered and will be in school as soon as possible. As soon as they are in we will distribute to pupils.

Sports News

Cross Country

Those who should have been involved in the cross country last week. There is another meet this Tuesday. Please tick or add your name to the list in the sports block to confirm your availability.

Girls Football

Football training for girls begins Monday 29th September. It is an informal session available to all years and abilities. The sessions are based on playing games. They are on the astro between 4-5pm. Please bring trainers/astros and shin-pads.


Tuesday - U15 Boys football beat Paget 4-1 in the Burton and District League and Cup. We also hosted the yr 3 and 4 cross country championship which was supported by our young leaders.

Wednesday - U18 boys football beat JCB 2-1 in the Staffs Moorlands League.  U14 boys football beat Wolstanton 12-0 in the 2nd round of the National Cup.  Netball - U15 A beat Paget 23-3 and U15 B beat Paget 4-3

Thursday - U14 boys football beat Robert Sutton on penalties in the first round of the Burton and District Cup. The U15 boys football lost 5-1 to Pingle away in the 2nd round of the National Cup. U18 boys football lost 5-2 to Erasmus Darwin in the 2nd round of the National Cup

Uttoxeter Badminton Club

Uttoxeter Badminton Club meets here at the school and is open to all ages and abilities. Please see the flyer HERE for more details and how to join.

House Competition

Latest Positions After 2 Events

1st Whitmore 7 points

2nd Orme 6 points

3rd Torrance 5 points

4th Elkes 2 points

Events to come this term:

Winter Sports
Maths Puzzles