Thomas Alleyne's High School
Weekly News Roundup

Week Commencing- 4th May 2015

Headteacher's Blog

At 6.00am on Friday morning there was a car in our car park which I knew didn't belong to one of our staff. As we had Ofsted inspectors in that day, who were doing a monitoring visit for us, I thought for one moment that they had arrived incredibly early.

However I was wrong. It was one of our students coming in to do preparation for his Art exam. He was quickly followed by more students all of whome were looked after by one of our Art teachers. The following morning, on Saturday, 30 students joined our RS department for a revision session - the feedback is that they found it very helpful.

Meanwhile students have made incredible use of GCSEpod using over 17,000 podcasts between them off GCSEpod.

Our inspectors last week described our students' attitudes in the lessons they saw as 'impeccable.' They also shared with us that they thought we were well on our way to return to a good or in some areas outstanding judgement in our next inspection.

Ofsted themselves have just released their latest data dashboard for schools. It compares progress in English and Maths to progress in similar schools and to other schools nationally. As you will see on the link below we ranked in the top or second quintile for progress and for attainment in overall results, English and Maths. We continue to work on improving attendance and appreciate all the support parents can provide us to ensure that this too is judged in the top 2 quintiles.
We know that there is always more to be done but for this week I just wanted to pass on my thanks to those of our student body who are working so hard at the moment. And I wanted to reassure them that, the Summer will come, and it will all be worth it when they open their results.

As ever thank you to the staff and parents who are supporting them in these final weeks.

Whilst exams are dominating the lives of our Year 10,11,12 and 13 students life beyond exams still continues. Below you will find an invitation to the Rotary Art Show and I urge you to join us. When I saw it for the first time last year I spent the following weeks looking through portfolios of incredible work to find some to put in my office. The work of Ella still hangs there now and offers an inspiration to all who see it.

On Monday evening I will be visiting Windsor Park Middle School to take questions from parents and will follow this with visiting Oldfields on 19th and Ryecroft on the 22nd. I hope to have the chance to meet some of you there. On Tuesday of this week all Headteacher from schools which feed into Thomas Alleyne's will be meeting at the National Forest Teaching School to discuss our Pyramid development plan for 2015/2016.

You will see below the outcomes of our recent BTEC moderation I would also like to share with you feedback some of the comments from the English moderator for the exam board WJEC. They reported that the moderation was 'particularly well organised.' They verified all judgements and complimented the leadership team in English for their work.

Save the Date!!

Below is the invite for this years show designed by the Y13 Double Applied Art students.

They are currently working hard to clear the studio, put up boards, paint white if necessary and showcase their work. Images are on the school Facebook, but the impact of 'Show Night' is something special- wall to wall (and floor to ceiling) coverage of beautiful artwork- something to look forward to after all the hard work of the exams!

Year 11 Celebration Day

The Y11 Celebration Day is fast approaching. We have included below a brief outline of the day. Students will soon be receiving a letter with more detail about the day and a tear off slip that we would ask you to sign confirming your child’s attendance at Celebration Day.

Thomas Alleynes has a long tradition of holding a Celebration Day for Y11 students coming to the completion of their compulsory time with us. It is a day that they will remember for many years. We really hope that as many students as possible come along to this day of celebration.

Please look out for further details about this day on future Roundups.

BTEC Success

There has been great news for our vocational students this week.

The Level 3 Travel and Tourism BTEC has received a glowing report from the external moderator, reflecting the dedication and hard work of the students and staff.

The Level 3 Health & Social Care BTEC was visited by a quality moderator. This visit was triggered by the high number of triple distinction star grades that we achieved last year (equivalent to 3A* grades at A level). The moderator spent a day in the department, scrutinising student work and meeting with current students and staff. She was very impressed with the quality of work being produced by our students and all our assessment decisions were upheld. She also commented on the wide range of university courses that our students are progressing on to in September.

Both departments are looking forward to a very successful set of results this year.

Any year 11 student who is joining us on the Health & Social Care BTEC in September 2015 needs to start thinking about where they would like to do their work placements. Your first placement will be for a full week beginning Monday 26th October 2015. Please come and see us in the Health & Social Care office to discuss where you are thinking of going so that we can start to get the appropriate Health & Safety paperwork completed.

Revision Sessions

During the examination period there is a program of revision and exam warmup sessions planned. For those exams which take place before the half term break revision sessions have been put in place. Once students go on study leave, after half term, their teachers will be available during their normal Y11 teaching slots if students want to come in for revision and the canteen and library are open if students find being in school for revision more effective. Additionally there is a program of formal revision and warm up sessions which is published here. Departments will give students details of rooms and start times. When in school, just as for exams, students must be in correct school uniform at all times.

Election of Parent Governor

Please see the letter below regarding the election of a parent governor, the deadline is 3.30pm on Thursday 21st May.

PTA Picture Quiz

The PTA have organised a picture quiz for the summer term. Quiz sheets cost £1.00 each and will be available from the Main School Office from Tuesday 5.5.15. The prize for the winning entry is 4 tickets to Alton Towers theme park. Closing date is 3.30 pm on 15.7.15. All proceeds towards the replacement of student lockers.

The quiz is open to all.

Science Students of the Week

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

Abbie Parkes and Ella Herrod in Year 9

Erica Poyser and Jess Allen in Year 10

Ellie Morton and Olivia Backhouse in Year11

This week we have nominations from Miss North for Environmental Land Based Science Students of the Week:

Emily Beech and Codi Swinson in Year 10

Morgan Beesley and Sam Wilkinson in Year 11

Very well done to all!

Bring-A-Pound Day for Nepal

Monday 11th May - Thursday 14th May 2015

As you have no doubt seen in the news, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday 25th April. Children are helpless and terrified as it toppled buildings and destroyed roads and infrastructure around the capital Kathmandu. More than 7,500 people are reported to have died and 50,000 more are trapped in rubble.

Unicef is on the ground, delivering clean water and other life-saving emergency supplies for children and families. One in four of Nepal’s population are children and Unicef are urgently assessing their needs. Unicef urgently need our help so they can help more children.

That’s why we’re holding a Bring-A-Pound Day for Nepal next week. On Monday 11th May to Thursday 14th May, we are kindly asking that your child brings in a donation of £1, or any small change you can spare, to help Unicef’s relief efforts in Nepal. If we collect £55 we could provide 5 families in Nepal with clean drinking water. Your son/daughter should hand the money to their Form Tutor or Form representative in Form time next week.

Students have watched appropriate video clips relating to the rescue efforts in their Personal and Social Education time during form time on Friday and we will give them further updates as we receive them from Unicef UK, ensuring that they know how their £1 is helping to keep other children safe.

Thank you in advance for your generosity

School Grown Pork

There will be various delicious cuts and joints of pork available from our school grown pigs next Wednesday the 13th afterschool. We will be selling it fresh and unfrozen from 3pm, if you would like some please give me an email so I know how many are interested.

We also have a variety of flavoured frozen sausages for sale at £2.50 a pack.

Please email:

MFL Examinations

French GCSE Tuesday 12th May 9.00

Spanish GCSE Friday 15th May 9.00

Get revising!!!

Library Grant Success

We are delighted that this week we have been successful in a bid for funds. We have been awarded a tremendous grant of £9700 from the Foyle Foundation to establish an E-library, shared between Thomas Alleyne's, Oldfields, Windsor and Ryecroft. The grant will enable us to buy both the system and a thousand books to be shared between us all.

Once set up, students will be able to login, select and download a book to read. eBook titles may be read on all major devices including iPhone, iPad, Kobo, Android devices, Kindle Fire (not Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX), PC, Laptop, Sony eReader and Nook eReader (some devices may require downloading additional reader software to get started). At the end of the loan period, the book will expire automatically and be available for others to borrow.

This should be a fabulous resource for students, enabling them to borrow fiction titles 24/7, even during school holidays. It is hoped that the system will be up and running from the beginning of the next academic year.

News from Maths

Year 11 revision sessions are at the following times:

Foundation tier: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school

Higher tier: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after school

  • Maths Watch ( or download the app). This is a great maths revision website which explains each topic, give you questions to try and then goes through the solutions. You can also print off a worksheet for each topic to try more questions. The centre id is tahs and all students have their own login and password (see your maths teacher if you have lost yours!).
  • MyMaths ( Another great maths website for students to use. Login: alleynes password: fraction
  • Past papers are available on FROG

Year 12/13Revision sessions are Wednesday and Friday afterschool.

  • Past papers are available from your maths teacher
  • MyMaths ( Login: alleynes password: fraction

Information about half term revision sessions will be given out next week

Sports News

On Wednesday, 6th May, 4 of our girls were involved in the Level 3 School Games for Trampolining. It was a tough competition but Jess Fry did well competing in Elite category and Kira Watson, Amy Ockleton and Alice Malbon made up the beginners team. The beginners team came 5th in the competition and Alice came 2nd for her individual performance.

Well done to you all.

The U16s reached the Staffordshire FA league final after a 10-2 victory over Westwood. Alleyne's went a goal behind early in the first half but they soon settled into their passing game and the goals came. Abbey Hodgkinson 5, Hannah Kiddle 2, Alisha Hudson 2 & Tash Hall 1. The score made the game sound one sided, Estelle Coyne made several good saves to jeep the Westwood score low & Emily Beech also had a solid game marking one of their key players. Tash Hall was player of the match.

Fixtures next week

Tuesday - Year 10 Rounders tournament

Athletics meet at Shobnall

Thursday - Year 9 & 10 Girls Rounders Vs Pingle (H)

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