Thomas Alleyne's High School
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End of Summer Term 2015

Headteacher's Blog

Our final week in term included a number of very special events. I was fortunate to be invited to the Windsor Park presentation evening at St Mary's church and hear 2 fantastic speeches from their Headboy and girl as well as observe students receiving their awards.
Similarly we held our own presentation assemblies celebrating the contributions students had made to their House events over the year. Attendance, merits and participation in over 31 house events were all taken into account in deciding on the winning house. Whilst Torrance won this year it was an incredibly close competition and as Mr Askey said in the end the result came down to a single student missing school on one day.

During the last week we reminded students that the 7 week holiday is long and a perfect time to catch up with areas of subjects which they may have found difficult or simply to revise work they had completed in Year 9 or 10. Their books are useful for them to support them in this work but they also have access to GCSE pod where they can download or stream podcasts to support their studies.

At the BETT awards this year the quality of the resources available on GCSEpod mean that it won the category for secondary digital content.

Please see the link below for free access:
Any support you can offer your son or daughter in allocating some of their time this Summer to reviewing the work they have done and preparing themselves for next term would be of great value. 21 podcasts have already been downloaded this Summer holiday.

Alongside academic success we have now prepared our timetable of extra curricular events for next year which includes Duke of Edinburgh, Art classes, a wide range of sporting fixtures and this year our school play Frankenstein.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have sent in messages of thanks to our staff over the year and support your words with my personal appreciation for the work they do both in the classroom and in organising the extra curricular events for our students.

We will keep you informed about GCSE and A level exam results through Round up over the Summer but there will be a break in our weekly newsletters. In our first newsletter back we will let you know just how much money was raised on the school walk for our charities Douglas MacMilllian, Cancer Research and Yess.

I have come to the end of the school year with a real sense of pride in our students. They are an incredible group of young people: completing expeditions across the Peak District; visiting places as far away as New York; walking together for 12 miles; competing in a raft of sports, music, drama and arts competitions and making a significant contribution to their local community.

Thank you for your support. Please stay in touch if you have any concerns or questions.

Be Summer Safety Savvy

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to communicate to young people how to stay safe during the summer holidays. We would appreciate it if you could

  • A deliberate small fire can turn into a BIG problem. The HUGE consequences include a prison sentence or a £5000 fine.
  • Grass fires are also very dangerous as they can quickly spread and get out of control.
  • Deliberate grass fires can put both firefighters and members of the public at needless risk of injury.
  • Open water can be dangerous. Only swim at lifeguarded pools.
  • Whilst you are out and about keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone

Podcast Competition - new technologies enhancing teaching and learning

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 will be launching our new website in September and will share the podcast with all our readers through the website and tackk.

We look forward to judging your entries.

Year 12 Enterprise Challenge 2015

On Tuesday 14th July, our Y12 Business students took part in the TAHS Enterprise Challenge 2015. Split into 8 teams, students pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, consisting of Peter Taylor (school governor), Adam Hulme (Hoar Cross Hall) and Jake Shirley (Vodafone Group).

Presenting in a Dragon’s Den style format, one by one, each team explained their concept, justifying its feasibility. From clothing to phone chargers, there was a real diverse mix of products!

There were three teams who stood out to the judges:

  • Shot, a photographic event company
  • Freshe, a smoothie and shakes company
  • and the overall winner, Something Special, whose idea was to sell lemonade, ice cream, hot chocolate and soup to sync with the seasons.

The Something Seasonal team was made up of Annie Rushton-Butters, Louise Kelly, Tamsin Flannagan and Evie Wainwright delivered a confident and creative pitch, wearing aprons and handing out lemonade samples for the judges to try.

A massive congratulations to the winning team and to all the students taking part, who demonstrated a range of styles and skills – look out for their products on sale around school over the forthcoming year!

Punctuality to School

Thank you for you support on ensuring your children are in school on time, ready for their school day.

Form period begins at 8.40am, so students need to be on site for 8.35am in order to get to their form rooms on time.

Students who arrive late to school without a genuine issue will be issued with a same day 20 minute lunchtime detention.

As parents /carers you will be informed via text.

Please continue to support us in in ensuring your child is punctual to school, in correct uniform and ready for the day. Please find our uniform guidelines for September below.

A Few Reminders

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 linked a reminder of our expected school uniform for students, should you need to replenish any items for the Autumn Term.

Boys Uniform

Girls Uniform

Absence from School

Please see details related to authorised and unauthorised absence from school for your information.

Document 1

Document 2

Sixth Form Charity

The Sixth Form have announced that they have adopted the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent as their permanent charity. This has been chosen in memory of Helen Reaney who was a Deputy of Sixth Form and Language teacher at Thomas Alleyne’s who sadly passed way in March this year after a long battle with cancer.

The chosen student Charity Leader for the Sixth Form is Amy Boothby who will be overseeing the fundraising along with her chosen Charity Deputies and Charity Reps from each form group. Amy has put together a board in the common room so the students can see how much is raised over the year. The Sixth Form will be working closely with the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Each form group in Year’s 12 and 13 will have to raise a minimum of £60 across the Academic year starting from September. During Future Intentions Week in June, Jonathon Mathers, Youth & Education Development Fundraiser at Douglas Macmillan came and spoke to the Sixth Form students about the Hospice and the work that they do. After this talk the students got together in their forms groups and presented ideas to the Sixth Form team on how they intend to raise the money.

Mrs Walton – Sixth Form Administrator said “As a Sixth Form community we are hoping to raise lots of money to help support an extremely worthy cause. Helen was a massive inspiration to lots of students past and present and will be greatly missed by all who worked with her during her time at Thomas Alleyne's.”

Year 10 Future Intentions

As part of our Future Intentions programme a high number of Year 10 students enjoyed a variety of taster days this half-term. Visits included Birmingham and Derby Universities as well as Reaseheath and Derby Colleges. Taster days ranged from Engineering, Psychology and Medicine to Agriculture, Food Tech and Hair and Beauty. Students were able to meet and engage with lecturers and current students and find out for themselves what life might be like after TAHS.

It was fantastic to see our students getting involved in the activities provided from repairing broken femurs (not a real one!) to driving tractors, feeding the meerkats at Reaseheath to engaging in a debate on Law. It was for all involved, an inspiring and motivational experience with high praise for the high standard of conduct our students showed throughout.

Midlands in Bloom

Judging took place for this presitigious award on Thursday. Last year, Uttoxeter were within a whisker of winning it so the pressure was on. Thomas Alleyne's students have been working closely with the town council throughout the year on a number of projects and were able to meet the judges and explain what they had done. Year nine students have given up their lunch times to prepare a Dig For Victory garden within the farm, whilst year ten ELBS students have continued their work at the Hermitage home for elderly ladies, completing a walk way with wheel chair access. In addition, students have also been involved in a large tree planting scheme at Bramshall road park. The judges were very impressed with the commitment and maturity of the students as well as their community spirit. Well done to all those students who took part.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Wind Turbine Visit

As part of their studies on renewable energy, Year 12 Environmental Studies students visited one of the local wind turbines last week. They were shown up to the turbine by ex pupils Matt Brookes, who lives on the farm and Emma Gerrard, who works for less CO2 and was involved in its construction. All discussions took place beneath the blades, dispelling any myths of the excess noise of turbines. Students learnt all about how the turbines work, improving technology and efficiency as well as payback times and feed in tariffs. It was a very useful and informative visit and the students thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sports Roundup

Girls Cricket

The girls cricket team went to Moseley Cricket club to compete in the regional finals. The opening game saw Alleyne's play against Tudor Grange, we did not lose many wickets but the run rate was very slow and we set them a target of 56 to win. Our fielding was sublime with Tudor Grange not scoring many boundaries but they were picking up plenty of singles. The game went to the last ball and they scored a 4 to win the game.TAHS played Crown Hills next, Tash Hall, Ellie Carr, Karris Gordon and Alisha Hudson taking the wickets of the whole team before the overs are complete. Antonia Lee-Jonesy and Tash Hall got the run chase started quite quickly and putting the pressure on Crown Hills. Maisy Bettany, Ellie Carr & Alisha Hudson scored enough runs to see us win the fixture.We finished the competition in 4th place.

Girls Rounders

The Year 10 Rounders team secured the East Staffordshire District title with a win against Granville and a Draw against John Taylor.Well done to all the girls who have been involved over the nine fixtures Alisha Hudson, Hannah Whittaker, Rhiannon Kenny, Tash Hall, Charlie Eley, Karris Gordon, Antonia Lee-Jones, Jess Fry, Jo Beeson, Abbey Hodgkinson, Emily Beech


A trip was taken this week to Cavendish golf club to participate in a round of footgolf. After an eventful an journey we split into groups of 5 and teed off for the 9 holes, on a course with beatutiful scenic views. Charlie Eley and Luke Bebbington were joint winners on the course getting round in 42 kicks.

Torrance do it!!

At the end of a hard fought year it is Torrance who have come out victorious in this years house competition. A fitting Tribute to Mrs McLeod.....

1st Torrance with 110.5

2nd Whitmore with 109.5

3rd Elkes with 107.5

4th Orme with 89.5.

A big thanks to all involved in the House Competition this year and in particular Mr Askey who runs the whole event and keeps the running totals up to date.

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