Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 28th November 2014

Headteacher's Blog

Mrs McLeod

Tributes to Mrs McLeod our Geography teacher and Head of Torrance have flooded into school last week. A condolences book has been completed by students and staff and this will be shared with Mrs McLeod's family in the coming days. We are now in the process of organising a memorial service for Mrs McLeod which a number of students have asked to take part in. It has been a hard time for both staff and students but I would like to thank parents for their support and kind messages.
I would also like to thank Mr Hawthorne who had been appointed into the role of acting Head of Torrance prior to Mrs McLeod's operation for the work he is doing in supporting students in Torrance.

Changes to reporting systems

This week Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers from schools within the Uttoxeter pyramid met to discuss how we would respond to the government’s policy of removing level descriptors from the National Curriculum.The Department for Education (DfE) has said that levels are not very good with respect to helping parents to understand how far their child is improving. In their place, schools are to develop their own systems to assess pupil's progress. We will keep you informed of any changes to our assessment systems.

Year 11 parent's evening

This will run on Tuesday evening this week. Please ensure your son or daughter seeks as many appointments as possible in order that you are well informed about ways in which you can support them as they prepare for their GCSEs.

Uttoxeter School Review

The final deadline for comments on the 2 tier 3 tier proposals are due on 5th December. The project team held an information evening in the Ede Studio on Tuesday evening. Approximately 45 people attended and asked questions of the team. As a result of this a frequently asked questions section has been added to the website.
Please ensure you look closely at the implications of the change and feedback your views. At this point the question is whether we move to consultation to consider both options in depth.

Christmas Market

The Christmas market was a wonderful evening in school. Many students ran stores and our thanks go to the PTA for organising such an excellent event.

Travel & Tourism Visit Stratford

Travel and Tourism students enjoyed a visit to Stratford upon Avon on 14 November. A canal trip and visit to the tourist information centre followed a guided walk of the town. The students are currently investigating how historical towns in the UK attract tourists, so the purpose of the visit was to establish the features and facilities on offer for a range of tourists. The majority of the students had never visited Stratford before and were surprised by how much it has to offer.

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert rehearsals are in full swing and tickets are selling out fast. The concert is on Wednesday 17th December at 7pm and seasonal refreshments provided by the PTA are included in the ticket price.

Reminder for rehearsals next week:

Monday lunch; Wind band, after school; Wind band

Tuesday lunch; Solo and group auditions

Wednesday lunch; Choir, after school; Jazz

Thursday lunch; Saxophone and clarinet sectional, after school; Choir from 3.15 until 4.30

Friday lunch; String ensemble

Thank you to the pupils for all their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm so far.

Year 11 Parents Evening

Y11 Parents have received an invite to the Parents Evening next Tuesday 2nd December from 4pm to 7pm. We hope that all Parents will be able to attend to receive feedback on the progress of their son/daughter from subject teachers and receive first hand advice on how best to support them as they approach their GCSE exams.

Baby Think It Over

It is our Virtual Baby Event taking place next week starting on Friday, whereby a group of year 11 students get to take home virtual babies for the weekend. This gives the pupils a real insight into life with a baby! Will they be awake on Monday morning?

If you are due to take part and have not paid your £42 this must be paid by Wednesday 3rd December at the latest.

Latest Menus from the Canteen

To see the latest menus that are available from the school canteen please click on the button below. Remember that you need to keep your account topped up to the able to purchase food from the school canteen!

Sports News

The 6th form netball team won the East Staffordshire netball tournament. They had convincing wins against; John Taylor, Robert Sutton and Pingle.

Well done to Georgie Walker, Ella Barron, Emma Longland, Olivia Cann, Makensie Ritchie, Rosie Ellerton and Lydia Lunnan.

The Under 16 girls football league continued with a 1-1 draw against Blythe Bridge and a 6-0 victory against JCB academy. Well done Girls!

We must also say well done to the year 9 boys who came 2nd on goal difference at the East Staffordshire Futsal at St Georges Park on Tuesday.

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