Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 14th November 2014

Headteacher's Blog

As you are aware there has been a debate for some time about the future of education in Uttoxeter owing to the need for more school places, if proposed housing plans come to fruition. The County Council are planning to invest a considerable sum into the schools to meet the needs of the potential population growth.

On Thursday the 2 vice chairs of governors and I attended a meeting with Headteachers of all Uttoxeter schools, senior County Council politicians and education officials. At this meeting two proposals were shared with Headteachers.

The first model is a 3 tier option and the second a 2 tier option. The 2 tier model would result in the Sixth Form centre being based on the site where Windsor Park Middle School is currently located. Oldfields Hall Middle School would close and be reopened as a Primary School. The details of the 2 proposals are on the website – link below. Both models would require building on Thomas Alleyne's site.

If the 2 tier model were selected Thomas Alleyne’s High School would admit Year 7 and 8 in 2018; at that point we would become a split site school with the Sixth Form located on Windsor Park Middle School Site. If the 3 tier model were selected there would be building on our school site to accommodate additional numbers.

I have asked the Local Authority to come to Thomas Alleyne's on 25th November between 6.00pm and 8.00pm to ensure parents have the opportunity to be fully informed of the 2 options prior to submitting their response. The deadline for all responses is 5th December and I encourage you to feedback your thoughts prior to this date. Parents from other local schools are welcome to join us for the session.

The website where you can find the details of the 2 proposals is and the email to which views should be sent is

PTA Meeting

On Monday of this week I met with our PTA and we discussed the current report
to parents. I very much appreciated the feedback which parents offered. In our
last meeting we had 4 people in attendance. If you would be interested in joining
our PTA they will be about at our Christmas Market on 27th
sure they will be keen to speak to potential members. Please see a sample of what is on offer at the Christmas Market below we hope you can join us and help us raise money for replacing the school lockers.

Operation Christmas Child

Students from across the school have been busy putting together shoe-boxes full of goodies to be sent to Romanian Orphanages. These boxes give great joy to those who receive them and it is with great gratitude that these boxes are received.

Once again we have to express our thanks to Mr Wright for organising this annual event within school.

The video below to shows the joy that these small boxes give.

E-Safety Assemblies

The assemblies this week have been looking at the impact of the internet and social media on our life. There has been a very simple message, one of choice. The choice to use the internet in a safe and sensible manner, or the choice to not and potentially put yourself at risk.

The sixth form assembly had a different angle and looked at the digital footprint you create, in-other words your life on-line that you can not delete. The whole sixth form were shocked to see how many employers have made decisions on whether to employ a person based on their social media profile.

The lower school presentation is below.

PTA Events

The Annual Christmas Gift Market takes place on Thursday 27th November between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Please contact the school if 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.

Year 11 Revision Evening - 20th November

The purpose of our revision evening is two-fold. Firstly, it is an opportunity for us to explain to parents how they can best support their children through Year 11, helping them to achieve the best grades they are capable of. Secondly, the Heads of English, Maths and Science will be there to offer advice and guidance on how to best prepare for these three vital core subjects.

The evening starts at 7.00 pm in the Theatre and will last about an hour. We look forward to seeing both you and your child on Thursday 20th November.

Progress Reports

Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 Student Reports have been sent home via students. Please contact the main office if you have not received your report. The next report will be at the end of the Autumn Term and will be for all years.

Tackk App

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Sports News

Oliver Ritchie in year 12 has been selected for an England School Boys  Football selection camp at the end of November. This will take place at St Georges Park the home of English football.

Oliver has represented the county for the last 2 years and was captain at U16 level. He has now gained selection for the Midlands. A fantastic achievement.

Year 10 football, County Cup 3rd Round

Thomas Alleyne's 1 - St Margaret Ward 3