Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 19th September 2014

Headteacher's Blog

147 students from Torrance House have not missed a day of school so far this term.
This places Torrance House in the strongest position between the houses. However,
when I attended their assembly this week Mr. Godwin and Mrs McDiarmid were not
satisfied and they are right not to be. Attendance really does matter and whilst the 147 students in Torrance and all the other 100% attenders from Elkes, Whitmore and Orme are putting themselves in the strongest possible position to succeed, those who have missed time in school have missed vital important parts of their curriculum. Mr Godwin quite rightly urged all students to ensure they turn up to school every day possible to ensure that they make the most of the opportunities at Thomas Alleyne's. Please do everything you can to support us with this. As many of you are aware I am not able to authorise holidays in school time but do understand that there are times when students are too unwell to come to school.

On Thursday Year 9 joined us at the church for their welcome service to the school.
It was inspiring to listen to speeches from our Head Boy and Head Girl who shared
with Year 9 just how quickly these years pass and how important it is to make the most of all opportunities, be that in lessons or beyond.

This was followed in the evening with our Year 12 induction evening. We very much
appreciate parents giving up their evening to join us so that they could understand a
little more about the courses and expectations in Year 12 and we wish Year 12 well
with their studies. Key messages here were that Year 12 is a full time course. All students are expected in school from 8.40 until 3.05 and perhaps most importantly that they use their study periods wisely.

I realise that many of you will continue to see articles in the local press regarding
plans for Uttoxeter schools and please be reassured that as soon as any formal
proposals are available these will be shared with you. Our main focus at Thomas
Alleyne's High School during this time is to remain focused on providing the best possible education for each student

Year 9 Welcome Service

Year 9 have been formally welcomed into the school with a short church service at St Mary's Church. Firstly the pupils were welcomed by Mrs Rudge before she handed over to our Head Boy, Tom Guyah, and our Head Girl, Chloe Nicholls, who spoke about their experience of going through the school. Readings and thoughts around making the most of your opportunities followed, along with a couple of hymns. The Reverend Willetts led us in prayer and gave a blessing upon which the Year 9 pupils returned to school to build and reflect on the important messages contained in this service.

To view the program for the service please follow this link.

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.

English Department Evening

The English department is holding an evening entitled

'An Overview of English'.

The purpose of this evening is to meet Mrs Harris, the new Head of English, talk to members of the team and to also find out about the upcoming changes to the National Curriculum and Exam Specifications.

The event takes place between 6pm-7pm on Wednesday 24th September and is open to parents of pupils in Years 9, 10, and 11. Letters have gone out to students in registration today, Friday.

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.

Sixth Form Twitter

For all of the latest news and updates on the sixth form please follow them on twitter:


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.

Year 12 Parents Induction Evening

The Year 12 Parents Induction Evening was very successful with lots of parents attending. If anyone would like any information from the evening, please email

School Subs

Once again we are asking families to make a voluntary donation to school funds in the form of Subs to help us provide additional resources and activities for all students throughout the school. This donation goes towards events such as the Year 11 Celebration Day, transport to sports fixtures, benches in social areas etc. The voluntary contribution consists of a single payment of £10 in Year 9 which will cover all activities in Lower School. Those in Year 10 and 11 hopefully made a payment in previous years, but if you haven't yet done so or perhaps wish to make an additional payment, we would very much welcome this.

We ask for a single payment of £5 in Year 12 to see them through the two years of Sixth Form, again if you are in Year 13 and didn't contribute last year but wish to do so now, we would be very grateful.

It is possible to make all payments through ParentPay and this is our preferred method of payment. It is easy to add Subs to your payments when paying for resources or school meals. We do still accept payments by cash or cheque if necessary and these can be paid in to our Admin Office any morning before school or at breaktime. If you have completed a Gift Aid form, we will be able to claim back a further amount from HMRC. A form can be downloaded from the documents section of our website. Many thanks to anyone who has already made a contribution - your generosity is very much appreciated.

Sports Roundup

Monday - U15 boys football won 4-0 in the 1st round of the national cup.

Tuesday - U14 boys football beat Cheadle 5-1. U15 boys lost 4-0 to Cheadle U16s.

Wednesday - U15 boys football lost 3-0 to JCB U16s whilst 22 boys turned up to U14 Rugby training and 30 girls attended U14 netball training. Fantastic turnouts, lets keep this going!!

Thursday - U18 boys football lost 4-0 at Codsall in the county cup. U14 boys football B team lost 5-0 to Paulet and the U16 boys rugby lost 38-19 to Rawlett U16s

Wednesday also sees Badminton Club and on Thursdays we can offer Netball training and Street Dance - see the PE Department for more details.

House Competition

House Senior Cross Country Girls

1st- Charlotte Goodwin

2nd - Megan Jones

3rd- Imogen Greeshill


1st - Lee Woodward

2nd - Will McCracken

3rd- Oliver Ritchie

Overall House results will be revealed next week.