Thomas Alleyne's High School
Friday Roundup - 7th November 2014

Headteacher's Blog

We have an exciting half term ahead of us. Just 5 days back after half term and the majority of our students are well focused on the work ahead of them. This evening at 4.00pm I met a group of students who have been working hard in French and Art completing coursework and preparing themselves for speaking assessments. Thank you to both the students for investing the additional time in their education and to the staff for running these sessions.

Last night students from year 11 who had been nominated for a range of achievements were awarded certificates and special awards for endeavour or excellence in their GCSE studies.The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our previous Year 11 students and for parents to see their child’s hard work being recognised by teachers and staff. We were privileged to have Jack Bradley-Seddon, who left TAHS in 2004, as our guest speaker. In his keynote speech he talked about his life and successes since leaving the school which was an inspiration to all.

On Thursday I joined the sixth formers who were supporting Year 9 students with reading during our registration session. The Accelerated reading programme run by Mrs Shakespeare enables students to make rapid progress with their reading. This is due, in no small part, to the generosity for the sixth form students who volunteer their time to support younger students. Mrs Shakespeare is always looking for more sixth form support for this project so if your son or daughter has not volunteered to help as yet please encourage them to do so. I would also like to use my blog this week to thank all sixth formers who support staff during lunchtimes and breaks completing duties around the school.

You may have noticed that we have a new member of teaching staff who has joined us this half term. Whilst it is difficult when staff move on or become unwell during the year this does happen in schools. We are thrilled to have appointed Mrs Baldwin to the English department.

To close my blog today I would like to ask for your on-going support with regards uniform. The vast majority of students are a credit to the school however please could you remind them about the rules on jewellery and nail varnish. The expectations are in their planners. They should only have one ear ring in each ear, no nail varnish and only one necklace/bracelet. We very much appreciate your support with this as it means that our attention remains on ensuring students make good progress in lessons.


  • Next week we will be holding Year 13 parent's evening. We hope that as many parents as possible will be able to join us for the evening as Year 13 move into their final 6 months at Thomas Alleyne's.
  • PTA on Monday evening will include an opportunity for parents to share their feedback on the reports. The meeting is open for all parents to attend.

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Remembrance Assemblies

This week we have been remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all conflicts past and present. Assemblies have been led by Mr Wright and Mr Robinson-White and have focused on the choices that people had to make.

Pupils have been encouraged to think about their choices and put them into perspective in relation to those that our forbears had to make for our freedom.

The list of past pupils who have made the ultimate sacrifice was read out by the Head Boy and Head Girl and three wreathes have been placed on the Wall of Remembrance in Back Lane.

Mr Robinson-White shared the moving story of his grandfather, who made the choice of falsifying his papers to enlist for WW2 and the choices he then made as a POW in Poland, before his eventual escape.

Year 13 Parents Evening

Tuesday between 4pm and 7pm.

Make sure you get appointments - this evening is crucial in you and your parents gaining further understanding of what you need to do to attain those target grades!

Do not miss out - get your appointments now!

Christmas Concert

This year's Christmas concert is on Wednesday 17th December and starts at 7pm.

All pupils involved have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the concert. This year's event will include the school choir, wind band, jazz band and string ensemble as well as soloists and various groups.

The tickets are available from the Admin Office or via ParentPay,  the PTA will be very kindly preparing seasonal refreshments. Please come along to celebrate Christmas and hear the amazingly talented pupils we have at Thomas Alleyne's.

Upper School Book Club

‘The Woman in black’ by Susan Hill is the next book to be read by Friday 14th November.

The Book Group will then read a novel by Bali Rai who will be visiting school on Thursday 11th December and hopefully joining the group for lunch. Plans for January include ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green. If you would like to join this friendly group , see Mrs Shakespeare or Mrs Fisher for a copy of the latest read.

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.

The next PTA meeting which is on Monday 10th November at 7.30 pm in the Staffroom.

Morrisons Let's Grow

Please remember to bring in your Morrisions Let's Grow vouchers. Collection box is in reception.

For more information on the scheme please follow this link:

Let's Grow Information

Sports News

The U16 girls football finished 3rd in the East Staffordshire football league. They lost to Deferrers 2-0, Drew with Pingle and beat William Allit 7-0.

The Year 9 & Year 10 netball team both had fixtures against John Taylor.

The Year 9's won 18-2 and Maisy Bettany and Abby Smith were voted joint players of the match.

The Year 10 team won 13-1 and Niamh Miller was voted player of the match.

Girls fixtures next week.

Monday - U18 and U14 netball v St Joseph's (H)

Monday - U15 and U14 netball v QEG's

Monday - We also have two Year 9 fixtures, players please check the details for your game.

Thursday - Year 9 girls futsal at St George's Park

Boys Sports News

Year 9 Rugby lost away to QEGS- but 10 new players made their début and 23 players attended training the following day.

Training starts tonight for Futsal with the finals at St Georges Park 3 weeks away.

House Competition

Latest positions after 6 events, its looking Gold:

1st Whitmore - 22 points

2nd Orme / Torrance - 13 points

4th Elkes - 12 points

The final positions in the poetry competition are as follows:

Year 9
1st Milly Radley, Whitmore
2nd Abbey Keeling, Elkes
3rd Georgia Cumming, Torrance
4th Matthew Hulme, Orme

Year 10

1st Lucy Vickers, Whitmore
2nd Rowan Bussey, Orme
3rd Kate Allen Torrance
4th Chloe Hatton Elkes

Well done to all and thanks to Mrs Bell for all the organisation.