Download our latest Buzz Newsletter!

Issue 9
Friday 30th January 2015
Message from Adrian Price, Principal
Well done to all the superb musicians who have achieved fantastic grades. The names of pupils and their awards are listed on the
reverse side of this newsletter, wonderful achievements from a talented bunch of young people! Brilliant!
Another huge well done to the pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 who have made great strides with their reading of late. The Accelerated
Reading Scheme is really paying dividends. Thanks to their hard work Beth Smith, Harry Morgan, Ben Everall and Isobel Robey have
all improved their reading ages by two years. Publishers cannot print books quick enough to keep up with the insatiable appetite
for reading from Ethan Wilson, Max Gunther, Lisa Greening, Freya Jones, Louisa McCrann and William Wassink who lead the way
with the number of words read!
I would like to thank all those from our community who came and conducted mock interviews with our Year 11s yesterday. The day
was an enormous success and our pupils enjoyed the valuable experience of real life interviews!
The DfE published their performance tables today and I urge everyone to go on-line and give them a look. We are very happy with
the performance of our pupils compared to elsewhere and previously. There is so much to be proud of: our headline figure of 58%
5 GCSEs (only) A*-C including English and Maths is really good, progress in Science is the best regionally and nationally, expected
progress in English is one of the best figures in Worcestershire, value added scores in the English Baccalaureate subjects are high
and we are one of the top schools for attendance. In an age when education is under so much scrutiny and there is such a plethora
of data by which to measure school effectiveness we are really pleased that it paints such a wonderful picture of our school. No
surprise that we have been asked to feature as a case study in the annual parliamentary review of best practice in education!
As always many thanks for all your support!
Worcestershire Schools Games
THOA was lucky enough to host the Worcestershire West School Games event on Wednesday 28th January. Adrian Taylor and the
PE Team worked with our own Year 10 Young Leaders to run this fantastic indoor athletics event providing activities for over 300
children from 3 high schools and 10 primary schools from all around the county. The children thoroughly enjoyed the
competition as well as the use of the specialist indoor athletics equipment for which THOA thanks Kingspan Insulation Community
We are very grateful to the following organisations for sponsoring the Buzz - thank you
Supermarket & Catering Butchers
Market Street, Tenbury Wells
T: 01584 810351
Specialist in quality used commercial vehicles
Station Park, Station Road, Hartlebury, DY11 7YJ
T: 01299 251087
M: 07831 570117
E: [email protected]
Local Locksmith in Tenbury Wells
No call out charge – free quotes and
T: 01584 819963
M : 07805 233196
Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Friday 13th February 2015
Friday 13th February 2015
Monday 16th March 2015
Friday 27th Mar – Fri 10th Apr
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Tuesday 5th May 2015
Year 11 Parents’ Evening - 3.45 pm
PTFA Disco (Pupils please complete the surveys!!)
**Break up for Half Term Holiday**
Year 9 exams start
**Easter Holidays**
Year 8 Parents’ Evening
Year 7 Parents’ Evening
Mr Price’s Snow Message –
It is always our intention to
open school as long as it is
safe to do so. Please check
the Worcestershire CC
website, BBC H&W and our
Facebook page if the
weather is bad.
Thank you
Well done Ms Howells!!
Year 10 Photography Competition
Theme: Autumn/Winter
Winning Photograph by: Sophie Griffiths
A lovely picture, capturing autumn in a creative way
Ms Howells is raising money for the mental
health charity MIND by running the London
Marathon in April. The school plans to hold a
non-uniform day to raise money for this
charity; however additional donations can be
made on Ms Howells’ fund raising page:
THOA Equestrian Team Events
2 was Kim Roach with a lovely winter landscape.
Team Meeting with Miss Browett
on 3 February
NSEA Dressage 1 March at Kings
NSEA Show Jumping 15 March
at Kings
Congratulations to the following THOA pupils who have achieved a graded music exam in
Fran Parker
Tom Ward
Grade 8 Saxophone
Hebe Garbutt
Grade 4 Flute
Hannah Evans
Grade 5 Saxophone
Grade 8 Clarinet
Archie Auger
Grade 6 Flute
Eleanor Griffiths
Grade 3 Flute
Sam Read
Grade 3 Piano
Sophie Griffiths
Grade 3 Clarinet
Eleanor Comley
Grade 4 Piano
Up-to-date information can be found on the PE Blog
Bags to School raised £112 which
is great. The PFTA would be
grateful if pupils would complete
the survey which has been
compiled by some Y11 pupils. The
aim is to get the thoughts on
future discos. There is a
collection box in reception for
completed responses. A copy of
the survey has also been put on
the PTFA facebook page and
copies can be obtained by
emailing [email protected]
The PTFA would love to hear from
anyone who is interested in
becoming secretary and the AGM
minutes will be published shortly.
 Friday 13th February 2015 –
PTFA Disco
 Minibus Lottery- There are
balls still available - £4 per
month. All proceeds to
towards running and
maintaining the minibuses. For
information please contact:
Katie Powis 07711 388831 or
Lisa Whitney 07805 375677
E: [email protected]
Confidential Advice from your School
Drop in and see the school nurse every
other Wednesday lunch time in the
Apex or Conference Room
NSPCC Contact Numbers
0800 800500
0800 056056
[email protected]
Childline Contact Numbers
0800 1111
0800 400222
Local Police: 101
Safeguarding (Child Protection Information)
Designated member of staff responsible for
safeguarding: Mrs J Herschy
Deputy: Mr A Price
T: 01584 810304
Governor: Mrs C Wallace - 07867468908