Friday 6 January 2017

Access arrangements – automated gates
Some of you may have already noticed that, to improve the security of our site, we have now invested in automated electronic gates for the entrance on the main drive. The gates are open at the beginning and end of the school day; if you need to come into school during the school day, please press the buzzer on the pillar next to the gate so that someone in the Office can buzz you in. To leave, either press the release button to the left of the gate if you are on foot, or, if you are driving, drive towards the gate and stop when you reach the sensor (about 5m away): the gates will automatically swing open towards you.

Access arrangements – students accessing the building before and after the school day
A reminder that the school building is open to students from 8.30 onwards in the morning. For their safety and comfort, please try to avoid dropping them at school before this time. In the afternoon, students are expected to leave the building by 3.30 unless they are with a member of staff or taking part in a supervised activity.

Key Stage 4 Options Evening Thursday 12 January 2017
The Key Stage 4 Options Evening for Year 9 parents and carers is taking place on Thursday 12 January at 6pm in the Main Hall. If you have not already done so please visit to let us know if you plan to attend.

Extended Learning Day Tuesday 12 January 2017
Next Tuesday, all students will betaking part in an Extended Learning Day. For Key Stage 3 this will involve following a carousel of Citizenship activities based around the themes of crime and justice, while Year 10 students will be taking part in the next step of our Post-16 programme: Preparation for Employment.

Preparation for Employment
As part of our Extended Learning Day on Tuesday all Year 10 students will be following a carousel of activities led by external providers and employers. These sessions are planned to raise students’ awareness of what skills and attributes employers are looking for and to help prepare students for the world of work. Students will also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write CVs. They will then be given an opportunity to complete an application form in advance of their Mock Interviews which will take place on Wednesday 22 March. As part of the interview, employers will refer to the application form and give students feedback and pointers for improvement.

Shape Your Future
As an extension to our whole school careers and Post-16 programme, all Key Stage 4students will attend an assembly on job market information on Monday 9 January. This assembly will help to explain to students what industries are available in our area and which sectors will be expanding in the coming years. All students will also be given a copy of Shape Your Future, an information booklet we have purchased through Careers Yorkshire and Humber, with whom we have been working to develop student awareness of employment opportunities. A copy of the booklet is available by clicking here.

Following on from this assembly, we would like to invite all Year 10 and Year 11 students, along with their parents and carers, to attend a Shape Your Future careers evening on Wednesday 18 January at Fulford School. Shape Your Future is an event arranged by Millthorpe, Fulford and Archbishop Holgate’s schoolsto allow students and their families an opportunity to talk directly to local and national employers about what employers are looking for and the different routes into good careers, including advanced and higher apprenticeships. There will also be information and talks on employment growth sectors and the job market in York, Leeds and North Yorkshire. The event will run from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, allowing you to attend at a time convenient to you. Please click here for more information.

Year 11 Post-16 Taster Days Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 January 2017
A reminder that the Post-16 Taster days for Year 11 students are taking place next Tuesday and Thursday. Students should have already booked places at the providers they wish to visit. All students must attend a taster day on the Tuesday as school is closed to Year 11 on that day; if students are not attending a taster day on Thursday they are expected to be in school as normal.

Innocent searches online can sometimes lead to not so innocent results
Keeping children safe online continues to be a challenge. Please see the latest information provided by the NSPCC which you may find informative. It is intended to provide parents and carers with tools to help protect children while online. What you need to know

Time out for parents – the teenage years
Many parents find adolescence the most demanding time in their relationship with their child. There are many new challenges to face and its often hard to know what to do for the best. Family Matters York are running a 5 week course for parents of pre-teens and teenagers. The course runs for 5 weeks every Tuesday from 17 January up to 14 February.

There is a daytime course: 12.45pm to 2.45pm, at Acomb Baptist Church,Ridgeway, Acomb;
and an evening course: 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at The Gateway Centre, Front Street.

The course is free toattend thanks to funding from City of York Council. To book a place or for any further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 01904 789214 or email

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 23 January 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pmon Monday 23 January for staff training.