Message from the Head of School
Dear parents and carers
I hope that you have all had a good summer break and that students are feeling refreshed and ready to learn again.
My colleagues and I are very much looking forward to seeing our students back at school again next week. We look forward to spending quality time as a community, re-establishing relationships, meeting new students and learning with students in school rather than remotely.
I know that students, staff and parents will have very mixed feelings about the return to school after such a long time at home. There may be feelings of excitement, nervousness, enthusiasm and anxiety. I want to reassure you all today that we have done a lot of work to make school and learning as safe as possible for everyone.
You can see some of the systems that we have set up in school on this video and some of our rationale shared before the summer here.
On Wednesday 9 September, we will welcome Year 7 to school. When they arrive they should go straight to the tarmac area by the gym at the rear of the school. They may enter through any entrance and colleagues will be there to help them and direct them to their designated area.
On Thursday 10 September, Years 7, 10 and 11 should arrive for 8.45am and go to their form rooms.
You can find details of all form groups and rooms here. Please check this as there may be changes from last year.
If students arrive early they should go to their designated year group bases only. They must not congregate with students from other year groups.
On Thursday, students in Years 8 and 9 should arrive at school for 9.05am and go to their form rooms. If they arrive early, they should go to their designated area.
On Thursday, all students will have an extended form tutor period for the morning in order to support their transition back to school and to understand how school will function and how we will keep the community safe.
On Friday, and subsequent days, Years 7, 10 and 11 will arrive for 8.45am and go to their form. Years 8 and 9 should arrive for 9.05am and go immediately to their period 1 lesson.
Years 7, 10 and 11 will finish school at 3.10pm and Years 8 and 9 will finish at 3.30pm.
All details of designated areas, timings of the school day and other important information can be found here.
All students will be provided with an equipment pack that contains a mini-whiteboard, a mini-whiteboard eraser and pen and a pair of scissors. Students will need to be responsible for these packs and replenish anything that they lose or damage. Students must not share equipment. Students should also bring their regular stationery including: black pens, green pen, pencils etc.
The changing rooms are not being used for PE for the first few weeks. Therefore students need to bring just their trainers for light exercise.
Detentions have been set for different nights for different year groups. You can find details of how detentions will work here.
Earlier in the week I wrote to parents and carers about the need for students to wear face coverings in communal areas indoors except for classrooms. You can find the information from City of York Council and Public Health here and Millthorpe’s response here.
All students need to bring their own mask to school and must not share masks. We will teach students about the safe use of masks when they return.
They must also bring a sealable plastic bag to school to put their mask in when they are not wearing one. Disposable masks should not be worn more than once and, therefore, are not recommended.
A final message
When we invited Year 10 students back to school in June, many of them were feeling worried about their return. However, within one day, students realised that although school may be different, our community can still thrive and be the successful, warm and welcoming place that makes us so unique. I am confident that we can all work together as students, parents and staff to keep the Millthorpe community a safe and happy place for us all.
With very best wishes
Free school meals
If you have applied for or are now in receipt of Universal Credit, your child/children may be eligible for free school meals. We would advise you to apply even if your child normally has packed lunches, as you may also be entitled to uniform vouchers, revision guides and funding for compulsory school visits.
Full information about eligibility criteria and how to apply for free school meals can be found on the gov.uk website here.
Back-to-school newsletter for parents
A further newsletter for parents and carers has been produced by York Education, alongside a range of information on the City of York website in the run-up to the full re-opening of schools next week. You can see the newsletter here and also access a whole host of information and support on the Let’s Be York pages of the Council’s website.
First Bus – back to school information
First Bus has published details on their ‘School Services’ page regarding their on-board safety measures, the app features they have introduced to help customers on their journey, and the additional bus journeys they will be introducing from 7 September for public school services.
You can also download the ‘Back to School’ leaflet which they have produced for schools, parents and students.
Lord Mayor of York’s Covid-19 Charity Appeal – Sponsored Walk
This year the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker, has established a charitable fund, in partnership with the York-based Two Ridings Community Fund to support people in York who have been hit hard by Covid-19, with a special emphasis on helping children and young people, and local community arts organisations.
Sir Hugh Bayley, MP for York from 1992-2015, will be raising money for her fund by doing a ten-day sponsored walk along the 110 mile Cleveland Way – from Helmsley to Filey via Whitby. Further details about the walk and how to donate can be found here.
If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Ruth Cooper during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.
For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.