Millthorpe Remembers

As part of Millthorpe School’s remembrance programme, students attended remembrance assemblies in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday. Mr Baybutt discussed the history of the poppy, the purpose of remembrance and outlined the work of the Royal British Legion so that students would know where their money went if they did choose to buy a poppy.


The History Department has also allocated each House a person from York to follow through the four years of conflict; Saxon House will track 15 year old Thomas Jones, Roman House will follow William Barclay and Viking House will study Ada Fletcher. This is to try to give students an appreciation of the longevity of the conflict across the 4 years, one hundred years on.

The students were an exemplary audience and many did choose to buy and proudly wear their poppies following the assembly. They also impeccably observed a minutes’ silence at 11am on 11 November demonstrating their mature understanding of the whole concept of remembrance.

Historical Association Quality Mark

Millthorpe’s History department is proud to announce that Millthorpe is the first state school in the country to be awarded the Historical Association’s Quality Mark. This accolade is given to schools that are judged to be outstanding in the quality of their teaching, the breadth of their curriculum, the opportunities for enrichment and the leadership of the department. Two assessors from the Historical Association spent a day with the department in early October. They scrutinised the curriculum offered, observed lessons and had lunch with present and past pupils.  The report highlighted the impact a dedicated teaching team is having on the students.

The report’s final summary was: “The history department at Millthorpe is an exceptionally hard-working, dedicated and professional team who know their strengths and areas for development clearly. Through these qualities, they have rightly earned the respect of senior colleagues, pupils and parents and deserve to be the second school in the country to receive the Quality Mark.”


Millthorpe’s History department would like to thank all the students who spoke to the assessors and thank the school for supporting their application.

Mrs R Lingard and Mrs S Bowland, Joint Heads of History