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.”

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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

Zumba Fitness Classes

It’s time to forget the fact that you are exercising and fall in love with your workout.

Mondays – Millthorpe School (Drama Studio) 6:30-7:30 pm
CYC Learning 4 Everyone programme
3rd Nov-8th Dec (6 week course) £30

Book a place by calling 01904 552806

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Amazing Alumni

At Millthorpe we are immensely proud of all the achievements our students make during their time at school which we celebrate at our annual Awards Evening, taking place this year on Friday 17 October.

We would also like to share the success and achievements of some of our former students who you can read about on our new Alumni page on the school website. They include some recent graduates from York College as well as some familiar faces from Mill Mount School and Nunthorpe Grammar School, which merged to become Millthorpe in 1985.

After leaving Millthorpe, the majority of our students go to York College or one of the school Sixth Forms in York. Askham Bryan College is a popular choice for students wanting to study land-based courses which range from Agriculture and Land Management to Adventure Sport. Watch the video below to see former Millthorpe student, Dan Hickey, talk about the Sports Studies course and why he chose Askham Bryan College.

You can find a full list of the York post 16 providers on the Careers page of our website. Dates for open evenings taking place at the colleges and sixth forms can be found on the school calendar.

Businesswoman Karen Jones Inspires Millthorpe Students

Students at Millthorpe had an inspiring insight into the world of business recently when one of the school’s most successful alumni, Karen Jones CBE, called back in to talk about her experiences.

Karen, who was made a CBE in 2006 for services to hospitality, made her name by founding the Café Rouge chain of restaurants which she sold for £133 million in 1996 and is now the owner of the Food and Fuel chain of pubs. She attended Mill Mount Grammar School, which merged with Nunthorpe Boys’ Grammar and Knavesmire Secondary Modern to form Millthorpe in 1985, from 1967-74. She was invited back by Jenny Kent, a parent governor at the school, as part of a programme to raise aspirations among Millthorpe students.

Headteacher Trevor Burton was delighted that Ms Jones agreed to the visit:

“The chance to hear first-hand about Karen’s experiences, of building up a hospitality empire from scratch and operating in the highest spheres of business, is an incredible opportunity for Millthorpe students. What really struck a chord is when they heard how, at 17, she was waiting tables at Betty’s tearooms in York, something they can all relate to. Then, just a few years later she was running her own multimillion pound chain of restaurants. So the message for students is very much: if you have the belief and the commitment, the sky’s the limit.

Sarah Watts, Head of PSHE, who helped organise the visit felt that she was a great role model for young people. “The fact that she is a former student is a great inspiration to many of them and shows them that they too can be ambitious and set their sights high.”

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Ms Jones spent 45 minutes speaking to students about her experiences, explaining what has helped her to achieve what she has and recalling how one of her teachers inspired a love of English, which she went on to read at university. She also stressed how important it is to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, whether in school, business, or in life more generally; and how you need to be prepared to work hard to fulfil your potential.

Students then had the chance to quiz Karen on a range of topics, from handling stress to overcoming failure. One student asked whether she would carry on running a company if it wasn’t making much money and learnt that it wasn’t the profits that motivated her but the satisfaction of creating a successful enterprise.

Ella Field, a Year 10 student who asked her about how studying English helped her in her career, commented:

“I was fascinated to hear about her life; she came across as very intelligent and likeable. It was really inspiring to see how she has been able to succeed in an area dominated by men and how she has managed to balance her achievements in business with a successful family life. I would have liked to speak to her for longer!”

Millthorpe School Open Evening

Thank you to all the Year 6 students and families who came to see us at our open evening on Thursday 25 September. It was wonderful to meet so many prospective students and we hope you had an enjoyable evening and that we answered all of your questions about moving up to secondary school.

If you were unable to attend the evening or would like so see them again you can find a copy of the Headteacher’s presentation and welcome video below.

Open Evening Presentation

Welcome Video

If you are considering Millthorpe as a secondary school but missed our open evening you can contact school on 01904 686400 or email admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk and we will be happy to arrange a visit during the school day.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are holding a cake stall on Friday 26 September and would love students to support this by bringing in baked goods (buns and biscuits). All baked donations should be brought to C8 next Thursday or Friday morning please. Students will receive 10 positives for any donations.

All items will be 50p each and the cake stall will be held in the Main Hall at break time on Friday 26 September.

GCSE Results 2014

Millthorpe is celebrating after another record –breaking performance in this year’s GCSEs.

71% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, the best in the school’s history for the second year in a row. The good results ran across all subjects too, with most enjoying their highest ever numbers of students passing at C or above, and getting A or A* grades.

“Once again, I’m delighted with our results this year. I have been overwhelmed by how hard the students and staff have worked and they have got the reward they richly deserve,” said Headteacher Trevor Burton.

“Their achievement is all the more impressive considering the unprecedented level of change and uncertainty surrounding GCSEs in the past two years, particularly in English. This has been a real test of resilience and determination, and the students, staff and parents have been a credit to the school and to themselves.”

Outstanding individual achievements include:

Katherine Rawlings: 11 A*, 3 A

Lily Stone: 12 A*, 1 A

Ferdy Holley: 10 A*, 2 A, 1 B

Madeleine Svenson: 9 A*, 3 A

Ed Chapman: 10 A*, 1 A

Nina Butterworth: 8 A*, 3 A, 1 B

Ed Chapman, Eve Nixon, Lily Stone and Jake Turnbull received the highest possible mark of A* Distinction for their GCSE Further Maths.

Eve Nixon and Dan Bowgett got 13 passes at A or A* and Tom Smith, Joe Palmer, Kyra Clarke and Laura Heyworth all got 12 passes at A or A*. In total, 24 students received 10 or more passes at A or A*.

“We are thrilled with the exceptional results of these individuals and every student in the year group has achieved something they can be proud of,” commented Mr Burton.

“It is our overriding aim at Millthorpe to equip young people with what they need to be successful. A great set of qualifications like these gives them the opportunity to fulfil their potential as they move on the next phase of their education; I wish them all the very best for the future.

This caps a great year for Millthorpe, which in March was judged to be Good in all areas following an inspection by Ofsted, which said the school was ‘improving at a very swift pace.’

Photos from Results Day

Millthorpe Summer Concert

Thursday 3 July at 7pm

Come along and enjoy performances of music, drama and dance.

£3.50 Adults
£2.50 Concessions

Tour de Millthorpe

We are delighted to be situated so close to the Grand Départ and will be celebrating this once in a lifetime event in school during the week commencing 30 June, culminating in a day of Tour de France themed activities on Friday 4 July.

To fit in with the theme, we are having a non-uniform day and would like all pupils to wear yellow to school on 4 July and of course we hope that as many students as possible will cycle to school.

On the day, we will be asking for donations for the Brain Tumour Charity to support their Headsmart campaign, which raises awareness of symptoms of brain tumours in children to enable early diagnosis and we would like pupils to wear a bandana/headscarf in recognition of this.

We have chosen this cause because it is has been championed by a local family, with children who are or have been students at the school, after their youngest daughter lost her sight as a result of a brain tumour. Early diagnosis is vital in reducing the long-term disability experienced by children and young people diagnosed with brain tumours. More details of the campaign can be found at http://www.headsmart.org.uk/about-headsmart/

The activities in the afternoon will be led by the Modern Foreign Languages Department and will inform pupils about the Tour de France and the relevance of the Grand Départ to our area in 2014.

In the morning, pupils will be in their usual timetabled lessons, but will be taught the subject with a Tour de France or French theme:

PE Cycling time trials.
Art Italian Futurist style cyclist images.
History The history of the bicycle and its impact on social mobilisation.
Geography Map work related to the route.
Maths Maths activities with a Tour De France theme.
Science The science of the bicycle and muscle power.
IT Amazing animations.
MFL The Language of “Le Tour”.
Resistant Materials Bike maintenance & modern bike construction.
Food A gastronomic tour of France.
Drama French Farce.
English “Dragon’s Den Sales Pitch” – persuade the dragons to invest in your Grand Départ board game.
RE Lourdes and the magic of miracles.
Music The music of France.

We are really looking forward to learning more about the Tour de France and the Grand Départ and hope that this will inspire Millthorpe students to support the event on 5 and 6 July.

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Millthorpe Quiz Night – Friday 11 July at 7pm

Please come along to our quiz night in aid of the two charities Millthorpe are supporting this year – Save the Children and Les Enfants de Dieu – spearheaded by Miss Kirby and Miss Oxberry.

Tickets are £5 each and available from the school office until Friday 4 July.

Why not bring some friends and make up a team.  There will be an African theme and a licensed cocktail bar on the evening!

Hope to see you there.