WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 22 January 2021

Message from the Head of School

Thank you once again for all your support during another challenging week. We hope that your children have benefited from more live and interactive content in their lessons. We’re reviewing how this is going and looking at ways to further improve the online learning experience. This includes analysing the responses to the parent survey from last week (see below) which will be very helpful in shaping or approach.

In particular, thank you for your many messages of support – we always share these with staff and it really does mean a lot to them to know how much their work is valued.
There’s still lots of uncertainty surrounding the coming weeks. The possibility of not all schools opening fully after half term has been acknowledged by the government, who have committed to giving schools and parents at least two weeks’ notice of when schools will open again to all students. The grading of GCSEs is now under consultation and testing of close contacts is also under review (see below for more details).
Year 11 – preparation for GCSE grading
As notified earlier in the week, the consultation on how to grade GCSEs this summer is now underway. If you wish to take part in the consultation, please click here.
It is clear from the wording of the consultation that students will almost certainly be expected to continue studying as far into the academic year as possible (probably into June) to give them the maximum opportunity to learn. There is also likely to be more emphasis placed on evidence gathered near the end of the course, possibly involving materials supplied by exam boards.
This means that it is really important that Year 11 students continue to engage with learning and apply themselves over the coming weeks as they still have the opportunity to influence their results at GCSE. Alongside this, they are still developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them move successfully to the next phase of their education.
We have been immensely proud of the way Year 11 students have conducted themselves throughout the unprecedented challenges of the last 12 months and particularly how hard they worked on their return to school in September. Whatever happens now, we want them to give themselves the best possible chance of leaving Millthorpe with the outcomes they deserve.
We will of course keep you updated with any developments.
DfE Chromebooks

As many of you will be aware, the DfE has allocated each school a number of Chromebooks, which we are pleased to have been able to distribute to disadvantaged students in accordance with DfE instructions. We have very limited capacity for providing devices to other families but if you are struggling to provide a suitable device/s for your child/ren, please contact us to see if we are able to help.

If you have a laptop or tablet that is in good working condition, we would still welcome any donations. You can drop devices off in Reception between 8.00-11.00am or email a.collins@millthorpe.southbank.academy to make arrangements.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing
Staff attending school are now testing themselves twice a week to help reduce the risk of transmission, but plans for testing students and staff who are identified as close contacts of positive cases as an alternative to self-isolation have been ‘paused’ by the government whilst it seeks further clinical evidence. As usual, we’ll keep you updated with any new information.

Best wishes

Gemma Greenhalgh
Head of School

Remote learning – parent survey feedback

Early on in the remote learning process we asked parents for feedback on our remote learning provision and the quality of online teaching. Thank you to those parents/carers who responded. Please read this short report which details how we have taken your comments on board and improved our offer.

Form-time welfare sessions

This week has seen the launch of our Google Meet Form-time Welfare sessions and unlike in lessons, we ask that wherever possible, students have their cameras and microphones on. We also ask that backgrounds are blurred and, as some students have reported finding it difficult, we hope this handy guide from Google will help. There are options for phones, tablets and computers.

Remote Assembly

In the recent parent survey, we received a number of requests for remote assemblies as this was something that many students and their families appreciated during previous periods of lockdown. We were only too happy to oblige and here is the first remote assembly of 2021. We will continue to share an assembly in this weekly email throughout the period of lockdown.

Each assembly will also be uploaded to the “Health, Wellbeing and Pastoral Care” Google Classroom, which every student has access to, every Friday so that they can watch it at a time of their choosing.
However, in order to listen to the assembly from Google Classroom, they will need to download it first. The instructions of how to do this are as follows:
1. Click on the PowerPoint in the Google Classroom.
2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select “Open in a new window”
3. When the new window opens, there will be an arrow facing down next to the 3 dots which is the download button. Students should click this to download the PowerPoint.
4. Play the PowerPoint as a slideshow. They should then be able to listen to the assembly providing they have speakers/headphones.
This week’s assembly theme is “5 steps to wellbeing” so we hope that our students, and their families, find this useful.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Every January, Year 9 Millthorpe School students spend a day learning about the horrors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and are encouraged to make a pledge to ensure that they are part of a world in which such atrocities do not happen again.

This year, our plans to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with Year 9 students have been postponed because we felt that it was too emotive a topic to teach remotely, and that we needed to have the students in front of us in a classroom to monitor their reactions and emotions and ensure that there are no misconceptions.
However, we have received this resource from an organisation called “Big Ideas”, which has partnered with the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to launch a national project called “Foundation Stones.” Full details are on the PDF but essentially, students, parents and carers are encouraged to find and paint a small stone to commemorate the Holocaust, a subsequent genocide or maybe a message of hope for the future. The stones will then become part of a new national UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre which is being built. They say “Each painted stone is a commitment to remember the past and to build a future free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination and hatred.”
We wanted to draw your attention to this project and ask you to consider participating. Obviously many young people in our school (especially those in Key Stage 3) may not have a good understanding of the Holocaust and it will not be appropriate for every child. But if you felt confident in sensitively explaining the Holocaust to your child(ren) and explaining why they might choose to take part, we would be delighted if some of our students and families could contribute to this national project.

Act early on potential extremism

The Head of Counter Terrorism Policing has advised parents and carers to Act Early and keep a close eye on signs of extremist grooming as young people spend more time out of school and online.

Whilst this is not something that we ordinarily deal with, this is a national project that we have been asked to share with all parents/carers so that you are aware of the potential signs of online extremist grooming and can act accordingly. Please follow this link below to find out more:

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR VIGILANCE AMID NEW LOCKDOWN | Counter Terrorism Policing

York College Virtual Open Event

York College is holding its next Virtual Open Event on Thursday 11 February from 5.30–8.00pm. Students can register online by visiting the York College website.

Support with food

York CVS and Healthwatch York have compiled a list of all the places where families can get food during lockdown if they are struggling, without needing Food Bank vouchers.

The Week Junior

Due to the current restrictions The Week Junior magazine is available online and can be accessed via the following link: magazine.theweekjunior.co.uk. To log in, select ‘Have you got a voucher code?’ and enter the code: TWJ2678tuv

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 15 January 2021

Message from the Head of School

This has been another busy (slightly crazy!) week for everyone at Millthorpe and across the sector, as we continue to work and learn in an ever-changing landscape. Please accept our apologies for the number of emails we have sent over the last few days, but we are keen to keep you as informed as possible throughout this period of lockdown.

Remote learning
We’ve had a very successful week of remote learning, with an average of 97% of students engaging. Thank you to our students and to parents/carers for their support with this. Next week, we will be delivering some live content in at least one lesson for each subject – full details about this can be found below.

The school day
Just to remind everyone that from Monday 18 January, we will be moving to our new timetable. The school day will be as follows:

  • 9.05 – 9.55am:  Period 1
  • 10.05 – 10.55am:  Period 2
  • 10.55 – 11.20am:  BREAK
  • 11.20am – 12.10pm:  Period 3
  • 12.10 – 1.00pm:  LUNCH
  • 1.00 – 1.50pm:  Period 4
  • 2.00 – 2.50pm:  Period 5
  • 2.50 – 3.10pm:  Welfare

GCSEs
This week, the Secretary of State for Education announced a two-week consultation on the approach to grading this year’s GCSEs (and A Levels). Until this is concluded, it will not be clear exactly how final grades will be determined, what evidence will be used, or whether students will be required to sit any form of test or exam if and when they return to school. As always, we will keep you informed as soon as we have any updates.

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) in school
Plans are now in place for undertaking LFTs for students in school and we will be regularly testing staff. We are awaiting further news about the testing of close contacts.

Best wishes

Gemma Greenhalgh
Head of School

Live content in remote lessons

Having hopefully had a chance to read the protocols setting out our expectations during live video/audio in lessons, please could you confirm your acceptance by completing this short form.

Hopefully many children will already have had the chance to experience some live interaction in lessons in the last few days. Next week, your child can expect to have live content in at least one lesson for each subject (small departments like Drama, Art and Music may have slightly different arrangements).

If you, as parents/carers, wish to get in touch with an individual teacher, you can do this direct via email. Please don’t try to make contact during lessons via the Stream or other Classroom elements. Also note that students can only access Google classes using their school Google/Gmail account; they will be unable to log in using a personal Google account.

Take a look at these videos on our website if you need assistance with Google Classroom or Google Meet.

Thank you to everyone who has donated devices, which we can use to help students who are struggling to get access. Please do contact us if your child is having difficulty accessing any aspect of the online learning and we will give you whatever assistance or advice we can.

Form Tutor Welfare Check-Ins

From Monday 18 February, Form Tutors will begin contacting their tutees weekly to check in with them and make sure they are OK. This will either be a small group Google Meet, a telephone call (we will call you and ask to speak to your child) or occasionally, an email. These check-ins will take place from 2.50-3.10pm each day, but your child will only be involved on one of the days. Their Form Tutor will inform them which day they are expected to attend a Google Meet or when they can expect a call.

Please can you check that your child knows when their Welfare session will be taking place because if they do not attend a Google Meet, we will need to phone you to check they are OK. Unlike during lessons, students are asked to have their camera on so that their Tutor can see them and have a proper conversation. Please make sure that you have discussed the Google protocols with your child and that they are dressed appropriately and are in a suitable room in the house. Please contact your child’s Form Tutor if there are any issues.

Help in keeping safe online

All our students are taught about internet safety within the school curriculum, but if parents want to reinforce the message during this home learning period, there are some excellent resources available.

We recommend https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – a website established by the government’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection unit (part of the National Crime Agency). You can find online resources for family activities to do with online safety as well as individual resources for ages 11-13 and 14+.

Help and guidance for lockdown worries

School and normal family life will undoubtedly change again during this latest lockdown and problems may emerge. All families are different, and not everyone will need additional help or guidance, but we hope the information on our website may prove helpful to some.

The team at City of York Council has also produced a leaflet to give children, young people and parents simple information about who to go to for help during lockdown.

Increasing data allowances on mobile devices

A reminder that if you would like us to apply for increased data allowances on your behalf and you meet the criteria, please email admin@millthorpe.southbank.academy quoting ‘mobile data offer’ in the subject line. We will then contact you to gather the precise information we need to apply.

You can find out more about the scheme here.

Post-16 taster events

As you will know, due to Covid-19 restrictions, most post-16 providers are hosting virtual taster days for Year 11 students this year. The date and links for All Saints RC School and Joseph Rowntree Sixth Form are below:

Symptom-free COVID-19 testing

If you previously booked appointments for your child(ren) to have a symptom-free Covid test at one of the university sites and no longer need the appointments as your child(ren) are not returning to school, please cancel the appointments as soon as possible.

Cancel test appointments here

Follow us on Twitter

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter to keep up with news and updates from school – find us at @MillthorpeNews.

Also, a reminder to tweet us photos of any work your child has done during lockdown so far – it could be a science experiment, artwork, design, food, written work or anything else they (or you!) are proud of. We are also asking staff to tweet any great examples they see too (with permission of course).

All you need to do is mention @MillthorpeNews in your tweet and use the hashtag #homelearningheroes so that we can create a compilation of tweets in future.

Separated Parents course from Family Matters York

Family Matters York is offering a two-session Separated Parents course which will explore some of the challenges of parenting after separation and what we can do to help our children thrive. The next course will take place on Tuesdays, 2 and 9 February, 9.30-11.30am. It will be online via Zoom.

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 email: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk

You can find more information on the Family Matters York website.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 8 January 2021

Great start to an unusual New Year

Well we’ve had a very successful first week of online learning at Millthorpe and I feel very proud of what our staff and students have achieved at one night’s notice. Thank you firstly to all of our parents for helping students get on board with the new arrangements so quickly. Secondly, I’d like to thank our students for their excellent engagement with the online provision. Yesterday, there were 4018 ‘marks’ for attending lessons out of a possible 4780 – that’s over 84%. 75% of all students attended four or five lessons and 94% engaged with learning during the day and these figures are set to rise today.

Remote learning timetable from 18 January
When a staggered return was announced, we felt that continuing to follow the normal timetable was the simplest thing for students. Now that the closure has been extended, we have carefully reviewed the position to make sure we are able to provide the best online learning experience for our students and fulfil government expectations. In conclusion, the model we have chosen does not deviate substantially from the current arrangements that seem to be working well for many students but shortens lessons.

Please see below the new model that will begin on 18 January (not 11 January).

  • 9.05 – 9.55am:  Period 1
  • 10.05 – 10.55am:  Period 2
  • 10.55 – 11.20am:  BREAK
  • 11.20am – 12.10pm:  Period 3
  • 12.10 – 1.00pm:  LUNCH
  • 1.00 – 1.50pm:  Period 4
  • 2.00 – 2.50pm:  Period 5
  • 2.50 – 3.10pm:  Welfare

The benefits of this approach are as follows:

  • Students continue to study the same variety of subjects for the same number of lessons and continue to be taught by their class teacher as we believe that effective relationships are key.
  • Lessons start at the same time but are reduced from one hour to fifty minutes to allow students (and staff) to stretch their legs and have a comfort break between lessons.
  • Teachers can continue to collaborate to ensure resources are high quality and consistent.
  • The additional welfare slot at the end of the day provides tutors the opportunity to check in with their form. This contact might be via phone, small group Google Meeting or a direct message through their tutor group Google Classroom.

Enhancing our learning with live audio/video content
Over the next week, we are going to explore the use of live audio and/or video content as part of the range of interactive elements in online lessons. Follow the link here for more details of our approach to live content.

Parents will be contacted next week with online protocols that clearly set out our expectations of online conduct. It is absolutely essential that these are shared with students before we begin to deliver using live video or audio.

Assessment and feedback 
In the previous lockdown we didn’t have a platform with interactive functions in place; the move to Google Classroom has allowed students to interact with their teachers. Students now have the opportunity to check their understanding, receiving immediate feedback, while also benefiting from their peers’ responses. This has clearly been very well received by the vast majority of our students and has increased the level of engagement dramatically. The school network has held up well – problems earlier in the week were more widespread as children everywhere logged in to Google.

Whilst features such as the Google Stream, Google Questions and Google Forms all provide excellent vehicles for personalised feedback, we recognise that there also needs to be some opportunity for more ‘traditional’ assessment through Key Assessed Pieces (KAP) with detailed, high quality feedback leading to an opportunity for our students to improve their work. Our staff have been asked to ensure every student receives at least one of these summative assessments before half term in all of their subjects in line with our normal ‘in-school’ assessment policy.

Student praise 
Even though we don’t have the vast majority of our students in front of us in school we still want to continue to recognise the great work they produce. The golden ticket is going virtual! All staff are asked to identify one student that has clearly gone over and above that week: this might be their contribution in the Google Stream or the effort that’s gone into an assignment. Please always keep an eye on the Friday email when the list of student names will be published. Each time they appear they will be entered into a half termly prize draw.

New appointment 
I’m delighted to inform you that Rob Beever has joined Millthorpe School as Deputy Headteacher at the beginning of this week. By 8pm on his first day, the country went into a six-week lockdown! It’s definitely been an interesting time to join us; nevertheless Rob has settled in well and is looking forward to working with the student body when they return. He will be supporting the pastoral team as well as leading on curriculum developments in school. Rob’s teaching career has seen him work across both the pastoral and academic sides of school life. He spent 10 years at Rossett School in Harrogate moving through the pastoral system to be head of pastoral and achievement at KS4. Four years ago he left to become Assistant Headteacher at Outwood Academy Ripon, responsible for the Quality of Education. An intense two-day interview process clearly highlighted that his core educational values align with those we hold so dear at Millthorpe. I know he is very excited to contribute in the fullest sense to the success of our students.

I look forward to introducing him to you in person when things return to normal. He is available for parental contact by email: r.beever@millthorpe.southbank.academy

Laptops and devices
Thank you to those of you who have offered to donate laptops or tablets for use by students who don’t have access to a suitable device at home (including one very generous parent who has donated two brand new laptops). If you have a device that is in good working condition and you would like to donate it to school, please drop it off in Reception between 8.00-11.00am or email a.collins@millthorpe.southbank.academy to make arrangements.

Best wishes

Gemma Greenhalgh
Head of School

Pastoral support during lockdown

We are very aware that some young people will find another lockdown difficult. You can find a document attached with a number of useful websites, apps and phone numbers that you might want to share with your child if they are struggling.

If your child requires pastoral support from a member of staff within school, please get in touch. All staff contact details are available on our website. Form Tutors will also be making contact with their tutees from 18 January.

Increasing data allowances on mobile devices to support disadvantaged children

You may be aware that the Government has introduced a scheme to increase data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is to enable disadvantaged children to access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.
As a school, we can request mobile data increases for students who:

  • do not have fixed broadband at home
  • cannot afford additional data for their devices
  • are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:

  • Three
  • Smarty
  • Virgin Mobile
  • EE
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Sky Mobile
  • O2

If you would like us to apply on your behalf and you meet the criteria, in the first instance please email admin@millthorpe.southbank.academy quoting ‘mobile data offer’ in the subject line. We will then contact you to gather the precise information we need to apply.

You can find out more about the scheme here.

Year 11 studies

It is vitally important that Year 11 students continue to complete the learning and assignments given to them by their subject teachers. It has not yet been confirmed exactly how GCSE grades will be determined this year but it seems certain that the work completed between now and the end of their time here will have an impact on their outcomes in some way.

Year 11 taster sessions at York College

Just a reminder that York College is holding its Virtual Taster Days for Year 11 students next week.

Students can still register for these, or they can simply go to the York College website next week to take part. Students can join at any time of day and see a huge range of videos and activities, information and FAQs. They can also email the subject areas directly with any questions they may have.

If you have any questions, please contact the Schools Liaison team at York College on info4schools@yorkcollege.ac.uk

Home learning heroes

We’ve had some amazing engagement with remote learning this week and we would love to see what your children have been up to in their remote classes so far. It would be great for families and students to share their experiences, so please tweet us photos of any work your child has done – it could be a science experiment, artwork, design, food, written work or anything else they (or you!) are proud of. We are also asking staff to tweet any great examples they see too (with permission of course).

All you need to do is mention @MillthorpeNews in your tweet and use the hashtag #homelearningheroes so that we can create a compilation of tweets in future.

Year 9 options process

As we are unable to hold our usual Options Evening for Year 9 students this year, information about the process and different subject choices will be available virtually. More details will follow nearer the time.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Thursday 17 December 2020

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas break

We wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas break. We hope that everyone stays well and we have been reminding students in assemblies of the importance of following rules around social distancing during the holidays to keep themselves and everyone else in the community safe.

If your child does develop symptoms and test positive for coronavirus, please remember the following important advice for families over the holidays:
  • if your child develops symptoms within 48 hours of the last time they were in school (i.e. by Saturday afternoon for most students) and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, please alert the school using the dedicated email address urgentcontact@millthorpe.southbank.academy only. Safeguarding concerns should continue to be reported via safeguarding@millthorpe.southbank.academy. No other emails or telephone numbers will be monitored over the break.
  • if your child develops symptoms more than 48 hours after leaving school, please follow the contact details provided by NHS track and trace.

Arrangements for return to school in January 2021

At the time of writing, we are still awaiting details of the government’s plans regarding asymptomatic testing in secondary schools and a staggered start in January. The lateness of these announcements makes it impossible for us to prepare properly and keep you informed of our plans in the way that we would wish but we will make every effort to let you know what is happening with as much notice as possible once the information we need has been provided.

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you to everyone who wore a festive jumper on Friday last week and/or made a donation. We collected a fantastic total of £502.73 which has gone to SASH this week. SASH is a registered charity preventing homelessness in young people aged 16 to 25 throughout North and East Yorkshire, including York and Hull.

Changes to the behaviour system from January 2021

We are currently undertaking a full review of our behaviour systems in order to have a revised policy in place for September 2021. Reviewing policies regularly and ensuring that we are using the most recent research-based systems is part of our self-review process and continued strive towards providing the best education for our students.

Currently we are working with an amended system due to COVID restrictions. Having reviewed the first full term, we are going to make some small changes to improve consistency and to ensure that high quality learning can take place. The amendments are unlikely to affect the overwhelming majority of students who are very well behaved and have excellent learning conduct. The changes will address low level disruption and refusal to comply with expectations and sanctions. There has also been a change to how we manage access to toilets during the school day to ensure that students don’t miss or disrupt learning. A small number of students have been taking advantage of being able to leave lessons.

The key changes are:

1. Disruptive behaviour in lessons

 If a student is issued with a Negative Comment in a lesson, after having been calmly given a Rule Reminder and a Formal Warning by their Teacher, this will now result in a 30-minute after school detention, rather than 10 minutes as previously. The reason for this change is to emphasise that disrupting the teaching and learning environment for everyone in their lesson is more serious than not meeting a baseline expectation such as not having correct equipment or being late to lessons, for which a 10-minute detention is given. This should help to ensure all can learn without disruption.

2. Failure to successfully complete sanctions

If students fail to comply with the sanction they have been given, for example by not turning up to a detention, this will be escalated to a more serious sanction. We have explained these to the students so that they are clear on what is expected and they will be reminded of this in assemblies in the first week back in January.

3. Use of toilets during lesson times

When we first returned to school in September, students were given free access to the toilets at all times of the school day in order to reduce overcrowding at the previously busy times of break and lunch. However, as year groups are now separate at break and lunch, it is more appropriate for them to use the toilet during these times. As such, we will now generally limit students to one visit per day during lesson times to minimise loss of learning time and disruption, though, as has always been the case, teachers have discretion to allow students to go at any time if they clearly need to. If a student has a medical condition which requires unrestricted access to the toilet and we are not already aware of this, please contact their Form Tutor in the first instance.
 
Mr Baybutt
Assistant Head (Pastoral)

Winter Support Grant

Has your income been affected by the Covid pandemic? Are you struggling to pay your bills? The Winter Support Grant can help. The scheme is there to support you and your family with food and energy bills this winter. You can apply for it now at www.york.gov.uk/wintersupportgrant

For help with applying or for more information on other sources of support please visit www.york.gov.uk/benefitsadvice, or www.livewellyork.co.uk or call City of York Council’s Covid Helpline on 01904 551550.

National Saturday Art Club

An exciting creative opportunity is starting in the New Year at York College. Over the past three years many Millthorpe students have taken part in the National Saturday Art Club, developing their creativity on a Saturday morning and gaining from a wide range of exciting extra-curricular opportunities including trips, special events, visiting art galleries and even seeing their own work exhibited!

Applications are invited from interested and enthusiastic students in Year 9, 10 or 11. Click here to apply or if you have any questions please contact Ms Cockburn.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 11 December 2020

Important: School Closing for Christmas on Thursday 17 December

This year Millthorpe will be closing for Christmas on Thursday 17 December. School will end at the normal time on that day and full uniform should be worn. We have made this decision in line with the Government’s suggestion that schools make Friday 18 December a non-teaching day in response to the pressures of remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. We apologise for the timing of this decision but the guidance from the government was only released on Tuesday.

This will allow staff and students to get a good break after a very challenging term. In the run up to Christmas, it also brings forward by a day the point at which there is no longer any risk of picking up the virus in school or being identified as a close contact of someone in school who has tested positive. In the circumstances, we have decided to disaggregate the training day for staff so they will not be required to work on the Friday. Instead, they will complete training outside of teaching time at a later point in the year.

The DFE have indicated that they expect schools to assist with track and trace for six days following the last day of opening. Closing a day early means that, should there be a positive case that comes to light after term has ended, school will be able to let families know sooner. If school had remained open until Friday, this may have resulted in staff having to contact families on Christmas Eve to advise children to self-isolate.

Confirmation of the arrangements regarding positive cases, as provided by the DfE, is given below:

  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school

During the holidays, to report a positive case, parents/carers should only use the following email: urgentcontact@millthorpe.southbank.academy. Safeguarding concerns should continue to be reported via safeguarding@millthorpe.southbank.academy. Other email addresses and phone numbers will not be monitored.
We would urge anyone developing symptoms after school has ended to get tested straight away so that staff can identify contacts and notify them as early as possible.

The school will provide an extra days’ worth of vouchers for each child eligible for free school meals on top of the vouchers for the two-week holiday that the Government has eventually agreed to fund.

Christmas Dinner

A reminder that Christmas Dinner will be on Wednesday 16 December. Whatever your child chooses will be charged as normal through his/her school meals account.

Christmas Jumpers

There were some fantastically sparkly Christmas jumpers on show today: we haven’t totted up all the donations but we’ve definitely raised a good sum of money for SASH.

NSPCC’s Young People’s Board for Change

The NSPCC is looking for 15 young people, aged between 13-16, from across the UK to join its Young People’s Board for Change (YPBC).

The YPBC will place children and young people at the very heart of steering, advising and influencing the NSPCC’s work. Members will share their views and ideas with decision-makers like NSPCC trustees, staff and politicians. Members will also get involved in fun projects and travel across the country to take part in residentials, meetings, and workshops.

To apply, the first step is to fill out an online application form and a parent/carer consent form. Applications should be made by 11 January 2021 and you will need to be available for a virtual interview between 18 – 21 January 2021. 

Full information about the scheme can be found on the NSPCC website.

TikTok Update Parental Controls with Family Pairing Feature

TikTok is used by many teenagers and sometimes children younger than 13, despite its terms and conditions. Using the new Family Pairing feature can allow parents to guide their child’s TikTok experience in a safer way. Features include:

  • Search: Decide what can be searched for. This includes content, users, hashtags, or sounds.
  • Screen Time Management: Sets how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day.
  • Discoverability: Decide on the account being private (you decide who can see their content) or public (anyone can search and view content).

To find out more information about TikTok’s Family Pairing feature and to download a helpful poster please click here.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 4 December 2020

Millthorpe Christmas Charity Appeal

This week in assembly Miss Greenhalgh launched our Christmas Charity Appeal. This year we will be collecting donations for CarecentKitchen for Everyone and Refugee Action York. We have been blown away by your generosity over the past few years and are delighted to be supporting some of those most in need in our city during the festive period.

In form time next week students will be able to sign up for what they would like to bring in. A list of the items we are collecting can be found here. All donations need to be brought in by Friday 11 December please.

We will also be holding a Christmas Jumper Day on the same day for a £1 donation, to raise money for SASH.

Last day of term

Please remember that school will finish for the Christmas break at 12.20pm on Friday 18 December. If students are eligible for free school meals and would like a pack up on the last day, they should speak to staff in the canteen by Thursday 17 December.

Christmas lunch

With the limited seating in the canteen and split year groups, there is no real opportunity to do anything like the normal Christmas lunch this year. However, on Wednesday 16 December, a Christmas-themed meal will be available in the canteen for those who are feeling festive!

Students can choose a turkey meal in a take-away box, a hot turkey bap or a vegetable lattice. Because we need to place orders well in advance, we would be very grateful if you could ask your child/ren if they want to have a hot dinner and fill in the online form by the end of the weekend. Please fill in a form for each child that wants a meal; there’s no need to fill in the form if your child doesn’t want a meal that day. We won’t be issuing tickets but if we don’t get accurate numbers, it may mean some children who have responded miss out, or food gets wasted, so please take a few seconds to fill in the form.

Please note that there will only be limited options for other meals on that day.

Summer 2021 – exams and assessments

Earlier this week, the Secretary of State for Education announced that students sitting exams and other assessments next year will benefit from a package of exceptional measures to make them as fair as possible and manage the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some details have already been published by the government, you can see these here. We will receive further information in the new year which will set out further detail on this process, and on adaptations to exams. As soon as we have this, we will be sure to update Year 11 parents.

Student leaders

Mr Black and Mr Sloan are delighted to announce the appointment of our 12 Student Leaders for the next year. They are: Ellen Bray Koss, Maisie Burrow-Hills, Daisy Dunn, Harry Evans, Lucy Fearns, Olly Garner Steel, Ben Gilroy, Charlotte Harrison, Noah Morgan, Katie Nelmes, Hannah Pool and George Smith.

They were presented with their new gold ties and Miss Greenhalgh introduced them to students in assembly this week. We congratulate them on their appointment and are excited to work with them in their new role.

Cycle safety

Please could we ask the parents or carers of children who cycle to school to have a conversation with them about ensuring that they are cycling safely?

We have had a report this morning of a small group of our students cycling too far over into the road on Tadcaster Road and cars were unable to pass safely.
Please could we request that you have a chat with your child if they cycle to school, even if they do not travel via Tadcaster Road. Thank you.

Lockers

We are pleased to confirm that we have a plan for allowing all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to access a locker from next week. It will be in a block with the rest of their form and separate from other year groups. However, it’s still important that students don’t spend any longer than necessary at their lockers and they should use them for storing PE kits, outdoor coats and other heavy items, rather than books etc, to keep trips to and from lockers to a minimum.

There will be a number of lockers available for students in Years 10 and 11 as well. At the moment, we can’t guarantee a locker for every student but if demand does outstrip supply, we will look at ways of making more available.

Photographs – Years 7 & 11

The deadline for ordering photos to be delivered via school (to avoid paying P&P) is this Sunday 6 December. With regard to orders for digital downloads, once you have completed the checkout process, you will be sent a receipt email. This will contain the download link for your photos, so please look out for it.

Parenting courses

Family Matters York are offering more parenting courses in January. The following courses will be delivered via Zoom:

  • Handling Anger in the Family: Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings starting on 13 January
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting on 12 January
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years: Monday mornings and evenings, starting 11 January.

They are also hoping to run a couple of courses in person:

  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years: Tuesday mornings starting 12 January at Trinity Methodist Church, Clifton Gardens, Goole DN14 6AS
  • Handling Anger in the Family: Monday afternoons starting 11 January at Cornerstone @ St Georges, Millfield Lane, Osbaldwick YO10 3AL

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson at Family Matters York on T: 07393 147259 or E: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk

You can find more information about our courses on their website

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 27 November 2020

Updates from last Friday’s email

We’ve had another really positive week this week, with the vast majority of students arriving with masks and everyone working hard to maintain all the hygiene and safety measures. Thank you to all of you.

All Key Stage 3 students have had an assembly about the changes to teaching groups and the teachers have made preparations ready for the new arrangements to begin on Monday. We know that this may well be unsettling for many students, but we’re sure that, as with all the challenges the pandemic has thrown at them, they will successfully take it in their stride.

PE/Games reminders: Cold weather clothing

As the weather starts to change, parents/carers and students are reminded that:

  • wearing two layers for outdoor games is a good idea, i.e. a t-shirt/skin/thermal layer under a reversible games top for all boys (and Year 7 girls) and under a school navy fleece for girls.
  • a suitable pair of gloves and/or hat may also be appropriate, especially for students who struggle with the cold.
  • all students are permitted to wear navy blue or black skins or leggings under their navy shorts in outdoor Games lessons during the colder months.
  • students may also wear the uniform tracksuit bottoms (available from Keal Teamwear).
  • students should always bring navy shorts, as this is a compulsory item of PE/Games kit.
  • wearing the additional items is optional.

Please note that the indoor PE kit remains unchanged. 

Students must bring the kit to all lessons and if they are unable to participate, they need to produce a medical note each week.

Social Media concern – TikTok

We have been contacted by our police liaison officer to make us aware that there is a viral video circulating on TikTok at present called “Megan is Missing.” The video is described as “exceedingly violent” by the police.

Please can we again ask you to check your child’s social media usage to ensure that they are not being exposed to inappropriate material such as this? If your child has accessed this video and you require any support, please contact the school office who will direct you to pastoral staff.

Please note that we have not publicised this video to the students as we do not want them to become curious and try to gain access to it.

National Online Safety app for parents

The National Online Safety team have launched a FREE app filled with authoritative, helpful guidance on online safety issues, including:

  • Hundreds of online safety guides on topics including screen addiction, fake news and trolling to hacking, social media influencers and sexting;
  • An online safety training course for parents developed by experts;
  • A user-friendly interface with increased functionality;
  • The option to get notifications to your phone as soon as new content becomes available – so you can stay up-to-date with the latest online crazes (and risks);
  • The facility to personalise your content by favouriting key resources.

You can find the app on the Google Play Store or the App Store

Apprenticeships

Students in Year 11 are looking at different post-16 routes in Personal Development lessons at the moment. Please click here for the November apprenticeships parents and carers pack if your child is considering applying for an apprenticeship.

Donate your coat to refugees

For the past two years teachers and parents have dropped off their outgrown or unwanted coats at Millthorpe School for refugees sleeping rough across northern France and Belgium.

This year, the charity Care4Calais needs your help more than ever. In Northern France over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough. Some are as young as 13 and have no access to clean clothes, water or shelter.

In the UK there are over 3,500 people living in hotels, hostels and military barracks. They arrive in just the clothes they are wearing, and with nothing else, they are unable to take these off to wash them. They are poorly equipped for a British winter and many have no coat at all.

If we all take a look in our cupboards for a winter coat that we no longer wear, we can help Care4Calais to reach their goal of providing each and every one of these refugees with a warm coat this winter.

  • Donate your coat by dropping it in the box in Millthorpe office reception (please sanitise and wear a mask)
  • No coat to give but would like to donate to purchase a coat? You can do so here

The coats we collect will be distributed in France by local volunteers before Christmas. Thank you for your help.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 20 November 2020

Changes to teaching groups in Key Stage 3

As we continue to seek ways to minimise the risks and impact of COVID-19 on our school community, we will be changing the teaching groups in KS3 so that students will stay in the same group for most lessons.

To help prepare for this significant change, school will be closing at 12.20pm next Wednesday 25 November.

As you are aware, for a number of reasons associated with students’ wellbeing and the quality of their learning experience, we opted in September to continue to have students moving between lessons so they can be taught in an appropriate classroom for each subject. This continues to be our preferred option and, after several weeks of operating in this way, this certainly doesn’t appear to have impacted unfavourably on the number of positive cases compared with other local schools, most of which have far greater restriction on the movement of students.

Nonetheless, we are very conscious of the need to minimise as far as possible both the risk of infection and the likelihood of students missing school as a result of being an identified close contact of a confirmed case. One way we know we can do this is to arrange teaching groups so that students sit near the same students in as many of their lessons as possible. With this in mind, we have re-grouped all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 so that they remain in the same groups for most subjects. Note that this isn’t possible in PE, Technology (which must be taught in smaller groups) or MFL (in which students study either French, German or both). Students will also follow, as far as possible, the same seating plan in every lesson.

This will mean that, for at least some of their lessons, all students in KS3 will:

  • have a change of teacher
  • have a change of classmates
  • sit next to different people
  • have a change of rooms

Students’ timetables will not change – they will continue to be taught the same subjects at the same times across the two-week cycle.

Please note that, for this arrangement to be effective, groups and seating plans will need to remain unchanged for the foreseeable future.

We will let students know about the changes next week and give them their revised timetable (i.e. with any changes to teacher or room included) ready for the new arrangements to come into effect on Monday 30 November.

To make the transition as successful as possible, it is essential that teachers are able to spend time together so they can exchange information and learn from colleagues about the new students they will be teaching, as well as planning lessons to allow newly formed groups to bed in. They will also complete reports on the progress of the classes that they have been teaching to ensure that we have recorded their progress so far. This can then be shared with parents and their new teachers before they change.

To make sure staff have the time to do this properly, school will be closing at 12.20pm on Wednesday 25 November. This is a serious step for us to take but we consider it is a vital part of our response to this unprecedented situation. If you need us to supervise your child until the normal end of the school day, please contact us so we can make suitable arrangements. We will provide a study space for any Year 11 students who wish to remain in school and work for the afternoon.

We recognise that this is a significant change to undertake in the middle of a school year and that it may present challenges for some students. It is not a decision we have taken lightly but it will have a significant impact on the number of other students your child comes into close contact with whilst at school, thus reducing the risk of time out of school and making the school a safer environment.

Face masks

Students continue to be extremely good at remembering to wear face coverings when moving around the school and we are very grateful for your support for this important safety measure. We have noticed an increase in the number of disposable masks we are handing out to students, so could you please remind your child(ren) that they need to bring a clean mask, in a sealable bag, to school every day. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Keeping warm in cold classrooms

As the winter weather draws in, we appreciate that some classrooms may get quite cold. We must keep the windows open to ventilate the classrooms as this is one of the best ways of reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading. However, we also want to make sure that students are warm enough to concentrate on their learning.

What can students do to keep warm?

  • Wear a Millthorpe School jumper as well as their blazer.
  • If your child does not have a school jumper and cannot get one, or they are wearing one and are still cold, they can ask their teacher if they can wear a coat or jacket to keep warm in lessons.

What is not allowed?

  • Non-school uniform jumpers or hoodies. If your child is wearing a jumper, it needs to be the Millthorpe School uniform jumper.
  • Wearing outdoor items in the corridors when moving around school. They can of course wear a coat if moving around outside, but when inside the building, they must remove their coat/jacket as normal.

So, as always, students should be wearing their Millthorpe School uniform only (including school jumper if they have one) at all times whilst inside the school building. If they get to a classroom and it is cold, they must check with their teacher and they will then be allowed to wear a coat or jacket. Please remember, non-school uniform jumpers and hoodies cannot be used instead of a coat/jacket.

Eco Laundry

If your child is in need of a school jumper or a coat the Eco Laundry may be able to help!

School Jumpers
If your child receives free school meals, we have a limited stock of school jumpers in our Eco Laundry at a cost of £2. Please phone the school office to see if we have one in your child’s size and we will add £2 to your Parent Pay account. If you are unable to pay the £2 we will provide a jumper free of charge if we have one available.

If your child does not receive free school meals but you would like to buy a jumper and need to use the Eco Laundry rather than Keal’s for financial reasons, please contact the school office.

Coats
We have a number of coats in the Eco Laundry for £3. If your child needs a coat, please email the school office with the size needed and we will try to provide a suitable coat.
Donations of uniform and coats 
If you have school uniform or coats that you could donate to our Eco Laundry, please ask your son/daughter to bring these to the school office.

The Gideons International

Every year The Gideons International donate a copy of the New Testament of the Bible to every student in Year 7 who wishes to take one.

The bibles will be distributed to Year 7 next week in their RE lessons but it is the student’s choice whether they decide to take one or not.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 13 November 2020

Coronavirus updates

Coronavirus infection rates are currently falling in York, which is excellent news. However, we all need to continue to play our part in helping to bring the figures down further and it is vital that everyone follows the legal requirements set down by the government.

We have been made aware that groups of young people have been gathering in public places outside of school hours and would ask that you please remind your child(ren) that under the current lockdown rules, they should be going straight home after school. They should also not be meeting friends at weekends or outside school hours to socialise. Under the guidance they can meet one person from another household outside to exercise or sit in a park.

This article from the BBC which explains how the second lockdown is different to the first, is written for children and may be useful to share.

Local test and trace
In the past two weeks, City of York’s local contact tracing programme has reached over 80 per cent of contacts passed to them by the national test and trace service. A new animation to explain how the local test and trace system works is now available online.

Please remember that if you are asked to self isolate, it is vital that you do so and that you follow the guidance. Further information about the Local Test and Trace can be found here.

Millthorpe Remembers 2020

Thank you to all of the students who made more poppies to add to our remembrance display. This year’s display looks wonderful! Thank you to Ms Frankland for adding each of the poppies to the display.

At 11am on Wednesday, the whole school fell silent to observe the two-minute national silence of the anniversary of the armistice. Our usual remembrance commemoration, where many students congregate in B Block Quad to collectively observe the silence and listen to Mr Jackson sound The Last Post, was not possible this year. However, all students did stand in their classrooms and observe the silence and Mr Jackson sounded The Last Post, just without a watching audience. Particular thanks to Year 10 students as the silence took place during their break time and they observed it immaculately.
Finally, thank you to any parents or carers who were able to make donations to the Royal British Legion. A special mention to Laura Gatus in Year 11 who managed a socially distanced collection, raising £40 for the Poppy Appeal.

Remote learning for absent students

In the event that your child is absent from school for any reason, they are able to access their lessons from their Google Classroom. All students have received their sign-in details and have accessed their Google accounts. Teachers will upload their lessons on to Google Classroom within 24 hours of the lesson taking place. This means that students can follow their timetable effectively one day behind from home. These lessons cover the same content, and will generally include the same resources and activities experienced by students in school, although occasionally there may be lessons taught in school that were planned using some strategies and resources that are not compatible with Google Classroom.

Students can submit homework and other assessed pieces of work for their teacher to assess and provide feedback on. This won’t be every piece of work but will include every piece that is assessed for classmates in school. Students can also use their Google Mail accounts to ask any questions of their class teachers. Please bear in mind that teachers in school are still delivering full timetables to their classes in school, so they will not be available to answer questions immediately.

Google Classroom is also extremely useful for homework and revision for students in school. All lessons are clearly titled and organised by topic. If a student is struggling with a homework task or to understand a particular topic or concept, they can use their Google Classroom to look at any previously taught aspect of the curriculum.
If your child has missing work, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. If there is a wider issue with Google Classroom or your child is having difficulties accessing Google Classroom, please contact the main office.

Suitable footwear for Games

The artificial grass pitch (AGP) has been in use for the last two weeks. In that short time it has been a big hit with staff and students alike. We are all delighted with it. We have also been pleased with how students have risen to the challenge of ensuring that their boots are both suitable and clean.

It has come to our attention that there are boots on sale that have ‘moulded’ studs (which are recommended for the AGP) that have metal tips (not allowed on the AGP). Can I ask again to please check with your child’s PE teacher at school should you be in any doubt as to the suitability of boots you are planning to buy for the AGP. I can recommend SportsDirect ‘Strike Firm Ground Football Boots’ which are £16.99. They would be suitable for both surfaces.
I hope that helps with the transition to using the AGP as well as grass for many of our outdoor lessons.
Mr Randall
Head of PE

Competition is close in the battle of the Houses!

At the end of last half-term, the competition between the Houses was looking very close. House points up to the end of October were:

  • Roman – 74
  • Saxon – 72
  • Viking – 70

Exploitation online

Online exploitation and grooming can be difficult to spot. This booklet produced by The Children’s Society shows some of the ways in which children and young people can be exploited online and how you can keep young people safe from this kind of abuse.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 6 November 2020

PE lessons begin on AGP

PE lessons have been taking place this week on the new 3G artificial grass pitch (AGP). Unfortunately due to lockdown restrictions, the AGP can’t be used by community groups as yet, but our students have certainly been enjoying the new facility.

Student access to online learning

Further to the email we sent to all parents/carers on Thursday afternoon, this is a reminder that we would like to find out how easy it is for your child/ren to access Google at home during the school day.

In September of this year we introduced all students to their Google Account, including Google Classroom. In the event of your child’s absence, partial or full school closure, Google Classroom is the platform that we will use for Remote Teaching and Learning.

Please fill in a form for each child you have at Millthorpe, by Tuesday 10 November.

Remembrance 2020

This week, Mr Baybutt has delivered assemblies to all year groups on the theme of remembrance in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday. The assembly reminded students about the purpose of remembrance and also explained why the poppy was chosen as the symbol of remembrance.

We appreciate that it is much more difficult this year to buy poppies in the usual way, but the Royal British Legion would really welcome any donations that families are able to make. Their website says; “Covid-19 and national lockdown means donating online is now crucial to support The Royal British Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal. With thousands of poppy collectors unable to sell poppies locally and many fundraising events cancelled, we are relying on the British public to give as generously as possible this year.”

If you are willing and able, you can donate to the poppy appeal here.

Thank you to all of those students who have also made poppies to contribute to our own poppy display in school. It is not too late to make a poppy so please encourage your child(ren) to make a poppy and leave it in the box outside the canteen so that it can be added to our display. More information on “Millthorpe Remembers” can be found here.

Lest We Forget

Post-16 provider open evenings

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, most further education providers will be hosting virtual open evenings this year. The date and links for Archbishop Holgate’s Sixth Form and York College events are below and we will publish others as they become available.

If you are not sure whether you want to attend a College or a Sixth Form, register and attend the virtual events so that you can compare different institutions.

Year 11 Taster Days at York College

The virtual taster days for Year 11 students at York College are now available to book. They will take place between 11-15 January 2021. Go to the York College website and follow the instructions to register.

Please note students will not be given time off school to attend these, they can be accessed outside of school hours.

Careers in VFX, animation and games

This November, Escape Studios are bringing you Access: VFX Meet The Industry – a series of virtual events to help 15-18 year old understand more about careers in VFX, animation and games. Whether students are artistic, have a passion for maths and programming or have an interest in business and marketing there is a role in the creative industries to suit them.

For more details please see the Access VFX website.

Year 11 photos

Year 11 individual and group photos will take place on Thursday 12 November.

Student leaders

The deadline for Year 10 applications for Student Leaders has been extended to Friday 13 November.

As we want to make sure we are as Covid secure with the applications as we can be, we are asking that for the teacher recommendation, students ask a member of staff to email in their recommendation.
Click here to see a copy of the role description and application form.
Applications can be handed to either Mr Black or Mr Sloan, or emailed to studentleadership@millthorpe.southbank.academy
Mr Black & Mr Sloan

BUZZ US

Compass BUZZ offers a confidential text messaging service to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.

Young people can text BUZZ US on 07520 631168 about any mental health or wellbeing concerns such as low mood, stress, eating problems, self harm, anxiety or self esteem. They will receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker within one working day via text.

Further information can be found here.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.