WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 18 September 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

As the first full week back at school comes to a close, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for making the start of term such a success. Our students have done us proud. They have been inundated with lots of new information, instructions and rules, but have taken everything in their stride. Their behaviour has been excellent, and they have been making every effort to follow the new rules and procedures, in a bid to keep themselves, and each other, as safe as possible.

I would also like to say thank you to you, as parents and carers, for your ongoing support. The vast majority of students have come back to school well-prepared, wearing the correct uniform, ready to carry on with their learning and most importantly ready to enjoy being back at school with their peers. I thank you for helping to make this happen.

The team and I are thrilled to see the school full of life again, and are relishing the opportunity to catch up with the students and hear all about their activities during lockdown and over the summer break.

We will continue to keep you updated with any further developments as the term progresses.

With very best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh

Thursday 24 September – Training Day and Open Evening

School will be closed to students on Thursday 24 September for a Teacher Training Day.

On the evening of 24 September, we will be hosting our Virtual Open Evening, in place of our traditional event. The event will be all online – full details can be found here.

Positive calls and emails

As we mentioned in last week’s pastoral update, our staff have committed to making at least one positive phone call or email home each day. We have been overwhelmed by the impact that this has had and have been delighted to receive so many compliments in return. In such difficult times, we felt it was important to contact you to let you know how well your children are doing on their return to school, but an unexpected by-product of this has been the morale boost that your glowing replies has given the staff. So, thank you for thanking us!

If you have not yet received a positive call or email, do not worry. We would also be in touch if we had any concerns so you would know about it if there was an issue and we are sure that you will receive a positive call or email soon.

Update for students

In form time over the last couple of days, Form Tutors have delivered the attached Update for students. We wanted to share this with you so that you are aware of what we have said to the students, and ask for your support in making sure that your child is doing what they have been asked.

Many parents have asked us what they can do to help the school during these challenging times, and this is certainly something that would help. The less time we need to spend addressing items such as uniform the better for everyone.

This update also includes the plan for if students lose their year group badges and vital reminders about social distancing both inside and outside school, so parents are politely asked to have a read and discuss it with their child.


Please could we remind parents to check and sign their child’s planner every week.

Election of Parent Governors

There is currently a vacancy for a parent governor vacancy within Millthorpe School. To read the full letter, please click here and find out more about being a parent governor here.

Black Lives Matter – Embracing Diversity – Students and Parents

Mr Burton is now planning how we can improve the experience of our students who are black or from other minority backgrounds. It has been clear from initial conversations that we need to consider the different experiences of all our children and families who are black or from ethnic minorities, although it was the Black Lives Matter movement which inspired our reflection.

Over this year we want to examine the experience of our black or ethnic minority students and check that our curriculum, behaviour systems and ethos serve them as well as our white students. Mr Burton is asking for your help as a parent. If you are black or from an ethnic minority, please consider putting yourself forward. We want to recruit as many parents as possible to serve as a reference group, to tell Mr Burton how things are, advise him if our plans for improvement make good sense, and help us find out if we are actually making the improvements intended from the plans.

To take part email embracingdiversity@millthorpe.southbank.academy saying you would like to be in the parent group with a name and we will be in touch. Similarly, we want a reference group of students, so again, if your child is black or from an ethnic minority please encourage your child to put themselves forward. Just email the same address with the name of your child. We are also recruiting a reference group of staff to guide us.

Update from City of York Council

City of York Council have asked us to share the following updates as we come to the end of the second week of the new term.

The council, multi-academy trusts, schools and colleagues in Public Health are continuing to work together to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection and it is really pleasing that the proportion of pupils who are back at school in York is higher than the national average.

As many people as possible are being encouraged to walk and cycle to school to reduce traffic congestion and crowds around schools. Pupils over the age of 11 travelling on buses must wear face coverings; these are required on public transport and also on buses operated for schools only.

A face mask is essential equipment for young people of secondary school age. They must be used on school and public transport, in shops and in other public buildings. All secondary schools have adopted the strong recommendation from the council’s Director of Public Health that pupils should wear face coverings in communal areas of schools – essentially this means anywhere inside school buildings except classrooms and at any time other than when eating.


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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 11 September 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

I’d like to start by expressing my deepest gratitude to you and our students. Despite months of planning and risk assessments, we were never exactly sure how the return to school this week would be. Changes to the start and end of the school day, different break and lunch times, one way systems, year groups in different designated areas, wearing face masks indoors in communal areas, provision of personalised resources, near constant hand washing and sanitising…the list of changes for the students and staff was endless. How would students respond? How would they feel after so long, with a range of different experiences whilst away from school, coming back to so many different routines and structures? 

All the research suggests that many children have experienced considerable trauma and loss and all of them will have faced challenges. You will also be aware of reports in the media about parents being unwilling to allow their children to return to school and the consequent risk of poor attendance and a growing gap between different students’ learning. To say that we were feeling a little anxious would be an understatement. 

However all the concerns were alleviated as soon as our first set of students began to return on Wednesday. We welcomed every single one of our expected students to school in Year 7. How wonderful it was to see them arrive at Millthorpe early on Wednesday morning. Despite not having the opportunity to spend their induction day in school getting familiar with our complex site, meeting each other and their form tutors, they arrived punctually, were pristinely dressed and showed amazing resilience. They met their tutors and had their very first secondary school lessons before leaving us smiling, ready to return with all the students the next day. So, thank you to our new Year 7 parents for ensuring that the students all arrived in a timely manner and well equipped and to our new students for a wonderful start back to school. 

Then there was Thursday to await; 1058 children hopefully returning to school and much larger numbers on site. I think that it is fair to say that there was some trepidation amongst the Senior Leadership Team and the staff as we hoped that all the planning would prove successful. It was. We have tweaked some systems and made some small changes and we are really pleased with how the plans have worked so far. 

But I’m most grateful that we have been able to welcome back our students in the most positive manner that we could have imagined. They have been warm, friendly, well-behaved and positive; they have risen to our expectations and have taken all of the changes in their stride and I feel incredibly proud of them all. We are truly thankful that the whole community has responded exceptionally well to navigating the complicated one-way system, remaining in their designated areas and in their year groups and being polite and courteous to each other and the staff. We’re particularly grateful for supporting your children by making sure we can all look after one another by all wearing our face coverings in the corridors to try to minimise any risk of transmission. We have only had to supply a handful of spares to students who have forgotten theirs over the three days, so thank you again – this has really made a huge difference. 

Lessons have gone really well and student behaviour has been impeccable; we haven’t had one incident where a child has needed a formal sanction for behaviour all week! In the current circumstances, this is even more extraordinary and just shows what a wonderful community we have here at Millthorpe! Attendance for the whole school was over 98% which means that we have been able to welcome back the vast majority of our students and enable them to learn together again. 

On Thursday and Friday I have also had the privilege of visiting all Year 11 forms to reassure them not to worry unduly about their exams and to focus for now on adjusting to being back in school and making a positive start to the new year. I also spent two lunchtimes with them all on the field outside. It was a real pleasure to speak with them all, to share their experiences, worries and hopes, and to see them smiling and enjoying being back in school. So many of them have really grown up and are determined to focus on ensuring that they do the best that they can in school in their final year at Millthorpe and I am confident that they will achieve great success in their GCSEs. 

So, once again, a huge “thank you” to all of our students for making this difficult transition back to school run as smoothly as possible and making all of my colleagues smile again because we can do what we love: teach and support our young people. 

And finally “thank you” to all of our parents for being supportive and ensuring that the children have returned with the right equipment, uniform and above all attitude, so they are ready to learn and to enjoy being back in the school community. 

We are really looking forward to our first full week of school next week. 

With very best wishes

Miss Greenhalgh


Pastoral Structure – update for parents and carers

Following the departure last year of Mr Butterworth, there are a number of changes to the pastoral team. Mr Baybutt will now be leading the team and Ms Tapscott will become Director of Achievement for Roman House.

Full details can be found in our Pastoral Update, which outlines what we have committed to, what our expectations are, the changes to our pastoral systems and team structure, and the updated behaviour policy. We kindly ask that you read this document so that you are clear on the pastoral systems and expectations as they stand from September 2020.

Resource Packs

All students have been provided with a pack of essential equipment to avoid sharing resources. We are asking parents, if possible, to make a contribution of £2.50 towards the cost, which you will be able to pay via ParentPay from next week. Parents of students eligible for Pupil Premium and/or Free School Meals are not expected to make a payment.

Early closure – Wednesday 16 September

A reminder that staff professional development takes place every other Wednesday afternoon, on a B week. School will close early next Wednesday, 16 September. Full details about timings will be sent out early next week.

Social Gatherings

We have been contacted by North Yorkshire Police and asked to share the following information with you. We would be grateful if you could explain this to your child(ren).

As per the latest government guidelines, group gatherings of more than six people will be prohibited as of Monday 14 September. This includes the journey to and from school and all socialising outside of school such as evenings and weekends. Inspector Lee Pointon advises that groups of more than six people will be stopped by the police and dispersed.

Cycle Safety

It is great to see so many of our students cycling to school but please can you take the time to discuss safe cycling with your child.

English Literature set texts

Year 10 and 11 parents/carers

As part of their Literature GCSE, Year 10 will be studying a play called ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley. If you would like your child to have their own copy of the play, rather than borrowing a school one, they are available to buy for £6.50. Year 11 will be studying the Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’ and again, copies will be available to buy, priced at £5.00.

Having their own copy will enable students to make notes in their book and underline key quotations, which will help them when they revise. Students eligible for Pupil Premium will be given a free copy of the play.

You will be able to purchase the set texts on ParentPay from Tuesday 15 September. Unfortunately, we are not able to take cash payments at this time.

Mrs Arnold, English Department

Fantasy Football

Compete against staff and students in the inaugural ‘Millthorpe Masters’ fantasy football mini-league.

To enter simply click here and you’ll be added automatically after you’ve entered the game.

League Code: 9b88xl

Make sure you’ve created your team and entered before Saturday morning to be ready to go for the start of the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League season. Looking forward to playing against you this season!

Mr Sloan

Family Matters courses

There are still spaces available on the following courses starting next week, all of which are delivered via Zoom:

  • Time Out for Dads
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
  • Handling Anger in the Family

You can find more information about their courses on the Family Matters website.


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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 4 September 2020

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.
Face coverings
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

Miss Greenhalgh


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.

Download the application form here.

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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 21 August 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

I hope that you are all enjoying a good summer break. I said that I would write to parents today with any updates that we might have during the summer holidays.

GCSE results
Yesterday we had a wonderful morning sharing the celebrations of years of hard work with our Year 11 students. The students were destined for our best ever results this year and they achieved the results that they deserved. I am immensely proud of this group of young people who have demonstrated resilience, maturity and compassion towards each other throughout this very difficult time. I am also very grateful to all our staff for their hard work and the support they gave these students over the last five years. You can see some more pictures on our Twitter feed and in the York Press. We will share some of the success stories in the Millthorpe Messenger in the new academic year.

September opening
On 17 July I issued our plans and the risk assessment for our full re-opening in September. You can find that information here.

There have not been any changes to this document over the summer holidays, however, we are still seeking clarification regarding the use of face coverings, particularly face masks for students. I have written to the Multi-Academy Trust, who will then communicate with our legal team and the Health and Safety advisors to review whether students can wear face masks, should they wish. We are aware that a small number of parents have concerns that students should be able to wear face masks if they choose to. We have already stated that students and staff can wear visors should they wish, subject to effective hygiene processes. If students are able to wear face masks, they must follow guidance around their use; this involves not touching the mask if they are wearing it, removing it properly and disposing of it if it is disposable or placing it in a bag if it is re-usable. I will write to all parents as soon as I have the updated response to this.

COVID outbreaks
We are very aware that there could be some local or national changes in the next few months and that there is always a possibility of a confirmed case in school or some form of lockdown. We have now established Google Classroom and spent several days training the staff on how to use this.

From September, students will have a Google account and will be introduced to this platform. Homework will be set on Google and we will move towards uploading classwork to Google too. If individual children are not in school because they are self-isolating, there will be some work available. If, for some reason a year group bubble has to be sent home or the school is temporarily closed, we will have a much more effective platform to work interactively with students. We are working throughout September to explore all available options for this in Google Classroom, but we are confident that should we have to use online learning, we are in a strong position to do so.

A polite reminder that students should be in full school uniform from September. The uniform policy can be found here. We are aware that most students have not been in school for a long time and may have experimented with different hair styles and jewellery; I think pink hair dye has been the most popular colour sold over lockdown! Please ensure that students do not come to school with hair or piercings that contravene school policy; this will really help us to focus on welcoming all students back in a really positive manner that focuses on re-establishing relationships, structure and focuses on learning.

I hope that you have an enjoyable last few weeks of the holidays and we’re really looking forward to seeing Year 7s only on Wednesday 9 September and all other year groups on Thursday 10 September.

I will write again to all parents on Monday 7 September.

With very best wishes

Miss Greenhalgh

Online events and support for school leavers

Students who need advice and information on their next steps after exam results are invited to an online event on Tuesday 25 August. They can simply use the hashtag #YorkNextSteps between 2.00-8.00pm on social media to find information on local sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeship providers and vacancies.

There will also be a Facebook Live Q&A on City of York Council’s page between 5.00-6.00pm, with a panel including representatives from colleges, business and York Education. They have also produced a factsheet for parents on next steps for school and college leavers.

Kooth, a free online counselling service for 11-18 year olds, and York Mind are both offering support to anyone who is particularly worried about their results and next steps. Find out more here.

Back-to-school newsletter for parents

A 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 in September. 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.


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

As we come to the end of another school year, we reflect on how the year has been. As I mentioned in the assembly this week (see below for details), it has been a very challenging year, but we must also draw from it some of the positives, including some of the wonderful work that our students have shared. There are also some other positive stories that we will share with you over the weekend in our Millthorpe Messenger; I hope that you enjoy seeing some of the things that have been going on during lockdown.

There is a detailed document here that explains how we will function in September. It includes start and end times, lesson times, break and lunch times and the answer to many other questions that parents might have. Please do take the time to read this. We have also completed the formal risk assessment that all York and North Yorkshire schools have completed and you can find that here.

All these documents can be found on our website.

We have used all government guidance and now have detailed plans in place. Of course, the guidance could change, so we will be reviewing our plans in the week commencing 17 August, three weeks before school opens for the autumn term. We will inform you of any changes.

On Friday 21 August, I will write to all parents confirming these plans or explaining any changes, subject to government advice and any local or national changes. We believe that there could be changes to the guidance regarding face coverings and so, we will review this carefully in August and communicate with parents then. Please understand that the school and the Governing Body would like to ensure that we allow as much choice for students, parents and staff as we can, whilst also ensuring that health and safety remain the most important aspects of this decision.

Safeguarding during the summer holidays

Please note that as it is the summer holidays and school is closed, staff will not be accessing their emails on a regular basis and contact via work mobile phones or via the school office will not be possible. This includes the Pastoral Team and Senior Leaders.

If you have a safeguarding or wellbeing concern about a young person, it will not be sufficient to try to make contact with us as you ordinarily would during term time as it may be several days or even longer before this communication reaches the recipient.
During the summer holidays, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01904 551900. If you need urgent assistance, please call York CAMHS Crisis Team on 0300 0200 317, or if it is out of normal working hours, the North Yorkshire Emergency Out of Hours Duty Team on 01609 780780.

Please also see the Important: Safeguarding Contacts on the school website.

I hope that all our of students and families can enjoy the summer break and keep safe and well. On behalf of the whole staff, we really look forward to welcoming our students back in September.

With very best wishes

Miss Greenhalgh

End of term assembly

This week’s end of term celebration assembly was emailed out yesterday and is available on the school website (just scroll down slightly to find it). It includes amazing lockdown work, announces the winners of the House Competition for this year, videos of staff from the loosing Houses being gunged and more! Please note that the audio of the videos plays first and then the full video plays immediately afterwards so please bear with it…it is worth the wait!


It was lovely to see a number of students over the last few days who came in to collect their belongings from their lockers. If your child didn’t manage or wasn’t able to make it this week, and would like to collect a lock and/or belongings from their locker next week, please contact Alex Collins direct on a.collins@millthorpeschool.co.uk to arrange a suitable time. A reminder that items remaining in lockers, including locks, will be re-used, recycled, donated or otherwise disposed of before September.

School uniform

Our uniform supplier, Keal Teamwear, have asked us to remind you of the current arrangements for purchasing uniform. They are operating a Click & Collect or Delivery service only. Please do not go to the shop. You can place your order online or by phone T: 01904 624497, and choose delivery or collection. They have a detailed size guide online to assist you, but are happy to exchange items if you order the wrong size.

PE kit

For at least the first three weeks of next term, students will not need to bring their full PE kit to school; they will just need to bring a pair of trainers. We will not be asking students to change into PE kit at school until we are satisfied this can be done safely. During PE lessons, students will take part in active but not strenuous activities. We will review this position once the term gets underway and give parents good notice if and when we make any changes.

In anticipation of when we do return to full PE lessons, please note the following changes to the PE uniform policy next year, which are part of our intention to make the uniform consistent for boys and girls:

  • Plain navy shorts will become the normal PE kit for both boys and girls. For all of next year, students will also be able to wear any white shorts they already own.
  • Sky blue reversible games tops (available from Keal Teamwear; see above) can now be worn by girls as well as boys for outdoor PE. For all of next year, girls can also wear any plain white aertex shirts they already own.

Student email accounts

A quick reminder that as Millthorpe will be moving to Google email accounts over the summer, at some point after today, all student email accounts will be deleted. If your child has any emails or attachments in their email they would like to keep, they must download them as soon as possible. We will introduce students to their new Google Mail accounts in September.

Career resources

The CareerMap website is full of useful information about career pathways. Our outgoing Year 11s may be particularly interested in:

Confectionery alert from North Yorkshire Police

PC Elliott, NYP School Liaison Police Officer has shared an email with all schools, about the first York case of “Nerds Rope” sweets in the City. Whilst there is absolutely no suggestion that Millthorpe students are involved, we have been asked to share the attached information with parents and carers to make them aware and ask for their vigilance.

The “Nerds Rope” sweets are infused with cannabis oil which can have a profound effect on children who may experience:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Lethargy, collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Cardiovascular problems

Nerds can be purchased online and many schools/parents don’t realise they contain cannabis.

PC Elliott is available during the summer holidays if you have any queries or would like more information. She can be contacted on: T: 07810 815307 or E: Sarah-Jayne.Elliott@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Please call 101/999 if you have immediate concerns.

Find out more here.

Support over the summer

City of York Council has shared with us a “Support for Families” document which is full of information, web links and contact details for families in need of support on a number of topics including: housing, finance, food, SEN, mental health and bereavement amongst others.

Please do take a look if you need any support over the summer break.

Free cycle training

Bikeability Level 2 and 3 courses will run during school time in the Autumn Term. Training is provided by City of York Council Road Safety Team. The training is offered free of charge to students in Years 7 and 8 and gives the opportunity to develop on-road cycling skills and all round road awareness. Each course is a single two-hour session. Bicycles can be borrowed from CYC, by prior arrangement, for the training.

An information letter and consent form is available from the link below and should be returned to cycle.training@york.gov.uk by Friday 19 September please.

Further details of the Bikeability Training can be found here or you can contact the Road Safety Team at cycle.training@york.gov.uk

Year 11 hoodies

If any Year 11 students missed the deadline for ordering a leavers hoodie, one of the Year 11 parents, Annette Maas, has offered to coordinate an order via Keal Teamwear.

To go ahead they need ten orders, so if you are interested, please contact Annette directly by email on annette.maas@hotmail.co.uk.

Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code: TWJ2678tuv

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

I hope that you are all well and looking forward to the summer ahead.

We have contacted you earlier today with a request to read a home-school agreement for our return in September. Please ensure that you have read this document with details about how we will return to school and completed the survey to say that you have read this by Tuesday 14 July at noon.

Please note that Year 7 will start at 8.45am on Wednesday 9 September and all other students will return on Thursday 10 September.

Full details of our proposed start and finishing times and how we will stagger the lunch and break times will follow early next week. We will also issue our full risk assessment to parents and carers too.

School work over summer
Please note that there will not be any formal school work set over summer. Teachers will also not be available over the holidays via their email and school will be closed. Access to work will still be available so that students can complete any work that they haven’t finished.

Subject teachers in Year 10 have provided students with resources that students can use to cover topics during the holidays at their own pace. Year 10 students can look back at previous topics and work previously set on ClassCharts, but it is not the expectation that new work will be set each week. Many departments have also created physical booklets to support students, which have been collected from school. These resources are intended to reassure and support students and it is not intended as a ‘catch-up’ list for Year 10 preparing for Year 11. All departments are currently making plans in school to ensure that students recap and recover gaps in their curriculum from September 2020.

Year 11
We have written to all Year 11 parents and students this week to share our plans for their results day in August. We really look forward to seeing them all again in the summer.

Thank you very much to everyone who has donated uniform to sell in our Eco Laundry sales. In order for as many families as possible to be able to make use of this money saving and environmentally friendly way to buy school uniform, we are pleased to be able to run two Eco Laundry sales: Saturday 11 July from 10am-12pm and Monday 13 July from 10am-12pm. The first hour of each sale is for Pupil Premium families (receiving Free School Meals currently or received Free School Meals in the past) and for any other families who would like to access the early sale for financial reasons.

Prices are as follows:

  • blazers, reversible sports tops, outdoor coats – £3
  • trousers, skirts, jumpers, PE shorts, PE fleeces – £2
  • ties, shirts, PE T-shirts £1

We have a few pairs of new shoes available priced at £10.

If you would like to attend one of our sales, please follow this guidance:

  • Use the Nunthorpe Avenue front entrance to school (we cannot open the back and side gate for safeguarding reasons)
  • If you arrive by car, park in front of the main entrance or on the drive
  • Follow the signs to the canteen at the top of the main drive
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided as you enter and exit the canteen
  • Give your child’s name/ children’s names on entry to the canteen
  • Follow the one way system around the canteen; only one family at each uniform table at a time
  • Pay for your uniform on exit from the canteen (cash only, correct change much appreciated to avoid unnecessary money handling)

Ms Andrle (Assistant Head) and Ms Garner-Steel (Pupil Premium Champion) look forward to welcoming you on Saturday and Monday.

I hope that you all can enjoy some nice weather over the weekend.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh
This week’s virtual assembly

This week’s online assembly is from Mr Burton and it is on the topic of risk, and why you might want to take a bit more of it.


We appreciate that students have not had the usual opportunity to empty their lockers before the holidays this year and as well as items they may want to reclaim, there is sure to be some PE kit in desperate need of a wash! In addition, it won’t be possible for students to use lockers when we re-open in September, so we definitely need to empty all lockers over the summer.

We are now in a position to allow students, parents/carers or other family members to come into school in a managed way to retrieve locker contents using the scheduled slots below. Please come to the Main Hall entrance to wait in or outside the Main Hall (depending on the weather) whilst small groups are accompanied by staff to empty lockers. When you attend, please expect to remove all contents and the lock itself.

Tuesday 14 July 10am 7EML, 7RJC, 7BLO, 7CPO
Tuesday 14 July 1pm 7AIN, 7RNH, 7PJS, 7KSN
Wednesday 15 July, 10am 8SBL, 8ELA, 8MTH, 8BAJ
Wednesday 15 July, 1pm 8JEB, 8BCD, 8MXB, 8CEB
Thursday 16 July, 10am 9KAF, 9PEN, 9ITH, 9SCA
Thursday 16 July, 1pm 9MWS, 9HPA, 9LWR, 9SOR
Friday 17 July, 10am All Year 10
Friday 17 July, 1pm All Year 11

If no-one in the family is able to make the slot next week, we hope to have some limited availability in the first week of the holidays – we’ll send details of that next Friday, as well as what to do if no-one can attend that week either.

Please note that any items remaining in lockers, including locks, will have to be suitably disposed of before the start of next year.

Boots for Games Lessons

The PE department are very excited by the prospect of Games lessons on the brand new Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), which are expected to start in October. Please note that there are specific requirements as set out by manufacturers regarding the footwear that can be worn on this surface.

So what boots does my child need for Games lessons next year?
A pair of boots with moulded studs. Moulded boots usually have around 12-15 plastic studs that cannot be removed. They can be used on the AGP and on grass.

What should I avoid?

  • Boots with removable studs. These usually have six studs, often metal, that can be screwed in and out. These tear up the AGP surface and are therefore unacceptable.
  • Hybrid or Mixed Stud boots. These have a combination of removable studs and moulded studs, usually blade-shaped. These also tear the surface.
  • Boots with blades. These have short, blade-shaped studs. They can cause injuries on AGPs as they restrict movement and turning.
  • Astros. Also known as turf trainers. These have poor grip in the wet and are not suitable for use on grass pitches.

Your child will still need a pair of non-marking trainers for indoor PE (note that these are not suitable for use on the AGP).

North Yorkshire Police are setting all young people a Summer Holiday Challenge!

The challenge is open to all 8-18 year olds who are resident in York or North Yorkshire. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: get together with your up to six of your mates – either virtually or in person (adhering to social distancing guidance) – think up a digital project between you and then do it!

Your project could benefit your street, your community or your environment. It’s entirely up to you. It just needs to make a difference in your community.

Find out more here

Online courses with Family Matters York

Family Matters York will be hosting the following online courses from September:

Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
Monday afternoon 12.45 to 2.45pm for 5 weeks starting 14 Sept or Monday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 14 Sept

Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
Wednesday morning 9.30 to 11.30am for 5 wks starting 16 Sept or Wednesday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 16 Sept

Time Out for Dads
Thursday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 17 Sept

Handling Anger in the Family
Tuesday afternoon 12.45 to 2.45pm for 4 weeks starting 15 Sept, Tuesday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks starting 15 Sept, Monday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks starting 28 Sept or Thursday morning 9.30 to 11.30am for 4 weeks starting 1 Oct.

All these courses will take place online via Zoom.

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

Young women into STEM

Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers (known collectively as STEM).

This summer they are running an online mentoring programme for girls of all ages, in target groups. Further information can be found here.

Junior Maths challenge results have arrived!

A message from Mrs Papprill:

Well done to all of you that took part in the Lockdown Junior Maths Challenge. It was a first for us all.

I have received the results and certificates which I will email out to you as soon as possible. We have two Gold certificate achievers – Eve Crompton from Year 7 and Bel Clarke from Year 8. Bel was also Best in School with 107 points and Eve was only three marks behind her. Well done girls.
Bronze started at 70 marks; Silver at 86 and Gold at 103. Thousands of students take part from schools all across the UK so it really is an achievement to get a certificate.
Students can log back onto the UKMT website with the same details you had before if they want to see their personal results question by question.

If you need a reminder of your login details please email Mrs Paprill putting your full name and maths class in the title of the email.

Trip refunds

The majority of refunds have now been processed. Please check your ParentPay account to make a withdrawal. If you paid by cash or cheque, a member of the finance team will be in contact to arrange refunds over the next few days.

Read Theory
Year 7 have carried on with their phenomenal work on Read Theory. This week’s winning form is 7RNH and last week’s was 7AIN. Congratulations to them.

If your child would like to keep their reading and comprehension skills honed over the summer, they are more than welcome to keep using Read Theory. Lots of our students have made amazing leaps in their reading comprehension by using it. Students will be awarded any wristbands or badges they earn in September.

Well done to all students who made it into the individual top ten over the last two weeks; you should be proud of your hard work and commitment.
Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code sent to you in the weekly email.

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 3 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

I hope that you are all keeping well as we move into a new stage of relaxing the restrictions. Many of you will be able to see family and friends that you have been unable to meet physically and some of you may be looking forward to travel and summer holidays.

School opening in September
Last night we also heard the announcements that we can welcome all of our students back to school, full time, in September. The government has informed schools to open fully, but have asked us to consider a variety of different strategies to minimise risks of infection and how to respond to any infection. Whilst we have already spent a significant time planning for the full reopening in September, we are still refining the details of how we will make the necessary adjustments to keep everybody as safe as possible on our return. However, there are some parts of the government guidance that we can confirm immediately:

  • Students will be kept in year group ‘bubbles’; they will only work with students in their own year group and as far as possible will have social times and lunchtimes with their year group only.
  • Students will receive full timetabled lessons of the full curriculum but there may be some small changes to the school day to allow some staggering of entrances and exits.
  • Handwashing/hand sanitising will take place before and after school, before each lesson and before and after lunchtimes and breaks and we will work with the students about good respiratory hygiene: Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.
  • Students will be seated in classrooms facing the front of the classroom and not facing each other.
  • Where possible we will maintain 1 metre social distancing, but this is not possible in classrooms. Teachers will try to maintain 2 metres distancing from the students.
  • There will be a one-way system around school to try to alleviate the challenges of busy corridors.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place every day and throughout the day.
  • There will be a home-school agreement issued for parents/carers to sign that establishes our expectations of your child in school and our expectations of families where a member of a family may display some symptoms – it is essential that all families comply with this to protect our community.
  • We will engage with the Track and Trace system and work with our local health protection team if there is a confirmed case; and we will communicate any confirmed cases to all parents.
  • We will speak to any parent who has concerns or any parent where there are concerns about vulnerabilities and how we can support you; we have arranged appointments next week with some students who we know will struggle to return to school and for whom, persistent absence may be a problem.
  • All students will return in full school uniform after summer as per government guidance: We would, however, encourage all schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term. Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.
School uniform
We had advised delaying the purchase of uniform until we had further information about schools re-opening in September as we didn’t want parents to buy uniform that might not be worn. We have now had confirmation of a full opening so all students should be in full school uniform when they return. The usual expectations and sanctions will apply in September. This includes all mandatory clothing items and ensuring hair and nails meet our uniform regulations. We want to start the year really positively and not managing uniform infringements. Thank you in advance for your understanding.We are aware that shopping is still more challenging than previously, however, there is still more than two months before students return to give you the time to purchase uniform.Eco Laundry uniform donations and sales
All families can use our Eco Laundry to buy, swap or donate items of school uniform as a way of protecting the environment and of keeping uniform costs down for everyone. At a time when many people’s family budgets are being squeezed and we are all trying to reduce the negative impact of our daily lives on the environment, we are keen to collect as much uniform as we can so that everyone is able to buy good quality pre-worn uniform at a very low cost.Thank you to all families who have used our uniform donation points to donate school uniform that no longer fits. The donation points at the front and back gate will be open again 8am-4pm Monday to Friday next week. We are still in particular need of smaller sized uniform to assist parents and carers of our new Year 7 students with the costs of moving to secondary school but donations of school uniform and PE kit of all sizes will be gratefully received. Please ensure all donations are bagged securely by tying the top of the bag shut.We plan to sell our recycled uniform on Monday 13 July on the hockey pitch if the weather is fine or in the canteen if the weather is poor. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place. We will give priority to Pupil Premium families (currently receiving Free School Meals or who have received Free School Meals in the past) from 9am-10.30am and then open up sales to everybody 10.30-12.00. If you are not a Pupil Premium family but are keen to access our recycled uniform for financial reasons, please just come along to the early sale. We will confirm these details and stock availability in next week’s Friday email.September start dates
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September are INSET days.Year 7 only will start school on Wednesday 9 September and all other year groups will return on Thursday 10 September.We’re all really looking forward to seeing our students and how much they’ve changed and grown; we’ve really missed them!

Good news!
I am really pleased to announce that the work on our new Multi-use games area has begun this week and we should be able to use this excellent outdoor games facility from October half-term. The building of the Applefields Satellite classrooms has also begun this week and we look forward to the opening of those classrooms in October too.

Year 10 study resources
Please remember that Year 10 students who did not attend lessons over the last few weeks can collect their resource packs with lots of subject material and some revision guides from school on Monday 6 July between 2pm-3pm. Please ensure that you come to the Philadelphia Terrace (back gate) entrance to be met by a member of staff.

Anti-social behaviour
There have been a number of reports made to the Police about anti-social behaviour and teenagers not following social distancing on the Little Knavesmire. This behaviour includes littering and some abusive behaviour towards members of the public and the Hamilton Panthers staff. The Police and local councillors are asking all schools to scrutinise the CCTV and address this matter in the first instance with parents to avoid it becoming a police matter. There is no suggestion it involves more than a couple of our current students and the parents of those who we suspect may have been involved have been contacted by the pastoral team, but could you please speak to your children and remind them to always remove their litter and to be respectful to others and social distance?

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh
Virtual assembly

This week’s virtual assembly is presented by Mr Noble and is all about being happy. You can download the assembly here, then just start the slide show.

Student Email accounts

You will have heard that Millthorpe will be moving to Google email accounts for staff and students as part of providing a better infrastructure if we need remote learning again during the 2020-2021 school year. As part of this, at some point after 17 July, all student email accounts will be deleted. If your child has any emails or attachments in their email they would like to keep, they must download them before 17 July. We will introduce students to their new Google Mail accounts in September.

Black Lives Matter
We know that is difficult to know how to approach this topic when children ask about it, and that many of us are afraid to say “the wrong thing”.  We have found this resource for parents which may be able to help if you want advice on how to speak to your children about it.  You can read this webpage or download the pdf file.
Sport survey – we need your input!

In April, we emailed you to tell you about a survey we are taking part in alongside Sport England. The survey responses will give both parties a picture of ‘Behaviour and Attitudes towards Physical Activity’ and will enable the PE department to plan the curriculum more effectively for the future. It will also enable us to help young people to be more engaged with physical activity and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

We have had a good response so far, but it would really benefit us if we could get some more responses, particularly from our students. Please encourage them to complete the survey here.

Supporting teens during Covid-19 and the summer

Continuing to support your child during lockdown and over the summer may prove tricky. Here are five simple, practical steps for parents and carers from award winning GP and young people’s mental health expert Dr Dominique Thompson.

Wellbeing resources

The Barnardos wellbeing page is a great resource for parents on how to support their child’s wellbeing and has some really clear and accessible information about anxiety and coping skills.

Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code sent to you in the weekly email.

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, 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.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 26 June 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

I hope that you have been able to enjoy some of the lovely weather that we have had this week; fortunately it hasn’t negatively influenced the attendance of Year 10 students, which continues to be excellent, and they’ve worked really hard despite the warmth and humidity: they have been a real credit to their families and the school. The staff have really enjoyed being able to teach again in person and welcoming them into school and seeing their (usually) smiling faces. All students have now had lessons in Personal Development and Wellbeing, Maths and Science. English lessons have begun today, and the History and Geography lessons will begin on Tuesday.

September opening
I know that many parents and students in all year groups may be anxious to know what is happening in September. I want to reassure you that we have been working hard to determine how we will open for students after the summer break, depending on the government’s expectations at that time.

Currently they have not given us any clear guidance about what this wider opening will look like, although as some of you will be aware, Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, announced last week that schools will reopen to all pupils full time in September. If it is the case that schools can open safely with all students, this will be excellent news. However, there is yet to be any guidance around what social distancing or other measures are expected to be in place: if one metre distancing was required, for example, a maximum of 50% of students would be able to attend concurrently at any York school. Also, whilst we expect more guidance next week, we are aware that there may well be changes to these initial plans if the ‘R’ rate changes over the summer holidays.

As such, all the Secondary Headteachers in York have been meeting weekly and working together with colleagues in City of York Council and Public Health to plan for every foreseeable eventuality. We have been working on specific plans for Millthorpe in terms of different potential distancing and hygiene measures that might be required, including a model for a full closure if this should become necessary following a further peak of the virus. We feel confident that we have planned for a number of different scenarios and ensured that Health and Safety is a priority for students and staff in all cases. We will confirm our intentions in the final week of the summer term, but I will also write to parents on Friday 21st August, two weeks before the end of the holidays, to confirm the plans for the return and allow for any necessary changes. We are really hopeful that we can return to school with all students in September.

Online learning
There are three weeks left of school for students and we will continue to set work for all of our students and to give feedback on their Key Assessed Pieces and the work that they are proud of; many colleagues are now using other methods of technology, such as narrated PPTs and different interactive aspects to add variety and engagement to the online learning experience.

Online developments – Introduction of Google Classroom
We will be moving our online learning platform over the next few weeks to Google Classroom. We have been preparing for this transition for a number of weeks, but as the migration will involve the transfer of email accounts, it has been necessary to schedule the move for the end of term in order to manage the impact. We could not risk migrating earlier as email is currently our main method of communication with parents, carers and staff.

From September we will set homework using the Google platform, giving any instructions needed to students and issuing them with new email accounts. It will also be an excellent way of giving students access to lesson resources if they are unable to attend for any reason (eg if their family has to self-isolate) or access was restricted in the future owing to a virus breakout, for example. Training for staff will be during the final week of term with full transfer to Google in that week and during the summer holiday – we have timed this to minimise the risks associated with the wholesale migration of staff email accounts.

Lessons in September
Teachers are currently receiving training on how to adapt their lessons and the curriculum in each subject to support students on their return as, inevitably, students will all have had different learning experiences at home and have covered differing amounts of the work set.

Contact and Wellbeing
We are also working with teachers to ensure a really smooth transition back to school for all our students in September and we are aware that students may need some support with their wellbeing when they return. We are planning extended sessions with their form tutors on their first day to give them time to reflect on the last few months, explain how school will work, allay any fears or anxieties and re-establish how we will work together as a school community.

Alongside all of the regular communication that we make to a large number of families, all form tutors have been in touch with all students over the telephone. Tutors will contact their tutees again over the next couple of weeks to ensure that everything is going well for them before the summer holidays. Please do get in touch with us should you require any additional support for your child from a member of the pastoral team or form tutors.

School Uniform
I said that I would write today to explain whether parents should begin to buy uniform for September. I didn’t want families to spend money on the uniform until we had more clarity about the opening in September. As the government advice and information is still not clear, we think it would be unwise and unhelpful to decide on what the school uniform expectation will be at this point: instead we will give confirmation on our position on Friday 10 July. This will still give parents over eight weeks to purchase the items that are required but ensures that you do not purchase items that will not be needed until later in the year. We apologise for this delay, but hope that it ensures that you only buy the uniform when we know that students will be able to wear it.

Eco Laundry uniform donation points open again next week
You may remember our request for school uniform donations for our Eco Laundry at the end of last half term. All families can use our Eco Laundry to buy, swap or donate items of school uniform as a way of protecting the environment and of keeping uniform costs down for everyone. At a time when many people’s family budgets are being squeezed and we are all trying to reduce the negative impact of our daily lives on the environment, we are keen to collect as much uniform as we can so that everyone is able to buy good quality pre-worn uniform, should they require or prefer, at a very low cost.

Thank you to all families who used our uniform donation points to donate school uniform during half term; we were absolutely delighted with the response.

Last week a team of Eco Laundry volunteers washed, dried, ironed, folded and labelled many washing machine loads of donated school uniform and PE kit and our Eco Laundry shelves are now much fuller and beautifully organised!  For the next two weeks our uniform donation wheelie bins will again be chained to the school railings at the front and back of school.

If your child has grown out of any items of uniform we would be very grateful if you could bag these up securely by tying the top of the bag shut and place them in one of the wheelie bins which you will find attached to or just inside the front and back gate. The uniform donation wheelie bins will be available 8am-4pm Monday to Friday for the next two weeks and will be emptied every day by our site team. We are particularly keen to receive smaller sized uniform to assist parents and carers of our new Year 7 students with the costs of moving to secondary school. We are currently working on a plan for selling our recycled uniform in the last week of term, whilst upholding government guidance regarding visits to school. We will let you know once this has been finalised.

Student end of year reports
Over the next couple of weeks we will issue end of year reports for all students in Years 7-10. These reports will include students’ attendance, the number of late arrivals, their total of positives and negative comments and their latest tracking data up to the point of closure.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh
Development Project News

We are delighted to confirm that two exciting development projects will be getting underway on Monday 29 June.

The Artificial Grass Pitch project, funded by City of York Council as part of the expansion of Scarcroft School, will create a fantastic sports facility available for use all year round for Millthorpe and Scarcroft students, as well as children in other local schools and for the wider community. After more than four years of waiting, we are eagerly looking forward to children finally being able to gain all the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing this will provide, hopefully just as the easing of restrictions makes group sport and outdoor activities more and more accessible.

The Applefields Satellite project will provide purpose-built accommodation for Applefields students on the Millthorpe site, allowing them to integrate with mainstream students whilst still receiving  dedicated support from Applefields staff. This supports our commitment to an inclusive ethos for our school community, as well as allowing us to draw on their specialist expertise and experience.

In both cases, the construction has been planned largely to take place during the summer break and is expected to complete in October.

Virtual assembly

This week’s virtual assembly is presented by Mr Bates and follows on from the wellbeing sessions which have been taking place in school.

River safety

We have been lucky to enjoy some superb sunny weather this week but this has brought some concerning behaviour involving young people of secondary school age.

Large groups have been seen swimming in the River Ouse in various locations. As we know, there is a particularly strong current in the river and a number of people have drowned in recent years. Also, the group sizes significantly exceeded the social distancing rules of six and the young people were not keeping their distance.

Whilst we do not know if any of our students were involved, we would ask you to speak to your child about this; to remind them of the dangers of entering the river and to reinforce rules around social distancing.

We have shared this information with the police so that they can look to increase patrols in the area and have also shared it with other York secondary schools so that they can raise awareness amongst their communities.

Unlocking Performance – Bitesize Briefings

Over the coming weeks, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will be hosting an ‘Unlocking Performance – Bitesize Briefings’ webinar series led by world-class athletes. Covering a range of topics, each webinar will provide young people with a unique insight into the key attitudes and mindset that drive a world-class team and individual performance. Topics will include:

Leadership, Confidence and Belief, Motivation, Resilience and Problem Solving, Wellbeing, Goal Setting, Communication and Teamwork.

Please note that whilst these sessions are free, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is a charity committed to supporting young people facing disadvantage. They ask that if you find these sessions useful, please consider donating £5 to the Trust.

Maths Inspiration Show

We have had lots of interest in the Year 10 Maths Inspiration Show and have therefore booked everyone a place. The log in details will be sent out once we have them.

It is not too late to request a log in if anyone else would like to attend. Just email Mr Bruce and he will add you on to the list.

Junior Maths Challenge – a message from Mrs Papprill

Well done to everyone that took this week’s Junior Maths Challenge. We entered 120 students from Years 7 & 8 as we do every year. However, we have never done it online before, so it was a new experience for us all.

Those of you that know me will be laughing at the thought of my IT skills (which have improved so much during lockdown – turn it off and back on again!) and me trying to set it all up!
I think although I was receiving three-plus emails a minute from students and parents, we managed to get everyone online and sorted. I think we only had two girls who have worked as a tag team and seemed to be on the same login!
The challenges are designed to be ‘challenging’ and I know that a lot of you did not get to the end of all the questions. That is absolutely fine and exactly what I would expect. You will have done great! I will send out the results as soon as I get them.
Thank you all again, firstly for your engagement and secondly for your patience with me during the challenge. If any of my reply emails seemed curt I am sorry, I was just trying to reply in real time as quickly as I could.
Give me a pencil and piece of paper over a computer any day.
Take care
Mrs Papprill
Read Theory challenge

Year 7 are continuing their excellent work on the Read Theory website. This week’s highest scoring form was 7RNH – well done! Next week, reward wristbands should be making their way in the post to all students who have achieved more than 500 points.

If your child hasn’t begun working on Read Theory yet, all you need to do is send an email to Ms Bradsell and she’ll set them up.
Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code supplied in the weekly email.

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, 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.


WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 19 June 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

We have had a really good week this week in school with approximately 70% of Year 10 students returning for lessons. Their punctuality, behaviour and engagement has been impeccable; teachers have been really happy to welcome them back and be able to teach once again, despite the limitations and clearly defined two-metre restrictions. We hope it is not too long before we can welcome all of our students back after the summer. We will ensure that, as soon as we have any details or information about the wider opening of schools to other year groups, and dependent on any degree of social distancing, we will contact all parents with the ways that we will manage the transition back to school. We hope to let all parents know what September will be like before we close for the summer holidays but we have to acknowledge that the government guidance may continue to change over the break; we will always keep you informed via email of any changes that occur during the holidays.

Black Lives Matter campaign

This week we received this powerful letter from over 200 previous Millthorpians stating their support for the BLM campaign and requesting that Millthorpe considers its role in the education of children. You can read our response here.

Parent surveys – teaching and learning

Thank you to the parents who completed the KS3 parental surveys last week; we had 349 responses. You can find the graphical representations of the main questions and responses here. Below is a summary of the results of the survey from the graphs shared and from the free text.

We were very pleased to see that the vast majority of our students are working for between one to four hours daily and feel like the amount of work that is set is appropriate. We have previously suggested that three hours of school work each day would be a sensible amount of work for our Key Stage 3 students to complete, alongside some other physical and wellbeing activities to keep them healthy. We shared some examples to help students/parents and carers structure the home-school day earlier during lockdown, should you or your child prefer to have a more structured plan; these are available on the school website should you wish to use them. We know that many students and families prefer the flexibility to plan their time themselves around family time or the need to share IT facilities across parents and children.

At this point it is important to note that students and families need to take a personalised approach to home learning. We understand that some students will find completing all the work set takes considerably longer and can feel overwhelming; there is no expectation that all students will complete all the work set. All of the work that is set is purposeful and useful to students, but we are realistic and understanding about how much students can complete independently. We do not expect students to be able to complete the same amount of work and learning as they would do in school, nor would we expect students to work from a screen for this amount of time. We understand that every household has different circumstances and competing pressures and commitments, therefore we will continue not to set a rigid schedule or strict deadlines and we will not issue any sanction for missing or incomplete work. We will encourage students to prioritise and complete KAPs, so that students can receive feedback from their teacher on how well they have done and how they can improve.

We were very pleased to hear that the overwhelming majority of students can access this work easily through ClassCharts. We acknowledge that while most of the guidance and instructions are clear and easy to follow, according to some students this is an area we could improve. We will be asking all departments to make sure that their instructions are clear, particularly regarding the submission of work, and we will ask all work to include an email contact for the teacher, so that students know who to contact for additional support with each piece of work without having to search for the email address.

There were some comments that there may be other platforms available that might be more effective for remote learning and after exploring different options, we hope to be able to move to Google Classrooms in September. In order to do this we have a number of steps to make including migrating all the staff emails, creating new student emails and training all staff how to use the platform effectively. The email change takes a couple of weeks, hence why we plan to do this in the summer holidays and the training for staff will begin in July and continue in September. We are confident that this platform will enable more rapid and effective feedback and improved communication between students and teachers and among students, as well as bringing many other possibilities for effective remote learning when this is necessary.

We can see that only a few students have submitted ‘Proud Pieces’ of work and that in general they are not getting enough feedback from all of their subjects. The aim of the request for Proud Pieces was to help acknowledge the work students are doing. We know that teachers are not able to acknowledge or assess every piece of work when we are in normal school lessons but the teachers are able to circulate the room, ask questions, acknowledge the work, effort and learning conduct that students demonstrate; this is exceptionally difficult to replicate remotely. We hoped that students submitting their Proud Pieces would enable them to receive some feedback outside of their Key Assessed Pieces of work. Please encourage your child to submit work they have spent time on to their class teachers; the feedback we have had from both staff and students is that this makes a big difference. Our teachers and tutors will remind students that they can submit any piece in this way when they set work on ClassCharts.

The survey suggests that not many students receive feedback on KAPs and our teachers tell us that some students are not submitting their Key Assessed Pieces (KAPs); we are not sure if this is because the students may not have realised which tasks are KAPs. In future, teachers will make sure they are more clearly identifiable and re-publish previous KAPs on the site, as some parents have told us that their child was unsure how to submit these pieces. If your child has submitted a KAP and not received feedback within seven days, please contact their teacher.

Some parents have asked us about GCSE option choices and very soon all Year 9 students will receive confirmation of their GCSE subject choices. Subject teachers will be setting work in all Year 9 lessons that begin to prepare them for GCSE work. We are aware that some subjects have stated this explicitly, but all subjects will be setting work that begins to introduce them to more challenging tasks that get children used to working at the level required for GCSEs. We would strongly encourage students to continue with the subjects that they have not chosen for their options as part of ensuring they complete a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 curriculum.

We have had some requests to use Zoom or video conferencing to deliver virtual lessons but we are still unable to do that at this point. We continue to look into moving towards some form of live interaction and possibly some video lessons once we have the new platform in place that allows us to manage invitations and participation safely. We have completed training on how to include pre-recorded clips, narrate documents and presentations and set remote quizzes and more interactive resources. We were pleased to note that in all subjects, students are largely finding the work interesting and engaging.

Parent surveys – pastoral care and wellbeing

In response to the wellbeing questions, where parents/carers requested pastoral support for their child, the Pastoral Team have been making telephone contact this week and all children who requested a call have now received one.

A very small number of parents/carers did not require pastoral support but did request a call from their child’s Form Tutor with some urgency. The Form Tutors of these students have made telephone contact this week.

A number of parents/carers did not require pastoral support but said that their child would “definitely value a call.” Form Tutors have begun making these calls this week and they will continue them next week.

Where parents/carers did not require pastoral support, and a phone call was not urgent or not particularly needed, Form Tutors will begin making these calls in the coming days.

All students who do not already have regular contact with a member of staff can expect to have received a telephone call from their Form Tutor in the near future.

If, at any point, you need further pastoral support with your child, please contact their Form Tutor using the email address list on the school website.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh

Remote assemblies

Several responses to our recent survey enquired about the possibility of having a remote assembly for our students to watch. We have listened to your suggestion and here is Millthorpe’s first remote assembly by Mr Baybutt. It reassures students about what we are doing to support them remotely and also sets them a kindness challenge.

We will do one assembly per week for the remainder of this academic year. These will be emailed out in the Friday email and also uploaded to the Health, Wellbeing and Pastoral Care page on ClassCharts.


We are aware that some students still have belongings in their lockers at school. As things stand currently, for health and safety reasons, we are unable to allow people in to school to retrieve belongings, but as soon as we are able to allow access, we will let you know.

Read Theory Challenge

Year 7 Read Theory Challenge students are continuing their amazing reading progress. One hundred and sixteen students took at least one quiz last week and 1,886 reading quizzes were taken in total!

Congratulations to 7BLO who are the Read Theory top form for the second week in a row.

If your child needs any help getting started with Read Theory please send an email to Ms Bradsell.

Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, 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.


WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 12 June 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

Thank you to all those parents/carers of Year 7-9 students who completed the survey about their child’s online learning experience, to tell us about what is going well and what we can improve. We will look at all of your feedback and share our response with you next week.

Thanks also to parents/carers of Year 10 students who informed us of their intentions regarding attendance in school from next week. We have been busy getting the school ready for the return of approximately 70% of the year group in small ‘bubble’ groups from Monday. We are really looking forward to seeing them again.

Finally, to all those parents who completed the wellbeing surveys and requested a phone call to your child, these will begin next week. We will prioritise those who were most concerned, alongside maintaining contact with those families with whom we are already in touch on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Please remember that the phone number may be withheld.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh

It’s OK to worry about Coronavirus – resource pack

Early Intervention and the NHS have produced a highly recommended resource pack for teenagers to help manage difficult feelings about coronavirus.

A message for Year 11s moving to York College

In order to make the transition from Year 11 to York College easier, the team at the college has created a range of transition activities/materials for students to try, giving them an insight into what it will be like to study their chosen course/courses with us.

To access these, students simply visit the York College website where they will find a video introduction and transition materials. Simply click on the course area relevant to you and give it a go!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with York College via info4schools@yorkcollege.ac.uk

Keeping up with current affairs

The Week Junior is a current affairs magazine for children aged 8–14. Filled with fascinating news and engaging information, it helps children make sense of the world.

You can see this week’s edition here.

Maths inspiration

The Maths Inspiration show will be live-streamed on 9 July, from 1:30-3:00pm. This show is aimed at students in Year 10 who are expected to achieve Grade 5 or above at GCSE.

Join Matt Parker, Ben Sparks, Zoe Griffiths and Rob Eastaway, plus special guest Dr Hannah Fry, LIVE as they reveal mathematical curiosities from the world of music, sport, games, and lotteries. There will be puzzles and quizzes, a chance to ask questions, AND an opportunity to win a fantastic prize for yourself and your school.

The show will be broadcast live on Youtube, and have interactive elements including a mini-lottery and other games and quizzes. In order to fully participate, you will need to have access to Youtube and the ability to open a separate browser.

The Maths Department will pay the booking fee for the event, so it is free for students. If your child would like to book a place on this, please e-mail Mr Bruce by Friday 19 June.

If there is enough interest Mr Bruce will send out log in details and instructions when he gets them.

Year 7 Read Theory Challenge

It has been another amazing week of reading and quizzing on the Year 7 Read Theory Challenge.

In total, 98 Year 7 students did some work on Read Theory this week. In such a short time, lots of students are starting to show real improvements in their reading comprehension. Some students have made huge progress.
The top point scoring form this week was 7BLO. It was a real team effort for them – well done!
If your child hasn’t started on Read Theory yet, please send an email to Ms Bradsell and she will get them started!


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, 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.