Tour de Millthorpe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Millthorpe Quiz Night – Friday 11 July at 7pm

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

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

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

Hope to see you there.

The Professionals – BBC Yorkshire and CSV Volunteering Opportunity

Do you have a wealth of experience in a particular profession?

Do you want to share your experience with potential employees of the future?

Do you want to help us to foster an ethos in which employment is highly valued?

We need your help! Millthorpe School is working with BBC Yorkshire in partnership with the charity CSV (The UK volunteering and learning charity) on a project called ‘The Professionals’. This is an exciting initiative aimed at encouraging older people to share skills as well as time with younger people.

We are particularly looking for older people who are on the brink of retiring but who want to continue to use their skills for the good of the community.

Millthorpe is planning a series of events and activities to help students improve their awareness of different employment sectors and develop a range of skills that they will need when they enter the job market. Previous projects that local people have helped schools with in the past have included: mock interview days for students, careers advice/business advice, hands-on trades expertise and work experience. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work with other schools and colleges in York.

If you would be interested in helping out please contact our dedicated member of the BBC, Phil Hughes at




Charity Day

Today, Millthorpe School held a Charity Fun day in aid of two charities.  Save the Children and Les Enfants de Dieu will share the money raised.  Staff came in fancy dress including Pink Ladies, Smurfs, Einstein, Mary Poppins, Mozart, Dorothy, Wuthering Heights, Noel Coward, Cowboy, Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Where’s Wally, a Flapper, Mary , Jesus, Guru Nanak, TinTin, French mime artist and onion seller, and a variety of footballers.   There was a cake sale, and karaoke including an appearance from “Fake That” (teachers in disguise!) and a variety of stalls including Splat the Teacher.  The whole day was based on endurance challenges to recognise the endurance the children supported by the two charities have to show in their daily lives.  Students and staff gained sponsorship to swim for 3 hours, stay silent, play guitar,  birdwatch, ride bikes, do mini-triathlons and to row.

Miss Oxberry, who in December will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Save the Children walked around the school all day in wellington boots filled with baked beans.  She said, “I’ve supported Save the Children personally for a number of years and it’s wonderful to have the whole school joining in to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”  Miss Kirby, who spent the day dressed as Einstein is a regular visitor to the Enfants de Dieu charity in Kigali, Rwanda which looks after 120 former street boys aged from 7 to 18.  Children there do not have a family to support them and are looked after by the charity in very basic conditions.  Miss Kirby said, “Over the last three years I’ve helped them with books for their schoolroom and boots for their football (which they love), and I’m delighted Millthorpe has joined in to help this very small charity turn around the lives of these street children.”

Headteacher Mr Burton dressed up too and took on a rowing challenge.  He said, “Students and staff have had lots of fun but also raised a great deal for less fortunate children.  I have been amazed at the large number of local businesses who have donated generously to the day, including many from the Bishopthorpe Road community.”

Many thanks to Nestle, F & J’s cookshop, Cycle Heaven, Trinicria Café Bar,  Frankie & Bennys Nail Bar One, Meltons Too, Classix, Il Paradiso del Cibo, Nando’s, Up & Running, Hair City, Millies, York Chocolatiers, Zest, Sensu, City Screen, Patisserie Valerie & Candy Hero.

The total amount raised so far is £907 with more money due to come in from sponsored activities in the coming weeks.

Charity Day Photos

More about these charities at

Millthorpe Summer Fair

Saturday 5 July 2-5pm

Your Grand Depart Celebrations start at the Millthorpe Summer Fair where you can watch live coverage of the event on a big screen!

Come and join us on school grounds for our 2014 Summer Fair, which promises to be bigger and better then ever before, and enjoy:

  • Live Music
  • Tea and Cakes
  • Pimms and Beer
  • Ice Cream
  • Splat the Teacher
  • Craft Stalls
  • Coconut Shy
  • Bungee and Other Rides
  • Raffle

The sun always shines at the Millthorpe Summer Fair!

Charity Day Friday 2 May

Miss Oxberry and Miss Kirby have organised a fun charity day to be held next Friday 2 May. Miss Kirby has close links with a children’s centre in Africa and Miss Oxberry would like to raise money for Save the Children, for whom she will be climbing Kilimanjaro on boxing day this year! View Miss Oxberry’s sponsorship page here: This will be a non uniform day in school and house colours are encouraged to be worn by students, although not essential. We are running a sponsored ‘endurance’ challenge and are encouraging staff & students to choose a challenge that may be quite unpleasant for them and get sponsored to do it next week. Staff will be involved in fancy dress next Friday and there will be lots of fun activities taking place in the hall at lunchtime so please bring along as much lose change as you can.

Watch the video below for more information on the charities that Miss Kirby and Miss Oxberry are supporting.

The Millthorpian EASTER 2014

Inside the Easter 2014 edition:

  • Ofsted judgement
  • Poland trip
  • Year 10 mock interviwes
  • Millthorpe remembers
  • Sport Relief

and much more…

Millthorpe School Receives ‘Good’ Rating From School Inspectors

Inspirational leadership and good manners from polite and well-behaved students has helped Millthorpe School achieve an overall ‘Good’ rating from school inspectors Ofsted.

Inspectors said the school is “improving at a very swift pace. Achievement is rising rapidly, but particularly so in English.”

They noted that there has been a very successful drive to improve teaching, students feel safe and secure and that the head teacher, Trevor Burton, has a “clarity of vision” which has motivated the senior team and staff. Governors provided high quality support and challenge.

“We are all delighted that inspectors have recognised that we have come a long way in such a short time,” said Mr Burton, who took up his post in April 2011, shortly after the previous Ofsted inspection.

“School inspections have become a lot more rigorous and now scrutinise schools’ performance like never before. We achieved a ‘good’ rating last time, but it’s fair to say the bar has been raised considerably since then.”

Last year’s GCSE results were the best the school has achieved, with 70 per cent of students recording five A*-C grades including English and Maths. Inspectors said that the school’s tracking of students’ progress was “simple for all to understand, yet highly effective” and also “sophisticated in analysing students’ potential and identifying underachievement early”. Inspectors said: “The school’s accurate predictions for the future and other inspection evidence, indicate that this trend of improvement is likely to continue.”

Inspectors were impressed that the many parents who responded to the online Parent View survey are “overwhelmingly supportive of the school and say they would recommend the school to others.”

Some 45 lessons were observed over the two day inspection. The report noted: “Teachers go out of their way to make learning interesting. Students enjoy a challenge and extending their learning, particularly the most able.” Teaching assistants are well trained and provide “excellent support to those students who need it most.”

Bob Sydes, chair of governors, was also very pleased with the Ofsted inspectors’ findings. “We believe we are an effective governing body that successfully gets under the skin of the school,” he said. “We are able to do this this in part because the data shared with us is the most comprehensive and meaningful we have ever had. We believe our senior leadership team is performing at the highest level and they are to be congratulated on the very positive comments made by inspectors.”

Mr Burton said he is particularly pleased with students’ attitudes to learning and appreciated the endorsements from parents and governors – and he promised that improvements were ongoing. “We have stated in the past that we are ambitious and want to go from good to great. That ambition remains a commitment by the whole school community, which I am proud and feel privileged to lead.”

Click here to read the Ofsted Report.

Year 10 Mock Interviews

On Wednesday of this week, in conjunction with NYBEP we held mock interviews for 199 Year 10 students. The students had been well-prepared beforehand. They had to complete an application form similar to one used by companies. They had an assembly about the typical questions that can arise in a job interview and they had to research the company their interviewer came from. Students were allowed to come in normal uniform or dress in business attire: it just had to look smart! Many took the opportunity to “power dress” with a smart dress or business suit. They had to turn up 5 minutes before their appointed interview time, and nobody was late! Waiting for their interviews outside the Main Hall where the interviews took place, there were quite a few nerves, but after the interview students were more relaxed and many enjoyed it. Almost all said it was a really useful experience as now they knew what to expect from a job or college interview.

The employers were very impressed and several said they wanted to offer students a job!

Here are some of the comments employers made about our students (anonymised, of course!):

“Very personable young man. Caring. A clear idea of where he is going. Good eye contact, self-confident, open and able to give real life examples of statements he made. Very much enjoyed talking with him.”

“She was shy, but gave an excellent interview. She explained how she overcame the challenge of a new school. Very smart.”

“Good question to me. Great start, lovely young man. Very focused and knows what he wants to do. Knows his strengths and weaknesses. Very impressive.”

“Excellent! Really great interview. Answered all the questions very well in a calm and eloquent manner. Really good experiences. I was very impressed with her extra-curricular activities. I am confident she has a fantastic career ahead of her.”

“Excellent question asked. Polite & well-spoken. Nervous at the beginning but became more confident and gave very good answers. Maintained eye contact and was friendly & interested. Very good interview, just needs to be a bit more confident.”

“Well prepared and well presented. Good communicator. He gave good examples of teamwork and problem solving. Did his research. All round brilliant. Would employ.”

“Really good interview. Thought on his feet and brought out some good examples to turn the questions to his favour. Came across as mature and well-rounded individual. Quite open and honest.”

We were very pleased with both how well the event went and the feedback from employers and students. This is definitely going to be a fixture in our annual careers education cycle.

Mr Gillbanks
Deputy Headteacher

The Millthorpe School Big Read

Always keen to promote a reading culture at Millthorpe we took advantage of World Book Day to launch the Millthorpe ‘Big Read’ on Thursday 6 March. All students and staff were encouraged to bring a book so they could participate. In addition to quizzes and activities taking place in the library everyone in school put down what they were doing at 11.50am to take part in a ‘flash mob’ style read before continuing with their normal lessons. We hope that this encourages our students to continue to read for pleasure and take advantage of the excellent resources in our library.

Big Read Photos