Refugee Action Group

Moved by the current refugee crisis arising from conflict in Syria on 12 October we held the first meeting of Millthorpe’s Refugee Action Group.

The group’s aim is to learn more about the causes of the current refugee crisis and to take action to support vulnerable families who have been given sanctuary in York. The group has made contact with Refugee Action York (RAY), a registered charity established in 2002, and supported by City of York Council.

RAY provides advice and guidance to families granted refugee status or seeking asylum in York. It has a hardship fund that is used to support refugee families who find themselves in extreme financial difficulties.

On Friday 11 December Millthorpe’s Refugee Action Group is organising a non-uniform day and other fundraising activities in support of RAY’s hardship fund.

You can find out more about RAY and the work they do by visiting their website

York RI Badminton Success

On Saturday 17 October three of our students took part in the York RI Badminton Championships which are open to all York schools. All three boys were placed third in the competition along with former student Ed Gowling, now in Year 12, who placed second in his age category.

A big well done to all four boys who played tirelessly and with great skill in a mixture of singles and doubles matches throughout the day.

Badminton club for all students is on Friday after school in the Sports Hall from 3.20pm to 4.15pm.

Mr Randall
Head of PE

Lifelong learning at Millthorpe School

Teaching and Learning as easy as A,B,C? Well not quite, but a whole school focus on the characteristics and attributes of successful learners: Ambition, Belief and Creativity.

We have used photographs of students taking part in lessons around the school and displayed them prominently around the site to highlight these qualities. These photographs were not set up or posed for the camera. It was great knowing that we could just walk around with a camera and take a snapshot of the teaching and learning happening on a typical school day.

We will be focussing on a different characteristic each half term. Assemblies this week launched the project by emphasising the importance of ambition. We want our students to aim for the highest possible outcomes, not only in school, but in life in general. If students have the drive and ambition to succeed, they will surprise themselves with what they can accomplish.

Mr Bates
Assistant Headteacher

The Millthorpian 2014/15 EDITION

A look back at the 2014/15 academic year of Millthorpe School:

  • GCSE Results 2015
  • Watersports Trip
  • Summer Fair
  • York Pride Day
  • House of Lords visit

and much more…

Millthorpe receives York Design Award

Millthorpe School has received a prestigious York Design Award in the restoration and conservation category for work done to restore the exterior of the Main House. Now in their ninth year, the York Design Awards celebrate good design, architecture and building restoration in the city.


One of the four chimney stacks during restoration

From May 2014 to January 2015 the Main House at Millthorpe underwent an extensive refurbishment to help preserve the wonderful period features for many years to come. The project, funded by City of York Council and managed by Houlton, restored the roof, windows, chimney stacks and the stone balustrade to their original glory, using traditional materials and craftsmanship in keeping with the building’s origins as a grand Victorian mansion.


Construction drawings for the balustrade stonework

The exterior of the building, which dates from 1856, has changed remarkably little while the school has grown and changed around it, but many of the original features had become increasingly worn and damaged. The timber sash windows have been repaired to full working order using techniques that are now increasingly rare; and specialist stonemasons William Anelay have undertaken the restoration of the intricately designed balustrade with a combination of repair work to surviving stone sections and the addition of new carved elements mined to order to match the original stone.

We hope this wonderful asset will remain at the heart of the school long into the future.