MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 31 March 2017

Working with York High School
The Chair of our Trust, Edwin Thomas, wrote to you earlier this month to explain that the Trust is considering sponsoring York High School and that we had applied to the Department for Education to be approved as a sponsor. I can now confirm that we have been accepted as a sponsor and that the Trust will continue to explore the risks involved before coming to a final decision. Please click here to read the full letter from Bill Schofield, Chair of Governors.

Signing In
In life it is important to be punctual. Whilst there will sometimes be circumstances which make lateness unavoidable, we expect all students to arrive to registration on time. To encourage students who are in the habit of arriving late to school improve their punctuality, we will take the following actions from Monday 3 April:

  • At 8.45am the ‘warning’ bell sounds for registration.
  • All students must arrive at their tutor bases to be registered at 8.50am.
  • Students arriving after 8.50am will receive a late mark from their tutor.
  • If students arrive at the school office to register between 8.50am and 9.05am, they will be sent back to their tutor bases. Tutors will give these students a late mark. If the students sent back by the office fail to arrive at registration they will be given an after-school detention.
  • Students who arrive after 9.05am must sign in at the school office.
  • Students who arrive after 9.05am without signing in at the school office will be given an after-school detention.
  • Students who arrive late for school on three or more occasions within a two week period will be placed on a punctuality monitoring list. A letter will be sent home and thereafter the students will be given an after-school detention every time they arrive late to school, until a positive pattern of school attendance has been established.

Nut Allergies
We have an increasing number of students in school with nut allergies. These students carry rescue medication (Epipens). As we are planning on moving towards our school being as nut free as possible, we already offer only nut free meals in the Dining Hall and students in Food Technology are advised, as necessary, not to bring in ingredients containing nuts. We would encourage all parents/carers to support us by sending packed lunches that do not contain nuts. We also advise students in school they should not share packed lunches and encourage our students with anaphylaxis not to accept shared food from friends. If you have questions or concerns regarding this please contact Ms Griffiths, designated teacher for medical needs on m.griffiths@millthorpeschool.co.uk. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Year 11 Art GCSE Exam
Well done to the majority of Year 11 Art students who have completed their art exam this week. Thank you to parents and carers for your support throughout the exam fortnight. To gain target GCSE grades, a successful exam performance (worth 40% of the final assessment) must be matched by high quality coursework. Students must complete their coursework ready to hand in on Friday 12 May. A coursework checklist for all Year 11 students is available on Show My Homework. Students are welcome to borrow materials and equipment for use during the Easter Holidays. Valuable marks can be added if students complete an evaluation for their exam piece. All students have been given a list of questions (see Show My Homework). Evaluations should be handed in to Mrs Cockburn or Mr Pennick and will be accepted until lunchtime on Wednesday 5 April. Your continued support is appreciated.

Period 6 Revision Sessions
The Period 6A and 6B revision sessions for Year 11 students will swap round again from Monday 3 April. The days of the revision sessions will remain the same but where a student has, for example, English in the Period 6A slot this become their 6B slot and vice versa. Students will be issued new timetables on Monday.

Year 11 Leaver’s Hoodies
A reminder that leaver’s hoodies for Year 11 students are now available to order from our school uniform supplier Keal Teamwear. The hoodies are £16.50 each and are available in a range of colours and sizes. To order a hoodie please visit keal-teamwear.com/sportswear/clubs/millthorpe-leavers. If you select collection as a delivery option we will arrange for hoodies to be delivered to school, free of charge, to be given out at the Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly in June. All orders must be placed by Friday 21 April.

Year 9 Carlton Lodge Trip
Students in Year 9 will be bringing a letter home today regarding the Carlton Lodge Trip, which will be taking place during the last week of the Summer Term. If you would like your child to attend the trip, the deposit needs to be paid by Thursday 6 April.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 10 May 2017
A reminder that the Year 7 Parents’ Evening is taking place on Wednesday 10 May. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please complete and return the appointment request form to school by Thursday 6 April. You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y7-Appointment-Form.

York College Aiming High Event Tuesday 4 April 2017
This is a reminder that York College is holding a raising aspirations event for students in Years 10 and 11 who are thinking about applying to Oxford, Cambridge or higher education courses at other universities that demand high grades and further qualifications. The event is taking place at York College on Tuesday 4 April; students and parents should arrive at the main reception from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is General Spellings 2. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Netball Kit Fundraising
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Year 8 girls in their fundraising for new netball skirts. The girls have so far raised £54.16. Well done to Lucy Gowling who won the ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ and Lucy Winn who won the ‘guess the name of the mascot’. For their next fundraising venture the girls would like donations of empty and clean jam jars for tutor groups to use to collect 1p coins. There will be a prize for the tutor group which raises the most money.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 24 March 2017

Signing In
In life it is important to be punctual. Whilst there will sometimes be circumstances which make lateness unavoidable, we expect all students to arrive to registration on time. To encourage students who are in the habit of arriving late to school improve their punctuality, we will take the following actions from Monday 3 April:

  • At 8.45am the warning bell sounds for registration.
  • All students must arrive at their tutor bases to be registered at 8.50am.
  • Students arriving after 8.50am will receive a late mark from their tutor.
  • If students arrive at the school office to register between 8.50am and 9.05am, they will be sent back to their tutor bases. Tutors will give these students a late mark. If the students sent back by the office fail to arrive at registration they will be given an after-school detention.
  • Students who arrive after 9.05am must sign in at the school office.
  • Students who arrive after 9.05am without signing in at the school office will be given an after-school detention.
  • Students who arrive late for school on three or more occasions within a two week period will be placed on a punctuality monitoring list. A letter will be sent home and thereafter the students will be given an after-school detention every time they arrive late to school, until a positive pattern of school attendance has been established.

Year 11 Art GCSE Exam
The Year 11 Art students will complete the second half of their art exams next week. Please note that it is an AQA exam requirement that all students hand in their presented preparation work (on A2 sheets or in a sketchbook) at the end of the second exam. There will be no exceptions made and your support is appreciated in ensuring your child complies with this exam requirement. Detailed instructions regarding preparation work requirements is available on Show My Homework.

German Exchange – Information for host families
The German students will arrive at Manchester airport at 3.20pm next Tuesday afternoon. They should be at Millthorpe by approximately 5pm; please meet in the school dining hall to collect the students. A reminder that the students will be going to Bradford Media Museum on Thursday 30 March. They do not need to wear school uniform but please provide a packed lunch for them.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 29 March 2017
A reminder that the Year 8 Parents’ Evening is taking place next Wednesday. Students will be bringing a letter home today with your appointment times: if you do not receive this or there are any problems with your appointments please contact school on Monday.

York College Aiming High Event Tuesday 4 April 2017
York College is holding a raising aspirations event for students in Year 10 and 11 who are thinking about applying to Oxford, Cambridge or higher education courses at other universities that demand high grades and further qualifications such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law. There will be an overview of how York College support the most able students, as well as time for questions from students and parents about the university application process. The event is taking place at York College on Tuesday 4 April; students and parents should arrive at the main reception from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 10 May 2017
We are pleased to invite all Year 7 parents and carers to Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 10 May. Students were given a letter with an attached appointment form earlier this week. A copy of these is available on the school website by clicking here. Appointment forms should be returned to your child’s Form Tutor by Thursday 6 April. Alternatively you can complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y7-Appointment-Form.

Year 10 Dual Linguists from September 2017
This is a reminder for Year 9 parents and carers of students wishing to study two languages next year: please click here to complete a short survey.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is suffixes. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Graphic Design Traineeship
Storm-7 Consulting Limited are offering a Graphic Design Traineeship for 16 – 23 year olds for up to six months. Please click here for more information and how to apply.

Netball Kit Fundraising
The Year 8 netball team are fundraising to buy netball skirts to match those which were kindly donated last year. The girls are planning several fundraising events starting with a ‘Guess how many sweets in the jar’ at the Year 8 Parents’ Evening next Wednesday. It is 30p a guess and the girls would love as many people to have a go as possible.

NHS Recruitment and Careers Event Saturday 25 March 2017
York Hospital, in partnership with City of York Council and Skills for Care, is holding a shared recruitment and careers event for anyone interested in working for the NHS or in adult social care. Please click here for more information.

Year 10 Work Experience
All outstanding Work Experience forms must be completed and returned to school as soon as possible.

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Friday 17 March 2017

Red Nose Day Friday 24 March 2017
Red Nose Day is taking place next Friday and, to support the valuable work that Comic Relief does in the UK and across Africa, school will be holding a non-uniform day. Students should bring £1 to wear appropriate non-uniform. There will also be a bake sale and donations of cakes and biscuits would be very gratefully received. Cakes should be taken to E1 during registration on Friday morning and will be available to buy for 50p to £1 at lunchtime in the Main Hall.

Year 11 GCSE Art Exams
The Art Department very much value the support of parents and carers to ensure that the GCSE Art exams run smoothly next week.

Key reminders:

Students should be in their normal art room by 8.30am at the latest (exams start at 8.45am prompt). Students to register in the exam NOT with form tutors. ALL PREPARATION work must be brought to the exam including the practice piece. If for any reason your child is not able to attend their GCSE Art exam, parents or carers must phone the school office on 01904 686400 by 8.30am on the morning of the exam.

Students will continue to practise and develop their presentation work throughout the exam fortnight. (Detailed information about the preparation work and the exams is available on Show My Homework and the school website). All students must hand in their presented preparation work at the end of their five hour exam.

York College Aiming High Event Tuesday 4 April 2017
York College is holding a raising aspirations event for students in Years 10 and 11 who are thinking about applying to Oxford, Cambridge or higher education courses at other universities that demand high grades and further qualifications, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and law. There will be an overview of how York College supports the most able students, as well as time for questions from students and parents about the university application process. The event is taking place at York College on Tuesday 4 April; students and parents should arrive at the main reception from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is suffixes. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 10 Dual Linguists from September 2017
This is a reminder for Year 9 parents and carers of students wishing to study two languages next year: please click here to complete a short survey.

Year 10 Work Experience
All outstanding Work Experience forms must be completed and returned to school as soon as possible.

NHS Recruitment and Careers Event Saturday  25 March 2017
York Hospital, in partnership with City of York Council and Skills for Care, is holding a shared recruitment and careers event for anyone interested in working for the NHS or in adult social care. Please click here for more information.

Education Opportunities
The Government has directed all local authorities to write to parents of children who will move up to Year 10 in September 2017 to advise you of other opportunities for education starting in Year 10 available in the local area. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

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Friday 10 March 2017

Spring Concert Tuesday 14 March 2017
The Spring Concert is taking place on Tuesday 14 March at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy in the Dining Hall at break times.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 29 March 2017
A reminder that the Year 8 Parents’ Evening is taking place on Wednesday 29 March. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please complete and return the appointment request form to school by Monday 13 March. You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8-Appointment-Form.

Year 11 GCSE Art Information
Next week all Year 11 GCSE Art students will be finalising their preparation work and continuing to practise their final exam piece. The exam fortnight starts the week beginning Monday 20 March with all students completing the ten hour exam period in 2 five hour exams. Essential preparation work is available on Show My Homework.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Information
Are you a parent or carer of a child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? Visit the yor-ok.org.uk/families?website for up-to-date, reliable and helpful information for families who have children, aged 0-25, with disabilities and additional needs.

Family Fund Tea Party Tuesday 14 March 2017
Family Fund are holding a tea party and information day to help families who are raising disabled and seriously ill children find out about the support available to them. The event is taking place on Tuesday 14 March from 9am to 1pm in the Priory Street Centre, York, YO1 6ET. Please click herefor more information.

Parent Carer Information Day Wednesday 22 March 2017
This will take place at New Earswick Folk Hall. Meet representatives from a range on organisations including York Carers Centre, York Parent Carer Forum, Family Fund and SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information and Advice Support Service). Please click here for more information.

Apprenticeships Vacancies
Following on from the City of York Council Apprenticeship event last week, the Council has set up a system allowing students who wish to apply for an apprenticeship to be emailed local vacancies on a weekly basis. Should you or your child like to receive an email, please complete the form on the school website by clicking here. This service also allows you to specify what job sectors you are interested in so you receive relevant information.

eCLIPS Careers Advice Website
School has invested in an online careers advice package called eCLIPS which is available to all students, parents and carers. The site allows you to search for specific information on a job role or to investigate different jobs linked to a subject area. It also has advice and guidance on decision making, further and higher education choices and life skills. The site is accessible from all school computers and also the careers page on the school website.

National Careers and Apprenticeship Week
This week we have been celebrating National Careers and Apprenticeship Week with a range of activities:

  • Clare Brint from Network Rail spoke to Year 7 and Year 8 about her role within the company managing and preventing landslides.
  • Shino Kojima came in and talked with Year 8 about her job as a Japanese translator and interpreter.
  • Year 9 had an assembly on Apprenticeships.
  • Andy Caulfield from Ordnance Survey came in to speak to Year 10 Geography students about his job as a surveyor. He also visited our Duke of Edinburgh Awards students to give guidance on OS and compass apps.
  • Richard Pitwood spoke to some Year 10 French students about his work as a translator.
  • Luke McCrum came in from Askham Bryan to talk to some Year 10 students about the Higher Education options available in Sports at his institution.
  • Dennis Price and Emma Skilbeck from A-one+ (Highways agency) spoke with Year 11 engineers about opportunities in engineering.
  • We have also held drop-in sessions with York College for Year 11 students needing support and advice on applications.
  • Our careers advisor has worked additional hours seeing triple the normal number of students.
  • We will also be arranging support sessions for Year 11 students applying for apprenticeships.

Many staff have included careers information during lessons and registration this week… don’t be surprised if you are asked about your job as part of a homework this weekend!

Girls’ Golf Taster Sessions in April
There are a number of free golf taster sessions for girls taking place across Yorkshire; for more information and to book a place please click here.

Parking outside school
Please click here to read information from North Yorkshire Police regarding parents and carers responsibilities when dropping off and collecting children from school.

Apprenticeship Profile – Melody Hardcastle

Melody was a Marketing and Communications Apprentice at City of York Council. She was a York Apprenticeship Awards nominee and Apprentice of the Year.

“I left Millthorpe School in 2009 with 11 GCSE’s, grades A-C. I then went on to college to study for my AS Levels. At the end of that year, I decided that I wanted to focus on English and Media. As a result I changed my courses and started a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma course in Print Based Media, alongside my English A-level.

On completing those qualifications, I had two choices – either go to university or look at job opportunities. I decided that university wasn’t for me (especially with the rising fees).

I was keen to find a job where I could gain more experience using the skills I had learnt on my course. It was at this stage that I saw an advert for a Marketing and Communications Apprenticeship at City of York Council. I started my 18 month apprenticeship in March 2013 and gained so much experience from my amazing team. I have now been promoted to the role of Project Support Assistant within the Education and Skills Team, City of York Council, focusing on the work of York Apprenticeship Hub to promote the business and individual benefits of apprenticeships to employers and young people. I visit employers, organise city-wide Apprenticeship Recruitment Events, design and produce marketing materials and run social media campaigns and web sites.

I get to work in the area I have always wanted to work in – without having to spend thousands of pounds for university.”

Apprenticeship Profile – Lauren Armstrong

Lauren was a Advanced AAT Apprentice (STEM Learning Ltd). She was a York Apprenticeship Awards Winner and Apprentice of the Year.

After completing her GCSEs at Millthorpe School, Lauren went to York College to complete her A-levels.

Lauren joined STEM Learning Ltd (formerly Myscience) in October 2014 as an Accountancy Apprentice and quickly became an integral member of the finance team. She has shown adaptability and a real passion for learning new skills.

Within nine months of joining, Lauren had exceeded the company’s expectations and stepped up to cover a part time Accounts Assistant role whilst continuing her apprenticeship studies. Maureen Legge Head of STEM Learning Ltd said, “Every day Lauren demonstrates her abilities and we are truly impressed with how well she has taken on her new role”.

Lauren has undertaken additional training allowing her to support the senior management accountant in the analysis of budgets. As part of this she has maintained a spreadsheet to monitor expenditure of a particular cost centre which has resulted in saving the business £12,000 in the year to July 2015.

Having successfully completed her Advanced AAT Apprenticeship, Lauren progressed on to the Higher Apprenticeship in AAT.

Apprenticeship Profile – Frances Lawson

Frances worked at Millthorpe as an Apprentice Teaching Assistant from September 2015 to July 2016.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

When I finished College I was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to work with young people, having enjoyed working in Quaker Youth events previously. I considered university but could not find a course that inspired me and I was not sure I was ready for university yet. So I investigated other options and an apprenticeship appealed to me. It was a chance to work with young people and to help me decide if that was what I wanted to work towards, whilst also earning a wage.

What did your apprenticeship teach you?

Working at Millthorpe gave me the experience of having a full time job, and strengthened many important skills e.g. communication. In addition it helped to shape me as a person and figure out my goals for the future. I really enjoyed my apprenticeship, all the staff I worked with were so supportive and really made me feel welcome. I think a great thing about apprenticeships is you are thrown into the world of work at quite a young age (most of the time) meaning you really grow as a person as you deal with the pressures of a ‘real life’ job. It enabled me to become more confident and be able to work as part of a team, which has helped me when I’ve looked for future employment while at university.

Where did your apprenticeship take you?

The qualification I gained would allow me to apply for a Teaching Assistant TA2 role, and the experience will help me when applying for any job in the future. I think doing an apprenticeship was a really efficient way to spend my transition time between school and university, it also enabled me to decide what I really wanted to do, which is a degree in psychology, and hopefully then to go into educational psychology. I don’t know if I would have reached this decision if it wasn’t for my apprenticeship! Also being paid to learn is a bonus!

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Friday 3 March 2017

Spring Concert Tuesday 14 March 2017
The Spring Concert is taking place on Tuesday 14 March at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions, and are available to buy in the Dining Hall at break times.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 29 March 2017
We are pleased to invite all Year 8 parents and carers to parents’ evening on Wednesday 29 March. Students were given a letter with an attached appointment form earlier this week. A copy of these is available on the school website by clicking here. Appointment forms should be returned to your child’s Form Tutor by Monday 13 March. Alternatively you can complete the appointment form online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8-Appointment-Form.

Millthorpe Achieves FairAware School Status
As you may be aware Millthorpe is currently in the process of becoming a Fairtrade School. This means joining a worldwide movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world. We have now achieved FairAware status thanks to students and staff reflecting on their knowledge about the Fairtrade Foundation. This is a timely achievement as we are halfway through Fairtrade fortnight. Click here to read more about our FairAware School status.

National Careers and Apprenticeship Week
The week commencing Monday 6 March is National Careers and Apprenticeships Week. To celebrate these events, staff have arranged lots of different activities to help raise awareness and understanding of apprenticeships and to give students the opportunity to explore their career options. Visit the school website to read more about the breadth of activities taking place next week.

South Bank Academy Trust Update
Please click here to read the latest update from the Trust which includes the recruitment of new Trustees, the appointment of new Members, sponsoring of York High School, Knavesmire Primary School’s outstanding SATs results and the successful application of grant money which will allow the Trust to develop financial and administrative support for its schools.

Visit from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
On Friday 10 March school will be hosting a visit from the Archbishop of York who will give an address about vocations to Year 10 students in an assembly as part of our engagement with National Careers week. Archbishop Sentamu will also take part in question and answer sessions with students during RE lessons.

Period 6 Revision Sessions
The Period 6A and 6B revision sessions for Year 11 students will swap round from Monday 6 March. The days of the revision sessions will remain the same but where a student has, for example, English in the Period 6A slot this will become their 6B slot and vice versa. Students will be issued new timetables on Monday.

Year 9 Booster and Meningitis Vaccinations
A reminder that the Year 9 Booster and Meningitis vaccinations will take place on Monday 13 March for students who have returned their consent form. It would be helpful if students could wear a short sleeved shirt should they have one, or a white vest top underneath their shirt should they prefer. Due to time restrictions, some students may not receive their vaccinations on this day and a catch-up session has been arranged for Thursday 27 April.

Geography Trip Hoodies
A reminder for parents and carers of students attending the Iceland and Sicily trips that hoodies are on sale now and orders MUST be completed by Tuesday 7 March. Please use the links below to order a hoodie and pay using ParentPay.
Order Iceland Hoodie
Order Sicily Hoodie

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers
We are currently collecting Sainsburys vouchers that we can redeem for free sports equipment for the school. Vouchers can be handed to your child’s Form Tutor or the School Office.

Millthorpe achieves FairAware School status

As you may be aware Millthorpe is currently in the process of becoming a Fairtrade School. This means joining a worldwide movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world.

We have now achieved FairAware status thanks to students and staff reflecting on their knowledge about the Fairtrade Foundation. This is a timely achievement as we are halfway through Fairtrade fortnight.

Before half term, Year 7 students were encouraged to ‘make a switch’ in their daily lives to ensure they were buying Fairtrade. We would like to thank all parents and carers who got involved with this. Our attention has now turned to the next stage in the process: becoming a FairActive School. We have launched this with Fairtrade fortnight activities, run by our newly set up group of Fairtrade Ambassadors. Every break time this week the group have been selling Fairtrade chocolate outside the Geography department. This will be expanded upon next week when they will be selling luxury, Fairtrade hot chocolate for 50p at breaktimes.

Thank you for supporting us with this venture and helping farmers in developing countries.

National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

The week commencing Monday 6 March is National Careers and Apprenticeship Week. To celebrate these events staff have arranged lots of different activities to help raise student awareness and understanding of apprenticeships and to give students the opportunity to explore their career options.

We have a variety of guest speakers coming in to school this week including:

  • A Japanese translator/interpreter who will speak to all Year 8 students on Thursday
  • A French translator who will speak to selected Year 10 students on Tuesday
  • A Surveyor from Ordnance Survey who will speak to selected Year 9 and Year 10 students and all Duke of Edinburgh students on Monday
  • Two engineers from A-one+ (Highways) to talk to Year 11 Engineers on Friday

We have also already had the following visitors in the Technology Department, with more guests planned for future weeks:

  • A Graphic Designer from Bivouac
  • Engineers from Portakabin
  • A Quantity Surveyor from Shepard Engineering

Teachers will be including careers and Post-16 pathways within some of their lessons during the week, examples include information on apprenticeships within the Science department (linking to current work on Electricity), GCSE Drama students will start the next section of their course by researching job roles within the theatre industry and students in Art, Science and Music will be researching jobs related to these subjects. There will also be a variety of assemblies including one from Amazing Apprenticeships to all Year 9 students, explaining to them what an apprenticeship is.

Increasingly the Government is promoting Apprenticeships as a Post-16 route and the opportunities available for our students increases each year so it is vital they are aware of all the options open to them upon leaving Millthorpe. We have included a Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships on our website.

As a school we have worked hard over the years to deliver independent careers information and guidance and we have embedded a strong programme for our students providing advice, support and information on their options and choices post-16. One aspect of this programme is the ‘Preparation for Employment’ Day that all Year 10 students took part in on Thursday 2 March. The day is designed to raise students awareness and understanding of what skills and qualities future employers will be looking for and includes sessions on interview skills and details on finding part-time work as a student. Details of this programme can be found in our Careers Booklet.

This year we are starting to expand this programme. We have taken feedback from our students, staff and parents/carers and we will now be able to offer a more rounded and comprehensive progression programme through to Key Stage 5. This includes offering careers interviews to more Key Stage 4 students, training core staff on apprenticeship routes and increased access to on-line careers guidance sites.