Parent Governor Vacancies

There are currently two vacancies for parent governors to join the school Governing Body. Effective governance is essential for the success of a school, so please consider whether this is something that you could do at Millthorpe. If you are interested, please contact the Head’s PA on for more information and details of how to apply. General guidance about the role of parent governors can be found here: Being a Parent Governor


Building Works 

By the time we return after Half Term, the building works will be almost complete. Many thanks to everyone for bearing with us whilst the work has been taking place.

The plans for developing the all weather pitch on the school site are still underway: we are currently waiting for a decision by the Local Authority planning committee. We will also be submitting a bid for further funding from the DfE to replace the temporary classroom and Science Labs next to the main field – we will hear if this has been successful around the end of March.


Dining Room refurbishment celebration! Monday 5 November

To mark the completion of refurbishment works in the kitchen and the reopening of the canteen for hot food, we will be holding a celebration lunch on Monday 5 November. This will include party food, music and spot prizes. I hope that your child will be able to join us. Year 7 students will be released from lessons early on Monday so they can familiarise themselves with the hot meal service.

Just a reminder that a ‘meal deal’ (hot main course and pudding) costs £2.40; and to make sure you top up your child’s account on ParentPay if you need to.


GCSE Science Revision Sessions 

The Science Department will be running a weekly Science revision drop-in session in A9 after school every Thursday. This is open to all KS4 Students. This will give students the opportunity to revise in a supportive and structured environment with teachers available to help. This also gives students the opportunity to complete their weekly Science Homework with Science staff available to support them.


Sports Practice Rota Nov-Dec 2018

The sports practice rota for next half term can be found on the link below:

Practice rotas Nov-Dec 18



Careers Hub Sets New Sights for Young People in the Region

Careers Hub Sets New Sights for Young People in the Region

Students from Millthorpe School joined forces with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to launch the Careers Hub on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Speaking to representatives from 35 schools from across the region, Louella Rebbeck and Theo Steele shared the valuable experience they gained from undertaking work placements in commercial theatre production, highlighting the responsibility they experienced, the new skills they learnt and the benefits their experience will have for them in the future. To conclude his speech, Theo said “It’s an opportunity I’m glad I got to have and wish everyone could have. If asked to do it again, I’d say yes every time.”

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) won their bid for the region to host one of 20 Careers Hubs in England, designed to help transform careers education for young people. Central to the LEP strategy for tackling the aging demographic and enabling economic growth in the region, is ensuring that young people are knowledgeable and inspired by the diverse career routes that are available in the region. The Careers Hub will work to ensure that schools, students and parents understand the value of all available destination routes out of secondary education and that young people are getting the right support to progress into their chosen career path.

The Hub is made up of 35 schools and colleges which will work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company to improve careers education. The Government’s National Careers Strategy sets a standard for all schools and colleges to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, standards of excellence in careers education. NYBEP, lead delivery partner of Careers Hub support programmes, will work with schools to build bespoke programmes of careers education, addressing the specific needs of students within individual schools and addressing gaps in provision that will help schools to achieve against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

As well as providing schools with access to support and funding, the Hub will play a crucial role in developing networks between schools, so that experience and best practice can be shared. Millthorpe School in York, is the lead school for the York, North Yorkshire Careers Hub. Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Head of Millthorpe School, said,

“Schools’ most important role is to send out well rounded, polite, curious and inquisitive young people who have aspiration and employability skills. To achieve that, schools need to work together, with enthusiasm and passion, to build relationships with businesses and create opportunities for our young people. I am very much looking forward to doing that.”

Partnership with local businesses can help schools to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. The lead business in the Careers Hub is Sirius Minerals, based on the North Yorkshire Coast. The £3.2 billion project by Sirius Minerals to construct the Woodsmith Mine, positions it as a large employer for the region, for the long term. The company is committed to bringing opportunity to young people in their local community, delivering an Education Outreach programme which has engaged with over 80 schools and 10,000 young people in the area. The project aims to support careers provision in schools and colleges and raise the profile of the science, technology, engineering and maths careers available.

Matt Parsons, External Affairs Manager at Sirius Minerals, speaking at the Careers Hub launch, said

“We want to engage the spark in young people by increasing their skills and aspirations towards STEM and other career opportunities. We are delighted to be the lead employer in the Careers Hub and want to show good practice to help others get involved.”

Jane Hinkins, Personal Development Coordinator at Harrogate Grammar School said,

“This is an exciting opportunity to build a network and grow our confidence as Careers Leads in schools. We need to understand and act fast to keep up with the changing world of careers, ensuring that parents and students know about the huge breadth of careers out there.”

Alongside the Careers Hub, the LEP have also developed a ‘Leading Careers Guidance’ toolkit, which eases the way for schools to meet the standards of careers education required by the Department for Education. The LEP is also working to develop Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship provision in the region, with an Apprenticeship Hub to be announced later this year.


International visitors from five countries have visited a York secondary school this month in a bid to unleash their creative sides, as they take part in an international project to bring more creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship into their students’ education.
Millthorpe School is one of ten partners from five countries participating in the DICE (Developing Innovation and Creativity in Education) Project, an international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union which aims to foster innovation and creativity in education. The ten partners, based in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Bulgaria, have received a joint grant of €284,000.
Two members of staff from Millthorpe School went to Spain earlier this year where they learnt about the Creative Platform, a teaching style which encourages students to let go of traditional patterns of thinking so that their creativity is not limited. The teachers were also introduced to LEGO BuildToExpress, a ground-breaking teaching technique which encourages students to build models using LEGO Serious Play, to demonstrate their understanding of various curriculum areas. Another Millthorpe teacher spent time in a Danish school and at a Danish university to look at ways to implement creativity into lessons and how Danish teachers teach.
The visiting group comprised of 27 delegates from ten different overseas institutions who spent two days at the school. The visitors spent time in classes, meeting the students and sharing best practice and ideas with each other. The main focus of the visit was on how the different partners were going to implement the methodology behind the Creative Platform, for the good of the students.
Millthorpe’s Deputy Headteacher, Tim Gillbanks, is DICE coordinator for the school. He said “As the only UK secondary school involved in DICE, it’s wonderful to be part of such an exciting project and to welcome the international delegates to Millthorpe. The new style lessons we have delivered so far using the Creative Platform methodology, have encouraged students to think differently, use problem-solving techniques and also more importantly, to realise that it’s OK to try things, take a risk and sometime get things wrong. Students have been really engaged and excited to learn in a new, creative way.
“To get the most from DICE, we are getting as many staff as possible involved so that we can all learn together and bring new techniques and innovation in to the classroom for the benefit of the students. We’ve gained so much from the experience so far and we’re really looking forward to welcoming our DICE partners to the UK later this year.”
DICE Project Coordinator Eufemia Rosso Delgado said “It has been wonderful to visit the UK and especially York, with my fellow delegates. We have all learned so much from each other and gained so much knowledge from visiting the partner schools and teacher training institutions. In turn, all of the students we come in to contact with can benefit from creative teaching and learning techniques.”
Next year, all the DICE partners will head to Bulgaria and then there will be a final visit to Portugal where the project will conclude.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 


A gentle reminder that initial payments are due in by 22 October. Please note that the initial payment is non-refundable.


Bronze practice: 4-5 May

Bronze assessed:  7-8 and 9-10 June. (Note that, owing to the number of students taking part this year, we will need to run two separate expeditions with one half of the group at a time. We will advise students nearer the time which of the two expeditions they need to attend.)

Silver practice: 25-27 June (leaving after school on Monday 24 June at approx. 16.00)

Silver assessed: 8-10 July (leaving school on Sunday 7 July at approx 16.00)

Note that Silver expeditions will no longer be at weekends as previously stated on the letter.

Any queries, please contact Mr Ward or Miss Frankland.


GCSE Art Resources and Information

Key dates and other important information about this year’s GCSE Art exam can now be found on the school website under ‘Art’ in the ‘Departments’ section, or by following this link:


Water Bottles

It is our expectation that all students bring a water bottle to school with them, which they can fill at the fountains in the canteen or Sports Hall. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.


Kitchen and Canteen Refurbishment

The works to refurbish the kitchen and part of the canteen are now almost complete and still on track for hot food and dining facilities to be available again after Half Term. Further confirmation will follow next Friday.


Road Safety 

Road safety messages to students

There have been a number of reports recently from members of the public concerned about risky behaviour by Millthorpe students on their way to and from school. We have begun to address this issue with students in school and we would be very grateful if you could reinforce with your child(ren) the vital importance of taking good care when crossing roads.

Driving into school

A reminder that parents/carers should under no circumstances be driving into school to drop off or collect students unless by prior arrangement with the school (e.g. for a student with an injury).


Year 7 Parents’ Evening 4.00-6.30pm Tuesday 23 October

Click here for a letter with more details: Year 7 Parents’ Evening letter

Click here to complete the online form:

Please complete booking requests by Monday 15 October.


Millthorpe Remembers Poppy Project

This year, to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, students and staff at Millthorpe are being encouraged to contribute a poppy to the school’s memorial display. Each poppy will be dedicated to a different individual who lost their life in WWI and they will be combined to make a display in the school’s main entrance. Please follow the link for more information.

Poppy Project


German Exchange for Year 9 students

There are still places available on this rewarding exchange programme, which includes a week-long visit to Germany next June. The total cost is £340 per student. If you are interested, please see Miss Ramsay as soon as possible.


Trip for Year 7, 8 and 9 students to Stratford-upon-Avon 7-9 December 2018

A further reminder about this exciting residential English and Drama trip for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The price is £335 per student and includes two nights’ accommodation, travel and admission to an RSC production and a range of exciting educational activities. For the last few available places, we have opened it up to Year 7 students as well.

You can email Ms. Redman on stating your child’s name and form to register your interest.

Stratford Letter Sep 2018


Insightful Imaginings: online student writing showcase

‘Insightful Imaginings’ is a new online publication platform to showcase outstanding work from students of schools across York. Millthorpe students are encouraged to submit any written work they are proud of to the website:

Parents, carers and students may also wish to browse the site for inspiration and to see the fantastic work that is being produced across the city.



Students at a York secondary school have been exploring their future education and career opportunities this week, with the help of a number of external agencies and educational organisations.
Year 11 students at Millthorpe School took part in the Exploring Pathways event organised by the school in conjunction with NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business & Enterprise Partnership) which was aimed at equipping them with the necessary information, advice, knowledge and skills to help them to start thinking about the opportunities available to them when they leave school at 16. 
Students took part in a variety of workshops, listened to talks about student finance and apprenticeship schemes, talked to employers, trainers and education establishments in the careers exhibition and also learned about interview techniques and skills. Representatives on the day included: Askham Bryan College, Derwent Training Association, the Job Centre, British Army, Royal Navy, Huddersfield University, York St John University and All Saints Sixth Form College.
Sharon Maddison, Delivery Team Lead from NYBEP said “The event is about helping our young people prepare for their future. In addition to looking at the opportunities that are available post-16, we also want to instil into them the fact that planning and organisation are essential, the importance of working hard and having a positive attitude and ways in which they can work on their confidence and self-belief to help them progress.”
Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Headteacher at Millthorpe School added “As a school we do everything we can to ensure that our students have as much information as possible about the huge variety of opportunities available to them post-16, but we also want to equip them with the skills and knowledge to make a smooth transition to that next step, whatever that might be. We are hugely grateful to NYBEP for their ongoing support and to all of our speakers and exhibitors who helped make the day such a success.”
Representatives from York College, Askham Bryan College and York St John University all commented on how engaged the students were and were impressed with the preparation the students had done before the day. 
When asked about the event, Year 11 students, Mary and Amy said “It’s really good to have everybody in school all at once so that we can talk to as many people as possible. It helps us to work out what we don’t want to do as much as what we do want to do! We’re both thinking of A Levels at the moment, but it’s been really good to see what else is available.”

Millthorpe Messenger

Millthorpe Messenger is Millthorpe School’s e-bulletin which goes out to parents at the end of each half-term.

Through Millthorpe Messenger, we keep parents in touch with news, announcements, success stories and achievements from across the school, giving you a really good insight into just some of the great things that happen at Millthorpe.

The Millthorpe Messenger can be located through the media drop down menu tab on our main page. Alternatively you can click on the link below:

Click here to read  Millthorpe Messenger

Millthorpe School’s Mental Health Champions

On Wednesday Councillor Johnny Crawshaw came to meet with Millthorpe School’s Mental Health Champions to hear about their plans to promote the well being of young people and campaign to tackle stigma around mental health. Over the last year 12 students received training in peer-to-peer support as part of a citywide initiative supported by the local authority and public health. This year, the campaign, supported by the well being Service and led by students, will be running in secondary schools across the city. It is hoped that this project will encourage students and their parents to talk more openly about pressures faced by young people. Councillor Crawshaw was impressed by Millthorpe’s student leaders and happy to swap notes on how to run an effective campaign.