Weekly Email Friday 25 January 2019

Uniform Reminders to Students

Thank you for your ongoing support by ensuring that your child attends school in full uniform. The overwhelming majority of our students continue to comply with expectations and attend school looking very smart every day. We have today reminded students of expectations and clarified the following points:

> Blazers should be worn at all times. This includes lesson change over and when going for break/lunch.

> Ties need to be roughly to the waist.

> Skirts should not be rolled up at the top to shorten the length. Skirts should be roughly to the knee.

> All trousers/skirts need to be the Millthorpe School trouser/skirt from Keal Teamwear.


We have also reminded students that between 8.45am and 3.10pm, coats should not be worn inside the school building and mobile phones should not be used anywhere on the school site during this time.

Form Tutors will be carrying out a uniform check during registration on Monday morning and staff will be enforcing the “No coats, no phones” expectation between 8.45am and 3.10pm.


Spare Uniform

If you have any uniform that is no longer needed and in reasonable condition, we are always very grateful to receive it, in particular blazers and ties. Just bring any spare items to the school office.


Junior Band

Junior band (Years 7-9) is going to move from Wednesday Lunch times to Wednesday after school 3.20pm – 4pm. This is so that those pupils that are in other clubs during lunch time get the opportunity to join a music ensemble and it gives us more time to set up the room and rehearse. If your son/daughter plays a brass, woodwind or string instrument or keyboard then please persuade them to try out Junior Band if they haven’t done so already. We are working towards a concert on Tuesday 19 February so it would be great if your child could be in the concert to get the full Millthorpe musician experience and also participate in our annual rewards trip to the theatre.


Carlton Lodge

Just a gentle reminder about payments please: if you do not have the schedule please do let me know and I can resend; and if you have any problems with this please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be meeting with the students within the next couple of weeks with kit lists etc, so hopefully that should give you the chance to sort anything out. Finally, if your child would like to go to Carlton Lodge but didn’t sign up, it is still not too late. I will hold a meeting for any students who do want to go but haven’t signed up next week to hand out consent / medical forms etc. This will be on Thursday after school and I will put details on the student bulletin.


Year 11 English Revision Books

The English Department are selling various revision books to support students’ revision in the run up to the exams in the summer. They are published by CGP and although the retail price is £5.95, we are able to sell them at the discounted price of £2.75 each. If you would like to buy one or more of the revision guides, payment can be made either on ParentPay or by bringing the money to the English Office. All revision guides are available to collect from the English Office.

Revision guides for Literature are: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and Power and Conflict Poetry.

Revision guides for Language are: AQA English Language Workbook

Please ask your English teacher if you are unsure about which Literature texts you are studying before purchasing them on ParentPay.


Year 11 Art Students

Thank you for your continued support as students prepare for their Art exams in March. Next week is Week 3 of the Exam Preparation Schedule (see Art Department Page link below) when most students will be undertaking personal photographic research and/or collecting images from secondary sources. It might be helpful to know that this weekend is the annual Residents First weekend when free access is on offer on presentation of a YorkCard. A wide range of venues in the City and surrounding area are participating including Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.

Art Department Page


Friday 18 January 2019

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 January

A reminder that Year 11 Parents’ Evening is next Wednesday, 23 January from 4.00-6.30pm.

Year 11 Maths Exam Practice Workbooks

The Maths department are placing an order for some Exam Practice Workbooks. They are published by CPG and are available in shops for £5.95. We are able to sell them at £3. They contain exam style questions by topic and all answers are included. They will be fantastic for revision and come in 3 levels: Foundation (1-5), Higher (4-9), and Targeted Grade 8-9.

The order will be placed on Thursday 24 January. If you would like one please bring £3 to the Maths office or parents evening. It is also set up on ParentPay if you prefer to use this method. All money would need to be received before 24 January. Some copies are available in the Maths office if students wish to have a look at them first.

Trustee Recruitment

Could you help Millthorpe by becoming a Governor Trustee? Please see the attached letter for more details.

Trustee and Governor Recruitment Letter


Holocaust Memorial Day – Year 9 Students Friday 25 January

Once again, we will be marking international Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of activities for Year 9 students. Please see below for more information.

Holocaust Memorial Day Year 9


York ISSP Coordinator Role

York Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) is a partnership of 9 state and 3 independent secondary schools in York, whose purpose is to provide a city-wide network of academic and enrichment opportunities for able and interested children. They are currently seeking to recruit a new Coordinator following the retirement of the current post holder. For more information, please see the letter below:

York ISSP Coordinator Vacancy

Weekly Email Friday 11 January

Year 11 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 23 January

A letter with details can be found here: Year 11 Parents Evening 23-1-19

Parents/carers can now book their own appointments using an online booking system, which can be found here: http://www.millthorpeschool.co.uk/millthorpe/parents/parents-evening/


Art Messages

Year 11 GCSE Externally Set Assignment

Year 11 Art students were given the AQA question paper for the externally set assignment during the launch lesson on Thursday. You can support your child this week by discussing ideas for questions they are interested in. Please sign the blue reply slip which your child will use to record their initial ideas. Students must hand in their reply slip by next Friday (18 January) at the latest. A full schedule, including final exam dates is available on the Art page of the school website (link below).


Please note that it is an exam regulation that exam related preparation or final piece work must not be posted on any social media site. This restriction remains in place until the end of September 2019 and will also apply to coursework effective from the school hand-in deadline of Wednesday 8 May 2019. Your child is aware of this.


Project Outlines

An outline of the Art projects for all year groups can also be found on the school website.



New Menu

The latest menu for dinners in the school canteen can now be found on the website (3 week menu served in rotation starting with Week 1 this week):

Canteen Menu


Work Experience

A reminder that all completed paperwork should have been returned to school by today (Friday 11 January).