Development projects begin to take shape

Work started at the end of June on two exciting development projects.

The Artificial Grass Pitch project, funded by City of York Council as part of the expansion of Scarcroft School, will create a fantastic sports facility available for use all year round for Millthorpe and Scarcroft students, as well as children in other local schools and for the wider community. After more than four years of waiting, we are eagerly looking forward to children finally being able to gain all the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing this will provide, hopefully just as the easing of restrictions makes group sport and outdoor activities more and more accessible.

The Applefields Satellite project will provide purpose-built accommodation for Applefields students on the Millthorpe site, allowing them to integrate with mainstream students whilst still receiving  dedicated support from Applefields staff. This supports our commitment to an inclusive ethos for our school community, as well as allowing us to draw on their specialist expertise and experience.

Both projects are on schedule and expected to complete in October.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents and carers

As we come to the end of another school year, we reflect on how the year has been. As I mentioned in the assembly this week (see below for details), it has been a very challenging year, but we must also draw from it some of the positives, including some of the wonderful work that our students have shared. There are also some other positive stories that we will share with you over the weekend in our Millthorpe Messenger; I hope that you enjoy seeing some of the things that have been going on during lockdown.

There is a detailed document here that explains how we will function in September. It includes start and end times, lesson times, break and lunch times and the answer to many other questions that parents might have. Please do take the time to read this. We have also completed the formal risk assessment that all York and North Yorkshire schools have completed and you can find that here.

All these documents can be found on our website.

We have used all government guidance and now have detailed plans in place. Of course, the guidance could change, so we will be reviewing our plans in the week commencing 17 August, three weeks before school opens for the autumn term. We will inform you of any changes.

On Friday 21 August, I will write to all parents confirming these plans or explaining any changes, subject to government advice and any local or national changes. We believe that there could be changes to the guidance regarding face coverings and so, we will review this carefully in August and communicate with parents then. Please understand that the school and the Governing Body would like to ensure that we allow as much choice for students, parents and staff as we can, whilst also ensuring that health and safety remain the most important aspects of this decision.

Safeguarding during the summer holidays

Please note that as it is the summer holidays and school is closed, staff will not be accessing their emails on a regular basis and contact via work mobile phones or via the school office will not be possible. This includes the Pastoral Team and Senior Leaders.

If you have a safeguarding or wellbeing concern about a young person, it will not be sufficient to try to make contact with us as you ordinarily would during term time as it may be several days or even longer before this communication reaches the recipient.
During the summer holidays, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01904 551900. If you need urgent assistance, please call York CAMHS Crisis Team on 0300 0200 317, or if it is out of normal working hours, the North Yorkshire Emergency Out of Hours Duty Team on 01609 780780.

Please also see the Important: Safeguarding Contacts on the school website.

I hope that all our of students and families can enjoy the summer break and keep safe and well. On behalf of the whole staff, we really look forward to welcoming our students back in September.

With very best wishes

Miss Greenhalgh

End of term assembly

This week’s end of term celebration assembly was emailed out yesterday and is available on the school website (just scroll down slightly to find it). It includes amazing lockdown work, announces the winners of the House Competition for this year, videos of staff from the loosing Houses being gunged and more! Please note that the audio of the videos plays first and then the full video plays immediately afterwards so please bear with it…it is worth the wait!


It was lovely to see a number of students over the last few days who came in to collect their belongings from their lockers. If your child didn’t manage or wasn’t able to make it this week, and would like to collect a lock and/or belongings from their locker next week, please contact Alex Collins direct on to arrange a suitable time. A reminder that items remaining in lockers, including locks, will be re-used, recycled, donated or otherwise disposed of before September.

School uniform

Our uniform supplier, Keal Teamwear, have asked us to remind you of the current arrangements for purchasing uniform. They are operating a Click & Collect or Delivery service only. Please do not go to the shop. You can place your order online or by phone T: 01904 624497, and choose delivery or collection. They have a detailed size guide online to assist you, but are happy to exchange items if you order the wrong size.

PE kit

For at least the first three weeks of next term, students will not need to bring their full PE kit to school; they will just need to bring a pair of trainers. We will not be asking students to change into PE kit at school until we are satisfied this can be done safely. During PE lessons, students will take part in active but not strenuous activities. We will review this position once the term gets underway and give parents good notice if and when we make any changes.

In anticipation of when we do return to full PE lessons, please note the following changes to the PE uniform policy next year, which are part of our intention to make the uniform consistent for boys and girls:

  • Plain navy shorts will become the normal PE kit for both boys and girls. For all of next year, students will also be able to wear any white shorts they already own.
  • Sky blue reversible games tops (available from Keal Teamwear; see above) can now be worn by girls as well as boys for outdoor PE. For all of next year, girls can also wear any plain white aertex shirts they already own.

Student email accounts

A quick reminder that as Millthorpe will be moving to Google email accounts over the summer, at some point after today, all student email accounts will be deleted. If your child has any emails or attachments in their email they would like to keep, they must download them as soon as possible. We will introduce students to their new Google Mail accounts in September.

Career resources

The CareerMap website is full of useful information about career pathways. Our outgoing Year 11s may be particularly interested in:

Confectionery alert from North Yorkshire Police

PC Elliott, NYP School Liaison Police Officer has shared an email with all schools, about the first York case of “Nerds Rope” sweets in the City. Whilst there is absolutely no suggestion that Millthorpe students are involved, we have been asked to share the attached information with parents and carers to make them aware and ask for their vigilance.

The “Nerds Rope” sweets are infused with cannabis oil which can have a profound effect on children who may experience:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Lethargy, collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Cardiovascular problems

Nerds can be purchased online and many schools/parents don’t realise they contain cannabis.

PC Elliott is available during the summer holidays if you have any queries or would like more information. She can be contacted on: T: 07810 815307 or E: Please call 101/999 if you have immediate concerns.

Find out more here.

Support over the summer

City of York Council has shared with us a “Support for Families” document which is full of information, web links and contact details for families in need of support on a number of topics including: housing, finance, food, SEN, mental health and bereavement amongst others.

Please do take a look if you need any support over the summer break.

Free cycle training

Bikeability Level 2 and 3 courses will run during school time in the Autumn Term. Training is provided by City of York Council Road Safety Team. The training is offered free of charge to students in Years 7 and 8 and gives the opportunity to develop on-road cycling skills and all round road awareness. Each course is a single two-hour session. Bicycles can be borrowed from CYC, by prior arrangement, for the training.

An information letter and consent form is available from the link below and should be returned to by Friday 19 September please.

Further details of the Bikeability Training can be found here or you can contact the Road Safety Team at

Year 11 hoodies

If any Year 11 students missed the deadline for ordering a leavers hoodie, one of the Year 11 parents, Annette Maas, has offered to coordinate an order via Keal Teamwear.

To go ahead they need ten orders, so if you are interested, please contact Annette directly by email on

Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code: TWJ2678tuv

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

I hope that you are all well and looking forward to the summer ahead.

We have contacted you earlier today with a request to read a home-school agreement for our return in September. Please ensure that you have read this document with details about how we will return to school and completed the survey to say that you have read this by Tuesday 14 July at noon.

Please note that Year 7 will start at 8.45am on Wednesday 9 September and all other students will return on Thursday 10 September.

Full details of our proposed start and finishing times and how we will stagger the lunch and break times will follow early next week. We will also issue our full risk assessment to parents and carers too.

School work over summer
Please note that there will not be any formal school work set over summer. Teachers will also not be available over the holidays via their email and school will be closed. Access to work will still be available so that students can complete any work that they haven’t finished.

Subject teachers in Year 10 have provided students with resources that students can use to cover topics during the holidays at their own pace. Year 10 students can look back at previous topics and work previously set on ClassCharts, but it is not the expectation that new work will be set each week. Many departments have also created physical booklets to support students, which have been collected from school. These resources are intended to reassure and support students and it is not intended as a ‘catch-up’ list for Year 10 preparing for Year 11. All departments are currently making plans in school to ensure that students recap and recover gaps in their curriculum from September 2020.

Year 11
We have written to all Year 11 parents and students this week to share our plans for their results day in August. We really look forward to seeing them all again in the summer.

Thank you very much to everyone who has donated uniform to sell in our Eco Laundry sales. In order for as many families as possible to be able to make use of this money saving and environmentally friendly way to buy school uniform, we are pleased to be able to run two Eco Laundry sales: Saturday 11 July from 10am-12pm and Monday 13 July from 10am-12pm. The first hour of each sale is for Pupil Premium families (receiving Free School Meals currently or received Free School Meals in the past) and for any other families who would like to access the early sale for financial reasons.

Prices are as follows:

  • blazers, reversible sports tops, outdoor coats – £3
  • trousers, skirts, jumpers, PE shorts, PE fleeces – £2
  • ties, shirts, PE T-shirts £1

We have a few pairs of new shoes available priced at £10.

If you would like to attend one of our sales, please follow this guidance:

  • Use the Nunthorpe Avenue front entrance to school (we cannot open the back and side gate for safeguarding reasons)
  • If you arrive by car, park in front of the main entrance or on the drive
  • Follow the signs to the canteen at the top of the main drive
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided as you enter and exit the canteen
  • Give your child’s name/ children’s names on entry to the canteen
  • Follow the one way system around the canteen; only one family at each uniform table at a time
  • Pay for your uniform on exit from the canteen (cash only, correct change much appreciated to avoid unnecessary money handling)

Ms Andrle (Assistant Head) and Ms Garner-Steel (Pupil Premium Champion) look forward to welcoming you on Saturday and Monday.

I hope that you all can enjoy some nice weather over the weekend.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh
This week’s virtual assembly

This week’s online assembly is from Mr Burton and it is on the topic of risk, and why you might want to take a bit more of it.


We appreciate that students have not had the usual opportunity to empty their lockers before the holidays this year and as well as items they may want to reclaim, there is sure to be some PE kit in desperate need of a wash! In addition, it won’t be possible for students to use lockers when we re-open in September, so we definitely need to empty all lockers over the summer.

We are now in a position to allow students, parents/carers or other family members to come into school in a managed way to retrieve locker contents using the scheduled slots below. Please come to the Main Hall entrance to wait in or outside the Main Hall (depending on the weather) whilst small groups are accompanied by staff to empty lockers. When you attend, please expect to remove all contents and the lock itself.

Tuesday 14 July 10am 7EML, 7RJC, 7BLO, 7CPO
Tuesday 14 July 1pm 7AIN, 7RNH, 7PJS, 7KSN
Wednesday 15 July, 10am 8SBL, 8ELA, 8MTH, 8BAJ
Wednesday 15 July, 1pm 8JEB, 8BCD, 8MXB, 8CEB
Thursday 16 July, 10am 9KAF, 9PEN, 9ITH, 9SCA
Thursday 16 July, 1pm 9MWS, 9HPA, 9LWR, 9SOR
Friday 17 July, 10am All Year 10
Friday 17 July, 1pm All Year 11

If no-one in the family is able to make the slot next week, we hope to have some limited availability in the first week of the holidays – we’ll send details of that next Friday, as well as what to do if no-one can attend that week either.

Please note that any items remaining in lockers, including locks, will have to be suitably disposed of before the start of next year.

Boots for Games Lessons

The PE department are very excited by the prospect of Games lessons on the brand new Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), which are expected to start in October. Please note that there are specific requirements as set out by manufacturers regarding the footwear that can be worn on this surface.

So what boots does my child need for Games lessons next year?
A pair of boots with moulded studs. Moulded boots usually have around 12-15 plastic studs that cannot be removed. They can be used on the AGP and on grass.

What should I avoid?

  • Boots with removable studs. These usually have six studs, often metal, that can be screwed in and out. These tear up the AGP surface and are therefore unacceptable.
  • Hybrid or Mixed Stud boots. These have a combination of removable studs and moulded studs, usually blade-shaped. These also tear the surface.
  • Boots with blades. These have short, blade-shaped studs. They can cause injuries on AGPs as they restrict movement and turning.
  • Astros. Also known as turf trainers. These have poor grip in the wet and are not suitable for use on grass pitches.

Your child will still need a pair of non-marking trainers for indoor PE (note that these are not suitable for use on the AGP).

North Yorkshire Police are setting all young people a Summer Holiday Challenge!

The challenge is open to all 8-18 year olds who are resident in York or North Yorkshire. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: get together with your up to six of your mates – either virtually or in person (adhering to social distancing guidance) – think up a digital project between you and then do it!

Your project could benefit your street, your community or your environment. It’s entirely up to you. It just needs to make a difference in your community.

Find out more here

Online courses with Family Matters York

Family Matters York will be hosting the following online courses from September:

Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
Monday afternoon 12.45 to 2.45pm for 5 weeks starting 14 Sept or Monday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 14 Sept

Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
Wednesday morning 9.30 to 11.30am for 5 wks starting 16 Sept or Wednesday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 16 Sept

Time Out for Dads
Thursday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 17 Sept

Handling Anger in the Family
Tuesday afternoon 12.45 to 2.45pm for 4 weeks starting 15 Sept, Tuesday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks starting 15 Sept, Monday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks starting 28 Sept or Thursday morning 9.30 to 11.30am for 4 weeks starting 1 Oct.

All these courses will take place online via Zoom.

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson at Family Matters on 07393 147259 email:

Young women into STEM

Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers (known collectively as STEM).

This summer they are running an online mentoring programme for girls of all ages, in target groups. Further information can be found here.

Junior Maths challenge results have arrived!

A message from Mrs Papprill:

Well done to all of you that took part in the Lockdown Junior Maths Challenge. It was a first for us all.

I have received the results and certificates which I will email out to you as soon as possible. We have two Gold certificate achievers – Eve Crompton from Year 7 and Bel Clarke from Year 8. Bel was also Best in School with 107 points and Eve was only three marks behind her. Well done girls.
Bronze started at 70 marks; Silver at 86 and Gold at 103. Thousands of students take part from schools all across the UK so it really is an achievement to get a certificate.
Students can log back onto the UKMT website with the same details you had before if they want to see their personal results question by question.

If you need a reminder of your login details please email Mrs Paprill putting your full name and maths class in the title of the email.

Trip refunds

The majority of refunds have now been processed. Please check your ParentPay account to make a withdrawal. If you paid by cash or cheque, a member of the finance team will be in contact to arrange refunds over the next few days.

Read Theory
Year 7 have carried on with their phenomenal work on Read Theory. This week’s winning form is 7RNH and last week’s was 7AIN. Congratulations to them.

If your child would like to keep their reading and comprehension skills honed over the summer, they are more than welcome to keep using Read Theory. Lots of our students have made amazing leaps in their reading comprehension by using it. Students will be awarded any wristbands or badges they earn in September.

Well done to all students who made it into the individual top ten over the last two weeks; you should be proud of your hard work and commitment.
Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code sent to you in the weekly email.

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, in addition to being able to contact Ruth Cooper during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 3 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

I hope that you are all keeping well as we move into a new stage of relaxing the restrictions. Many of you will be able to see family and friends that you have been unable to meet physically and some of you may be looking forward to travel and summer holidays.

School opening in September
Last night we also heard the announcements that we can welcome all of our students back to school, full time, in September. The government has informed schools to open fully, but have asked us to consider a variety of different strategies to minimise risks of infection and how to respond to any infection. Whilst we have already spent a significant time planning for the full reopening in September, we are still refining the details of how we will make the necessary adjustments to keep everybody as safe as possible on our return. However, there are some parts of the government guidance that we can confirm immediately:

  • Students will be kept in year group ‘bubbles’; they will only work with students in their own year group and as far as possible will have social times and lunchtimes with their year group only.
  • Students will receive full timetabled lessons of the full curriculum but there may be some small changes to the school day to allow some staggering of entrances and exits.
  • Handwashing/hand sanitising will take place before and after school, before each lesson and before and after lunchtimes and breaks and we will work with the students about good respiratory hygiene: Catch it, Kill it, Bin it.
  • Students will be seated in classrooms facing the front of the classroom and not facing each other.
  • Where possible we will maintain 1 metre social distancing, but this is not possible in classrooms. Teachers will try to maintain 2 metres distancing from the students.
  • There will be a one-way system around school to try to alleviate the challenges of busy corridors.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place every day and throughout the day.
  • There will be a home-school agreement issued for parents/carers to sign that establishes our expectations of your child in school and our expectations of families where a member of a family may display some symptoms – it is essential that all families comply with this to protect our community.
  • We will engage with the Track and Trace system and work with our local health protection team if there is a confirmed case; and we will communicate any confirmed cases to all parents.
  • We will speak to any parent who has concerns or any parent where there are concerns about vulnerabilities and how we can support you; we have arranged appointments next week with some students who we know will struggle to return to school and for whom, persistent absence may be a problem.
  • All students will return in full school uniform after summer as per government guidance: We would, however, encourage all schools to return to their usual uniform policies in the autumn term. Uniform can play a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of a school and setting an appropriate tone.
School uniform
We had advised delaying the purchase of uniform until we had further information about schools re-opening in September as we didn’t want parents to buy uniform that might not be worn. We have now had confirmation of a full opening so all students should be in full school uniform when they return. The usual expectations and sanctions will apply in September. This includes all mandatory clothing items and ensuring hair and nails meet our uniform regulations. We want to start the year really positively and not managing uniform infringements. Thank you in advance for your understanding.We are aware that shopping is still more challenging than previously, however, there is still more than two months before students return to give you the time to purchase uniform.Eco Laundry uniform donations and sales
All families can use our Eco Laundry to buy, swap or donate items of school uniform as a way of protecting the environment and of keeping uniform costs down for everyone. At a time when many people’s family budgets are being squeezed and we are all trying to reduce the negative impact of our daily lives on the environment, we are keen to collect as much uniform as we can so that everyone is able to buy good quality pre-worn uniform at a very low cost.Thank you to all families who have used our uniform donation points to donate school uniform that no longer fits. The donation points at the front and back gate will be open again 8am-4pm Monday to Friday next week. We are still in particular need of smaller sized uniform to assist parents and carers of our new Year 7 students with the costs of moving to secondary school but donations of school uniform and PE kit of all sizes will be gratefully received. Please ensure all donations are bagged securely by tying the top of the bag shut.We plan to sell our recycled uniform on Monday 13 July on the hockey pitch if the weather is fine or in the canteen if the weather is poor. Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place. We will give priority to Pupil Premium families (currently receiving Free School Meals or who have received Free School Meals in the past) from 9am-10.30am and then open up sales to everybody 10.30-12.00. If you are not a Pupil Premium family but are keen to access our recycled uniform for financial reasons, please just come along to the early sale. We will confirm these details and stock availability in next week’s Friday email.September start dates
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September are INSET days.Year 7 only will start school on Wednesday 9 September and all other year groups will return on Thursday 10 September.We’re all really looking forward to seeing our students and how much they’ve changed and grown; we’ve really missed them!

Good news!
I am really pleased to announce that the work on our new Multi-use games area has begun this week and we should be able to use this excellent outdoor games facility from October half-term. The building of the Applefields Satellite classrooms has also begun this week and we look forward to the opening of those classrooms in October too.

Year 10 study resources
Please remember that Year 10 students who did not attend lessons over the last few weeks can collect their resource packs with lots of subject material and some revision guides from school on Monday 6 July between 2pm-3pm. Please ensure that you come to the Philadelphia Terrace (back gate) entrance to be met by a member of staff.

Anti-social behaviour
There have been a number of reports made to the Police about anti-social behaviour and teenagers not following social distancing on the Little Knavesmire. This behaviour includes littering and some abusive behaviour towards members of the public and the Hamilton Panthers staff. The Police and local councillors are asking all schools to scrutinise the CCTV and address this matter in the first instance with parents to avoid it becoming a police matter. There is no suggestion it involves more than a couple of our current students and the parents of those who we suspect may have been involved have been contacted by the pastoral team, but could you please speak to your children and remind them to always remove their litter and to be respectful to others and social distance?

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh
Virtual assembly

This week’s virtual assembly is presented by Mr Noble and is all about being happy. You can download the assembly here, then just start the slide show.

Student Email accounts

You will have heard that Millthorpe will be moving to Google email accounts for staff and students as part of providing a better infrastructure if we need remote learning again during the 2020-2021 school year. As part of this, at some point after 17 July, all student email accounts will be deleted. If your child has any emails or attachments in their email they would like to keep, they must download them before 17 July. We will introduce students to their new Google Mail accounts in September.

Black Lives Matter
We know that is difficult to know how to approach this topic when children ask about it, and that many of us are afraid to say “the wrong thing”.  We have found this resource for parents which may be able to help if you want advice on how to speak to your children about it.  You can read this webpage or download the pdf file.
Sport survey – we need your input!

In April, we emailed you to tell you about a survey we are taking part in alongside Sport England. The survey responses will give both parties a picture of ‘Behaviour and Attitudes towards Physical Activity’ and will enable the PE department to plan the curriculum more effectively for the future. It will also enable us to help young people to be more engaged with physical activity and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

We have had a good response so far, but it would really benefit us if we could get some more responses, particularly from our students. Please encourage them to complete the survey here.

Supporting teens during Covid-19 and the summer

Continuing to support your child during lockdown and over the summer may prove tricky. Here are five simple, practical steps for parents and carers from award winning GP and young people’s mental health expert Dr Dominique Thompson.

Wellbeing resources

The Barnardos wellbeing page is a great resource for parents on how to support their child’s wellbeing and has some really clear and accessible information about anxiety and coping skills.

Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code sent to you in the weekly email.

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, in addition to being able to contact Ruth Cooper during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.