WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 30 April 2021

Change to timings of the school day: Years 8 and 9

As we move slowly back to normality and following a thorough review of our Risk Assessment, from Tuesday 4 May, students in Years 8 and 9 will move back to morning registration and form time from 8.45-9.05am. From the same date, they will finish school at the earlier time of 3.00pm, bringing all students in line.

The natural staggering of students’ arrivals and the fact that any crossover occurs outdoors means the risks of transmission are minimal and are outweighed by the benefits of morning registration for all.

Form tutors have informed their students of the change this week.

Scientific calculators

If your child needs a scientific calculator, these can be purchased from the maths office. The most affordable scientific calculator that we recommend is the “Aurora AX-595TV” which costs just £5. There are other, more expensive, models (mainly Casio) available that have the same functions, which retail between £10-£20 although we don’t stock these in school.

Please encourage your child to speak to their maths teacher regarding their calculator to check if it is sufficient for their studies.

Year 11 Prom update

We are continuing to plan for a Prom on 8 July at The Principal Hotel. Please can Year 11 parents encourage their child(ren) to view the Year 11 Prom Google Classroom which they have been added to. There is a short Google Form in the stream for them to complete to vote for their preferred menu choices and colour scheme for the venue. The menu and colour scheme will be set based on the most popular responses.

Thank you to the many parents and carers who have also emailed in photos of their child to be shown in the leavers assembly. These can be sent to E: y11leavers@millthorpe.southbank.academy 

Virtual work experience opportunities

Our partner, Speakers for Schools, have added more exclusive virtual work experience opportunities on the Experience portal that will help students gain a sense of how companies work, the skills they require and how to develop a plan of action for their careers.

If any of these opportunities are of interest, please encourage your child to apply as soon as possible to have the best chance of success.

York Minster: Kibo Cranes Exhibition

Children are invited to join York Minster in making origami cranes to fly at the heart of the Minster as part of a summer exhibition: Kibo Cranes.

The pandemic has made the last year difficult in all sorts of ways and in Japanese culture, making cranes is an expression of hope – the word for this in Japanese is kibō.

York Minster and local artist, Penny Phillips, invite you to make origami cranes to express how you feel about the last year. You might want to use your crane to think about recovery, a loved one, or your hopes for the future. It will fly alongside hundreds of cranes made by other children in the central crossing of York Minster.

The deadline for sending in your cranes is 28 June. Full information about the project can be found here.

North Yorkshire Police – Community Knavesmire Litter Pick

As you are probably aware, North Yorkshire Police (NYP) have been taking positive action in relation to the increase in youth-related anti-social behaviour reports from around the Little Knavesmire area of the City. The local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) are now trying to improve community cohesion in the area and are keen for local residents to see our amazing young people in a more positive way.

Between 5.30 – 7.30pm on Thursday 6 May, the NPT are arranging a litter pick in the area and hoping to engage with local residents and our youth population. The litter pick will be led by NYP with assistance from the Police Cadets. If any parents and students would like to take part please just go along on the evening. This is a great opportunity to support community cohesion.

Roots Online – your future

Roots Online is a project between the University of York and York St John University which helps students think about their future and the part that Higher Education might play. Normally the project would happen live in school but due to the Covid restrictions this year they are virtual and open to everyone. Click here for more information.

On 5 May there is an online chat from 5.00-5.30pm, looking at what student life is like.

Updates from Askham Bryan

Askham Bryan College’s monthly newsletter ‘In touch with Askham Bryan’ can be seen here. This month’s edition provides insight into college-wide developments, Horticulture, Motorsport, Land and Wildlife, and Foundation Learning courses as well as a feature on their Gateshead campus.



WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 April 2021

Message from the Head of School

It has been a lovely week at Millthorpe as the students have once again been able to use our fantastic grounds and enjoy the sunshine. Students eating their packed lunches on the fields, ball games recommencing and students laughing and smiling (without masks – while they’re outside!) has been a pleasure for us all to experience. Of course, we do still have to be careful and follow the guidance to keep our community safe, including continuing to wear masks indoors, but in many ways, life almost feels normal again at school and we hope that this continues to be the case as the restrictions lift. We really do have an especially warm and unique community here and I feel very privileged to work with such wonderful young people and colleagues.

Year 11 information
Year 11 will officially finish school on Friday 28 May. I  shared this information with them in assembly today. We look forward to marking the end of their Millthorpe journey at the prom in July and hope to celebrate their time here with them in the last couple of days before they leave when they have finished their assessments. Please see the request below from Mr Baybutt re photos to help us celebrate how much they have grown up.

Year 11s have also been advised that, once their assessments have been marked, they will receive a notional GCSE grade for each one to help reassure them by giving them a sense of how well they are progressing and reminding them that what they have achieved will contribute to their final grade. As I shared last week, notional grades form part of the assessment, but cannot be added together or averaged to work out the final grade as the portfolio will be assessed holistically at the end of the process on Monday 7 June.

I have been thoroughly impressed, as have my colleagues, by the resilience, diligence and good humour of our Year 11s during this assessment period and I am confident that they will be successful this summer.

Gemma Greenhalgh
Head of School

Year 11 parents – please send us your photos!

There is a tradition at Millthorpe that Year 11 students have a “Leavers Assembly” before they embark on their next chapter and we are planning to hold one for this year’s Year 11 students. As part of the assembly, we like to show photos of the students from when they were growing up – baby pictures, primary photos, “that photo” standing in front of the door in their uniform ahead of their first day at Millthorpe and so on.

Please can Y11 parents and carers email any photos of their child(ren) that they would be happy for us to display in the assembly (though your child may not be as happy about it!). Please send these to y11leavers@millthorpe.southbank.academy

Summer sports practices – 26 April – 28 May

Sports practices are back! We are all excited and pleased to get students moving again after school. This is the sports practice rota for the first half of the summer term:

After School 3.20-4.30pm
MON (Girls) Y8 Football EML (AGP)
MON (Girls) Y9 Netball SEW (SH)
MON (Boys) Y7 Dodgeball DMR (Gym)
TUES (Girls) Y7 Netball SEW (SH)
TUES (Boys) Y11 Football DMR (AGP)
WEDS Meetings Night
THURS (Girls) Y10 Netball SEW (SH)
THURS (Boys) Y10 Football DMR (AGP)
FRI (Girls) Y7 Football EML (AGP)
FRI (Girls) Y8 Netball SEW (SH)

It is subject to change and we intend to produce a new version for after the May half term. After-school practices start at 3.20pm and typically finish at 4.30pm. Students are expected to wear appropriate kit (we have some spare AGP boots available to lend) and to make sure they have refreshments and medication/asthma inhalers etc where needed. Students are also asked to keep their valuables to a minimum and to hand them into the teacher for safe keeping.

Please remember that these practices should be fun and previous experience is not needed!

The Eco Laundry is moving to cyber space!

The Eco Laundry, our store of new and lightly used uniform items, has become a popular resource for families as students grow in and out of different sizes of clothes. For a small charge, you can get Millthorpe uniform pieces, including blazers (£3), shoes (£3), jumpers (£2), PE kit (£2), shirts (£1), and ties (£1). Thanks to the fantastic efforts of a parent volunteer who manages the whole store, our entire inventory is now online. When your child needs new (to you) uniform items, you can email ecolaundry@millthorpe.southbank.academy with your request. Provided we have the correct item and size, we will then make sure your child receives their items in school, and the cost will be added to your parentpay account.

When we have a good stock of uniform, the Eco Laundry is open to everyone in school as reusing clothes is an easy way for us all to protect the environment, so we are always keen to receive donations of school clothing. When stocks run low, we give priority access to Pupil Premium families and anyone in need of financial assistance for uniform. Skirts and larger sizes of trousers and shoes are always in particularly high demand and we are currently trying to build up our stock of small sizes, ready to sell to Year 6 in July. Uniform donations can be given to the Office, Ms Garner-Steel or Ms Andrle.

Online Applications Event at York College

York College is hosting an Online Applications Event on Wednesday 28 April 5.30 – 8.00pm. This is a great opportunity for any Year 11 student who is still undecided about their next steps and would like some careers support, may need a bit of help with their application, or would like further information about the College’s apprenticeships or support services.

For further information and to register please click here.

The Big Ask – national survey of children

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Please encourage your child(ren) to complete this survey. Parents, carers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

Family Matters courses

There are still places available on the following courses starting soon. All courses are offered online via Zoom:

  • Handling Anger in the Family
  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
  • Time Out for Dads
  • Separated Parents

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk. You can also find more information on the Family Matters website.

Symptom-free testing

A reminder that symptom-free tests are now available for everyone from secondary age upwards in York and the public health team would like as many people as possible to start taking lateral-flow tests regularly. These can be done at home or at a test centre.

Further information re symptom-free tests can be found here.

WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 April 2021

Year 11 GCSE Assessments

This week, Miss Greenhalgh gave an assembly to all Year 11 students to explain in detail how their GCSE assessments would be carried out, in line with the recently published guidelines. You can find a copy of the content of the assembly here. We are currently finalising a comprehensive policy in response to the requirements set out by JCQ and we will share this with you once it has been submitted.

You can also find out more information about the 2021 GCSE series at the JCQ website here.


We are aware of a number of our Muslim students who are fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. We have spoken to these students and agreed support with them on an individual basis. If your child is fasting and they have not yet been spoken to, please email Mr Baybutt E: a.baybutt@millthorpe.southbank.academy so that we can make sure that we do speak to them and agree any support that may be required.

Parents’ Evenings

We are planning to hold parents’ evenings for year groups 7 to 10 after the May Half Term – more details will follow in due course. Apologies that we incorrectly advised that the Year 10 parents’ evening would be taking place next week – this was on oversight based on the original calendar for the year.

Millthorpe joins the My School Fund initiative

We’re pleased to announce that Millthorpe is now part the My School Fund initiative. This innovative scheme allows for us to be able to boost our school’s budget with your help.

How does it work?
Parents, guardians and carers can sign up to the scheme for free and start earning cashback on the things they buy in participating retail stores, including Sainsbury’s and Argos. As you spend, you’ll receive 2% cashback in the form of eGift vouchers that can be redeemed in participating stores. By linking your spend to our school on the My School Fund website we’ll also earn 1% cashback on your spend.

Add that all up across our school’s network of families and together we can all make a big difference!

How to get involved
Visit myschoolfund.org to register for free and link to Millthorpe School. From there, everything you spend in participating stores will go towards helping boost our budget, plus your own!

You can also find out more by watching this short video.

Year 11 Prom

If your son/daughter in Year 11 would like to attend this year’s prom, tickets should be paid for by the end of today please.

You can see the email re the prom here.

National Tutor Programme

A reminder that if you received an email earlier in the week inviting your child/ren to take part in the National Tutor Programme, responses are required by the end of today. We would be grateful if you could complete the form even if you do not wish your child to participate.

Year 10 GCSE Drama Exam

Would parents/carers of Year 10 GCSE Drama students please note that the Year 10 Scripted Drama Exam will take place in the Drama Hall from 4.00pm on Tuesday 11 May.

SEND outcomes framework

In July 2020 through a series of workshops facilitated by the Council for Disabled Children, York developed the SEND outcomes framework, which was then shared via York Inspirational Kids. In February, a small survey took place which revealed that the framework needed to be shared more effectively and that the outcomes statements needed to be more accessible and better understood.

Parents of children with SEND are invited to a special engagement event on 27 May at 10am, via Zoom. If you would like to take part, please read the full letter here.

Message from North Yorkshire Police (NYP)

PC Elliott, School Liaison Officer (York) from the NYP Partnership Hub, has asked us to circulate the following message to parents/carers:

Over the last few weeks North Yorkshire Police have received an increased number of reports regarding young people congregating on the Little Knavesmire. Incidents include violent disorder, assaults, substance misuse, littering, urinating, anti-social behaviour which is causing distress and sometimes intimidation to the local community. From police attendance, we can confirm that many of the young people encountered are from across the city and not just the local community.

North Yorkshire Police will be increasing patrols to the area and a Dispersal Authority is in place for this weekend. This means that anyone in the area causing antisocial behaviour will be directed to leave the area and if they refuse, will be arrested and prosecuted.

North Yorkshire Police want to prevent further incidents and hope our youth community, schools and parents will support this work.

If parents could encourage their children not to congregate in the area or drop them off at the location, it would be greatly appreciated.

Symptom-free testing

Symptom-free tests are now available for everyone from secondary age upwards in York and the public health team would like as many people as possible to start taking lateral-flow tests regularly. These can be done at home or at a test centre.

Further information re symptom-free tests can be found here.


WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 9 April 2021

Summer term

We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday 12 April. Just a few reminders:

  • Term starts with a B week.
  • Full uniform, including appropriate school shoes, is compulsory. Form Tutors will be checking uniform daily and making contact home where there are issues.
  • Students will need a refillable water bottle as stocks of drinks in plastic bottles from the canteen are being phased out.

Face coverings

Earlier this week, the government confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school communal areas and classrooms as a precautionary measure when students return after the Easter break until 17 May at the earliest. The situation will be reviewed at this stage.

Can you please ensure your child(ren) brings a face covering to school every day and that they must not share masks. Disposable masks should not be worn more than once and, therefore, are not recommended.

LFD testing

Prior to the return to school on Monday 12 April, students should take a test as normal on the evening of Sunday 11 April. The results should be reported online as positive, negative or void both on the NHS test and trace self report website and via the school’s Google Form.

If your child receives a positive result, in addition to registering the results online, please email covidresults@millthorpe.southbank.academy so that we have immediate information.

Year 11 Prom

If your son/daughter in Year 11 would like to attend this year’s prom, tickets should be paid for by Friday 16 April.

You can see the email re the prom here.