Year 6 Open Evening and Staff Training Day Wednesday 3 October
Please remember that school will be closed to students for staff training on Wednesday 3 October.

For those of you who also have children in Year 6, we look forward to seeing you at our Year 6 Open Evening between 6pm and 8pm later that day. Please note that as a result of the current building works, no parking will be available on site for the Open Evening event. Please contact the school in advance if you need to make parking arrangements, for example if you have a disability.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening 4.00-6.30pm Thursday 11 October
Click here for a letter with more details: Year 11 Parents’ Evening letter
Click here to complete the online form:
All forms to be completed and returned/submitted by Friday 28 September please.

Year 11 Maths Test 9-10 October
All Year 11 students will set a non-calculator paper during their timetabled maths lesson on Tuesday 9 October or Wednesday 10 October. This will be the first of five “exam cycles” they will complete during Year 11 to ensure they are best prepared for their GCSE exams in the summer. Once they have completed this paper they will receive individual question level analysis to aid their revision.

Calling the (Maths) curious
Students in Key Stage 3 are invited to explore mystery and history, activities and oddities, puzzles and problems through the Parallel Project: a weekly collection of maths problems for students to tackle to feed their curiosity. Pupils can sign up at using the school code 3hf8ac.
Students will receive answers and feedback each week, as well as being notified each Thursday of the new challenge. Happy puzzling…

Key Stage 4 Science Revision Guides
Science Revision Guides for Year 10 students are on sale now from the Science Technicians’ office.
For those following the Combined Science course, they can purchase one revision guide that covers all the Biology, Physics and Chemistry they will study throughout Years 10 and 11.
For those following the Triple Science course, separate Revision Guides for each Science are available for £3 each (£9 in total).
These revision guides will help support students undertake independent study and with completion of homework tasks.
They are also available for any Year 11 students who didn’t purchase one last year or need a replacement.
Students eligible for Pupil Premium or Free School Meals will receive free revision guides next week.
Please note that these Revision Guides are not available via ParentPay.


Year 10 Information Evening 6pm Wednesday 19 September
A reminder that there will be an information evening for all Year 10 parents and students on Wednesday 19 September at 6pm in the Main Hall. Please click below for a letter containing more details of the evening.
Year 10 Information Evening letter
Year 6 Open Evening and Staff Training Day Wednesday 3 October
Please remember that school will be closed to students for staff training on Wednesday 3 October. For those of you who also have children in Year 6, we look forward to seeing you at our Year 6 Open Evening between 6pm and 8pm later that day.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening 4.00-6.30pm Thursday 11 October
Click here for a letter with more details: Year 11 Parents’ Evening letter
Click here to complete the online form:
All forms to be completed and returned/submitted by Friday 28 September please.
Apprenticeship Opportunities: Business Switch Gas and Electric
This company has recently opened in York and have a number of apprenticeship vacancies for young people aged 16 and over.

For more information, click this link:

Trip for Year 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 8 and 9 students. The price is £335 per student and includes two nights’ accommodation, travel, all meals in Stratford and admission to an RSC production and a range of exciting educational activities. You can email Ms. Redman on stating your child’s name and form to register your interest.
Stratford Letter Sep 2018
PE Timetable for KS3
Click the link for details of indoor and outdoor PE lessons this year for Key Stage 3 students.
KS3 PE lessons 2018/19
Sports Practice Rota Autumn 2018
Click the link for details of extra-curricular sports practice sessions this year.
Sports Practice Rota Autumn 2018

Sports Facilities Update 1 August 2018

As you are hopefully aware, we have now submitted a planning application for the proposed sports facilities and parking on the Millthorpe site.

Inevitably, as with any development of this nature, this has generated a range of responses and we are aware that some of the information that has been circulated is inaccurate or misleading. As such, we thought it would be helpful to provide some key facts about the proposal so that members of the local community can reach an informed and balanced view.

  • The proposal is for one pitch, suitable for competitive junior football (smaller than a full-size adult football pitch).
  • There will be a Community Use Agreement between the schools and City of York Council (CYC) that sets out how access for local schools and community sports groups is assured, at what times, and at what cost. As well as being a Sport England requirement, income from community lettings is needed to help pay for the upkeep of these facilities.
  • The Agreement will also define how late the pitch can stay open and planners need to be satisfied that this is reasonable for local residents.
  • The drainage proposal has been checked and approved by the Senior Flood Management Engineer from CYC.
  • In addition we have submitted noise and light impact assessments, as well as arboricultural, environmental and ecological surveys, as part of the planning process.
  • We are working with the Highways Team at CYC to understand how any impact on the traffic in neighbouring streets can be reasonably managed.
  • Parking allowances are based on the standard formula used by planners for this kind of facility.

If you would like any further information about the project, please contact us by email at or write to the Headteacher of either school. Please remember that responses may take longer during school holidays.

A reminder that you can view the documents associated with our application and submit any comments via the City of York Council planning website using the reference 1801162/FUL.

A review of Year 8’s Geography Trip in June 2018, by Cherry Poyner, Year 8:

“We arrived first at Mappleton in coaches and we separated off into groups and were given booklets that we were to fill in with information about the sites we were visiting. The questions included some about the sea defences against longshore drift and the size difference between chalk pebbles in different places. Our main question that we were supposed to prove was: “is long shore drift real?”

As we walked down to the beach of Mappleton we could see far out to sea as it was a beautifully sunny day. Once on the beach, we found out about the weak boulder clay was the reason Mappleton was in danger as it was easily eroded. Our teacher even picked a bit off to show how weak it was. However we also learned that the reason that Mappleton still exists is because of the rock armour and rock walls that protects the coast and cost around £2 million to build. After that, we measured the size of 10 of the chalk rocks we believe came from the chalk cliffs up in Flamborough and were washed to Mappleton because of longshore drift, so that we could look at the differences between them and the ones from the chalk cliffs of Flamborough head. We then headed back to the coaches, so that we could travel to Flamborough head.”

Once we had reached Flamborough, we headed down to the bay, which meant we had to go down the thin steep steps, once again in our groups. The bay had a wave cut platform just a little way down the beach which we could sit on to fill in our sheets and the view from the bay was stunning as the sun shone on the sea and the chalk cliffs were brilliantly bright. Another thing we noticed was how high the water level rose when the tide came in due to the dark makings on the headlands. Two groups at a time, we headed through an arch to see a smaller beach – which had been created by erosion of the headlands around us – and was where we collected data for another set of 10 chalkstones that seemed larger than the ones at Mappleton just by sight. Some people took pictures of the wonderful view as the arch cast a deep shadow contrasting the bright sky, some people even paddled in the water! Unfortunately, two people slipped and fell into the shallow water, drenching their legs but they soon dried out because of the warm sunshine of the afternoon

After paddling and sitting on the rocks, we clambered back up the stairs and to a large grassy patch where we stopped to eat our packed lunches as myself and my fellow students sat in large huddles in the sunshine. Once we had finished our lunch we all finished our booklets and headed back to Millthorpe on the coaches.”




This year students celebrated their achievements in terms of progress and learning conduct in house at our two award celebration events.

The evening for Years 9 and 10 was well received, as students were nominated by departments and each received a personalised message from their nominee. In Years 7 and 8, students were awarded their certificates in front of their peers in a less formal event with speeches and nominations interwoven with old-fashioned style party games.

The learning conduct certificates were awarded to students in each year group who had the highest average learning conduct across all subjects.




Thanks to our Art Technician, John Fletcher, some of our students now have their artwork on display at the John Lewis store in York.

On visiting the John Lewis café, John noticed that they used small jam jars which would be perfect for providing students with ink sets to use in class. The staff kindly washed out a number of jars for John to take away, so as a thank you, he has since worked with the store team to provide artwork for the café walls and windows.

The window artwork has been created by our Year 8 students who designed a Celtic-style illuminated letter after studying Celtic Art, Year 10s concentrated on the themes of ‘Expressive Portraiture’ (pictured) and some of the Year 11s have now got their external exam pieces on display.

We’re hoping to work more with John Lewis next year!


Millthorpe School has been named as the lead school for a new Careers Hub which will help to transform careers education for young people in the region.

The York, North Yorkshire, East Riding region (YNYER) has been named as one of just 20 Careers Hubs around England, which will receive a funding boost to help prepare the region’s young people for the world of work.

The YNYER Careers Hub will be made up of 35 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education. Millthorpe will be the lead school within the project, coordinating activity and building networks across the Hub. Each school will have access to a bursary to allow them to train ‘careers leaders’ and support employer encounters such as careers events, mock interviews and aspiration-raising workshops.

Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Head at Milthorpe School, said: “Quality careers education, advice and guidance for students is at the heart of everything we do at Millthorpe. We look forward to working alongside other schools in North Yorkshire in equipping students with the skills and advice they need for their future careers.

“By working together, we can better prepare our young people for the world of work, improving their prospects and also benefiting the regional economy.”

YNYER Enterprise Partnership will be launching the Careers Hub in September.




Some of our young people have raised over £800 for two of the city’s mental health charities, thanks to their involvement in the national Diana Award Mentoring Programme.

Year 9 and 10 students from Millthorpe School have been taking part in the Diana Award programme for most of the school year working with leaders and mentors from the charity. The Diana Award is the living legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It requires its participants to develop a campaign around a social issue that affects their community so the Millthorpe students chose to focus on the issue of young people living with mental health challenges.


The students arranged for guest speaker, Rab Ferguson, Young People’s Co-ordinator at York Mind, to give talks in their school assemblies about the challenges that many young people face and the work that support organisations do to help them. They also held a non-uniform day and a bake sale to help raise funds and awareness amongst their peers.

Their fundraising activities raised a fantastic £838.93. The funds will be divided between two local mental health charities – York Mind and The Island – both of which do incredible work to support young people.

Angela Nicholson, Millthorpe School’s Student Support Officer and Diana Award project coordinator for the school, said: “The students have been amazing and totally committed to the premise that they do have the power, the ability and the drive to make the world a better place. Not only have they raised a substantial amount of money for their chosen charities, they have also gained some valuable skills along the way such as organisation, problem-solving, working as part of a team, communication and interpersonal skills. We’re very grateful to the team at The Diana Award for all their time and support and to everyone who has been involved.”

Earlier in the year during Carer’s Awareness Week, the Millthorpe students held another non-uniform day in school to raise money for York Carers Centre.  This raised a total of 646.73.




Staff at Millthorpe School are unleashing their creative sides as they take part in an international project to bring more creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship into their students’ education.


Millthorpe 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 use of LEGO BuildToExpress in Danish schools is hugely popular and has been shown to create more equality in the classroom as each student plays an active role, not just those who are confident to speak up. The use of this teaching methodology has also been shown to really help with children’s education, particularly those with autism, selective mutism or other special educational needs. Having seen the success of the teaching method, the Millthorpe team has purchased a number of LEGO Serious Play sets and using the new skills and teaching techniques acquired through the DICE project, they have already begun to use the tools to encourage students to think and learn in a different way in a number of subjects including Maths, Computer Science and RE.


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.  The new style lessons we have delivered so far using the LEGO Serious Play tools, 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.”


Later this year, all the DICE partners will come to the UK when they will spend time at Millthorpe School and with the other British partner, MBM Training & Development, a teacher training agency based in Liverpool. There will then be further visits to Bulgaria and Portugal to complete the programme.

Working together to save babies’ lives

Thirteen students from Millthorpe recently joined together with five students from York High School to learn crucial lifesaving skills specifically for use on babies.

The ‘How to save a Baby’s Life’ workshop, which was provided by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), came about after Child Development staff in the two schools discussed ways in which we could work together. The team at York High had already invited the RLSS to come in to their school so asked if we would like to bring our cohort along too.

As part of the Child Development course, students study the subject of safety, using their knowledge in both their coursework and the final exam, so hands-on experience of this nature is incredibly valuable.

Millthorpe’s Head of Child Development, Ruth Marley said “The workshop covered numerous scenarios, including what to do if a baby stops breathing or chokes. Each student got hands-on experience of how to deal with these situations using a ‘resuscitation baby’ and throughout the session they had to practice techniques and answer questions about what they were doing.

“It was a really practical course, which gave the students skills which really could save a baby’s life. We’re looking forward to working more with our new friends at York High in the future!”

The students all received a certificate to use as evidence that they had taken part in the worksho