New sports facilities at Millthorpe

 

State-of-the-art outdoor sports facilities, including an artificial grass, all-weather, floodlit pitch and new netball/tennis courts, are planned for Millthorpe School.

City of York Council has agreed to fund these facilities, which will include additional car parking on the Millthorpe site. This is to compensate for an expansion of Scarcroft Primary School which has resulted in losing some of its car park and currently has limited outdoor space for its children.

Both schools will use the new facilities, which will add to the provision for all York schools’ sports activities and will be available for community use outside school hours.

Governors at Millthorpe and Scarcroft, working with PE leaders at both schools and a specialist consultant, have agreed a plan which is detailed on the schools’ websites. A consultation period, ending 5 February, has now begun for parents, pupils and residents to comment on the plans, before a planning application is submitted.

A drop in event is to be held at both schools, at either venue, any time between 3pm-7pm on Friday 26 January.

Providing planning permission is granted, both schools would like works to take place during the summer holidays this year so that the new facilities should be available for use from the start of the new school year, in September 2018.

“There has never been a better time to encourage an active lifestyle and to instil a love of sport into the lives of our children and young people,” said Trevor Burton, headteacher at Millthorpe.

Scarcroft headteacher Anna Cornhill is also excited at the new facilities. “It will mean for the first time we can host ‘home’ games on a proper playing surface and our can have PE or games lessons just a very short walk away. We can’t wait.”

Demand for extra places at Scarcroft means the school is being expanded to accommodate an additional 15 pupils per year.

Homelessness Appeal

Students and their families at Millthorpe have been collecting food, toiletries and warm clothing to help homeless people this Christmas. As you can see the, response has been incredible! There is a giant pile of tins, jars, packets, clothing and woolly hats under the tree, which student volunteers have sorted and boxed ready to pass on to local charities working with homeless people. In total, we have collected more than 500 items of food, over 200 toiletries and over 250 items of clothing, as well as £37 in cash donations.  In addition, this Friday staff and students have been wearing Christmas jumpers and have so far collected nearly £300 in donations to Save the Children.

Teaching Assistants (TA2) – Two Posts

Teaching Assistant x 2 (TA2)
Fixed Term Contract from 8 January 2017 for Two Terms
Part Time Post (26 hours per week, term time only)
Grade 4 Level 1 – 4 Salary: £16,793 – £18,295 per annum pro rata
(Actual Salary £9,985 – £10,878 per annum)

We are seeking to recruit two Teaching Assistants (TA2) to join our existing well established and successful Inclusion Department. The appointments will be from January 2018, fixed for two terms (Easter and Summer 2018).

Working with others in the team, your key role will be to support students across the curriculum to ensure the best possible learning experience and outcomes. Experience of working in a secondary school environment with students who are experiencing either learning difficulties, and/or emotional/behavioural problems, is desirable as is a positive outlook and a good sense of humour.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 December 2017 at midnight. An interview date will be advised to shortlisted applicants.

TA2 Headteacher Letter
TA2 General Details
TA2 Generic Job Description

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 21 July 2017

I hope you and your family enjoy a good summer break. Thank you for the support you have given Millthorpe School over this last academic year. While my role will be changing as we welcome York High into the Trust, I will still be a presence around Millthorpe next year and together with Gemma Greenhalgh, our new Head of School, we will work as hard as we can to Make Millthorpe a truly great place to learn and work.

Trevor Burton
Headteacher

Autumn Term 2017
The start of term for new Year 7 students is Tuesday 5 September. The start of term for the rest of the school (current Year 7 to Year 10) is Wednesday 6 September.

Parents’ Evening Survey
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who completed our recent parents’ evening survey. It is always extremely useful to get feedback from parents and carers and the results from this survey will help us improve the way we run parents’ evenings in the future. For a summary of the results please click here.

End of Year Reports
End of year school reports for Years 7, 8 and 9 have been handed out this week and Year 10 reports were posted home yesterday. If you have not/do not receive your child’s report, or there is a problem with their report, please email Miss Buglass, Data Manager, on s.buglass@millthorpeschool.co.uk.

Year 7 and Year 8 Exams Survey
Thank you to the Year 7 and 8 parents and carers who have responded to the exam survey we sent out on Wednesday. The feedback so far has been very constructive and will help with our planning for next year’s exams. We will be analysing the results next week so there is still time to respond to the survey by clicking the following link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y7andY8Exams.

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is a reminder that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form. For more information on school governance please visit the National Governance Association website and the Governing Body page on the school website.

It’s a Knock Out event in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice
St Leonard’s Hospice are organising a fun-filled fundraising event on Sunday 3 September at 10.30am on the Knavesmire based on the classic slapstick gameshow. As well as the main tournament, there will be a funfair, inflatables, games and food stalls. Several brave (foolhardy?) Millthorpe staff have entered a team and we’d be extremely grateful for your support. You can:

– Sponsor the Millthorpe team by making a donation via ParentPay

– Come along on the day to cheer us on/laugh at us

All money raised goes towards helping St Leonard’s provide free care to people with life limiting illnesses and their families. You can find out more about the event by visiting www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/Help/Events/Its-a-Knockout

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 14 July 2017

Millthorpe receives national award for careers provision
Millthorpe is the first school in York to achieve the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. This is a prestigious national award which we are extremely proud to have achieved and is a reflection of our commitment to providing quality careers education for all of our students. Look out for the summer edition of the Millthorpian for more information.

End of Term Arrangements
On Friday 21 July, the last day of the academic year, school will close for students at 12.20pm following a final assembly. Students in receipt of free school meals will be able to collect a packed lunch from our dining hall at 12.20pm; please email the school office on admin@millthorpeschool.co.uk to order a packed lunch for your child. We will be sending you information next week regarding arrangements for the start of the new school year in September.

Road Closure
We have been advised by City of York Council that Nunthorpe Avenue, the road leading to the main entrance to the school, we be closed to vehicles for re-surfacing works between 9.00am and 3.00pm on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July. We have been advised that pedestrian access will not be affected. If you need to attend the school by car during these times, please come to the Philadelphia Terrace entrance and ring the main office on 01904 686400 so that the gate can be opened for you.

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is a reminder that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form. For more information on school governance please visit the National Governance Association website and the Governing Body page on the school website.

It’s a Knock Out event in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice
St Leonard’s Hospice are organising a fun-filled fundraising event on Sunday 3 September at 10.30am on the Knavesmire based on the classic slapstick gameshow. As well as the main tournament, there will be a funfair, inflatables, games and food stalls. Several brave (foolhardy?) Millthorpe Staff have entered a team and we’d be extremely grateful for your support. You can:

– Sponsor the Millthorpe team by making a donation via ParentPay

– Come along on the day to cheer us on/laugh at us

All money raised goes towards helping St Leonard’s provide free care to people with life limiting illnesses and their families. You can find out more about the event by visiting www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/Help/Events/Its-a-Knockout.

Time Out from Anger
Family Matters York are running a Time Out from Anger course for parents and carers looking at; what makes us angry; safe ways to deal with our anger and how we can help our children to deal better with their anger. The four session course runs on consecutive Mondays starting on 25 September up to 16 October at 9.30am – 11.30am in St George’s Methodist Church, Millfield Lane York.

To book a place or for more information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk. The course is free to attend thanks to generous funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 7 July 2017

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is a reminder that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form.

It’s a Knock Out event in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice
St Leonard’s Hospice are organising a fun-filled fundraising event on Sunday 3 September at 10:30am on the Knavesmire based on the classic slapstick gameshow. As well as the main tournament, there will be a funfair, inflatables, games and food stalls. Several brave (foolhardy?) Millthorpe staff have entered a team and we’d be extremely grateful for your support. You can:

  • Sponsor the Millthorpe team by making a donation via ParentPay
  • Come along on the day to cheer us on / laugh at us

All money raised goes towards helping St Leonard’s provide free care to people with life limiting illnesses and their families. You can find out more about the event by visiting: www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/Help/Events/Its-a-Knockout

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is General Spellings 4. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Jaron Joiner Presents Be Inspired 2 Tour Saturday 8 July 2017
A reminder that American performer Jaron Joiner is coming to Millthorpe on 8 July for a performance which includes comedy, dance, improv and a little beatboxing. Tickets are £5, available from www.jaronjoiner.com.

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 30 June 2017

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

Lydia triumphs at World Transplant Games
We are delighted to report that our very own Lydia (Year 11) has become the World Champion in the 5km bike time trial at this year’s World Transplant Games in Malaga. Read more >

Traffic Signal Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works will be taking place on Scarcroft Road and include the replacing of traffic signals and changes to the footpaths at the crossing near the allotments. These works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

Parent Governor Vacancies
This is prior notice that we have two vacancies for parent governors on Millthorpe’s Governing Board. The election will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 and a parent or carer can propose a candidate, stand for election and vote in the election, if he or she has a child registered at the school on the date of the election. If you are interested in standing or would like to nominate somebody, please click here for the parent governor nomination form.

Money for school meals paid via ParentPay
If you put money onto your child’s school meal account via ParentPay, it normally appears on the system that operates the tills in the canteen within a few minutes. However, we are aware that there have been occasions when it has taken much longer – up to 2 or 3 days in some cases. We are working with the software companies to address these delays as far as possible, but you should bear in mind that payments made in the evening may occasionally not transfer to the tills the following day. In response to this, we have changed our policy so that:

  • We will always make a meal available to students at lunchtime up to the value of the meal deal (£2.40), even if no funds are showing on their account
  • If providing a meal takes the account overdrawn by more than a few pounds, we will contact parents/carers to check that arrangements either already have been, or are being, made to cover the debt.

Thank you for your co-operation with this; please contact the school if you have any further queries.

Lockers
Please can you ask your child(ren) to empty their lockers completely before the summer break: if they want a locker next year, they will be assigned a new one in September. Over the summer, we will be clearing out all the lockers so that we can bring back into circulation any lockers ‘abandoned’ by Year 11 students and anyone else who no longer wants them. Students will have a chance to reclaim any property that is left in lockers but padlocks will be removed. This is also a good opportunity to make sure PE kits are washed/reviewed and any rubbish is disposed of (especially food!)

Also, just to note that the standard lock supplied by the school next year will be a combination lock, hopefully reducing the problems associated with lost keys. Of course, students can source a key operated lock if they prefer.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
The Art Department very much value your support to ensure that the GCSE Art exams run smoothly next week. Students have a full day of Art Exams on Tuesday and Friday. Students should be in their normal art room by 8.30am at the latest (exams start at 8.45am prompt). Students register in the exam not with their Form Tutor. In line with the new GCSE rules, all presented preparation work must be handed in at the start of the exam including the practice piece. Students will be able to use their preparation work in the exam sessions but cannot work on it between exam sessions. If for any reason your child is not able to attend this or her GCSE Art exam please contact school by 8.30am on the morning of the exam. Please click here for more information on the arrangements for the Year 10 Mock Art Exam.

Jaron Joiner Presents Be Inspired 2 Tour Saturday 8 July 2017
American performer Jaron Joiner is coming to Millthorpe on 8 July for a performance which includes comedy, dance, improv and a little beatboxing. Tickets are £5, available from www.jaronjoiner.com. He is running a FREE taster session on Friday 7 July at 4pm in the Main Hall. This will act as workshop, working on kids’ confidence, current abilities and maybe finding some skills they didn’t know they had. It’s open to all ages and every attendee has the chance to be in the performance the following day. Jaron will be in the Library on Monday lunchtime for students who would like to find out more.

York Explore Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
York Explore libraries are looking for student volunteers to help with their Summer Reading Challenge. Every summer holiday the library service invites children aged 4 – 11 to read 6 books over the summer break. The children receive prizes for each book they read and a medal and certificate when they complete the challenge. The student volunteers role would include talking to children about what they’ve been reading; helping them choose books; giving out prizes and certificates; helping with displays; and gathering feedback from children and their parents/carers. Please click here for more information.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is homophones. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Lydia triumphs at World Transplant Games

Lydia of Year 11 has triumphed in the recent World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain. Just days after the Year 11 Prom, she won the 5km cycle time trial in a new personal best of 7 minutes 49 seconds. Lydia was born with a progressive terminal liver disease called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC) and in 2007 at the age of six underwent a life-saving and life-enhancing transplant.

She has not let this hold her back and is a regular competitor at the British Transplant Games where she won the Cycling Time Trial and Cycling Road Race in her age group, coming third overall. Now she is officially the world Time Trial Champion for her age group making us all very proud!

Organ donation

On average three people die every day because there just aren’t enough organs available. Currently, only 50% of the population have talked about organ donation with their family. There are insufficient donors and people die waiting for a life saving transplant. 98% would take an organ if they needed one but only 31% of people are registered as donors. Right now, more than 7,500 people in the UK need an organ transplant. More donors means more lives saved. If you would like to register as an organ donor, see www.organdonation.nhs.uk

MILLTHORPE WEEKLY EMAIL
Friday 23 June 2017

How are we doing?
You may remember being asked to fill in a questionnaire when you attended parents’ evenings this year. The questionnaire, based on the Ofsted Parent View Survey, asks parents and carers to rate a number of statements ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. We have now collated all of your responses and are pleased to report that the feedback has been very positive and has also highlighted some areas for improvement. We have put together an article on the school website with the full results which you can view by clicking here.

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. The reason for this is to give teachers time to write new assessment criteria in response to the government’s decision to remove assessment levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2. The new system of assessment will also mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these is due course.

Sports Day Monday 26 June 2017
Sports Day is taking place on Monday 26 June and all students are expected to take part in at least one event to help amass as many points as possible for their Form and House. Students should arrive at school in their usual PE kit along with a tracksuit of similar clothing to ensure they are warm and comfortable while they are not competing. For more information on the arrangements for Sports Day please click here to read the letter on the school website.

Summer Concert Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Summer Concert is taking place on Tuesday 4 July at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children/concessions and are available to buy from the Dining Hall at break times.

School uniform warm weather arrangements
Running to the end of term, students will not be required to wear their blazer or bring it to school during warm weather, although they can if they choose to. There is no change to the rules about wearing ties. Students should wear their tie to school every day; however, when the weather gets particularly hot, students will be told on the day if and when ties may be removed.

Year 10 Art GCSE Mock Exam
A reminder for parents and carers of Year 10 students studying Art to read the email sent earlier today regarding the arrangements for the Art GCSE mock exam.

Year 7 fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus is homophones. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 11 School Uniform Donations
Thank you to the students who donated items of school uniform after the Leavers’ Assembly yesterday. If you have any items of uniform (blazers, jumpers or ties) you would otherwise be throwing away, we can always use them in school. You can drop items into main reception at any time and students can also bring uniform with them to results day on Thursday 24 August.

York Junior Triathlon Sunday 30 July 2017
The York Junior Triathlon is returning for its fourth year on Sunday 30 July. Taking place at the York Sport Village, this is the perfect introduction to the sport of triathlon for any budding Brownlees. Please click here for more information and how to enter.

Traffic Signals Improvements
City of York Council are undertaking a programme of work to renew and improve traffic signals infrastructure across the city. Part of these works includes replacing the traffic signals and minor changes to the footpaths at the crossing on Scarcroft Road near the allotments. The works are planned to begin on Monday 3 July and are expected to last for around two weeks. There will be temporary traffic lights in place and a controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to cross the road safely. For more information please click here to read the letter from City of York Council.

How are we doing?

For the last three years we have asked parents and carers for feedback about the school by way of a questionnaire handed out at each parents’ evening.

The questionnaire, based on the Ofsted Parent View survey, asks parents and carers to rate a number of statements ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

We are delighted to say that the feedback we have received this year is our best yet and has been universally positive.

Of the parents and carers who completed the questionnaire:

98%

tell us their child is
happy at Millthorpe

99%

say their child feels
safe at Millthorpe

99%

Agree that their child makes
good progress at Millthorpe

99%

Believe that their child is well
looked after at Millthorpe

99%

Agree that their child is
taught well at Millthorpe

94%

Think that their child receives
appropriate homework for their age

98%

Believe the school makes sure
students are well behaved

98%

Tell us the school deals
effectively with bullying

100%

Believe the school is
well led and managed

98%

Agree that the school responds
well to any concerns raised

96%

Say they receive valuable information
about their child’s progress

99%

Would recommend Millthorpe
to another parent or carer

Although these are very positive results, there is always room for improvement and we will seek to address those areas which parents and carers feel we are not quite as strong in. In particular, the homework students receive and the information we send out about the progress students make.

The second of these will be changing as the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. The new system of assessment will mean changes to how we report to parents and carers in the future and we will inform you about these in due course.

We will also look to ensure that all students receive appropriate homework for their age and ability.

For a comparison of the results from the last three years please click here.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who took the time to complete the questionnaire. This feedback provides valuable information about not only what we do well but also areas for improvement as we continue to make Millthorpe a great school.