Friday 5 May 2017

GCSE Exams
The GCSE exams begin in just over one week with the RE Unit 1 Exam on Monday 15 May. Students will be given an Exam and Revision booklet next week. This contains information on exam arrangements as well as some useful dos and don’ts for over the exam period. The main part of the booklet is a timetable of all the exams and revision sessions. A copy of this booklet is available on the school website by clicking here.

All exams and revision sessions are on the calendar page on the school website; you can subscribe to the school calendar by clicking the iCal button to add school events to your calendar app. We will also Tweet reminders on the school Twitter account @MillthorpeNews.

Students should continue to use Show My Homework for revision tasks set by their teachers and use the GCSE Revision Resources available on the school website. Click here for helpful advice on coping with exam stress including planning successful revision and keeping calm on exam day.

Year 11 GCSE Art Coursework
One week to go until GCSE Art coursework hand in. All coursework must be handed in by 3.10pm on Friday 12 May. If your child is absent from school on this day please drop off their folder at the Main Office. Work handed in after Friday 12 May will not be included in the final assessment of coursework. All students must hand in two coursework projects in order to fulfil AQA requirements. Please see Show My Homework for further details.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening Wednesday 10 May 2017
A reminder that the Year 7 Parents’ Evening is taking place next Wednesday. Students were given a letter with your appointment times earlier this week. As stated in the letter, due to the overwhelming response it has not been possible to allocate everyone with their requested appointments. If this has been the case you can request feedback from teachers for any of the missing subjects. If you did not receive your letter, or there are any problems with your appointments, or you would like to request feedback for missing subjects, please email Miss Buglass at

CASH for SASH Charity Fundraising
The Student Council and a group of student volunteers have been running fundraising activities to help raise money for SASH, a local charity which works to prevent homelessness in young people. The activities include a raffle which will be drawn next week with prizes up for grabs including an induction at Red Goat Climbing, free coffee and cake at Rae & Webb or Pig and Pastry, attractive jewellery, toys and games, fancy toiletries, trendy lunch bags and much more!

Students have also been pledging their money to decide which teachers will have to spend their weekend trying to bake a signature cake with the ‘winning teachers’ being judged at the Great Millthorpe Bake Off next Wednesday. To round off the fundraising activities there will be a decade themed non-uniform day next Friday, 12 May. Students should bring £1 and are encouraged to wear something which represents a particular decade.

Staff Training Early Closure Monday 22 May 2017
A reminder that school will finish at 2.20pm on Monday 22 May 2017 for staff training.

Year 9 Languages Grammar and Translation Workbook
Students in Year 9 start their GCSE Modern Foreign Languages this term and to enhance the resources we provide as part of these courses in school, we are encouraging students to purchase a ‘Grammar and Translation Workbook’ at a cost of £4. The workbooks, produced by Pearson, are designed to support the AQA specification and are comprised of three sections: Grammar and Translation; Translation in Practice and Verb Tables.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase this valuable resource for the start of the new academic year as teachers would like to be able to set homework tasks from it. You can purchase a workbook using ParentPay; students can then collect a copy from their languages teacher.

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.