Friday 9 June 2017

Extra Training Day Wednesday 28 June 2017
A reminder that there is an additional training day on Wednesday 28 June. The reason for the day is that the government have removed levels from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2 and we are now expected to assess without them. Our plans are in place, but our teachers need time to write new assessment criteria for our current schemes of teaching. This is the reason for the additional training day. 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 in due course.

York Pride Parade Saturday 10 June 2017
A reminder that the York Pride parade is taking place tomorrow and we would like to invite students and their families to join us. We will be meeting outside the Minster from 11am, just look out for the Millthorpe banners and t-shirts! The parade will take us from the Minster, through the city centre and then to the Knavesmire via Skeldergate and Bishopthorpe Road. The main York Pride event then runs from 1pm to about 6.30pm at the Knavesmire, with stalls, live music, food, drinks, and other family-friendly activities.

Key Stage 3 Exams
We have sent emails to all parents and carers of Key Stage 3 students about the Year 7 and Year 8 Exam Week next week and Year 9 Exam Week the following week. If you missed the email or would like to read the information now, please click the following links:
Year 7 and 8 Exams 2017
Year 9 Exams 2017

Year 10 Exams
The Year 10 exams start on Tuesday 27 June and finish on Friday 7 July. Students will be issued with individual exam timetables during registration on Monday morning.

News from South Bank Academy Trust
Following detailed discussions with the Department for Education and the Local Authority, the Trust is pleased to announce that we have secured sufficient funding to support school improvement work with York High. This gives us the confidence we need that we can succeed at York High, without having any negative impact on Millthorpe. We will now move to bring York High into the MAT by Spring 2018. Between now and then, we will be working in partnership with City of York to begin the work of improving York High’s finances and standards as quickly as possible.

As part of this process, Trevor Burton will become Executive Headteacher of both Millthorpe and York High with effect from 1 September. We will be assisted by two newly-appointed Heads of School, Gemma Greenhalgh and Rod Sims, who will be responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of Millthorpe and York High respectively. We’re delighted to have such a strong leadership team in place across the two schools. A full statement outlining the new arrangements is available on the Trust’s website.

Previously, we’d informed you that Acomb Primary School was exploring the possibility of joining the South Bank MAT. Having considered their options in more detail, Acomb’s governors have now decided they feel our MAT is not the best fit for their school. We wish them well for the future.

Edwin Thomas
Chair of Trustees, South Bank Academy Trust

Appointment of Head of School at Millthorpe
Further to the news from the South Bank Academy Trust, please click here to read the letter from our Chair of Governors, Bill Schofield, about the appointment of Gemma Greenhalgh.

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.

York College Open Evening Tuesday 13 June 2017
There is an open evening taking place at York College on Tuesday 13 June at 6pm for students looking to study A Levels, Vocational and Apprenticeship programmes.

German Exchange Meeting Tuesday 13 June 2017
A reminder that the German Exchange meeting is taking place on Tuesday 13 June at 6.30pm in the library. Please bring your child’s passport and EHIC card. If you are unable attend the meeting, please send your child to see Miss Ramsay with their passport and EHIC on Wednesday 14 June as passports are needed in order to check-in on this day.

Sports Team Photos
We will be taking individual and sports team photos during period 5 on Thursday 15 June. This is to update the sports celebration display we have in school. We will remind students about the arrangements next week.

School Uniform
Marks and Spencer are currently offering 20% off selected items of school uniform purchased before 4 July 2017. Visit for details.

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
In light of the Year 7 and 8 exams taking place, there will be no fortnightly SPaG focus next week. Instead, we would like to encourage all students to use tutor time to revise for their exams.