WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 10 July 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

I hope that you are all well and looking forward to the summer ahead.

We have contacted you earlier today with a request to read a home-school agreement for our return in September. Please ensure that you have read this document with details about how we will return to school and completed the survey to say that you have read this by Tuesday 14 July at noon.

Please note that Year 7 will start at 8.45am on Wednesday 9 September and all other students will return on Thursday 10 September.

Full details of our proposed start and finishing times and how we will stagger the lunch and break times will follow early next week. We will also issue our full risk assessment to parents and carers too.

School work over summer
Please note that there will not be any formal school work set over summer. Teachers will also not be available over the holidays via their email and school will be closed. Access to work will still be available so that students can complete any work that they haven’t finished.

Subject teachers in Year 10 have provided students with resources that students can use to cover topics during the holidays at their own pace. Year 10 students can look back at previous topics and work previously set on ClassCharts, but it is not the expectation that new work will be set each week. Many departments have also created physical booklets to support students, which have been collected from school. These resources are intended to reassure and support students and it is not intended as a ‘catch-up’ list for Year 10 preparing for Year 11. All departments are currently making plans in school to ensure that students recap and recover gaps in their curriculum from September 2020.

Year 11
We have written to all Year 11 parents and students this week to share our plans for their results day in August. We really look forward to seeing them all again in the summer.

Thank you very much to everyone who has donated uniform to sell in our Eco Laundry sales. In order for as many families as possible to be able to make use of this money saving and environmentally friendly way to buy school uniform, we are pleased to be able to run two Eco Laundry sales: Saturday 11 July from 10am-12pm and Monday 13 July from 10am-12pm. The first hour of each sale is for Pupil Premium families (receiving Free School Meals currently or received Free School Meals in the past) and for any other families who would like to access the early sale for financial reasons.

Prices are as follows:

  • blazers, reversible sports tops, outdoor coats – £3
  • trousers, skirts, jumpers, PE shorts, PE fleeces – £2
  • ties, shirts, PE T-shirts £1

We have a few pairs of new shoes available priced at £10.

If you would like to attend one of our sales, please follow this guidance:

  • Use the Nunthorpe Avenue front entrance to school (we cannot open the back and side gate for safeguarding reasons)
  • If you arrive by car, park in front of the main entrance or on the drive
  • Follow the signs to the canteen at the top of the main drive
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided as you enter and exit the canteen
  • Give your child’s name/ children’s names on entry to the canteen
  • Follow the one way system around the canteen; only one family at each uniform table at a time
  • Pay for your uniform on exit from the canteen (cash only, correct change much appreciated to avoid unnecessary money handling)

Ms Andrle (Assistant Head) and Ms Garner-Steel (Pupil Premium Champion) look forward to welcoming you on Saturday and Monday.

I hope that you all can enjoy some nice weather over the weekend.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh
This week’s virtual assembly

This week’s online assembly is from Mr Burton and it is on the topic of risk, and why you might want to take a bit more of it.


We appreciate that students have not had the usual opportunity to empty their lockers before the holidays this year and as well as items they may want to reclaim, there is sure to be some PE kit in desperate need of a wash! In addition, it won’t be possible for students to use lockers when we re-open in September, so we definitely need to empty all lockers over the summer.

We are now in a position to allow students, parents/carers or other family members to come into school in a managed way to retrieve locker contents using the scheduled slots below. Please come to the Main Hall entrance to wait in or outside the Main Hall (depending on the weather) whilst small groups are accompanied by staff to empty lockers. When you attend, please expect to remove all contents and the lock itself.

Tuesday 14 July 10am 7EML, 7RJC, 7BLO, 7CPO
Tuesday 14 July 1pm 7AIN, 7RNH, 7PJS, 7KSN
Wednesday 15 July, 10am 8SBL, 8ELA, 8MTH, 8BAJ
Wednesday 15 July, 1pm 8JEB, 8BCD, 8MXB, 8CEB
Thursday 16 July, 10am 9KAF, 9PEN, 9ITH, 9SCA
Thursday 16 July, 1pm 9MWS, 9HPA, 9LWR, 9SOR
Friday 17 July, 10am All Year 10
Friday 17 July, 1pm All Year 11

If no-one in the family is able to make the slot next week, we hope to have some limited availability in the first week of the holidays – we’ll send details of that next Friday, as well as what to do if no-one can attend that week either.

Please note that any items remaining in lockers, including locks, will have to be suitably disposed of before the start of next year.

Boots for Games Lessons

The PE department are very excited by the prospect of Games lessons on the brand new Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), which are expected to start in October. Please note that there are specific requirements as set out by manufacturers regarding the footwear that can be worn on this surface.

So what boots does my child need for Games lessons next year?
A pair of boots with moulded studs. Moulded boots usually have around 12-15 plastic studs that cannot be removed. They can be used on the AGP and on grass.

What should I avoid?

  • Boots with removable studs. These usually have six studs, often metal, that can be screwed in and out. These tear up the AGP surface and are therefore unacceptable.
  • Hybrid or Mixed Stud boots. These have a combination of removable studs and moulded studs, usually blade-shaped. These also tear the surface.
  • Boots with blades. These have short, blade-shaped studs. They can cause injuries on AGPs as they restrict movement and turning.
  • Astros. Also known as turf trainers. These have poor grip in the wet and are not suitable for use on grass pitches.

Your child will still need a pair of non-marking trainers for indoor PE (note that these are not suitable for use on the AGP).

North Yorkshire Police are setting all young people a Summer Holiday Challenge!

The challenge is open to all 8-18 year olds who are resident in York or North Yorkshire. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: get together with your up to six of your mates – either virtually or in person (adhering to social distancing guidance) – think up a digital project between you and then do it!

Your project could benefit your street, your community or your environment. It’s entirely up to you. It just needs to make a difference in your community.

Find out more here

Online courses with Family Matters York

Family Matters York will be hosting the following online courses from September:

Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
Monday afternoon 12.45 to 2.45pm for 5 weeks starting 14 Sept or Monday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 14 Sept

Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
Wednesday morning 9.30 to 11.30am for 5 wks starting 16 Sept or Wednesday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 16 Sept

Time Out for Dads
Thursday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks starting 17 Sept

Handling Anger in the Family
Tuesday afternoon 12.45 to 2.45pm for 4 weeks starting 15 Sept, Tuesday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks starting 15 Sept, Monday evening 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks starting 28 Sept or Thursday morning 9.30 to 11.30am for 4 weeks starting 1 Oct.

All these courses will take place online via Zoom.

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson at Family Matters on 07393 147259 email: helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk

Young women into STEM

Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers (known collectively as STEM).

This summer they are running an online mentoring programme for girls of all ages, in target groups. Further information can be found here.

Junior Maths challenge results have arrived!

A message from Mrs Papprill:

Well done to all of you that took part in the Lockdown Junior Maths Challenge. It was a first for us all.

I have received the results and certificates which I will email out to you as soon as possible. We have two Gold certificate achievers – Eve Crompton from Year 7 and Bel Clarke from Year 8. Bel was also Best in School with 107 points and Eve was only three marks behind her. Well done girls.
Bronze started at 70 marks; Silver at 86 and Gold at 103. Thousands of students take part from schools all across the UK so it really is an achievement to get a certificate.
Students can log back onto the UKMT website with the same details you had before if they want to see their personal results question by question.

If you need a reminder of your login details please email Mrs Paprill putting your full name and maths class in the title of the email.

Trip refunds

The majority of refunds have now been processed. Please check your ParentPay account to make a withdrawal. If you paid by cash or cheque, a member of the finance team will be in contact to arrange refunds over the next few days.

Read Theory
Year 7 have carried on with their phenomenal work on Read Theory. This week’s winning form is 7RNH and last week’s was 7AIN. Congratulations to them.

If your child would like to keep their reading and comprehension skills honed over the summer, they are more than welcome to keep using Read Theory. Lots of our students have made amazing leaps in their reading comprehension by using it. Students will be awarded any wristbands or badges they earn in September.

Well done to all students who made it into the individual top ten over the last two weeks; you should be proud of your hard work and commitment.
Keeping up with current affairs

Take a look at this week’s edition of The Week Junior here.

Students now need a voucher code to access the magazine – all you need to do is click Login at the bottom of the magazine cover, then scroll down to: Have voucher code? on the right hand side and enter the code sent to you in the weekly email.

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, in addition to being able to contact Ruth Cooper during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.