WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 October 2020

Potential merger of South Bank Multi Academy Trust with South York Multi Academy Trust

The Chair of Trustees and Interim Trust Principal of the South Bank Multi Academy Trust (of which Millthorpe School is part) have written to parents today to announce a potentially significant development.

After careful consideration, the Trustees have decided to formally investigate the possibility of a merger with South York Multi Academy Trust. Initial discussions have shown that both Trusts share similar values, a like-minded commitment to their communities, and a common vision of empowering their schools to deliver the best possible education.

We, and the Trust, will keep you informed of developments ,including details of the consultation and due diligence processes, as the information becomes available.

The full letter can be found here.

Face Coverings – Local Alert Level High

Students across all year groups have been consistently excellent at remembering to wear face coverings in communal areas since we returned, which leaves the school really well placed now that, from Saturday, York is moving into the High level (Tier 2) of local COVID alert, for which the government guidance is as follows:

“In areas where local lockdowns or restrictions are in place, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils (in years 7 and above) in areas outside classrooms when moving around communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain such as corridors.”
Thank you for continuing to support this measure to protect the safety of everyone in school.

Post-16 provider open evenings

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, most further education providers will be hosting virtual open evenings this year. The date and links for The Mount, All Saints and Bootham School events are below and we will publish others as they become available.

If you are not sure whether you want to attend a College or a Sixth Form, register and attend the virtual events so that you can compare different institutions.

Student Leaders

We are really excited to open applications for a new role at Millthorpe for Year 10s – Student Leaders.

We are looking for a small group of Year 10s who we can help develop as leaders at Millthorpe. This role will allow them to take on extra responsibility, to be role models to pupils and ambassadors for the school. With this being a new role, those appointed will have an active role in shaping what it means to be a Student Leader at Millthorpe.
Any Year 10 student who would like to find out more please come along to A9 during lunchtime on Tuesday 20 October.
Deadline for applications: Friday 6 November
Mr Black & Mr Sloan

Aprons for Food Technology

Could all Food Technology students please bring a clean apron when they have a practical lesson. We are currently providing most students with aprons, which then have to be washed between each class so that students in different bubbles can wear them.

If pupils are in receipt of free school meals, please ask them to speak to their food teacher and they will be provided with an apron to use and take home.


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, 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.