WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 16 April 2021

Year 11 GCSE Assessments

This week, Miss Greenhalgh gave an assembly to all Year 11 students to explain in detail how their GCSE assessments would be carried out, in line with the recently published guidelines. You can find a copy of the content of the assembly here. We are currently finalising a comprehensive policy in response to the requirements set out by JCQ and we will share this with you once it has been submitted.

You can also find out more information about the 2021 GCSE series at the JCQ website here.


We are aware of a number of our Muslim students who are fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. We have spoken to these students and agreed support with them on an individual basis. If your child is fasting and they have not yet been spoken to, please email Mr Baybutt E: a.baybutt@millthorpe.southbank.academy so that we can make sure that we do speak to them and agree any support that may be required.

Parents’ Evenings

We are planning to hold parents’ evenings for year groups 7 to 10 after the May Half Term – more details will follow in due course. Apologies that we incorrectly advised that the Year 10 parents’ evening would be taking place next week – this was on oversight based on the original calendar for the year.

Millthorpe joins the My School Fund initiative

We’re pleased to announce that Millthorpe is now part the My School Fund initiative. This innovative scheme allows for us to be able to boost our school’s budget with your help.

How does it work?
Parents, guardians and carers can sign up to the scheme for free and start earning cashback on the things they buy in participating retail stores, including Sainsbury’s and Argos. As you spend, you’ll receive 2% cashback in the form of eGift vouchers that can be redeemed in participating stores. By linking your spend to our school on the My School Fund website we’ll also earn 1% cashback on your spend.

Add that all up across our school’s network of families and together we can all make a big difference!

How to get involved
Visit myschoolfund.org to register for free and link to Millthorpe School. From there, everything you spend in participating stores will go towards helping boost our budget, plus your own!

You can also find out more by watching this short video.

Year 11 Prom

If your son/daughter in Year 11 would like to attend this year’s prom, tickets should be paid for by the end of today please.

You can see the email re the prom here.

National Tutor Programme

A reminder that if you received an email earlier in the week inviting your child/ren to take part in the National Tutor Programme, responses are required by the end of today. We would be grateful if you could complete the form even if you do not wish your child to participate.

Year 10 GCSE Drama Exam

Would parents/carers of Year 10 GCSE Drama students please note that the Year 10 Scripted Drama Exam will take place in the Drama Hall from 4.00pm on Tuesday 11 May.

SEND outcomes framework

In July 2020 through a series of workshops facilitated by the Council for Disabled Children, York developed the SEND outcomes framework, which was then shared via York Inspirational Kids. In February, a small survey took place which revealed that the framework needed to be shared more effectively and that the outcomes statements needed to be more accessible and better understood.

Parents of children with SEND are invited to a special engagement event on 27 May at 10am, via Zoom. If you would like to take part, please read the full letter here.

Message from North Yorkshire Police (NYP)

PC Elliott, School Liaison Officer (York) from the NYP Partnership Hub, has asked us to circulate the following message to parents/carers:

Over the last few weeks North Yorkshire Police have received an increased number of reports regarding young people congregating on the Little Knavesmire. Incidents include violent disorder, assaults, substance misuse, littering, urinating, anti-social behaviour which is causing distress and sometimes intimidation to the local community. From police attendance, we can confirm that many of the young people encountered are from across the city and not just the local community.

North Yorkshire Police will be increasing patrols to the area and a Dispersal Authority is in place for this weekend. This means that anyone in the area causing antisocial behaviour will be directed to leave the area and if they refuse, will be arrested and prosecuted.

North Yorkshire Police want to prevent further incidents and hope our youth community, schools and parents will support this work.

If parents could encourage their children not to congregate in the area or drop them off at the location, it would be greatly appreciated.

Symptom-free testing

Symptom-free tests are now available for everyone from secondary age upwards in York and the public health team would like as many people as possible to start taking lateral-flow tests regularly. These can be done at home or at a test centre.

Further information re symptom-free tests can be found here.