WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 25 June 2021

Positive changes in pastoral support

As our school continues to grow and evolve, we have reviewed our pastoral provision in order to continue to meet the needs of all of our students. After careful consideration, we have decided to expand our Pastoral Team from ten members of staff to thirteen, and from September 2021, we will be using a Year Group system. Each year group will have a Head of Year and a Deputy Head of Year who will be responsible for the overall pastoral care of the 212 or so students in that year. In the current system, two members of staff are responsible for around 350 students across the school. We feel that this change will better enable us to support all students and encourage them to be the best that they can be.

We will share more information about our pastoral systems (and the plans for student ties!) in due course, including details of how your child’s Form Tutor will become more heavily involved in providing pastoral support from September.
In the meantime, if you would like to see who your child’s Head of Year and Deputy Head of Year will be, please click here. Please remember to look at the year group they will be in from September, not the one they are in now.

Embracing Diversity – will you help us find out how we are doing?

This year we have worked on improving the experience of those students who are not white British and trying to make sure that racism does not affect them, at least within Millthorpe School. As part of this work, we will be sending parents of children who are not white British a survey form later today. We surveyed them in October and want to see if things have improved.

We also want the perspective of children who ARE white British. If that is your child, please would you help by sitting with your child and helping them fill in this survey. It is very short and collects no identifying information such as name or email address. By helping them to fill it in, we are likely to get a fuller response on what is a sensitive topic.
The link to the form is here.

Parents of students who are not white British please see our separate email.

Walk-in vaccine clinics across city from tomorrow

Walk-in, pop-up Covid vaccination clinics are being held at venues across the city during the coming week to try to reach people over 18 who have not yet received their first dose.

All eligible patients are welcome to turn up on the day, but it is possible to book an appointment in advance through your GP surgery if you prefer to do so.

  • Saturday 26 June, from 8.30am to 1.40pm, at Jorvik Gillygate Practice on Stonebow (Astra Zeneca)
  • Sunday 27 June, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, at Priory Medical Group’s Tang Hall Lane Surgery (Pfizer)
  • Monday 28 June, from 12.45pm to 5pm, at Burnholme Sports Centre (Pfizer)
  • Tuesday 29 June, from 8.30am to 7.30pm, at the University of York (Pfizer)
  • Wednesday 30 June, from 5pm to 8.30pm, at York St. John University (Pfizer)
  • Thursday 1 July, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, at York St. John University (Pfizer)
  • Friday 2 July, from 8.30am to 7.30pm, at York St. John University (Pfizer)
  • Saturday 3 July, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, at Priory Medical Group’s Tang Hall Lane Surgery (Pfizer)
  • Sunday 4 July, from 8.45am to 3pm, at Burnholme Sports Centre (Pfizer)

STEM for Girls Conference

FutureHY York and North Yorkshire are hosting a virtual STEM for Girls Conference on 5-6 July, for female students in Years 9-12. Students can log in at any time to watch videos from employers, speak to students studying STEM subjects, and much more!

Find out more here.

York Education Futures surveys

If you haven’t already completed the York Education Futures survey (shared in last week’s email), about how the pandemic has affected children’s learning and wellbeing, you still have time! The deadline is Friday 2 July.

The aim of the surveys is to take a ‘temperature check’ on how people have coped during the pandemic and the impact of disrupted schooling on individuals’ learning. The results, which are anonymous and won’t identify individual schools, will be used to develop key themes to support local children and young people over the next few years.

Please do have your say! The surveys can be found by clicking the links below:

SEND provision survey

The survey on proposals for the future provision for children and young people with SEND in York closes on Wednesday 30 June.

The consultation looks at:

  • early years provision;
  • provision for children and young people with SEND in mainstream schools;
  • support for children and young people with communication and interaction difficulties, including autism;
  • support for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs;
  • provision at Applefields School.

You can take the survey here.