WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 23 July 2021

See you in September!

The new school year will begin on Wednesday 8 September when school will be open for Year 7 students only. All students will return to school on Thursday 9 September.

We hope you have a great summer holiday!

Behaviour for Learning – new approach

The current approach to behaviour for learning at Millthorpe School has been in place for some years now. As with any system, it’s healthy to review how things are done from time to time and look for opportunities to improve and better meet current needs and demands. One of our key findings was that, unsurprisingly, since the systems had been in place for a long time, the way they were implemented by different staff had become increasingly inconsistent. This was highlighted in surveys of both staff and students and reflects national data from Ofsted reports.

We have undertaken a thorough process and consultative approach in devising a new behaviour system, looking at all the key elements including:

  • The underlying principles and how these are articulated
  • The way we address behaviour that doesn’t meet our expectations
  • The way we reward positive behaviour
  • The link to changes to the pastoral structure

Our new approach to Behaviour for Learning will launch in September – please click here to find out more. Students have received information about the changes in form time and assemblies.

Any questions should be directed to Mr Beever, Deputy Headteacher.

Update – Year Group teams from September

Please note that we have made a slight change to the year group teams from September. Mrs Detheridge will now be the Deputy Head of Year 8, and Mrs Bramwell will be the Deputy Head of Year 10. There are no other changes.

The updated photo board can be seen here if you would like to see who will be looking after your child from September, and please remember to look at their year group for next year, not their current one.

Ties

If your child hasn’t been able to swap their tie this week because they were absent, don’t worry, form tutors will all have a supply of new ties in September. On the first day of term, they should bring in their old tie if possible and receive a new tie.

House competition results

As we bid farewell to the House System at Millthorpe, we wanted to share the results for this year’s competition and the overall results of the House competition from 2012 to 2021. These can be viewed here.

Library book emails

Due to issues with an update from our external hosts, many parents and carers have received multiple emails about overdue books. The books may indeed be overdue but please ignore the emails as we prefer to work directly with the students to get books returned. The reminder schedule has been turned off to stop the emails being sent again while we investigate the problem. Apologies and many thanks!

New website for parents to help their children catch-up

The Department for Education has launched an information site for parents, to help them support children of all ages and abilities to catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic. The site also features advice and support for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as programmes, resources and activities for children and young people this summer.

SEND improvement in the city

Together with colleagues from the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, City of York Council has produced a Special Edition SEND Newsletter to publicise their improvement journey.

You can view the newsletter here.

Covid-19 testing for pupils in September

City of York Council’s Public Health team has issued a letter to parents and carers to advise what you and your child(ren) need to do before school returns in September with regards to Covid testing. You can read the letter here.

If the situation changes over the summer, we will be in touch with updates as necessary.

They have also supplied some information and tips to help you enjoy the summer safely – you can view this here.

Online safety

This week’s parents guide from National Online Safety is about “Only Fans.” This is a platform for people aged 18 or over, but a recent BBC documentary found evidence of young people accessing the platform. Please read the guide for more information.

Rail safety

As we break up for summer, please take the time to remind your child(ren) of the dangers of trespassing on the railway. You will recall us sharing several notices and videos from National Rail in recent months, and there is always an increase in trespassing and incidents on the railway in the summer months.