Friday 9 September 2016

Welcome to our new Year 7 students and Parents/Carers
This Tuesday welcomed 203 new Year 7 students who moved from primary school to “Big School”. They are settling in very well and benefited from being the only year group in school for their first day. I know that parents and carers are always anxious about how their child is settling in. Any parent or carer who has concerns is welcome to contact the form tutor by writing a message in the planner and asking your child to present it to their form tutor. For serious issues, please contact the Director of Achievement directly: Miss Parr for Romans (7MEW, 7LDW, 7ALJ), Mr Baybutt for Saxons (7DJM, 7ARR) or Mr Nichols for Vikings (7RIY, 7LOW).

Year 11 Results
I hope you have noticed our announcement about August’s GCSE results for last year’s Year 11 on the website. We are currently waiting for Department for Education documents which will allow us to calculate the progress of students accurately, and when I have it, I will write soon with more information. However, I can say now that:

  • 70% of students obtained at least a C grade inboth English and Maths – up 4% from last year.
  • 44% of students gained the English Baccalaureate (Cs in English Language, Maths, two sciences, History or Geography and alanguage), which was a school record up from 41% last year.
  • Progress has remained strong but it is not possible to confirm an exact figure yet until national data has emerged.
  • 1 in 8 of our students achieved 10 or more GCSEs at Grade A or A*, an exceptional achievement.

These are very good results, and I am proud of the students who worked so hard for them and the staff and parents/carers who helped them to achieve them.

School Uniform
I would like to thank parents and carers for supporting my request to send children to school in the correct uniform. The overwhelming majority of students are dressed perfectly and we are speaking individually to any student who doesn’t have it quite right yet.

Mr Burton

First World War Legacy 110 Project
We are delighted to announce that York ISSP’s Legacy 110 Project, in which Millthorpe students Angus and Kirstin were key participants, has been nominated by the Legacy 110 committee to receive a national award. The First World War Commemoration Awards recognise and celebrate the huge effort made throughout the UK by individuals and groups to commemorate the First World War and give something back to their communities. York ISSP has been nominated under the ‘Schools and Young People’ category following their presentation at The Minster and their work on an exhibition in the Community Room at York Castle Museum. We will find out in the next few weeks if we have been shortlisted and if so, an interview panel in London will follow. We will keep you updated. The exhibition is on display until October so please do take the opportunity to go and see the outstanding work that young people across the city have produced to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Year 11 Information Evening Thursday 15 September
A reminder to Year 11 parents and carers that the Year 11 Information Evening is taking place next Thursday 15 September at 6pm to 6.45pm in the Main Hall. Please click the following link to let us know if you plan to attend:

PE Information
Please click the following links for information from the PE department:

Key Stage 3 PE and Games Timetable
PE Sports Practices
Football Fixtures 2016-17

Homework Club
Those students who have previously attended Homework Club in Years 8 and 9 are welcome to return from Monday 19 September. Homework Club is fully supervised and runs from 3.20pm to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday. New Year 7 students will be invited to attend as appropriate by Mrs Griffiths, Director of Inclusion.

Year 10 Information Evening Thursday 22 September
We would like to invite all Year 10 parents and carers to our annual Year 10 Information Evening on Thursday 22 September at 6pm in the Main Hall. The evening will consist of a short presentation on the structure of the new GCSE qualification and how we set ambitious targets for our students.Please click the following link to let us know if you plan to attend:

Year 10 Science Groups
Science groups in Year 10 this year have been given names instead of numbers. We have decided to do this because we are moving from setting groups to teaching them in mixed ability groups. We therefore, have two groups doing the Triple Science course and they are mixed; likewise, those students doing the Dual Award, who are in the same year half, are mixed ability. The groups have been named after famous scientists in the hope of inspiring our young people to do great things.

Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy
We are looking to recruit a Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant to help supervise students during their lunch break. This is a permanent part time post of 5 hours per week working12.15pm to 1.15pm, Monday to Friday. For more information and to apply please visit the Vacancies page on the school website.

Forthcoming Science Lecture at St Peter’s School
St Peter’s School is beginning a new year of its annual lectures. The first one, on Monday 19 September at 7pm in the Memorial Hall, is entitled ‘The Brave New World of CRISPR Gene Editing’, and will be given by Professor Matthew Cobb, University of Manchester.Tickets for the lecture are free and are available from A poster with further details can be found by clicking here.

York Karate Club
York Karate Club will beholding classes at Millthorpe in the Main Hall after school every Thursday starting from 22 September. Classes are available to all children in Years 7 and 8 and cost £40 for the term. For more information and to register for the class please click here to read the letter on the website.