Friday 16 September 2016

Dropping off and collecting students
Can we ask that parents and carers do not drive vehicles onto the school site but pick up or drop off their children somewhere outside the school gates where it is safe to do so. Large numbers of students arrive and leave school at the same time and we need to ensure the safety of all our students. Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Year 7 Fortnightly Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) Focus
Government changes to the exam system and qualifications mean that there is now a growing focus on students being able to demonstrate a good knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG), which typically accounts for 5% of marks in public examinations. In order to support our students in improving their spelling and maintaining high levels of grammar and punctuation across all areas of the curriculum, students starting at Millthorpe have a fortnightly SPaG focus.

Each fortnightly SPaG focus will be taught in English lessons and tutor time and will also be addressed in all other subjects across the curriculum. All Year 7 students have been provided with a purple SPaG handbook. If your child loses their copy they will need to pay £2 for a replacement.

Our first SPaG focus is capital letters and full stops. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting materials which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for the SPaG focus supporting materials and other literacy resources.

Year 10 Information Evening Thursday 22 September
A reminder to Year 10 parents and carers that the Year 10 Information Evening is taking place on Thursday 22 September at 6pm in the Main Hall. If you have not already done so, please click the following link to let us know if you plan to attend:

School Nurse
The School Nurse, Elaine Hawcutt, holds a ‘drop-in’ session every Tuesday lunchtime at 12.30pm in the school gym. Any student who wishes to speak to Elaine is welcome to attend. Elaine is not present in school at any other time.

Netball Fixtures
Please click here for the 2016-17 netball fixtures.

Girls’ Cricket Sessions
Yorkshire Cricket Board along with local cricket clubs are delivering cricket sessions to girls aged 8 to 15 to help develop their skills. The sessions will take place at Millthorpe every Tuesday, 5.30pm to 7.00pm and cost £3 per session. For further information and to book a place please contact Rachel Hildreth on 07736 275413 or

Year 11 Information Evening
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the Year 11 Information Evening yesterday. If you were unable to attend you can find a copy of the Presentation, Year 11 Calendar and Revision Tips on the school website.

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host to a night of comedy on Saturday 15 October, featuring comedians including Jen Brister and Richard Massara. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents, carers and staff can take advantage of a special offer and get 2 tickets for £12 by visiting the following link: There will be a licensed bar and doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and running to 11pm at the latest. Minimum age for the show is 16.

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 working 12.15pm to 1.15pm, Monday to Friday. For more information and to apply please visit the vacancies page on the school website.

Hotel and Hospitality Careers Fair
Hotels in and around York have joined together to launch the first ever interactive jobs and careers fair to highlight the variety of opportunities in the hotel and hospitality industry. The event is taking place on Sunday 25 September, 1pm to 6pm at The Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York. Please click here for more information.

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 be holding 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.