Friday 23 September 2016

Early Closure Monday 26 September
This is a reminder that school will close at 2.20pm on Monday 26 September for staff training. On this day each lesson will be reduced to 50 minutes in order to ensure that students do not miss any of their taught lessons.

Year 7 Photographs
Year 7 students have been given a proof of their individual and tutor group photograph. Should you wish to order a photograph, please return the completed order form and payment to the school office by Friday 30 September. Alternatively, you can place your order online at

 York Independent State School Partnership (ISSP)
Many of our current parents and carers may be aware of our membership of the York ISSP, a collection of state and independent schools in York which provides events and experiences which intellectually challenge young people. For our new Year 7 parents and carers, you can find out more about the ISSP at their website One of their first events this year is a series of lectures for young people in Years 7 and 8 designed to inspire them. There is a letter with more information and an online registration form if you would like your child to attend.

Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccinations
Year 8 girls will be having their HPV vaccinations on Friday 30 September. If your daughter has a short sleeved school shirt it would be advisable to wear itnext Friday; otherwise a vest top underneath their long sleeved shirt would be helpful.

Year 11 SEND Progress Meetings
Relevant parents and carers will already have received emails inviting them to a SEND progress meeting on 10, 11 or 13 October. At this meeting you will receive staff feedback, progress monitoring and details of any intervention your child receives. It is also an opportunity to consider what is going well in school and what, if any, issues you may have. Students should also attend these meetings. If you have not yet replied but would like an appointment with Ms Griffiths (Director of Inclusion) please email

Year 10 Information Evening
Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the Year 10 Information Evening last night. If you were unable to attend, you can find a copy of the Presentation, Target Setting booklet and Revision Tips on the school website.

The queues in the canteen have been moving through more smoothly in the last few days, with all students having a choice of hot and cold and vegetarian meals and at least 15 minutes to eat their lunch and get to Period 4 on time. This should improve further when we take delivery of the new till and oven; and the catering company have appointed another member of staff. Thank you to everyone for their continued support and patience.

Technology Materials
Parents and carers of Year 7 students can now pay for their child’s Technology materials on ParentPay.

Hospitality and 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.

Learn to Code at Upload Live Saturday 8 October
Freeformers and Virgin Media, with City of York Council, are co-hosting a day of hands-on workshops. In the Code and Lab Zones you will code and build a prototype of your very own app before learning how to use the web to amplify your creation in the Promote Zone. Finally, in the Cyber Zone you will learn how to stay safe and protect yourself in the online world. The event is taking place on Saturday8 October, 9.30am to 5.00pm at City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise. Attendance is free: simply click the following link to register: N.B. Although advertised for 16 – 25 year olds, students in any year group at Millthorpe are welcome to attend.

Hype Youth Choir
Hype Youth Choir is looking torecruit 30 children aged 11 to 17 to join their choir at The Hive, Manor CE Academy on Wednesdays, 6.00pm to 7.30pm; please click the following link for more information and to sign up:

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.

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.