Friday 21 October 2016

Syria Appeal
A huge thank you to everyone who donated items for our Syria appeal last week and to the students, staff and other volunteers who helped pack it up ready for transportation. We were overwhelmed with the number of items we received and the generosity you have shown – it will make a tremendous difference to families in Syria at this perilous time.

Year 11 Pre Public Exams
The Pre Public Exams for Year 11 are taking place from Monday 21 November until Friday 2 December. These exams are of vital importance to our students as they will give them an accurate assessment of where they are in their learning and highlight areas that need more work before their final GCSEs in May and June 2017. The results will also be used in some subjects to decide the level of exam that they will sit in their GCSEs. For more information please see the Pre Public Exams letter and timetable on the website.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 15 November 2016
A reminder that the Year 9 Parents’ evening is taking place on Tuesday 15 November. If you have not requested any appointment times but would like to, please visit

Further Education Open Events
Post-16 Open Evenings at York’s Sixth Form schools and colleges are taking place during the first two weeks of November. Please visit the Post-16 Education Page on the school website for more information on the open evenings and links to the post-16 providers.

Year 10 Work Experience Meeting
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the Work Experience meeting earlier this week. Copies of the Work Experience letter and agreement form, which were handed out on the evening, along with the presentation and NYBEP website instructions are available on the Work Experience Page on the school website. If you have any questions about the Work Experience Programme please contact Mrs Anderson, Work Experience Co-ordinator on

PE Sports Practices
An updated list of PE Sport Practices which now includes basketball practices is available on the school website.

Midday Lunchtime Supervisor
We are looking to recruit a Lunchtime Supervisor to support a student with additional needs during the lunch break each day. The role would involve one to one work with a student and oversight in the dining hall and around school. For further details please contact Mrs Griffiths, Director of Inclusion on

Year 11 girls give it their all in netball tournament

On Tuesday 4 October the Year 11 netball team played in the York and District Tournament. It was the last opportunity for the girls to represent their school in a competitive competition and they certainly gave it everything.

We had to wait until round three of the tournament before we played our first match but the team took to court excited at the opportunity to take on Manor. It was a closely contested game with some excellent centre court interceptions from Josie Osborne (Goal Defence) and Sophie Chapman (Wing Defence). These turnovers were converted well by our shooters and we triumphed 9-4.

After another break and with a straight run of four matches in a row, we took on Fulford. Whilst this game proved not to be as challenging as our previous match, some excellent attacking feeds into the goal circle by Grace Smith (Centre) and Jess Westmorland (Wing Attack) saw Millthorpe open up an early lead which they built on well. A 9-2 win was a good result.

Our next match saw us take on local rivals The Mount. Millthorpe laid down the gauntlet at the start with some quick converted turnovers and as quickly as Penny Robinson (playing as Goal Keeper) was intercepting, Izzy Gorwood (Goal Attack) and Miranda Poskitt (Goal Shooter) were converting them. We were able to move some players around to try to limit the fatigue and Miranda and Jess did a straight swap between WA and GS and Rosie Gray came on to substitute for Sophie at WD. Despite these changes, Millthorpe kept up the momentum and were convincing winners, with the final score being 13-1.

Another local rival stood in our way during the next match – All Saints. Matches between us are always exciting and challenging and this proved to be no exception. End to end play saw Millthorpe convert, only for All Saints to reply with a successful shot. Millthorpe managed to pull away in the dying moments of the match to secure a 7-5 victory.

The final match in the pool section was against last year’s winners, St. Peter’s. They are a slick, well-drilled team and played some outstanding netball. Despite Millthorpe taking a 3-0 lead, St. Peter’s dug deep and took a couple of turnovers to take a 4-3 lead. Our girls left everything on the court. They were exhausted but were still going for everything, trying so hard to get the interception they needed. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and St. Peter’s took the win 7-12.

Finishing second in the pool stage meant that we played the winner of the other pool – and this turned out to be our nemesis Joseph Rowntree who we had beaten in a school match just the week before. Another close match with excellent turnovers and beautiful shooting from both teams saw Joseph Rowntree take a 2 goal lead into half time. Millthorpe wanted the win so badly and fought hard for every ball. With 20 seconds to go on the clock, Millthorpe pulled 1 goal back and had a centre pass. We had time to take the ball to goal and score and hopefully go in to extra-time.

It wasn’t to be. Unfortunately the umpire spotted an infringement by a player entering the centre third too soon and gave the ball to Joseph Rowntree who went on to win the game 6-5.

It was an outstanding performance by all the players and I am very proud to have been able to coach them. Thank you to them for all their hard work and commitment throughout their years at Millthorpe and for representing their school so well.

Miss Watts
PE Department

Teacher of the Year

A Millthorpe teacher who has helped to support the welfare of hundreds of children has won the Teacher of the Year at the Press Community Pride Awards evening on Thursday 13 October. Sue Cordell, Director of Student Welfare, who was nominated for the award by fellow Millthorpe teacher Adam Baybutt, said she was “honoured and humbled” to receive the award and that it was a privilege to work with such a fantastic and committed pastoral team led by Scott Butterworth.

Sue has been at Millthorpe for 26 years and first started as a supply teacher covering a day and half of PE lessons for a term. Since then Sue has gone on to have a number of roles in school including PE teacher, Head of PSE and Citizenship, Head of Careers and Head of Year. Even prior to her role as Assistant Director of Inclusion and more recently as Director of Student Welfare, Sue has always taken the pastoral welfare of students to heart.

Headteacher Trevor Burton said “Sue has helped hundreds of students and families through difficult phases in their lives. She has made a huge difference to their success, life chances and their happiness. All of us at Millthorpe feel very privileged to work alongside her.”

During the awards ceremony when asked if she likes what she does, Sue replied “I love my job and I think it’s the kind of job you have to love. It is challenging but also very rewarding”.

Sue would like the award to stand in recognition of all the pastoral work that takes place in the school, not only by herself but by the whole pastoral team and staff at Millthorpe.

Friday 14 October 2016

Teacher of the Year
A Millthorpe teacher who has helped to support the welfare of hundreds of children has won the Teacher of the Year at the Press Community Pride Awards evening on Thursday 13 October. Sue Cordell, Director of Student Welfare, who was nominated for the award by fellow Millthorpe teacher Adam Baybutt, said she was “honoured and humbled” to receive the award and that it was a privilege to work with such a fantastic and committed pastoral team led by Scott Butterworth. Read more…

Year 7 Fortnightly SPaG Focus
The current fortnightly SPaG focus for Year 7 is apostrophes for contraction. You may wish to support your child’s learning by using the supporting resources which are available by clicking here. Visit the literacy page on the school website for previous SPaG focus supporting resources and other literacy materials.

Year 10 Work Experience Meeting Tuesday 18 October 2016
A reminder to Year 10 parents and carers that the Year 10Work Experience meeting is taking place on Tuesday 18 October at 6.00pm in the Main Hall and will last about an hour. If you have not already done so please visit to let us know if you plan to attend.

Year 7 Tutor Meeting Wednesday 19 October
Students will be bringing a letter home on Monday with your appointment time for the Year 7 Tutor Meeting taking place on Wednesday 19 October. If you do not receive this letter or there is a problem with your appointment time please contact school.

Becoming a Fairtrade School
Over the next couple of years Millthorpe will be applying for Fairtrade School status. It is a three stage process, which will build upon the work we already do in school to promote and teach about Fairtrade. Part of the first stage of this process, to become a ‘FairAware School’, is to audit where Fairtrade is currently being taught across the school. In addition to this we will be reviewing where we currently use Fairtrade products in school and surveying student awareness about the trust. Later in the year there will be fundraising events and student voice opportunities. We will keep you fully updated as our work progresses. If you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you: please contact Merry Wright, Geography teacher on

Time Out for Parents – The Teenage Years
Many parents and carers find adolescence the most demanding time in their relationship with their child. There are many new challenges to face and it’s often hard to know what to do for the best. Family Matters York are running a 5-week course for parents and carers of pre-teens and teenagers at Archbishop Holgate’s School. Please click here for more information and to book a place.

PE Sports Practices
Dates for the 2016/17 Sports Practices and fixtures can be found of the PE page on the school website.

Lost Property
Please help reduce the amount of unclaimed lost property by labelling all your child’s uniform, including PE kit, with their full name.

German Exchange
There are a few places still available on the German exchange. Students need to see Miss Ramsay if they are interested in taking part.

Downloading Microsoft Office
We have had a number of inquiries regarding the free Microsoft Office that can be downloaded whilst your child is at Millthorpe. To install the software (on up to 5 devices), students will need to know their username; this is usually their surname which begins with the final number of the year in which they started school followed by Year 7s are therefore and Year 8s are

Students should all know their school network password (if not they will need to see Mr Ward in PC1).

Instructions for downloading and installing Microsoft Office can be found by clicking here.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 15 November 2016
We are pleased to invite all Year 9 parents and carers to parents’ evening on Tuesday 15 November. Students have been given a letter with an attached appointment form earlier this week; copies of these are available on the school website by clicking here. Appointment forms should be returned to your child’s form tutor by Friday 21 October. You can also complete the appointment form online by visiting

Paired Reading
Our most popular intervention is ready to start next week with 125 students signed up to take part. Students from Year 9 mentor the reading of Year 7 and 8 students. This is a great way to start the day for our lower school students and an ideal opportunity for Year 9s to make a positive contribution to the Millthorpe community. Paired Reading starts at 8.40am in the library.

Girls’ cricket team represents North Yorkshire at Headingly

On Thursday 1 September, the girl’s cricket team were invited to Headingly to watch the One Day International between England and Pakistan. The invitation came as a result of Millthorpe competing in the Lady Taverner’s Championship run through the Chance to Shine project. Chance to Shine is an English Cricket Board initiative, funded partly by the National Lottery and Sport England which looks to reverse the decline of cricket in schools. As a result, the girls at Millthorpe received specialist coaching from Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Rachel Hildreth in their extra-curricular club and played in two competitions, winning at Under 13 level and runners-up at Under 15 level. In addition to this, Rachel ran taster sessions for Key Stage 3 students in their PE lessons and this year is developing the coaching talents of our Year 9’s by leading them through the Cricket Young Leaders Award.


We were delighted to be the school selected to represent North Yorkshire at the match. The day began when we all met at school and Mr Ward kindly drove us to the cricket ground. When we arrived we were met by Steve Archer from Yorkshire County Cricket Club and given our first surprise of the day; the girls were invited to be the guard of honour for the players when they went out at the start of the match. Having dropped our bags at the seats – front row no less! – with Mr Ward guarding them, we headed off to the indoor practice nets to find out what we were going to do. Each of our students were given an England flag, with Lily and Izzy being asked to carry the large England and Pakistan flags. The girls went through a series of practices of how to walk out on to the pitch, how and when to unfurl their flags and when to raise them.

As we were heading to the pitch, the girls were frantically messaging and phoning parents as the match was being shown live on Sky Sports and they wanted their parents to see them. We then got excited as we saw Mike Atherton and Nassar Hussain walk past – two ex-England captains. It was an amazing experience; as Jerusalem was played out over the tannoy, the players ran out between the students, all proudly stood with their flags.


We went back to our seats to watch the game. We had a great view and England were fielding well – though there were a few fours and sixes scored by Pakistan along the way. Chris Wood, a reserve for England came around the boundary and Lola and Jade were lucky enough to get his autograph. As part of the invitation, the girls were asked to play on the pitch at the interval. They quickly set themselves up in a game of Kwik Cricket. They organised it all themselves and rotated round every three balls so that everyone got a good opportunity to bat, field and bowl. The girls were swinging the bat well and a few balls ended up in the crowd whilst one managed to hit a passing photographer on the head – oops! It was a fabulous opportunity and the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


We returned to the stand to watch the England innings and, whilst it got quite tense at points with the English bastman giving their wickets away, Stokes (69 runs) and Yorkshire cricketer Bairstow (61) put on a 5th wicket stand of 103 and steered England to victory. This topped off a great day.

All the students represented Millthorpe extremely well and Steve Archer e-mailed me to let me know what he thought of our students; ‘they were exceptional on the day, great fun, very well behaved and showed some great skill, it was an absolute pleasure to have your school involved, they were a credit to the school’.

A huge well done to Tasha Lyall, Lily Carr, Izzy Cocker, Jade Clark, Lola Casey, Jasmine Durrant and Harriet Williamson.

Miss Watts
PE Department

Friday 7 October 2016

Open Evening
I would like to thank all students who volunteered their time to help make Open Evening on Tuesday night such an outstanding success. The atmosphere was fantastic and I was tremendously proud of all our students and staff. We’ve had loads of positive feedback from Year 6 parents who attended.

School Census
Each year the Department for Education collects data from schools in the form of a census compiled from our pupil database. It is a statutory requirement that we complete each census and this year the DfE has introduced some new data items that will be collected from now on.

If you have not already done so please click the following link to complete this information for your child:

We have a statutory obligation to request this information for your child and record it on our database. You have the right not to give us this information: please indicate this by selecting the relevant box when you click the link above.

School Uniform
We are very proud of the high standard of our school uniform. In order to maintain this standard, we carry out periodic checks across all year groups. The focus for next week is skirt length. Our expectation is that skirts will be approximately knee length. We appreciate that it can sometimes be difficult to find skirts of an appropriate length. If this is an issue, please ask students to speak to their Student Support Officer about their own particular circumstances. Thank you for your continued support in maintaining the high standard of our school uniform.

Storage of Bicycles
This year, we have more students than ever cycling to school, particularly using the Philadelphia Terrace entrance. It’s great that so many students use this healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel. However, this has caused us some problems with capacity in our bike sheds; sadly, we have also had a small number of incidents of both theft and damage to bicycles. Although this is still a relatively rare occurrence, it is something we take very seriously and we will be deciding over the next few days what measures we can put in place to improve the security and capacity of our bike storage. This will include installing improved cctv coverage.

In the meantime, if your child cycles to school, you can help us by making sure:

– your child always locks their bike to an immovable object with a sturdy lock (but not the bike shed gates please!) Suitable locks will be available to buy from the site team (price tbc).

– your child removes any accessories (lights, pumps etc) before leaving their bike;

– you have adequate insurance for bikes away from home;

– your child wheels their bike to the front of school if there is no room in the sheds at the back.

Please let us know straightaway if your child experiences any problems with their bike so we can follow it up promptly.

Urgent Appeal
Following the recent and on going heavy bombing of the city of Aleppo in Syria, Friends Helping Refugees is organising an urgent appeal to fill a container by next Friday 14 October. Millthorpe has a history of working successfully with Friends Helping Refugees: last Spring’s appeal for food, toiletries and school items was a huge success thanks to your generosity. We are now collecting non perishable food, toiletries, warm jackets, coats and fleeces and sturdy shoes (all ages). Any donated items can be dropped off at school next week. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

ISSP Event – Renowned Classicist Peter Jones to visit St Peter’s School
Renowned classicist Peter Jones from University of Newcastle will speak on what the Romans’ life and culture really gave the English and our language. The event is free to attend; to book a ticket please click here following link:

Year 7 Tutor Meeting Wednesday 19 October
We are pleased to invite all Year 7 parents and carers to meet their child’s form tutor on Wednesday 19 October. The evening will be held in the Main Hall between 3.30pm and 6pm. Please click here to read the letter on the website for more information. If you have not already requested an appointment time but would like to, please click the following link:

Knock Knock Comedy Presents… Not on a School Night
Millthorpe is playing host toa night of comedy on Saturday 15 October. Tickets are normally £8 each; however Millthorpe parents and carers 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.

The Millthorpian 2015/16 EDITION

A look back at the 2015/16 academic year of Millthorpe School:

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • GCSE Results
  • Awards Evening
  • Sports Day
  • York Pride

and much more…