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Weekly email – 2 September 2022

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Welcome back!

I hope you all had a wonderful, restful summer. We’re really excited to be starting a new school year, welcoming our new Year 7s for the first time and welcoming back our existing students.

Last year’s Year 11s did themselves proud with a fantastic set of GCSE results forged from challenging circumstances and it was great to see them on results day already looking so grown up. It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were still wearing face coverings and following other COVID measures. Although COVID is by no means gone, it’s fantastic to be back to something so much more like normal.

Here’s to an incredible year!

Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Dates and times

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September: staff training days.

Wednesday 7 September: we welcome back Year 7 students only.

Thursday 8 September: we welcome back all students.

A reminder that the school day begins at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm.

The full timings are:

8.30-8.45am: Students come onto site

8.45-8.55am: Registration

8.55-10.55am: Periods one and two

10.55-11.10am: Break

11.10am-1.10pm: Periods three and four

1.10-1.55pm: Lunch

1.55-2.15pm: Tutor time

2.15-3.15pm: Period five

There are no changes on a Wednesday B Week as previously.

Building improvements

It’s been a busy summer on the school site, with a whole raft of improvement works going on. Students will be able to benefit from a wonderful new canopy next to the dining room, brand new modern toilets, two new classrooms and a revamped Music Room.

There is still some work required to extend the dining room and replace one set of toilets, in which some structural complications arose: this should be done in the next few weeks.


As some of you will already have seen, we launched our shiny new website in the summer. You can have a look around here:

Please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Educational Psychology (EP) Support Line

A confidential telephone support service, staffed by Educational Psychologists, is available through City of York Council, to talk through questions or concerns about children and young people’s wellbeing or learning.

It is open to all parents/carers of children with additional needs or SEND living in the City of York (who have not had recent EP involvement), and any practitioners working with children who live in/attend an educational setting in York.

Take a look at this flyer for further information.


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Mrs Cole or Ms Simpson during school hours by emailing, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

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