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Weekly email – 13 January 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

We have had another lovely week in school and it’s lovely to end the week with blue sky and sunshine!

This week we welcomed in colleagues from NYBEP and a number of representatives from a range of professions as well as further and higher education institutions, for our Year 9 Preparation for Employment Day. A huge thank you to NYBEP and all the organisations who joined us – it was a great morning!

Next week we are looking forward to meeting parents and carers of our Year 10 students at their Parents’ Evening which will take place on Wednesday 18 January. Parents should have received a letter explaining how to make appointments. Our Year 11s have been working hard on their preparation for their Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs) which start on 23 January and run until 3 February. I am very proud to see them applying themselves to revision and am sure they will do well.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend – fingers crossed for more sunshine!

Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Punctuality Matters – further improving our communication with you

Please click here to read an important attendance/punctuality update from Mr Beever, Deputy Headteacher.

Careers opportunities

Through Success at School, a number of employers are offering further information either via a webinar or through their website. Success at School is an online resource for young people where they can explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.

Current opportunities include:

Career taster opportunities with InvestIN

InvestIN offers teenagers the chance to test drive their dream career, through a range of immersive career experiences.

Students will learn directly from some of the UK’s best professionals – doctors, forensic scientists, architects, MPs, filmmakers, engineers and more – through a series of live, interactive simulations which provide tailor-made, professional experience to students aged 12-18.

Students can now register for a range of InvestIN’s career opportunities across 18 cutting-edge industries taking place during the spring term. They can choose to attend either in person at University College London or live online:

Registrations are also now open for InvestIN’s summer career opportunities in London:

Art & Design Immersive Arts Club

The National Saturday Club is offering young people the opportunity to take part in the new Art & Design Immersive Arts Club at York St John University.

This is a FREE extra-curricular creative education programme, supported by Arts Council England and the Department for Education. Taking part can be a transformational opportunity for young people.

The programme is open to 13–16 year-olds of all abilities (Years 8, 9, 10 and 11) and in particular, works to engage those who may face additional barriers to success.

The Club commences in January and there are still a few spots available. You can find out more and sign up through this link.

German Pupil Courses: ‘Deutschland Plus’

The organisation, UK-German Connection, is offering Year 10 and 12 pupils the opportunity to spend two immersive weeks in Germany through its German Pupil Courses: ‘Deutschland Plus’ 2023.

The German Pupil Courses are two-week courses in Germany for UK pupils studying German. They provide a great opportunity for young people to experience Germany, its culture, language and lifestyle first-hand. They offer three courses for 12 pupils each in three different German towns.

The courses are run by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), which is the German governmental institution in charge of international education at school level which works to develop and promote international co-operation at school level. The courses are administered in the UK by UK-German Connection.

If you have any questions, would like to register your interest or would like further information on the programme, please visit or contact


National Online Safety have released three handy guides for parents and young people:

Please take a look.


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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