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Weekly email – 20 January 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

Earlier this week, we enjoyed meeting parents and carers at our Year 10 Parents’ Evening. Thanks to all who came along. Next week, our Year 11s will sit their pre-public exams (PPEs); these will continue until 3 February. We wish all our Year 11s the very best of luck!

We’re looking forward to chatting to parents, carers and our Year 9 students at our Options Evening next Wednesday. This is an opportunity to find out about the options available at exam level and the options process. There will be two presentations in the main hall, the first at 5.30pm-6pm, the second at 6.15pm- 6.45pm and subject teachers will be available throughout the evening to discuss their courses. If anyone needs any further information, please contact Mrs Armitage.

I’m sure you will have heard in the news about the upcoming industrial action for NEU members. We will keep you informed once we know more, please see below for information to date.

Wishing everyone a very happy weekend. We’ll see everyone back at school on Monday for a ‘B’ Week.

Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Industrial Action by the NEU

As you are no doubt aware, the NEU has announced a day of industrial action for teaching members on Wednesday 1 February, as well as three days during next half term (28 February, 15 March and 16 March).

We are in the process of planning for the potential impact this may have on Millthorpe. As colleagues are not required to inform the school in advance whether it is their intention to work on this day, we are not yet in a position to say definitively what arrangements will be needed. If a partial closure is necessary, in line with DfE and Local Authority guidance, we will be prioritising vulnerable students and students in Year 11 approaching their GCSEs. We will share more specific information with families as soon as we are able to do so.

SENCo details

Please note that Merry Wright is taking on the role of SENCo until the end of the academic year. Please contact Merry with any queries relating to SENd at

For this period, Scott Atkinson is taking on the role of Subject Leader of Geography and Sara Bowland and Ruth Lingard are taking on the role of Head of Faculty, Humanities.

Careers newsletter

Please take a look at our January edition of our Careers Newsletter. It’s full of information about events in school, opportunities, apprenticeships and more!

Read the newsletter here.

RSC Shakespeare Schools’ Festival – ‘The Merchant of Venice’

As part of the extra-curricular Drama programme here at Millthorpe, Key Stage 3 students have the chance to perform in a production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare. This will take place on 28 March at York Theatre Royal on their main stage as part of the RSC Shakespeare Schools’ Festival.

If students wish to take part in this fantastic opportunity, workshops will begin on Tuesday 24 January in the Drama Hall at 3.30-4:30pm, with further rehearsals taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the subsequent weeks. Students wishing to be involved must be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to attend rehearsals and on the performance date, the evening of 28 March.

Please come along to the Drama Hall next Tuesday if you would like to be involved – there is no need to prepare an audition piece in advance, we will cast through workshop participation. All students in Years 7-9 are welcome.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

Mrs Sladen and Mr Roberts

North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Event

Well done to our three representatives who competed against the best runners in their age category across the whole of North Yorkshire last weekend in Skipton.

The course was very hilly and boggy, making running conditions incredibly tricky, but despite the adverse conditions all three runners did extremely well.

  • Juliette Macquin-Jones (Y7) – 11th
  • Leo Forsdyke (Y7) -11th
  • Isla Forsdyke (Y10) – 37th

Well done to all!

Skills for Life Apprenticeship Fair

The Skills for Life Apprenticeship Fair takes place on Wednesday 8 February, from 1.00-6.00pm at York Racecourse.

Whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship or just hoping to find out more, the Skills for Life Fair is host to a variety of organisations and employers keen to advise, guide and support you – all under one roof.

Employers exhibiting at the event include: the British Army, City of York Council, Hays Travel, JCT600, Jet2, Nestle, Network Rail, Northern Railway, Portakabin, and Springfield Healthcare, plus many more.

You can find out more here or download the event flier here.

CyberFirst opportunities for girls

There’s never been a better time to explore what a career in cyber security has to offer. Estimates show that there are in the region of 100,000 unfilled cyber security roles in the UK as half of businesses still lack the technical know-how to protect against cyber-attacks and critical security breaches. People, businesses and institutions all over the world are relying on cyber security professionals.

Inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, CyberFirst are on a mission to make careers in cyber security as accessible as possible. Girls in Years 8 and 9 in England and Wales, can join free cyber security development days running throughout February and March 2023.

The CyberFirst Girls Development Day initiative is designed to increase understanding of the different specialisms within cyber security and equip girls with valuable, in-demand skills.

There is a series of fun, interactive, face-to-face, one-day courses as well as virtual courses, to choose from. On the day, the girls will be role playing as cyber security experts working for a fictitious app company, Sirius Cyberworks. Unfortunately, disaster has struck and there has been a serious breach of the company network – a new flagship app has been leaked. The girls’ role is to work through four different parts of the company, uncovering how the leak happened whilst learning new cyber skills along the way.

Click here to find out more.

York City FC – Design a Shirt Competition

Next month the York City FC Foundation and Football Club are working together to support the Football v Homophobia campaign and will dedicate their fixture against Yeovil Town on the 25 February to the cause.

The Foundation will be running a number of initiatives, the first of which is a competition for local children to design the front of warm-up shirts for the York City players to wear ahead of the game.

To enter, click this link to download the PDF template and then get creative! The deadline for entries is Tuesday 24 January. Email submissions to:

You can find out more about Football v Homophobia here.


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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