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Weekly email – 6 January 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

A Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a lovely Christmas break.

It has been a great start to the new term and wonderful to see our students embracing the many opportunities Millthorpe offers them, both inside and outside the classroom. I am very proud of how the majority of students are showing they are respectful, responsible and ready in lessons and around school. For those who want to pursue an interest or be more active, there are many extra-curricular activities available both on a lunchtime and after school – you can see a full list here.

Students have adjusted really well to the new routines for break, lunch and before and after school, as well as to the new expectations for moving around the site. School has felt very calm this week under the new routines. We would also like to remind parents/carers that we are no longer using the pedestrian gate on Southlands Road at the beginning and end of school. This is to reduce the risk of intruders and to help us supervise the safe entrance and exit of students. All students should use either the entrance on Nunthorpe Avenue or Philadelphia Terrace.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday morning for a ‘B’ Week. Have a lovely weekend!

Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Road safety

For the safety of students, staff, visitors and our local community, a reminder that parents/carers are asked not to drive onto the school site to drop children off. Please find a convenient place where you can pull over safely, legally and without causing an obstruction to other road users, even if this is a little further away from school. Please do not block entrances to nearby roads and/or driveways.

Where possible, please try to avoid Philadelphia Terrace and Ovington Terrace as this stretch of road is very busy at the beginning and end of the school day and can be hazardous. If you do need to use these streets, please drive with consideration and extra caution, particularly near the school entrance.

If your child cycles to school, please make sure their bike is roadworthy, they wear a helmet and they ride with care and consideration.

Year 11 Taster Days

Year 11 Taster Days are taking place next week on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 January at our local post-16 providers.

All students who have signed up to the taster days should have received a confirmation email from the school or college, containing information for the day. If your child hasn’t received an email, they should check their junk folder before contacting the relevant school or college. (Anyone requiring help about the York College taster days should email:

Anyone who has not received a confirmation email should see Miss Watts urgently on Monday.

Please note that anyone who has not signed up to a Taster Day, MUST ATTEND SCHOOL as normal.

Askham Bryan College Open Event

Askham Bryan College Open Event is taking place on Saturday 28 January at the main college campus just outside York.

Year 11 students are encouraged to book to attend, at

If you have any questions, you can email


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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