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Weekly email – 10 February 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

It certainly feels like spring is in the air as we head into the February half-term break. Hopefully we’ll have some more lovely sunshine next week!

This half-term has been incredibly busy and I fully appreciate that we have made a lot of changes, some of which have had to happen very quickly. I wanted to give you a full explanation of all the changes, the rationale behind them and and how we believe they will benefit our school community. Please take a look at my letter here.

We’ve had a great week in school as we celebrated National Apprenticeships Week. We shared lots of useful advice and resources with students who may not have thought about an apprenticeship as a post-16 option. We also welcomed in NYBEP and a number of local business partners for our Year 10 mock interviews – thank you to everyone who took part. Our students learned so much.

We will return to school on Monday 20 February for an ‘A’ Week. A reminder also that school will be closed to students on Friday 3 March for a staff training day.

With very best wishes for a lovely half-term break.Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Ski trip presentation

Earlier this week, Mr Boothman held a meeting for all those who have signed up for the 2023 ski trip and their parents/carers. If you were unable to attend, you can see the full presentation here.

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

Askham Bryan College Open Event

Askham Bryan College is holding an Open Event on 11 March at their main college campus in York. More details and booking information can be found here. If you have any queries, please email:


In 2021, over 75% of teenagers enjoyed online gaming. This guide from National Online Safety explains how online gaming can be beneficial for a young person’s mental health, if managed carefully and supported by a healthy routine.

Hollywood Bowl & Puttstars York – half-term offer

Hollywood Bowl & Puttstars York are offering an ‘Early Bird Feb Half Term’ discount to all pupils and staff to use throughout the half-term break.

Click here for further information and to get your discount code.


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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