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Weekly email – 10 March 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

It’s hard to believe we all arrived at school in the snow this morning and are leaving in the sunshine! Hopefully the nice weather will continue into the weekend.

As you will be aware, national strike action by the National Education Union (NEU) is planned for Wednesday 15 March and Thursday 16 March. On both these days, we will only be able to open to vulnerable students and students in Years 7 and 11. Please refer to the letter which was sent out earlier this week for further information.

We’re looking forward to the Spring Concert next Tuesday (more details below). I know everyone has been working really hard in preparation for the event, so please do come along to support our wonderful students. Next week is also British Science Week and I know the Science Faculty have great plans for our students in Years 7-9.

There are some great opportunities for our young people and their families featured in this week’s email – please do have a look and also let us know if you would like to publicise anything which would benefit members of our school community.

We’re back on Monday with a ‘B’ Week. I hope you have a great weekend.

Kind regards

Gemma Greenhalgh

Young Carers Action Day

Mrs Cole and Miss Forrester have delivered assemblies to all year groups this week on ‘Time to Talk’, the theme of this year’s Young Carers Action Day. We have recently surveyed every student in the school and have learnt of a huge increase in the numbers of Young Carers amongst our school community. Once again, our students have responded so maturely to this topic and have shown a keen interest in raising awareness of the support our Young Carers benefit from.

On Friday 17 March we will be hosting a Bake Sale in the Main Hall at lunchtime in order to raise money for the fantastic work that York Carers Centre do. If there are any keen bakers out there, we would welcome donations of sweet treats and for students to bring along a donation to this great cause.
A reminder that York Carers Centre run a drop-in session once a month at Millthorpe. The next drop-in is on Wednesday 29 March at lunchtime in B6.
If you or your child has any questions about the support available to our Young Carers, please contact Mrs Cole or Miss Forrester for further information.

Ramadan 2023

In order to support our Muslim students who may be observing Ramadan, please complete this short Google Form to let us know how we can support them during this holy month.

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert takes place next week on Tuesday 14 March at 7.00pm in the Main Hall. Featuring performances and dances from Millthorpe’s finest, it promises to be a great evening.

Admission is free, although donations are welcome. These can be made on the evening in cash or on ParentPay.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored Readathon

Thank you to all our Year 7 and 8 students who took part in the sponsored Readathon last week as part of our World Book Week celebrations. Thank you also to everyone who has kindly donated so far.

To date, we’ve raised over £400 for the Read for Good charity, and we’d love to get the total up if we can! Donations can still be made online or cash can be given to Ms Brooks in the library.

British Science Week

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This year’s theme is ‘Connections’. For 2023, British Science Week will take place between 10-19 March. As we celebrate togetherness, after a period where isolation was a sad but necessary reality, ‘Connections’ is an apt theme for British Science Week 2023.

Nearly all innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are built on connections between people; two (or more) heads are better than one, after all!

In order to celebrate this event the Science Faculty have designed a lesson that all KS3 classes (Years 7-9) will take part in which explores the skills and creativity scientists need. In addition, the lesson will also aim to tackle stereotypes by celebrating the diverse people and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

We hope the students enjoy these lessons and we are looking forward to sharing this with you.

If you would like more information about British Science Week you can visit their website.

Millthorpian stars in ITV’s ‘The Bay’

Arthur Kay in Year 10 is currently starring in Season 4 of ITV’s crime drama ‘The Bay’.

Playing a character called Lewis, Arthur’s character can be seen in all six episodes, popping up in some more than others!

Great work Arthur, we’ll all be watching!

Social media

Many of you will already follow us on Twitter and the beady-eyed amongst you will have noticed we have updated our Twitter handle to @MillthorpeSch. Do give us a follow if you don’t already!

We’re also excited to let you know that you can now find us on both Facebook and Instagram too, so whichever social media platform you favour, you can keep up with our news, student successes and achievements.

Opportunities event for young people with SEND

An event for young people in Year 9 or above, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities who live in York, Leeds and North Yorkshire will be held on 24 April 2023 from 10.00am-2.30pm at Askham Bryan College.

Visitors will be able to explore various post-16 options through a variety of workshops and by talking to employers, advisers and providers. This event is aimed at students and teaching staff/advisers; the parent/carer open evening will be held in October.

For more information, please email

Improving mental health support – opportunity for students

A research team at the University of York is undertaking a research project asking young people about their access to/use of online mental health resources. The students can volunteer to take part in a one-to-one interview or a small focus group, and will receive a £20 Amazon voucher for their time. Please speak to your child about this and invite them to sign up if they are interested, and you are happy for them to do so. More information is available on the attached document. 

Free sporting activities at Millthorpe

Is your child interested in taking part in exciting (and free!) sporting activities at Millthorpe over the Easter holidays?

Local company Sivik Active are offering zorbing, nerf, archery and more to students in receipt of free school meals. Participants will take part in all the activities for free and they will receive a free healthy meal each day.

Full details can be seen below and bookings should be made via this link please. Places are limited and bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


This week’s guide from National Online Safety will help a number of families as it gives practical advice and guidance for the use of iPads. Please take a look.

Inspire Youth – mobile youth club

Inspire Youth hold a mobile youth club for young people aged 8-14, every Wednesday from 4.30-6.00pm at Scarcroft Green. No need to book, just turn up!


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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