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Weekly email – 31 March 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

Great news! Our Year 9 football team who are now York & District Schools Champions after a stunning 6-0 win in the final on Wednesday evening. They played incredibly well and their team spirit shone through. Also this week, some of our students took to the stage at the Theatre Royal as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company Schools Festival. They performed like pros and I know Mrs Sladen is super-proud of everyone, as am I! You can read all about these events and successes and more in full in the Millthorpe Messenger which will land in your inboxes tomorrow.

Our Year 7-10 students attended a Careers Fair in school this week, and had the opportunity to speak to a number of local post-16 schools, colleges and universities, apprenticeship providers and employers. Thank you to everyone who supported the event – we obviously couldn’t do it without them!

Just a reminder ahead of the summer term that there will be an additional bank holiday on Monday 8 May for the King’s Coronation.

I’ll look forward to seeing students again on Monday 17 April, for an ‘A’ Week and a brand new term! I hope everyone has a lovely Easter break.

With best wishes,

Gemma Greenhalgh


Seneca is an online learning platform that has high-quality courses for many subjects at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level. As a parent/carer of a child at Millthorpe School, you can now create an account on Seneca Learning in order to see how much revision your child has been completing using this platform.

Further information, together with links to instructions on how to create a parent account and how to connect this to your child’s account, can be found here.

Summer arrangements for break and lunchtimes

Following feedback from students, we will be opening up the hockey pitch at lunch time, where picnic benches will be provided, for the remainder of this academic year. This will be explained to students on the first day back after Easter and we look forward to seeing students enjoying some warmer weather and socialising with friends in our lovely green spaces.

Students will be shown this video from Mr Baybutt which explains the new plans on the return to school on Monday 17 April.

Students look to the future at Careers Fair

On Tuesday we welcomed in a variety of post-16 providers and employers to take part in a careers fair. Students from Years 7-10 were invited to the hall to discuss potential career paths and to have the opportunity to ask questions about what skills may be required for the workplace. Students were also encouraged to ask about what jobs within each industry involved and some even got to try on the protective clothing needed in some areas. We were also delighted to be able to welcome back some Old Millthorpians who answered questions on their own career paths since leaving Millthorpe.

A huge thank you to all our employers who gave up their time to come in and support our students; we are very grateful.

PE – update on sport provision for the summer term

It has been an absolute pleasure for the PE department to work with your children through the winter programme of study. When we arrive back to school after the Easter break, we will be starting our summer programme which will involve activities such as athletics, cricket, tennis, rounders and softball.

The students are requested to wear their white PE tops, blue shorts, white socks and trainers for all of their sports which will mainly take place on the school field. We do not expect students to wear their reversible PE tops during the summer programme. (It is fine to send your child with this top if you feel as though the weather is likely to be cold and that it may make their PE experience more positive. The same applies to joggers).

On occasions we may ask students to bring in their football boots as some of our delivery may be carried out on the astro pitch to give the groups space to perform. The individual PE teachers will communicate this to their students.

We will tell each PE group what sport they are starting with and the venue where they are to get changed on the first Monday back after the Easter break. (All students will be bringing in the same PE kit regardless of the sport they will be starting on).

We look forward to working with our PE groups through the summer term and hope for some fine weather. Have a lovely Easter.

Mr Boothman and the PE department

Sports practices

The following sports practices are taking place this half-term:

Please look out for some additions after the break too.

All are welcome to attend, no experience is necessary! The aim is to have fun and enjoy being active and moving.

Normal PE/games kit is required and students must have appropriate footwear for their sport eg trainers or football boots. Lunch passes are available and are encouraged. Students should collect them from their teacher.

Please note that this rota may change due to matches after school and usually changes each half term.

Lost property

Once again, we have gathered numerous items of lost property including a selection of coats, shoes, pieces of uniform and PE kits. Anything which isn’t collected by Friday 21 April will be donated to the school’s Eco Laundry, so if your child is missing any items, please encourage them to go to the school office to have a look.

Calling ‘Old Millthorpians’

Are you an ‘Old Millthorpian’? If so we’d love to hear from you! We’d love to invite you to come in to speak to our students and talk to them about your career so far and perhaps a bit about your time at Millthorpe (or Mill Mount or Nunthorpe School).

Just email Sarah Watts, our Careers Lead E: with details of where you are now, what your job is and a bit about your journey since you left school – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Charity coffee morning

Earlier this week the Connect pupils held a charity coffee morning. The pupils chose two charities to donate money to: Help for Heroes and Cancer Research UK.

They were able to tell staff about why they had chosen these charities and also provided an abundance of homemade cakes.

Once all the money is in and counted they hope to have raised around £60. Great job everyone!

National Citizen Service (NCS)

NCS is a government funded residential programme aimed at 15-17 year olds which takes place in the summer. Sign-ups for our new NCS programme are now open and we’re told that spaces are filling up fast.

The programme has been specially designed to enhance a student’s potential, transforming their summer break into an opportunity to make an impact, learn new skills and prepare for work and life. Some of our past students have taken part in this fantastic opportunity and loved every minute of it!

You can find out more in this NCS video or in this leaflet for parents/carers. Students can also read more in this leaflet for young people.

Careers resources

The following online resources are now available:

Please take a look!

York Mind football sessions

As part of their ongoing, successful Active Minds sessions, York Mind are offering the opportunity for young males aged 11-16 to take part in football sessions at York City FC.

To find out more about Active Minds and the football opportunity, please click here.


This weeks’ #WakeUpWednesday from National Online Safety will probably come in handy for a large number of parents and carers – how to manage device stress and anxiety. This is particularly helpful for those of you with children and young people who don’t want to be without their device at any time, including when they are going to bed. Please take a look.

Hollywood Bowl & Puttstars York – Easter offer

Hollywood Bowl & Puttstars York are promoting an Easter offer which gives you 25% off if you book a session online before 11:00am during the Easter holidays. Please see the details below and use code YRLFC25 when booking.

Visitors can also take part in an Easter-themed treasure hunt – look out for details at the centre!


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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