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Weekly email – 26 May 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

Well, here we are at the end of another half-term! Thank you to our Year 11 students who have been real troopers as they continue on with their GCSE exams. Keep up the hard work over the half-term break, but make sure you have some downtime too to recharge your batteries.

A reminder that all other students will be taking exams after the break, with Year 9 starting on Monday 5 June and Years 7, 8 and 10 commencing on Monday 12 June. We understand that exams can cause some students to worry excessively so if you or your child does need some support, please speak to their tutor or a member of their year team for support.

We’re already looking forward to next half term which brings the excitement and fun of Sports Day, Activities Week, work experience for Year 10s and our celebratory Awards Evening. Lots to pack in!

School starts again on Monday 5 June with an ‘A’ Week. Until then, have a lovely week and enjoy the sunshine!

With best wishes,

Gemma Greenhalgh

Farewell to Mr Ward

Mr Ward will be leaving us after 13 memorable years as Head of Computing, as well as one of the leaders of our Duke of Edinburgh programme for many years. We wish him all the best for the future.

Year 11 Leavers Assembly

Full details about the Leavers Assembly, together with information about the Prom and arrangements for leaving school can be found in this letter to parents/carers.

Sample marking

Over the next half term we will be adapting our Sample Marking policy that will work alongside the existing Assessment Feedback Policy. To find out more about what this means, please visit our website.

Nut allergy reminder

In the UK around 1 in 200 adults have an allergy to nuts (the figure for young people isn’t as clear because it often goes undiagnosed until later in life) which makes it the most common type of severe food allergy. Some reactions are so extreme that the individual may experience symptoms even if a packet of nuts is opened near to them and accidental contact can cause severe symptoms. We have several students and staff with serious nut allergies and may have more who are currently undiagnosed.

Please can parents/carers be mindful of this when they are putting together snacks and packed lunches? We recognise that many students really enjoy nuts as a snack, but can we politely request that they are not brought into school in support of the students and staff that suffer from this sometimes extreme and potentially dangerous food allergy. We also ask that students refrain from sharing food they have brought in if there is any risk of accidental exposure to nut products.

Tilly talks mental health

This week ex-student, Tilly Gilding came in to deliver assemblies alongside Mrs Cole about Mental Health and Managing Emotions.

Tilly attended Millthorpe between 2012 and 2017 and spoke openly of her experience of being supported by the Pastoral team and outside agencies whilst she was at school and the lessons she has learnt since leaving school. Her aim was to encourage students to take care of their mental health and seek support from adults in order to move forward.

This was a huge step for Tilly and we are very proud of her for coming back and having the confidence to speak in front of each year group. As she said in her speech “Doing this is something that 14-year old Tilly would have laughed very hard at.”

Thank you Tilly and well done!

Warm weather

Now the weather is getting warmer, please send your child(ren) to school with a refillable water bottle which they can replenish during the day.

Date for your diary – Summer Concert

Millthorpe’s Summer Concert will take place on Thursday 29 June at 7.00pm in the Main Hall. The event will be free although donations will be very welcome.

It promises to be another great evening and we’d love to see you there!

Maths news

Well done to all the May mathematicians of the month – your certificates will be with you soon.

The maths department would also like to remind parents that students should have full maths equipment every lesson – a protractor, a pair of compasses and a calculator.

Finally, the hotly anticipated puzzle… Use the numerals 1, 9, 9 and 6 exactly in that order to make the following numbers: 28, 32, 35, 38, 72, 73, 76, 77, 100 and 1000

You can use the mathematical symbols +, -, ×, /, √, ^ (exponent symbol) and brackets.

Example: 1×9+9×6 = 63

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Virtual Work Experience programme applications are now open!

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership have partnered with Springpod to deliver Virtual Work Experiences for young people aged 14 to 18 in Humber and North Yorkshire.

The virtual work experiences in Humber and North Yorkshire include Care Support and Allied Health Professions work, giving young people an insight in to working within the health and care sector at a crucial time when they are thinking about their futures, by giving them access to leading experts and industry professionals in the region, and the chance to take part in a unique and immersive experience that gives all the information needed to take next steps in a healthcare role.

You can find out more about the virtual work experiences here.

Post-16 study at St Peter’s School

Mrs Ryan from St Peter’s School came into school on Wednesday to talk to a group of students who have expressed an interest in applying to the school to study their A Levels. This followed an assembly delivered by Mr Gwilliam, Deputy Headteacher at St Peter’s, two weeks ago.

Parents/carers who would like to discuss bursaries are invited to contact the school to discuss them further. Mrs Ryan stated that St Peter’s really welcome these conversations.

St Peter’s Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on 20 September with the deadline for applications being 31 October. Once students have registered for the Open Evening, they will be kept informed of admissions deadlines.

To book a place and get more information click here.

Students can contact Miss Watts in school if they have any questions.

Askham Bryan College Open Event

The next open event at Askham Bryan College will take place on Tuesday 20 June from 4.30-6.30pm and will include tours of different subject areas.

For more information and to book a place, please click here.


This week’s handy guide from National Online Safety provides parents and carers with practical advice and support for discussing the role of online influencers with their child(ren). We have addressed this in school, with Personal Development sessions around high profile and controversial “influencers”, and will continue to do so, but please do take a look and discuss this with your child.


If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Mrs Cole, Mrs Cooper or Mr Beever 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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