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Weekly email – 7 July 2023

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A message from Ms Greenhalgh

This week we have said goodbye to our Year 11 students in style with our Leavers’ Assembly on Monday and Prom last night. Both events involved lots of fun and laughter, and a fair few tears too! Our Year 11s will all be missed, but we’ll look forward to catching up with them next month when they come in to collect their GCSE results.

We had a great day on Wednesday as we welcomed our next cohort of students into school for Transition Day. The Year 6 pupils spent the day in their forms, getting to know their form tutors and their fellow students and experiencing a day in the life of Millthorpe. If anyone has any questions at all about transition, there’s lots of useful information on our website, including loads of FAQs or you can contact our Transition Lead and Assistant Headteacher Pastoral Care and Personal Development, Miss Boyd.

Today we had a a super Geography trip to Bolton Abbey with our Year 7 students. The weather was glorious and the students were fantastic.

Some of our students have taken part in events organised by the Trust this week, which celebrated being part of a family of schools. SportFest took place on Monday and some of our Year 9 Sports Leaders did an incredible job of leading their teams (made up of children from the South Bank MAT schools) through a fantastic programme of activities. On Tuesday, our language teachers and volunteer students welcomed more than 120 Year 5 pupils from Knavesmire and Scarcroft Primary Schools for a ‘Café Français’ experience. You can find out more about this event here.

A number of our children are taking part in the Trust’s Arts Fest next Thursday too, so we’ll report on that after the event.

Next week we’re also looking forward to our Annual Awards Evening where nominated students will be rewarded for their commitment, attitude and successes. Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 11 July, weather permitting – further details about the day can be found below.

We’ll be back on Monday for a ‘B’ Week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

With best wishes,

Gemma Greenhalgh

Year 11 Prom

We held the Year 11 Prom at York Racecourse yesterday and we had the most amazing evening. The students conducted themselves impeccably and had a fantastic night. The staff did too! (If you look closely at the photos, you might spot a few teachers on the dance floor!)

Thank you to York Racecourse for their exceptional hospitality, to the staff who attended in large numbers, to Jim Poyner for the professional photography and to our incredible outgoing Year 11 students. Thanks also to Mrs Hurst, Mr Baybutt and Miss Hodgson (pictured below), who form the prom planning committee!

Year 11s, we hope we gave you the night to remember that you deserve. You were an absolute credit to Millthorpe School and we could not have been prouder of you.

Sports Day

Our annual Sports Day will be held on Tuesday 11 July. Your child’s tutor has been busy organising their team for the occasion. We have not been able to run a sports day event for several years and so we are super excited about the upcoming event!

The school day will be slightly different and will follow the following timetable:
  • Period 1 – Year 10 doing athletics field events. Year 7, 8 and 9 in normal lessons.
  • Period 2  – Year 7 doing athletics field events. Year 8, 9 and 10 in normal lessons.
  • Period 3  – Year 8 doing athletics field events. Year 7, 9 and 10 in normal lessons.
  • Period 4  – Year 9 doing athletics field events. Year 7, 8 and 10 in normal lessons.
  • Period 5 – All year groups doing athletics track events.
The school day will finish at the normal time of 3.15pm.
If the weather is bad on 11 July, then students will follow their normal timetable of lessons and Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 12 July following the same timetable as above.
Students will need to bring their school books for the times that they are in normal lessons. When their Year group is involved with the athletics events, the students will either be competing or supporting their tutor groups.
Students who are signed up to do an athletics event for their form can come to school in their PE kit. They can wear joggers and jumpers to keep them warm throughout the day if they wish but will need to be in their normal PE kit for competition. Please note that this is not an opportunity to come to school in none PE attire. Students who are not competing will be required to attend school in their normal school uniform.
Unfortunately parents/carers will not be able to come and watch the event as the school will be functioning normally alongside the sports events.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and and hope that he day will be a great experience for the students taking part.

– Mr Boothman and the PE Team

Reading Focus

The benefits of reading are endless. It improves creativity, imagination, vocabulary, the ability to learn, concentration and attention span and writing skills. It can also reduce stress, boost empathy, develop understanding of the wider world, and some studies even report it can help us to live longer!

Reading is fundamental to our Mission “To be the best we can be” and links directly to our Motto:

  • Respectful – reading a variety of texts enables students to be respectful of other cultures, races, genders, nationalities and other protected characteristics.
  • Responsible – students are responsible for developing their own literacy capabilities to enable them to be successful and access more challenging texts.
  • Ready – to access the curriculum and be prepared for life beyond Millthorpe.

Reading for pleasure is a key indicator of future success. Exposure to a range of texts increases cultural capital and literacy enables students to access the curriculum.

Millthorpe School’s Reading Strategy will be led by Mr Baybutt from September. After switching roles from Pastoral Care to Teaching and Learning at Easter, he has been busily working on various projects and one of them relates to reading.

But he needs your help!

Please can you encourage your child to return any school library books that they no longer need, or renew them, before we break up for summer. But more importantly, please can you encourage your child to ensure that they have a book on loan from the school library (or local library) to read over the summer, and encourage them to do so? We will be doing lots to encourage reading for pleasure and to learn in September, but this will really help.

Please also see the updated sections of the school website:

Please also encourage your child to take part in the Summer Holiday Reading Challenge. More details on this challenge can be found here.

Happy summer reading!


Please ask your child to empty their locker before the end of term and take their lock home. We desperately need to get in to clear out lockers abandoned by students who have left so they can be made available to new students and to remove any slowly decomposing PE kits. As such, any locker not cleared after the end of the year will be assumed as no longer required and we’ll remove the lock and donate or dispose of any unnamed contents.

Looking ahead, we find that in practice many students now find they prefer not to use a locker, bringing PE kit etc on the day they need it and taking it home to wash it. There is certainly no expectation that students should have a locker. If they do want one, they can re-use their old lock, bring in a new one or buy one in school and then select an empty locker in September.

Musical production auditions – a message from Mrs Sladen

I am very pleased to be able to announce that I am now ready to conduct auditions for next year’s musical production, which will take place on 18, 19 and 20 December.

I am going to hold auditions on Tuesday 11 July after school in the Drama Hall for any students, in any year group, who would like to be considered for a role, big or small. Auditionees need to prepare a song from a musical (any you like, as long as there is a backing track available on YouTube) that they will perform just to staff involved in the production in a ‘closed’ audition. It would be great if auditionees could choose a song that also allows them to showcase their acting skills too. Students will be free to leave when they have completed their audition, beginning with Year 7 students first.

There will be a separate meeting/audition for students who wish to be involved in dancing and backstage work in the new academic year. If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to come and see me in the Drama Hall, otherwise, I look forward to being entertained by all our talented students on Tuesday – see you then!

Free sporting activities at Millthorpe

Is your child interested in taking part in exciting (and free!) sporting activities at Millthorpe over the Summer 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.

Please donate your uniform to the Eco Laundry

Our Eco Laundry provides affordable items of uniform, all of which are clean and in excellent condition. We are however running low on stock again and would like to make a plea to families with students in all year groups, but particularly to our outgoing Year 11 students, to donate their uniform and PE kits please. We will also gratefully receive any donations of revision guides.

Uniform and books can be brought into the School Office any weekday between 8.00am – 4.00pm. Thank you in advance!

#WakeUpWednesday – A guide to Rumble

Rumble is an increasingly popular video-sharing platform – a little like YouTube but with no filters and no censorship relating to age. It includes many outspoken “influencers”, some of whom have been banned from other platforms, and includes uncompromising views on a range of controversial topics. Please take a look at this handy guide and see if this is something that you feel you need to discuss with your child.

Summer tennis camps

Jonny Kay is providing six weeks of tennis and multi-sport camps over the summer holidays. The camps will take place in Rowntree Park with half-day and full-day options available. Children can try a session and see how they like it before committing to a full week.

Further information can be found here.

Calling all current Year 8 girls

York RI U14s are looking for a few players to join their squad for next season. They train on Monday evenings with matches most Saturdays throughout the season. Anyone interested should contact Col E:

Shine21 Summer Fair

Shine21, a local charity who help to support families in York and North Yorkshire with children aged 0-7 years with Down Syndrome, are holding a Charity Summer Fair on 6 August. All welcome!


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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