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Rod Sims - What's happening at YHS
Weekly Round-up - 14/6/2019

Rod Sims - "Whats happening at YHS"

Welcome to our website, here you will find updates from Rod Sims about the last week, and the week ahead.

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  • Weekly Round-Up - 25/1/2018

    Published 25/01/19
    Week 18
    GCSE exams are very important but they are not the end of the journey, they are a passport to further education and careers. In today’s rapidly changing world, we try to provide all our students with the opportunities to experience different professions and to help them make the right decisions.
    This week on Monday and Thursday, we have had volunteers in to conduct practice college interviews with our students. I would like to thank the staff from the following organisations: York College, NCOP, Askham Bryan College, Selby College, Nestle, Portakabin, HETA, Drax PowerStation and our own Governors for giving up their time to help our students. The staff visiting the school passed on some of the following comments about the school:
    Visitors mentioned the polite and considerate responses from students in moving to one side or holding doors open. One noted this had not occurred in any other schools they had visited.
    Interview staff were delighted with the respectful responses from all the students they interviewed, and were amazed that the polite nature extended to every student they talked to.
    Nestle sent our youngest visitors (Alex, Curtis and Lauren) and they had all remarked that they had not been to a nicer, calmer school.
    On Wednesday, we had the stock market challenge for the majority of our year 9 students. This is a recreation of trading shares in a series of fictitious companies. When I walked into the hall, I was blown away by the level of engagement. Every single student in the hall was participating in the challenge. Sharron from NYBEP felt this had been the best Stock market session she had ever run.
    The winning group turned £15,000 into £1.2 million! Well done girls!
    Next week:
    Monday - some of our Year 7 and 8 students are working with visitors from British Aerospace
    Wednesday – Year 11 are visiting Poetry Live
    Thursday – Year 11 Photos
    Have a super weekend
    Rod Sims
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  • Weekly Round-Up - 18/1/2019

    Published 18/01/19

    Week 17

    We are lucky to work with Trainee Teachers from Pathfinder and this week we hosted 30 trainees to show them York High School.  These were just some of the positive comments that they said about the school:

    “Great Behaviour”

    “Honest and friendly staff”

    “Friendly pupils who are proud of the school”

    “Patient and understanding teaching”

    “Great Student to Teacher relationships”


    Thank you to all the year 9 parents who came into school on Tuesday night. Can I remind those with option choices still outstanding that the deadline is Monday morning.


    The Year 11 students have been visiting York College this week in order to firm up their choices for next year.  Year 11 just a reminder that you should be revising 2 hours a night 6 days a week.


    Have a great weekend


    Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Round-Up - 11/1/2019

    Published 11/01/19

    Week 16

    Was it only a week ago that we still had Christmas Lights up. 

    Year 9 have had options awareness week, where they have been given taster lessons in all options.  In the past, we had a single options day where students could only pick a limited amount of subjects.  We believe that this way should allow students to make a more informed choice.  Next step for the options is the Year 9 parents evening on Tuesday.

    Year 11 are straight back into it as there are only 15 school weeks left before the GCSE exams start.  Next week we are starting 3 2 5 club, which is a grand title for what is effectively a revision club between 3pm and 5pm after school.  All students are invited along. We hope the students will find it useful for their revision.

    Year 11 Parents: Please keep alert for a letter that should arrive on soon, giving information about the current round of interventions.

    Year 10 have had a presentation from Mr Burton today about target grades and they will be receiving their individual target grades at the start of next week.

    Great to see Year 7 and 8 back after the Christmas break.

    Things to look out for next week

    Tuesday and Thursday – York College Taster Day

    Tuesday – Year 9 Parents and options evening

    Have a great weekend

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  • Weekly Round-up - 14/12/2018

    Published 14/12/18


    Week 14

    Hope you have all received the reports in Years 7 to 10. We welcome, as always, any feedback on the new reports and what you think of them.  They are designed to highlight the importance we are placing on students having the right attitude to learning.

    On Tuesday we hosted the South Bank Board of Trustees, who are the governors for the South Bank Academy Trust.  We were asked to put on an event that showcased talent at York High School.  We sent our debate team to compete with two of the trustees, Edwin Thomas the Chair of the Trust and our Chair of Governors Nicki Mitchell.  The motion was ‘should there be a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union’.

    Students Oscar D and Sam H did really well and Beth D chaired the debate superbly.  Nicki contacted the school and said:

    ‘On behalf of the Trustees I wanted to say how impressed we were with the York High School debating team.  The challenge to the Trust showed real initiative and the team acquitted themselves really well in the debate and the chairing of it.  Please pass on our thanks to the students for taking the time to prepare for the debate and for staying so late to participate.  We hope the students enjoyed it as much as the Trustees did.’

    For me, the only mystery is how they didn’t win.  I for one would have voted for them!  They are a credit to York High School and to the Trust.

    Well done again to Chloe B, Jack P and Dom L, who visited the mansion house to meet The Mayor after their win at Project Dare.

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  • Weekly Round-up - 16/11/2018

    Published 16/11/18
    Week 10
    Most changes in schools happen very gradually but I believe that this week we have seen a substantial change at York High School. I was blown away by the level of attendance at the Year 10/11 expectations evening.
    On Tuesday evening we had 230+ parents, carers and students attend the expectations evening. Apart from Year 6 open evenings, we have not seen numbers like that. Last year I wrote in the weekly update about how disappointing the turn out for the same event had been. We listened to the feedback from parents last year and made sure that the evening was well advertised and that timings were clear. We were also clear about what you as parents would take away from the evening.
    We know that if we are to get the best outcomes for our students then we all have to work together; students, staff and parents. Tuesday showed that we are doing this. Due to the impressive attendance, we are working our way through the requests for handouts and revision guides. They will be coming home at the start of next week. You will find at the bottom of this update information on all of the revision guides and where you can get them from.
    Thank you for your patience on the evening and next year we will plan for 230 not 150!
    Finally, I wanted to share an e-mail that I received from Mr Clayton:
    I just wanted to let you know what a success the STEM trip to the Railway Museum was yesterday. It was organised by Mrs Callan and Mrs Keel, as part of the aspirations programme and had 14 Year 7 and Year 8 pupils take part in the Future Engineers Event at the National Railway Museum. The pupils attended workshops on signaling, robotics and coding, and got a chance to question professional engineers about their jobs. They behaved brilliantly throughout the day and really got involved with all the opportunities.
    Have a great weekend
    Rod Sims
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  • Weekly Round-up 9/11/2018

    Published 12/11/18


    Week 9


    A week that started with fireworks saw torrential rain in the middle of the week and finished with a cold morning, winter is coming.


    Congratulations to all the students who represented York High School at Cross Country this week.


    Mrs Haldenby Head of PE said


    30 students represented York High School at the inter schools cross country event on Tuesday at Askham Bryan College.  Two of our students finished within the top 15 in their age category and have been invited to represent York at the North Yorkshire schools event.  


    Well done to the Year 7 students who represented YHS at the first Independent State Schools partnership.  Mr Walker Head of Aqua House made the following comment.


    11 schools from across York participated in the first ISSP event for Year 7 at St Peters School on Tuesday afternoon. Pupils were asked to listen to teachers’ arguments for the greatest breakthrough event in the history of the world, then vote for the event they agreed with. Pupils were mixed into groups from the other schools and debated for and against the breakthrough events.


    The following pupils were outstanding representatives for York High School and despite it being a daunting experience for any individual they rose above it and were fantastic.


    Well done to Jasmine A, Lilly H, Lucy C, Mollie G and Daniel H.


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