Skip to content ↓

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.

Page 1

  • Weekly Round-up - 5/7/2019

    Published 05/07/19

    Week 37 Bulletin


    What a great week to be at York High!

    It was fantastic to meet so many fabulous parents and students on Monday and Tuesday as our Year 6 students came to our Meet the Tutor evening.  The Year 6 students had a great first day at York High School on Wednesday.  Thank you to all the new and existing parents who came to the evenings.  Special thanks to Mr Louth and Mrs Bainbridge for organising the week and to the tutors and Heads of House for helping make the transition a smooth process.

    Brilliant feedback from the Year 10 Geography field work on Monday and Tuesday.

    Thursday saw the Blue Skies Graduation. It was a fantastic day, spent with parents and carers watching the Blue Skies students graduate from level 1 and level 2. It has been a privilege to work with the programme and see the development of each pupil improve their confidence and communication skills. To stand up and talk in front of members of staff, family members and representatives from the RAF and the Jon Egging trust, including Emma Egging, the founder was fantastic to see. We are all extremely proud of everyone and look forward to continuing their development through the programme next year. Well done Blue Skies Level 1 and 2 pupils.

    Thanks to Mr Walker and all at the John Egging Trust for arranging this incredible experience for our Blue Skies students.

    Sports News

    Ignore the English Lionesses, Andy and Serena… The big news is that the YHS Year 9 cricket team won a game!!  Well done to Harrison and Alex who top scored in the victory over Millthorpe.

    Have a great weekend

    Rod Sims

    Read More
  • Weekly Round-up - 28/6/2019

    Published 28/06/19

    Week 36

    Fantastic turnout from parents and students last night for the awards evening. Congratulations to all of our awards winners.

    Two excellent results in the York and District Athletics finals, Kieran G was second in the Shot Put and Ayrton E was third in the 100m. Well done boys.


    Today sees the end of the exam season, so just the marking to complete now before the reports are sent out before the end of term.

    Next week is one of my favourite weeks as we are welcoming Year 6 parents on Monday and Tuesday to meet the tutors and then on Wednesday the Year 6 students will be visiting York High for their first day as York High Students.

    Enjoy what looks like been a fabulous weekend and come on the Lionesses in the semi-final next week.

    Rod Sims

    Read More
  • 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
    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More