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  • Weekly Round-up 07/09/18

    Published 07/09/18


    First week back is always a mixture of feelings for the different parts of our school community.

    • Parents are often delighted that the kids are back at school to ease the pressures emotionally and the real financial cost of childcare during the seemingly endless summer holiday
    • Teachers are a mix of enthusiasm and not quite believing that the holidays have gone so quickly.
    • Our students are as always a mix of those who wish the holidays would never end and those who are secretly glad to be back.

    Myself, I am delighted that we are back as this is undoubtedly the most exciting start to a year that I have had at York High School.

    The new Positive Behaviour system is already showing a marked difference to the overall behaviour in the school. The majority of our students have fully understood the system and are working hard in their lessons. There are some students who are struggling to accept the new standards of behaviour, however York High School is now a school that is designed for the quiet and purposeful 90% of students who want to do well. Please take a moment to read the information on the link below about why we will not compromise on our standards after consulting with parents, students and teachers last year.

    All of the changes are designed for our students to maximise their potential.

    Positive Behaviour at YHS

    Year 7 have started brilliantly this week from the first assembly onwards they have been truly impressive.

    14 new teachers have started this week as part of our drive for improvement and they have brought a new enthusiasm to the corridors of York High School.

    I look forward to keeping you up to date with the improvements throughout the year.

    School photos will be taking place on Tuesday, just in case you are wondering why particular care is been taken when getting ready on Tuesday morning!

    Have a good weekend

    Rod Sims


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  • Weekly Round-up 20/07/18

    Published 20/07/18


    Final Week


    What a fabulous final week!  The atmosphere at the sports days for Years 7, 8 and 9 matched the weather.  The events were brilliantly organised by Mrs Haldenby and the PE team.  Aspire week has meant that the Year 10 students have had opportunities to gain advice from over 16 further education establishments and over 30 different businesses.


    Today we have had awards assemblies for all years where every teacher nominates the three students that have shown outstanding effort, the most improvement and the best in class award that goes to the students who are a pleasure to teach.  Over a 100 students in each year were recognised.


    We come to the end of the year, my first year as Head of School.  As always it has been up and down.  The fact that we have become a name to be feared on the debate circuit was a pleasant surprise, the numbers of current and past students attending Pride was a real highlight and our continuing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company has been fabulous, look out for YHS on Look North tonight.  The lows have been the Beast from the East and the ongoing cuts to the budget whilst trying to improve the school.  I would also like to take a moment to say that all our thoughts are with Ryan Miller and his family and we wish him a full recovery.


    I have not regretted becoming the Head of School, well not for long!  I would like to thank all of the parents who have been so supportive across the year, as I always say if you have a problem pick up the phone.  I would also like to thank the students who have worked hard and done the right thing this year.  Your good choices this year will pay off next year.  Most of all I would like to thank the staff who have worked so hard on behalf of the students.


    I believe that at the end of this year York High School is in a fantastic position to improve.  We have worked tirelessly this year to recruit the most talented group of teachers ever at York High School.  1 in 3 of our Teachers next year will be new which will bring a dynamism and energy to the school as we seek to get better year after year.  The new Positive Behaviour policy will make a huge difference in the classroom and to students progress.  I will enjoy the holiday but I cannot wait until September. 


    Thank you to everyone who has supported the school this year.


    See you in September.

    Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Round-up 13/07/18

    Published 13/07/18


    I am sat at my desk waiting for the return of over 400 students from Flamingo Land.  I hope that they have had a fantastic day.  It has certainly been a very quiet in school today! Thank you to all members of staff who have accompanied the students today. 

    Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Blue Skies graduation ceremony Mrs Mackay was thrilled with the confident way our students were able to speak at the presentation.

    Plans are all in place for Year 10 Aspire week.  Our students will be able to access careers advice from over 50 different business organisations as well as exploring what careers they are suited to.

    Watch out next week for the final set of reports that are on their way home.

    Year 7, 8 and 9 will be taking competing in their Sports Activity Days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Also keep an eye out next week for information on the way that we are going to change the way we deal with behaviour next year.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Rod Sims


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  • Weekly Round-up 06/07/18

    Published 06/07/18


    First of all I must apologise as I always approach Prom in a slightly miserable way as for me it is a 17 hour day!  However this only lasts for the first few minutes as you see how excited and thrilled the students are from the moment that they arrive to when they leave.  It was a fantastic night and a special thank you from me to all on the prom committee and Ms Evans who organised a brilliant night.  Also a thank you to the staff at the Marriott who organised a great event, especially ex pupils Katy Bailey and Jarrod Smith who were working that night.

    The next thing for Year 11 is results day on the 23rd August starting at 9 am. 

    If you are unable to collect your exam results in person on the date shown, they will be posted to your home address later that same day. However, if you would like someone to collect them on your behalf you must provide a letter written from yourself giving permission and name the person who will be collecting your results on the day. This letter must be received into school, addressed to Mrs Arundel by Thursday 19 July at the latest.

    Year 10 have been brilliant today with the Royal Shakespeare Macbeth day.  Students have worked really hard and have produced some brilliant work.

    One of my favourite days of the year is when the Year 6 have their first day at York High School.  After seeing the fabulous Westfield show on Tuesday night, great performances from all.  It was a joy to see all the future Year 7’s in school on Wednesday.  Welcome to York High School I hope that you are proud of your school and that you will stay proud of your school for the rest of your lives.

    All this week we have introduced the new behaviour system to the students keep your eyes out for further information as to how we are moving the school forward next year.

    That’s all from me have a great weekend.

    Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Round-up 29/06/18

    Published 29/06/18


    For all those who can remember the Fast show this week at York High School has been Scorchio! 

    Using the Sun to great effect has been Mr Breare.

    On Thursday 28th June Mr Breare took a group of Y7-9 students from his Geek Club to the NYBEP Inspirations STEM fair at the Yorkshire Air Museum. They had spent the last 2 months building solar powered boats made from recycled materials with assistance from Mr Penny. In previous years we had come runners up in the competition. This year, on a day with perfect conditions, the boat sailed by George Dales and Kaitlyn Sabo WON the green class competition in a time of 9.3 seconds. Special mention needs to go to a group of Y10 students led by Fin Fullerton who constructed the winning boat. Other teams who competed on the day comprised of Kyle Meehan, Rebecca Slater, Jake Heppell, Oscar Dewire, Chloe Ball, Niamh Richardson, Oliver Furby, Alfie Martin, Noah Goodyear, Jacob Meek and finally Patryk Lotocki who managed to sail the fastest “submarine” of the day.

    Years 7 – 10 have finished their exams so no more sat in the hot hall working hard. 

    Year 10 have Aspire week coming up in the last week of term but before then as a result of pour work with the RSC an exciting day next Friday working on Shakespeare to prepare them for their GCSE exams next year.

    England may have lost against Belgium last night but the real football news is that 9AL, 8SD and 7PC have won the inter-form football tournament.  Congratulations to all of the players in the winning teams.

    For the first year we are running the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and huge congratulations to Grace,  Aaliyah and Chloe who completed the expedition in blistering heat.

    Congratulations to the Year 8 Cricket team who recorded their highest score yet against All Saints and in particular to Alex Dowson who recorded the highest score of his career.

    Stay safe in the heat and have a fabulously Summery weekend.
    Rod Sims


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  • Weekly Round-up 15/06/18

    Published 15/06/18


    Today saw the final whole year group exam for Year 11.  Apologies to those with Music Technology and Graphics next week! It is always a strange day when the Year 11 leave as it can be very emotional for both staff and pupils.  The year 11 students have done 900+ days at York High School and a lot has changed during this time.  Mrs Evans came back from her operation for one last assembly to the students that she has worked so hard to support over the last 5 years.  The round of applause and the numerous gifts that she received showed how appreciative the students were for all her efforts in the last 5 years.  Year 11 students past and present will be delighted to know that I once again performed the “You are born at this wall ………..” routine.  Good luck to all of Year 11 and remember life is like throwing a ball against a wall.  You will get back what you deserve.


    Elsewhere in the school on  Monday the Year 8 cricket team played against Manor.  We recorded our highest score of 35 runs. James Robinson from year 7 got the most runs for the team.   Alex Dowson and Harrison Woodall both bowled really well.

    On Wednesday the year 7 girls took part in a RFU u13 girls rugby festival on Bridlington Beach. All the girls did really well considering most of the other teams were made up of majority year 8 students. Ella Irvine and Ruby Rollinson were stand out performers.

    Students also took part in the Athletics Championships at York University yesterday and Mr Kenny tells me that all the students performed well, with special mentions for Kieran Goddard, winning the Shot Putt and for Harvey Precious finishing 2nd in the 1500 metres – both progress to the finals.


    We are currently planning for next year and have this week taken a survey of 500+ students about their attitudes and thoughts on the school.  Many of you will have received an e mail with a link to a similar survey for parents.   Your views are vital to the school,  I want to create a partnership between Students, School and Parents that will drive improvement at YHS.


    Finally, YHS once again took part in the York Pride parade celebrating the work we do in promoting a healthy and open atmosphere around challenging Homophobia. It was a fantastic day with over 50 students (past and present) joining staff for the parade, with many more students and their families enjoying the entertainment on the Knavesmire.

    Have a great weekend – Come on England

    Rod Sims



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