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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 - 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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  • Weekly Round-up 26/10/2018

    Published 26/10/18

    Week 8

    My update today will start with a list of thank you’s.

    Thank you to the students who have worked hard for the last 8 weeks, all of you should have received reports which show attitudes to learning. An average of two or below is excellent. Well done to everyone with an average of 2 or below.

    Thank you to all the parents who have worked with the school in making sure that their children make the best progress possible.

    Thank you to all the staff at York High School who have worked tirelessly with the students in all classes.

    This half term has been transformational thanks to Positive Behaviour. Students and staff alike are saying that they are getting through so much more work than last year. Some of you will be aware of the staffing issues we had last year, in particular in Science and Spanish. This year we have only brought supply teachers into school for 3 days. Last year at the same time it was 46 days. We surveyed at least two tutor groups in each year and 62% of students think that behaviour is better this year than last year. We did not make the changes for behaviour, we made the changes so that more progress and learning could take place in the lessons which would lead to better results. The next steps are in making sure that YHS students make the same progress as other students in other York schools. We have made significant progress towards this and we will be working just as hard in the run up to Christmas.

    Important Dates for the future

    November 5th – Training Day, students are not in school
    November 6th – Students return to school at normal time
    November 6th – Year 8 parents evening
    November 13th - Year 10 and 11 Expectations evening. Come and find out how you can support your son/daughter in achieving their best GCSE grades possible.

    Have a great half term, stay safe and remember to put the clocks back this weekend.

    Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Round-up 12/10/2018

    Published 15/10/18

    Week 6

    Wow what a great week at YHS!

    Tuesday saw the school welcome prospective parents to our open evening.  Great turn out and some fantastic feedback from those who came.  The science demonstrations were so impressive that the sonic flame thrower set off the fire alarm!  Thank you to all the guides who helped on the evening here are a selection of some of the feedback we received.

    “I just wanted to send you a quick note about our guide last night. We had a year 10 called M, she was friendly, patient and helpful, she put my daughter at ease and answered every question confidently. She was a fantastic ambassador for your school.”

    “I especially wanted to pass on our thanks to R, who escorted us around school and stayed with us all evening, even after the other parents did not return to his tour after the alarm. He was informative, patient and genial. He is credit to you and his family.”

    “Last night I came with my daughter who was a bit nervous and I would like to say the year 7 who has only been there 5/6 weeks was brilliant. He said he was a bit nervous but by the end, he was chatting to us and showed us round answered all our questions made my daughter feel at ease he is an asset to your school. If my daughter can be as confident and outgoing with people who you have never met I know I have made an excellent choice of school.”

    Thank you to all the students and staff for a fabulous evening.

    On Wednesday, Year 9 had an Aspirations day designed to give them careers inspiration.  Year 9 were a credit to the school and the speaker was 6 foot three inches and his leg weighed the same as Mo Farah!

    Mr Walker organised the Mile for Mind with Aqua house to promote good Mental Health.  See the facebook post.

    Today Mr Duarte pulled off the spectacular achievement of getting both Rachel Maskell and Julian Sturdy in to the school for a debate on voting age.  The students asked a series of questions on subjects such as Brexit, Climate Change and if they had met the Queen.

    Sports News

    The results have not gone our way this week but the effort has been there so well done to the Year 7 girls’ football team, the Year 7 netball team and the Year 7 boys’ football team.  The Year 8 boys’ team were unlucky in losing their county cup game 2 – 5.

    Pixl Edge News from Mrs Cooper

    Congratulations to Connor Spark, Georgia Linsey-Bessent, Freya Dawson, Daniel Blair, Emma Smith, Chloe Ball, Abby Ratcliffe, Beth Dowson on completing their PiXL Edge Apprentice course! They have been working extremely hard on developing their leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication skills. They have been excellent ambassadors for the school in a range of different activities and have been a great asset to the performing arts department in particular. These students will now be able to use the skills they have gained to give them ‘The Edge’ when applying for future education and employment.   We look forward to these students starting the next level of the course as a PiXL Edge Graduate.


    What a week time for a well earned rest!

    Have a great weekend

    Rod Sims

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