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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 - 4/10/2019

    Published 04/10/19

    Week 5 Update

    Lots happening this week and I will let others tell you

    Mr Kenny - PE

    This week the Year 7 team had their first match of the season. It was a Cup fixture against Manor School. At half time the score was 0-0, two minutes later we scored, two minutes later Manor had equalised. We continued to match their play in all three thirds of the pitch but after an unfortunate error Manor scored. A great first effort for this team.

    Year 8 travelled to Bootham School to meet a strong and well organised side. The outcome was our second loss. We know there are many aspects of our game which require attention and we will be focussing on these in training on a Monday night. 

    Year 9 played at home against the Vale of York.  Once again we fielded a very strong team.  Outstanding performances from Ronnie K, Oliver B, Hayden W and our 'Rookie Goalkeeper' Kyle B helped us secure a 5-3 victory.

    Miss Bettney – History

    I just wanted to say how phenomenal the students I took to the History Masterclass (aspirations to study History at Uni) were last night at Bootham. An Oxford Historian ran a session on how to understand sources, as well as giving a bit of an insight into the Oxford application process, and our students were really engaged. Cam C and Kim C answered loads of questions, and were definitely rivalling some of the A Level students in the room.

    Personally, I have spent the week showing parents round the school as a follow up to Open Evening, especially Hob Moor parents.  It was great to see so many and to showcase the excellent atmosphere and quality learning that was taking place.

    On a more upsetting note I was spoken to by an elderly gentleman who was ridden into by one of our students who were riding their bikes on the path.  Some of the bikes that the boys are riding are heavy and large mountain bikes that do not belong on the path.  Parents please have a word with the kids about riding on the road please.  So far we have had an accident with a pushchair and now an accident with a pensioner.  It is not ok to ride bikes on the pavement.

    Next week we have the expectations evening for Year 10 and 11 to give you an insight into the GCSE courses and how to help your kids revise.  The aim of the evening is 20 minutes from the stage then 40 minutes where you will be able to come away with resources for all subjects or at the very least to know what to order.

    Have a great weekend

    Rod Sims

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  • Weekly Round-Up - 27/9/2019

    Published 27/09/19

    Week 4


    On Thursday we had the Year 6 open evening which is always one of the highlights of the year.  Thank you to all of the student helpers who were absolutely fabulous.  We have had several calls and e mails praising the guides.  It felt very different this year as we were not just selling a vision for the future but were talking about all the improvements that we have made last year.  A fabulous evening and a big thank you to all the Parents and the Year 6 students who visited York High school last night.


    Well done to the Year 8 football team who battled hard against Huntington school.  Top resilience award for Lennon who stuck to his task throughout the game!  Year 10 had a hard fought 2 – 2 draw against Sherburn.  Well done Jack H who just keeps getting better and well played to the superb Alfie H who still thinks he is a keeper when playing out of goal!


    Please look out for the parent governor information and the pupil premium offer letters that should be brought home on Monday.


    Hope it stops raining, have a great weekend.

    Rod Sims

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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