Skip to content ↓

Sorry this item is no longer available to view on this site.

  • 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

    Read More
  • 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


    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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


    Read More
  • 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



    Read More
  • Weekly Round-up 08/06/18

    Published 08/06/18


    In the middle of GCSE’s you can forget the other things that happen in school. 

    So first of all congratulations to us all for winning the Big Pedal regional competition.  This is awarded to the school in Yorkshire where the most students cycle to school.  Not only did we win the regional competition but we were 11th nationally. 

    Congratulations to all the Key Stage 3 athletes who competed in the York Schools Athletic Competition on Tuesday.  Well done to all competitors but I must give a special mention to Harvey Precious, Ollie Brook and Jade Goddard who have qualified for the finals.  14 Year 8 Girls competed which shows great commitment.

    Tomorrow staff and students will be representing York High school at York Pride.  It is fabulous to see that from the days when we were the first York school to be represented at Pride now all secondary schools and some Primaries will be represented.  York High school have lead the way in tackling Homophobia.

    Welcome back later on tonight/tomorrow morning to all of Year 9 who are returning from Barcelona.


    That’s all from me

    Have a great weekend

    Rod Sims


    Read More
  • Weekly Round-up 25/05/18

    Published 25/05/18


    Here we are at the end of the fifth half term and another busy week.

    Here are the highlights:

    Year 10 are in Berlin with Mrs James, and a "returning for three days only" Miss Hannam!  Looking on the app that tracks their movements I think they are in Potzdamer Platz at the time of writing this update.

    Well done to Year 11 for the effort that most have put into their exams this week, having a Year 11 daughter I know just how tired you will be with revision and the exams.  Keep up the hard work over the holidays.

    It is always good to hear positive comments about YHS students.  14 Year 10 students visited York St Johns and we received the following comment.  “Your students were excellently behaved and engaged and interested, they really got involved and were a credit to your school.”

    Looking to the future - we are seeking to improve behaviour in particular low level disruption.  I would be very interested to hear from parents/students and ex students about how big an issue low level disruption was/is for them.  Please message me your thoughts.

    Year 9’s who are going to Barcelona don’t wish your half term away.

    Finally have a great holiday and stay safe

    Rod Sims


    Read More
  • Weekly Round-up 11/05/18

    Published 11/05/18


    I would like to start by saying sorry for missing last week, but it was for a good reason - I was at another school interviewing English teachers.

    Recruitment has formed a massive part of our plans for next year and we have assembled a youthful and talented team for next year.  Conventional recruitment does not always get a large field in the current educational climate and we have used many interesting and new methods to get the best teachers in front of our students for next year.

    Now, on to what has been happening - and what a busy couple of weeks we have had . . . . . .

    Last week some of the Year 9 students visited Kingswood for a character building residential with Mrs Callan and Mr Langley