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Headlines – End May 2017

Although this half term has been very short at only 5 weeks there has been a lot of things happening in school.

Most importantly, Year 11 have begun their GCSE examinations after a very intensive period of revision. The main exam session began this week, just as the weather started to get very hot! I have to commend Year 11 as a year group. They have shown enormous commitment and determination at a time when examinations are getting more and more challenging. This amount of effort alongside the very hard work of our staff over the last few months means that we have high expectations that this year group will begin to show the kind of improvements that Ofsted have demanded of our school. I want to record my thanks to the staff and students for their dedication so far and I have no doubt it will continue in the remaining few weeks after the half term break, with many students and staff working over the holidays.

Away from examinations we have been going through the process of appointing the Junior Leadership Team for the next 12 months and it has been my privilege to be involved in interviewing some fantastic young people in Year 10 who have shown the commitment to put themselves forward but also have demonstrated their passion for our school. The appointments will be revealed on Friday afternoon at a special Year 10 assembly.

The Year 9 boys football team reached the County Cup Final but were unfortunately beaten by an exceptionally good team but they can be proud of the fact that they were the first York High team for many years to reach the final.

About 120 Year 7 pupils took their residential visit that was organised by Mrs. Harrison. The visit lasted two days and whilst I understand there was very little sleeping all of the staff involved commented on the great attitude and spirit within the year group which is great to hear.

A number of Year 10 students took part in Work Experience over the Easter holidays and as always the feedback we received from the employers was that our young people were excellent ambassadors for our school and their families.

I hope everyone has a good half term break and I am looking forward to my last few weeks as the Headteacher of York High but I want to end by passing on my congratulations to Mr. Sims. I have absolutely no doubt he will be an excellent leader of York High over the next few years.

David Ellis

May 2017