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Message from the Head – Week 36

Week 36 – 30 June 2023

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 3rd July – Year 6 Meet the Tutor Evening
  • Monday 3rd July – SBMAT Festival of Sport
  • Tuesday 4th July – Year 6 Meet the Tutor Evening
  • Wednesday 5th July – Year 6 Transition Day (School closed to Year 7 to 10)
  • Friday 7th July – Year 7 in School (School closed to Year 8 to 10)
  • Wednesday 12th July – Awards Evening
  • Thursday 13th July – SBMAT Festival of Arts (Tickets available below)
  • Tuesday 18th July – Flamingo Land

What a great week at YHS! Here are some of the highlights . . .

Year 11 Prom was fantastic on Thursday night. Brilliant sunshine, a procession of high-performance cars, dazzling outfits and some epic dancing.

Year 10 students are finishing their end of year exams today, it’s a tough two weeks so well done to them. As we always say, this is not a result but a step on the way to see what we need to improve before next year.

Year 10 Geography students went to the coast on Wednesday.

Over the past two weeks we have had several groups of visitors to the school all have commented on how calm the school is and on the quality of relationships between staff and students.

Last week I met with three of our ex students Cain and Shay North and Cameron Coates. Cain was a previous winner of the Trooper Ashley Smith award for PE. Cain has recently had a Cancer diagnosis that needs significant treatment and will prevent him from working. I was humbled by the positivity shown by Cain and the care and support shown by Shay and Cameron to a brother and friend. For those who know Cain here is the link to his Just Giving page.

Festival of Arts

Spare tickets have now been released for South Bank Trust’s Festival of the Arts which will be held at York Barbican on 13th July. The performance will begin at 5pm. Doors to the foyer will open at 4pm, when parents and carers can peruse our student art gallery.

Please note that seats will not be allocated when you purchase your tickets and we ask guests to be seated in the auditorium by 4.45pm, ready for a prompt start at 5pm.


Last night saw Y7 and Y8 have their first rounders fixtures of the year against The Mount.

Y7 were up first and played extremely well learning new tactics that we haven’t covered yet! They worked exceptionally well as a team and we saw some wonderful bats from Lily and Peyton.

Despite losing the girls had high spirits going into their next fixture next week!

Y8s then played, choosing to bat first. Despite all worrying about doing this we saw some awesome bats from Anitah, Alexa giving The Mount a good run around, scoring 2 rounders.

Fielding Izzy and Alexa were the dynamic duo, not allowing anyone to score in the first half. However with some exceptional hits The Mount won overall. In a very tight and exciting game!

Well done all those that played, you did amazingly well and should be extremely proud of yourselves. I am overwhelmed with the turn out having 19 students play this evening!!

– Miss Jeans


Monday, afterschool saw an ever-increasing number of students attend basketball club. We had very enthusiastic students from Year 10 and Year 7 really enjoy themselves as they applied knowledge they had learnt last half-term into small sided games. It would be nice to see this club continue to grow with potential for teams to be entered into the league next year. Please see myself or another member of the PE team if you are interested!


Today we took 10 students to the final of the York schools’ athletics competition at York University. It was excellent to see so many students from a range of schools compete to the best of their very high levels of ability. Our students certainly did us proud, in what was some very competitive and close events. A special mention must go to Year 7 100m winner William Tomlinson who stormed his event with a very impressive 13.93 seconds! Well done to everyone from The PE Department!

– Mr Ledgeway


On Wednesday 14th June, YHS sports leaders helped to run the York Year 5 and 6 Girls and Boys cricket festival at Dunnington Cricket Club.
They were umpiring the games, keeping the scores and updating the results. Between games they engaged with the younger pupils and made the whole day great fun for all that attended. A number of teachers came over after the event to say how impressed they were with the sports leaders, and that they had really made the day fun and enjoyable for the teams.

Well done to all of them.

– Mr Pope

Year 9 Geography – Visit to Hornsea

Wednesday 28th June – We’ve been really lucky with the weather! The Year 9, future GCSE Geographers are having fun learning about erosion at Hornsea beach.

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