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Message from the Head – Week 6

Week 6 – 13 October 2023

What a great week at YHS with many highlights to share!

Open Evening Update

Following the success of Open Evening for incoming Year 6 pupils, we have been welcoming visitors to the school for our Open Mornings this week.  Like many of our visitors, families have commented on the calm and purposeful learning environments seen in classrooms, the fantastic facilities that we have (especially in PE and the library), and the warm welcoming atmosphere.

Hello Yellow!

As a school we have supported the Hello Yellow! campaign organised by YoungMinds.  We have raised awareness of mental health difficulties and most importantly, where young people can get support if they or a friend ever need it.  As well as wearing non-school uniform to raise much needed funds for the charity, pupils have had opportunities to reflect in assemblies and tutor time this week about the importance of wellness and wellbeing.

More information about the excellent work carried out by YoungMinds can be found here

GCSE Theatre Trip

The KS4 GCSE Drama pupils went to see Metamorphosis, the new play by Frantic Assembly, at York Theatre Royal on Thursday 12th October. The play was an excellent example of physical theatre and really challenged pupils’ perceptions of what theatre can be.

On Friday morning pupils took part in a physical theatre workshop with the Associate Artistic Director of the company and the energy in the Drama Studio was superb. All pupils were a credit to themselves and the school! Super work and we cannot wait to see how this influences their GCSE Devised Drama performances. Well done!

Year 11 – Post 16 Taster Days

Mrs Callan has been advising Year 11 pupils about the upcoming taster days and preparing them for post 16 education.  Pupils across the city will visit a college or sixth form in January to help them make the best possible choice for their futures.  The taster days are on the 16th and 18th of January but the deadlines for applying are before Christmas and booking is essential.  Pupils are encouraged to make two visits, one on each day and there is also a session for those interested in an apprenticeship.  Please encourage your child to speak to Mrs Callan if they need any help or support with this.


I have been really impressed with the Y11 work skills group over the last few weeks.
They have been “working” as interior designers on their latest project, and have produced some excellent scaled drawings and mood boards.

Credit to Georgia who went the extra mile and even brought in samples.
Mrs Callan

U14’s Netball

On Saturday 7th October Y8 girls participated in the U14s York and District Netball Tournament at Joseph Rowntree School. The girls played extremely well showing all the amazing qualities of students at YHS. I cannot commend the resilience shown by all 7 students during the tournament. We played Bootham (6-2), All Saints (3-0) and St Peters (16-0) to get as many points as we could. Leading us to having a head to head against Fulford (3-2).

The attacking skills of the girls were a pleasure to watch, every time they had hands on the ball the pace of passing down the court was incredible and a testament to their hard work as a team.  Despite playing against the age category above the girls displayed some excellent technique and teamwork making sure spirits stayed high throughout the morning.

Shoutout for each:

Skye for always keeping a smile on her face!

Imogen only missed 1 shot all morning!

Megan, our captain, for making those wise decisions!

Sofia for speeding around the court!

Nyla, always in the right place at the right time!

Evie for some epic interception despite exhaustion!

Rhia for her super powerful overhead pass in from the back line!

The girls did an incredible job representing the school, with comments from staff at other schools not only on their ability to play netball and do extremely well despite being a year younger than other competitors but also about the way they represented us which was lovely to hear.

I could not be prouder of the girls and I look forward to the U13s tournament in March now that we all know what to expect.

Keep up the amazing work girls!

Miss Jeans

Year 9 & 10 Rugby

Last night our Year 9 and 10 rugby teams travelled to Archbishops for their first rugby tournament of the year. Having only lost one game we finished 2nd in the group but there are loads of positives to take into our next tournament. Strong running from Dan and Lewis got us on the front foot and allowed the likes of Aaron and Riley to use their speed and finish off really good team tries!

YHS 4-2 Fulford

YHS 3-2 Jo Ro

YHS 2-2 Manor

YHS 2-2 Archbishops

Well done boys!

Mr Ramsey


Restart a Heart

On Monday 16th October our

Year 8 students will be off timetable participating in our second drop down day around the national ‘Restart a Heart’ day. This is the 10th anniversary of teaching CPR in school. As part of the day, Y8 will learn about emotional sense of self, CPR, first aid, vaccines, and participate in a workshop from Hull York Medical School. Students will require their planners and equipment, but will not require a PE kit.


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Musical Madness

Following the success of Matilda the Musical last year, the team are back and ready to Rock in Acomb!

York High School presents ‘We Will Rock You’ coming soon to a stage in school.

We start rehearsal next week with our first rehearsal on Tuesday 17th October in PA1 after school until 4:15pm.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to audition to be in the main chorus and you are welcome to audition for parts. Details will be given at the rehearsals.

We will be rehearsing on Tuesdays until Christmas and then Tuesdays and Thursdays from January.

We can’t wait to see everyone.

Mrs Lancaster & Miss Linsey



Have a great weekend.

Rod Sims





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