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Message from the Head – Week 17

Week 17 – 19 January 2024

Key Dates

  • Year 9 Options Pathways – Monday 22nd January 2024
  • Year 11 Photo Day – Tuesday 23rd January 2024
  • Year 9 Parents Evening – Wednesday 24th January 2024


It’s been a busy week at YHS with Aspire week and the Year 8 Performing Arts Day.

Looking forward to working with Year 9 as we have increased the levels of support and guidance to make sure that they make the best choices for them.


Aspire Week

Careers Fair

We had over 30 businesses in, representing areas of defence, security, science, dance, health, emergency services, entertainment, hospitality and accountancy.
The students really enjoyed discovering more about a variety of sectors, and, of course, collecting some new items of stationery!


A huge thank you to all who gave up their time to meet with our young people.


York St John University

On Wednesday we took 51 Y11 students for a look around York St John university.

They had the opportunity to learn more about the variety of courses, societies, accommodations options and a campus tour.

It was a great (but very chilly) day, and the students represented us well.


Sam Boatwright

Today, all of Year 10 and Year 11 heard from Sam Boatwright, an ex-marine, world record holder, epic challenger and maths teacher.
Sam’s talk focussed on perseverance, motivation and aiming high.

Many thanks for Sam who delivered 2 fantastic sessions.


Year 8 Performing Arts Aspirations Day

On Tuesday all our year 8 students participated in a personal development day focused on skills and careers in the arts.

They took part in 5 different sessions:

  • Beatboxing with Conrad Murray
  • Rap and lyric writing with Paul Cree and Gambit Ace
  • Devising theatre with Next Door But 1 Theatre company on the subject of antisocial behaviour
  • A careers session with videos from industry professionals
  • and STOMP (junk percussion) with Billy Hickling.

In some of the feedback we have received, students have described the day as ‘amazing’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘awesome’ with the standout favourite sessions being STOMP and Beatboxing.

One of the visiting professionals has been in touch to say: ‘I was delighted with the enthusiastic response and exceptional levels of involvement from all the kids and teachers today. Thank you for the warm welcome’.

Well done to all students who were involved, we hope you enjoyed the day.

Mrs Lancaster


ATL Trip

Great trip to Meadowhall last week to take those pupils rewarded for their fantastic ATL score.

Plenty of shopping and sweets eaten and we even got to watch the new Wonka film!


Autism Support for Parents/Carers

Support is available to parents of children with a diagnosis of autism or those waiting for an autism assessment.

The Specialist Teaching Team for Autism at City of York Council offer group sessions (online and in person), phone line support and drop-in sessions for parents.

If you have any queries, please contact Carol Leeman, Autism Champion:


Free Online Course – ‘Parenting: The Teenage Years’

We’re pleased to share details of a free upcoming online event on 31/1/24 titled ‘Parenting: The Teenage Years’.

The event online is a taster session for a 5-week course, held at York High starting Monday 19th February.

The course looks at the changes that teenagers experience and how best they can be supported through them.

To sign up or for more information, please contact Jen Wootten at Family Matters York on


Sparx Maths Update

Since September, over 2519 hours of independent Maths work have been completed and 331,692 questions have been answered correctly.

178 students have improved their times tables.

10y/Ma1 have the highest average XP per student.

The following students have reached the next XP level:

Tyler C, Cass W, Sofia H, Daisy D, Noah S and Jethro B

Well done to all!


Have a great weekend

Rod Sims




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