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Message from the Head – Week 21

Week 21 – 23 February 2024

Key Dates

  • Year 11 Mock Exams – Monday 26th February ~ Friday  1st March 2024
  • Class of 23, GCSE Certificate collections – Tuesday 27th February, 5pm – 6:30pm


Brilliant week at York High School!

These are the words that the invigilators used to describe the Year 11’s in their first practice exam:

‘Spectacular’, ‘Fabulous’, ‘Outstanding’

Well done Year 11, we always say that all you can do is try your best and you certainly did!

Now let’s look forward to the rest of the practice exams in Maths and Science next week.


Good luck and best wishes to all staff and students who are heading to London next week.


Look out for the exciting charity event in the last week of term Toulouse and Beyond.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Rod Sims


Year 11 Revision Support

With only 7 school weeks left until GCSE exams start, it is more important than ever that pupils are building good revision habits.

Pupils have their final set of mock exams next week and as part of their preparations we challenged all of our Year 11 pupils to complete a minimum of 1 hour of revision every day throughout the half term break.

To support pupils with their revision, we have created a ‘Year 11 Revision Activities’ classroom on Google Classroom. This gives pupils step-by-step revision activities for every day and every subject.

If they haven’t already done so, please encourage your child to join this classroom and make use of the fantastic resources available.


GCSE Certificates

Did you or your child complete their GCSEs in 2023?

GCSE certificates have arrived in school and we would like to invite all of our 2023 Leavers to collect them on Tuesday 27th February.

Call in anytime from 5pm – 6:30pm to collect your certificates, see some of your teachers, have a drink and a bite to eat and let us know how you’ve been getting on since you left YHS.


Year 7 English Lessons – Book Fair

What’s better than enjoying a good book? Enjoying a whole room of good books!

On Friday 9th February, Mrs Pearson’s Year 7 English class hosted a sensational book fair.

Over the half term students were set a home learning project: pick a book, read it and try to convince others to read it too!

Students were asked to produce interesting, eye-catching and informative displays to encourage other Year 7 students to read their chosen book.

During period 5, visiting Year 7 students toured the stalls promoting a wide range of good reads including War Horse, Frankenstein and A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder (to name but a few). The plethora of hand-crafted resources made by students was truly outstanding: quizzes, homemade cakes, goody bags and character profiles were showcased. It was a real pleasure listening to students converse with enthusiasm about literature.

The votes have now been counted – and verified – and, piping War Horse to the post by just 1 vote, the winning book was The Lovely Bones as presented by Leila, Lola and Jessica.

Well done everyone!


In Other News


Lookout London

We’re looking forward to our 6.15am arrival at school on Monday 26th for the Year 9/10 London trip!

Please ensure your child has any necessary medication labelled with them.


Battlefields Trip

Letters have gone out this week for the Battlefields trip in October 2024; this is for current Year 9 and 10 students when they are in Years 10 and 11, and links to learning in History and English.

Please contact Miss Bettney if you have any further questions on this.


Year 10 Drop Down Day

On Friday 1st March, Year 10 will be off timetable for a drop-down day focused around abusive relationships and challenges to mental health, linking directly to current content in RAS lessons.

This encompasses both mental and physical abuse within all types of relationships. We will also look at extremism and the case of Shamima Begum.

Part of the day will be a play delivered by Stephen Burke, who we have had in school many times before.

The play will incorporate trigger warnings for students to be aware in advance of certain aspects of the play.

We hope that the students will find this experience enriching to their current learning.

Miss Bettney


Sports News

Year 11

Year 11 have been working amazingly well on their partner and group balances and even managed to successfully build a human pyramid.

Miss Jeans


Rugby News

On Tuesday our Year 10 and 11 rugby team travelled to Archbishops Holgate school for the final York schools tournament of the year.

We were in a group with Manor, Fulford and Archbishops.

In all of our games we took the lead by scoring the first try which included great work from Oli Harrison and Jack Wooton down the left hand side.

Harri Anderson, Charlie Kellett and Tyler Wyrill were strong as ever in the middle of the field, even in the muddy conditions!

  • Manor 3-2 York High
  • York High 2-3 Fulford
  • Archbishops 3-2 York High

The boys will be hoping to improve on the performances next Tuesday in their last 16 game in the Yorkshire Plate competition.

Good Luck Boys!!


Sparx Maths

Since September

  • over 3367 hours of independent Maths work has been completed
  • 422,234 questions have been answered correctly
  • 196 students have improved their times tables
  • 7x/Ma3 have the highest average XP per student

The following students have reached the next XP level:

  • Harvey J – 9y / Ma2
  • Kayla A – 9x / Ma1
  • Amelia G – 7x / Ma2

Well done to all!

Mrs Garrett


Year 5 & 6 After School Clubs @ YHS

This week we welcomed 56 children in Years 5 and 6 from various primary schools form across York, including

  • Acomb Primary
  • Carr Junior
  • Dringhouses
  • Fishergate
  • Hob Moor
  • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
  • Poppleton Road
  • Westfield
  • and Woodthorpe

at our after-school Photoshop and football clubs.

For further information, and to register your child’s interest in any of the activities we are running, including Photoshop, football, coding and music clubs, please follow the link below:

If you have any problems accessing the link, or if you have any questions, please email with the subject ‘Year 5/6 clubs’.



Community News

Rebel School

Ever thought about starting your own business and making money doing something you love?

The Rebel School are ripping up the rules to starting a business so that anyone can start a business, regardless of the starting point.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for help with getting your business off the ground, just learning the details like social media and tax or just exploring a new option, The Rebel School can help.

We are running a free business school in York with North Yorkshire Council to inspire local people to start businesses.


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