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Message from the Head – Week 22

Week 22 – 1 March 2024

Key Dates

  • SEN Coffee Afternoon – Thursday 7th March, 1:30pm
  • Pie Week – Monday 4th – Friday 8th March 2024
  • We Will Rock You tickets go on sale – Monday 4th March 2024
  • YHS Book Festival – Monday 11th – Friday 15th March


What a fantastic week in school this week.

We’ve enjoyed hearing stories from the London trip, as well as sporting success in netball and rugby!

Very well done to Year 11 this week, your conduct and approach to the mock exams has been really positive.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Rod Sims


London Trip

Earlier this week, I had the privilege to take some of our Year 9 and 10 students to London – we had an action-packed itinerary including: the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Imperial War Museum, the Lion King, and a tour of Wembley!

Despite very early starts, every single student engaged with the activities – and we’ve certainly got some future Members of Parliament in our midst!

Every single student was a credit to themselves and demonstrated our school’s aims of Resilience, Aspiration and Success.

We’ll look to share more photos in the coming weeks but for now, here is a small taster.

Battlefields Trip

We are delighted with the uptake for the October 2024 Battlefields trip.

If there are any current Year 10’s who do not do History who are interested in the trip, please email Miss Bettney on by the end of Monday 4th March to discuss further or to arrange a place.


Loan Uniform and Ties

Has your child loaned a school tie or jumper?

Please could you check and return any loaned uniform to pupil reception.


The Place & Year 11 Support

Just a reminder that staff from the place will be setup in IT5 every Friday lunchtime to help Year 11 with their revision and GCSE questions!


Performing Arts Spotlight

Bluebeard Trip

Yr10 and 11 students went to see Bluebeard at York Theatre Royal on Thursday night.

It was an excellent opportunity to experience live theatre and look carefully at techniques used as well as being quite a hard hitting and emotional performance.


A Song for Ella Grey

Last Thursday, Yr9, 10 and 11 Music and Drama students went to see A Song for Ella Grey at York Theatre Royal.

These tickets were kindly funded by Pilot Theatre and so were totally free for our students.

Students really enjoyed the performance with an original soundtrack composed especially for the production.

The jury was out though over the relevance of the duvet monster towards the end….!


Grand Opera House Work in Theatre Project

Some of our year 10 and 11 Drama and Music students successfully applied for both part and full bursaries to attend the Grand Opera House Work in Theatre Project.

They attended a performance of Woman in Black and had a discussion with the director afterwards.

They then went to the Opera House during their half term holidays for 3 days and had workshops and masterclasses in all things theatre related. These ranged from sound and lighting, to front of house and marketing and even to stage makeup – the pictures of stage bruises and ‘ageing’ makeup were fantastic!

Students finish the experience in April by attending a performance of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

We received excellent feedback from the project organiser about the positive attitude from our students.

The aim is to introduce students to the wide range of jobs and careers in the theatre industry and hopefully help them make some connections within the industry.

Well done to all involved.


Students set to ‘Rock’ on stage

For the last few months an enthusiastic team of students have been working hard to learn their lines and songs for ‘We Will Rock You’!

The energy they are bringing to the stage is outstanding, and we are excited to be able to announce that tickets will be going on sale on Monday 4th March.

Show details:

Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th & Friday 19th April 2024

Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm

(show includes a 15 min interval)

Tickets: Adult £4, Child £3

Tickets will be available via ParentPay or from Miss Linsey in the LRC.


Sports News

Year 8 Netball

On Wednesday night, some of the Year 8 and 9 netballers went to Joseph Rowntree for their last friendly before the York and District tournament. The girls played a long stint of 20-minute halves to give them as much practice as possible.

Team 1 did amazingly well, ending the first half on 5-5, they then went on to dominate the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half scoring another 2 points. However, as the girls tired JoRo managed to catch up leading to a final score of 10-7 to JoRo. The girls played really well and held their own and are ready to improve even more!

Team 2 also put in an outstanding performance and for lots of them it was their first fixture! They ended the first half 6-2 to YHS with some lovely shots from Tiffany and Ruby. This team learned lots of new tricks and tips throughout the game which was wonderful to see. They ended their game 10-3 to YHS!

Well done girls! Keep up the amazing work! 🙂


Under 16’s Rugby

A superb performance from our U16 rugby team on Tuesday afternoon. 36:0 against Sirius Academy puts us through to the quarter finals of the Yorkshire Plate!

Mrs Haldenby


In Other News

SEN Coffee Afternoon

We are hosting a coffee afternoon for parents of children with neurodivergence.

The event will take place on Thursday 7th March from 1:30pm in the main School Hall and will end at 3pm.

Sue Wight, our Director of SEN and Safeguarding will be joining us, and she will be sharing information about what SEN support looks like at South Bank Trust, as well as offering advice regarding SEN services across the city.

Please email to let us know if you would like to attend.

Jackie Stevens, SENCo


Year 5 & 6 After School Clubs @ YHS

So far this year, 34 primary school children have participated in our Photoshop Club, while our recreational football sessions have been attended by over fifty children in Years 5 and 6.

If you would like to register your child’s interest in any of the activities we are running, including Photoshop, football, and coding 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’

Mr Kay


YHS Book Festival

YHS has a jam-packed week planned to celebrate reading.

Monday 11th – Friday 15th March 2024 will see the library hosting a number of events and competitions, including a fantastic author visit, the return of the Scholastic Book Fair, and a trip to the York Book Awards.

Keep an eye on our social media for more details over the next week.


Dolce are bringing all the Pies!

Next week Dolce are celebrating British Pie Week

Don’t miss out!

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