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Message from the Head – Week 23

Week 23 – 8 March 2024

Key Dates

  • YHS Book Festival – Monday 11th – Friday 15th March
  • Year 8 Parents Evening – Wednesday 13th March


Bon Voyage to Mr Winston and the students visiting Paris this weekend, we hope that you have a great time and that all those parents who did the drop off and will do the pick-up get to catch up on your sleep!

Looking forward to seeing Year 8 parents at parents evening on Wednesday next week and we will be sharing our Charity fundraiser for OSCARs Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity “Toulouse and Beyond” with you all next week.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Rod Sims


Inside Out

Last Friday, we welcomed Stephen Burke’s Inside Out production back to YHS for our Year 10 Drop Down Day about relationships, pressures around nude photographs, and challenges to mental health.

This links with learning in our RAS lessons from the Autumn Term about challenges to relationships, as well as our current study about unhealthy coping strategies.

Students were very engaged in the workshop following the play, with many nuanced perspectives about stigma surrounding mental health and how we can tackle this.

Well done to all involved.

Miss Bettney


Year 10 Drama Workshop

On Wednesday our Year 10 Drama students had a 2-hour workshop with the movement director from ‘A Song for Ella Grey’, Ayesha.

They focused on physical theatre and explored ways in which they could incorporate this into their devised pieces.

They have another workshop on Tuesday next week.

Mrs Lancaster


Battlefields Trip

We have one place remaining on the Year 9/10 Battlefields trip – please contact Miss Bettney on or via Main Reception by the end of Monday 11th March if you would like more details.

Miss Bettney


Sparx Maths

Since September

  • over 3806 hours of independent Maths work has been completed
  • 468,533 questions have been answered correctly
  • 198 students have improved their times tables
  • and 11y/Ma1 have the highest average XP per student

The following students have reached the next XP level:

Well done to everyone!

Mrs Garrett


Performing Arts Spotlight

Tickets are on Sale NOW

This week saw the cast putting together all the scenes and songs to form full run throughs of the first act of ‘We Will Rock You’!

It was so fantastic to see the students embracing their characters and really selling their performance, so now it’s time to sell those tickets.

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 are available via ParentPay or from Miss Linsey in the LRC.


Sports News

Match Report

In maintaining the Ledgeway legacy we won’t include the score in this evenings match report. It’s worth mentioning however that the gap is much narrower than the boys!

It was lovely to see so many girls having the courage to turn out and play competitive football this afternoon.

Our U13 and U16s played Fulford in the first game of the York School girls league.

Lilly captained our U13 side and did a great job in distributing the ball on towards our forwards.

Daisy was solid in defence, preventing many strikes and Sophie made many impressive runs, enabling us to progress in attack.

Their dedication and hard work to the YCFC programme, organised by Mr Kay really showed.

Poppy did a great job in captaining our U16 side, applying her club experience to provide direction.

Emily worked like a machine, breaking down many of Fulford’s attacks and both Maisie and Lucy took advantage of the wings, moving us into attack.

A big well done to all of the girls! We look forward to our next game against Tadcaster.

Mrs Haldenby



In Other News

Win Big on the Performing Arts Raffle

We are holding our big spring Performing Arts Raffle, with some fantastic prizes available to win.

Tickets will be available next week, on ParentPay or from Miss Linsey in the LRC.

At just £1 each, don’t miss out on your chance to win.


Instrumental Lessons at York High School

It is never too late to start learning an instrument!

We work with York Music Hub to deliver instrumental and vocal lessons during the school day.

If your child is in receipt of FSM, PP or a LAC then Mrs Lancaster can apply for a bursary on your behalf to cover part or all of the cost of lessons.Students must attend their lessons each week for the bursaries to continue each term.

We currently have piano, flute, voice, guitar and drum lessons in school, but you can put any instrument on the form and we will try and source a teacher if sufficient students are interested.

You need to fill in the form (see the QR code on the info sheet) and log your request with York Music Hub. Mrs Lancaster then liaises with them directly.

If you would rather have a hard copy of the letter, your child can pick one up from Mrs Lancaster in the Performing Arts Department.

Mrs Lancaster



Next week’s focus – Movement around school


YHS Book Festival

Next week is the big YHS Book Festival, hosted by Miss Linsey in the LRC.

We are really excited for the author visit on Monday, and of course the return of the scholastic Book Fair.

The Book Fair will also be open during the Year 8 Parent evening, so do pop by and take a look at what is available, as all sales benefit the school, providing free books.


Community News

Easter Holidays – Free Activities

The following opportunities are available to all YHS families and young people:

  • Tuesday 26th of March, 10am-1pm Trashbang! explosive fun junk percussion and body workshop for all ages. Venue: Our Lady’s Church Hall, Cornlands Road, YO24 3DX. Capacity up to 30 places on a drop-in basis
  • Wednesday 27th of March, 10am – 1pm Circus skills – creative and fun circus skills-based workshop for all ages. Venue: Our Lady’s Church Hall, Cornlands Road, YO24 3DX. Capacity up to 24 mix age group participants on a drop-in basis.
  • Tuesday 2nd of April, 10am – 1pm Generate Theatre drama workshops. Venue: Our Lady’s Church Hall, Cornlands Road, YO24 3DX.Capacity up to 20 children.  Ages 8 -14, booking recommended via
  • York City Football Club Foundation will be delivering football themed kickabout sessions on Chesney Field on Tuesday 26th of March and 2nd of April and on Acomb Green on Thursday 28th of March and 4th of April. Promo posters attached.
  • York RLFC Foundation will be delivering rugby themed sessions with the use of their inflatable pitch and multi-sports sessions on Acomb Green, Woodthorpe Green and at York Acorn RLFC on dates/times indicated on the attached posters. (Ward and HAF funded)


City of York Council’s Better by Bus scheme

This scheme offers reduced tickets to young people travelling by bus in York.

The offers applicable to our students are:

  • A £1 single fare for unaccompanied 5-16 year olds, which was introduced in September, has been extended to include 16-18 year olds (up to day before their 19th birthday)
  • Up to three passengers under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult (whether fare paying or not – e.g. grandparents using concessionary pass) travel free
  • The All York Young Person’s Day ticket has been extended to include 17-18 year olds and is £2.50, valid at all times of day on any bus in the boundaries of City of York Council.
  • A new All York Young Person’s Weekly ticket, applicable to 5-18 year olds and priced at £12 and cover all journeys within the CYC boundaries.

These tickets will be available until December 2024, and can be purchased on the bus or on the mobile apps of the service provider.

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