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Message from the Head – Week 26

Week 26 – 12 April 2024

Key Dates

  • Dutch Exchange – Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April
  • We Will Rock You – Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th April

Welcome to Summer!(?)

Welcome back to everyone after Easter.

Well done to all staff and students who attended the Year 7 and 8 residential, you did well in damp conditions.

Big thank you to Mrs Haldenby who organised  the residential.


Looking forward to next week and We Will Rock You!


Have a great weekend

Rod Sims



YHS Students Ready to Rock You!

The final countdown is well and truly on, with our school production of We Will Rock You hitting the school stage next week.

Inspired by and featuring, chart-topping Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many more, this adaptation of the West End show specifically designed for young performers,  follows two young rebels as they restore rock ‘n’ roll to “the iPlanet” in a post-apocalyptic world.

The costumes are ready, the new set is looking fierce, and the students are ready to perform.

If you haven’t already ordered your tickets, don’t delay! This is not a show to be missed.

Tickets are available via ParentPay, in school from the Library or Finance Office or by emailing

ATL Rewards Trip

Miss Burns set off this morning on the ATL Rewards Trip, taking over 40 of our highest achievers to Whitby for the day.

We hope they have had a fantastic day, and can’t wait to share their update with you all next week.


Year 7 – Learning About Local Politics

We have been delighted this week to welcome two of our local Westfield Ward councillors into school to speak to Year 7 pupils about what Local Government is, and what their role entails.
In the Spring Term, Year 7 had learnt about local and national government, so this was a really useful opportunity to reflect on their learning.
The Councillors commented on the brilliant engagement of our young people, with many demonstrating real interest in the political machinery of York. Well done Year 7!


Good Luck Darcy!

In a remarkable feat of talent and determination, Darcy Calvert, a Year 10 student, is set to join her teammates, Fantasy Cheer and Dance at the Allstar World Championships in Orlando, Florida competing on April 20th and 21st.

This prestigious event draws cheer and dance teams from across the globe, all competing for the ultimate prize… Gold!

Darcy is a Year 10 student and has been honing her dance skills since a young age. Her passion for the sport has been evident in every step she takes, both in and out of school. Her dedication, commitment and hard work has helped gain this invitation to this esteemed competition.

Darcy and her team, under the guidance of their coaches, have been meticulously preparing for this event with an aim to leave a lasting impression on the judges and bring home the coveted gold medal.

YHS wishes Darcy and the Fantasy & Dance Team the very best of luck!


SparxMaths Update

Since September
  • over 4316 hours of independent Maths work have been completed
  • 529,689 questions have been answered correctly
  • 200 students have improved their times tables
  • 7x/Ma3 have the highest average XP per student
The following students have reached the next XP level:
  • Jack C – 7y/Ma2
  • Denis P – 7x/Ma2
  • George H – 7x/Ma1
  • Arabella W – 7x/Ma1
  • Oliver W – 7y/Ma3
Well done to all!



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 available NOW, via ParentPay or from Miss Linsey in the LRC.

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


YHS Way – Strong Start


Summer Uniform

From May Day Bank Holiday (6th May), pupils have the option to wear tailored school shorts, such as the images below.

Pupils can wear tailored shorts but must be wearing plain black ankle/trainer socks.

The tailored school shorts must be purchased via SchoolShop.

No other type of short will be allowed.


Community News

York City Football Club – Special Offer

York City Football Club are delighted to announce that ticket prices have been slashed for our final home game of the season against Woking (Saturday 13th April, 3pm kick off).

Adult ticket prices have been taken down by more than half price, while U14s go FREE!


Adults: £10

Aged 14-18 & Students*: £5

Under 14s**: FREE

Carers: FREE (when accompanying ticket holders with a disability)

*Supporters aged 14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

**FREE tickets only available via ticket office.


We need all your support for one final time at the LNER Community Stadium this season, as we look to end 2023/24 on a high, and YOU can be a part of it.

Supporters can purchase their tickets online, over the phone on 01904 950950, or in-person from the LNER Community Stadium for the fixture.


North Yorkshire Police – Property Marking Event

On April 19th between 3pm-5pm, North Yorkshire Police will be holding a property marking event near the bike racks of Energise/Better Gym.

Should you wish to have your bike marked please get in touch with Reception to gain a consent form and we can arrange for your child’s property to be marked.


NHS Dental Spaces

Hopkins and Poyner Dental practice, are pleased to have received a new contract that has opened up many NHS spaces for children up to 18 years.
There is an unfortunate shortage of NHS dentists in the area, so we hope this will help children in our community, to gain access to free dental care.
We are a local dental practice by the Guy Fawkes Inn, in York.
To register your child complete the registration form

Acomb Juniors – Cricket

Acomb Cricket Club U13s (Year 7&8) As&Bs on the lookout for some new players to booster numbers
Training Wednesday Night
Matches Sunday Morning
If interested please Contact –

Heslington Hurricanes – Taster Session

The Heslington Hurricanes are hosting a free taster session on Saturday 20th April, for new players to come and play some cricket.

Designed specifically for gender diverse people, women and girls aged 12/13 upwards the Heslington Hurricanes aim is to improve participation in the sport.

As the name suggests, we are based at Heslington Cricket Club in York.

Parenting Workshop – A Mind of Their Own

Family Matters York are delivering a free three week parenting course which covers subjects such as: body confidence, self-esteem, dealing with failure and disappointment, and handling strong emotions. The workshops will be held at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, on Tuesday 16th, 23rd and 30th April, from 7-9pm.

Places need to be booked in advance; this can be done at


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