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Message from the Head – Week 30

Week 30 – 10 May 2024

Key Dates

  • Y11 GCSE Exams continue

A Strong Start for Year 11 Exams

Great week at YHS this week, summer finally arriving makes all the difference.
It has been fantastic to see some of our students in YHS shorts this week.
Apart from that it has been business as usual.
Following on from my email yesterday about Year 11 here is Mrs Lawson’s take on year 11 this week.
The first GCSE exams took place this week and Year 11 were an absolute credit to themselves and the school.
The cafe was buzzing on Friday morning for the Biology revision breakfast, with pupils getting last minute tips from their Science teachers and having a bit of breakfast before their exam.
Monday is the first English exam and breakfast and final exam tips will be available in the cafe from 8am.
Here are some key reminders for the next few weeks.
  • Pupils need to be on site by 8:40 (normal time) for their exams and in full school uniform.
  • If they are wearing their leavers’ hoodie, they must have a shirt and tie on underneath.
    • It can get quite hot at this time of year and as much as year 11 love the hoodie they may have to be taken off to cool down.
  • Pupils not wearing the correct uniform will be asked to go home and change before their exam.
  • Pupils will be completing crucial revision in their lessons and TT4S revision sessions, so they need to be in school full time attending all lessons and revision sessions and will not be allowed to sign out after exams.
  • Attending these sessions gives pupils the very best chances of success.

Year 11 have made a fantastic start this week and just need to keep going!

Enjoy the weather!

Rod Sims

Aesthetica Film Festival

There is an opportunity for Year 8 students to be involved in the Aesthetica Film Festival.

Next half term, there will be several after school sessions led by industry professionals on ‘an intro to filmmaking’, VFXs and also some sessions led by the Pauline Quirke Academy.

The goal is to produce and film your own mini film.

If your child is interested, they should speak to Mrs Lancaster for more information.


Emily Levy – Composer Visit

We recently had a visit from theatre composer Emily Levy who composed the original soundtrack to ‘A Song for Ella Grey’, which some of our GCSE Music and Drama students went to watch at York Theatre Royal.

Emily led a 2-hour composition workshop with our Year 10 Music students and gave them an insight into the profession as well as giving them helpful hints and tips as they start their free composition, which makes up 15% of their GCSE coursework.

Emily was very complimentary about the levels of engagement from our students.

Mrs Lancaster


Year 6 Extra Curricular Clubs

Mr Kay runs some great extra curricular clubs for Year 6 pupils who have been allocated a place at York High School.

Recreational Football

Popular and enjoyable – these recreational sessions focus on friendship, teamwork and having fun.

These are not intended to be competitive sessions; this opportunity is open to all, regardless of ability.

There is a small charge to cover the cost of the York City FC coach who leads the sessions.


Coding Club

This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in computers, although the club is open to everyone.

This is a 4-week course involving coding in Scratch or Python.

No prior knowledge of coding is required, or expected!

There is no cost to attend.


If you wish to register your child’s interest in any of the above activities, please either complete this Google form or send an email to with the subject ‘Year 6 Clubs’

(All activities are subject to availability.)



In Other News


YHS Way – Staff Instructions

Reminder: all students should have a school bag to carry their equipment and planner, to keep them from getting lost or damaged.

YHS @ Pride

York High School will once again be joining the York Pride Parade.

On Saturday 1st June we would like to invite our students, ex-students and their families to join us on the fantastic parade through York.

We will be meeting up at 11:15am outside The Old Post Office on Lendal.

The parade sets off at 12 noon, arriving at the Knavesmire around 1:30pm

If you are planning to join us, or would like more information please email Miss Linsey



Community News

Time Out for Parents

Parenting Children with Additional Needs

5 Week Course.

South Bank Multi Academy Trust is working in partnership with Family Matters York to deliver a taster session on Tuesday 7 May, 9.00-11.00am at Scarcroft Primary School.

The full course will take place on Tuesday mornings from 11th June to 2nd July 2024.

To book a place, you must have a child at one of the six SBMAT schools.

For more details please take a look at the following information:

CFF and FMY acknowledgement

Course overview Additional Needs 5wk (1)

To book a place, visit



New Service

‘Yorchoice’ – Young People’s Mental Health Support in York

Who is it for?

The Mental Health drop-in is for anyone aged 14-21 yrs (up to 25yrs for those with SEND)

What can we offer?

  • A relaxed environment where Young People are listened to and supported to take steps forward with managing their own Mental Health.
  • Help and support around accessing local services in York, which are most appropriate to their individual needs.
  • Coping strategies and tips around dealing with their own Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • A proactive approach to support Young People who may be on a mental health waiting list and need support in the ‘here and now’ to bridge the gap before their appointment.
  • A non-judgemental mental health safe space.

Please note: The drop in will not be a crisis service or a youth club

For more information please take a look at this letter from York Mind



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