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Welcome to our website, here you will find updates from Rod Sims about the last week, and the week ahead.

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  • Week 23 Round Up

    Published 18/03/22

    Week 23 Update

    There are some tired Year 11 students this week after a week of practice exams in Maths, Science and English.  I can only speak for my Maths group but they have done really well in the papers that we have marked so far.   Only 8 school weeks left till the real thing.

    Here is some news to put a smile on tired year 11 faces.  We have booked the Year 11 Prom for Thursday 30th June 2022 at the Mercure Hotel in York. We will let you know when we  have further details.

    Wishing the Year 9 London trip a safe journey home, At this moment I think they are on the London Eye before a quick visit to the Science museum and then home later tonight.

    Parents We Need You

    We are looking to start a second hand uniform shop run by parents for parents.  If you would like to help organise this then please e mail me at

    York High Dance

    A huge well done and good luck to Bethany S and Darcy C who are part of the Fantasy Dance team who have qualified to compete in Orlando America. They are competing in the World Junior Dance competition. The girls and their team qualified first to compete as the only British team and one of only 12 teams to qualify world wide. The competition takes place in April and we wish them and their team the best of luck! Well done girls!

    World Book Day Winners

    Last week we had our World Book Day '25 Books for 25 Years' competition in the LRC

    We had lots of entries from staff and students, and today our winners were presented with their new books.

    Congratulations to our fantastic winners

    1st Place - Rosie in Year 8 with 43/50

    2nd Place - Brogan in Year 9 with 40/50

    3rd Place - Olivia in Year 9 with 39/40


    and out staff prize goes to Mr Drury with 48/50

    Next Week

    Apprenticeship Event

    Those students considering an apprenticeship this year or next year it will be worth your while to come to the City of York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event which is taking place at York High next Tuesday


    Next Friday will be a non uniform day to raise money for Comic Relief and for MND.  In school on Friday to raise money for Rob Burrow’s MND charity we will be passing a rugby ball the distance it takes to travel round all the Rugby League grounds.  Watch out for further exciting details.

    Have a great weekend Spring is definitely on its way

    All the best

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  • Week 22 Round Up

    Published 18/03/22

    Weekly Update 22

    I want to start this week by welcoming back safely from Kharkiv York High School ex pupil Danny Collinson.  Some of you may have followed Danny and his partner Yana’s story in the York Press or on facebook..  We are delighted that Danny is now safe.

    Next week our YHS thinks topic will be on the Ukraine to educate our students on the reasons behind the conflict.

    Good luck to Year 11 next week in their second round of practice (mock) exams.  Just remember to try your best the exams are not a final grade they are designed to find out what the students know and don't know to inform what we will teach over their last months in school.

    We have another trip due out next week to London for Year 9. 

    Not a big sporting bulletin this week but Dodgeball continues to go from strength to strength

    Mr Russell

    We had a total of 34 students from Y7,Y8, Y9 and Y10 take part in Dodgeball club including some new faces. Yet again, amazing to see!

    They are improving week on week but the most rewarding thing to see are the huge smiles on faces and the laughter.

    Miss Eaton helped out again so thanks to her and both of us ran in to help Mia in the final game who was the last one standing in her team!  We did manage to get a few people out and make a comeback but to no avail - the other team deservedly won it 4-3 on games!

    A huge well done to all and who knows we might break our record of attendees next week!

    It will be week A next week, see you then.



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  • Week 21 Round Up

    Published 18/03/22

    Week 21 Roundup


    Week 21

    Firstly apologies for the lack of update last week due to my first spell of illness in 2 years.  Not including when I caught COVID conveniently in the Summer Holidays.  It has been a busy half term with some fantastic events. 

    We have a packed newsletter this week so lets go!

    RAS Award - Mrs Kitchen

    Since October half term, our Y7 students have been working on the Y7 Resilience Aspiration and Success (RAS) award.  This award challenges students to get involved in our wide range of after school enrichment activities and collect points to show their commitment. All of the students pictured were awarded prizes in our end of term reward assemblies back in December for having the highest number of points and so we wanted to share their success with you! 


    Ruben was the overall RAS award winner collecting a record number of 70 points; he gained these points mainly through 'Resilience' activities, including cooking his family a meal - well done Ruben! 

    Noah won the Resilience award for a range of activities completed at home, including developing his cooking skills. Noah also attended Cooking Club - well done Noah!

    Gabriela won the Aspiration award - she researched some of the most inspirational figures, including human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and wrote a profile about her - well done Gabriela!

    Charlie won the Success award - - Charlie has been a staple feature at a huge range of our after school clubs, from Newspaper Club to Rollerblading, with an immensely positive attitude - well done Charlie! 

    We look forward to seeing our Y7 students continue to gather their RAS Award points this term ahead of awarding prizes at Easter!

    Year 7 Football - Mr Russell

    Y7 have had a football fixture away at Millthorpe this week and I must say how proud I am of each and every one of the students.  They represented YHS very well with an excellent performance and conducted themselves impeccably before and after the match.

    I know it’s difficult to single people out as they were genuinely all superb but special mentions to Cohen with a non-stop all-action midfield display, Max B for his versatility and maturity, Callum for a superb 2nd half performance in the middle of midfield with his drive and determination and finally Riley B for an outstanding performance at centre back leading the line and my man of the match. 

    Riley G and Tyler also gave sterling performances in the 2nd half too contributing well to the team in midfield and defence respectively.

    We were losing 4-0 at half time but we came back and won the 2nd half 1-0 which is proof that the resilience is instilled within these young people and they found a way to stick together and rise to the challenge that faced them.

    I am proud of them all

    Year 7 Tutoring Celebration - Mrs Bargewell

    On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Sims and Miss Bargewell were proud to host an assembly celebrating the successes of York High School's first tutoring programme.


    Focused on reading skills, 50 Year 7 pupils have engaged with a wide range of rich and sophisticated texts; they have slithered down the sinuous streets of Gothic Barcelona, gone surfing in the USA and even survived dinner with a Vampire!  When asked for some of their favourite new words from the tutoring sessions, pupil responses included 'sombre, dank, serene, meticulous and mutilated!'


    Whilst all pupils have worked diligently, three pupils were nominated for showing exceptional resilience, aspiration and success: Jayden (Resilience), Lacie (Aspiration) and Yun (Success). Well done and a huge thank you to the tutors Mrs Horton, Ms Vasey and Miss Jennings for their time and expertise.

    We look forward to working with a new group of pupils in the Summer Term!

    Mrs Lawson Year 11 Tutoring

    We had our first evening of additional maths and English tutoring on Wednesday with some fantastic tutors from York University. Our Year 11 pupils did themselves proud, really working hard to get themselves ready for their exams. Well done to all involved!

    Roller Hockey - Miss Eaton

    During todays roller skating club we decided to change things up a bit and have a little challenge! As if roller skating isn’t hard enough… try non-ice hockey! We got a puck and the ice hockey sticks out and the students had a good go at playing the game! The resilience shown was fantastic, none of them giving up and working together as a team to help each other out!

    Great effort from all, a big well done from Miss Eaton and Mrs Toyne.

    Dodgeball - Mr Russell

    Tonight we saw 36 students from Years 7,8,9 and 10 attend Dodgeball Club in the sports hall.  As usual the games were played in great spirit by all and myself and Miss Eaton were so impressed at how well the students worked together.

    Special mention to Lewis who scored a basket in one game which results in an instant win for his team - first time I’ve seen that happen!

    We have some seriously good dodgeball players - Shanley, Ronnie, Edward, Tia, Riley…the list goes on.  Mr Russell tried to join in but couldn’t dodge out of the way of a couple of missiles - one from Stan and one from Tyler!

    Well done to all and enjoy a well-deserved break.

    Pastoral News from Mrs Burns

    ATL Reward Trip - Easter Term

    For the Easter rewards trip we will be inviting 8 pupils with the highest ATL from each year to go to Meadowhall.  There will be time for a cinema showing, lunch and plenty of shopping!  To be selected for this trip you simply need to have one of the highest ATLs in the year!  The ATL window opens on 28th February and we will select pupils on 28th March.  That's one month to do your very, very best. 

    Year 11 Prom

    Miss Glen has kindly offered to help Mr Walker and Miss Burns organise the prom!  Miss Glen will be visiting some possible venues over half term before offering the short list to pupils.  Miss Glen will be forming a Prom Committee of Year 11 pupils so please speak to her if you would like to be considered for this.

    The provisional date for Prom is Thursday 30th June.

    Ignis get the glory!

    It's a clean sweep for Ignis who storm their way to the top of the House Cup competition board.  With the best scores in all four areas of attendance, behaviour, reading and stamps, it seems there could be no stopping them this year.  Aqua, Terra and Ventus - you have some catching up to do!

    Well done Mrs Harrison and all Ignis pupils.

    Finally it has been confirmed that City of York Council will fund a 1 week free school meal voucher for each pupil eligible for benefit based free school meals over the February half term.

    See you all on Monday 28th Feb, have a great half term.




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  • Weekly Update 9th July 2021

    Published 09/07/21
    Weekly Update 9th July 2021 Week 37 Only 2 weeks of this year to go and what a year! It’s been really tough and keeps getting tougher, this week 25% of staff have been isolating and nearly 20% of students. Throughout this year we ha
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  • Weekly Update 18th June 2021

    Published 18/06/21
    Weekly Update 18th June 2021 Week 34 Prom Update We have consulted with public health, the venue, and all current guidance, and it is with regret that it is looking unlikely that Prom will take place this year. But whilst there is hope, we w
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  • Weekly Update 11th June 2021

    Published 14/06/21
    Weekly Update 11th June 2021 Be Proud Non uniform at York High School to celebrate York Pride and to show support for LGBT inclusivity. We have raised over £200 for the charities supported by York Pride. This week has seen the r
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