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Final Week


What a fabulous final week!  The atmosphere at the sports days for Years 7, 8 and 9 matched the weather.  The events were brilliantly organised by Mrs Haldenby and the PE team.  Aspire week has meant that the Year 10 students have had opportunities to gain advice from over 16 further education establishments and over 30 different businesses.


Today we have had awards assemblies for all years where every teacher nominates the three students that have shown outstanding effort, the most improvement and the best in class award that goes to the students who are a pleasure to teach.  Over a 100 students in each year were recognised.


We come to the end of the year, my first year as Head of School.  As always it has been up and down.  The fact that we have become a name to be feared on the debate circuit was a pleasant surprise, the numbers of current and past students attending Pride was a real highlight and our continuing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company has been fabulous, look out for YHS on Look North tonight.  The lows have been the Beast from the East and the ongoing cuts to the budget whilst trying to improve the school.  I would also like to take a moment to say that all our thoughts are with Ryan Miller and his family and we wish him a full recovery.


I have not regretted becoming the Head of School, well not for long!  I would like to thank all of the parents who have been so supportive across the year, as I always say if you have a problem pick up the phone.  I would also like to thank the students who have worked hard and done the right thing this year.  Your good choices this year will pay off next year.  Most of all I would like to thank the staff who have worked so hard on behalf of the students.


I believe that at the end of this year York High School is in a fantastic position to improve.  We have worked tirelessly this year to recruit the most talented group of teachers ever at York High School.  1 in 3 of our Teachers next year will be new which will bring a dynamism and energy to the school as we seek to get better year after year.  The new Positive Behaviour policy will make a huge difference in the classroom and to students progress.  I will enjoy the holiday but I cannot wait until September. 


Thank you to everyone who has supported the school this year.


See you in September.

Rod Sims