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Dear Y7 Parents,

Due to the worsening situation regarding COVID19, and current government health and safety guidance, we have taken the decision not to proceed with face to face 'meet the tutor' evenings on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September.

However, in order to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to discuss how their children have settled in at York High School, Form tutors will be phoning parents on these evenings at their approximate appointment times.

Please accept our apologies for this unfortunate, but necessary decision. I am sure that all parents will understand that everyone's safety is of paramount importance.

Kind regards

Jonathan Louth

Y7 parents

  'Meet the tutor' evenings  are on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September 2020 from 3.30-7pm. These meetings will be held by appointment only in order to abide by current social distancing guidance. If you haven't sent  your preferred appointment date/time form back to us, please do so by Wednesday 9th September at the latest. 

Kind regards,

Mr J Louth  

Dear Y6 Parents/Guardians,

Please remember to complete your 'meet the tutor' evening appointment preference forms and return them to . The appointments will take place on September 21st/22nd and the deadline for the forms to be returned is this

 Friday, 17th July 2020.

Many thanks,

Mr Louth

Dear Y6 Parents/Carers,

You should by now have received an email with the information regarding your son/daughter's Form and House group when they join us in September, along with a letter from their new form tutor and details of our Meet the Tutor evenings, which will be held on Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd September between 3.30pm-7pm.  Please return your Appointment Preference form or email us with your preferred date/time slots before 17th July 2020, we will then email you with your appointment date/time.

 We have now also added a brief introductory video clip from each of our Y7 form tutors to the  transition page on our website. 

To view the videos please visit: then click on the Y6 transition box at the top of the front page. You will then be able to click in the box on the right hand side of the transition page that says Y7 form tutors.

As we move towards the end of what has been an incredibly strange and difficult term for everyone please rest assured that, barring new government advice, we will be asking all new Y7 students to join us on Tuesday September 8th. Please ensure that all Y7 students assemble outside the main entrance to the school at 8.40am. They should be in full school uniform. Please see the parent and student section on the YHS website for further details on uniform, jewellery and hairstyles.

You will also have received log in information for 'parent-pay' by the end of this week. This means that you can either credit your child's account with some money or they can bring some money into school to top up their account on the first day.

If you have any queries regarding the start of next term please do hesitate to contact .

Kind regards,

Jonathan Louth

Dear Year 6 Parents,

 As we enter into our third month of partial ‘lockdown’ we are writing to outline York High School’s current plans for your son/daughter’s transition into secondary education. We recognise that this is a vitally important time for them and that the current circumstances may well have added to their level of nervousness about the move to secondary school. It is therefore our aim to try and make this process as smooth as we possibly can, whilst ensuring that their safety is paramount at all times. To this end, we have already been in contact with every primary school and gathered lots of information about each of the children who are due to be joining us in September. You have also received a transition pack with all the vital information that you need. Below you will find a short video welcome from the key members of staff.  You should have returned the pupil admission, and the pupil information form to us in the stamped addressed envelope provided. All the children have also been provided with a transition work booklet to be completed either at school or at home. This should be handed in to the pupil’s form tutor when they start at YHS in September. Primary teachers have also been given a link to a ‘Secondary ready’ Maths resource from a company called Numerise. This can be used either at school or at home and this can be found by following the link: . Please ask your children’s primary school about this if you are unsure.

 Under normal circumstances we would be inviting all of our Y6 pupils to join us for the day on July 1st 2020. However, the current government advice is that no transition days should take place at the moment. This advice may change at any time and so we will continue to be as flexible as possible with our planning. If the situation changes we may be able to host some transition days at the beginning of September. If this is the case then we will contact you as soon as we are able to confirm anything. Please rest assured if your child has a specific educational need we will be inviting them to a 1:1 meeting with our SEN team.

 In the meantime there are two events that we would like to make you aware of.

 Firstly, in order to aid you with the sizing and purchase of uniform, the school will be hosting an ‘appointment only’ uniform sizing event on 29th and 30th June between 11am-7pm. You will find more details regarding this event enclosed. You will also find a link to the ‘Schoolshop’ website where you can make an appointment. Please be aware that if you want an appointment after 4.55pm you will need to email the ‘Schoolshop’ directly and they will respond with an appropriate time.  In order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, you will need to queue outside the main reception on arrival. Two metre spacing will be indicated on the floor. You will be invited into school as an individual family, it would be preferable if each child was escorted by only one parent at this time. After sanitising your hands you will be guided through a one way system either to a waiting area or to the main hall. Here you will be able to check sizes and it is also hoped that you will be able to pay for the uniform directly with cash or card at this point. If you are ordering uniform online and you are worried about choosing the wrong size, the school has agreed a returns policy with the Schoolshop.  If you parcel up any unwanted items with the correct paperwork and drop them into school on Monday 6th or Tuesday 7th July we will return the items to the supplier free of charge.

The second event that we are hoping to host is a ‘Meet the Tutor’ opportunity which, if it can go ahead, will take place on two days in July.  This will give parents and pupils the opportunity to meet with their new form tutors and ask any questions that they may still have. In order to ensure the safety of everyone involved this will again be by appointment only. We will email all parents about this event, and whether we are able to proceed with it, at the end of June.  You will then be notified of your appointment time and, again there will be a strict queueing, sanitising and waiting system in place. Tutors will be in individual rooms and separated by at least a 2 metre zone in order to sustain social distancing measures. Where possible it is advised that only one parent attends with each child.

 If you have any further questions regarding either of these events or the transition process, please do not hesitate to contact school reception at: .

 We look forward to meeting both you and your son/daughter.

 Kind regards

 Jonathan Louth

Assistant Headteacher - Care and guidance.

York High School Sizing Days for current Yr 6 pupils joining the school in September

 We are accepting bookings for sizing and these can be booked online at the following address:

Bookings are available between 11am & 7pm, BUT you can only book online for appointments to 4.55pm, so to book from 5pm onwards please e-mail: to request an appointment and we will confirm by return e-mail your allocated time and date.

Below is an outline of the process at the sizing event:

  • You can book appointments at 5 minute intervals, making a total of 12 slots per hour and with 4 sizing staff each parent will have 20 minutes to complete their activities.
  • Upon arrival parents must present to a member of the York High School team to identify themselves, you will be asked to sanitise your hands and will either be directed to a waiting area or sent to a sizing station.
  • Maintaining a distance of 2m our team member will assess your child and provide samples for trying on, our team member will withdraw to a safe distance and you will be invited to collect the samples and will then be directed to a changing cubicle for trying on. If different sized samples are required you can safely approach the same team member to request additional samples.
  • Sizing forms and PVC coated clipboards will be provided so you can record the sizes you require.
  • Once you have finished sizing you can return the samples to a designated area where they will be collected and treated with a steamer.
  • We are hoping to have a pay station so you can place your order before you leave, this can’t be confirmed 100% so please come prepared with cash or card should you wish to order, provided we are taking orders.
  • Upon exiting you will be asked to sanitise your hands

Dear Year 6 Parents,

Thank you to those of you who have already returned your admission forms and also your pupil information forms to us. If you have not done this yet, please return them to the school using the stamped addressed envelope in your admission pack as soon as possible. As we begin to construct tutor groups for September, we need as much information about your sons and daughters as possible.  It is particularly important that they write down five friends on their pupil information forms. We then promise that we will do everything that we can to ensure that at least one of those friends is included in their tutor group.

Many thanks for your help with this.

Mr J Louth

YHS Transition - Y6 2020


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"Music: Bensound"

Welcome message from Rod Sims - Headteacher

Welcome to all future York High School Pupils.  We want all our pupils to be proud of your school before you arrive when you are here and for many years after you leave.  I know how it feels for many of you as I was a Year 6 pupil at Westfield 41 years ago!  If I have one piece of advice it is to always learn from your mistakes and smile.

Welcome message from Mr Louth - Assistant Headteacher - Care and Guidance

My role, alongside our Heads of House, our dedicated pastoral team, and our form tutors, is to make sure your child is happy, settled and confident. I aim to ensure that every child thrives and flourishes during their first year here at York High School. It is an exciting time, but also an opportunity for a ‘fresh start’; an opportunity to create a positive impression; an opportunity to embark on a new adventure and to be a successful individual within our community.

The Heads of House and form tutors will help your child to feel secure and to make new friends within their form groups and across the year group. They will encourage your child to take advantage of the many clubs, activities and social events over the course of the year. As a pastoral team, we will also be there to guide your child and solve any problems they encounter. This is an important time in your child’s life and we will strive to ensure it is positive and memorable.

As well as sending you our transition information pack, I have already contacted every primary school to ensure we have all the necessary information needed about your son or daughter and can ensure their transition is as smooth as possible.

Transition 2020

We normally visit every student in their primary school so they can meet Mr Louth and we can begin to answer any questions and provide some key information. If we return to school after half term, we will still try to make all these visits to primary school. However, in case we can’t, you should have already received a paper copy of the information pack and the admission forms in the post. If you have not, or you have any queries regarding the information provided, please contact us at:

It is really important that, as well as returning the student admission form to school, your son/daughter also completes the ‘Pupil information Form’. This allows them to tell us a little bit about themselves including things like whether they have any siblings at school, and about their hobbies and things that they enjoy doing. It also allows them to name the five friends that they would like to be included in their tutor group. They must write down the full names of their friends including their surname. If they have friends from other primary schools they must include the name of the school on their form. We will then promise that they will have at least one of these friends in their tutor group with them.

Single students

Each year we have a number of children who come to York High School as the only child from their primary school. If they do not know anyone else who is coming to YHS please let us know on their form so that we can make additional arrangements and ensure that they are able to quickly establish a new friendship group. If circumstances allow we will arrange an additional visit to the school for all the pupils who are in this position. In this way they can meet other children and form some early relationships with pupils who are also coming to YHS on their own.

House and Form groups

Each student will be assigned to one of our four Houses. These are Ventus, led by Mrs Evans. Ignis, led by Mrs Harrison, Terra, led by Mr Swales and Aqua, led by Mr Walker. If your son or daughter has a sibling in school, we will try to ensure that they are also placed into the same House as their sister/brother. Each House has its own colour, which is represented by the stripe on the school tie - Ventus (yellow), Ignis (red), Terra (green) and Aqua (blue).

Each student will also be assigned to a form within their House. They will meet with their form tutor every morning for 20 minutes. If they have any problems or difficulties their form tutor will be their main point of contact and help. Your child will meet their new form tutor on ‘meet the tutor evening’ if circumstances allow this to go ahead as planned.  They will each receive a planner in which all the school rules and expectations are laid out. The planner also allows teachers to record positive stamps and negative comments/detentions where necessary.

There is also a small nurture group called ‘Acorns’ and Ms Burns our SENCo will work together with the primary schools to identify who might benefit from this additional support. Parents may also be concerned about the lack of Y6 transition data this year. We will work with Y6 teachers and carry out our own tests in September to ensure that we have the correct indication of your child’s ability.

Ventus - Mrs Evans

Aqua - Mr Walker

Ignis - Mrs Harrison

Terra - Mr Swales

Welcome message from Miss Burns Assistant Headteacher - SENDCo

My role in school is to ensure that all students with additional needs receive appropriate support.  Additional support could be required as a result of a learning difficulty, physical disability or social, emotional or mental health difficulty.  We have a talented team of Teaching Assistants within school who offer support to children with special educational needs through support in class and additional intervention groups.  We also have access to Specialist Teachers through the Specialist Teaching Team at the City of York, who are skilled in supporting pupils with autism and physical disabilities. 

Even though transition is different this year, the level of support offered when your child begins school will not change.  I am already in communication with SENCos at primary schools, gathering information on what works to help your child.  Parents of children with additional needs will be contacted directly by myself during the first half term and I will also be available at the ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening if you wish to speak to me.

What can your child expect to be taught? (Curriculum)

In Year 7 students are largely taught in groups that have been ‘set’ based upon their ability in English and Maths. However, in creative subjects such as Performing Arts, PE, Art and Design Technology they are taught in mixed ability groups. They can expect to be taught the following range of subjects:


Number of lessons

Per fortnight













Performing Arts




Personal Development




Design Technology







Homework will be set by English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and French at least once every two weeks. All other subjects will set one piece of homework per half term. In year 7 no piece of homework should take any longer than 30 minutes to complete. All homework will be logged on the electronic school platform ‘Show My Homework’. Both you and your son/daughter will receive a password for this system. This means that you will always be aware of what homework has been set and when the deadline for the homework is. Please make sure that your child completes the homework on time, or speaks to their teacher about any problems before the deadline. If homework is not handed in on time they will be given an after school detention by their teacher. Homework support is available in the school library each evening after 3pm.

Key dates

Please note that we are currently preparing for the following to be able to go ahead as planned, however this will be dependent upon any changes to government guidance on the COVID 19 lockdown. If the lockdown measures remain in place we will put contingency plans in place to ensure that your child is able to make a smooth transition to York High School.

Monday 29th / Tuesday 30th June – Year 6 ‘Meet the Tutor’ appointments

Once we have completed all our contact with the primary schools, we will make plans for our Year 6 'meet the tutor' appointments. Closer to the time we will be writing to you about your appointment time, and explaining on which day/evening you should attend. This will depend on your child’s allocated tutor group. During this appointment you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s form tutor.  The aim of the appointment will be to explain in detail how the school works, our expectations and how we plan to work together to ensure your child makes the best of their time at YHS.  This will also be an ideal opportunity for you to ask any questions that we have not answered.
You will receive separate information regarding appointments with the school's uniform supplier to check on sizes etc.

Wednesday 1 July 2020 – Year 6 Transition Day

The current government guidance is that the planned Year 6 Transition Day on Wednesday 1 July should now not take place.  We are currently looking at alternative methods of providing Y6 students with a transition experience that is both appropriate and safe. Further information regarding transition arrangements will be sent to parents as soon as they become available.

What will my first week at York High School be like?

Your first week will be full of excitement, fun and butterflies in your tummy! We understand the transition to secondary is such a significant moment in your life and we are utterly committed to ensuring it is full of enjoyable work and good fun, and that it maps out the stepping stones for the rest of your secondary school journey.

How will we do this?

Your first day is slightly different to the rest of the week, giving you time to settle in to your surroundings.

Your first activity will be an assembly as a year group with Mr Sims and I. During this assembly we will remind you of the school’s expectations, values and behaviour systems. You can begin your journey with us knowing exactly what is expected of you and be confident about what your day-to-day life in school will look like. You will also meet your Head of House at this time.

Then you will spend the majority of your day with your tutor group and your form tutor. During this time you will:

  • Meet some form buddies (older KS4 students who will help to guide you through the day)
  • Play games to get to know each other and make new friends
  • Be able to ask as any many questions as you like
  • Go on a tour of the school
  • Go through your planner and learn how to use it

The rest of the week will continue as normal. You will follow your timetable and go to all of your classes. Each lesson you will leave 5 minutes early and will be collected by your form buddies who will take you to your next lesson. At break, you will leave your lesson earlier than the rest of the children in school and be taken to the canteen by your teachers, this is the same at lunch time. At lunch time you will arrive 20 minutes before the rest of the school and have extended break. This will continue for at least the first week by which time you will already know your way around and understand the school’s routines and expectations.

Everyday your form tutors and Heads of House will be available at break and lunch time to chat with you and make sure you are happy and feel safe. You can also speak to any of the teachers or support staff to discuss any problems or concerns you may have.

You will follow your timetabled lessons for the rest of the week, and start to meet all of your teachers. Although it is daunting at first, after a while, most students love the variety of different classrooms and different teachers. It really gives you the opportunity for five fresh starts, five days a week.

We will look forward to seeing you all soon. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phoning or emailing the main reception if you have any questions: