Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

We enjoyed a productive week last week, which included our Year 11 students receiving their mock results and having their mock assembly. We then had the opportunity to talk to our Year 11 families as part of the Year 11 Progress Evening to discuss how we can work collectively to help every child achieve their aspirations and fulfil their potential. English, Maths and Science P6 sessions started last week and will continue in the lead up to the Year 11 additional mock examinations (which take place in the final week of this half term). These sessions continue this week and they remain a great opportunity for our staff to further support our Year 11 students and we are delighted with the number of young people in the year group making the most of this additional teaching and revision.

This week we have the WaterBear University visiting on Monday in order to deliver Music careers workshops to Year 9 students alongside GCSE and A Level Music students. On Tuesday, the Inter House Swimming Gala takes place for students in Year 7, 8 and 9. Also happening on Tuesday is a visit to Bradford University for our Year 12 forensic scientists as part of their curriculum. During period 1 on Wednesday, all students will be off timetable for their next form tutor PSHCE session. Students will stay in their forms to complete activities centred on friendships, relationships and marriage. On Thursday evening all Year 9 families are invited into school for the Pathway Evening. During this evening, there will be a presentation from the Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum about the process and pathways; the opportunity to speak to Heads of Departments and the opportunity to discuss your child’s individual needs with a member of the senior team if needed.

Finally, linked to the NEU industrial action we will write to you by Friday 27 January to confirm if school is open on Wednesday 1 February and inform you of any changes to the school day.

Silver Arts Awards Cultural Experience Visits Rotation 1, Friday 13th January
A week ago last Friday saw the first rotation of Cultural Experience Visits for Year 9 – here is a nice summary of each visit from our trip leaders.

Royal Armouries Visit
A third of Year 9 journeyed to the Royal Armouries for their first rotation of the Cultural Experience visits. Student’s rotated around exhibits focussed on ‘War’, ‘Hunting’, ‘Tournaments’ and a very interesting ‘Oriental’ exhibit. The students engaged with the installations very well, filling in their booklets and reviewing the exhibits as part of the Silver Arts Award. After breaking for lunch, the day was rounded off with a brilliant two-handed sword demonstration from two of the Armouries staff, which really caught the attention of the students! After a busy day, we made our way back to the coaches and departed back to school. The students were a credit to the school, and certainly had a great cultural experience!

National Science and Media Museum Visit
The second third of Year 9 visited the National Science and Media Museum for their first rotation of the Cultural Experience visits. Students completed a range of interactive, multimedia activities in exhibits such as ‘Kodak Photography’, ‘Animation’, ‘Science Wonderlab’ and ‘Experience TV’. The students were a credit to the school and really made the most of all the activities and exhibitions that the museum offered. Many of the students noted that their highlight of the day was the IMAX 3D screening of ‘Wild Africa’, which followed a family of elephants across the continent on their epic search for water. After stopping for lunch, students visited their final exhibitions before returning by coach, to round off a very worthwhile and successful day that forms part of the student’s Silver Arts Award.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park visit
Students battled with the elements to have a great day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We were lucky enough to see some incredible, large scale sculptures, ranging from a bronze Pikachu to a 10m tall, 13 ton woman, to the bronze Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads where students were able to take photographs with their year of the Zodiac animal. We managed to hide from the weather for a short period of time and enjoyed looking round the Robert Indiana exhibition. Here, his use of found objects and large scale light displays grabbed the students’ attention. We were really impressed by how the students left both the area we had lunch in and the coach – disposing of all rubbish and leaving equipment neat and tidy – really good examples of showing our school values of compassion and trust.

Year 9 Pathway process
All of Year 9 attended an extended pathway assembly on Friday afternoon where the process was outlined in detail and they were provided with a personalised pathway booklet. As outlined in the assembly, considerable time has been spent ensuring your child is on the correct pathway for them.

Families of Year 9 students will have the opportunity to discuss subject choices further at the Pathway Evening on Thursday 26th January at 6:30 onwards, as outlined in the letter last week.

The Pathway Option Forms will be a Google Form, sent directly to your child’s school email address. This will go live on Thursday 26th January.

Health and wellbeing is an important part of life at Archbishop Holgate’s School, in order to read the wellbeing newsletter for this week – please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Oscar Bell7MPEFor looking after our school community and picking up litter, thank you and Well Done!Compassion
Year 7 Esther Button7ZBLFor having the most merits in the year, Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Taylor Blogg8DTkFor excellent effort and contributions in lessons this week which has earned an exceptional number of merits – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Kaydee Roberts8DTkFor excellent effort and contributions in lessons this week which has earned an exceptional number of merits – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Natalie Bowler9CrFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being. Super helpful on the school trip. Well done Natalie!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Heather Ashby9NThFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being and showing quality work and leadership skills in PE. Well done Heather!AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Alana Thompson10KMdFor consistently living the school values – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Jihyun Park10ABtMost merits on ClassCharts – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Mo Boudjema11PsFor consistently working hard in and out of school. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 James Young11PsFor consistently working hard in and out of school. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Tom Wilson12NcFor his quick thinking and action in the community. well done!Compassion
Year 12 Grace Wilson12LvFor her quick thinking and action in the community, well done!Compassion
Year 12Matthew Dalgliesh12SWrFor his fantastic help at Y11 Parents Evening on WednesdayAHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers
Each week, the pastoral year teams will communicate any key messages, successes and upcoming dates to be aware of in this section of the parent bulletin.

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Year 12 Mock Exams
A Level mock exams took place for our Year 12 cohort last week and results will be issued by departments when available. Data will not be sent specifically home as we are currently collating data for Full Reports due beginning of February. The Sixth Form team will collate the raw mock results and plan intervention for each student requiring intervention. This will result in some parental meetings to communicate those plans. Parent’s Evening is in March following the release of the Full Report.

Year 13 March Mocks
These take place wc 6th March and will be the final chance to have exams in exam conditions before the summer exam series. Students will be directed to focus their attention on specific topics/units in the coming weeks but independent revision should be ongoing.

Year 13 Subject Support
Please continue to encourage your son/daughter to attend P6 for their subjects. This is an invaluable opportunity to get guided tuition in their ongoing revision. All opportunities should be seized whilst still in school for the short-term remaining.

Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Psychology Y13 SF Workroom
Politics drop-in
Sport PE1
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Chemistry Y13
Politics drop-in
Health and Social Care
Drama and Theatre Studies
EN11 ABt
Health and Social Care
Maths/Further Maths
History (Tudors)
Physics Year 12
Chemistry Y12
Geography Officer 1:1 tuition
Travel and Tourism Y12
Health and Social Care
L32 – Coursework
Applied Psychology
SF Library
A Level Psychology
Y13 English Language
Protective Services
L34 Ewt and Kt
Da, Es, Lv, Wa
RE Y13 RE6
History Coursework Support
Applied Law
Physics Y13
Computer Science
Applied Psychology

REMINDER: BTEC January External Assessments
These take place for our Year 13 students and some of our Year 12 students across January. Students have examinations at 9am and 1pm each day.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

This has been a very important week for students in Year 11, who have received their mock exams results following their special assembly on Monday. The message to the students from Mr Green-Harding and Miss McDermott was one that the students who have worked hard should feel very proud of themselves and seek to maintain this as we enter the run up to exams, whilst the students who have not worked hard enough should use this moment as a learning curve, with plenty of time left to recover before the real GCSE exams. The students seemed to respond to this very well, and I hope they take the advice of the Head of School on board over the coming weeks and months.

Following this, it was lovely to see students and parents together at the progress evening on Wednesday. At this point in the year I know the students were receiving some important messages from their class teacher, as well as praise for their hard work and efforts so far. The evening was really positive and I hope parents managed to take a lot from it, with further ideas of how to support your child in the coming months. Should you have any questions following the parents evening, please feel free to contact a member of the year 11 pastoral team.

I am sure one of the main talking points from Wednesday night was the upcoming mock exams at the end of this month. The students’ response to their results on Monday has been to focus very hard for their next set of exams between the 6th and 10th February. These mock exams will allow the students to see the progress they have made since their previous exam in November/December and give a good indication of where they are before the summer examinations.

Over the next three weeks, the students of Y11 will be working hard in preparation for their additional mock exams, between the 5th- 10th February. To support your child with the preparation for these exams I am pleased to announce that Period 6 will be up and running again in each of the core subjects. Please see the table below to find out the day of the session. All students are welcome at these sessions and I highly recommend your child take full advantage of the additional support offered. Period 6 in previous years, has been one of the reasons for significant student progress in the run up to their GCSEs. Following February half term, Period 6 will also be offered in other subject areas.

MondayEnglishEnglish Block
TuesdayScienceScience Block
ThursdayMathsMaths Block

At the end of this month, students in Year 11 who study BTEC qualifications, will be undertaking formal examinations that will count towards their final GCSE grade. Your child will be well aware of the upcoming exams and parents have been written to regarding this, just before the Christmas break. The students will be well prepared for these exams, however it is really important that you support your child by making sure they attend each exam, on time, in the correct school uniform, and with the correct equipment.

BTEC QualificationExam Date
Health and Social CareMonday 30 January
EngineeringTuesday 31 January
BusinessTuesday 31 January
ITWednesday 1 February
Maths (FS)Thursday 2 February
EngineeringFriday 3 February
Travel and TourismFriday 3 February

As always thank you for your support in the busy but crucial period for Year 11 students. Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

This week I was so impressed with year 10. I had the pleasure of having a look at every year 10 lesson on Period 5 on Thursday. I was so impressed by the hard work going on, the focus and the clear progress that pupils are making in lessons. It was truly exceptional and I felt very proud of the year group!

Last week Year 10 were awarded an amazing 4207 merits – well done!
Our top 5 students for merits:
5th – Michael Wong (10KGn) – 36
3rd – Reuben Stockdale (10KMd) – 40
3rd – Rafi Garcia (10KMd) – 40
2nd – Jihyun Park (10ABt) – 41
1st – Ronnie Thompson (10KGn) – 42

Congratulations to them all. You can track your young person’s individual progress on ClassCharts, please do contact us if you haven’t downloaded the app to do so.

Last week our collective worship was led by Mr Furniss who was discussing bullying. The school has a zero tolerance policy about bullying and staff work very hard to allow all young people to learn in a safe and secure education setting. The message to pupils is clear that bullying will never be tolerated at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The research shows that bullying can be stopped most effectively when young students are brave and stand up for their peers. I would like to encourage our lovely young people to show kindness and to call out bullying when they see it. It is believed that over half of bullying incidents do not reoccur when this happens. This is difficult for some pupils, who may not feel confident in calling out peers, in this case we would ask pupils to fill out a ‘REPORT IT!’ form. QR codes for this can be found all over school. During collective worship the different roles of bullying were discussed. In many scenarios we see ringleaders and reinforcers who directly bully the victim with bystanders being aware of the bullying, referred to as ‘outsiders’. It is key that the outsiders report bullying so that the young people bullying the victim can be sanctioned and educated. I would like to encourage parents/carers to hold conversations with their young person in year 10 and help them to feel empowered to report bullying, as we do in school.

All bullying incidents can be reported anonymously via the REPORT IT! form. Please see the link here.

Just a reminder that students will also be completing work experience, in May, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge, as previously mentioned students should be trying to arrange their work experience placements now for one week commencing on Monday 15th May and will run until Friday 19th May. This is hopefully now sorted for every pupil. Please can you make sure you are arranging this with your young person at home and they must log all their details on the work experience website of GroFar. There are drop in sessions in the careers office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week during lunchtime.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mr Arthur (who is organising the work experience), I know a number of students have approached me and asked questions about it which is great to see. Mr Arthur’s email is

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (, Miss Deacon ( and/or Mrs Robinson ( or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you – Mr McPaul

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

It is fantastic to be able to say just how proud we have been for the conduct of Year 9 in their GCSE taster sessions this week. We have had staff commenting on just how well behaved, enthusiastic, and eager students were in their sessions and that they were a delight to teach for the lessons they tried out. We hope that these sessions have helped to inform students about the choices that they are about to make for their upcoming GCSEs and that they enjoyed the sessions as much as the staff running them.

Students had the opportunity to try subjects that they may not have been able to before, ranging from Business Studies, Engineering, Health and Social and Travel and tourism, with a couple of favourites such as Art, to help explain the choices that they are about to make.

For more information about these upcoming choices there will be the options parent evening on Thursday 26th January. This is an opportunity to be able to talk to teachers of option subjects more about the subjects, including the structure of the course, the difference between a BTEC and a GCSE and the future opportunities that these subjects could lead to. It is hoped that this will help you to make informed decisions about the choices that child might be deliberating about, especially after the taster sessions.

This week Year 9 have had two assemblies, one led by Mr Arthur talking about Racism and Discrimination in society and how we as a school community can make sure that this can become a thing of the past.

Mr Williams took the usual Friday afternoon slot to explain the options that we have previously mentioned in this email. Booklets were given to every student present and the choices that were to be made explained in great detail. As always, please contact the year team if you have any questions or concerns.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We have enjoyed another busy but productive week in school and our priorities continue to be focusing on settling back into routines and building on the strong foundations laid in the Autumn term.

This week, we had an important Anti-Bullying assembly led by Mr Furniss to outline national statistics, educate students on bullying roles and reiterate our own school’s position on this. We would really appreciate you having conversations with your children about this important topic and promoting tolerance and kindness as we do in school. Students were reminded of the need to report any issues either directly to a member of staff or use one of our QR code ‘report it forms’ – there are posters around school and in classrooms highlighting how to do this. Students responded positively to this and we hope to see more acts of kindness around school as a result.

On that note, this is a good opportunity to remind students and parents of our ‘hands-off’ policy in school. Whilst we love to see students playing sports and other games at breaks and lunchtimes, students must stay away from one another during other times of the day. Students are sometimes being too rough with one another and what starts off as harmless ‘playing’ can sometimes turn a bit nastier. Again, please continue to reinforce our messages of ‘hands-off’ and kindness at home with your child.

Next week sees PSHCE being delivered by form tutors during Period 1 on Wednesday. We are looking forward to our year group continuing to explore key topics linked to personal development. This half-term’s topic is focusing on fostering good friendships, which leads on nicely from the points made above. We are always really pleased at social times seeing the lovely students we have in our year group being good friends with one another.

Finally, please do read the year 8 section of the newsletter that went out at the end of last week for more info on what’s been going on in year 8 as well as a short piece from each of our form tutors.

As always, if you have any issues, please do get in touch with school either by phone or email.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We have had another lovely week with Year 7. This week we had an assembly on the importance of online safety and using social media appropriately. The following websites provide information that your families might find useful:

  • Think U Know – a website aimed at young people which contains very useful information about how to stay say online
  • Safekids – an internet safety resource for children
  • CEOP – website where you can report concerns if you are worried about the way someone is communicating with you online
  • NSPCC Net Aware – have reviewed the most popular apps, games and social media sites that students may be using and provided important information about the risks with each of them.

Next week our Year 7s will have the opportunity to take part in the swimming gala. This will involve students competing in their houses (Ouse, Foss, Derwent and Esk) and trying to win points for their teams. Please remember your swimming kit on Tuesday if you are taking part.

Well done to our Students of the Week
7ASu – Martin Schiller – for presenting The News very sensibly and adding his own opinions.
7CMM – Mia Mainprize – for alwasy being, polite, kind, and doing so well to get really settled now in school.
7Pi – Rosie Atkins – For trying hard all year and knowing when to admit she needs help. Well done Rosie.
7Hv – Ruqiaya Imran – For an amazing start at AHS and making a great first impression, well done!
7MPe – Erin Holton – For living John 10:10 and getting involved in the school show. Well done.
7CST – Joe Burt- For always being happy and smiley in form. Joe is a great member of 7CST who always gets involved and joins in. Well Done Joe!
7MLN – Conor Flanagan – For your kindness and compassion, thanks for being such a great member of our form!
7JHE – Phoebe Rankin – for always bringing a smile to AM reg
7BL – Thomas Jobling – for being a kind and thoughtful member of the form. Always organised and making good progress in lessons.
7ZBL – Lily Owen-Wright – for being a polite and friendly member of the form!
7CY – Phoebe Burgess for always doing the right thing and being such a positive member of the form

Well done to our Head of Year Awards
Oscar Bell 7MPE – for picking up litter and looking after our school community. Thank you and well done!
Esther Button 7ZBl – for having the most merits in the year! Well Done!

Please remember you can contact main reception if you have any queries involving your child or email the year team directly: Miss Cooper (, Miss Powell ( and Ms Halifax (

Word of the week.

The word of the week for week commencing 23 January is:

Verb: deduce or conclude something from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements.
It is possible to infer a trend from the figures.

Collective Worship

Our form tutor collective worship is entitled Rest, Relax & Recuperate. It looks at what spiritual ideas and practical habits might be a recipe for good mental health. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of rest & relaxation.

Monday – “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Jesus, The gospel of Mathew ch11 v28
Tuesday – “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese proverb
Wednesday – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – The Bible, The first letter of Peter – 1 Peter ch5
Thursday – “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris, 20th Century American journalist
Friday – “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.” – Corrie Ten Boom, Dutch Christian who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II