Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that you have had a safe and happy break over the Easter period. Staff at Archbishop’s are very much looking forward to welcoming your child/children back to begin the new term. As a reminder, all students will be returning back to school on Monday 17 April. Students will need to arrive in full school uniform ready for their morning registration which starts at 8:45am.

This half term is especially important for students in Year 13 and Year 11 who start their summer examinations in May. Students in both of these year groups should be encouraged to attend the additional after school taught P6 revision sessions run by subject teachers. Historically, these sessions have been a good way in helping students to gain confidence, skills and subject knowledge to help supplement their own independent revision.

Students in Year 10->13 who study vocational qualifications will continue their BTEC assessments this half term. Students will need to continue to work hard in lessons and to spend time fully preparing for these examinations outside of school.

Whilst there is a particular focus on academic achievement this half term, I would like to remind families to encourage their child/children to engage in the many extra-curricular activities available to them. It is important that students find a balance with their studies and taking part in the opportunities available to them will help with this.

On Monday, Mr Daly and myself will speak to Year 7 to 10 to highlight the opportunities that are available to students at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The extra-curricular activities are a great way to live into being the words of John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” As part of the Year group assemblies we will also reiterate the importance of these conversations being courteous and respectful at all times. We are extremely grateful for the excellent support we receive from families which is essential to our ongoing success.

Prior to the Easter break, I felt it important to outline our expectations around uniform ahead of the start of the Summer term. As a school we are committed to ensuring all of our students have opportunities to flourish and thrive during their time with us. We are a successful school where high standards are at the heart of everything we do. A key part of these expectations is our commitment to ensuring all students attend school in the correct uniform every day.

As a reminder, there will be a renewed focus on uniform standards at Archbishop Holgate’s School in the Summer term. Despite the vast majority of our students wearing the correct school uniform on a consistent basis, there are currently some students who are not meeting the standards stated in the school’s uniform policy. Therefore, we feel the need to re-iterate to our students and parents our expectations around wearing the correct school uniform and meeting the standards set by the school.

In order for there to be no confusion, I have reiterated the expectations of the school and the actions that will be taken should students not meet these standards.

As students return, there will be a renewed focus in the following areas:

  • Trousers/Skirts
  • Jewellery
  • Makeup
  • Trainers
  • Hoodies
  • Ties


  • Trousers and skirts will remain unbranded due to our continued commitment to poverty proofing uniform.
  • Leggings, jeans, short skirts and bodycon skirts do not meet the school’s uniform standards. Any student wearing these items will be asked to change into uniform provided by school.
  • Trousers and skirts will be purchased by school to offer students the chance to change should they arrive to school wearing inappropriate uniform.


  • Two plain studded earrings will be allowed, no more. A single plain nose stud will be allowed; however, this must not be in excess of 0.5mm.
  • In the case of new piercings, students must wear a plastic temporary stud until they are able to wear the smaller nose stud.
  • Jewellery will be confiscated on sight by any member of staff who sees the student wearing it. Students will no longer be allowed to ‘put away’ their Jewellery.
  • Students can then collect their item of jewellery from main reception at the end of the school day.
  • Nose bars, nose rings and septum piercings are strictly prohibited.


  • Makeup is not allowed to be worn at school. This includes false eyelashes and painted nails.
  • Students will be provided with makeup wipes to remove obvious signs of makeup. Students with painted or acrylic nails will be asked to remove them at reception.


  • School shoes need to be smart, black shoes with no obvious colouring, patterned designs or metallic bars on the shoes.
  • The wearing of trainers is strictly prohibited in school.
  • Students who wear the wrong type of shoe to school will be sent to reception to change their shoes.
  • Upon return to reception, shoes will be thoroughly disinfected ready to be worn again.
  • For the time being, branded school shoes will be allowed, however this will no longer be the case in September 2023, something we explained at the start of this year.


  • Hoodies are not to be worn around school, or at break and lunchtime. A ‘Hoodie’ is classed as a hooded jumper or an item of clothing that resembles a jumper like garment.
  • The only exception to this is the AHS hoodie, which is allowed to be worn over the standard shirt, tie and Jumper.
  • Now that the weather is getting warmer there is no need for students to wear AHS hoodies in lessons. As such, AHS hoodies in lessons will no longer be permitted.


  • Students who attend school without a tie will be lent one at main reception. The students name will be taken and they will be expected to return the tie at the end of the school day.
  • Parents of students who do not return ties will be contacted by school in order for the tie to be returned. Lost or damaged ties will be charged at a price of £7.
  • Students will be able to purchase a tie at the price of £7 from reception at any time.

It is also essential that all students bring a school bag each day and have their planner with them. The planner is viewed as part of our school uniform.

Wearing the correct school uniform is a vital part of school life. Should students choose to refuse a reasonable request to change their school uniform, or comply with the standards set out above, they will of course be supported to make the right decision. However, should students still refuse to meet the uniform expectations set out by the school, they will work in our reflection room until they agree to change their uniform. Any student who refuses to work in reflection may risk an escalated sanction.

I hope the information clears up any confusion around the expectations of uniform, and we thank parents and carers in advance for your support in reaffirming standards in this area.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Maisie Wreglesworth7HVFor working hard all of the time and for living our school values every day. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Edward Freeman7JHeFor working hard all of the time and for living our school values every day. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Zach HillCBnFor showing great compassion and leadership in coaching another student through their Science practicalCompassion
Year 8 Alice FirthSMfFor an excellent spring term and being the current front-runner on the merits tally for the whole of Year 8 – well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 George Chapman9NThAlways punctual, helpful, positive and hard working. A great example of living school values into being. Well done GeorgeAHA Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Callum Miller9DBsAlways punctual, tries hard, conscientious and diligent. A great example of living the school values into being. Well done Callum.AHA Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Michael Ellison10HaFor producing an outstanding speaking assessment in English!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Marley Rowell10SLaFor consistently living the school values. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Amy McGrath11SMrFor attending the most P6 sessions with study rooms this half term! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Zinedine Boubacir11GsFor attending the most P6 sessions with study rooms this half term! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Arya Dorjee11GsFor attending the most P6 sessions with study rooms this half term! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Imogen Mackender12OsFor volunteering her time to support the Y11 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday.AHS Journey – Examples to Follow’
Year 12Laura Ramshaw12SWrFor volunteering her time to support the Y11 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday.AHS Journey – Examples to Follow’
Year 13Mia Simpson13SReFor their compassionate response to an incident in the Sixth Form last week. Immediate, caring and kind approach.Compassion
Year 13Ishmal Khurram13SlFor their compassionate response to an incident in the Sixth Form last week. Immediate, caring and kind approach.Compassion

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

Sixth Form Expectation Reminders:
We have a busy and meaningful term ahead and it is a good time to remind students and their families of our expectations that encourage focus by eliminating the distraction of avoidable interventions.

  • Students need to be in morning registration by 8:45 am each morning
  • Absence and appointments should be reported by parents/guardians with notice
  • Mobile phones are not permitted to be out during timetabled lessons or outside of Sixth Form social areas
  • Lanyards must be worn at all times whilst on site. If there are spares at home these must be returned as these are costly.

Y13 A Level Mock Results:
For those students posing the most concern regarding meeting future Post-18 plans and meeting potential, we will be arranging parental meetings to discuss support plans in the lead up to stand-down.

Y13 Support:
Please continue to support us in encouraging students to attend P6 in the final weeks to stand-down.

Health and Social Care
Psychology Y13
SF Workroom
Politics drop-in
Sport PE1
Health and Social Care
Chemistry Y13
Politics drop-in
Health and Social Care
Drama and Theatre Studies
Health and Social Care
Maths/Further Maths
History (Tudors)
Physics Y12
Chemistry Y12
Geography Office 1:1
Travel and Tourism Y12
Health and Social Care
Applied Psychology Y13
SF Library
A Level Psychology Y12
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
Sociology Y13

REMINDER Y13 Leavers’ Key Dates:

  • (amended since letter sent home Friday 10th Feb) Leavers’ Celebration Service – Thursday 11th May (6:30-7:30pm in the Main Hall)
  • (amended since letter sent home Friday 10th Feb) A Level Stand-down – Friday 12th May
  • Prom – Friday 23rd June Hilton, York

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

I hope the students in year 11 have had a lovely Easter break and are raring to go for a very important half term. As you will be aware, the students have four weeks back in lessons before their GCSE exams begin on Monday 15th May. I know many of them have begun to work hard on their independent revision over the Easter break and some have attended revision sessions put on by their subject teachers where it has been available to them. I know the students will make the very most of the precious time they have remaining to them before the start of their exams, by focussing on consistent attendance in school, taking full advantage of the P6 sessions on offer and continuing their independent revision at home.

It was lovely to see so many parents at the progress evening in the last week of term. I know some very important messages were given to students and really useful information shared with parents in hope to best support your child in the build up to the exams. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 11 team or the class teacher. I know many parents were asking about when the students will be receiving their individual exam timetables, this information will be going out in the first week back after the Easter holidays.

To further support your child with their revision, we are delighted to invite you to our revision skills evening on Wednesday 26th April, 5:00pm- 7:00pm. There will be information for parents and students about support with the summer exams. Featuring: Revision strategies and advice Effective time management, Wellbeing ideas and support, Healthy eating, sleep and exercise during exams, Presentations about the English, Maths and Science exams, Exam resources and revision resources . There will also be stalls for History, Geography, RE, French, German, Spanish. We hope to see you there!

To support your child with the preparation for their GCSE exams, I am pleased to announce that Period 6 will be up and running again after the Easter break. Please see the table 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 on offer. 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. We currently have the Y11 rewards package, which allows the students to qualify for rewards based on their Period 6 attendance. This ranges from stationary packs toward their exams to £10 high street vouchers.

MondayEnglishEnglish Block
RERE corridor
ScienceSc1, 3, 4, 5, 7, & 8
MathsMaths Block
Thursday (lunch)DramaStudio
Thursday (lunch)PESports Hall
Thursday (4pm-5pm)Study RoomMA8
Friday (lunch)PESports Hall

Supporting your child’s revision will be key to their success this summer. As we approach the summer exam season, your child will be provided with a range of specialist revision materials from their class teacher. Students will also spend time in form groups learning how to revise, with a series of sessions on how to prepare for exams effectively. This will include: how to create a revision timetable, how to make flashcards, how to create mind maps and how to effectively make notes to aid recall, amongst other things. However, in order to support your child further, you may wish to know more about the exam specification and useful revision resources that you can purchase for your child. Please find in the table the exam board for each subject:

SubjectExam Board
English LanguageAQA
English LiteratureAQA
Science (Combined)AQA
Science (Triple)Biology
Science (Triple)Chemistry
Science (Triple)Physics
Theatre Studies/DramaAQA

The QR code below provides you access to each exam board specification and useful revision resources.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Year 11 team.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

Another half term begins at Archbishop Holgate’s School, and I’m looking forward to welcoming Year 10 back after our break. I love the Easter break as it really gives me time to reflect on the year we’ve had and think about new beginnings. I am a typical Geography teacher that I love to go on walks and see the new wildlife emerging, I take joy in seeing lambs in the field which I have made sure I have done but my favourite returning wildlife is the puffins at Bempton Cliffs! My Year 10 Geographers will have to endure seeing pictures I proudly show them when we return!

On this point though I highlighted in our last Act of Collective Worship before the break that every new term is a fresh start and a new beginning for our young people which it truly is, I would always encourage families to highlight this and discuss together at home, talking positively about the term ahead.

Key dates to be aware of moving forward:

  • Year 10 Parents Evening – Wednesday 10 May
  • Work Experience – Monday 15th May – Friday 19th May – this should now
  • Year 10 Mock Exam Period – start Monday 19 June (two weeks)
  • Final Year 10 Report with Mock Results – Monday 17 July

I also just wanted to highlight the upcoming mocks – these are a chance for us as a school to understand where our young people are, what they are achieving in and how we can best support moving forward to be successful in Year 11. However it is also an opportunity for our young people to show off their knowledge and achievements and I would encourage families to discuss how important they are at home, this will be the first time students have experiences a formal exam setting in the hall and it is certainly a step up, we will of course prepare them in form time, and Acts of Collective Worship as well as in class but I would encourage families closer to the time to think about revision timetables and planning.

Now onto the celebrations of last half term:

Our top 5 forms for merits for the half term:

1st – 10RDn – 2214
2nd – 10KGn – 2159
3rd – 10ABt – 1975
4th -10MHe – 1585
5th – 10SLa – 1262

Our top 5 students for merits for the half term:

1st – Lucas Brannan 10RDn 163
2nd – Dylan Parsons 10RDn 147
3rd – Ronnie Thompson 10KGn 141
4th – Sharanyo Mazumdar 10RDn 129
5th – Michael Wong 10KGn 126

From some parent feedback I have also decided to do most improved, so from Christmas to Feb Half Term compared to Feb Half Term to Easter, here are the top 5 most improved:

1st – Lucas Brannan
2nd – Dylan Parsons
3rd – Kai Reed
4th – Kelly-Anne O’Gormley
5th – Faith Khumalo

The year group as a whole got a staggering 16,125 in just one half term!

Can I just say a massive well done to these individuals they consistently live the school values and are dedicated hard working lovely young people. Worth shouting out only one of these were in the top 5 last half term – well done to Ronnie, but shows it is anyone’s game if our young people work hard, for example Lucas & Dylan improved so much they were in the top 5, well done! I am also proud of the whole year group and the consistently positive attitude they have, that is 16,125 staff have actively praised our young people, what an achievement.

We will continue to be consistent as always as a Year Team and I will be speaking to students in our Act of Collective Worship on Tuesday about ensuring that we all get the fundamentals of school right in order to ensure we are all successful. This includes ensuring students maintain the highest standards of attendance and punctuality, as well as working hard in lessons and ensuring homework is completed to the best of their ability.

Further to this, the school uniform is also a key part of our Archbishop Holgate’s School community. Students must also ensure they maintain high standards with regards to footwear, jewellery, nails, appropriate trousers and skirts, and that they are wearing an Archbishop Holgate’s School tie. We very much want to work with families to make sure that students meet the uniform expectations of the school so please get in touch if you have any concerns.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

Welcome back to all Year 9, we hope you have had a restful and relaxing Easter holiday and have recharged your batteries by spending time with friends and family. We are looking forward to the final term of the school year and the hopeful improvement in the weather.

This final term has many things to look forward to for the year group. There will be the final rotation of the cultural visits to the Royal Armouries, Bradford Science and Media Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture park. The excellent enrichment week in the final school week of the year, and also the end of year assessments that will be taking place.

As a reminder attendance will be a big focus for the rest of this year and we are hoping to build on the strong attendance shown by the year group throughout the year so far. We have been doing well this year so far, but it would be nice to see an increase of attendance as a whole across the year group. A big shout out to 9 CBe who have been the only form group this year to have 100% attendance for a week, this is an excellent achievement and we would like to replicate this as much as possible going forward.

We will also continue to focus on wearing the correct uniform in school, challenging those who are not. A reminder that from this half term, AHS hoodies will not be able to be worn in lessons so a school jumper is a must. One of the main issues we have faced is alternate jumpers and hoodies being worn instead of school jumpers in the school buildings. We will continue to remind students of this, and we once again, very much appreciate the support we have had from parents with uniform as a whole. If you have any questions or concerns about uniform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the Year 9 team and we will be happy to help.

Again, we hope that you have had a restful Easter break and we are looking forward to seeing you back in school. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We are really looking forward to welcoming our year 8 students back to school tomorrow for the final term of the year! We hope you and your families have had a restful break and been enjoying the lighter nights and (slightly!) better weather.

As we said in the previous bulletin, towards the end of term we were seeing some uniform issues creeping in but we are hoping that these have all been resolved over the Easter break. We are still expecting some wet weather so please do send your child to school with a suitable waterproof coat. Now that we are entering Spring term, the AHS hoodies will no longer be permitted to be worn in lesson times but students can still wear these between lessons. We ask parents to support us in ensuring your child is set up each day in the correct uniform to prevent issues arising during the school day. If your student is not in the correct uniform, it is reasonable for us to ask that we provide them with the correct uniform to borrow from the school until they can get sorted with their own items of clothing.

Since the school moved to Class Chart, we have seen the phasing out of teachers writing detentions and codes in planners. However, it is still crucial that your child takes care of their planner and brings it to school every day (form tutors will ask to see this on desks every AM and PM registration) as it contains their timetable and is the place to record homeworks. Again, we ask that parents please support their child in ensuring this is packed in school bags the night before.

We had a lovely end to term with students wrapping up units of work in many of their subjects. We also had 8RGi conduct their Act of Collective Worship on the final Tuesday before Easter. They decided to look at York’s historical connections with chocolate. Many students in the form spoke of family members who have worked at Rowntrees or Terry’s over the years which was a lovely touch. Thank you to Mr Gibson for organising the students with this and to the students themselves who spoke so eloquently in their assembly.

Finally, we are looking forward to another busy term filled with hard work as well as more opportunities for students to get involved with including our long awaited and postponed pizza and disco party.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We are very excited to welcome all of our year 7 students back to school after the Easter Break for the summer term.

It is hard to believe that we are now in our final term in Year 7. The students have shown how much they have grown in resilience and independence so far this year and it is fantastic to see them as such valued members of our school community who are enthusiastic in all aspects of school life. We are looking forward to all the exciting opportunities that the summer term has to offer and some warmer weather for our social times!

It was brilliant to see so many of our students “Joining In” last term in lots of different ways. Well done to all of our students who attended clubs such as trampolining, badminton, science club and many more. The Year Team also had the pleasure of distributing a large volume of certificates to year 7 before Easter which celebrated all of their achievements in extracurricular sporting activities and our accelerated reading challenge.

Further to this, a number of our students successfully completed their Rookie Lifeguard Training with Mrs Beard. They learnt skills needed to be confident in water, valuable survival rescue and sport skills and learning about water safety. This is a fantastic achievement, well done to all those who worked extremely hard to complete this!

We have some key reminders as we enter our final term to ensure we keep our standards high as a year group. Please remember all of your students’ positive notes and behavioural incidents are logged on ClassCharts. These include detentions. If your child has an after school detention they will receive a day’s notice and are expected to attend first time unless there are exceptional circumstances. School shoes should not be branded in Year 7 and we ask that students wear smart trousers, not leggings or jeans.

As always, if you need anything please do not hesitate to contact the year team using the email and ask for the Year 7 Team.

Well Done to our Head of Year awards (last week before Easter Break):

Edward Freeman 7JHE – for working hard all of the time and living our school values every day – Well Done!
Maisie Wreglesworth 7HV – for working hard all of the time and living our school values every day – Well Done!

Well Done to our Students of the Week (last week before Easter Break):

7ASU – Arlo Gane – for leading the Desert Island game in AM reg – well done!
7CMM – Leona Koay – for setting such a great example every day for the rest of form, and for being a Millionaire Reader. Well done!
7PI – Grace Buch – for always being polite and hardworking in every lesson. Well done Grace!
7HV – Charlie Stringer -For your participation in the backstage crew as part of the school show. Well done!
7MPE – Leonardo Holland – For getting involved and being dependable in the school football team. Well Done.
7CST – Skyla Gatneby – For getting involved with the girls rugby and football teams, it’s great to see you getting involved. Well done!
7MLN – Della Collins and Abbie Preece – For your participation in the school show. You were great, we’re so proud of you!
7JHE – Selene Matusiak – for kind and compassionate friendship
7BL – Starla Sanderson – always following the school values and working really hard in all areas. Well done. Keep it up!
7ZBL – Johann Morgenroth – for doing the right thing to ensure our school remains a safe and pleasant environment for students to thrive
7CY – Phoebe Burgess, Maple Hawkins and Frances Lilley for your fantastic contributions to the school show, well done!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 17 April is:


verb: give new energy or strength to

We are fully committed to reinvigorating the economy of the area.

Collective Worship

Our form tutor collective worship is entitled ‘April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers’. It looks at how there can be positive rewards after a time of struggle. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of Patience.

Monday – “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher 4th C. BC
Tuesday – “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Dr Samuel Johnson, 18th century English writer
Wednesday – “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” Saadi Shirazi, 13th century Muslim poet
Thursday – “Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you are waiting.” Joyce Meyer, Christian author and speaker
Friday – “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” St Augustine, 4th century Bishop and Christian thinker