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Secretary of State for Education visits Pathfinder schools

From left, Secretary of State for Education – the Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Chair of the Pathfinder MAT Board – John Hattam, CEO of Pathfinder MAT and Executive Headteacher of Archbishop Holgate’s School – Andrew Daly, Chair of Governors at Archbishop Holgate’s School – Jane Lewis.

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust was delighted to welcome the new Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, to visit two of its schools.

Formed in 2016, Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is a partnership of eleven church and community schools serving more than 4,300 students and their families across York.

CEO of Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher of Archbishop Holgate’s School, Andrew Daly, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State and to showcase the many ways we work together as a multi academy trust to ensure we provide the very best education possible for all the young people across our school communities.”

The Secretary of State began with a visit to New Earswick Primary School where he met with the Headteacher, school staff and students and had a tour of the school. New Earswick joined Pathfinder in 2017 after being placed into special measures following an inadequate Ofsted judgement. Today, the school is rated as good overall with outstanding for its leadership and management and early years provision.

New Earswick’s Headteacher, Angela Oswald, said: “It has been a privilege to meet the new Secretary of State and have the opportunity to share our school improvement journey over the past four years. Like most things in schools, our successes and achievements are the result of a team effort working together at both a local school level and as part of a wider community of schools.”

The Secretary of State also visited Archbishop Holgate’s School which recently celebrated being judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. In 2021, Archbishop Holgate’s was also designated as the Teaching School Hub for the Ryedale, Scarborough and York region, responsible for delivering teacher training and development across more than 150 schools.

During his visit, the Secretary of State spoke to a group of trainee teachers, toured the school, met with school and academy trust staff and talked to students about their favourite subjects and future aspirations.

Andrew Daly added: “Whilst important, schools are much more than external judgements and examination results and it has been gratifying to give the Secretary of State a snapshot of the teaching and learning which takes place at our schools each and every day. We are fortunate to have so many strong schools and multi academy trusts in York and we also enjoy a close partnership with the local authority which enables us to work together for the benefit of all schools and their students across the city.”

Pathfinder was formed initially between Archbishop Holgate’s School and Badger Hill, Hempland and Heworth primary schools. Along with New Earswick, Pathfinder has since welcomed Acomb, Clifton with Rawcliffe, Rufforth, St Lawrence’s and Tang Hall primary schools and is currently working with St Barnabas CE Primary School who are in the process of joining the trust.

Chair of the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust Board, John Hattam, said: “We are delighted that the hard work and achievements of our schools and the wider trust have been recognised with this visit from the Secretary of State for Education. We believe the close working partnership that exists between our schools, other academy trusts, community schools and the local authority has been core to our success and development as a multi academy trust.”

22 September 2022|

Teacher of Social Sciences

We are looking for an outstanding teacher  or someone with the potential to become one to be part of our successful and hardworking Social Science department.

We believe that Archbishop Holgate’s is ‘no ordinary school’ and is an excellent place to work, a view confirmed by Ofsted in our recent inspection, “Staff are incredibly proud to work here.”

Our staff are friendly and supportive and our students are polite, hardworking and keen to succeed.  As such this post represents an exciting opportunity to join a very successful, high-achieving, forward looking and fully-subscribed Church of England comprehensive, a school judged Outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS.

Successful candidates will be fully supported to develop in the role, benefiting from bespoke CPD opportunities both at Archbishop’s and as part of the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub.  In addition, colleagues will benefit from being part of the Pathfinder Trust Career Pathway and through working with colleagues across other Trust schools to develop skills and share innovative teaching and learning experiences.

Job Information Pack

Application Form

Recruitment Privacy Notice

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Enhanced DBS check required.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 28 September at 8am

21 September 2022|

Teacher of English

Mainscale

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed teacher to work as part of a friendly, collegiate, successful and hardworking English department.

We believe that Archbishop Holgate’s is ‘no ordinary school’ and is an excellent place to work, a view confirmed by Ofsted in our recent inspection, “Staff are incredibly proud to work here.”

Our staff are friendly and supportive and our students are polite, hardworking and keen to succeed.  As such this post represents an exciting opportunity to join a very successful, high-achieving, forward looking and fully-subscribed Church of England comprehensive, a school judged Outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS.

Successful candidates will be fully supported to develop in the role, benefiting from bespoke CPD opportunities both at Archbishop’s and as part of the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub.  In addition, colleagues will benefit from being part of the Pathfinder Trust Career Pathway and through working with colleagues across other Trust schools to develop skills and share innovative teaching and learning experiences.

Job Information Pack

Application Form

Recruitment Privacy Notice

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Enhanced DBS check required.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 28 September at 8am

21 September 2022|

Teacher of RE

Mainscale

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed teacher to work as part of a friendly, successful and hardworking RE department. The RE department has been awarded the Gold RE Quality Mark and achieved ‘Outstanding’ in our most recent SIAMS inspection. As a Church of England Academy we see RE as the “jewel in the crown” and are looking for an outstanding colleague, with a good relevant Degree (i.e. related to Religious Studies, Theology, or Philosophy), who shares this aspiration.

We believe that Archbishop Holgate’s is ‘no ordinary school’ and is an excellent place to work, a view confirmed by Ofsted in our recent inspection, “Staff are incredibly proud to work here.”

Our staff are friendly and supportive and our students are polite, hardworking and keen to succeed. As such this post represents an exciting opportunity to join a very successful, high-achieving, forward looking and fully-subscribed Church of England comprehensive, a school judged Outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS.

Successful candidates will be fully supported to develop in the role, benefiting from bespoke CPD opportunities both at Archbishop’s and as part of the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub. In addition, colleagues will benefit from being part of the Pathfinder Trust Career Pathway and through working with colleagues across other Trust schools to develop skills and share innovative teaching and learning experiences.

Job Information Pack

Application Form

Recruitment Privacy Notice

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Enhanced DBS check required.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 28 September at 8am

21 September 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Tuesday 20 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was a pleasure and a privilege to visit students in form time and lessons last week. It is clear that the students have returned with the enthusiasm and the commitment necessary to make this year the very best it can be. Last week, I wrote to encourage students to get involved in the wider aspects of school life through sharing the PE extra-curricular timetable. I’m delighted to now be able to share the wider extra-curricular activities timetable for half term one.

The copy of the extra-curricular timetable below highlights the wealth of different activities for students to choose from and we strongly encourage students to participate  as much as possible.  Not only are there merits on offer for attending, but going to extra-curricular clubs is 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.” The timetable is updated live on the school website by clicking on the ‘AHS Journey’ button on the top banner, then ‘Curriculum Opportunities’ and scrolling down to the bottom of the webpage.

This week begins with an extended form time on Tuesday morning as part of our PSHCE programme. Years 7, 8, and 9 are completing the Key Stage 3 lesson on Healthy Routines for Puberty; Years 10 and 11 are completing the Key Stage 4 lesson on Teenage Pregnancy and Years 12 and 13 are completing the Key Stage 5 lesson on Menopause. All topics covered are in line with the statutory DfE curriculum for Relationships, Sex and Health Education. 

As a reminder, we round off the week with school photographs on Tuesday and Friday. As ever, it is important that students attend in full school uniform.   If there are any concerns about school uniform, please do get in touch with the relevant pastoral year team.

In other news, I’d like to flag up that the postponed rewards trip to Flamingoland for Year 8 and Year 9 will now take place on 14 October. Further details will be provided to families about this visit.

Finally, as we start the week off remembering the life and legacy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, I’d like to reinforce that if students are struggling with this, or anything else, they are welcome to speak to a member of their Year Team. This could be their Form Tutor, one of the two Assistant Heads of Year or their Head of Year.

In the remainder of the bulletin this week you will find information from: the wellbeing team, each Year team and the Chaplaincy team alongside other key messages to be aware of.

Wellbeing
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.

Library Newsletter
To access the most recent library newsletter which includes book recommendations and competitions to get involved in, please click here.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Poppy Simpson7CyFor an excellent start to Year 7, showing great resilience, independence and compassion to others. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Oliver Stewart-Stevens7CMmFor being caring and kind to others in the year group, thank you and well done!Compassion
Year 8 Oli Dilsworth8SBlFor making so much personal progress in the last year!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Olive Edwards8ERoFor being really kind and caring towards new studentsCompassion
Year 9 Angus East9KCeFor amazing maturity, resilience and cheerfulness. A fantastic example to all. Well done Angus.Mutual Respect
Year 9 Tom Cain9CBeFor wonderful, compassion, thoughtfulness and maturity. Well done Tom!Compassion
Year 10 Mathew Martindale10JLiFor an excellent return back to school and hard work! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Alice Dixon10DiFor consistent focus, resilience and hard work. Well done, Alice!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Stacey Edgar11KPeFor a strong and positive start to the year. Well done – keep up the hard work!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Erin Hawkins11PsFor consistent focus, resilience and hard work. Well done, Erin!Mutual Respect
Year 12 Aiden Sadd12LvFor a strong and focussed start to Year 12, and for kindly supporting other students. Well done Aiden!Compassion
Year 12 Ellie Holliday12LvFor a fantastic attitude to the start of the year. Displaying maturity, resilience and cheerfulness every day. Well done Ellie!Individual Liberty
Year 13 Jasmine Lee13BKiFor a superb start to the term – well done.Individual Liberty
Year 13 Kasper Kaluza13SlFor a strong start to the term – on time and good work in lessons. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’

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.

Punctuality:
Please be reminded that the school day starts at 08:45 which means that we expect students to be in their form bases ready to receive the notices and Thought for the Day as a collective, for that time. Students arriving on site at 08:45 are considered late. We welcome your support in encouraging students into habits that will enable them to avoid sanctions and a negative start to the day.

Year 13 UCAS support:
Following our UCAS launch and evening for Parents in July we are focused on supporting Year 13 to meet our UCAS deadline of October half-term. This ensures that we can process all applications prior to the Christmas break and encourage early offers. Students should be spending time at home working on drafts of their Personal Statements. They are submitting drafts weekly to their form tutors for corrections and have some time on afternoon registrations to work on them.

REMINDER: School Agreement
Please return your reply slips from the School Agreement your son/daughter received on Tuesday 6th September. Should you wish to speak to anyone concerning the content of the agreement please do get in touch with your son/daughters Head of Year. Martin Charlton Y13 mcharlton@ahs.pmat.academy Charlotte Williams Y12 cwilliams@ahs.pmat.academy

REMINDER: Year 12 Competitive Admissions
Those students that received 8x 8 or 9 GCSE grades will be targeted as Competitive Admissions applicants for September 2024. Competitive Admissions are those students applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or any applications to Oxford or Cambridge. There will be students that do not meet the criteria stated that wish to apply for these areas, that is welcome, and they must make themselves known to Mr Charlton. Those that meet the criteria above have been spoken to flag their potential Post-18 options.

Reminder: Upcoming Key Dates

  • Staff Training Day Thurs 6th October
  • Y11 IAG Day (no school for Sixth Form) Fri 14th October
  • Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

It has been another brilliant week for Year 11. They have made an excellent start to the new academic year and have responded well to the transition from Year 10. Walking around the classrooms, it is a pleasure to see our students engaged within their lessons and taking responsibility for their learning.

Our focus this year lies closely with our stage in the AHS Journey – Next Steps. We wish to ensure that our students strive towards their potential and leave secondary education as happy, healthy and well-rounded individuals. We wish to draw your attention to the support network that we have within school. In addition to the Year 11 team, we have an experienced safeguarding team, a school counsellor, wellbeing worker and a highly trained nurse on site.

This year may feel difficult for some students in terms of personal expectations and expectations placed on them. It is important that our students are getting into good habits of attending school on time, focusing during lessons and completing work to a good standard. Setting healthy boundaries and getting into good routines, with homework and revision, can save time and energy; and allow pupils to still do the things that they enjoy. In school we have a homework club available Monday – Thursday after school, for personal study and revision.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 pastoral team y11team@ahs.pmat.academy and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

It has been another successful week for Year 10 and it is clear across the year group they have all taken on the challenge of settling down to their GCSE work and are working hard in a range of subjects, it has been a pleasure to walk into so many classrooms where I can see great engagement from our students, keep it up Year 10!

This week in our Act of Collect Worship we discussed a number of elements including the amazing opportunities Year 10 have this year, the Duke of Edinburgh staff members came to talk to our students about what that entails including how they plan their own expedition as well as further options for volunteering. We have had the most interest in any year group, which makes me extremely proud that our students are committed to extending their portfolio of experiences. They are currently looking at if we can take all students as there is a limit on capacity so please be aware of this.

I also spoke to the students about work experience which more detail will follow later this year, due to it being later in the school year, where students get the opportunity to go and work in the real world of work for two weeks as well as the extra curricular opportunities in school which can be found on the school website.

Furthermore in our Act of Collective Worship we discussed having a positive attitude and a difference it can make, Year 10 is a fresh start for the full year group and they are all so capable of achieving, having a positive attitude can help get through those moments of challenge, whether that’s a difficult concept in English or a tough questions in Maths, if students try and push through the challenge with a positive attitude and support they will succeed. It is also ok for students to ask for support whether that is in the classroom or outside with us as a pastoral team. I just want to reiterate that message that growth often comes from challenges and helps to build resilience in our young people and I can see this happening in classrooms daily.

Just a polite reminder about jackets and coats we ask that the only hoodies worn in school are school hoodies – students shouldn’t be wearing other branded jumpers or hoodies but should bring a coat or jacket. Form tutors will be checking this especially with the weather getting colder. If you have any concerns about this or getting hold of a winter coat please don’t hesitate to contact us in the pastoral team.

Finally we’d also recommend making sure you are logged in/ have downloaded the ClassCharts app, this shows all students merits and I know a large number of families use it for positive conversations at home. If you need your login details again, please drop us an email or your young person can get it from their form tutor.

Thank you for taking the time to read this parent bulletin of the year – we as a pastoral team are very excited for the school year ahead, we know all our Year 10 students are fantastic young people and I cannot wait to see them on their journeys this year. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing Miss Deacon at mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy, Miss Clark sclark@ahs.pmat.academy and/or Mr McPaul at cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

We are pleased to be able to say Year 9 have had an overwhelmingly positive start to the school year, continuing the high standards that they set themselves as a year group last year. It has been a pleasure to drop into lessons and form time and see such high standards of behaviour, excellent uniform, and a great attitude to learning.

As a reminder attendance will be a big focus this year and we are hoping to build on the strong attendance shown by the year group last year. The Year group has had a good start this year, with 95% attendance, but we would like to see this increase through the year. We were regularly the highest attending Year group last year and we would like to retain that crown moving forward.

We will also continue to focus on correct uniform in school, challenging those who are not. 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.

We would also like to collect in the student-home-school contract responses as soon as possible. 9Ap have led the way with this, being the first form to bring them all back into school. This is an important document that helps us to all work together.

It is with great pleasure that we can also say that the cancelled Flamingo Land rewards trip has been rearranged for the 14th of October. This was cancelled in enrichment week at the end of last year with the heat, so it is excellent news that we can celebrate the achievement of last year. It will also allow any students who were on a foreign trip to participate and not miss out. Further information will be sent home in a letter.

As always, if you have any issues you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the pastoral team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

What a fantastic impression Year 8 have made on their new team! It has been so lovely to see so many smiley and positive faces as myself, Miss Chambers and Mrs Reeder have been walking round the school.

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to our student buddies who have helped the new year 7s navigate their way around the school for the last couple of weeks showing compassion and that they are trustworthy members of our school community. It is really pleasing to see members of our year group being role models for the younger students in the school.

Year 8 is all about opportunities so what better time for our students to take part in one (or more!) of the many extracurricular activities we have on offer here at AHS. The extracurricular timetable has been sent out in this week’s newsletter as well as paper copies being up around the school and on form room noticeboards so please do encourage your child to take a look and choose something they’d like to get involved in. There really is something for everyone whether it be a sporting activity, dance or drama, puzzles or mindful activities and is a great way for students to meet new people in their year or in other years in the school.

Next week will see the first of our half-termly PSHCE sessions led by form tutors. PSHCE covers a range of important topics such as how to manage friendships and other relationships as well as a recap on puberty and how to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Having one session per half term led by form tutors also allows our form tutors (most of whom are new to our year group and will remain with them until year 11) to get to know our students better. We encourage parents to ask their child about these sessions and continue these important conversations at home.

We have had many students asking us about the rearranged FlamingoLand trip which sadly did not go ahead last year due to the heatwave. We are pleased to say that a date has been set for 14th October. If your child was signed up for this in July there is nothing more for you to do; if your child was unable to attend last July or your child is new to the school, you will be receiving a letter next week with details on how to sign up. We are really looking forward to this trip (which is a reward for good behaviour and hard work in year 7) and hope that a fun day will be had by all.

Please remember if you have any issues or queries about your child in Year 8, please get in touch with us at Y8team@ahs.pmat.academy

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We are absolutely delighted with our second week with Year 7. Students have now experienced their full timetable, started to understand new routines, their way around school and are bonding as a year group.

Students have also started to show their independence around school and it has been a pleasure watching them make new friends and get involved in school life. We were delighted to see so many of them enjoying the year 7 library space, attending lots of sports clubs and completing their homework at homework club.

Our extensive extra-curricular programme is a very important part of the journey of making friends and joining. This week the full timetable will be released, it will include exciting clubs ranging from Science Club to MFL film club, as well as a variety of musical and sports clubs. We are so excited to visit these clubs and see more of our students excelling in their AHS journey.

We are also very excited to be making preparations for the year group trip to Bewerley Park and look forward to seeing you all at the information evening on the 11th October. If your child does not intend to attend to travel to Bewerley Park please let the year team know. Thank you.

Well done this week to our Head of Year award students
Poppy Simpson 7Cy – For an excellent start to Year 7, showing great resilience, independence and compassion to others. Well Done! Oliver Stewart-Stevens 7CMm – For being caring and kind to others in the year group, thank you and well done!

Well done to our Student’s of the Week
7ASu – Amelia Hanks – for being a polite and enthusiastic member of the form.
7CMm – Kester Revilious- Outstanding start to the year- real leader in form supporting others, and picking up loads of merits along the way.
7Pi – Lorna Smith – for always being proactive in asking for help
7Hv – Charlie Stringer – An excellent and well organised start to the year
7MPe – Amelie Rutherford – For making great first impressions and being polite and friendly.
7CSt – Finlay Price- For always being friendly and getting on with reading straight away and participating in form time activities. Well done Finlay good start to the year!
7JHe – Phoebe Beard for helping other children who had lost their belongings
7Bl – Imogen Hall – for making a good first impression in all areas of the curriculum.
7ZBl – Johann Morgenroth – for making a fantastic start in all areas and taking pride in his work.
7Cy – Juliette Ried – for getting lots of merits already this term. Well done
7MLN – Isaac Tyson – For being always prepared, polite and resilient, and for having the most merits in the form!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 19 September is:

Acquire
Noun: To buy or obtain something for oneself. Learn or develop a habit, quality or skill.

He was quick to acquire the knowledge needed for the test.

Collective Worship

Theme
The theme for our weekly Form Tutor Collective Worship is inspired by the Queen’s funeral and how in times of grief and loss we can have faith & hope. Our daily quotes are bible ones on hope.

Quotes
Monday – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Bible, Romans ch15: v13
Tuesday – “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” The Bible, Psalm 31: v24
Wednesday – “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – The Bible, Jeremiah ch 29: v11
Thursday – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – The Bible, Romans ch12: v12
Friday – “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – The Bible, Isaiah ch40: v31

20 September 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 12 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was fantastic to welcome our students back to school last Tuesday and we especially enjoyed offering a  warm welcome to all of the students who are new to our school community. Our Year 7 and Year 12 students are already settling in well to school life and we hope that they have enjoyed their first week.   We look forward to getting to know the students and working with them throughout their journey at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The students have returned exceptionally well to school and it has been great to see them being so positively engaged in lessons and during their form tutor programme. That said, I would strongly encourage students to get involved in the wider aspects of school life and look for the opportunities we offer beyond the classroom. The PE extracurricular timetable for Autumn half term 1 can be accessed here. Shortly, we will be sharing our full extracurricular timetable that includes a broader range of activities for students to access. We are lucky to have two school libraries with lots of activities and resources for students to enjoy – our school library newsletter offers more details about these opportunities and can be accessed here.

We are saddened by the sombre news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last week. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Royal Family and everyone in our school communities as we process this news. The Church of England have produced a prayer which we would like to share with you:

Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

On Friday, we spent time with students and staff to reassure them and to reflect on the life and significance of Her Majesty the Queen. We started the day with a whole staff reflection and a time of prayer in morning registration time for students. At midday we participated in the national two-minute silence and this afternoon students viewed this morning’s dedicated BBC Newsround programme that explores this momentous event. Next week in Form Tutor Collective Worship we will continue to reflect on the Queen’s life and faith. During this period of national mourning there will be a small space set aside in both the School Chapel and Reception, which will contain a book for recording thoughts and reflections. As part of the mourning period, the school will cease any social media posts.

Students may find this period of mourning difficult and as such I would like to flag up two resources that offer advice to support children who are finding this difficult:

  1. Winston’s wish
  2. Thrive

I’d also like to reinforce that if students are struggling with this or anything else that they should speak to a member of their Year Team who they feel most comfortable to talk to. This could be their Form Tutor, one of the two Assistant Head of Year or Head of Year.

Since the letter that we sent to you on Friday we have received guidance from the government that Monday the 19th of September is to be a bank holiday as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral arrangements. During this time, the school will be closed as directed by the government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bank-holiday-announced-for-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-iis-state-funeral-on-monday-19-september

In the remainder of the bulletin this week you will find information from: the wellbeing team, each Year team, the Chaplaincy team alongside other key messages to be aware of.

Wellbeing
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.

Student Medication
We would encourage all students who require medication throughout the school day to keep this at main school reception. A form will need to be completed by a parent or guardian and is available by emailing reception@ahs.pmat.academy or by calling 01904 411341.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Riley Castle7PiFor a fantastic start to Year 7 and always being so polite to all teachers. Well done Riley!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Dora Escombe7JHeFor a great start to Year 7 and making a real effort to include all students. Well done Dora!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Eddie Eastaugh8SBlFor helping another student in the year to settle inCompassion
Year 8 Oliver Temple8ERsFor being so kind and polite to other studentsCompassion
Year 9 Amira Logan9KCeFor strength and compassion. Well done AmiraCompassion
Year 9 Emily Nelson9ApFor an unsolicited act of kindness. Well done EmilyCompassion
Year 10 Tommy Simpson10MHeFor living the school values and being resilient. Well done Tommy!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Kieran Lambert10KGnFor having a fantastic first week back in school. Well done Kieran!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Josh Crosby11KxFor a strong and focussed start to Year 11. Well done Josh!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 11 Jace Stacpoole-Ryding11KxFor a consistent and resilient first week of the Year. Well done Jace!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Omar Hanish12LvFor a strong and focussed start to Year 12. Well done Omar!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12 Elizabeth Middleton12RMrFor a consistent and resilient first week of the Year. Well done Elizabeth!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 13 Curtis Thompson13SReFor giving a fantastic presentation to finish his internship over the summer.AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13 Libby Golton13DaFor a great, consistent start to Year 13 – well done!For a great, consistent start to Year 13 – well done!

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
We have had an excellent week in the Sixth Form welcoming back our Year 13 students and new Year 12 students. We also welcome students brand-new to the school, not just Sixth Form. Students have been exemplary in their conduct and have thrown themselves into their academic study. We look forward to the coming weeks whilst we get to know the cohort.

School Agreement
Please return your reply slips from the School Agreement your son/daughter received on Tuesday 6th September. Should you wish to speak to anyone concerning the content of the agreement please do get in touch with your son/daughters Head of Year. Martin Charlton Y13 mcharlton@ahs.pmat.academy Charlotte Williams Y12 cwilliams@ahs.pmat.academy

Year 12 Competitive Admissions

Those students that received 8x 8 or 9 GCSE grades will be targeted as Competitive Admissions applicants for September 2024. Competitive Admissions are those students applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or any applications to Oxford or Cambridge. There will be students that do not meet the criteria stated that wish to apply for these areas, that is welcome, and they must make themselves known to Mr Charlton. Those that meet the criteria above will be spoken to this week.

Upcoming Key Dates:

  • Staff Training Day Thurs 6th October
  • Y11 IAG Day (no school for Sixth Form) Fri 14th October
  • Y12 Form Tutor Evening Weds 16th November
  • A message from the Year 11 pastoral team.

It’s been wonderful to see the students in Year 11 this week, and to hear about their experiences over the summer holidays. The students seemed well rested and very eager to get the term off to a positive start. Upon their return on Monday, the students received a short assembly from Mr Daly and Mr Green-Harding about the opportunities that this academic presents, and how they are in a very strong position to do well after such a successful Year 10. The Year 11 pastoral team have visited a number of Year 11 classes this week, and it has been excellent to see them settled and working hard. The team has also been informed by new teachers of Year 11 classes how impressed they have been with their attitude in the first lessons this week.

Already many of our students in Year 11 are starting to think about their future and post 16 opportunities. As part of their AHS journey, Year 11 will receive plenty of support regarding their ‘Next Steps’ across this academic year. The students will have the opportunity to take part in taster days for the sixth form and other providers in York, have speakers in assembly for information regarding apprenticeships (and other careers pathways) and the opportunity to attend a careers fair with local employers. By doing this I hope to give Year 11 a sense of purpose toward the academic pressures that will come in Year 11, as well as broaden their aspirations for the future.

Due to the importance of Year 11 and in order to support the students further, We are delighted to inform you we have extended the pastoral team even further this year. Mrs Johnstone will remain in the role supporting me as Assistant Head of Year, but we also welcome Miss Stocks and Mr Deamer into Assistant Head of Year roles to expand capacity in the team. Mr Deamer is a very experienced colleague who has worked with Year 11 in the past, supporting students to reach their full academic potential. He will play a specific role in supporting students with their attendance and helping students make the most of the opportunities on offer to them this year. Miss Stocks has joined us and will support students with their resilience and wellbeing as they reach difficult points throughout the year. Miss Stocks was an integral reason for the school being awarded the national wellbeing award last year, and I know her work will have a very positive impact on the students in our year group.

A big focus this year for the students in year 11 is attendance at school. Although we saw an improvement to attendance figures in Year 10, we encourage all students to attend school each day. It is clear that time away from school has a direct impact on their academic outcomes at GCSE, as the graphic below clearly shows. By raising the significance of absence on academic performance, we hope that it will encourage the students to attend school.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to contact a member of the Year 11 pastoral team, and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team
Another year begins at Archbishop Holgate’s School, and it has been wonderful to welcome Year 10 back after a lovely six week summer break. Whilst many things will stay the same in this new school year, there will hopefully be some welcome differences that students will be able to take advantage of. In terms of key differences you may notice, we welcome Mr McPaul to the Year 10 Pastoral Team as Assistant Head of Year, he is very much looking forward to getting to know the year group, and supporting your children in any way he can. Mr McPaul joins myself (new to the Head of Year role) and Miss Clark (who joins the team permanently as our non-teaching Assistant Head of Year), who continues to do a sterling job for the year group. Students are welcome to come find us during the school day if they are having any issues that they want to raise with the pastoral team.

A further change this year is that students in Year 10 have progressed onto the next stage of the Archbishop Holgate’s School Journey. Last year, the focus in Year 9 was on ‘Knowing Ourselves and Others’, this year students will be asked to work towards the goal of ‘Responsibility & Resilience’. On the first day, students were each given an AHS Journey Passport, where they could record their favourite memories from last year, and then set themselves goals and aspirations for the rest of the year. These will be revisited throughout the year to see how students are making progress to achieving their AHS Journey Target. We aim to empower students to take ownership of their decisions and actions to set themselves in good stead for their futures.

It is in Year 10 that students really start to focus on their GCSEs, through learning new knowledge and developing new skills. Students will also be completing work experience, which will bring breadth and diversity to their curriculum as they work to learn exam skills and new knowledge as well as the opportunity for the Duke of Edinburgh award.

While some things this year have certainly changed, some things will remain consistent as always. We will be speaking to students in our first 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. It was wonderful to see the Year 10 students arrive on Tuesday morning in excellent uniform. Students must also ensure they maintain high standards with regards to footwear, 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 basic uniform expectations of the school.

Thank you for taking the time to read this first parent bulletin of the year – we as a pastoral team are very excited for the school year ahead, we know all our Year 10 students are fantastic young people and I cannot wait to see them on their journeys this year. If you have any issues regarding your child in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy, or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team
The Year 9 team would like to offer students a warm welcome back. We hope that families have had an enjoyable summer break and were able to spend some time with family and friends. We have been really looking forward to seeing the Year 9 students and we are looking forward to a fantastic year together.

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the new structure of the Pastoral Team. Mrs Avey remains Head of Year, Mrs Mennell is now Assistant Head of Year to the year group, and replacing Mr Handley, Mr O’Brien is also Assistant Head of Year to the year group.

The first full term in school is always busy but we are looking forward to seeing Year 9 continue to be excellent ambassadors to the school and we are expecting the same high standards that were set by pupils in Year 8.

Attendance will be a big focus this year and we are hoping to build on the strong attendance shown by the year group last year. We will also continually be focusing on students wearing the correct uniform in school and challenging those who are not. We very much appreciate the support we have had from parents with this. 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.

Year 9 is time to focus on the next steps of the AHS journey. Having reflected on Year 8 on the first day back in extended form time, we are encouraging students to think about the next step, to understand ourselves and others. We are hoping students will think about ways to be of service to others, without always thinking about the benefit to themselves, to help them grow as individuals. This will be revisited throughout the year.

For those wanting to get ahead with homework, or an extra helping hand, homework club will be starting on the 12th September and will be run by Mr Stabler. There will be an extra-curricular timetable on the school website in the coming days.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team
As we embark on our new academic year, the Year 8 team would like to warmly welcome our new cohort who have made a fantastic impression this week. We hope that all our Year 8 families have had happy and restful summers and that students have thoroughly enjoyed their first week back in school.

As the new Year 8 team – Miss Chambers (Head of Year), Mrs Reeder and Miss Waines (Assistant Heads of Year) – it has been lovely to see students returning to school so excited and keen to get stuck into their lessons. We are fortunate to have an immensely strong and experienced team of Year 8 Form tutors this year who have begun building the supportive relationships that will last throughout the AHS journey. Unlike in Year 7, the Year 8 team will largely remain the same until students leave in Year 11, so the start of Year 8 really does mark a moment of lasting commitment as we care for your child throughout their time in school.

Our Year 8 journey is all about OPPORTUNITIES and, throughout the year, we pledge to do all we can to create these opportunities for our students to thrive and grow. During Year 8, we hope to see students pushing themselves to make the most of the fantastic opportunities in lessons, through rewards, involvement in assemblies, school trips, extra-curricular clubs and the Year 8 student council (which will begin later this half term). Our extra-curricular clubs will recommence next week and Form tutors will be strongly encouraging students to join a club. There will also be more information about the Flamingo Land Rewards trip (postponed from the summer term) in the coming weeks.

In the first weeks back, our priorities lie in ensuring every child feels happy, settled and supported in their new Forms and routines. As part of our duty of pastoral care, we will hold high expectations of our Year 8 students’ behaviour, attendance and uniform and we will be guiding every member of our year group to meet these high standards. Throughout Year 8, we will also support students to foster greater resilience and independence, which will serve them well in their developing relationships and as they take the next tentative steps towards being responsible members of a future society.

As with Year 7, students have a comprehensive pastoral support system in place for Year 8. Our Year 8 Head of Year office is based next to the Year 8 social area by the Courtyard café and our team is available before and after school and each break and lunchtime to hold conversations with students. We are on hand throughout your child’s school experience to support and we want to work closely with families to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

If parents have any queries or concerns, you should call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email Y8team@ahs.pmat.academy to contact Miss Chambers, Mrs Reeder and Miss Waines.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team
We have been so impressed with how excellent Year 7 behaviour has been this first week. From outstanding attendance, to being highlighted by the lunch staff as having the best manners in school – it is an absolute delight to be their Head of Year. In Assembly this week we spoke about our Journey through Archbishop Holgate’s School. In Year 7 we are right at the beginning of our Journey and J stands for ‘joining in’. Form time is a great opportunity to join in and make friends. Students are already getting to know each other and really engaging with our form time activities. Year 7 experience a variety of reading, cultural capital, News stories from around the world and collective worship. Form time is the ideal time for our form groups to bond, as our ‘sixth lesson of the day’ students can learn, give their opinions and share their views with each other.

Homework club will begin for Year 7 from Monday. It runs after School until 4pm on a Monday – Thursday evening. There is no need to sign up, students can attend as often as they like. Our extra curricular timetable will be available soon which will allow our students to join in with lots of new exciting clubs! Some of our Year 7s have already been to see the Year 7 Library. Students were queuing up at lunchtime to borrow books and take part in our Library activities which include, word searches, colouring in and quizzes!

A huge well done to our Head of Year Award students this week:

Riley Castle 7Pi – For a fantastic start to Year 7 and always being so polite to all teachers. Well done Riley!
Dora Escombe 7JHe – For a great start to year 7 and making a real effort to include all students. Well done Dora!

Also, well done to our Students of the Week this week:
7ASu Max Parker – for managing his first week at AHS so well.
7CMm Troy Dear- For excellent attitude in form and for being singled out by various teachers on how well he got on.
7Pi Ryan Pang – For achieving the most merits in form this week
7Hv Florence Kitney – For showing excellent leadership skills and compassion.
7MPe Isabella Ellisson – For having a superb first week and making a great start. Well done.
7CSt Leyla Traboulsi- For always being polite and saying good morning and good afternoon every form time.
7MLn Thandie-Lyra Rowell – for an excellent start to year 7 – well done!
7JHe Oscar East – for being exceptionally polite to everyone in our school community
7Bl David Gobl – Taking part in class discussions in a mature way and presenting good ideas.
7ZBl Oliver Duffil – For being brave and gaining developing your confidence in your first week of school!

Please get in touch if we can support your child further in any way.

Word of the week
The word of the week for week commencing 12 September is:

Inspire
Verb: to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially something creative.
His commitment inspired everyone around him.

School lottery
Please find below information about the school lottery should you be interested.

School agreement
I would like to draw your attention to the wording in the school agreement which states “pupils should follow all instructions from a member of staff the first time of asking, without question”. I would like to clarify that the wording relates to students following reasonable requests from colleagues that link directly to the school rules. An example of this would be ensuring that students follow the one way system when asked. Mr Daly explained this to students in the assemblies last week but it is important to reiterate this message.

Collective Worship
Theme
The theme for our form tutor collective worship is the life of HM Queen Elizabeth II, looking at what we can learn from her Christian faith and her example of Servant Leadership. Our daily quotes are all her thoughts on faith.

Quotes
Monday – “I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad… I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right… to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God!” – The Queen
Tuesday – “God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.” – The Queen
Wednesday – “For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” – The Queen
Thursday – “The life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing.” – The Queen
Friday – “Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none… God’s love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.” – The Queen

12 September 2022|

A message on the death of Her Majesty the Queen

As we reflect on the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II our thoughts and prayers go to the Royal Family and everyone in our community as we process this news. The Church of England have produced a prayer which we would like to share with you:

Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Today, in school, we have taken time with students and staff to reassure them and to reflect on the life and significance of Her Majesty the Queen. We started the day with a whole staff reflection and a time of prayer in morning registration time for students. At midday we participated in the national two-minute silence and this afternoon students viewed this morning’s dedicated BBC Newsround programme that explores this momentous event. Next week in Form Tutor Collective Worship we will continue to reflect on the Queen’s life and faith. During this period of national mourning there will be a small space set aside in both the School Chapel and Reception, which will contain a book for recording thoughts and reflections.

Current government advice is that schools should remain open as usual, however, we will not be using our social media accounts next week unless there is an emergency. We will keep you updated during this period of national mourning.

9 September 2022|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 5 September

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that families have had a safe and enjoyable summer. I am delighted to write to you in my new post as Head of School. It is an absolute privilege to lead the student experience and day-to-day school life at Archbishop Holgate’s and I look forward immensely to the year ahead. The school is an exceptional place for students to learn and flourish, both academically and on their personal development journeys. Working alongside Mr Daly in his capacity as Executive Headteacher, I look forward to ensuring that every child is happy, safe, valued, known as an individual and has their future aspirations realised.

Recently, we have celebrated with our Year 11 and Year 13 students as they received their examination results. We are incredibly proud of their achievements which are borne out through their commitment, hard work and determination. We are very much looking forward to Year 11 students joining Sixth Form as role models to our school community and we wish our Year 13 leavers good luck in their next steps. We are grateful to these students for contributing so much to our school community over the last seven years and for making our school such a special place to be part of. We hope that they leave having made strong friendships and happy memories.

Staff at Archbishop Holgate’s are especially excited to welcome students who are new to the school. This includes our new Year 7 cohort, who we enjoyed meeting during their transition day prior to the summer break, and students joining Year 12 from schools across the City and beyond. I wish all new students the very best as they start their journey and I encourage them to get involved in every opportunity available to them.

Below is a reminder of the return to school arrangements Mr Daly sent out earlier this week. Alongside this, I have included important information regarding reading at Archbishop Holgate’s. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our arrangements for the start of term are straightforward with all students returning on Tuesday 6 September following the staff training day on Monday 5 September. However, students in Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 will arrive slightly later to allow staff to welcome students new to the school. The details are below:

  • Year 7 arrive for 8.45am and go straight to the main hall
  • Year 12 and Year 13 arrive for 8.45am and and go to their form room (information for this is provided below)
  • Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 arrive for 10.05am and go to their form room (information is provided below)

The morning will consist of form time activities (for example issuing planners, timetables and discussing expectations) and a short assembly with myself and Mr Daly, before subject lessons start for all students at 11.15am. School will finish at 3.15pm for all students.

We ask that all parents/carers ensure their child knows their form room. This can be found on the attached document below ‘Pastoral Team 2022 to 2023’.

Pastoral Team 2022 to 2023

We hope that this is a helpful document and one that illustrates our ongoing commitment to pastoral care of the highest quality.  It includes:

  • Information about each year group (Head of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and Form Tutors) as well as some of what students can expect from the AHS Journey in each year group.
  • Information about our wider pastoral team that is in place to support students.
  • Information about who to contact if you have a concern you would like to discuss.

The document also outlines some of the key things that underpin effective partnership working. We are extremely grateful for the excellent support we receive from families which is essential to our ongoing success. I would reiterate the importance of these conversations being courteous and respectful at all times. On Tuesday 6 September every student will be issued with a copy of the ‘School Agreement’ and we ask that parents/carers discuss this with their child and the last page is signed by both student and parents/carers and returned to school as soon as possible.

A copy of the school day is included below. It is slightly amended from last year with all students finishing school at 3.15pm.

The School Day 2022-23

As we look forward to the start of term we would remind families of our uniform expectations and thank you in advance for your ongoing support in this area.  We wrote to all families prior to the summer break explaining both our commitment to poverty proofing our uniform and also our high expectations for all students to wear the appropriate uniform.  Details around school uniform can be found via the link below:

https://archbishopholgates.academy/parents/school-life/school-uniform/

A reminder about our pre-loved uniform shop and the school Unity Fund.  The pre-loved uniform shop can be accessed via the link below and if families require support from the Unity Fund please email either gstainsby@ahs.pmat.academy or krobinson@ahs.pmat.academy for more information: 

https://app.uniformd.co.uk/items/172

Reading 

Reading, in all its forms, is central to the success of all students across the school and therefore is a key teaching and learning priority for this year.  

A reminder that all students in Key Stage 3 and 4 should have a reading book with them each day.  This is an important piece of equipment which they will access throughout the school day.  If students need to borrow a library book, both the Year 7 and 8 Library and the Resource Centre will be accessible from Tuesday lunchtime.

All students in Key Stage 3 will read independently everyday, including for the first 5 minutes of each lesson, and therefore they should have an appropriate book which they are happy to read.  

Alongside this, all students in Year 7 and Year 8 will be taking part in the relaunched Accelerated Reader programme.  Students will learn more about this during their first English lessons and a more detailed guide will be provided once this starts.

The word of the week for week commencing 5 September is:

Assemble
To gather together in one place for a common purpose.
The students had assembled outside the classroom.

Collective Worship

Theme
The theme for our form tutor collective worship at the start of term is building firm foundations and looks at a parable Jesus told about doing this.  Our daily quotes are on the theme of Foundations for Success.

Quotes
Monday: “There is no excellence without difficulty.” – Ovid; Roman poet
Tuesday: “The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” – Harold Taylor; Canadian politician
Wednesday: “A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.” – Kurt Lewin; German-American psychologist
Thursday: “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France; French poet, journalist, and novelist
Friday: “Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.” – The Bible; Proverbs, chapter 16 verse 3

Finally…

Each week, I will write to you as part of the parent bulletin to share key information regarding school life, upcoming events, opportunities, student successes and year group messages. Mr Daly, in his role as Executive Head, will communicate to you via the weekly newsletter. As highlighted in recent communication, I will support Mr Daly with the day-to-day running of the school as he retains overall leadership.  As such, for any queries that can not be answered by the curriculum or pastoral leaders, I would be the next port of call.  Equally, if you have good news stories then I would warmly welcome them.  I look forward to writing to you next week to update you on our first week back in the new academic year.

5 September 2022|

Headteacher’s Bulletin – Tuesday 30th August

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you are having an enjoyable and safe summer break. As we begin the final week of the holiday I thought families would appreciate some key updates linked to the start of term.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back all our students, including those joining us for the first time in Year 7 and Year 12. Our arrangements for the start of term are very straightforward with all students returning on Tuesday 6 September following the staff training day on Monday 5 September. However, students who are not in Year 7 and Post 16 will arrive slightly later to allow staff to welcome students new to the school. The details are below:

  • Year 7 arrive for 8.45am and go straight to the main hall
  • Year 12 and Year 13 arrive for 8.45am and and go to their form room (information for this is provided below)
  • Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 arrive for 10.05am and go to their form room (information is provided below)

The morning will consist of form time activities (for example issuing planners, timetables and discussing expectations) and a short assembly with myself and Mr Green-Harding, before subject lessons start for all students at 11.15am. School will finish at 3.15pm for all students.

We ask that all parents/carers ensure their child knows their form room. This can be found on the attached document below ‘Pastoral Team 2022 to 2023’.

Pastoral Team 2022 to 2023

We hope that this is a helpful document and one that illustrates our ongoing commitment to pastoral care of the highest quality. It includes:

  • Information about each year group (Head of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and Form Tutors) as well as some of what students can expect from the AHS Journey in each year group.
  • Information about our wider pastoral team that is in place to support students.
  • Information about who to contact if you have a concern you would like to discuss.

The document also outlines some of the key things that underpin effective partnership working. We are extremely grateful for the excellent support we receive from families which is essential to our ongoing success. I would reiterate the importance of these conversations being courteous and respectful at all times. On Tuesday 6 September every student will be issued with a copy of the ‘School Agreement’ and we ask that parents/carers discuss this with their child and that the last page is signed by both student and parents/carers and returned to school ASAP.

A copy of the school day is included below. It is slightly amended from last year with all students finishing school at 3.15pm.

The School Day 2022-23

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students who received their examination results over the last two weeks. Students approached these examinations with dedication and determination and should be extremely proud of what they have achieved as individuals. We very much appreciate the support from families over the last two years. We have spent the last two weeks, and will continue to do so this week, ensuring that all students are able to make the appropriate next steps after Year 11, 12 and 13. Whilst collectively students have achieved extremely well, we are also in a position where we can guarantee that any student in Year 11 who wants to stay at AHS can do so and will be supported onto the most appropriate courses for their progression.

Whilst results days are first and foremost about individual young people and their achievements I am delighted to say that the overall results for the school remain outstanding and I would like to thank all our staff for the part they have played in this. Results at both Post 16 and GCSE are higher than results prior to COVID, well above national averages, with students at AHS continuing to excel. A particular achievement at Post 16 was the 43.7% of all A Level grades either A or A* and almost 80% of all A Level grades at A* to B. At GCSE our indicative progress score suggests that we will surpass the figure in 2019 which placed our results in the top 4% nationally. As we reflect on these individual and collective achievements it is clear that these would not have been possible without the entire school community working together to overcome the challenges presented over the last two years. Thank you.

As we look forward to the start of term I would remind families of our uniform expectations and thank you in advance for your ongoing support in this area. We wrote to all families prior to the summer break explaining both our commitment to poverty proofing our uniform and also our high expectations for all students to wear the appropriate uniform. Details around school uniform can be found via the link below:

https://archbishopholgates.academy/parents/school-life/school-uniform/

A reminder to parents about both our pre-loved uniform shop and the school Unity Fund. The pre-loved uniform shop can be accessed via the link below and if families require support from the Unity Fund please email either gstainsby@ahs.pmat.academy or krobinson@ahs.pmat.academy for more information:

https://app.uniformd.co.uk/items/172

Finally, I would like to remind families about the additional leadership capacity we have in place for September 2022. I wrote before summer to explain that Mr Green-Harding will take on the new Head of School role to support me with the day-to-day running of the school. Whilst I will retain the overall leadership of the school, Mr Green-Harding is likely to be the first point of contact for day-to-day matters relating to the student experience. I am pleased to say that families will hear from both of us each week with Mr Green-Harding producing the parent bulletin for the start of the week and I will continue to have responsibility for the weekly Newsletter which is usually sent on a Thursday. In a school of over 1800 young people this additional capacity will ensure that we continue to support all families and provide all our students with the excellent education they deserve.

30 August 2022|

Cleaning Assistant

£9.50 per hour. Part time: 20 hours per week, Full Year
Hours of work: Monday – Friday, 3.30 – 7.30pm

Archbishop Holgate’s School is looking to appoint a Cleaning Assistant to start work as part of the in-house cleaning team as soon as possible. We are looking for, an enthusiastic, flexible and committed person who takes pride in their work and be willing to work as part of a team to make sure the school is cleaned to the highest standards. We believe that Archbishop Holgate’s is ‘no ordinary school’ and is an excellent place to work, a view confirmed by Ofsted in our recent inspection, “Staff are incredibly proud to work here.”

Our staff are friendly and supportive and our students are polite, hardworking and keen to succeed. As such this post represents an exciting opportunity to join a very successful, high-achieving, forward looking and fully-subscribed Church of England comprehensive, a school judged Outstanding in all areas by both Ofsted and SIAMS.

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24 August 2022|