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Parent Bulletin

Parent Bulletin – Monday 17 July

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

Last week concluded with a magnificent Sports Day event, which showcased the efforts of the entire school community. The students and staff displayed a true sense of pride and camaraderie, supporting one another throughout the day. It served as a perfect ending to yet another outstanding week at Archbishop Holgate’s School. Additionally, our Year 12 students engaged in an enrichment week that focused on preparing them for their future endeavours after Sixth Form. They also participated in a philosophy and ethics day while also raising funds through a sponsored walk.

We were delighted to see our Year 10 students and families this week as part of the Sixth Form talk, which served as an introduction to their future academic journey. We sincerely hope that you found the event informative and beneficial. In case you were unable to attend, you can access the information handout for our Year 10 introduction to Sixth Form event held last Wednesday evening by clicking here.

This week holds much excitement as students and staff embark on various trips, and we extend our best wishes to all the students and staff involved. We are fortunate to have destinations like London, Paris, Barcelona, Naples, and Koblenz included in our itinerary. Additionally, our school-wide enrichment program offers an array of fantastic activities and trips to anticipate throughout the week. On Friday at 1:10pm school will close for the summer holiday. However, I would like to bring to your attention that following what I hope will be a splendid summer break, the first day back to school for students is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5. On this day, our new Year 7 and Year 12 students are expected to arrive at school by 8:45 am, while students in all other year groups should arrive slightly later at 10:30 am. We will communicate further details about the start of the next academic year in a forthcoming letter.

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyful summer break when it arrives. May you thoroughly enjoy this well-deserved time off.

Enrichment week

The outline for the enrichment activities for each year group can be found below:

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Kat Whitwell7HVFor representing the school brilliantly at the Great Yorkshire Show.Individual Liberty
Year 7 Vinny Scoreby7ZBLFor showing compassion to others in the year group and always being polite to staff.Compassion
Year 8 Allen Alex8SMfFor reading over 120 books this year and 9 million words! Well Done.Individual Liberty
Year 8 Scarlett Wheatland8ERoFor living out our school values in supporting other students during sports day!Compassion
Year 9 Casper Farrell9CrFor overcoming any and every type of fear when taking part in the Air Cabin crew training. Well done Casper. We are all very proud of you!Tolerance
Year 9 Mary Cornforth9CrFor consistent organisation and maturity and always showing kindness and consideration to others. Well done Mary!AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Will Martyn10SLaFor living the school values da in and day out. Always being positive and a good influence on others! Well done Will!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Destina Han10JLi For living the school values da in and day out. Always being positive and a good influence on others! Well done Destina!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 12 The whole year group12EDn, 12GSw, 12Nc, 12RMr, 12Lv, 12HGa, 12Os, 12SWrFor a fantastic attitude and approach to enrichment week and for raising around £500 for the Moebius Research TrustAHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Key Dates:

  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July: All placements should now be on Grofar platform
  • Thursday 17th August
    • Yr13 A Level & BTEC Results – from 9am
    • Yr12 Results – from 11am
  • Yr12 Progression Meetings – Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August (letters have been sent with timings)

Year 12 Enrichment Week
Last week we had our Year 12 Enrichment Week where students had the opportunity to learn about the UCAS process, apprenticeships, gap years and routes into employment. All resources are in the Year 12 Google Classroom and can be accessed by students from home over the summer.

A reminder that the first draft of personal statements are due on the first day back in September, Tuesday 5th. This is important so students can receive feedback and make corrections to place themselves in a strong position for an early UCAS application.

It is also important that students complete the necessary sections of their EPQ booklet over the summer so they are ready to hit the ground running in EPQ sessions in September. Any student who begins Yr13 on three subjects is automatically entered into EPQ for reasons detailed last week in Enrichment Week.

Year 12 Work Experience
We hope your child has an interesting and enjoyable work experience placement this week. If you have any concerns about it, please contact swalton1@ahs.pmat.academy or mcharlton@ahs.pmat.academy. For those students in sixth form for this week, please come to sixth form reception each morning at 8.45 for their daily timetable of activities.

Yr12 Parents Intro to UCAS Evening – Feedback
General Feedback
‘It was excellent’
‘Personal statements – excellent information’
‘The thorough nature of the presentations and practical advice was useful’
‘Understanding timings of applications was helpful’
‘Finance figures for the current year and projection for next year was useful’

PARENTAL QUESTIONS & AHS ANSWERS

Q: How does a student know their predicted grade prior to applying?
A: Students have a target grade from the beginning of Year 12 and will receive an End of Year 12 grade based on their End of Year Assessments in August on Results Day. Staff use this data, and in class performance to generate aspirational, yet achievable predicted grades. The Sixth Form Leadership team quality assures predicted grades to ensure offers are received from chosen universities whilst highlighting the importance of insurance choices.

Q: Are applicants able to see their reference prior to submitting their application?
A: Although rarely requested, students can ask to see their form tutor reference during the UCAS process. The reference is written following the completion of all stages of the UCAS process by students.

Q: Does the sixth form support former students applying following a GAP year?
A: Yes. If your child is considering a GAP year we still recommend applying during Year 13 whilst support and time is provided by form tutors. Offers can then be deferred for a year on A-Level/BTEC Results Day in August 2024. Occasionally, former students contact us and ask a former Form Tutor or Head of Year to be a referee on an application which we are more than happy to do.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

We look forward to catching up with parents properly at prom and on results day in August, where I am sure we will all be celebrating the success of the students. However, in the meantime if there are any questions you have or require assistance in any way, then please feel free to get in touch.

As parents may be aware, we operate a uniform shop at school and would gladly appreciate any and all donations of uniform that is no longer needed. Equally, if your child has revision guides/resources that they no longer need we would also gratefully receive any of these. Any donations families want to make can be dropped off in reception.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

So here it is the final bulletin of Year 10 and what a year it has been! From work experience, to mocks, to Fame and to some outstanding Sports achievements (cycling, volleyball and rugby to name a few!) It has been a real pleasure to work with the year group this year, and I am exceptionally proud of each and every one of them. The Year 10 team and I wish all our students and families the best for a restful summer.

Our Act of Collective Worship was our final one this week and focused on rewards for the year group, which I now have the pleasure of sharing with you.
I will start with form merits, however I wanted to congratulate the whole year group who got a staggering total of 113,002 merits, what an achievement! Forms as below:

11th 10KMd 7535
10th 10Ha 7887
9th 10Pl 8521
8th 10EWr 8565
7th 10JLi 8702
6th 10Di 8859
5th 10SLa 9898
4th 10MHe 11185
3rd 10RDn 11896
2nd 10KGn 14446
1st 10ABt 15508

Well done to 10ABt who have done a sterling job all year, it has consistently been a battle between them, 10KGn & 10RDn – well done all.

Also please see our individual merits for the whole year group, these students should be exceptionally proud of themselves, to be in the top 10 out of over 300 students in the year group is an outstanding achievement:

10th Lilly Mae Carrington 10Di 744
9th Toby Hassall 10MHe 754
8th Sharanyo Mazumdar 10RDn 758
7th Ed Candlin 10ABt 768
6th Oliver Bell 10KGn 774
5th Michael Wong 10KGn 787
4th Freya Curzon 10MHe 806
3rd Joseph Coyle 10ABt 832
2nd Poppy Hearld 10ABt 863
1st Ronnie Thompson 10KGn 871

Furthermore, I was so proud of the way Year 10 conducted themselves during mocks and a number of students committed hugely to mock revision, I’ve listed our top students, a huge well done to them:

Oscar Pearson 10MHe
Michael Wong 10KGn
Mia Bell 10KMd
Luke Richardson 10RDn
Imogen Dean 10ABt
Michael Ellisson 10Ha
Maks Makowski 10KGn
Liv Hardy 10KGn
Georgina Kitney 10KGn
India Illing-Ahmed 10KGn
Charlie Marron 10JLi
Ella-Mae Norman 10KMd
Ed Candlin 10ABt
Clementine Ensor 10ABt
Lewis Gray 10SLa
Emily Barber 10KMd
Mili Hood 10KGn
Arthur Kuba 10KGn
Madison Lees 10ABt
Harrison Moore 10KGn
Keira Sharp 10KMd
Ronnie Thompson 10KGn
Matthew Tse 10KGn
Joseph White 10KGn

Furthermore attendance has improved this year which is fantastic, and it needs to continue to do so in Year 11. I wanted to recognise the great improvement we have had in attendance: 10Di had the 3rd best attendance out of our forms and joint 1st best attendance goes to 10KMd & 10Ewr! All forms were over our target of 96%!

In addition I wanted to congratulate students who got 100% attendance, truly outstanding examples in the year group:

Emily Barber
Mia Bell
Harry Burt
Amelie Darwin
Alex Fowler
Miles Hall
George Hormer
Alfie Hornshaw
Will Martyn
Harrison Moore
Abigail Perring
Luke Richardson
Connor Smith
Reuben Stockdale
Katie-Anne Varga
Lexie Wallis

It really has been an exceptional year and students deserve their rewards trip of Alton Towers on Thursday which will be a great day. Just a polite reminder that students need to be at school for 6:45am and will need to be collected at 8pm, it will be a long but great day!

I truly am excited for Year 11 and the next steps it will bring, for now have a fantastic summer, thank you to families for all your continued support, it has been a pleasure working with you all. If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) or calling main school reception and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you, have a lovely summer – Miss Deacon

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team.

We wanted to share how wonderful our sports day was, despite the rain showers. Our students displayed incredible enthusiasm, teamwork, and sportsmanship throughout the day, making it a memorable event. Their resilience in the face of adverse weather conditions was truly commendable, and we couldn’t be prouder of their positive attitudes.

As we move forward into the next exciting week, we are eagerly looking forward to Enrichment Week! Monday will kick off with a day of sports, so please ensure your child brings their sports kit. We have an action-packed day planned to keep them active and engaged.

On Tuesday, the English department has prepared an engaging session on “Inspector Calls.” This will be a valuable opportunity for our students to delve into literature and develop their critical thinking skills.

Wednesday promises to be an exciting day as we embark on a reward trip to Drayton Manor. Our students have earned this special outing, and we anticipate a day filled with laughter, thrill, and unforgettable memories.

Thursday is Industry Day, meticulously organised by Mr. Hunt. We encourage all students to dress up smartly as they will have the opportunity to interact with professionals from various fields, gaining insights into potential career paths.

Finally, on Friday, we have planned a half-day of exciting activities to round off the week. It will be a fantastic opportunity for our students to explore their interests, engage in new experiences, and foster their creativity.

As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

For many of our students, this has been the last week in school as they embark upon the Modern Foreign Languages trips abroad next week. We wish all of them a safe journey and hope they have a fantastic time away making new memories they will treasure forever. We look forward to hearing all about it when we see them in September!

For those in school, we are beginning our enrichment week next week. Our year 8s have a great range of activities on offer to them including the Vocational Day, Flamingoland on the Tuesday and their own choice of three activities on the Friday. We are sure it will be a good week with a range of different experiences to be had.

Friday saw our annual Sports Day and what a day it was! Unfortunately, the afternoon activities were rained off but we had a great time in the morning doing the track and field events and then an hour of either rounders or cricket. Everybody conducted themselves brilliantly and really represented our year group well. It was lovely to see everyone cheering one another on and being supportive. We are a very proud year team!

We cannot believe we are at the end of year 8 and are heading into year 9 imminently. I wanted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication our tutor team have shown throughout the year supporting our students day in and day out in ensuring they are set up for each day and cared for: they really are our students biggest advocates. We are sad to be losing two of our form tutors next year: Mrs Robertson is becoming Acting Head of RE during Mrs Wordsworth’s maternity leave and Mrs Dugdale is expected to be starting her own maternity leave in October. These two form tutors have been a huge asset to our team and whilst we are sad to lose them, we wish them all the best in their new roles!

We hope to start year 9 in a strong position and wish you and your families all the best for a safe and restful summer. As always, if you have any questions or queries in the meantime, please do get in touch with the school who will direct you to us.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

It is hard to believe that we are now in our final week of the year. We are very proud of how the year group has matured, gained independence and shown resilience throughout their transition to us from their primary schools. We know that starting a secondary school can be a huge challenge and the year group have taken all of these challenges in their stride. It has been a pleasure to work with the students and we are excited to see them thrive in the future. Miss Cooper, Mr Deamer and Miss Stevens are looking forward to leading the year group as they progress into Year 8.

Next week we have enrichment week and will bo doing the following:
Monday – Flamingoland
Tuesday – PE enrichment (students should wear PE kit)
Wednesday – STEM Day
Thursday – Creative Arts Day
Friday – Enrichment Choices Day. We will finish at 13:10.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to email the Year 7 team via main school reception.

Well Done to our final HOY awards!
Vinny Scoreby 7ZBL – For showing compassion to others in the year group and always being polite to staff.
Kat Whitwell 7HV – for representing the school brilliantly at the Yorkshire Show!

Well Done to our students of the week:
7ASU – Ned Gladwin – for being an excellent co-presenter of the News!
7CMM – Kester Ravilious – On a brilliant year throughout. Well done on all your hard work!
7PI – Lorna Smith and Ryan Pang – for a fantastic first year at AHS. Well done on all your hard work this year.
7HV – Lily Robinson – for an excellent first year at AHS, well done!
7MPE – Verity Kearns – For amusing me (and torturing Jasper) every morning with facts about Taylor Swift
7CST – Hannah Lovett – For having an amazing first year at AHS and getting involved in lots of activities, this is great to see Hannah. Well done!
7MLN – Emily Chamberlain – for having an excellent first year at AHS. Well done for all your effort this year!
7JHE – Bethany Snowball – for living out the school values every day
7BL – Tia Farrar – for trying very hard to improve her attendance in Year 7!
7ZBL – Brodie Barrow – for making the most of every moment of her first year at AHS. She has worked hard every day to show kindness, be an active part of our school community and set an excellent example for others. Congratulations!
7CY – Katie Oxtoby, Francey Lilley, Maisie Smith – for being fanctastic form buddies last week. Well done

Word of the week

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

Professional

Adjective: Engaged in a specific activity as one’s main paid occupation.

“He turned professional at 19”.

Collective Worship

Theme
This week, as we head into the summer holidays, our daily quotes are all inspired by the theme of selfless love. A goal worthy of our aspiration.

Quotes
Monday – “We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.” – Henri Nouwen, 20th century Dutch priest and writer

Tuesday – “Love by its very nature is not selfish, but generous. It seeks not its own, but the good of others.” – Fulton J Sheen, 20th century Catholic Bishop and broadcaster

Wednesday – “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and Indian charity worker & missionary

Thursday – “Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill in self-giving love.” – Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader, known as Mahatma meaning ‘Great Soul’

Friday – “Our greatest fulfilment lies in giving ourselves to others.” – Henri Nouwen, 20th century Dutch priest and writer

17 July 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 10 July

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming our future Year 7 students and their families to our school as part of our transition process. The Induction evening on Monday was a great opportunity to welcome new families to our school and they had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Daly, our Executive Headteacher, and Miss Powell, our new Head of Year 7. Additionally, families had the chance to meet and listen to their form tutor, while gaining valuable insights into life at Archbishop Holgate’s School. Despite the strike action, Wednesday proved to be a lovely day as we welcomed our next cohort of students for their transition day. Although it was different from usual, the Year 6 students spent the day getting to know their form tutors, participating in various lessons, and forging connections with their future friends.

This week begins with an extended form tutor session, which is part of our PSHCE provision, on Monday P1. Furthermore, our Year 12 students will be engaged in a series of enrichment events throughout the week leading up to their work experience, which is scheduled to begin the week commencing on July 17th. Additionally, we have a range of exciting Sixth Form evening events taking place. On Tuesday, we warmly invite Year 12 families to join us at the school to learn more about the UCAS process. On Wednesday, we extend a welcome to Year 10 families as part of the Year 10 introduction to Sixth Form. On Thursday, our highly anticipated Science lecture will take place, and we wrap up the week with an exhilarating Sports Day that promises to be unforgettable!

Sports Day: Friday 14th July

This Friday sees our annual school Sports Day. Students take part in a carousel of events to earn points for their house. It is a fantastic day for everyone filled with lots of cheering and teamwork. All pupils in years 7-10 will be off timetable and will be outside for the whole day. They will need to come to school in their normal AHS branded PE kit. The only change to this is if they would like to wear a t-shirt of the colour of their house, but this is definitely not compulsory.

Please make sure that your child has a water bottle, sun cream and a hat, as well as their school PE reversible/ hoodie, to cope with the changeable British weather. They will also need to make sure that they have their planner and pencil case with them, just in case we have to cancel due to rain. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we can enjoy another fantastic day of fun and competition.

Enrichment week

A reminder that as a school we are making preparations for our off timetable enrichment week which commences in the final week of term. Please keep a careful watch on parent pay for details regarding the rewards trips that take place in that week. Alongside this, your child will have received an enrichment week booklet highlighting all of the fantastic activities that are available during this week and in particular on the Friday. Please look at this booklet with your child at home as there are some notes on what equipment and clothing they might need for some of the activities (e.g. coming into school in sportswear if they are doing a sporting activity on one of the days).

The outline for the enrichment activities for each year group can be found below:

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Dora Escombe7JHEFor an amazing speech at open evening – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Amelia Hanks7ASUFor being a fantastic buddy and going the extra mile. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Connor North8SMfFor a noticeable improvement in behaviour and effort in IT – Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Alice Firth8SMfFor the most merits in Y8 – Huge well done!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Amelia Jarasunas9KCeFor becoming a fantastic student. Showing a new level of maturity, work ethic and supporting her friends. Well done Amelia!AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Josh Bailey9LpFor representing the school values during his time at AHS. Good luck in your new school.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Evan Ogilvie10DiFor being compassionate in looking after pupils in school. Well done Evan!Compassion
Year 10 Rhys Atkins10HaFor consistently working hard, living the school values and having a really successful year. Well done Rhys!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 12 Brooke Brandon12LvFor her outstanding efforts at Y6 Induction Evening last week.AHA Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12Taylor Gray-Richardson12OsFor her outstanding efforts at Y6 Induction Evening last week.AHA Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Key Dates:

  • Y12 Enrichment Week (off timetable) – wc 10th July
  • Y12 UCAS Launch Evening for Students and Parents – 11th July 6pm Start
  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July: All placements should now be on Grofar platform
    Thursday 17th August

    • Yr13 A Level & BTEC Results – from 9am
    • Yr12 Results – from 11am

Year 12 Enrichment Week
This week we have our Year 12 Enrichment Week where students will have the opportunity to learn about the UCAS process, apprenticeships, gap years and routes into employment.

Monday          UCAS, Apprenticeship, Employment, GAP Year
Tuesday          Personal Statements, EPQ, Summer Social
Wednesday    Philosophy and Ethics Day
Thursday        Study Skills
Friday             Sponsored Walk & Sports Day

Over summer we expect all students to write a first draft of a UCAS Personal Statement and the sessions in this week give students the tools to make an excellent start. We will also launch the Extended Project Qualification and challenge students to begin thinking about potential topics should they pick up EPQ in the Summer. We also have a day of study skill sessions in preparation for Year 13 and an Ethics and Philosophy day to investigate and consider theological questions. We have a Summer Social on Tuesday afternoon on the school field with sports, games and ice-creams provided for all students. The week finishes on Friday with a Sponsored Walk into Rowntrees Park for a picnic, before heading back to school to take part in the final races of Sports Day.

Year 12 Work Experience
All students should now have finalised their week of work experience from July 17th -21st. Please ensure contact has been made recently with the employer to confirm start times, shift patterns, appropriate clothing and break/lunch arrangements. If any student has been unable to secure a work placement, please come to sixth form as normal and we will assign you to support enrichment activities in the main school.

Medical Appointments
We understand that it is not easy to get a doctor or dentist appointment currently. However, we do ask that whenever possible these appointments are made outside the school day to minimise the impact on your childs’ learning. Due to the increasing number of missed lessons due to medical appointments, we are now asking for formal evidence of these appointments.

Most Sixth Form Rewards
All Year 12 students and parents are invited in to collect A-Level mock and BTEC results on August 17th. These will be accompanied by a Year 13 Progression Meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss potential timetable changes for Year 13. Letters have been sent home and we ask you to be in touch if you are unable to attend the meeting slot you have been assigned.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

We look forward to catching up with parents properly at prom and on results day in August, where I am sure we will all be celebrating the success of the students. However, in the meantime if there are any questions you have or require assistance in any way, then please feel free to get in touch.

As parents may be aware, we operate a uniform shop at school and would gladly appreciate any and all donations of uniform that is no longer needed. Equally, if your child has revision guides/resources that they no longer need we would also gratefully receive any of these. Any donations families want to make can be dropped off in reception.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

It is hard to believe I am writing this with two weeks to go until the end of term, it feels like two minutes ago I was writing the first bulletin of the year and doing the first Act of Collective Worship to the students at the start of the year, telling them about the year ahead and all the things we will experience, what a journey it has been. I am proud of Year 10 and all they have achieved.

I have just written our Act of Collective Worship for next week which will be our final one of the year and I am bursting with pride from the range of achievements we have had this year! (I am keeping all under my hat until next week’s bulletin after announcing in our Act of Collective Worship most merits, best independent revision etc. In particular, the form merits have become very competitive!) I look forward to revealing all to students the fantastic results and to parents next week!

Just a reminder enrichment week is the final week of term and includes for Year 10 as follows:

Monday – History enrichment day
Tuesday – Maths enrichment day
Wednesday – Sport enrichment day
Thursday – Alton Towers (polite reminder – please confirm consent on ParentPay if you haven’t already – please call school if any issues)
Friday – Activity day (students should of selected activities in form time already)

Sports day however is this Friday and I am looking forward to it as it is our final one (due to the fact they will have finished Year 11 by this point next year!) it is always a pleasure to be part of and the teacher tug of war always goes down a treat!

Just to confirm to parents I will continue to be Year 10s Head of Year next year in Year 11 (Miss Deacon) along with Mr McPaul & Mrs Robinson continuing with me also as Assistant Heads of Year. Year 11’s journey mantra is the next steps and it will certainly feel like that with mocks, real exams and prom. I am excited for what the next academic year will bring!

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) 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

Despite the disruptions of this week, Year 9 students have been excellent. Even with the changes to our daily routine, they have shown exceptional adaptability and embraced the new one lunch, one break system fantastically. Well done, Year 9!

During the recent assembly, Mr. Hunt provided essential information about the upcoming Industry Day. Industry Day is an invaluable opportunity for our students to interact with professionals from various industries across the country. The presence of these industry representatives offers a unique chance for our students to gain insights, explore career options, and expand their knowledge about the world of work.

To participate fully in Industry Day, we kindly ask, if you haven’t already, that you promptly return the photograph consent forms to the school. Mr. Hunt emphasised the significance of making a positive impression on Industry Day. It is essential for students to dress smartly and exhibit an excellent attitude throughout the event. It would be excellent if you could encourage your child to wear appropriate attire that reflects professionalism and how people dress in the workplace environment.

We believe that Industry Day will provide a memorable and enlightening experience for our Year 9 students. By engaging with professionals from various fields, they will gain valuable insights into potential career paths and have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance.

If you have any questions or require further information regarding Industry Day, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you and ensure a successful event for all involved.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Year 9 team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

The end is in sight as we enter the penultimate week of Year 8; this will be our last ‘normal week’ of the school year and the time has simply flown by!

In our Act of Collective Worship last week, we had a lovely Assembly put together by 8By to celebrate the highs and lows of Year 8 and look back at photos from across the year. We were able to relive the first lessons of Year 8, sporting opportunities, trips such as Flamingo Land and the Culture Trip, Christmas celebrations, the Y8 disco – as well as all the little day-to-day moments that have contributed to our tapestry of Year 8 memories.

Year 8 have also trialled moving to a later break/lunch and this has been hugely successful on the whole. Whilst having smaller groupings and ‘bubbles’ were important during post-Covid recovery, we are already seeing the benefits of students having a shorter afternoon and being more focused and productive in the period before lunch. Students have also shown great personal responsibility in navigating their way around their new social areas – which are more expansive – and in organising themselves to get their lunch in the 2nd sitting of lunchtime. We hope this will be the beginning of a very strong start for social times in Year 9. If your child is in any way struggling with navigating the break/lunch changes, please advise the Year 8 team who are out on duty every break and lunchtime with students ready to support.

This week, we have our final Act of Collective Worship which will be a formal celebration and thank you assembly from the Year 8 team. Miss Chambers, Miss Waines and Mrs Reeder will be moving with Year 8 into Year 9, continuing to support and invest in students in our respective roles. The majority of students will also keep their Form tutors, so it is very much a consolidation of the year and then looking forward to next year as a collective.

This week, we have the whole school Sports Day on Friday. Both staff and students are feeling very excited for this one as one of the most enjoyable events in the school calendar! On the day, students will move around in their Houses and Year Groups to complete different group and individual activities. This usually includes Cricket/Rounders, a variety of field/athletic events, track races and Tug of War. Students will begin the day in an Extended Form time so that everyone is clear on the movements for the day, and the Year 8 team will move around with students during the day to supervise and cheer everyone on too. Students will be required to wear their PE kits on Friday, and then may accessorise for the weather as needed (a hat, drink and suncream usually being the most important additions!) We are hoping the weather forecast will pick up; as always, students will be advised to bring their normal equipment in case of adverse weather.

Parents should now have received your child’s end of year report and we hope it has offered a pleasing consolidation to the academic year. Some of the Year 8 reports this time around were looking absolutely fantastic! If you have any concerns – or if you have not seen your child’s report yet – please do get in touch and let us know.

For students embarking on the Languages trips in the final week, this will likely feel like their final week of Year 8. We hope that it can be a week of positivity, consolidating relationships and laying strong foundations for next year. We would really appreciate your support in ensuring your child continues to arrive equipped for school and respectful of all our usual school expectations this week so we can achieve the strong end to the year that everyone deserves.

Thank you for your continued support. The Year 8 team are on hand throughout the school day to support students and address any concerns. We try to encourage students to seek us out before school, break, lunch or after school if they have an issue they would like to discuss. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We have had another fantastic week with year 7. The year group continues to impress us with their amazing achievements and their seamless adjustment to our one break and one lunch timetable. They have shown their capabilities to follow routines brilliantly at lunch and throughout the school day.

There are some special mentions this week for some of our students. Firstly, a huge thank you to all of our buddies who supported the Year 6 transition events this week. You were outstanding and excellent ambassadors of our school. We are very proud of you all and the year 6 pupils are lucky to have you supporting them in September. Thank you and well done!

Secondly, on Friday we enjoyed a celebration event with some of our year 7s who had exceptional school reports. It was fantastic to celebrate with those students.

Next week is our final week on timetabled lessons and on Friday we will enjoy our whole school sports day. Students are encouraged to wear their house colours for the day. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the weather.

Well done to our Students of the week this Week:
7ASU – George Payne – for being a firm but fair news presenter!
7CMM – Penny McDermott, Isla Hudson, and Eloise Niven- did themselves and the form proud; next year’s Year 7’s are lucky to have you as role models.
7PI – Molly I’Anson, Grace Buch and Lissia Horwell – making a brilliant start to the buddy role. Well done!
7HV – Evie Rycraft, Florence Kitney and Esme Robson for being excellent buddies
7MPE – Tess Arundel – For having an exceptional year. Flawless. Well done.
7CST – Finlay Price, Leyla Traboulsi and Aurelia Smy for being excellent buddies on both Monday and Wednesday, you were great. Well Done!
7MLN – Abbie Preece, Della Collins, Maisie Smart and Leila Gell for being amazing buddies and representing our form so positively on Tuesday.
7ZBL – Iris Oswald – For outstanding resilience and positivity. Well done and thank you!
7BL – Kacey Mills – for joining 7Bl and settling in form well. I hope you will be successful for the rest of Year 7 and then continue into Year 8.
7JHE –
7CY – Thamires Galvao for having a great first year at AHS, well done

Well Done to our Head of Year awards:
Dora Escombe 7JHE – For an amazing speech at open evening – well done!
Amelia Hanks 7ASU – For being a fantastic buddy and going the extra mile. Well Done!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 10 July is:

Perseverance

Noun: persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

“His perseverance with the technique showed his dedication to his work”.

Collective Worship

Theme
This week our form tutor collective worship is entitled Slow Down. It asks us to consider whether our lives are too busy and whether we need to pause and reflect more often than we do. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of rest and stillness.

Quotes
Monday – “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” – Walter Hagen, professional golfer

Tuesday – “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and charity worker

Wednesday – “Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” – The Bible. Jesus in Matthew ch11, v28

Thursday – “Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?” – The Bible. Jeremiah ch 2, v25

Friday – “Be still, and know that I am God.” – The Bible. Psalm 46, verse 10

10 July 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 3 July

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

We finished off last week in style as we celebrated with our Year 11 students at York racecourse for the leavers Prom. The ‘Prom under the stars’ was a fantastic evening, the students had a brilliant time and the Year 11 team really pulled out all of the stops to make it a wonderful evening. A special thanks to Miss Stocks for thinking of every little detail and making the evening such a memorable one. It was also great to see so many families at the start of the evening which helped make the evening so special for everyone involved. I am delighted that the students enjoyed themselves as they have worked incredibly hard this year and they have been an absolute credit to our school over the last five years. The students have been exemplary in their time with us and we are looking forward to seeing them again on the GCSE results day.

A reminder that as a school we are making preparations for our off timetable enrichment week which commences in the final week of term. Please keep a careful watch on parent pay for details regarding the rewards trips that take place in that week. Alongside this, your child will have received an enrichment week booklet highlighting all of the fantastic activities that are available during this week and in particular on the Friday. Please look at this booklet with your child at home as there are some notes on what equipment and clothing they might need for some of the activities (e.g. coming into school in sportswear if they are doing a sporting activity on one of the days).

I do need to highlight that unfortunately there will be further Industrial Action taking place on Wednesday 5 July and Friday 7 July. Last week you will have received a letter outlining details, however I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that school will be open to Year 6 and Year 12 on Wednesday 5 July and Year 7 and Year 12 on Friday 7 July.

Also I would like to remind families that for a two week period we will be trialling our return to one break and lunch arrangements. Please see below for the timings of the school day:

StartYear 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Sixth Form
8.45Morning registration
8.55Period 1
9.55Period 2
10.45Break (eating)
10.55Break (social)Break (eating and then social)Break (social)Break (eating)BreakBreak
11.05Break (eating)Break (social)
11.15Period 3
12.15Period 4
1.15Lunch (eating)Lunch (social)Lunch (social)Lunch (eating)LunchLunch
1.35Lunch (social)Lunch (eating)Lunch (eating)Lunch (social)
1.55Afternoon registration
2.15Period 5

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Henry Taylor7CSTFor living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Edward Wilson7MLNFor living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Charlie Roe8MSrThank you for your lovely charity fundraising ideas. Looking forward to joining Y9 student council.Compassion
Year 8 Lily Speak8DTkFantastic results in your recent bike race.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Jessica McDonald9DBsEmbodies compassion, trust and forgiveness. Polite and caring to others. Well done Jess!AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Avery Ellis9ECeConsistent hard work in all lessons for the whole of the year. Showing compassion and consideration to others. Well done Avery!AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Madison Lees10ABtFor a massive improvement around school and living the school values. Well done Madison!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Sarah Norman10DiFor an outstanding representation of the school during the Speak Out challenge.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 12 Henry Lucas12RMrFor his mature approach to his studies throughout the year and being a role model to others.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12Fin Lorimer12LvFor his mature approach to his studies throughout the year, and for volunteering to support PE lessons for the last two weeks.AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Key Dates:

  • A Level Mock Exams – wc 3rd July (will continue as normal despite possible strike action)
  • Y12 Enrichment Week (off timetable) – wc 10th July
  • Y12 UCAS Launch Evening – 11th July
  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July: All placements should now be on Grofar platform
  • Thursday 17th August
    • Yr13 A Level & BTEC Results – from 9am
    • Yr12 Results – from 11am

Year 12 End of Year Assessments Timetable

Students have their End of Year Assessments this week. We have had two weeks of excellent revision lessons and trust revision outside of lessons went well. These examinations will not be disrupted by planned strike action on the 5th and 7th July and silent study spaces are available within the sixth form building throughout the week for students who would like a quiet place to revise.

Monday 3rdTuesday 4thWednesday 5thThursday 6thFriday 7th
Morning 8:55
Period 1 & 2
English Literature 2hrs
Geography 1hr 30m
Religious Education 2hrsBiology 2hrs
Computing 1hr 30m
Politics 2hrs
Physics 2hrsChemistry 2hrs
Media Studies 1hr 30m
BREAKSports HallSports Hall and Exams 1 & 2Sports Hall & Exams 1Sports Hall & Exams 1 & 2Sports Hall
Midday 11:15
Period 3 & 4
History 2hrs
Theatre Studies 2hrs
Sociology 2hrs
Further Maths 2hrs 30m
Psychology 2hrs 30mEnglish Language 2hrs 30m
Music 2hrs
Mathematics 2hrs 30m
LUNCHSports Hall & Exams 1Sports HallSports Hall & Exams 2Sports Hall & Exams 2Sports Hall

Year 12 Enrichment Week
Next week we have our Year 12 Enrichment Week where students will have the opportunity to learn about the UCAS process, apprenticeships, gap years and routes into employment. Over summer we expect all students to write a first draft of a UCAS Personal Statement and the sessions in this week give students the tools to make an excellent start. We will also launch the Extended Project Qualification and challenge students to begin thinking about potential topics should they pick up EPQ in the Summer. We also have a day of study skill sessions in preparation for Year 13 and an Ethics and Philosophy day to investigate and consider theological questions. We have a Summer Social on Tuesday afternoon on the school field with sports, games and ice-creams provided for all students. The week finishes on Friday with a Sponsored Walk into Rowntrees Park for a picnic, before heading back to school to take part in the final races of Sports Day.

Medical Appointments
We understand that it is not easy to get a doctor or dentist appointment currently. However, we do ask that whenever possible these appointments are made outside the school day to minimise the impact on your childs’ learning. Due to the increasing number of missed lessons due to medical appointments, we are now asking for formal evidence of these appointments.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

It was fantastic to be able to celebrate and say farewell to our Year 11 students last Friday. It was a superb evening and I hope one that our students look back on with fondness.

I look forward to catching up with parents properly at prom and on results day in August, where I am sure we will all be celebrating the success of the students. However, in the meantime if there are any questions you have or require assistance in any way, then please feel free to get in touch.

As parents may be aware, we operate a uniform shop at school and would gladly appreciate any and all donations of uniform that is no longer needed. Equally, if your child has revision guides/resources that they no longer need we would also gratefully receive any of these. Any donations families want to make can be dropped off in reception.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

I am unbelievably delighted to start this bulletin by saying your young person has just completed their two-week mock exams in Year 10! As a school, we are so proud of how hard they have worked and their dedication to their studies. As a year group the outstanding work that students have done in the lead up to this intense two week period was really impressive and it seems that hard work has paid off! It’s important to remember that mock exams are a great way for students to get a feel for the real exams they will take in the future and these results will be an excellent foundation to build upon. We want to praise your child for a job well done and encourage them to keep up the great work!

Year 10 have been on the later lunchtime slot to facilitate the mock exams. Exams have now ended, however the whole school will be able to have lunch at the same time as each other now. This is a really positive thing, as it will allow for more extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime. As a year group we will go back to the field area that we have been all year and black square. We will have our own area of the field and need to stay in that area. Black square will be shared between year 9 and year 10 students who don’t wish to go on the field. Remember, for those students who like calm and quiet at lunchtime, the resource centre is the place to go.

Our students of the week this week are:

Sarah Norman – 10Di – For an outstanding representation of the school during the Speak Out challenge.
Madison Lees – 10ABt – For a massive improvement around school and living the school values. Well done Madison!

Leading on from the students of the week, I would just like to give a huge shout out to Sarah Norman. You may remember that a few months ago many year 10 students were involved in the Speak Out challenge. This was where pupils were given a day off their normal timetable and engaged in a workshop which was engineered towards developing public speaking skills. As I recall, all the students engaged with it really well! At the end of the day students gave a speech and were scored, Sarah was the winner for AHS. Sarah then went on to compete against other pupils from different schools. Thursday was the final of the speak out challenge which was held in Leeds at the carriageworks. I was fortunate enough to go and I was amazed with how engaging and confident Sarah was on stage discussing the topic of strike action in the UK. Whilst she didn’t win, I was so impressed with the flow of her speech and hooked in immediately with her talk on Freddos! Well done Sarah! We are all so proud of your amazing achievement!

Strike action will take place on Wednesday 5th July and Friday 7th July. I would just like to remind parents that work will be set on Google Classroom. No sanctions will be placed for students who miss any work, however any encouragement to complete work would be appreciated.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

We hope this message finds you well. It has been another excellent week for Year 9 in school this week, with students keeping up with the high standards they have set for themselves all year.

With all exams finally finished we will be reverting to a one break and lunch system, similar to the pre-COVID arrangement. This decision was explained during our collective worship session led by Mr. O’Brien, and form tutors have also discussed it with students throughout the week. We believe this adjustment will allow for smoother transitions between classes and provide an improved learning experience for all students, as well as allowing more time for students to attend extra-curricular activities.

We would also like to remind you to sign up for the reward trip to Drayton Manor via Parent Pay. It promises to be an exciting outing, and we encourage all eligible students to participate and celebrate their hard work.

Additionally, Enrichment Week is just around the corner. We kindly request that you ensure your child hands back their choices for the Friday activity day to their form tutors. This will help us finalise the arrangements and make the necessary preparations for a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in your child’s education. We appreciate your cooperation in these matters and look forward to a successful end to the academic year.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the year team with any questions.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

The summer term is fast coming to a close and the year 8 team is focusing on rounding off the year positively and preparing our students for a strong start in year 9.

As you will be aware from previous bulletins, we have often been really proud of the way our students have conducted themselves with the equipment at breaks and lunchtimes so it is with regret that we have had to bring in an equipment ban for at least the next week. After this point, we will review behaviour at breaks and lunchtimes as a whole and decide whether the equipment can be brought back again. We ask that you support us by reinforcing the message of being sensible, kind and compassionate when using the footballs and cricket bats at break and lunchtimes.

We are seeing a number of students challenging the rules around ties and students have been reminded of the need to look presentable with their top buttons done up and ties clipped on correctly. There have been a number of occasions where students have snatched the ties off one another and this has resulted in some getting damaged or lost. Some students have also coloured in their ties using felt tip pens. If this is the case with your child, a new, clean tie will need to be purchased as soon as possible.

The school is trialling a move back to having only one break and lunchtime which is how it was pre-Covid. If successful, this will remain in place in September. As such, our year 8s will be returning to the system they were on in year 7: AM registration, periods 1 and 2, breaktime, periods 3 and 4, lunchtime then PM registration and P5. We are confident that this will be a beneficial move for our students as it means the afternoon session is much shorter and will aid better concentration in lessons. Students have been made aware of this in assembly and will be supported and reminded over the next couple of weeks.
Next week, we have our final Act of Collective Worship led by one of our form groups. This half term, it will be led by Mr Bryan’s form and they have chosen to focus around the theme of year 8 memories. We look forward to seeing this next week!

As a year team, it is always a delight when we receive positive emails about members of our year group. This week, Miss Wheater informed us that she took a group of girls out for a sports leadership event where they conducted themselves fantastically. Well done to all the girls involved with this and thank you for living out our values into being. There is more information and pictures of this event in a longer section in the all school newsletter.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with reception who will direct you to the year team.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

It was great to see so many of you at our first full Parent’s Evening this year; we hope this was an informative and positive experience for families as we all seek to support your children to make the best progress and enjoy school. We’re very proud of the whole year group as they’ve made their journey through this year and embraced new challenges and opportunities. This will stand them in excellent stead as they move into Year 8 next year; onwards and upwards!

Please do contact us if you have any further queries or concerns about parent’s evening or have any other concerns.

Our Flamingoland trip is not far away now (Monday 17th July). Please fill in the consent via parent pay if you have not yet done so.

Congratulations to Edward Wilson and Henry Taylor who win our Head of Year Awards this week for living the school values and always doing the right thing.

Well Done to our Students of the Week:

7ASU – Ana-Rose Lemos – for being an excellent presenter of The News.
7CMM – Lillymae Hardcastle – For such positive feedback from your teachers in your End of Year report. Well done!
7PI – Molly I’Anson – For helping with litter picking and looking after our school. Well Done!
7HV – Seb Wilford – For a fabulous end of year report, well done!
7MPE – Charlie Dixon – For just cracking on with no fuss. You have had a great first year at AHS. Well done.
7CST – Henry Taylor – For an excellent end of year report, and for being a lovely memeber of our form. Keep up the hard work in Year 8 . Well done Henry!
7MLN – Sam Godson – For always doing your best and for being a kind and lovely member of the form.
7JHE – Leonard Reed-Platts – for being a kind friend to others
7BL – Rebecca Ulliott – for an excellent End of Year report. Keep up the hard work in Year 8 too. Well done!
7ZBL – William Roelofs – For an exceptional report and getting involved in lots of extra opportunities such as Bright Sparks challenges. Well done!
7CY – William Johnson – for a great end of year report, well done. Keep up the hard work!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 3 July is:

Validity
Noun: The quality of being logically or factually sound
You might question the validity of our data.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week looks at the issue of Anger, looking at what can cause it and the different forms it takes. We look at when Jesus was angry about injustice. Our quotes this week are all religious teachings on anger.

Quotes
Monday – “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
– The Buddha, founder of the Buddhist religion 5thC BC

Tuesday – “Fools give full vent to their anger, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
– Proverbs 29.11, The Bible

Wednesday – “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not let the sun go down on your anger.”
– Ephesians 4:26

Thursday – “Anger begins with madness and ends with regret.”
– Imam Ali, cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad – 7thC

Friday – “Don’t give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble.”
– Psalm 37:8 The Bible

3 July 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 26 June

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

It was fantastic to be able to celebrate and say farewell to our Year 13 students as part of the Prom last Friday evening. We shall miss these students as they have been an absolute delight and an asset to our school over the last seven years. We wish them the very best in their future endeavours but we are also looking forward to celebrating with them on their results day in August.

Our Year 7 students had a brilliant time last week as they visited Flamborough Head as part of their Geography studies.

Around 50 of our Year 9 students had a superb trip to Dalby Forest for a wellbeing festival -it was a great day filled with activities and experiences that contributed to their overall wellbeing.

Mock examinations continue this week for our Year 10 students who continue to work hard for these assessments. The students have shown a strong commitment to their studies which will inevitably place them in a good position for these 10 mock examinations, which serve as key academic benchmarks.

We look forward to welcoming families of Year 7 into school on Wednesday 28 June as part of the Year 7 Progress evening. During this evening you will get the opportunity to speak to subject teachers in order to discuss your child’s academic progress this year and their next steps.

On Friday, we celebrate again – this time with our Year 11 students at the Racecourse as part of their Prom!

A reminder that as a school we are making preparations for our off timetable enrichment week which commences in the final week of term. Please keep a careful watch on parent pay for details regarding the rewards trips that take place in that week. Alongside this, your child will have received an enrichment week booklet highlighting all of the fantastic activities that are available during this week and in particular on the Friday. Please look at this booklet with your child at home as there are some notes on what equipment and clothing they might need for some of the activities (e.g. coming into school in sportswear if they are doing a sporting activity on one of the days).

I do need to highlight that unfortunately there will be further Industrial Action taking place on Wednesday 5 July and Friday 7 July. We will write to you shortly regarding details for these two days of strike action. However, we are now in a position to confirm that school will be open to Year 6 and Year 12 on Wednesday 5 July and Year 7 and Year 12 on Friday 7 July.

As we prepare to move back to a communal lunch hour we wanted to share with you some of the exciting changes that will be happening over the summer to ensure all students have access to a fantastic catering experience.

Year 11 – Courtyard Cafe
The biggest work will be for Year 11 where we will be increasing the size of the kitchen to allow for a full service in their own communal space. In order to increase the seating we will be adding a large canopy extension to allow the entire year group to eat and socialise together – even in wet weather!

Main school
Additionally we will be adding further seating to the front of school to allow all year groups the chance to enjoy their lunch in warmth and comfort. These canopies are also ideal spaces to enjoy some fresh air whilst being protected from the changeable weather.

And that’s not all…. 

We recognise the importance of all children accessing good quality food throughout the school and so in order to ensure that we can feed every child we are also increasing the numbers of serving tills, ovens and catering equipment to allow for a quick and efficient service.

Pricing
We try to keep our pricing as simple as possible. All of our meals are prepared fresh every day by our fantastic in-school catering team.

Free School Meals
Our generous free school meal allowance of £3.00 a day allows all children in receipt to access a snack at break and a full hot meal and pudding at lunch.

Remember you can see what your child is accessing via www.parentpay.com

Linked to this, for a two week period which commences Monday 3 July we will be trialling our return to one break and lunch arrangements. Please see below for the timings of the school day:

StartYear 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Sixth Form
8.45Morning registration
8.55Period 1
9.55Period 2
10.45Break (eating)
10.55Break (social)Break (eating and then social)Break (social)Break (eating)BreakBreak
11.05Break (eating)Break (social)
11.15Period 3
12.15Period 4
1.15Lunch (eating)Lunch (social)Lunch (social)Lunch (eating)LunchLunch
1.35Lunch (social)Lunch (eating)Lunch (eating)Lunch (social)
1.55Afternoon registration
2.15Period 5

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Ellisiya Dickson7JHEFor standing up for what is right. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Evie Glaves7MPEFor living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Isabel Weyman8MSrThank you for spending time litter picking and for your lovely charity fundraising ideas.Compassion
Year 8 Maisie Waites8ERsThank you for spending time litter picking and for your lovely charity fundraising ideas.Compassion
Year 9 Daisy Bailey9KCeA fantastic turn around in terms of attendance, attitude and overall performance in form and lessons.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Lily Walker9ApLily has lived the school values every day she had been at AHS. A fantastic student who will be missed when she leaves.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Maxine Whitwell10MHeFor being so proactive and kind to our new starter in Year 10. Well done Maxine!Compassion
Year 10 Caitlin Taylor10JLiFor being so proactive and kind to our new starter in Year 10. Well done Caitlin!Compassion
Year 12 Ruby Mason12HGaFor giving her ‘cooking on a budget’ enrichment bolognese with a hungry member of staffCompassion
Year 12Hanna Burakova12NcConsistently high effort and commitment to doing well at AHS! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

Y13 Key Dates:

  • A Level Results – Thursday 17th August

Congratulations Year 13
Congratulations to our Yr13 students who have completed their BTEC coursework and had their final A-Level exams last week. This brings to end their 7 year (or two year) journey at Archbishop Holgate’s School and they were able to celebrate in style at their end of year prom at the Hilton on Friday night.

A huge thanks to Mrs Walton, Mr MacFarlane and the rest of the sixth form team for arranging a fantastic event! We look forward to welcoming you back to sixth form in August for you to collect your results.

Y12 Upcoming dates

  • Hull University Trip – 28th June: Please ensure you register for the event through the Google Classroom link
  • Oxford University Trip – 28th June: Reply slips to Mr Gladstone asap please
  • A Level Mock Exams – wc 3rd July (will continue as normal despite possible strike action)
  • Y12 Enrichment Week (off timetable) – wc 10th July
  • Y12 UCAS Launch Evening – 11th July
  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July: All placements should now be on Grofar platform

REMINDER Yr 12 Competitive Admissions Test Tuition

SESSION 1SESSION 2SESSION 3
BMAT Group 1Mon 15th May 11:15-12:15pmMon 22nd May 11:15-12:15Mon 5th June 11:15-12:15pm
BMAT Group 2Thurs 18th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 25th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 8th June 12:55-13:55
UCAT Group 1Weds 14th June 2-3pmWeds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm
UCAT Group 2Weds 17th May 2-3pmWeds 24th May 2-3pmWeds 7th June 2-3pm
MATWeds 14th June 13:45-14:45Weds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm

Year 12 End of Year Assessments Timetable
Students are entering the second of two weeks worth of revision lessons in their A-Level subjects. End of Year Assessments take place in the week beginning July 3rd and students have had useful revision strategy materials shared with them on the year group Google Classroom and have been encouraged to speak with subject staff for additional strategies.

Medical Appointments
We understand that it is not easy to get a doctor or dentist appointment currently. However, we do ask that whenever possible these appointments are made outside the school day to minimise the impact on your child’s learning. Due to the increasing number of missed lessons due to medical appointments, we are now asking for formal evidence of these appointments.

Monday 3rdTuesday 4thWednesday 5thThursday 6thFriday 7th
Morning 8:55
Period 1 & 2
English Literature 2hrs
Geography 1hr 30m
Religious Education 2hrsBiology 2hrs
Computing 1hr 30m
Politics 2hrs
Physics 2hrsChemistry 2hrs
Media Studies 1hr 30m
BREAKSports HallSports Hall and Exams 1 & 2Sports Hall & Exams 1Sports Hall & Exams 1 & 2Sports Hall
Midday 11:15
Period 3 & 4
History 2hrs
Theatre Studies 2hrs
Sociology 2hrs
Further Maths 2hrs 30m
Psychology 2hrs 30mEnglish Language 2hrs 30m
Music 2hrs
Mathematics 2hrs 30m
LUNCHSports Hal & Exams 1Sports HallSports Hall & Exams 2Sports Hall & Exams 2Sports Hall

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

Now that the Year 11 examinations have finally finished the team would like to congratulate our fantastic students on their commitment and conduct throughout the exam season. I hope to see you all back for the sixth form, but I wish you every success for the future regardless of the path you choose. I would also like to take his opportunity to thank the parents, who have been brilliant to work with. I have really valued the open and honest communication we have had and I think this has played a significant part in the success of the year group. Finally, I ‘d like to thank the amazing pastoral team I have had the pleasure to work with over the last few years, who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety, wellbeing and academic success of the students in year 11.

I look forward to catching up with parents properly at prom and on results day in August, where I am sure we will all be celebrating the success of the students. However, in the meantime if there are any questions you have or require assistance in any way, then please feel free to get in touch.

As parents may be aware, we operate a uniform shop at school and would gladly appreciate any and all donations of uniform that is no longer needed. Equally, if your child has revision guides/resources that they no longer need we would also gratefully receive any of these. Any donations families want to make can be dropped off in reception.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

As a year team we are extremely happy to report that Year 10 are halfway through their mock exam period, and so far, they have been absolutely smashing it! We’ve been impressed with their hard work and dedication to their studies, and we hope you are too. We understand that mock exams can be a stressful time for students, but we encourage you to continue showing your support and encouraging them on. One more week to do and then I’m sure we will be celebrating success!

A few reminders as we enter the last week of mocks (Monday 26th June for two weeks):

  1. We ask families for 100% attendance, in full school uniform and on time to make sure we can spend time with our young people getting them ready to go in for their exam.
  2. They have the correct equipment, clear pencil case, two black pens, two pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener, protractor, compass, scientific calculator (they don’t need this until Thursday’s maths exam).

Mock exams are a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and even just get a good understanding of how the exam process works, we are really enjoying seeing our young people shine.

I would like to wish Year 10 good luck for next week! As I have said, the year group as a whole have been amazing last week and I hope that this continues!

Next week the exam schedule looks as follows:

Monday
9AM – Computer science (1h 30min)
9AM – PT Paper 1 (1h 15min)
11:15AM – History Paper 2 (1h)

Tuesday
9AM – Geography Paper 2 (1h 5m)
11:15AM – Spanish Reading/Listening

Wednesday
9AM – Religious Education (55m)
11:15AM – German Reading/Listening

Thursday
9AM – French/German/Spanish writing
11:15 – Sociology (1h 45m)
11:15 – Music (1h 30m)
11:15 – Drama (1h 45m)

Friday
9AM – History Paper 3 (1h 20m)
11:15 – PT Paper 2 (1h 15m)
11:15 – Food Tech (1h 20m)

I quick reminder I would like to make is that the rewards trip in the last week of term to Alton Towers, linked to good behaviour and attendance in the mocks, permission and payment is done online through ParentPay – if you are struggling to access this please contact reception and they can ask finance to resend details on how to login for you. I know the year group are already looking forward to enrichment week and the trip to Alton Towers, it will certainly be a fun well deserved day!

Our students of the week this week are:

Maxine Whitwell – 10MHe – For being so proactive and kind in helping out our new starter in Year 10! Well done Maxine!
Caitlin Taylor – 10JLi – For being so proactive and kind in helping out our new starter in Year 10! Well done Caitlin!

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy), Miss Deacon (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@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

This week has been another fantastic week for Year 9, they are continuing the high standards that they set themselves as a year group from the beginning of the school 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.

Mrs. Mennell and Mrs. Calvert organised a wonderful trip to Dalby Forest for a wellbeing festival, taking along 50 enthusiastic students. It was a fantastic day filled with activities and experiences that contributed to their overall well-being. The students had a blast, and we’re grateful to our dedicated staff for arranging such a memorable event.

We also want to remind you to sign up for the rewards trip to Drayton Manor through Parent Pay. This trip promises to be a fantastic opportunity for our students to enjoy some fun and relaxation as a reward for their hard work. Please ensure you complete the sign-up process promptly to secure a spot for your child.

Additionally, just another reminder for your child to submit the choices for Enrichment Week Friday activities as soon as possible. This will allow us to finalise the plans and ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all students involved.

Lastly, Mr. O’Brien led a collective worship session this week, focusing on the importance of exercise. He emphasised the numerous benefits of physical activity and encouraged our students to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Year 9 team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We have been lucky enough to enjoy another week in Year 8 of predominantly nice weather and students are beginning to excitedly turn their thoughts towards the end of term and the start of Year 9.

Students now have their Enrichment week booklets to inform them of arrangements for the final week of term. The most important task for students is to make the choices for their Friday activities where they can choose what they would like to do. There isn’t a deadline for this as such, but it is being done on a first-come-first-serve basis and students who have not yet handed in their slips may find they haven’t secured a place in popular activities. In the rest of the week, Monday will be a day for students to do taster sessions in subjects that are only offered at GCSE and A level; Tuesday will be Flamingo Land; on Wednesday students will gain experience of planning and coordinating a community event; and Thursday will be a Year 8 Sports Day. We also have the whole school Sports Day taking place on the penultimate Friday in school, as always.

Around half of the Year 8 cohort will be participating in the Languages trips and travelling abroad. Whilst we appreciate this means they will miss Enrichment Week in school this year, this is a phenomenal opportunity for them to partake in a range of enrichment opportunities and visits abroad. Year 8 is unique in that our students may have vastly different experiences depending on whether they are on the Languages trips abroad or in school for Enrichment week, but the aim remains the same across both – to give students the very best experience and to maximise their opportunities.

As we approach the end of the year, we do find students need more guidance and support in their usual routines. Understandably, students are becoming excited about all the off-timetable plans we have in store for them, as well as the treat of a six week holiday with their family and friends. We do need to remind students that there is still 4 weeks left of school, and our expectations remain at the usual high standards. Unlike in Year 7, the majority of students will be keeping their Form tutors and the Year 8 team will stay with Year 8 as they move into Year 9. In the first part of the year, we spoke a lot about ‘first impressions’, and this has now turned to a focus on making ‘lasting impressions’ and finishing the year strongly.

We would very much appreciate your support in embedding high expectations at home and keeping up normal school routines of homework, bedtimes and limiting screen time in the evening which enables students to be successful in school. We are also grateful for you enforcing that your child must wait until the 6 week holidays for false nails/acrylics or temporary hair colour changes. As the weather continues to be very warm, we appreciate parents ensuring your child wears sunscreen and keeps a water bottle with them to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, we cannot allow water fights in school and we are grateful for your support in reinforcing this at home.

Thank you for your continued support. The Year 8 team are on hand throughout the school day to support students and address any concerns. We try to encourage students to seek us out before school, break, lunch or after school if they have an issue they would like to discuss. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

This week we went to Flamborough Head and Bridlington on a Geography trip. The Year 7s looked at the impact of longshore drift and coastal erosion. We are very proud of how well our students behaved and engaged in the activities. A special shout out to ASu, CMm, Pi and Hv who showed great resilience in the rain!

On Wednesday we are looking forward to meeting you all at Parents Evening. Please sign in at the main reception where you will be provided with a map to help you find all of the teachers. We encourage year 7 students to attend with their family so that they can be involved in the conversations that take place. Students are able to make appointments with the Year 7 team if this would be useful, please ask them to speak to their form tutor about this.

We are very excited for our rewards trip to Flamingo Land which will take place in Enrichment week on 17th July. Please remember to fill in the consent form on ParentPay so that we know you are attending.

Finally, it is hard to believe that we are reaching the end of the year. The year group continue to do themselves proud and keep high standards. We are very proud of them. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact the year team.

Well Done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU – Safeea Lalowski for leading the Desert Island game in my absence. Well done!
7CMM – Charlotte Crowe- wonderful contribution to Flamborough Trip, and for helping the school in a Rounder fixture. Busy week!
7PI – Natty Greenhouse – for a fantastic first year at AHS. Very well done Natty!
7HV – Arjun Vellanki – Great participation to our daily Wordle
7MPE -Thomas Noret – for being a fantastic member of 7MPE! Well Done!
7CST – Isaac Ashun- For his excellent reading and contribution in The News, giving his opinion on some of the issues we read. Well done Issac!
7MLN – Maisie Smart – for being a fantastic pupil and member of the form, well done!
7JHE – Nelith Perera Padukkage – for always being polite and friendly to everyone
7BL – Archie Harris – Making a big effort to take responsibility and engaging in form discussions with mature ideas.
7ZBL – Ruby Smith – for outstanding resilience and kindness towards others.
7CY – Soraya Clifton Masters for her effort and participation on the school trip

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 26 June is:

Renounce

Verb: formally declare one’s abandonment of a right or possession

“He renounced his claim to the title.”

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship is entitled ‘Robert Holgate’. It has been written by members of the AHS RE Ambassadors team and explores the life and work of Archbishop Robert Holgate, the founder of our school. Our daily quotes are on the theme of both Education and Justice.

Quotes

Monday
“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey; American television producer, actress, author

Tuesday:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela; first democratic President of South Africa

Wednesday:
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel; Holocaust survivor and writer

Thursday:
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” – John Lewis; American politician and civil rights activist

Friday:
“Without justice, there can be no peace.” – Martin Luther King; Baptist Minister, writer and Civil Rights campaigner

26 June 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 19 June

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

This week starts with the mock examinations for Year 10 students who have worked incredibly hard in the lead up to these assessments. The students have shown a strong commitment to their studies which will inevitably place them in a good position for these 10 mock examinations, which serve as key academic benchmarks.

Over the first half of the week our Year 7 students will take part in the trips to Flamborough Head as part of their Geography studies. This is a fantastic trip in which students will learn about coastal features and the tourism industry within this area.

The week rounds off with our Year 13 Prom which takes place on Friday at the Hilton. We are all very much looking forward to wishing our students celebrating their time with us at Archbishop Holgate’s School and wishing them farewell ahead of their next steps.

As a school we are making preparations for our off timetable enrichment week which commences in the final week of term. Please keep a careful watch on parent pay for details regarding the rewards trips that take place in that week. Alongside this, your child will have received an enrichment week booklet highlighting all of the fantastic activities that are available during this week and in particular on the Friday. Please look at this booklet with your child at home as there are some notes on what equipment and clothing they might need for some of the activities (e.g. coming into school in sportswear if they are doing a sporting activity on one of the days).

Finally, I do need to highlight that unfortunately there will be further Industrial Action taking place on Wednesday 5 July and Friday 7 July. We will write to you shortly regarding details for these two days of strike action.

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Numan Ahmed7CSTFor living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 7 Holly Williams7CYFor living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Lily Jackson8ECoWell done for your fantastic performance in the Girl’s Football county cup!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Meyra Mehmed8MSrWell done for your fantastic performance in the Girl’s Football county cup AND for being girl of the match scoring a hat-trick!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Lucy Norman8ECoWell done for your fantastic performance in the Girl’s Football county cup!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Grace Slack8BSlWell done for your fantastic performance in the Girl’s Football county cup!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 8 Elinor Bevan8ERsWell done for your fantastic performance in the Girl’s Football county cup!AHS Journey – ‘Opportunities’
Year 9 Lowri Spruce9CrA model student who consistently lives the school values.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Holly Hunter9NThFor being a kind, compassionate and supportive friend.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Russell Broadbent10ABtFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Harley Young10KMdFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 All of you!Year 11Well done for completing your GCSEs (for the majority of you!) Those that still have a few left next week – one last push and the we can celebrate!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Ben Rowan12HGaFor amazing teamwork and helping members of the team that were struggling on the protective service expedition.Compassion
Year 12Regan Nicholas12 EDnFor amazing teamwork and helping members of the team that were struggling on the protective service expedition.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

Y13 Key Dates:

  • Prom – Friday 23rd June Hilton, York
  • A Level Results – Thursday 17th August (invites have already been sent)

BTEC Stand-Down
For our Year 13 BTEC students that have not yet completed their coursework and been signed -off, they must attend school each day to their timetable BTEC lessons and when not in a timetabled lesson we have a planned study space for them to continue working on their coursework to meet our very tight deadlines before we submit final marks. Students that do not meet the deadline will not be able to claim their qualification this year. It is important that they continue to attend.

REMINDER A Level Exam Timetable
Please find below the next week’s timetable of exams. The rest of the timetable will follow each week.

  • Students arrive 15 mins before the exam start time.
  • All students go to Black Square to check the seating plans and then go to their location.

Possible locations:

  1. Sports Hall
  2. Drama Studio
  3. SFS
  4. SF Library
  5. SF Café
DateExamDurationLocationExamDurationLocation
Monday 19 JuneFrench Paper 2
Computer Science Paper 2
2hr
2hr 30m
SF Library
SF Library
Chemistry Paper 2
RE Paper 2
2hr
2hr
SF Library
SF Library
Tuesday 20 JuneMaths Paper 32hrSF Library
Wednesday 21 JuneBiology Paper 32hrCafé
Thursday 22 June
Friday 23 JuneChemistry Paper 3
RE Paper 3
2hr
2hr
SF Library
SF Library

Y12 Upcoming dates

  • Hull University Trip – 28th June: Please ensure you register for the event through the Google Classroom link
  • Oxford University Trip – 28th June: Reply slips to Mr Gladstone asap please
  • A Level Mock Exams – wc 3rd July
  • Y12 Enrichment Week (off timetable) – wc 10th July
  • Y12 UCAS Evening – 11th July
  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July: All placements should now be on Grofar platform

REMINDER Yr 12 Competitive Admissions Test Tuition

SESSION 1SESSION 2SESSION 3
BMAT Group 1Mon 15th May 11:15-12:15pmMon 22nd May 11:15-12:15Mon 5th June 11:15-12:15pm
BMAT Group 2Thurs 18th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 25th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 8th June 12:55-13:55
UCAT Group 1Weds 14th June 2-3pmWeds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm
UCAT Group 2Weds 17th May 2-3pmWeds 24th May 2-3pmWeds 7th June 2-3pm
MATWeds 14th June 13:45-14:45Weds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm

Year 12 End of Year Assessments Timetable
Students are entering the first of two weeks worth of revision lessons in their A-Level subjects. End of Year Assessments takes place in the week beginning July 3rd. Students have had useful revision strategy materials shared with them on the year group Google Classroom and have been encouraged to speak with subject staff for additional strategies. It is expected that revision at home will have begun by now.

Monday 3rdTuesday 4thWednesday 5thThursday 6thFriday 7th
Morning 8:55
Period 1 & 2
English Literature 2hrs
Geography 1hr 30m
Religious Education 2hrsBiology 2hrs
Computing 1hr 30m
Politics 2hrs
Physics 2hrsChemistry 2hrs
Media Studies 1hr 30m
BREAKSports HallSports Hall and Exams 1 & 2Sports Hall & Exams 1Sports Hall & Exams 1 & 2Sports Hall
Midday 11:15
Period 3 & 4
History 2hrs
Theatre Studies 2hrs
Sociology 2hrs
Further Maths 2hrs 30m
Psychology 2hrs 30mEnglish Language 2hrs 30m
Music 2hrs
Mathematics 2hrs 30m
LUNCHSports Hal & Exams 1Sports HallSports Hall & Exams 2Sports Hall & Exams 2Sports Hall

Medical Appointments

We understand that it is not easy to get a doctor or dentist appointment currently. However, we do ask that whenever possible these appointments are made outside the school day to minimise the impact on your child’s learning. Due to the increasing number of missed lessons due to medical appointments, we are now asking for formal evidence of these appointments.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

Another superb week for Year 11, with the vast majority of the students finishing their exams this week. They were overjoyed to be finished and I am really proud of how hard they have worked over this marathon exam season. I know the students of Further Maths and Food Technology still have exams next week, but I would like to say the conduct of the Year group throughout this period has been superb. I am sure we will all be celebrating some really positive outcomes in the summer on results day.

Myself and Miss Stocks went to visit the Prom venue this week, to see how the preparations for the event were going. I am really excited about the venue at the racecourse, and I’m sure the students will have a well deserved celebration for all the hard work they have put into their exams. We have hired an official photographer for the evening, but parents are more than welcome to have photographs as they drop the student off on their way into Prom. If you have any questions or concerns before the event, please feel free to get in touch with a member of the Year 11 pastoral team and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

As this is the last parent newsletter piece I will be writing, I wanted to mark the occasion by saying a few thank you’s. Firstly, I want to thank the students, who have been an absolute pleasure over the last three years. It has been a real privilege to see you become the fantastic young people you are today and I am very proud to have been a small part of that. I know that we have a vast number of musicians, athletes, actors, academics and artists in the year group, but whatever you find yourself doing in the future I know you will be a success.

I hope to see you all back for the sixth form, but I wish you every success for the future regardless of the path you choose. I would also like to take his opportunity to thank the parents, who have been brilliant to work with. I have really valued the open and honest communication we have had and I think this has played a significant part in the success of the year group. Finally, I ‘d like to thank the amazing pastoral team I have had the pleasure to work with over the last few years, who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety, wellbeing and academic success of the students in year 11.

I look forward to catching up with parents properly at prom and on results day in August, where I am sure we will all be celebrating the success of the students. However, in the meantime if there are any questions you have or require assistance in any way, then please feel free to get in touch. 

As parents may be aware, we operate a uniform shop at school and would gladly appreciate any and all donations of uniform that is no longer needed.  Equally, if your child has revision guides/resources that they no longer need we would also gratefully receive any of these.  Any donations families want to make can be dropped off in reception. 

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team.

It has been a real pleasure to see how well Year 10 have stepped up to their mock revision over the last few weeks, lots of our year group have taken on board the advice given in form time and in our Acts of Collective Worship and it is clear they want to do well. I just want to say before the mocks start I am extremely proud of their effort they have put in and more importantly they should be proud of themselves, I am certain we are going to have a successful few weeks.

Therefore a few reminders for mocks starting next week (Monday 19th June for two weeks):

  1. We ask families for 100% attendance, in full school uniform and on time to make sure we can spend time with our young people getting them ready to go in for their exam.
  2. They have the correct equipment, clear pencil case, two black pens, two pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener, protractor, compass, scientific calculator (they don’t need this until Thursday’s maths exam).

Mock exams are a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and even just get a good understanding of how the exam process works, I am really looking forward to seeing our young people shine.

Furthermore please click here for the presentation from the mock information evening that myself and Miss McDermott delivered.

As I have previously mentioned, we have been giving rewards for students doing independent revision including rewards for attending 5 sessions, I have given lots of these out this week which has been fantastic.

Furthermore on Wednesday P5, the top students who had attended the most revision sessions had pizza, ice cream and a game of rounders on the field, to celebrate their effort in revision for their mocks, the students were as follows:

Lewis Gray 10SLa
Oscar Pearson 10MHe
Mia Bell 10KMd
Imogen Dean 10ABt
Madison Lees 10ABt
Ed Candlin 10ABt
Clementine Ensor 10ABt
Iza Fisher 10EWr
Ella-Mae Norman 10KMd
Thomas Leonard 10JLi
Jasmine Lowe 10ABt
Russell Broadbent 10ABt
Cynthia Lakos 10EWr
Archie Prescott 10ABt
Emily Barber 10KMd
Imogen Brewer 10Ha
Eloise Burn 10SLa
Joseph Coyle 10ABt
Poppy Hearld 10ABt
Leah Imran 10EWr
Lola Keogh 10ABt
India Reynolds 10ABt
Keira Sharp 10KMd
Ibrahim Katesh 10JLi
Katheryn Seavers 10Pl
Luke Richardson 10RDn

I just wanted to say spending time with these students was a real pleasure, it truly was a joy and makes me so proud to be Head of Year 10. Mr McPaul and I had a fantastic time and I got great pleasure in my team beating Mr McPauls at rounders (unfortunately for him I will never let him forget it)!

Good luck Year 10 for next week, I am sure you will all have a fantastic few weeks of mocks.

Another thing to mention is the rewards trip in the last week of term to Alton Towers, linked to good behaviour and attendance in the mocks, permission and payment is done online through ParentPay – if you are struggling to access this please contact reception and they can ask finance to resend details on how to login for you. I know the year group are already looking forward to enrichment week and the trip to Alton Towers, it will certainly be a fun well deserved day!

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) 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

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate Year 9 on their recent assessment week. They displayed great resilience and dedication, especially considering the warm weather conditions. Well done to all the students for their hard work and commitment.

With the weather being so warm at the moment we encourage students to take precautions when outside at lunch and break. We would encourage them to wear sun cream, a hat, to cover up from the sun as much as possible, drink plenty of water throughout the day and to seek shade when outside if they become too warm.

We would like to remind you that the sign-up for the Drayton Manor trip is open via Parent Pay. This trip is a reward for all the hard work that students have done throughout the year and we would love as many students as possible to attend the trip. This exciting outing is a fantastic opportunity for the students to have a memorable day and create lasting memories. We encourage you to secure your child’s spot as soon as possible.

Additionally, we would like to inform you that enrichment week is just around the corner. Booklets containing detailed information about the activities planned for each day have been distributed to the students this Friday. Enrichment week promises to be an exciting time for the students, providing them with unique learning experiences and opportunities for personal growth.

We appreciate your ongoing support and involvement in your child’s education. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

The half term is well underway now and students have been enjoying the lovely weather this week! It has been great to see students playing with the sports equipment at breaks and lunchtimes or having some quiet time in the shade in the courtyard cafe or the libraries. The weather is now very hot so we encourage students to come to school with a sun hat and sunglasses to wear between lessons and at social times as well as sun cream and enough water bottles to fill at breaks and lunchtimes to keep them hydrated throughout the school day. Students are still expected to wear their ties with top buttons done up at this stage but are no longer required to bring their red jumper into school. Thank you for your ongoing support with our uniform rules.

There is a buzz around school as we look towards the final week of term and enrichment activities! If your child is going on one of the languages trips abroad, you should have attended a parent meeting earlier this week giving you information about itinerary, packing list and what to expect on the trip. If your child is not going on one of these trips, they will have received an enrichment week booklet with a detailed list of the activities they will be taking part in during the last week of term. As with last year, these activities are a mixture of sporting activities, creative activities as well as a personal choice of three different one hour sessions on the final Friday. Please do look at this booklet with your child at home as there are some notes on what equipment and clothing they might need for some of the activities (e.g. coming into school in sportswear if they are doing a sporting activity on one of the days).

If students are in school that final week, they will also be going to Flamingoland on the Tuesday. We are asking that parents cover the cost of the theme park as school are paying for the coaches to transport students there. If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium support, we are asking that you give a contribution towards this. Please make sure you do fill out Parent Pay as this is where we are gaining consent for your child to go on the trip. Any problems or queries, please do let us know.

Finally, I would like to point you in the direction of our longer year 8 segment in the newsletter this week which goes into more detail about some of the successes and achievements we have had this year and includes some lovely pictures of our students at the year 8 disco.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with reception who can put you in touch with our team and a polite reminder that if you would like to see our team in person, you must make an appointment with reception first.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We have had a lovely week with year 7 in the sunshine. It has been lovely to see students independently managing their routine with a full week of lessons. As the weather is getting warmer, please ensure your child is well equipped for the heat. We recommend students wear sun cream every day, wear a cap/hat where appropriate and bring a bottle of water every day. There are hydration stations around school where students can refill bottles throughout the day.

This week students received their parents evening letters and appointment sheets. They were spoken to by the year team about how to manage and book their own appointments. This is a great way for students to learn independence, confidence and organisation. If you feel your child may need support with this, you cannot come to parents evening or have any questions about it please contact the year team via main school reception.

Students also received their enrichment week booklet on Friday. They need to choose 3 activity choices from the list for their Friday options on the last day of term. These are allocated on a first come first served basis and students are asked to pick 2 reserves. Students can hand these to the year team, form tutor or to main reception.

Finally, it is hard to believe that we are reaching the end of the year. The year group continue to do themselves proud and keep high standards. We are very proud of them. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact the year team.

Well Done to our Students of the Week:
7ASU – Izzy Carter – for being an excellent and articulate presenter of the News!
7CMM – Isabel Thomas- For shining when representing the school this fortnight in Athletics. Brilliant stuff!
7PI – Lily Croft – a fantastic first year at AHS. Very well done Lily!
7HV – Sofia Boudjema- For bringing in your joke cards, we loved them!
7MPE – Luca Temple – for being a fantastic member of 7MPE. Well Done!!
7CST – Maisie Bennett- For having a great half term so far and for contributing in form time discussions. Well done Maisie!
7MLN – Oliver Duffil – For always being polite and cheerful, thanks for being such a positive pupil!
7JHE – Gabriel Lewis – for holding himself to high standards!
7BL – Penny Adlam-for always being organised and punctual to lessons. Attendance has also been great. Keep it up!
7ZBL – Lily Owen-Wright – for fantastic attendance, punctuality and lots of positives! Well done.
7CY – Jonno Hall-Mckenzie for always living out the school values. You have had a fantastic year so far. Well Done!

Well Done to our two Head of Year Awards:
Numan Ahmed 7CST – For living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!
Holly Williams 7CY – For living the school values every day and always doing the right thing. Well Done!

Word of the week

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

Unrelenting

Adjective: not yielding in strength, severity or determination

“The heat was unrelenting”

Collective Worship

Theme
This coming week is Refugee Week in the UK and our form tutor collective worship is inspired by this theme. We will consider a number of factors surrounding this issue and look at some of the realities of being a refugee. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of our response to refugees..

Quotes
Monday:
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
Matthew 25: 35, The Bible

Tuesday:
“A refugee is someone who survived and who can create the future.”
Amela Koluder, Norwegian author

Wednesday:
“You should act toward the stranger who lives among you as you would toward one born among you. Love him as you love yourself.”
Leviticus 19: 34, The Bible

Thursday:
“We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society.”
Juliet Stevenson, English actress of stage and screen

Friday:
“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”
Exodus 22: 21, The Bible

19 June 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 12 June

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

The students have returned well after the half term break and it was great to welcome them back into school.

Our Year 11 and Year 13 students have continued in an exemplary fashion with their approach to this busy examination season. I would like to remind you that should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s examinations, please do not hesitate to contact the year teams, who will be more than happy to assist you.

Our Year 10 students are working well in class in the lead up to their mock examinations which start next week. It was also fantastic to welcome so many Year 10 families on Wednesday evening as part of the upcoming mock examination season. During this short presentation we provided guidance on the remainder of the students KS4 academic journey and how best to support students in the lead up to examinations. There was an emphasis on the importance of becoming exam-ready for next year. As part of their journey to success, we will highlight the significance of revision and its role in the upcoming Year 10 mock examinations, which serve as crucial benchmarks.

This week the examinations continue, however, there is much happening at Archbishop Holgate’s School. This week our Year 10 students take part in a York Design visit as part of their studies. Year 9 have a sponsored bike ride taking place at York Sport on Tuesday. We also have a number of evening events aimed at families whose children are attending trips to Koblenz, Barcelona and Paris. Whilst a small number of students will represent Archbishop Holgate’s School in a local competition taking place at St Peters. Finally, towards the end of the week we look forward to the Athletics semi-finals.

Celebrating 50 Years of Ugandan Asians in York – Travelling Exhibition and Acts of Collective Worship – Mr Arthur

Between Tuesday and Thursday this week, Archbishop Holgate’s School has had the pleasure to host an exhibition celebrating the role of York in supporting Ugandan Asian refugees coming to the UK. The exhibition has been to several institutions across the city, and many of our Year 8 students and Sixth Formers had the opportunity to go down to the School’s Chapel and learn about the history of Ugandan Asian refugees and their experiences that brought them to the UK, and more specifically, the City of York.

The story of the exhibition begins with Idi Amin expelling all non-African citizens from Uganda in 1972. Considered one of the most brutal military dictators to wield power in post-independence Africa, Amin accused the Asian community of disloyalty and taking opportunities from black Africans, giving them 90 days to leave. This triggered the displacement of nearly 80,000 Ugandan Asians, who sought refuge in countries all over the world, with just over 28,000 settling in Britain. Our government had previously granted all members of the commonwealth citizenship in the UK, and so many Ugandan Asians arrived in the UK to be held in refugee camps across the country. Whilst other cities like Leicester turned away the Ugandan Asians as they already had high migrant populations, York welcomed many into the city. Around 45 families resettled in York and the University convened a Resettlement Steering Committee to support the arrival of refugees in the City. The Archbishop of York, Dr Donald Coggan, also gave a family with a six-week old baby a home at his palace, provoking a furious reaction from the MP Enoch Powell.

Whilst the exhibition itself is excellent and very enlightening to the events that began 50 years ago, we also had the pleasure to welcome two Ugandan Asian refugees into school, and they spoke to both Year 12 and Year 7 in Collective Worship about their experiences. Shamim Eimann came to the UK as a six-year-old, and Yogesh Joshi arrived at the age of 16 in similar circumstances. Both Shamim and Yogesh spoke of their experiences in Uganda as well as how they came to live in York. It was also wonderful to hear of their children being born and raised in the UK, as well as many other second generation Ugandan Asians, going on to be graduates, engineers, doctors, pharmacists and so on…

A Year 8 student who visited the exhibition described it as a “unique” and “enriching experience”. One of our Sixth Formers also shared after the talk from Shamim and Yogesh that it was the “best assembly they’d ever had”

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Shamim and Yogesh for donating the exhibition for those three days, and for sharing their experiences with our students. We look forward to inviting them both back into school again sometime soon! I wish to also thank the staff who took their students down to share in this piece of York’s history, as well as Mrs Mullenger for her hard work in arranging all of this so our students can share in this important part of York’s multicultural story.

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Eloise Niven7CMMFor excellent organisation and managing our lunch time play equipment. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Rosie Atkins7PlFor excellent organisation and managing our lunch time play equipment. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Githaali Van Dort8CBnWell done for your excellent positive record and amazing job in the musical over half term.Individual Liberty
Year 8 Noah Richardson8SMfFor being an amazing, kind and compassionate person and for helping another student with their assessment work this week.Compassion
Year 9 Kian Cooper9JDlFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Isabella Schiller9LpFor a fantastic and mature approach in preparation for assessment week.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Gajindu Abesinghe10SLaFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Dec Childs10EWrFor just being consistent, hardworking, well behaved and reliable. Living our school values into being.AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 All of you!Y11Well done for all your hard work this week! Not long left now!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Elizabeth Middleton12RMrFor outstanding effort and determination in all subjects, but in particular her work in Politics this week – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12Laura Ramshaw12HGAFor outstanding effort and determination in all subjects, but in particular her work in Politics this week – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’

Year team messages to parents and carers

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

A message from the Sixth Form pastoral team

BTEC Stand-Down
For our Year 13 BTEC students that have not yet completed their coursework and been signed -off, they must attend school each day to their timetable BTEC lessons and when not in a timetabled lesson we have a planned study space for them to continue working on their coursework to meet our very tight deadlines before we submit final marks. Students that do not meet the deadline will not be able to claim their qualification this year. It is important that they continue to attend.

Y13 Leavers’ Key Dates:

  • Prom – Friday 23rd June Hilton, York
  • A Level Results – Thursday 17th August (invites have already been sent)

REMINDER A Level Exam Timetable
Please find below the next week’s timetable of exams. The rest of the timetable will follow each week.

  • Students arrive 15 minutes before the exam start time.
  • All students go to Black Square to check the seating plans and then go to their location.

Possible locations:

  1. Sports Hall
  2. Drama Studio
  3. SFS
  4. SF Library
  5. SF Café
9am1pm
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 12 JuneChemistry Paper 1
French Paper 1
RE Paper 1
2hr
2hr 30m
2hr
Computer Science Paper 1
Music Paper 1
2hr 30m
2hr 30m
Tuesday 13 JuneMaths Paper 22hr
Wednesday 14 JuneFurther Maths Paper 3
Sociology Paper 3
1hr 30m
2hr
Thursday 15 JunePhysics Paper 32hr
Friday 16 JuneBiology Paper 2
Politics Paper 3
2hr
2hr
Further Maths Paper 41hr 30m

REMINDER Yr12 Competitive Admissions Test Tuition

SESSION 1SESSION 2SESSION 3
BMAT Group 1Mon 15th May 11:15-12:15pmMon 22nd May 11:15-12:15Mon 5th June 11:15-12:15pm
BMAT Group 2Thurs 18th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 25th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 8th June 12:55-13:55
UCAT Group 1Weds 14th June 2-3pmWeds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm
UCAT Group 2Weds 17th May 2-3pmWeds 24th May 2-3pmWeds 7th June 2-3pm
MATWeds 14th June 13:45-14:45Weds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm

Year 12 End of Year Assessments
Students are entering their final week of new content delivery in A-Level lessons. Weeks commencing 19th and 26th of June will be set aside for teacher-led revision lessons, with the exams taking place the following week. Students have had useful revision strategy materials shared with them on the year group Google Classroom and have been encouraged to speak with subject staff for additional strategies. It is expected that revision at home will have begun by now.

Y12 Upcoming dates

  • Hull University Trip – 28th June
  • Oxford University Trip – 28th June
  • A Level Mock Exams – wc 3rd July
  • Y12 Enrichment Week (off timetable) – wc 10th July
  • Y12 UCAS Evening – 11th July
  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

Another excellent week for Year 11, who continue to conduct themselves superbly while sitting their exams. I think many can now begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, with one more week before the vast majority of exams are completed. I know the students will be pleased when the time comes, and hopefully they have some really exciting plans for their extended summer break. Just a quick reminder to parents that students in Year 11 will be finishing at 1:30pm each day next week, and will be allowed to study from home. Thank you for your continued support during this period of examinations, and I know parents will be just as grateful as students when the exams come to an end!

Last but not least, we are busy preparing to make Prom a wonderful experience and the Prom committee have made a decision on the theme ‘Under the Night Stars’. As a reminder, Prom will be taking place on Friday 30th June at York Racecourse. Students have indicated whether they will be attending or not and we will be making the final arrangements in the coming weeks. Thank you for keeping up with the payments on ParentPay and if you need support, contact our Finance Team. (swillsden@ahs.pmat.academy).

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

Year 10 have had a fantastic week this week! They have had a brilliant attitude and as a year team we have seen all of our pupils raise their standards massively! Well done year 10! With mock exams on the horizon, we are pleased to report that many of our year 10 pupils have been taking revision and preparation seriously, and their hard work is paying off! Our teachers have observed marked improvements in their understanding of subject matter and grasp of key concepts. Our students have been logging in extra hours, asking insightful questions, and attending group study sessions in impressive numbers. We are proud to see them seizing the opportunity to maximise their academic potential and grateful for your ongoing support in encouraging their academic pursuits. In this week’s bulletin, we will mostly be discussing all things mocks and celebrating the excellent work that has taken place. Well done Year 10!

Before we look at information surrounding the mock exams I would like to celebrate Dylan and Maks who have, yet again, done incredible things in the volleyball world! Yorkshire U15s have won Gold at the Inter Regionals beating London in the final. London won in every other age and gender category apart from the U15s. What an indoor season they have had! Congratulations to you and your team mates.

As previously stated, the focus of the school is very much shifting to Year 10 now Year 11 & Year 13s exams are well underway. The mocks are in close proximity (19th June to 30th June) and families will have received a letter Miss Deacon has written explaining the mock process, with the mock timetable attached, and steps put in place. Please bear in mind:

  • Form time structure has changed and students have been learning revision techniques with their form tutor and received a booklet which tells them everything they need to revise. Students have taken really well to this!
  • Mock revision in lessons is well underway and will continue right up until the mocks begin.
  • Mocks start 19th June for two weeks – 100% attendance is mandatory, if students miss an exam, just like the real ones, they cannot redo it. Conduct in the exams will be linked to the end of year reward trip.

Mock exams are a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and even just get a good understanding of how the exam process works.

Students have been expected to revise independently at home, as well as homework. We have put on sessions afterschool and at lunchtime that our young people can utilise also – please encourage them to attend as we are also putting rewards in around this, 5 sessions in a week (at home or in school) equates to a reward and our top 30 students will get an additional reward in school! I have to shout out Lewis Gray who has attended every single one last week!

I would encourage families to sit down with their young person, explain the importance of mocks, if they haven’t already, and make sure you are all aware of their independent revision plan to make sure they know what is expected and you can support them in keeping on track.

Instead of highlighting pupils who have scored highest in the year group for merits, I will highlight those students who have attended the revision sessions and evidenced extra revision at home:

1st – Cynthia Lakos 10EWr
1st – Imogen Dean 10ABt
3rd – Tom Leonard 10JLi
3rd – Clementine Ensor 10 ABt
3rd – Madison Lees 10 ABt
3rd – Mia Bell 10 KMd
3rd – Ella-Mae Norman 10KMd
3rd – Imogen Brewer 10Ha
3rd – Oscar Pearson 10 MHe
3rd – Ed Candlin 10ABt

And in terms of form groups:
1st – 10RDn
2nd – 10ABt
3rd – 10EWr
4th – 10JLi
5th – 10KMd

A big thank you to parents who came into school on Wednesday for our Year 10 Mock Information evening. This evening introduced parents to the revision strategies shared with the young people at school, provided guidance on how to support revision and gave an overview of how the mock period will work. If you were unable to attend the evening, the powerpoint will be sent to you in due course.

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

I am delighted to let you know that Year 9 have kept up their excellent standards this week as we begin our final half term of the year.
There has been an impressive and mature approach to revision in class for the upcoming assessment. They have shown an impressive level of dedication and focus, actively engaging in discussions and demonstrating a genuine eagerness to learn.

I would also like to inform you that assessment week is just around the corner. This is an important opportunity for our students to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered throughout the year. I have no doubt that with their hard work and commitment, they will perform admirably during this assessment period.

In addition to assessment week, I wanted to inform you about the upcoming enrichment week in the final week of school this year. Mr. Gladstone has informed us about this exciting opportunity for our students to engage in a range of enriching activities beyond the regular curriculum. Enrichment week provides a chance for them to explore new interests, develop new skills, and broaden their horizons. I am certain that our students will find this week both educational and enjoyable.

During enrichment week Year 9 will also be attending Drayton Manor as a reward for the hard work they have put in during the year. An email has been sent home about this and we would encourage you to sign up through parent pay as soon as possible. We would like for as many students as possible to attend this reward trip as well done for this year.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Year 9 team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We have had a lovely first week back after half term in Year 8. It’s great to hear from so many of our students that they enjoyed a proper rest over the half term, have been able to enjoy the good weather and the majority are well refreshed for the final half term.

Following Year 8 assessment week, students have had a productive first week back gaining lots of meaningful feedback from their subject areas. The final instalment of Year 8 reports are due within the next few weeks which should equally provide meaningful feedback to parents.

Last week, our assembly was focused around disseminating some important updates about Enrichment week due to take place in the final week of term. Around half of our Year 8 cohort will be participating in the Languages trips and travelling abroad. This is a phenomenal opportunity for students where they will have the chance to partake in a full range of Enrichment opportunities.

For those students staying in school, it is important that they have an equal opportunity to be part of an inclusive Enrichment programme and we have lots of exciting activities planned. On Monday, the Sixth Form team will be working with Year 8 in school to expose them to specialist subjects that they haven’t yet tried but will have the option to study at GCSE and A level; Tuesday will be Flamingo Land; on Wednesday students will gain experience of planning and coordinating an event: an annual high-profile awards morning open to the community; Thursday will be a Year 8 Sports Day; and on Friday students have the ability to choose from a range of activities run by staff according to their interests.

Year 8 is unique in that our students may have vastly different experiences depending on whether they are on the Languages trips abroad or in school for Enrichment week, but the aim remains the same across both – to give students the very best experience and to maximise their opportunities.
As the sunny weather continues and we enter a bit of a heatwave, we appreciate parents ensuring your child has a water bottle with them to stay hydrated, possibly a sun hat, and maybe even some sun cream! Water fights are not an activity we can allow in school and we are grateful for your support in reinforcing this at home.

Thank you for your continued support. The Year 8 team are on hand throughout the school day to support students and address any concerns. We try to encourage students to seek us out before school, break, lunch or after school if they have an issue they would like to discuss. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We have enjoyed welcoming Year 7 back for the final half term and helping them to settle back into routine after their week off.

This week, we had an exciting assembly about enrichment week at the end of term. Mr Gladstone spoke to us about our trip to Flamingoland and the collapsed curriculum week where students will enjoy a drama day and STEM activities. They will also have an opportunity to pick some activities on the last Friday before summer such as 5 aside football, henna art, darts and much more! A booklet will be given to each child and the activity sessions will be given on a first come first served basis.

We also began preparations for our Year 7 Parents evening on the 28th June. Each child should have received a letter and appointment sheet to fill out. To make appointments each child needs to speak with their subject teacher and book a time slot with them. It is very useful if when filling out their appointment sheet students fill in as many details as possible, including the subject and teacher name. Please discuss with your child which time slots will work best for you as a family so students know when to book their appointments. The evening will begin at 3:45pm and the last appointment will be at 7:10pm.

We have 5 weeks of lesson time left and it is important that all of Year 7 continue to live our school values and live our 5 fundamentals (including wearing the correct uniform , being kind and having the correct equipment) each day.

If you need any support please do not hesitate to contact the year team via main school reception.

Well Done to our Head of Year Awards:
Eloise Niven 7CMM – For excellent organisation and managing our lunch time play equipment. Well done!
Rosie Atkins 7PI – For excellent organisation and managing our lunch time play equipment. Well done!

Well Done to our Students of The Week:
7ASU – Archie Clennan – for being an excellent news presenter!
7CMM – Charlie Clarke – for the positive impact you make on others in the form, and for being such a good team player.
7PI – Rosie Mellor – always positive, polite and hardworking in every area
7HV – Adva Marfindya – For always being so positive, happy and kind.
7MPE – Nathan Taylor – for good organisation and commitment to additional learning!
7CST – Masal Altun – For always working hard and for living the school values everyday. Well done Masal!
7MLN – Bobby King – For a positive first week back with lots of merits!
7BL – Joseph Bastow – for being a lovely member of the form who is always willing to help others.
7JHE – Nathaniel Wade – for amazing participation in PE. Well Done!
7ZBL – Vinny Scoreby – for much improved organisation. Long may it continue! Well done.
7CY – Leona Sunil – for your fantastic contributions in form time as we discussed different languages

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 12 June is:

Unify

Verb: to make, or become united, uniform or whole.

“The new manager said he hoped to unify the team”

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is linked to Father’s Day, this coming weekend. It considers the qualities that we might expect a good father to have, the concept of God as a Father, and one of Jesus’ parable that explores this. The quotes this week are all about the concept of Fatherhood.

Quotes
Monday:
“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”
Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister

Tuesday:
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Jim Valvano, American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster

Wednesday:
“Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”
Barack Obama, Former US President

Thursday:
“Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.”
Mike Myers, Canadian actor, comedian, writer and film producer

Friday:
“It is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us – even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessman

12 June 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 5 June

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that you and your family had a safe and enjoyable half term break. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to school.

Towards the end of last half term, our Year 11 and 13 students commenced their formal examinations, and I am pleased to inform you that their exam conduct has been superb. Their commitment and dedication in preparing for these crucial examinations is commendable.

We would like to remind all Year 11 students that the early breakfast sessions in the Courtyard cafe at 8:15 am are still available. This allows students to have a drink and something to eat before their examinations. The year team and senior colleagues will be present in the room to offer support and reassurance to any student who may need it.

As we return from half term, it is important to acknowledge the number of key examinations scheduled for all students in this first week back. As ever, we will continue to provide them with the necessary support during this period. To ensure our students are well-prepared, this examination week has been carefully planned to include subject-specific revision sessions ahead of key exams. Form tutors will communicate the examination schedules, subject-specific revision sessions during the school day, and break and lunch times to all students on a daily basis. Should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s examinations, please do not hesitate to contact the year team, who will be more than happy to assist you.

On Wednesday evening, we welcome Year 10 families into school as part of the upcoming mock examination season. During this short presentation we will provide guidance on the remainder of the students KS4 academic journey and how best to support students in the lead up to examinations. There will be an emphasis on the importance of becoming exam-ready for next year. As part of their journey to success, we will highlight the significance of revision and its role in the upcoming Year 10 mock examinations, which serve as crucial benchmarks.

There is much for our students to look forward to in this final half term of the academic year. Whilst there is a continued focus on academics, this term lends itself to having a greater opportunity for all things extra-curricular. This busy but brilliant half term builds towards our whole school sports day, our rewards trips, our cultural visits within the UK, our international trips across Europe and our whole school enrichment week. We look forward to updating you on all of these activities closer to the time.

Linked to this, 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.

Uniform

As a reminder, there will be a continued focus on uniform standards at Archbishop Holgate’s School in the final 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/Skirts

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

Jewellery

  • 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 the main reception at the end of the school day.
  • Nose bars, nose rings and septum piercings are strictly prohibited.

Makeup

  • 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.

Trainers

  • 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

  • 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. However, AHS hoodies worn in lessons are not permitted.

Ties

  • Students who attend school without a tie will be lent one at the 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.

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

Welcome Back
We hope our students and their families had a restful and productive break in the glorious weather. Yet again, we introduce a busy half-term ahead with lots of focus on next steps and progression planning.

REMINDER A Level Exam Timetable
Please find below the next two weeks of exams. The rest of the timetable will follow each week.

  • Students to arrive 15mins before the exam start time.
  • All students to go to Black Square to check the seating plans and then go to their location.

Possible locations:

  1. Sports Hall
  2. Drama Studio
  3. SFS
  4. SF Library
  5. SF Café
9am1pm
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 5 JuneEnglish Language Paper 22hr 30mPsychology Paper 3 (1.30pm start)
Further Maths Paper 2
2hr
1hr 30m
Tuesday 6 JuneGeography Paper 22hr 30mMedia Paper 2
Maths Paper 1
2hr
2hr
Wednesday 7 JuneBiology Paper 1
Politics Paper 2
2hr
2hr
Thursday 8 JuneEnglish Literature2hr
Friday 9 JunePhysics Paper 2
Sociology Paper 2
2hr
2hr
History Paper 22hr 30m
Monday 12 JuneChemistry Paper 1
French Paper 1
RE Paper 1
2hr
2hr 30m
2hr
Computer Science Paper 1
Music Paper 1
2hr 30m
2hr 30m
Tuesday 13 JuneMaths Paper 22hr
Wednesday 14 JuneFurther Maths Paper 3
Sociology Paper 3
1hr 30m
2hr
Thursday 15 JunePhysics Paper 32hr
Friday 16 JuneBiology Paper 2
Politics Paper 3
2hr
2hr
Further Maths Paper 41hr 30m

REMINDER Competitive Admissions Test Tuition

SESSION 1SESSION 2SESSION 3
BMAT Group 1Mon 15th May 11:15-12:15pmMon 22nd May 11:15-12:15Mon 5th June 11:15-12:15pm
BMAT Group 2Thurs 18th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 25th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 8th June 12:55-13:55
UCAT Group 1Weds 14th June 2-3pmWeds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm
UCAT Group 2Weds 17th May 2-3pmWeds 24th May 2-3pmWeds 7th June 2-3pm
MATWeds 14th June 13:45-14:45Weds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm

Y12 Upcoming dates

  • Hull University Progression Trip – Wednesday 28th June
  • Oxford University Visit – Wednesday 28th June
  • Summer mocks – week commencing 3rd July
  • Cambridge University Visit – date tbc (but will fall in week commencing 3rd July)
  • Enrichment Week – week commencing 10th July
  • UCAS Evening for Parents – Tuesday 11th July
  • Work Experience – week commencing 17th July
  • Mock and BTEC Results Day – Thursday 17th August

Congratulations to our Year 13 students

A massive thank you to all of our Year 13s that have hit the ground running with a tremendous opening few weeks to exams. It has been a source of great pride to see them all attending these exams with such positivity, hard work and focus. Saying goodbye at the leaver’s celebration was always going to be tough, but we are so pleased that they have taken the well wishes there and channelled them into an excellent spirit this exam season. Good luck to everyone sitting exams this week and beyond, and congratulations once more for making it through.

BTEC Stand-Down

For our Year 13 BTEC students that have not yet completed their coursework and been signed -off, they must attend school each day to their timetable BTEC lessons and when not in a timetabled lesson we have a planned study space for them to continue working on their coursework to meet our very tight deadlines before we submit final marks. Students that do not meet the deadline will not be able to claim their qualification this year. It is important that they continue to attend.

Year 13 Prom – Friday 23rd June

As a team, we are so pleased once again that you could all join us for the leaver’s celebration. Our next opportunity to celebrate is now Prom at the Hilton in York on Friday 23rd June. Thank you all for submitting your meal choices, voting in the prom awards, and returning your RSVPs so swiftly. We look forward to celebrating you all once again.

Year 13 Exit Interviews

Each year we take feedback from our Year 13 leavers to gauge trends in aspirations and to support us in implementing effective change. Our most recent survey revealed that our students are as ambitious as always and are on the whole striving for careers that lead to fulfilment and real change. Some of the biggest concerns our students have articulated are regarding climate change and independence. As such, we are keen to provide further opportunity for independent study in Year 12. We have also made changes to the study timetable for next year’s Year 12, and our current Year 12 are having a whole day during their Enrichment week, in workshops from an external organisation to improve study skills. We always welcome feedback and always strive to implement change if we feel it will enhance student experience and outcomes. Other feedback we received was to ensure that our signposting is as clear as possible. An example that we have since looked to improve the signposting of is the Mental Health support available to students. We have since produced a document to signpost where to seek Mental Health support in the Sixth form. Please see below.

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

I hope the students of year 11 are having a well earned rest over the half term holiday, and I know for many the break could not come soon enough! The students have worked exceptionally hard in the first two weeks of exams, and have conducted themselves superbly, but I could certainly see a rest was unsurprisingly needed and I hope they are making the most of it. We return next week to exam week three, and there are some key exams taking place throughout the week. For example the students will complete English Language, Maths, History and Geography papers in the first week back, and I am sure the students will have prepared as thoroughly for these exams as they have the others. A huge thank you again to all of our parents, who have been so supportive over the exam period, From making sure the students arrive on time, to ensuring the students are in correct uniform and with the right equipment, your support has made our job of supporting the students on the day much easier.

I have also been delighted to see students taking full advantage of the revision session that have been on offer over the half term break. I think any opportunity the students have to complete revision in a controlled environment and with their class teacher is extremely useful and will make a difference to their grades this summer.

We have been delighted with the number of students who have been coming to the morning breakfast we have been providing. I think the students have been really pleased to have somewhere to go and revise, talk with friends or just have some quiet time before the exams begin for that day. I know the hot chocolate, toast and croissants have gone down really well with the students, and we will continue to run this throughout the exam period completely free of charge. If this is something you feel your child might benefit from then please let me know.

The Friday before we broke up for half term was a lovely day, with many of the students enjoying the opportunity to sign each other’s shirts and share the memories they have made during their time at school. I was delighted we were able to finish slightly earlier on Friday, and give the students this time on the school field with an ice cream in the sunshine. It was really well deserved after all the hard work they have shown toward their exams in recent weeks. The mood felt just right, and I was delighted to see the students conduct themselves with real maturity and enjoy the moment.

Last but not least, we are busy preparing to make Prom a wonderful experience and the Prom committee have made a decision on the theme ‘Under the Night Stars’. As a reminder, Prom will be taking place on Friday 30th June at York Racecourse. Students have indicated whether they will be attending or not and we will be making the final arrangements in the coming weeks. Thank you for keeping up with the payments on ParentPay and if you need support, contact our Finance Team (swillsden@ahs.pmat.academy).

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

What a successful half term Year 10 have had, the stand out for me was definitely with work experience. It was so nice to see them back after work experience, I had so many of our young people come up to me and tell me they’d had a great week. Furthermore, they seemed to take being back in school in their stride, there were lots of examples of excellent work in classrooms.

I have to be clear that the focus of the school is very much shifting to Year 10 now Year 11 & Year 13s exams are well underway. The mocks are in close proximity and families will have received a letter I have written explaining the mock process, with the mock timetable attached, and steps put in place, I therefore won’t repeat myself but will highlight a few key elements:

  • Form time structure has changed and students have been learning revision techniques with their form tutor and received a booklet which tells them everything they need to revise. This will continue after half term.
  • Mock revision in lessons will begin for two weeks after half term.
  • Mocks start 19th June for two weeks – 100% attendance is mandatory, if students miss an exam, just like the real ones, they cannot redo it. Conduct in the exams will be linked to the end of year reward trip.

I must highlight that this is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and even just get a good understanding of how the exam process works. I must also emphasise that students are expected to independently revise at home, as well as homework. We have put on sessions afterschool and at lunchtime that our young people can utilise also – please encourage them to attend as we are also putting rewards in around this, 5 sessions in a week (at home or in school) equates to a reward and our top 30 students will get an additional reward in school! I have to shout out Lewis Gray who has literally attended every single one last week! An amazing commitment! These sessions continue next week when back in school.

I would encourage families to sit down with their young person, explain the importance of mock examinations, if they haven’t already, and make sure you are all aware of their independent revision plan to make sure they know what is expected and you can support them in keeping on track.

We also look forward to welcoming parents into school on Wednesday 7th June, 6:00pm- 6:30pm, for our Year 10 Mock Information evening. This evening will introduce parents to the revision strategies shared with the young people at school, provide guidance on how to support revision and give an overview of how the mock period will work.

If you do have any queries at all please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or the year team.

Another element to be aware of for the mocks is students must be in full school uniform to be allowed in the exam hall and after a week out of them wearing an array of work attire can I just remind parents that students need to be in full school uniform, including the correct shoes, trousers and skirts along with ties and they need to have their school jumper with them, even if not wearing it when the weather is warmer. Any concerns around uniform please just let us know.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) 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

We would like to congratulate our Year 9 students for their outstanding efforts and achievements throughout this half term. Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to their studies have truly paid off.

As we approach the well-deserved holiday break, I encourage our students to take some time to rest, relax, and recharge their batteries. This holiday is an opportunity for them to reset, allowing them to return with renewed energy and focus for the final half term of the school year.

Looking ahead, I would like to remind both students and parents that Assessment Week is just around the corner. It is an important period that provides an opportunity for students to showcase their understanding and consolidate their learning. We will support our Year 9 students as they prepare for these assessments, encouraging them to review their notes, ask questions, and seek assistance whenever needed.

We would also like to thank you for your support and encouragement throughout this half term. Your involvement and commitment to your child’s education play a vital role in their success. Together, we can continue to nurture a positive and supportive learning environment.

Once again, congratulations to our Year 9 students on their remarkable achievements. I wish each and every one of them a restful and enjoyable holiday break.

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 had a fantastic end to a busy half-term last week!

The week began with 8DTk presenting an Act of Collective Worship in our assembly slot on Tuesday. Each form is allowed to choose what they present on and 8DTk chose to look at gender roles through history and gender equality. It was lovely that the form group have collaborated on putting the presentation together and the majority of the form were brave and got up in front of the rest of the year to speak. Thanks also to Mr Tilbrook for coordinating it all – he should be very proud of his form!

Thursday night saw the long awaited pizza and disco party take place. We had a 90s and neon theme which resulted in some very colourful outfits! It was a real pleasure to have put this together for our year group and see them all enjoying themselves on the night. We had some 90s classics superbly mixed by our resident DJ Mr Thompson but also some disco favourites like the Macarena and the Conga. I have never seen so many pizzas in one room at one time but we managed to get through them all by the end of the evening! A big thank you goes to our students who have fundraised with the sponsored swimming sessions in Spring term and any parent contributions to the event nearer the time. It allowed us to have a fantastic evening and opportunity for us to come together as a year group to do something fun! Thank you also goes to the site team for helping us set the room and DJ equipment up, Mr Thompson for offering to DJ, our form tutors Ms Arksey, Mr Bryan, Mr Gibson, Ms Rogers, Mrs Dugdale and Mr Tilbrook as well as Miss Holmes and Ms Short for also coming along, helping out but also having a dance as well!

The final week of term was also assessment week for our year 8s. We are really pleased with how students responded to this with a mature and resilient attitude. For those students who have found this a tricky and stressful time, we are proud of how you have managed this. Now everyone can enjoy the half term holiday after having got this out of the way.

When we return to school we will continue to have a push on high standards of uniform and behaviour in school. We ask that parents support us with this an ensure their child returns to school with correct school uniform including a tie, top button done up and a jumper in their bag (we understand that the weather is now getting warmer and students can make the choice whether they wear this to school or not) and full equipment including a school bag, two pens, a pencil and a ruler.

Hopefully when we return for the final summer term the weather will be hot and sunny. Please ensure your child comes to school with several water bottles or a large enough water bottle for them to fill up at breaks and lunchtimes to keep themselves hydrated throughout the school day. It is also advisable for students to bring sunglasses, a sun hat and sunscreen to wear when they are outside.

As always, any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with reception who will pass your message on to the year team.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We are excited to welcome students back for their final half term in year 7. It is hard to believe that they have already been with us for a year. They have grown in resilience, shown independence and embraced our school Journey by Joining In.

We have many exciting things to look forward to in the summer, and can hopefully enjoy some warmer weather. At lunchtime it is lovely to see Year 7 using our equipment sensibly and having fun with their friends. Please can you ensure that your child has appropriate sun protection this term including suncream, a hat, and a water bottle.

This term we have our Year 7 Parents Evening on the 28th June. Students will receive appointment sheets for this and should make appointments with each of their teachers at a time suitable for the family. Further information will be sent shortly.

At the end of the term we will have our enrichment week full of exciting activities and a trip to flamingoland. If anyone has queries about this please do not hesitate to contact us.

Finally, thank you for your support so far this year with ensuring our Year 7 Students are following our 5 school fundamentals; wearing the correct uniform; arriving on time with all equipment; speaking kindly and caring for all members of the school community and engaging and trying our best in lessons. We will work with students for the final half term of the year to maintain these high standards. If you need support with uniform or equipment please let us know.

Well done to our Head of Year Awards from the last week of half term:

Mohammed Dana 7ZBL For working extremely hard in French and settling in brilliantly – well done!
Jo Sola Farrus 7MPE For working extremely hard in your subjects and settling in so well. Well Done!

Well done to our Students of the Week:

7ASU – Douglas Tasker – for being a very firm and fair news presenter.
7CMM – Lucas Ripley – for taking responsibility every morning for form-time mindfulness and wellbeing. Thank you!
7PI – Billy Tobin – excellent contributions to our daily Wordle game!
7HV – Florence Kitney – for having a beautifully organised planner, well done!
7MPE – Imogen Potter – For being a wonderful person and a fantastic member of 7MPe. Well done having an amazing first year at AHS.
7CST – Jennifer Abernethy – For always being polite in form and friendly to everyone around school. Well Done!
7MLN – Phoebe Wilson – For being a supportive friend and helping with a bike, and for being more settled in form this week.
7JHE – Lilly Thompson – for standing up for herself and demonstrating our school value of trust
7BL – Eve Bate – for being a perfect model student who lives school life to the full. Long may it continue!
7ZBL – Elsie Graham – for always being polite in form and talking to me in the mornings. She always works hard in lessons and aims to treat everyone with compassion. Well done!
7CY – Jak Walker – for improved organisation in form time, well done.

Word of the week

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

Adjective: Voracious
Engaging in an activity with great eagerness or enthusiasm
“She’s a voracious reader”

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship is entitled ‘Discover your gifts’. It looks at how the bible talks about our gifts coming from God and features two remarkable 21st C. individuals. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of Gifts.

Quotes
Monday:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – 1 Peter 4:10, The Bible

Tuesday:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:7, The Bible

Wednesday:
“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8, The Bible

Thursday:
“Girls from Compton don’t play tennis. They own it.” – Serena Williams (Nike campaign)

Friday:
“Nobody achieves anything great because they are happy and lazy.” – Alex Honnold (Free Solo Climber and conqueror of El Capitan)

5 June 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 22 May

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope this message finds you all well. Last week, our Year 11 students commenced their formal GCSE examinations, and I am pleased to inform you that their exam conduct has been nothing short of exemplary. Their commitment and dedication in preparing for these crucial examinations is commendable. As we enter the final week before the half term break, it is important to acknowledge the number of key examinations scheduled for all students. As ever, we will continue to provide them with the necessary support during this period.

We would like to remind all Year 11 students that the early breakfast sessions in the Courtyard cafe at 8:15 am are still available. This allows students to have a drink and something to eat before their examinations. The year team and senior colleagues will be present in the room to offer support and reassurance to any student who may need it.

To ensure our students are well-prepared, this examination week has been carefully planned to include subject-specific revision sessions ahead of key exams. Form tutors will communicate the examination schedules, subject-specific revision sessions during the school day, and break and lunch times to all students on a daily basis. Should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s examinations, please do not hesitate to contact the year team, who will be more than happy to assist you.

We extend a warm welcome back to our Year 10 students who have just returned from their work experience visits. We are eager to hear more about their experiences and the fantastic placements they have had the opportunity to enjoy. It is worth noting that we have received numerous messages from external organisations praising our students for their outstanding conduct, excellent manners, and enthusiasm. This recognition is a testament to their exemplary behaviour, and we commend them for representing our school so admirably.

On Monday, we will be conducting an assembly specifically for our Year 10 students. During this assembly, I, along with Mr. Williams (Deputy Head – Curriculum), will provide guidance on the remainder of their KS4 academic journey. We will discuss various opportunities outside the classroom that students should engage in. Additionally, we will emphasise the importance of becoming exam-ready for next year. As part of their journey to success, we will highlight the significance of revision and its role in the upcoming Year 10 mock examinations, which serve as crucial benchmarks.

HPV Vaccines Monday 5th June:
The School Aged Immunization service (SAIS) will be in school again Monday 5th June for all the students that did not have a HPV vaccine on the 18th May. PLEASE NOTE: you must consent online or your child will not get a vaccine!

Scan the QR code below, or head to:
https://www.hdftsais.co.uk/

Rewards Update – Amazon Vouchers on ClassCharts
As a principle in our rewards system, we want to try and foster a sense that ‘being good is a reward in itself’, and not to focus too heavily on material rewards. The initial part of the rewards system therefore focuses on ‘recognition’ of achievements. As part of this, we have instituted a system this year using ClassCharts whereby students receive a Letter from Mr Green-Harding (Head of School) and a personalised certificate as they receive a certain number of merits. The thresholds for this are as follows…

  • Bronze Award: 100 merits
  • Silver Award: 200 merit
  • Gold Award: 300 merits
  • Platinum Award: 450 merits
  • Special Commendation: 550 merits

However, we recognise that tangible rewards do act as an incentive for students and whilst we don’t want them to be the primary focus of the merits system, we do want to incorporate them into our rewards for the most outstanding students that work hard and live our school’s Christian values into being consistently.

We have now implemented a system of purchasing vouchers for those students who perform exceptionally in terms of merits, beyond the certificate and letter recognition I have outlined above. We do however have to consider this in the contexts of ever-tightening school budgets in the current climate.

We have now implemented a progressing Amazon Voucher System that students can purchase using their merits – they can either cash them in early or keep saving until they reach a higher total. However, there will be a limited number of each voucher available. The system will be…

750 merits – £5 Amazon Voucher (100 available until the end of the year)
1,250 merits – £10 Amazon Voucher (50 available until the end of the year)
1,750 merits – £15 Amazon Voucher (25 available until the end of the year)

We hope this goes some way to recognising the exceptional performance of the eligible students over a prolonged period of time, and that we are appreciative of them consistently living the school values into being and “Living life to the full” in the spirit of John 10:10.

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Hannah Wray7JHEFor amazing fundraising efforts with your signathon – well done!Compassion
Year 7 Phoebe Rankin7JHEFor amazing fundraising efforts with your signathon – well done!Compassion
Year 8 Lilly Thompson8SBlAmazing support to others and showing compassion to all.Compassion
Year 8 Lucy Norman8SBlFor having the most positives in the year group.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Matthew Watkins9KCeOutstanding contribution in form and working excellently in all lessons.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Jessie King9ECeExcellent work in Geography and continued support of students around school.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Connor Smith10DiFor an outstanding work experience placement, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Faith Khumalo10RDnFor an outstanding work experience placement, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 All of you!Y11Well done for an amazing first week of exams! One week ticked off and you have all done really well. We are very proud of you.AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Lauren Taylor12LvFor outstanding work as a Y11 Mentor – you have had such a positive impact on your mentee – well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12Freya Brumby12OsConsistently high effort and commitment to doing well at AHS! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
 
Year 13Hannah Kirkman13GlFor a tremendous attitude in this summer term so far, applying herself excellently in all study areas for a final push towards the exams. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13Bader Almohimeed13DdExcellent efforts in his BTEC and signing off this week with some amazing results! Well done for your final push towards the summer exams and submissions.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

BTEC Stand-Down
For our Year 13 BTEC students that have not yet completed their coursework and been signed -off, they must attend school each day to their timetable BTEC lessons and when not in a timetabled lesson we have a planned study space for them to continue working on their coursework to meet our very tight deadlines before we submit final marks. Students that do not meet the deadline will not be able to claim their qualification this year. It is important that they continue to attend.

REMINDER Y13 Leavers’ Key Dates:

  • Prom – Friday 23rd June Hilton, York
  • A Level Results – Thursday 17th August (invites sent last week)

REMINDER A Level Exam Timetable

Please find below the next two weeks of exams leading up to and following the May half-term break. The rest of the timetable will follow each week. Students have individual timetables also.

  • Students to arrive 15mins before the exam start time
  • All students to go to the Black Square to check the seating plans and then go to their location

Possible locations:

  1. Sports Hall
  2. Drama Studio
  3. SFS
  4. SF Library
  5. SF Café
9am1pm
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 22 MaySociology Paper 12hrMedia Paper 12hr
Tuesday 23 MayPolitics2hr
Wednesday 24 MayHistory Paper 12hr 30mEnglish Lit Paper 1
Physics Paper 1
2hr 30m
2hr
Thursday 25 MayFurther Maths Paper 1
Psychology Paper 2
1hr 30m
2hr
Friday 26 MayEnglish Lang Paper 12hr 30m
HALF TERM BREAK
Monday 5 JuneEnglish Language Paper 22hr 30mPsychology Paper 3 (1:30 start)
Further Maths Paper 2
2hr
1hr 30m
Tuesday 6 JuneGeography Paper 22hr 30mMedia Paper 2
Maths Paper 1
2hr
2hr
Wednesday 7 JuneBiology Paper 1
Politics Paper 2
2hr
2hr
Thursday 8 JuneEnglish Literature2hr
Friday 9 JunePhysics Paper 2
Sociology Paper 2
2hr
2hr
History Paper 22hr 30m

REMINDER Competitive Admissions Tests

SESSION 1SESSION 2SESSION 3
BMAT Group 1Mon 15th May 11:15-12:15pmMon 22nd May 11:15-12:15Mon 5th June 11:15-12:15pm
BMAT Group 2Thurs 18th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 25th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 8th June 12:55-13:55
UCAT Group 1Weds 14th June 2-3pmWeds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm
UCAT Group 2Weds 17th May 2-3pmWeds 24th May 2-3pmWeds 7th June 2-3pm
MATWeds 14th June 13:45-14:45Weds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm

Y12 Upcoming dates

  • A Level Mock Exams – wc 3rd July
  • Y12 Enrichment Week (off timetable) – wc 10th July
  • Y12 Work Experience (not in school) – wc 17th July

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

This week has seen the beginning of the GCSE examinations and I have been really proud of the start the students have made. There has been a feeling of real optimism (and relief) that the exams have finally begun, and so far, the conduct of the students has been exemplary. I would like to thank parents for your continued support in getting students into school on time and for making sure they have the correct uniform and equipment to complete the exams.

Whilst not in exams, students have been benefiting from the bespoke revision sessions the school has put on for them prior to their next exam. We have managed to cover specialist teachers in every subject, so students can have a last minute revision session with their class teacher. Again, I have been very proud of the way the students have approached these sessions, making full use of the support on offer to them.

We have been delighted with the number of students who have been coming to the morning breakfast we have been providing. I think the students have been really pleased to have somewhere to go and revise, talk with friends or just have some quiet time before the exams begin for that day. I know the hot chocolate, toast and croissants have gone down really well with the students, and we will continue to run this throughout the exam period completely free of charge. If this is something you feel your child might benefit from then please let me know.

As you are aware, there is a half term break in the middle of the exam period and just as there was in Easter, revision sessions will be run by certain subjects to aid students before their exams begin again after the week’s holiday. Please look out for emails or letters home regarding these sessions and thank you for your support in getting your child to attend. This will be really beneficial for them and could have a significant impact on their grade.

Last but not least, we are busy preparing to make Prom a wonderful experience and the Prom committee have made a decision on the theme ‘Under the Night Stars’. As a reminder, Prom will be taking place on Friday 30th June at York Racecourse. Students have indicated whether they will be attending or not and we will be making the final arrangements in the coming weeks. Thank you for keeping up with the payments on ParentPay and if you need support, contact our Finance Team. (swillsden@ahs.pmat.academy).

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

What a successful week Year 10 have had with work experience, the full year group always shines when they have additional opportunities and they certainly did last week. I just want to start by saying I am beyond proud of all our young people on work experience, I have had many an email or phone call with glowing reports on how outstanding students have been, the students I saw myself on visits were doing a cracking job and I know a few students have been offered opportunities in the future like apprenticeships, that is down to their hard work, well done Year 10, they should be proud of themselves.

I am certainly looking forward to welcoming them back in the building this week to heap on the praise of their success but also start on mock preparation.
Families will be receiving a letter this week I have written explaining the mock process, with the mock timetable attached, and steps put in place, I therefore won’t repeat myself but will highlight a few key elements:

  • Form time structure will change and students will be learning revision techniques with their form tutor and receiving a booklet which tells them everything they need to revise. They will also be writing a revision timetable for half term to bring home – please ask your young person about this and check you all are aware and agree on the plan.
  • Mock revision in lessons will begin for two weeks after half term.
  • Mocks start 19th June for two weeks.

I must highlight that this is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and even just get a good understanding of how the exam process works. I must also emphasise that students are expected to independently revise at home, as well as homework. We are also putting on sessions afterschool and at lunchtime that our young people can utilise also – please encourage them to attend as we are also putting rewards in around this, 5 sessions in a week (at home or in school) equates to a £5 Amazon voucher and our top 30 students will get an additional reward in school! If you do have any queries at all please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or the year team.

Another element to be aware of for the mocks is students must be in full school uniform to be allowed in the exam hall and after a week out of them wearing an array of work attire can I just remind parents that students need to be in full school uniform, including the correct shoes, trousers and skirts along with ties and they need to have their school jumper with them, even if not wearing it when the weather is warmer. Any concerns around uniform please just let us know.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) 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

Another great week for Year 9 in the penultimate week of term. This week we had a fantastic act of collective worship by 9JDl looking at the coronation of King Charles III. As aspects of the coronation were talked about and every member of the form who participated in this, be it designing the powerpoint, posters of participating should be very proud of themselves.

Mr Bainbridge took our Year 9 Boys football team to Selby for the cup semi final. “Unfortunately our Y9 boys lost to Selby 5-3 in the county cup semi finals after being 1-3 up at half time!

The students put in a great performance but I was delighted when the referee commented at the end of the game to say how brilliant our students were and how they had an amazing attitude. They showed great sportsmanship and exemplary manners when they were talking to the referee. It is excellent to hear how well they have represented the school and the year group, despite the loss. Well done.

In a change to Friday’s collective worship, Mr Williams talked to the year group about the upcoming assessment period. Booklets were handed out in Maths this week that are full of information about when and how this will happen. Form tutors will also be giving dedicated time in form to look at revision strategies with their form and to help them learn how to revise.

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

Time seems to be flying by as we enter the final week of what has been a very calm and productive half term with Year 8. We have reached the stage of the year where, looking back, it is plain to see how much our students have grown and matured as they enter their teenage years. We feel very proud of how far they have come.

This week is an important one for Year 8 as it is Assessment week. Assessment week offers a valuable opportunity for teachers to check student progress which will be shared in an end of year report next half term so that parents can review their child’s academic progress. The tool of assessment helps students to understand the importance of working hard to perform well and we begin to expose students to important rubrics and skills for revision and navigating exam periods such as they will encounter in KS4. This helps to ‘normalise’ and build confidence around exams. However, we also try to strike a delicate balance to ensure that we have age-appropriate expectations of Year 8 and also avoid causing any unnecessary anxiety for students. The Year 8 team have held preemptive check-ins with any students who we feel might be daunted by assessment week, and we have set a tone of down-playing the pressure and encouraging everyone to just do their best. For Year 8 students, there is no expectation to complete any extra revision outside of school and routine homework is enough to consolidate any revision needed. If you have any concerns about your child this week, please advise the Year 8 team so we can support.

We have the Y8 Rewards disco on Thursday of this week which is taking place in the Main Hall and Spiritual Garden from 5pm – 6:30pm. Students will need to arrive via reception to sign in and all students are required to be signed up via Parent Pay. Thank you very much for donating an optional £2 on Parent Pay to help us to cover the costs of the event. The event is non-uniform with a theme of ’90s/neon’ which students are welcome to embrace; the Year 8 team have purchased glow sticks and neon stickers for every child so nobody feels left out! Mobile phones will be permitted, however staff will be policing the sensible use of these. There is still time to sign up so please complete the relevant consent form on Parent Pay to advise school of your child’s attendance, dietary requirements and photo permissions if your child would like to come along. Hopefully, we are anticipating some lovely sunny weather in school this week; we would therefore encourage parents to ensure your child has a water bottle with them to stay hydrated, possibly a sun hat, and maybe even some sun cream!

Thank you for your continued support. The Year 8 team are on hand throughout the school day to support students and address any concerns. We try to encourage students to seek us out before school, break, lunch or after school if they have an issue they would like to discuss. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

It has been lovely to have year 7s in for a full week after our Bank Holidays and to see them enjoy the end of their assessments. We are extremely proud of how hard they all worked. We have been enjoying using our lunchtime equipment in the sunshine this week and it is now really starting to feel like summer.

This week, our assembly focused on Deaf Awareness week and we learnt about how to appropriately interact with those who have hearing impairments. Students engaged brilliantly and had the opportunity to learn some sign language.

We are always so impressed by the conduct of year 7 but we would like to take this opportunity to remind students and and parents of our 5 fundamentals, coming to school fully prepares with the correct equipment and uniform each day; arriving on time to school and lessons; speaking kindly and appropriately to staff and peers; trying our hardest in lessons; and caring for our school and the people in it. Being in the year 7 team makes us proud every day, it is great to see our students living our school values, joining in and doing the 5 fundamentals each day.

As always, thank you for your continued support. If you need anything please do not hesitate to contact the year team via main school reception.

Well Done to our Heads of Years Award Hannah Wray and Phoebe Rankin who have raised money for local charity Lollipop and have been learning British Sign Language, well done – we are very proud of you!

Well Done to our Students of the Week this Week:

7ASU – Safeea Lalowski-Cumberland – for excellent presenting of the news this week!
7CMM – Leona Koay- for smashing it week after week, bringing in loads of merits for 7CMm. Well done!
7PI – Grace Rennison – for being calm and sensible in form over the last couple of weeks
7HV – Ethan Day- For helping out with the ITT visitors and for being a positive role model, well done!
7MPE – Taha Kilic – For wowing us all with a very deep and meaningful quote in form time discussion.
7CST – Henry Taylor-For always being kind in form and having great ideas and opinions to share during form time activities. Well done Henry!
7MLN – Edward Wilson – for being a trustworthy and caring member of the form, thank you!
7BL – Aleksander Kurt – for always taking part in form discussions in a mature and sensible way. I hope to see this continue. Well done!
7JHE – Lucia Nicolle – for believing in herself
7CY – Frances Lilley for taking part in the school cricket tournament
7ZBL – Abudie Hajj-Qasseem – for being on time to school every day last week! Well done and keep it up!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 22 May is:

Validity
The quality of being logically or factually sound
“One might question the validity of our data”

Collective Worship

Theme
This week our form tutor collective worship is inspired by the life of 14th century Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich. We will consider how her understanding of an immensely loving God might influence our thinking today. Our daily quotes are all on the theme of trust.

Quotes

Monday:
“Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.”
Anonymous

Tuesday:
“There are always uncertainties ahead, but there is always one certainty – God’s will is good.”
Vernon Paterson , American Christian writer

Wednesday:
“Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers!”
William Culbertson, American Christian leader

Thursday:
“God will never, never, never let us down if we have faith and put our trust in Him. He will always look after us. So we must cleave (stick close) to Jesus. Our whole life must simply be woven into Jesus.”
Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

Friday:
“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”
Corrie Ten Boom, Dutch Christian who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust

22 May 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Monday 15 May

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that this bulletin finds you and your families well. As we begin this week, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks and highlight some of the exciting events and activities that have taken place in our school community.

First and foremost, I am delighted to say that we are finally able to have a full week in school with our students. We are pleased to have a more typical working week and we are really keen to make the most of our time with all students.

Last week was particularly eventful for our school community. It was great to be able to welcome families of Year 10 students as part of the Progress evening that took place on Wednesday. The evening was productive and enjoyable as our Year 10 teachers discussed the progress and next steps for each student. This was an especially important evening as our Year 10 students are half way through their GCSE journey and are beginning the process of preparing for their mock exams. The students are doing well in all aspects of their school life and it was a great way to be able to share this with families.

Our Year 13 students had their leavers celebration on Thursday ahead of their A Level stand down that took place on Friday. It was great to be able to celebrate and thank the students for their achievements throughout their time at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The students have demonstrated themselves to be excellent role models for the younger students in our school community and are a superb cohort of young people. Our Year 13 students have contributed so much to our school community over the last year and we thank them for making our school a special place to be part of. We wish them all the best of luck for their upcoming examinations that commence later this week.

This week, our Year 11 students also start their formal GCSE examinations. We wish them the very best of luck and we are incredibly proud of them. Their hard work and commitment in preparing for these examinations has really shone through. We have a number of key examinations taking place for all students this week and we are making sure that they are well supported during this time. We would welcome any Year 11 student to the early breakfast that takes place each morning in the Courtyard cafe at 8:15am. Students can have a drink and something to eat prior to their examinations and the room is staffed by the year team and senior colleagues who are on hand to help support and offer reassurance to any student.

The Year 11 exam week has been carefully mapped to include taught subject-specific revision sessions ahead of key examinations. Each day, form tutors will ensure that all students are aware of when and where their examinations take place, the taught subject-specific revision sessions taking place during the school day and the time of their break and lunch. If you have any questions regarding your child’s examinations then please feel free to contact the year team who will be delighted to help.

This week is also a busy time for students in Year 8 who have their in-class assessment weeks taking place. Students have been preparing for these assessments during lessons recently. It is great to see how committed the students have been ahead of these assessments as it will hold them in good stead for the future. Towards the end of the week our Year 8 students have their pizza and disco rewards evening which will be a great way to mark the end of the assessments.

Our Year 10 students are out of school as they take part in their work experience visits. There are some fantastic placements that have been organised for our students. We hope that they find this opportunity both enjoyable and incredibly rewarding as they gain skills and understanding of potential career sectors.

I want to thank you all for your continued support and commitment to our school community. We are proud of all our students and we are committed to providing them with the best possible learning environment.

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Rebecca Wood7BLFor always working hard, trying her best and for living our school values every day. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Safeea Lalowski-Cumberland7ASUFor working hard, amazing attendance and showing great resilience. Well Done!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Paige Saye8MSrFor being really friendly, kind and helpful. Thank you for making my cover lesson so enjoyable and working so hard all lesson as well!Individual Liberty
Year 8 Izzy Noble8BDuFor being an absolute superstar all year in Geography. You work so hard and create the most magnificent homework. You are so kind polite, thoughtful and always thinking of others!Individual Liberty
Year 9 Fraser McIntyre9ECeFor 100% attendance across the whole year and being a wonderful and thoughtful student.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Stephanie Ajulo9CrFor being polite, kind and working hard across the whole year.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 10 Sharanyo Mazumdar10RDnFor consistently living the school values! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 10 Benedict Barrington10HaFor settling into AHS so well and living the school values, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Lily Davies11PsWell done for being so organised and supporting with the seating plan for prom these past few weeks!Compassion
Year 11 Baptiste Tonon11KxFor consistently working hard and living out the school values. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Ellie Holliday12LvConsistently high effort and commitment to doing well at AHS! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12Jeremy Williams12RMrFor his mature approach to his academic studies throughout the year, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
 
Year 13Malak Hashem13DaFor a tremendous attitude in this summer term so far, applying herself excellently in all study areas for a final push towards the exams. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13Megan Ramshaw13JJyFor a tremendous attitude in this summer term so far, applying herself excellently in all study areas for a final push towards the exams. 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

Farewell to Y13
Year 13 stood-down from A Level study on Friday and are ready for the upcoming examinations. They will only come into school for pre-arranged support or for their exams. We were delighted to host a little celebration with them on Thursday and the farewell messages from staff can be found on the Year 13 Google Classroom.

For our Year 13 BTEC students that have not yet completed their coursework and been signed -off, they must attend school each day to their timetable BTEC lessons and when not in a timetabled lesson we have a planned study space for them to continue working on their coursework to meet our very tight deadlines before we submit final marks.

REMINDER Y13 Leavers’ Key Dates:

  • Prom – Friday 23rd June Hilton, York
  • A Level Results – Thursday 17th August (invites sent last week)

REMINDER A Level Exam Timetable
Please find below the first two weeks of exams leading up to the May half-term break. The rest of the timetable will follow each week. Students have individual timetables also.

  • Students to arrive 15mins before the exam start time
  • All students to go to Black Square to check the seating plans and then go to their location

Possible locations:

  1. Sports Hall
  2. Drama Studio
  3. SFS
  4. SF Library
  5. SF Café
9am1pm
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 15 May
Tuesday 16 May
Wednesday 17 MayGeography Paper 12hr 30m
Thursday 18 May
Friday 19 MayPsychology Paper 12hr
Monday 22 MaySociology Paper 12hrMedia Paper 12hr
Tuesday 23 MayPolitics2hr
Wednesday 24 MayHistory Paper 12hr 30mEnglish Lit Paper 1
Physics Paper 1
2hr 30m
2hr
Thursday 25 MayFurther Maths Paper 1
Psychology Paper 2
1hr 30m
2hr
Friday 26 MayEnglish Lang Paper 12hr 30m

Competitive Admissions Tests

Competitive Admissions refer to applications for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, or any course of study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge. The competitive nature of these applications is due to the level of academic ability required to be made an offer, alongside other measures. As part of the admissions process students may be required to take admissions tests as part of the application process. This is an independent process where students should study independently alongside their A Level study. We do advise on the process and host paper-based exams, but we are also offering a small amount of tuition to help guide students with their independent approach to preparing for these exams. We are only able to offer tuition for BMAT, MAT and UCAT this year. If applicable your son/daughter has been guided by Dr King and Mr Charlton on which tests they are required to take.

The tuition will be conducted remotely in small groups of a maximum of four students. The tuition will be held during the school day under supervision. The tutors have been recruited via Bespoke Tuition.

Please complete your reply slip by Monday 15th May to confirm you are happy for your son/daughter to participate in the tuition. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

SESSION 1SESSION 2SESSION 3
BMAT Group 1Mon 15th May 11:15-12:15pmMon 22nd May 11:15-12:15Mon 5th June 11:15-12:15pm
BMAT Group 2Thurs 18th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 25th May 12:55-13:55Thurs 8th June 12:55-13:55
UCAT Group 1Weds 14th June 2-3pmWeds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm
UCAT Group 2Weds 17th May 2-3pmWeds 24th May 2-3pmWeds 7th June 2-3pm
MATWeds 14th June 13:45-14:45Weds 21st June 2-3pmWeds 28th June 2-3pm

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

I hope the students of year 11 are having a productive weekend, getting the last minute revision done before the exams kick off next week. Despite the obvious nerves, the mood around school has been really calm, and I have been very proud of the hard work that has been on display. The week finished with a special Year 11 assembly on Friday, where students were reminded of the plans for the week and the expectations we have during the exam period. Mr Daly made an appearance to wish the students the very best of luck, and to praise them for their work toward the exams in recent weeks.

Parents should have received a letter with the arrangements for the school day while students are not in exams. The Year 11 students are timetabled so they can attend revision sessions with their subject teachers the day before their next exam, therefore it is expected students remain in school when they are not in their exams. This time with the teacher immediately before their next exam is invaluable, and has made a very positive impact on students’ grades in the past. Students have also been given their exam timetables which list their full exams including dates and times. As parents, if you have not received either document please let the year team know and we will rectify this.

Last but not least, we are busy preparing to make Prom a wonderful experience and the Prom committee have made a decision on the theme ‘Under the Night Stars’. As a reminder, Prom will be taking place on Friday 30th June at York Racecourse. Students have indicated whether they will be attending or not and we will be making the final arrangements in the coming weeks.Thank you for keeping up with the payments on ParentPay and if you need support, contact our Finance Team (swillsden@ahs.pmat.academy ).

As always, thank you for the support in ensuring your child’s success in the coming weeks. Please do not hesitate in contacting the year team if we can support you further in any way.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

I am delighted to be able to begin by saying that year 10 have had a fantastic week once again! An important event this week was the Year 10 progress evening. It was so amazing to hear such positive messages going home to parents, but for me it was really special to see the positive relationships that our lovely young people in year 10 have with their teachers. Well done Year 10!

This week, year 10 pupils were awarded 12062 merits. This is a little lower than normal, however we have had a four day week, which will have had a big impact. When we return to school on a five day week, year 10 will be challenged with a target of hitting 4500 merits in one week!

Well done to 10KMd for the highest attendance for last week

Our top 5 forms for merits for last week:
1st – 10RDn – 285
2nd – 10KGn – 256
3rd – 10MHe – 132
4th – 10ABt – 129
5th – 10Ha – 116

Our top 5 students for merits for last week:
1st – Lexi Gray-Richardson (10RDn) – 24
2nd – Mathew Tse (10KGn) – 20
2nd – Noah Maude (10KGn) – 20
2nd – Joe Coyle (10ABt) – 20
3rd – Milli Hood (10KGn) – 20
3rd – Sharanyo Mazumdar (10Ha) – 20

The pupils who have won the Head of Year Award this week are Sharanyo Mazumdar and Benedict Barrington for their amazing return to school! Congratulations to both of you!

As parents will be aware, our year 10 students will begin their work experience placements on Monday 15th May. This is a valuable opportunity for them to gain insight into the working world and develop new skills. We hope that by immersing themselves in various industries, they will gain a better understanding of what career paths they may wish to pursue. The members of the year team are encouraging our students to approach this experience with an open mind, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. They will be required to apply themselves creatively, think critically and demonstrate initiative towards achieving their goals. We’re confident that these skills will prove invaluable not only during their week-long placements, but also in their future careers. Ultimately, we want our students to enjoy themselves, make new connections and develop new interests along the way. Thank you for your support in this endeavour.

Students who did not secure a placement will be expected to attend school as normal and we are excited to welcome them into school at 8:45 on Monday morning as usual! Their form room this week will be En11.

Correct uniform is becoming a key focus of the year team when pupils return from work experience. I would like to thank all the students and families who adhere to the uniform policy and also thank the students and families who are working with us to help rectify and issues. It is much appreciated! I would like to highlight a few things to provide some clarity in this area:

  • All students should have the AHS blue jumper every day. They may remove it if they choose to.
  • Skirts should be plain black, knee length skirts. Tights should be black or natural in colour.
  • Heavy make up is not allowed.
  • Nail varnish is not allowed. Gel, acrylic and false nails are also not allowed.
  • False eyelashes are not allowed.

If you need any help with this or require further information, please contact the year team.

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

A message from the Year 9 pastoral team

Another fantastic week for Year 9 after the coronation. We are delighted to report that Year 9 has had an excellent week! Their behaviour has been brilliant and the standard of their uniform has been excellent.

After the coronation this weekend the students have also been looking at the Coronation of King Charles III in form time collective worship and in the news and we are looking forward to collective worship next week that has been prepared by 9JDl. They again will be looking at the coronation, but from a different viewpoint. Next week will also see a collective worship lead by the deaf awareness group which should be excellent.

We understand the importance of school attendance for the academic and social development of our students. Regular attendance helps to ensure that students are able to keep up with their studies, build relationships with their peers, and develop a sense of responsibility.

We encourage you to make sure your child attends school regularly. If there is ever an issue that prevents your child from attending school, please contact us so we can work together to find a solution. It is important that if your child is not well enough to be in school, that we know and we can offer as much support as possible on return to school.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

It has been lovely to see our year 8s back in school after the bank holiday. We hope you and your families enjoyed the long weekend whether you chose to mark the King’s coronation or not.

We are looking forward to two full, undisrupted weeks until the May half term holiday where students can get back into proper routines and hard work. As part of this, we remind parents and students alike the importance of our school’s five fundamentals: coming to school fully prepares with the correct equipment and uniform each day; arriving on time to school and lessons; speaking kindly and appropriately to staff and peers; trying our hardest in lessons; and caring for our school and the people in it. These five core principles underpin everything we do at the school to ensure the best outcomes for our students.

We have a busy final week coming up. The final week before half-term will be year 8 assessment week. Students have been spoken to in assembly about how they will be prepared in lessons and some tips on how they could revise at home. At this point in the school journey, we are not expecting students to be doing lots of revision at home but the purpose of the assessment revision booklets students have been given is to get them into good habits of looking at any key material and considering it ahead of their exams. There was also a section in the assembly about how to look after their own mental wellbeing during exams and some of the pages in the assessment booklets do refer to this as well. Please do get in touch with us if you think your child is struggling with any of this.

In this final week, we also look forward to our long awaited year 8 only reward treat of the pizza and disco party. This will take place on Thursday 18th and will run from 5pm-6.30pm and students will need to make their own way to and from the disco. This will take place in the school gym. The theme as voted by the students is 90’s neon – if your child wishes to wear some clothing or accessories in line with this then they are welcome to, however we are not encouraging the buying of new items to reduce our environmental impact. We apologise that there was a mistake with the ParentPay permission this week – please can you ensure (if you haven’t already since the students got this message in form time) that you go back on ParentPay and click the permissions for your child to be allowed to the event. If you have kindly donated the £2 to the event, this will have gone through, but the permission may not have done. We apologise for this inconvenience. We really look forward to seeing all our year 8 students there!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school who will put you in touch with our team.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We are so impressed with the resilience and determination of the year group this week during their assessments. They have worked hard and supported each other along the way. They have learnt and shown valuable skills that will support them throughout all of their assessments and exams during their school career. On Thursday we had an exciting assembly, listening to some Y11 speakers who talked to us about what they were passionate about and in the chapel our students learned about endurance. Students discussed how endurance was important particularly during their assessments and it was fantastic to hear them share such great ideas. A few reminders for the summer term, please ensure students have a red jumper with them every day as well as all of their equipment, including planners and reading books. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact the year 7 team via main school reception.

This week we had some Primary School Trainee teachers visiting Year 7 to learn about transition. A huge thank you to the students who supported this. We are very proud of you and how you represented the year group and school. Well done and thank you to:

Ethan Day
Charlie rose
Oliver Gray
Morgan Smith
Dora Escombe
Aurelia Smy
Iris Oswald
Anna Davies
Eve Bate

Well Done to our Heads of Year Awards:
Safeea Lalowski-Cumberland 7ASU – For working hard, amazing attendance and great resilience. Well Done!
Rebecca Wood 7BL – For always working hard, trying her best and for living our school values every day. Well Done!

Well Done to our Students of the Week this Week:
7ASU – Lily Lobley – for being well organised all week!
7CMM – Isla Hudson – for being so friendly, approachable, and participative in form.
7PI – Sam Hussan – an improved effort in form time this week
7HV – Evie Rycraft – Always enthusiastic to share her thoughts and take part in form time activities, well done!
7MPE – Anna Davies – For helping out with the ITT visitors and being a really good ambassador for the school.
7CST – Aurelia Smy – For always being smiley and friendly and being amazing with the ITT training teacher day. Well done Aurelia!
7MLN – Leela Lamb – for persevering and working hard. Well Done!
7JHE – Edward Freeman – for a strong answer in form time when put on the spot!
7BL – Imogen Hall – for being a delightful member of the form who always follows the school values and is always willing to take part in form discussions. Well done! Keep it up.
7ZBL – Oliver Eaton – for being well-organised this week – keep it up!
7CY – Elvis Callum – for being a positive role model for others in form and always doing the right thing!

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 15 May is:

Desultory

Adjective: lacking a plan or purpose.

The team continued to operate in a desultory fashion.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is entitled Ascension. It explores the Feast of Ascension and how we can look forward to future plans. The quotes this week include biblical verses and thoughts about this Christian celebration.

Quotes
Monday – “Out of compassion for us… he ascended alone; we also ascend because we are in him by grace.” – St Augustine

Tuesday – “After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” – The book of Acts ch1:v3, The Bible

Wednesday – “At his ascension our Lord entered heaven, and he keeps the door open for humanity to enter.” – Oswald Chambers, Scottish evangelist

Thursday – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – The book of Jeremiah ch29:v11, The Bible

Friday – “When in doubt, take the next step .” – Regina Brett, American writer

15 May 2023|

Parent Bulletin – Tuesday 9 May

Mr A Green-Harding
Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

I hope that you had a safe and enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

With just a week before the GCSE and A Level written examinations take place, our Year 11 and 13 students are working incredibly hard to ensure that they are fully prepared. It is important that the students continue to make use of the support that is on offer both academically and pastorally in the lead up to the exam season. We recognise that this can be a pressured time and so our staff are committed to making sure that every student is especially supported within this time. If families have any queries linked to the examination period then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year team who will be happy to help.

Last week our Year 9 students were out of school on Friday as part of their final Art Award cultural trip. Students enjoyed trips to the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The trips are a part of the curriculum enrichment available in Year 9 that has been built into the Silver Arts Award.

This week we look forward to welcoming families of Year 10 students as part of the Progress evening that will take place on Wednesday 10 May. This evening is a great opportunity to talk to teachers to find out more about your child’s progress in each subject area. This is especially important as our Year 10 students are half way through their GCSE journey.

Our Year 13 students have their leavers celebration on Thursday 11 May ahead of the A Level stand down on Friday 12 May. We look forward to welcoming families to this event to celebrate and thank them for their achievements throughout their time at Archbishop Holgate’s School. The students have demonstrated themselves to be excellent role models for the younger students in our school community. Our Year 13 students have contributed so much to our school community over the last year and we thank them for making our school a special place to be part of.

Pre-loved Uniform

As we near the end of the academic year, we wanted to appeal once again for any high quality, pre-loved uniform parents may be able to donate to the school. The shop continues to be very popular, and we are welcoming of any items of uniform that are no longer needed or have been outgrown. Please could any donations be dropped off in the main school reception.

Should you wish to access the pre-loved uniform shop, please find further information and a link on our school website.

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.

Head of Year Awards

Year GroupNameFormReasonLink to School Values
Year 7 Charlotte Brannan7CSTFor living our school values every day and always working hard. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 7 Isabella Ellison7MPEFor showing resilience, living our school values every day and always working hard. Well Done!AHS Journey – ‘Joining in’
Year 8 Hayden Fogg8MSRFor always making the right choices, behaving well in lessons and an excellent merit record – well done.Individual Liberty
Year 8 Jacob Ashby8DTKFor excellent behaviour in lessons and around school and for always making the best possible start in lessons.Individual Liberty
Year 9 Amy Luck9WNoFor being a fantastic students and working hard in all lessons.AHS Journey – ‘Understanding Yourself and Others’
Year 9 Ava Welsh9JDlFor showing compassion towards her peers in times of need.Compassion
Year 10 Grace Scott10EWrFor always being a smiley and positive person around school!Mutual Respect
Year 10 Alyana Velduizen10DiFor always living the school values and working hard!AHA Journey – ‘Responsibility and Resilience’
Year 11 Ruben Wood11CFrFor showing compassion and supporting other students in their English lessons. Well done – really proud of you!Compassion
Year 11 Kelsy Wheatland11BrFor consistently being a star! Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Next Steps’
Year 12 Daniel Laheany12SWrFor his mature approach to his academic studies throughout the year, well done!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
Year 12Matthew Dalgliesh12SWrFor his continued maturity, hard work and dedication towards his studies this year, keep it up!AHS Journey – ‘Examples to Follow’
 
Year 13Peter Carr13DaFor a tremendous attitude in this summer term so far, applying himself excellently in all study areas for a final push towards the exams. Well done!AHS Journey – ‘Your Future’
Year 13Kirsty Harrison13DdFor a tremendous attitude in this summer term so far, applying herself excellently in all study areas for a final push towards the exams. 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

REMINDER Y13 Leavers’ Key Dates:

  • Leavers’ Celebration Service – Thursday 11th May (6:30-7:30pm in the Main Hall)
  • A Level Stand-down – Friday 12th May (from PM registration)
  • Prom – Friday 23rd June Hilton, York
  • A Level Results – Thursday 17th August (invites sent this week)

A Level Exam Timetable

Please find below the first two weeks of exams leading up to the May half-term break. The rest of the timetable will follow each week. Students have individual timetables also.

  • Students to arrive 15mins before the exam start time
  • All students to go to Black Square to check the seating plans and then go to their location

Possible locations:

  1. Sports Hall
  2. Drama Studio
  3. SFS
  4. SF Library
  5. SF Café
9am1pm
DateSubjectLengthSubjectLength
Monday 15 May
Tuesday 16 May
Wednesday 17 MayGeography Paper 12hr 30m
Thursday 18 May
Friday 19 MayPsychology Paper 12hr
Monday 22 MaySociology Paper 12hrMedia Paper 12hr
Tuesday 23 MayPolitics2hr
Wednesday 24 MayHistory Paper 12hr 30mEnglish Lit Paper 1
Physics Paper 1
2hr 30m
2hr
Thursday 25 MayFurther Maths Paper 1
Psychology Paper 2
1hr 30m
2hr
Friday 26 MayEnglish Lang Paper 12hr 30m

A message from the Year 11 pastoral team

It’s been another busy week for Year 11 as we put the final preparations in place before their exams begin on the 15th May. The students each received their GCSE timetable this week, which gives them the exact date and time for each of their exams. Please keep this somewhere safe, as the exams will come thick and fast once we begin on the 15th. Please also contact the year team if this document is lost or damaged and we can issue a replacement.

It was brilliant to hand put the Year 11 yearbooks and hoodies this week. I know the students were excited to receive them and it has been really nice to see them signing each other’s books with advice, well wishes and support. Some of the pictures from over the years brought a smile to their faces, not least the pictures of the staff from when we were younger! I keep trying to explain to the students that the 80s was not a good fashion decade for anyone, but I don’t think they believe me!

The students have begun to go through the exam plans for week one with their form tutors this week, and this will be repeated again next week. This will inform the students which exams will take place each day and the revision sessions they need to be in if they are not in exams. Attendance at both morning and afternoon registration will be absolutely vital in the coming weeks to ensure students are fully informed for the day. Students have also been spending time revising during form, with the support of their form tutors. Finally, students will receive an assembly from myself and Miss McDermott (Deputy Head) on Friday afternoon, to offer further advice and guidance to students (including wellbeing strategies), as well as a reminder of exam expectations.

Last but not least, we are busy preparing to make Prom a wonderful experience and the Prom committee have made a decision on the theme ‘Under the Night Stars’. As a reminder, Prom will be taking place on Friday 30th June at York Racecourse. Students have indicated whether they will be attending or not and we will be making the final arrangements in the coming weeks. Thank you for keeping up with the payments on ParentPay and if you need support, contact our Finance Team (swillsden@ahs.pmat.academy ).

I hope our students in Year 11 have a well earned break over the bank holiday weekend, and I look forward to seeing them all on Tuesday in school.

A message from the Year 10 pastoral team

Year 10 are still being consistently excellent across the school. I’ve had a number of members of staff say to me they are always the best at break and lunch times when I’m in the hall, which is great to hear. I continue to be impressed with their efforts with uniform, working hard in lessons and excellent behaviour throughout whether it be break or lunchtime, moving between lessons or in class it has been excellent.

Just a reminder that parents evening is this week, Wednesday the 10th May from 3:45 -7:15pm. Students were given a parents evening letter in form time, so please check with your young person they have received this so they can make appointments on your behalf. If you have any concerns you’ve not received this, please get in touch. We are also contacting parents whose children have said you cannot attend to confirm either way.

Another reminder that work experience is now next week. Students who have not sorted placements will be placed in school, please check with your young person. Everyone else who has a placement was given another letter with guidance this week for what to do to reconfirm their place and check requirements such as what to wear and time to arrive etc. Again please can you check with your young person they’ve received this and they are following it to confirm their placement, it is imperative they do this to stop any last minute surprises. Any concerns please get in touch.

Unfortunately I have noticed that the years groups attendance has dropped. We have a number of students who are consistently excellent with 100% attendance, well done to them. 10EWh got the highest attendance last week, well done! But I just wanted to highlight especially in the run up to mocks how important attendance is. Recent studies have shown that absence from school has a significant impact on the success of students, and can have a long-term impact through to their GCSEs. In one of these studies, it has shown that of those students that have 100% attendance, 79% of them achieve 5+ good GCSEs. At 95%, this figure falls to 69%. At 90%, this falls even further to 53%, and by 85% attendance, this figure for success becomes 36%. When considering that 5% attendance is around 7 days absence, it really is crucial that students are in school every single day. To put this into further context, if your child has lower than 96% attendance, this means that they are attending school less than the average child across the country. During mock and exam season if students miss an exam they are unable to resit it and therefore get 0, this can therefore impact results significantly, therefore it is crucial Year 10 are in these good habits now for mocks and next year.

Furthermore, a number of parents have contacted me about mocks, they start the 19th June for two weeks. Students will be given guidance on what to revise and taught revision skills in school which we will start to action in a few weeks. Once received we do expect students to revise at home and prepare well for their exams. We know students will do well and it is a great opportunity to showcase their knowledge.

If you have any queries regarding your young person in Year 10, then please do get in touch by emailing myself (mdeacon@ahs.pmat.academy), Mr McPaul (cmcpaul@ahs.pmat.academy) and/or Mrs Robinson (jrobinson@ahs.pmat.academy) 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

Again another fantastic, yet short, week for Year 9. We would like to reiterate just how well they have come back from Easter and how they have been coping with the disruption to their week they have been experiencing. Uniform has been excellent and their general behaviour around school has been great.

Friday saw the third and final Cultural Visit taking place this year. Each student has had the chance to visit the Media Museum in Bradford, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Royal Armouries in Leeds throughout the course of this year.

9Lp, 9KCe, 9NTh and 9WNo visited the Royal Armouries. Whilst there they had the chance to visit all four areas of the museum. Students learnt about various periods of warfare, weapons and armour through history, from historical warfare such as Vikings, Anglo Saxons through to the mediaeval period, the weapons used in hunting, oriental weapons and armour, and the armour and weapons used in jousting tournaments.

9Ap, 9CBe and 9ECe visited the National Science and Media Museum. Whilst there students were able to think like a Scientist in Wonderlab, learn about the history of photography in the Kodiak gallery and learn about animation. Students also had a chance to experience the 60 ft tall IMAX cinema learning about the importance of water to African wildlife.

9Cr, 9DBs, 9Ev and 9JDl visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and battled against the inclement weather conditions. The students had a chance to experience works by Damien Hirst, Robert Indiana, Alex Clegg and Annie Montgomerie amongst many others.

All trips were a great success and behaviour was excellent throughout.

As ever, if there are ever any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with the year team.

A message from the Year 8 pastoral team

We hope that all of our students and their families enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend last week, and are looking forward to another longer weekend with some warm weather.

On Friday, students had a slight change to their routine by taking part in an afternoon assembly to make up for our missed Tuesday slot. This was led by Mr Williams (Deputy Head) to introduce Year 8 Assessment Week, which will be taking place in the week commencing May 22nd. Assessment week is a longstanding feature of our school calendar which involves subjects syncing their end of year assessments to assess and review students’ progress over the year. On the one hand, this helps students to understand the importance of working hard to perform well and we begin to expose students to important rubrics and skills for revision and navigating exam periods such as they will encounter in KS4. On the other hand, we also try to strike a delicate balance to ensure that we have age-appropriate expectations of Year 8 and also avoid causing any unnecessary anxiety for students. The Year 8 team will be holding preemptive check-ins with any students who we feel might be daunted by assessment week, and the tone we will take will be very much light-hearted and aiming to put students at ease. For Year 8 students, there is no expectation to complete any extra revision outside of school and routine homework will be enough to consolidate any revision needed. The resounding message from us is that assessment week is in place to normalise the process of being examined, to help us to build confidence and resilience around exam periods, and that ultimately all anyone can ask is that you try your best when the time comes. If you have any concerns about how your child will navigate this, please advise the Year 8 team and we will be happy to support.

On Thursday 25th May, we have the Year 8 Rewards disco taking place. This will be 5pm – 6:30pm in the Main Hall and Spiritual Garden; students will need to arrive via reception. We hope this will offer a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate Year 8’s achievements and something to look forward to for the end of assessment week. Our Year 8 students have raised a respectable £276 of funds to go towards a takeaway pizza tea, snacks and drinks for this event. I am sure you will appreciate that, with over 300 students in our year group, this does still leave us a little short. As such, if you are able to contribute an optional £2 donation on Parent Pay to help cover the cost of the event, this would be very much appreciated. A staff member has kindly offered to DJ the event and Year 8 students have voted for a ’90s/neon’ theme at the event which should make for really good fun! Mobile phones will be permitted, however staff will be policing the sensible use of these. If your child would like to attend the disco, please complete the relevant consent form on Parent Pay to advise school of your child’s attendance, dietary requirements and photo permissions.

Thank you for your continued support. The Year 8 team are on hand throughout the school day to support students and address any concerns. We try to encourage students to seek us out before school, break, lunch or after school if they have an issue they would like to discuss. If you have any queries or concerns about your child in Year 8, please call school reception to speak to someone in the Year 8 team, or you can email reception@ahs.pmat.academy.

A message from the Year 7 pastoral team

We hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend and that our students had a chance to get some rest before assessment week. We spoke to year 7 about wellbeing and self-care in assembly last week and how this is particularly important when there could be periods of stress. The Year 7 team will be available this week if students need any extra support or are feeling worried and need some reassurance. We mentioned the importance of looking after yourself physically and emotionally. Below are some useful websites to look at, including our school wellbeing site and some free apps to download:

AHS Wellbeing Website – https://sites.google.com/archbishopholgates.org/4steps2wellbeing/home

https://www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk/Page/20029

Calm app

BlueIce app

Calm Harm app

Catch it app

Well done to our Students of the Week
ASu – Arlo Gane – For leading The News very well this week
CMm – Aaron Gleghorn for excellent progress in his lessons (particularly in maths) Well done!
Hv – Ruqiaya Imran – For having a positive attitude to learning, well done!
Pi – Ala Cheung – continued high effort levels in all areas.
MPe – Louie Stannard – For looking out for others in the form class and being a fantabulous member of MPe
CSt – Charlotte Brannan- For getting involved in all the school sports teams and doing really well in them. It’s great to see you involved in the teams Charlotte, Well done!
MLn – Joshua Mansfield – For your growing resilience and maturity in school. Well done Josh!
JHe – Florence Michallat – for resilience and perseverance
Bl -David Gobl – for being a delightful member of the form who always takes part in class discussions, giving mature and sensible suggestions. Well done. Keep it up.
ZBl – Iris Oswald – for her contributions to class discussions, especially during the News.
Cy – Soraya Clifton Masters for joining in with the sign of the day

Word of the week

The word of the week for week commencing 8 May is:

Resonance
Noun: the power to evoke enduring images, memories and emotions.
The quality in a sound of being deep and full.
The concepts lose their emotional resonance.

Collective Worship

Theme
Our form tutor collective worship this week is entitled Coronation Reflections. It explores some of the symbolism of the coronation and how it might encourage us to ask questions of ourselves. Our quotes are all by King Charles III.

Quotes

Tuesday – “The future of mankind can be assured only if we rediscover ways in which to live as a part of nature, not apart from her.” – King Charles III

Wednesday – “A nation’s wealth and strength can be found…. in the values that it embodies: mutual respect, diversity, tolerance, fairness and friendship.” – King Charles III

Thursday – “Just as mankind had the power to push the world to the brink so, too, do we have the power to bring it back into balance.” – King Charles III

Friday – “I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability.” – King Charles III

9 May 2023|
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