Bonfire Night Talk For Year 7 Students – 24th October 2018

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Please be aware that on the morning of Wednesday 24th October we have a visiting speaker from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service speaking to all Year 7 students.

The focus of the talk will be around the theme of ‘Bonfire Night’ and will include some images of injuries sustained that your child may find distressing.

Please contact the SMSC Team at the College and ask to speak with Mrs K Jackson or Mrs P Osborne if you feel that your child should not be involved in these external inputs.

We hope that the messages delivered will ensure that Bonfire Night is a safe and happy experience for your child.

Post 16 Information Evening – 18th October 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

We are holding our Post 16 Open Evening for all current Year 11 students and their parents/carers on Thursday 18th October 2018. This is a valuable opportunity for you to see first-hand the courses available in Post 16 and what students can expect in terms of the Post 16 experience.

The format of the evening will be as follows:

Time Event
5.30pm – 5.55pm Sign in and Refreshments in the Post 16 Block
6.00pm – 6.25pm Introduction and overview of the Post 16 provision in the Main Hall
6.25pm – 7.30pm Opportunity to meet with staff and current Post 16 students to ask about the different qualifications and courses in the Technology Block

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for the evening, and that we will be welcoming your son/daughter into Post 16 at Minsthorpe in September 2019.

Please could complete the slip in the document below and ask your child to return it to their P&A Mentor by Friday 12th October confirming your attendance and how many seats you require.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Lewis
Assistant Principal
Post 16 Achievement & Progression

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Post 16 Information Evening Letter Download File

European Day Of Languages 2018

European Day Of Languages 2017

There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and diverse culture. That’s what the European Day of Languages (EDoL) aims to celebrate – by showing people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them.

On Wednesday 26th September schools all over the country will celebrating the European Day of Languages in different be ways. At Minsthorpe this year students will be taking part in activities to do with a range of languages in all different Curriculum Areas in college and in P&A time.

We hope that students have a great day and go home having learnt lots of words in lots of different languages. At home you could try to say ‘hello’ in a different language using this list:

Language Translation
French Bonjour
Spanish Hola
Italian Ciao
German Guten Tag
Greek Γεια σαζ (Yas as)
Swedish Hej (hay)
Czech Ahoj (ahoy)
Danish Goddag (gud-day)
Dutch Hoi (hoy)
Finnish Hei (hay)
Hungarian Jó napot (yon na-pot)
Icelandic Hallo
Norwegian Hallo
Polish Cześć (che-st)
Portugese Olá

Have a great day and enjoy having a go at another language!

Sally Hayes
MFL, Assistant Associate Principal

Year 7 Parent Mentor Evening – 27th September 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

Year 7 Parent Mentor Evening is being held on the 27th September, this is your opportunity to meet your child’s P&A Mentor. Please book appointments online. Please see the guide below. Any questions please contact the College.

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Parents’ Guide To Booking Appointments Download File

Principal’s Newsletter – September 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

Dear Parents and Carers

On behalf of the staff at Minsthorpe Community College, I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 college year!

We are looking forward to another year in which our productive partnership ensures that our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognise that in order to be successful in college, our children need support from both the home and college. We know that working with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before! We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and a plethora of extra-curricular clubs and activities, performing arts activities, and sporting events certain to encourage our students to be involved and stay connected!

We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at college activities and events whenever possible. We want…we need…and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education! Your active participation is key to the success of your youngsters during their time at Minsthorpe.

We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that s/he:

  1. attends college daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience;
  2. completes all home learning assignments given by teachers;
  3. reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills;
  4. shares college experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her college life;
  5. informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject;
  6. knows that you expect him/her to succeed in college.

What a summer it was, with students from Minsthorpe again excelling themselves at both GCSE and Advanced Level. Our GCSE results saw an improvement for the third year in a row with the College again posting a positive Progress 8 score – no mean feat given that this was the first year when all of the changes to the GCSE courses took effect. At Post 16, students achieved their best ever results with our A*-A grades increasing from 9% last year to 19% this year. Once again the vast majority of students in Year 13 who made a Higher Education application got their first choice university! Superb stuff and evidence of what we are doing here at Minsthorpe and proof that the College has a significant impact on student achievement over both five and seven years of education at the College.

The refurbishment of the College has continued over the summer and the second phase will be complete by December 2018. The Main Hall and Soc/Voc area is now complete as is the cladding to the canteen. Over the summer the builders have made excellent progress on the Carnegie block and the College is looking totally renewed leaving only the Maths Block and PE Block now to be refurbished. Our next bid for funding from the government’s Condition Improvement Fund will go in this December.

Continuing the day-to-day activities of the College in the middle of a £3.4m build has thrown up its fair share of problems it is safe to say but we have managed despite losing a complete block in the College for an entire year and two months when two blocks were out of commission. An exercise in logistics to be sure!

We have also used external funding to improve the designated social areas in Maths and English and have installed two new canopies to provide extra shelter for students. These spaces will also double up as outside teaching rooms as well. The College continues to seek external funding in order to improve the physical environment for your sons and daughters and for future generations who will attend the College.

Please know that we highly value home/college communication here at Minsthorpe. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and college activities, as well as other events and happenings. Please make use of the School Gateway App as this is the main channel of communication between the College and you.

Again, we welcome you to Minsthorpe and to our wonderful learning community. It is a place alive with much energy, enthusiasm and a high standard of excellence! It is, indeed, a place where opportunities abound! Here’s to a great new year as we work together to make our college a great place to work and learn each day! The wonderful Minsthorpe staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to work with you and we hope to see you in college at one of the many events that are in the document below.

Yours faithfully

R.P. Henshaw

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College Events 2018-19 Download File

Exam Results Days 2018

Exam Results Days 2018

The arrangements for collecting results for GCSE, A Level and BTEC (Level 1, 2 & 3) courses are listed below:

GCE and Level 3 BTEC Results Day – Thursday 16th August 2018

Results will be available to collect as follows:

Year Time Location
Post 16 (Level 3) 8.30am – 11.30am Post 16 Café

GCSE and Level 1/2 BTEC Results Day – Thursday 23rd August 2018

Results will be available to collect as follows:

Year Time Location
Year 11 8.30am – 11.30am Post 16 Café
Post 16 (GCSE re-sits and Level 1/2) 8.30am – 11.30am Post 16 Café
Year 10 10.30am – 11.30am Post 16 Café

If you are unable to collect you results you can have them:

Collected by another person

If you want a friend/family member to collect your results, the person must bring a signed letter of permission from you (including your full name and date of birth) and some form of self-identification (photo ID) with them.

Posted Out

If you require your results to be posted out, you must bring a stamped address envelope to the Exams Office.


If you require your results to be emailed, please email (including your full name and date of birth)

Collection of Certificates

Presentation Evening will be held on Thursday 6th December 2018, where students will be presented with their qualification certificates.

If students are unable to attend the evening, then they can be collected from the Exams Office after this date by the student.

If students are unable to collect their certificates in person a family member/friend can collect on your behalf, a hand written note must be provided (including full name and date of birth) and ID shown by the person collecting certificates. Students must also ring the Exams Office in advance and inform us of the person collecting certificates. (This is the only way we are allowed to give certificates out for students that are unable to collect their own.)

Arrangements For Year 7 Football Trials

Football Trials

Date Event
Friday 7th September 2.30pm – 4.00pm Trials on Astro. Students require Minsthorpe PE kit and appropriate footwear for Astro and shin pads if you have them. This trial will be 5-a-side matches.
Tuesday 11th September 2.30pm – 4.00pm 9-a-side trial game on grass, for students that made it through.
Thursday 13th September Trial match away at Crofton on grass.
Friday 14th September Trial match at home against Kettlethorpe on grass.
Thursday 20th September First match of the season at home against Kings on grass.