Connexions Free School Leavers Event – Wednesday 5th September 2018

Connexions Wakefield

Connexions Wakefield Digital are hosting a NEET event on Wednesday 5th September aimed at school leavers who do not have an offer of learning or who fail to take up their offers. Training providers in the district will be on hand to speak to young people about their provision and the opportunities available, with some providers able to offer immediate starts. Advisers from Connexions Wakefield Digital will be available to offer impartial advice and guidance and plan on-going support to NEET young people.

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Summer Term Non-Uniform Day – Monday 21st May 2018

Minsthorpe Community College

The Student Leadership Team has decided to hold a Non-Uniform Day in support of causes chosen by the College Action Teams.

The charge for all students attending College in non-uniform is £1.00.

We must stress the following:

  • No fancy dress
  • No hats for students in Key Stage 3 and 4
  • No extremes of fashion including clothing which has slogans/offensive writing or innuendo
  • No excessively high heels
  • No jewellery other than simple stud earrings

Mr D Lloyd
(Associate Assistant Principal)
On behalf of the College and the Student Council

Minsthorpe Recognised For Widening Participation Work

The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)

Minsthorpe Community College has been shortlisted for the prestigious NEON Award for 2018.

The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) was founded in early 2012 as the professional organisation to support those involved in widening access to higher education (HE) and social mobility. At the heart of NEON is a cross-sector approach bringing together HE institutions (HEIs), schools, colleges, the voluntary sector, professional bodies and employers.

"Minsthorpe was nominated for its tireless work in preparing students for university" said the delighted Principal, Ray Henshaw. "We help many of our A-level students to get to university and many of them are the first in their family ever to have achieved this. It is an honour to be shortlisted for the award as it shows that our peers recognise how much we do to create opportunities for our students" added Ray.

The Award will be presented to the winning school on Thursday 17th May at a glittering ceremony at the Palace of Westminister.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Race Timings

Tour de Yorkshire Logo

UPDATE (01/05/2018): We have learned that a number of bus services will not run after 2pm on Friday May 4th and that some of our feeder schools are closing early due to the procession of the Tour de Yorkshire. We are mindful that a number of our students walk younger siblings home from their primary schools so have, reluctantly, taken the decision to close the College earlier at 2:00pm on Friday. Bus companies have confirmed they are able to run normal services at 2pm when the school closes, but they cannot guarantee bus services after this time.

Welcome to Yorkshire has now officially announced the race timings for the Tour de Yorkshire – which travels through our district on Friday 4th May.

The men’s race will enter South Elmsall at around 4pm and leave Castleford at around 4.35pm.

Rolling road closures will take place during the race, which will last around 30 to 50 minutes. In order to allow staff, students and parents to get home before the rolling road block passes through – and to see the event if they want – the College will close promptly at 14:45 and all after-college events on this day will be cancelled (unless parents and students are individually notified by the organiser).

Full details are available at the Tour de Yorkshire website.

HLTA Programme For Year 13 Students

Teacher in class

Are you currently in Year 13 studying for A-levels?

Are you unsure what to do next year?

Are you thinking about taking a gap year before university?

Are you looking to gain a competitive edge for that Higher Education/job interview?

Do you want to have a unique status to enhance your UCAS Personal Statement?

Do you want to work with children in the future – either as a Teacher or a Teaching Assistant?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, Minsthorpe Community College can offer you training to achieve the Higher Level Teaching Assistant status. You will be trained to support the teaching and learning of young people and have the chance to be placed in a primary and/or secondary school in order to get some practical on-the-job experience.

You will also gain some invaluable Professional Development by accessing the training offered to staff at the College and by joining some of the development sessions offered as part of our successful School-Centred Initial Training (SCITT) programme. See the brochure below for further information.

If you are interested send an email to with ‘HLTA Programme’ in the subject line.

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Building Works – Phase 2

Minsthorpe Community College

Minsthorpe was successful in getting a further grant of £1.7m from the government’s Conditions Improvement Fund to enable the College to continue the programme of refurbishing the old CLASP buildings. The improvements to the Soc/Voc and Main Hall sections of the College are now entering their final phase and then the work can roll immediately onto the Carnegie block from July 2018.

In addition the College has also been able to use funding to erect two new canopies for students in the Maths and English Designated Outdoor Social Areas and these will go up over the summer. In 2019 the College will celebrate its 50th Anniversary and it is fitting that we are able to improve the College so that it is ready for the next 50 years of its history!

Ray Henshaw

The Minsthorpe Shakespearience

  • Macbeth Poster
  • Macbeth Image 1
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Minsthorpe students perform ‘Macbeth’ for local primary schools

Fifteen Minsthorpe students impressed Year 4 staff and pupils with their adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ this week, confidently performing to huge audiences in the Training and Conference Centre. The after-college Shakespeare Ensemble wowed the audiences from Ash Grove Junior and Infant School, Moorthorpe Primary School, Northfield Primary School and South Kirkby Academy on Tuesday 27th March, and South Elmsall Carlton Junior and Infants School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Upton Primary School on Wednesday 28th.

The students from Years 7, 8, 10 and 13 rehearsed every week after college and at lunchtimes to ensure it was a great success, and loved the opportunity to host local audiences at Minsthorpe. They developed resourcefulness, resilience and respect by demonstrating exceptional team-work skills, and supported each other throughout the whole, difficult process. The Minsthorpe students were faced with a fresh challenge of increasing their production this year; in previous years, at the Honley Shakespeare Festival in Huddersfield, they have created one scene from ‘Hamlet’, ‘Henry V’ and ‘The Tempest’. This year they delivered an adaptation of the whole play, ‘Macbeth’, which lasted 45 minutes.

Minsthorpe’s ‘Macbeth’ told the famous story of power, witchcraft and murder, and the ensemble used fluid casting, choral speaking, music and choreographed movement to retell the downfall of the tragic hero, "this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen." Audiences were cleverly involved in the final Act to share their sound effect skills and directorial suggestions, and even engaged in an enormous Mexican wave as "Birnam Wood" walked up Dunsinane Hill in the final battle scenes.

Mrs Sally Thompson, who teaches English, invited the primary schools to come and see the amazing work students of all ages and abilities can produce through Shakespeare’s plays.

I am so proud of this year’s Ensemble. Next year we hope to host our own Shakespeare Festival at Minsthorpe, collaborating with all of these schools to perform one collective play.

The levels of literacy, oracy and confidence developed through ensemble learning is fantastic. We can’t wait to share this again, and we were delighted to work with the Year 4 pupils, whose behaviour and enthusiasm was outstanding. Many thanks also go to Miss Wildman, Mrs Keith, Miss Owen and Miss Ficken for supporting the rehearsals and performance afternoons; the Minsthorpe Ensemble goes from strength to strength!

Sport Relief 2018

Sport Relief 2018

This week Minsthorpe has completed 153 miles for Sport Relief. Huge congratulations to all students who completed their mile! We had 3/4/5 legged races, skipping, backwards running, hopping, walking and even backwards walkovers! Well Done!

We have also had the cross-bar challenge that has raised over £10 towards our Sports Relief total – with 5 successful students and 1 member of staff (well done Mr Cameron!).

We will have a final total after the Easter break as we now await all the sponsorship money to come into the finance office.

Thanks again,

Mrs L Trusdale

Great Work Done By Our Year 8 Students

Minsthorpe Community College

With support and guidance from Our L4L staff team our Year 8 students have been doing some great research for their KS4 choices. They have been looking into the different GCSE options available to them, finding out about skills and career pathways that their GCSE’s can be useful for. On Tuesday 6th February some members of our staff team volunteered to undertake 1-1 Interviews with our Year 8 students, looking at what options they are thinking of studying, and discussing the research they have recorded in their work books.

The feeling from the staff who took part was that the students had done some excellent work with their research.

Monday 5th March – College Open


UPDATED 04/03/2018

Dear Parents/Carers

The weather forecast for Monday is fine so the College will be open. We look forward to getting back to normal. The Year 11 mock examinations will continue as per the published schedule and we will set out a new programme for the examinations that were missed last week due to the closure.

Mr R Henshaw