Year 7 Breakthrough Event

Report from a Yr 7 All Saints’ pupil.

On Tuesday 14th November the Independent State Schools Partnership (I.S.S.P. [a group of schools who hold extra-curricular events for students throughout the year]) held an event for students from all over York called Breakthrough. All Saints sent 10 students to St. Peters School (where the event took place) to take part in it. At the event 6 teachers presented what they thought to be humanity’s greatest breakthrough and got the students to talk in small groups about which breakthrough was the greatest of all.

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It was an excellent event that engaged the students present and got them talking with students from other schools. After the engaging debate had taken place the groups then chose the breakthrough which they would vote for. This is an exciting annual event which the students attending looked forward to – and were not disappointed!


ISSP 7-8

Announcing the first in this year’s evening lectures for years 7&8.  ‘ISSP 7-8’ is a termly event for years 7 & 8 running from 7 to 8pm where high profile speakers will enthuse and inspire your child through a 1 hour lecture. We introduced these lectures into our programme last year with great success; they were very well attended indeed.

We are delighted that Dr Elpis Pavlidou from the University of York is coming to talk about: “The Brain Squad Series: The Mystery of Letters that turned into Reading.” The talk will cover some basics of how the brain works and will show how a printed word turns into reading with the help of brain networks.

Elpis is a cognitive neuroscientist in the making who studied Psychology in Greece, went to Scotland to continue studying, decided to move to the USA to chase her academic ‘American Dream’ and is now based in England. In 2010, she received her PhD from The University of Edinburgh.

During that time, she published her studies in international journals and presented her work in conferences around the world. In 2012, Europe finally decided to fund her work for 3 years via the Marie Curie International Fellowships scheme. She is currently a Lecturer in Psychology in Education but is also affiliated with Haskins Laboratories (Yale University) and the University of Edinburgh.

Date: Thursday 30 November

Time 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: University of York

Further details from the ISSP contact at your child’s school – see list


Coming soon…

The York ISSP 360° Primary Project!

Following a decade of delivering a series of very successful masterclass programmes for secondary age young people, York ISSP is delighted to announce that we will be running a similar project for students in Year 6 in Summer 2018.

Work has already started on the design of the project which centres around the concept of ‘Widening Horizons’ and aims to give students the opportunity to study a range of academic subjects in-depth to broaden their experience of the world we live in.

Each masterclass will be comprised of two, three-hour sessions held over four consecutive Saturdays. Masterclasses will be led by outstanding teachers from York secondary schools and the hope is that these will also be supported by local businesses and heritage organisations, noted academics and the outstanding resources of the University of York. Dates of the masterclasses are yet to be confirmed, but further information will be available soon.

As this will be the first year of the York ISSP 360° Primary Project, spaces will be limited so keep re-visiting our website and look out for information from your child’s primary school for further details, including how to apply.