New school year off to a flying start!

Yes, we’re off again and are now at the start of our 9th year, eleven schools working together to provide what one school cannot do on its own.

Following developments during the summer, we are providing an additional GCSE Latin class which, like most or of our events, is oversubscribed. This class is providing an excellent opportunity both for those children who weren’t able to get a place in the original class and for other children who want to learn this fascinating language. Young people in year 10 have started their second year of GCSE Latin and take their exam at the end of this year. The History of Art AS level course has begun its second year with students now in year 11, keen for a challenge.

This means there are almost one hundred young people in York learning subjects that they would otherwise not be able to study. They are also making new friends across schools and sectors.

Our group of passionate and committed teachers have already met. We are forging ahead with plans for a year 7 Breakthrough to ISSP event in November and have started planning the core masterclass programme which will happen in March 2016.

The second October residential for year 9 is again oversubscribed. We are taking 60 children from 10 schools to Brathay Hall near Ambleside in the Lake District for 4 days. They will experience high academic challenge masterclasses provided by experienced ISSP tutors and outdoor activities provided by the staff at Brathay which underpins the masterclass work.

We are pleased to be able to work again this year with York Human Rights City Network focussing on Human Rights. We hope that out of this work, a team will represent York ISSP at the PeaceJam conference in Winchester in March 2016.

This is a flavour of what we are doing; other things are in the pipeline. We do what we do with no external funding, schools pay a small membership fee. If you would like to sponsor an event or know someone who might, please get in touch:, we would love to hear from you.

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