Summer School 2017 Y9&10 Workshop Descriptors

ART – Map Portraits
Wanted: ‘Inspiring young artists who want to learn new techniques and explore portraiture, looking at identity and where we feel we belong.’

In this project, you will produce exciting large scale self-portraits and work against a background of maps that show a significant place which is personal to yourselves – it may be somewhere you live, have lived, where members of your extended family live or where your parents were born. Do your grandparents live in Wales for example? You can also include symbols, images, signs and text that reflect your interests as well. The map and other memorabilia background will make up a narrative and tell the story of who you are.

• You will need to bring at least three photographs of yourself; head and shoulders only; close-ups; to give you some choices as your project progresses. Please print these off (or photocopy the originals) beforehand and bring them with you on the first day.

• Also, please bring in a map that has some significance for you. When unfolded this map should approximately cover a piece of A1 paper. This map will become part of the art work and will not be returned to you in a pristine condition! An OS map from a shop or one from home (old, new or photocopied) is ideal.

• During the project, you will master drawing skills, and learn new techniques of creating drama and impact in your work. You will become adept at using pen and ink and painting techniques, as well as using mixed media.

• Working on a large scale, you will learn about creating a bold composition, and be inspired by the work of artists and illustrators.

Map Face

We will celebrate our achievements by displaying our work together on the final day.

We are looking for bright, creative and original writers to create a variety of written pieces in a relaxed, supportive environment with experts. You can try your hand at competitive short story writing, song writing (instruments welcome), composing poetry, journalistic or play writing and have the chance to get started on a novel.

You will be free to work alone and/or with others and at the end of the week perform your best work to your peers. This is a ’best of both worlds’ situation to be in – the freedom to choose what you love to do but to have access to experts in the field for inspiration and teaching.


How can we grow a burger from a petri dish? How can we feed a population using low nutrient soil? This workshop will investigate how bioengineers are developing the use of bacteria to feed the growing population. We will start by looking at genetics to see how we can transfer important genes to bacteria to improve food production. By looking at key case studies we will analyse the effect of enzymes in yoghurt making, cheese production and lactose free milk. We will then apply our new skills to investigate how bioengineering can be optimised. We will optimise enzymes used within juice making to decrease waste, increase yield and increase profits.


Be prepared to apply your laboratory and logical thinking skills to see if we can solve world hunger by using bacterial genetics.

MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS (and Computer Science Solutions)
We will look at advanced topics from different areas of mathematics including algebra, number, calculus, mechanics and statistics.
As well as deriving and proving the concepts we will then look at how they are used in Computer Science and will do some game making, programming and develop our own AI systems.

USEFUL PSYCHOLOGY – with a dash of ‘Mind Control Magic’
This is an opportunity to get an insight into Psychology and how our growing understanding of the human brain might affect your future in intriguing ways! This course gets you involved in interactive demonstrations and activities so that you can get a handle on some of the latest scientific research and put it to good use in your own mind and brain.

You will be introduced to the mental tools that allow you to cut through the neuro-nonsense in the media so that you can sift out the really useful neuro-scientific findings and techniques and put them into practice. Indeed you will start to be able to see the difference between Science and Pseudo-Science in general.

You will learn ‘mind control’ techniques both ancient and modern – including practical tips and tricks that you can use yourself! Plus, you will learn a little about how stage magic works, through an understanding of information processing in the brain and hypnosis.

You will practise practical skills in memory and in ‘positive psychology’. You will find out how to measure and reflect on your personality to make the most of your capabilities. You will explore how you could maximise your own mental health and become the best possible version of yourself.


Summer Schools 2017

Following our successful summer schools from 2013 to 2016 we are providing an academic summer school again this year for able, interested and motivated students from our 11 partner schools across the city.  Due to parental (and student) requests we are  running the summer school for years 9 and 10 in addition to our usual event for years 7 and 8.

Our summer schools run from Monday 31 July to Thursday 3 August and are extended masterclasses with the young people studying one subject over the 4 days. This allows for in-depth study, something our students ask for repeatedly in masterclass feedback. The opportunity to be involved in an exciting, fun but challenging workshop studying a subject that you are passionate about and delivered by an outstanding professional is an opportunity not to be missed.

Information about the Summer Schools and details of how to register for the launch meeting on 4 May are now with each school’s contact. See here for list.

Bootham triumph in York Schools Science Quiz

Budding scientists from across the city have come together to take on the fourth annual York Schools Science Quiz.

Bootham with their trophy copy

In a tightly-fought contest, run as part of York Independent State School Partnership programme, Bootham School came out on top in the open competition, with hosts St Peter’s School and Joseph Rowntree School in second and third. Questions covered Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with bonus rounds including questions on science in the headlines and an observation challenge.

Schools from outside the city were also welcomed to this year’s quiz, and Bedale High School took home the prize for the best-performing school without a Sixth Form, whilst local schools Millthorpe School and Manor Academy took second and third place respectively.

David Morris, Head of Science at St Peter’s School, said: “The schools of York have supported this event wonderfully, making this year’s quiz the biggest so far, and with schools from outside of York joining in, I’m sure it will continue to grow! The pupils faced some very demanding questions, but they answered impressively, and I’m sure everybody has learned plenty of fascinating new science. Many congratulations to Bootham School and Bedale High School on their victories.”

York Schools Science Quiz 2017 copy

The schools represented were The Joseph Rowntree School, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Fulford School, The Mount School, Manor Academy, Millthorpe School, Bootham School, and St Peter’s School from within York, and from outside the city, Bedale High School, Harrogate Ladies College, Pudsey Grangefield School and Archbishop Sentamu Academy.

New Event ‘ISSP 7-8’

We have introduced a new series of events this year. Our intention is that ‘ISSP 7-8’ is a termly event for years 7 & 8 running from 7 to 8pm where high profile speakers will enthuse and inspire children through a 1 hour lecture. We are delighted that our first speaker is Damien Cruden, artistic director of York Theatre Royal.

‘All of York’s a Stage! How we bring stories to life: the role of the Theatre in the community’

Come and listen to Damian Cruden, explore how the theatre has become nationally renowned for its role in both telling York’s stories and involving so many citizens in its amazing projects including The Mystery Plays, Blood and Chocolate, and Fog and Falling Snow.

If you are interested in theatre, drama, the social history of York or the construction of vibrant and involved communities this is the lecture for you. Come and be inspired!

Date: Thursday 6th October

Time 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Place: York University

To register your child please get in touch with your child’s school ISSP contact  click here.

We are aware that the children in year 7 invited to the event will be new to our Partnership which is now in its 10th year. We provide high quality opportunities for able and interested young people across the city. Your child’s school is part of this Partnership and you can find information about who we are and what we do on our website: and you can follow us on twitter: @yorkissp

EU Referendum Debate

Bootham School and York ISSP are hosting an EU referendum debate on Friday 13th May at 18:30.

Speaking for Leave will be Cllr Chris Steward (Leader of City of York Council but speaking in a personal capacity) and Julie Moody (UK Regional Director, Business for Britain).

Rachael Maskell (MP for York Central) and Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Lib Dem Peer) will be speaking for Remain.

Students at our Partnership schools and their parents and friends are all welcome.

To register for places please visit