Outstanding GCSE results celebrated in the Press!

We were delighted to see Francesca’s success celebrated in the paper and on the Press website!  She has been a valued member of the Danesgate Community for two years and her hard work has paid off with three 9s and six 8s – the equivalent of all A* results – in her GCSEs!

Click to see the photo gallery in the Press

Francesca’s mum, Alison, was quoted in the paper, saying “I just think it would be great for other students who would otherwise drop out to hear Francesca’s story. Her success is testament to Danesgate.”

You can read the story on the York Press website.

Holocaust Memorial Day

  On Wednesday 23rd January, staff and KS4 students took part in a city wide project as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations, entitled ‘Torn from home.’  Within this, students that study History, Citizenship and RS took part in…

Christmas Fair – thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair on 14th December. We raised a superb £780 for Save the Children’s Fund. All the pupils worked so hard running stalls and being part of the different activities through the morning; we are very proud of them and we really appreciate the support of our Danesgate families who helped to raise such a fantastic total for a great cause.

Make Your Mark

A huge thank you for taking part in the Make your Mark campaign and allowing the young people you work with to have their say.

This year, Make your mark collected 1,106,788 votes from young people across the UK, making it one of the largest youth consultations of its kind in UK history! The most voted catergories nationally were:

1st – End Knife Crime (196,897 votes)
2nd – Mental Health (181,691 votes)
3rd – Equal Pay, Equal Work (128,147 votes)

In York, we contributed 4572 votes and 35 Schools and Organisations took part.York Youth Council

The Make Your Mark ballot is supported by Local Authorities, schools, Parliament, The British Youth Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It gives young people across the country a say on what is to be debated on the green benches of the House of Commons by Members of Youth Parliament and this year Danesgate students contributed 45 votes towards the total!

You can find out more about the 2018 debate – and even watch the debates or read the transcripts – on the Youth Parliament website.

(Click the image to find out more about the 2018 Make your Mark ballot)

Yes, Chef!

I’m just letting you know I’ve almost completed my apprenticeship now and on my way to being a fully qualified Chef. It’s long hours but has gone really well. Thanks so much to you allR, Former Danesgate Student


Phil Taylor, our full-time Connexions worker who works with our KS4 students to support their next steps, was delighted to receive the above message from a former Y11!  We all wish them every success as they come to the end of their apprenticeship and continue in their chosen career.   

Our Science & Geography trip to Newcastle

On Thursday 8th March 2018, the snowiest day of the year, the Danesgate intrepid Geographers and Scientists set off on  an expedition to the North, where surprisingly there was no snow!  All the students demonstrated truly outstanding behaviour and we were exceptionally proud of them. 

We had an amazing time exploring Newcastle’s Centre for Life, where we watched “The Poo Show” in the Science Theatre, flew on giant bees in the 4D motion ride, explored the universe in the planetarium, tried out a bit of archaeology as we dug for  virtual dinosaur bones, investigated the brain and even carried out experiments including extracting DNA (whilst making sure we used appropriate PPE and safe working practices) in the chemistry lab.