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.

Danesgate Art Exhibition at West Offices

The Danesgate Annual Art Exhibition will be held at West Offices, Station Rise, York and will include exciting paintings and sculptures from students from primary through to year 11.  There is a variety of subject matter that reflects the diverse interests the very talented students.  The opening night will be Friday 23rd March from 5pm to 7pm and the Exhibition will be on view from then until the 12th April.

Click to download the poster as a .pdf

A huge thank you for our fundraising!

I wanted to contact you to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in raising over £750 for our Christmas Jumper Day Appeal. You were one of our top fundraisers across the country!! I spoke to Linda just now who told me about your event with stalls and games for the children, which we know takes a lot of organising so thank you so much for all your efforts. 

In total we raised over 3.6million for our Christmas Jumper Day Appeal – this is a huge lifesaving amount of money which is already making a difference helping children around the world. Thank you for being a part of that. We hope you’ll join us again for Christmas Jumper Day in 2018 which will be on the 14th December. Registration will open at the end of June. Any further questions about our work then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards and thanks again!Kelly, Regional Community Fundraising Manager, Save The Children

Teamwork in Tag Rugby

Three of our students joined another trio from Selby Rubicon Centre to form a tag rugby team and take part in a tournament – and won both of their games!

TJ (cpt), RW and LT joined in wholeheartedly with the games and warm up exercises with the other schools, Brompton Hall (Scarbrough) and Forest Moore (Harrogate). They conducted themselves maturely and responsibly the whole day; it was fantastic to see them getting along with each other, pupils and teachers from other schools.

A time to Shine!

The Lord Mayor of York’s Shine Awards are presented to children and young people aged 5 to 14 who have inspired others, contributed to their community, helped to create opportunities and gone the extra mile.  We are very proud to announce that not one, but two of our students were awarded Inspiration Awards as the ceremony this month!

Well done to the football team

Five fantastic footballers (CM, RW, EM, BP and ND) recently took part in a tournament comprising of PRU schools from across North Yorkshire in which we lost two matches, drew another and won two! It was a great day, typified by a wonderful moment at the beginning of the Forest Moore game (a group of Harrogate students we have played several times before) where the two teams chatted about their respective schools and the form of their teams BEFORE kick off.

The whole team played with a positive attitude, shaking hands with the opposite team without question at the end of each game, and didn’t let the size of some the opposition faze them at all – although Tommy Kindred did comment, “I’m not sure what they feed them in Scarborough but all the 6 outfield players were 6 foot plus!!!”.  A special mention for EM and BP.  EM was playing in her first ever competitive game of football and was was the only girl in a league of 50 male KS3 footballers. She played well, made a lot of tackles and was commended by several other players and members of staff.  BP scored 10 goals in total as well as showing a positive and mature attitude throughout.