York High School, York

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York High School
Motto Inspiring People; Achieving Excellence
Established 2007
Type Community School
Headteacher David Ellis
Location Cornlands Road, Acomb
North Yorkshire
YO24 3WZ
England England
Coordinates: 53°56′55″N 1°07′45″W / 53.948579°N 1.129237°W / 53.948579; -1.129237
Local authority City of York
DfE number 816/4703
DfE URN 133946 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 800[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website York High School web site

York High School is a secondary school in York, North Yorkshire, England which was formed in 2007 by the merger of Oaklands School and Lowfield School. The school moved from the old Lowfields site to the Cornlands Road site in January 2009 which included the new buildings.[2] The school is a specialist sports college.

The name of the school was chosen after a vote by pupils at the schools and the local community.[3] However, controversy was aroused among many students due to the limited choice they had gained in naming the school; the choice being between naming it "York High School" or prefixing it "West York High School".[citation needed] Further controversy among the student population, with respectable staff support was aroused by many school policies, including the merger which formed the school.

The school motto is "Inspiring People; Achieving Excellence."

Dijon Avenue fire[edit]

Between 5–6 a.m. on the morning of Friday 3 October 2008, a third of the school buildings on the Dijon Avenue site were burnt down in a fire.[4] Students were given the day off and local residents where advised to stay away from the site. Students were given a week off school while staff and local authority officials put into place alternative educational arrangements for the pupils, and during this week many sporting and community activities were laid on. The school's headteacher subsequently credited the fire as the turning point in the school's journey towards greater success.[5]

Subsequently, the Dijon Avenue site has closed down and all pupils are in the newly built school. The new site contains an LRC (learning resource centre) which has a full set of computers and book to ensure proper help while studying for GCSE's and SATS.


  1. ^ "York High School - Home". York High School. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  2. ^ "York High School ready for return of pupils". The Press. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  3. ^ "£10m merger unveiled as ‘York High School’". The Press. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  4. ^ "School badly damaged in huge fire". BBC News Online. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Disaster fires up struggling school to success". The Independent. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 

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