York High is a State, English-medium, Co-Educational School nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. It has just over 900 learners and prides itself on its multi-cultural diversity.
The school turned 40 in 2015 and is the only English-medium state High School between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It has Dinaledi status which means that York is a focus school for mathematics and the sciences.
Academics and Curriculum Overview
York has an excellent record in academics featuring regularly amongst the highest schools on the Bachelor pass rate. It is impossible to select a Matric combination at York that does not give you a chance of obtaining a Bachelor Pass. The school is proud of the successes its alumni have achieved at several universities – most notable of these may be Dr Nathan Rose who lectures at Oxford University in Biochemistry. Subjects offered at FET level are : the core subjects of English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language, Mathematics (compulsory in Grade 10), Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation and the choice subjects of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Consumer Studies, CAT, Visual Arts and Music. IT and Additional Mathematics are offered as eighth subjects.
Sport at York
York is fortunate to have excellent sporting facilities such as a brand new Astroturf for hockey with floodlights, two turf cricket pitches, and all-weather netball courts. A wide range of sport is offered in both winter and summer. The school participates in numerous prestigious tournaments as well as local leagues. In 2014 the 1st Boys and Girls hockey teams were winners of the Adult Southern Cape Leagues whilst the First XV rugby made the finals of the small schools competition for the region. Many Yorkies excel beyond the conventional sports and York has produced many fine sailors, surfers and equestrian stars over the years. Although competing on a national level is important, the aim on the field is to promote the personal qualities of fair play, tolerance, teamwork, commitment and self-esteem.
Culture and Clubs
There is a wealth of opportunities for learners in this area of the school. The school has a Dance Academy and has been allocated a full-time dance teacher from 2015. Musically, the school has an award-winning wind band and two choirs and individual tuition in a range of instruments. Learners have achieved much success at local Eisteddfodau as well as the Young Musician’s Concert and performing is encouraged through the school’s own internal Eisteddfod. A Fashion Extravaganza and Variety Show add to the mix. There are Debating and Drama Clubs and many outreach organisations such as the Animal Club, Interact, the Peer Educators and the Environmental Club. The school is also well known for its productions which take place annually – the last few productions being the comedy Murdered to Death and the musicals Mary Poppins and Mamma Mia!
Perhaps the single most important aspect of York is the family feeling within the school. Pastoral systems and excellent student leaders do much to concentrate on this. It is our wish that every learner feels safe, is able to follow their passion whatever that may be and is encouraged and rewarded for this. A unique register system was introduced in 2015 in order to create even more “families” on campus in line with the theme of 2015 which was “Welcome to our family time!”