Principal - Gill Mills
Principal - Gill Mills


Supporting You

Cost of Living Support

Please see the links below for a range of support available to assist with the Cost of Living crisis.

VOY Food Hamper Project

Here at Vale of York Academy, we run a ‘no questions asked’ food hamper collection, that contains non-perishable groceries. To request a hamper contact Rob Orr via email


York Foodbank – Part of the Trussell Trust, York has a number of venues where food banks are operating


The Charity of Jane Wright – Charity who make grants to individuals in need and fund projects run by other organisations and charities


Family Action – Charity who provide practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country


Turn2Us – Supporting individuals and families with benefits and bills


York Energy Advice – Free energy advice for York residents struggling to pay bills and keep the heating on


National Debt Line – A charity that gives free and independent debt advice on the phone and online


York Financial Assistance Scheme – Council led project that provides help to local people in financial difficulties due to exceptional circumstances


YorOK – Directory of help that is available for families of children and young people in York, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities


Community Furniture Store – Furniture reuse store for buying and donating furniture with an outlet in York


Refugee Action York
Refugee Action York (RAY) – RAY works with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from within and around the City of York. They provide a safe meeting point where people can seek information and support, learn new skills and languages and form lasting friendships.

Health and Wellbeing Support

Please see the links below for a range of Health and Wellbeing support and services.

York Safe Haven – Offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16 or over in York and Selby.


NHS Mental Health Support – Mental Health and Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.


Samaritans – Charity who support people who are struggling to cope


SANE – UK mental health charity improving quality of life for those affected by mental illness. 

Anxiety UK – Charity who offer a range of support services designed to help control anxiety.


Relate – Charity whose services include relationship counselling, family counselling, mediation, children’s counselling, young people’s counselling


York MIND – A leading local provider of services supporting individuals recovering from mental ill-health.


Cruse – Organisation who offer support for bereavement


FRANK – Support and information around the use of drugs


Rehab 4 Addiction – Founded to assist those affected by substance misuse and their loved ones

Uniform Support

In association with our fantastic parent group, the Vale of York Society, we are pleased to be able to offer our families support through our preloved uniform provision. We are steadily building up a supply of second hand uniform with a range of sizes for both boys and girls. From the summer of 2023, families who require support with new uniform can self refer via email to Mr Orr to access help.
There are two options –
1) Our Swap Shop – If your child has grown out of their uniform, simply email Mr Orr with what you require and in what size. If it is in stock, you can swap your child’s current uniform for the requested items. It would be appreciated if the items you swap in are washed, are of a good condition or only require minor repairs.
2) Pay As You Can – The other option is that you pay what you can afford for the items we have in stock. There will be no judgement made regarding the donation that you make for the items you require. All money received will go into repairing donated uniform and purchasing further items for this provision. For this option, email Mr Orr the items and sizes that you require and if we have these in stock, he will organise collection and you can use ParentPay to make your donation.
We really do appreciate all donated uniform, so please do drop off any unneeded items at Main Reception or when you are in school for an event.