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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014

Dunholme St Chad’s

Church of England Primary


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Head Teacher Patricia Ruff with the Bishop of Grimsby Reverend Canon Dr David Court

Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England

Primary School  September 2018

Living Well Together

 Our focus since September has been ‘Living Well Together’, as a school community, as part of the local community and in relation to global communities. We have talked about being generous and outward looking and asking why we choose to help others.

 We have supported many charities through fundraising and this year we have worked harder to find out more about the charitable causes we support. We have learnt more about Macmillan and hosted A Big Coffee Morning raising £508.20 in support of cancer research. We also heard about Lincoln Community Larder from Mrs Bennett.  In particular she spoke to us about food the larder was short of and we targeted these foods for our Harvest Festival contributions. Each child in school carried his/ her offering to church for a blessing at our Harvest Service in October. Last month we also welcomed Mr and Mrs Rawson into school to hear about the work of the Samaritans Purse and The Shoe Box Appeal. This wonderful work, led by Sue Rawson and her team, is amazing and school has set themselves a target of donating 200 filled shoeboxes. The children have enjoyed meeting all of the dedicated and committed people who work relentlessly for these deserving causes and have learnt a lot from these role models and hopefully learnt that their efforts, however big or small, make a difference to others and their communities.

 Next term we will be supporting the British Legion Poppy Appeal and Children in Need.

 Christmas Fayre and Christmas Tree Lighting, 30th November 2018

We are pleased to announce that our countdown to Christmas will begin on Friday 30th November with our annual Community Christmas Fair from 6.30 to 8.30pm.  This is arranged by FODs and will include the lighting of the village Christmas tree in partnership with the Parish Council. Please see our website for further details nearer the time.

 Year 6 Annual Residential to North Norfolk

Our Y6 pupils headed off to North Norfolk on Monday 29th October for their curriculum week focusing on geography and team building. This residential visit is always enjoyed with past pupils sharing their joy of completing the Pirate Challenges, securing the tidiest dormitory or achieving the amazing mixed terrain walk along Blakeney Point. Next term will be packed with follow up work for our Y6 geographers and explorers!. As always, a big thank you goes out to our fantastic staff for their commitment to this visit which obviously takes them away from their own families and home comforts!

 Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala

Mrs Ackroyd will be taking a group of 12 children, from year 5 and 6, to a swimming gala in November. This will take place at North Kesteven Leisure Centre and all the children will participate in a number of different races throughout the morning. We wish the school swim team the best of luck. 

 RemembranceService                                                                                                                     In addition to our usual support of the British Legion via the Poppy Appeal.  Our 65 year 5 and year 6 pupils we be attending the Children's’ Remembrance Service at International Bomber Command Centre on Friday 9 November.  Each class will be making a wreath to be laid at the Memorial Spire. 

 And finally……..

We have limited spaces available in certain year groups at school.  Please feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange to look round the school if you are interested in joining us.


 Please visit our school website to view information on all aspects of our school.

 The first day of Term 2 is Tuesday 30th October 2018. 

The last day of term is Thursday 20th December 2018.


The School visit to the

Dunholme Old School Centre

On Thursday 18th September years 2 and 3 with their teachers from Dunholme St Chad’s primary school went to the Dunholme Old School Centre. They all listened intently while the Old School Trustee explained that the Old School was of course their school from 1864 to 1984. Photographs of Dunholme school children and scenes of the village from the late 1800’s were displayed for the children to see what it was like living in the Victorian era.  The children asked many interesting questions and learnt what it would be like without electricity and motor cars. The school Trustee said he certainly would like to continue with these school visits as it gives the children a practical history lesson and makes them aware of the heritage within the village

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Friends of Dunholme School and our school librarians received a donation of £249 from Dunholme Co-op Community Champions initiative. The money will go towards funding furniture for the school's new library.

Welcome to Dunholme

St Chad's Church of England Primary School


Dear Parents and Children,

Welcome to Dunholme St Chad's Church of England Primary School. We are proud of our school and its family ethos - underpinned by Christian Values. Our strong inclusive ethos places children at the heart of everything we do.

By choosing to come to our school you and your family will become part of a happy and caring community, where relationships between children and adults are outstanding. We make it a priority for children, in each of our seven classes, to feel secure working with a dedicated team of familiar and skilled adults. Our children enjoy coming to school to learn and make friends. As a team, we support and facilitate learning to ensure all children, throughout the school, make excellent progress and do their very best.

The children in our care have a range of opportunities to develop their interests and talents through an enriched curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We believe happy children develop positive attitudes to learning and this nurtures curiosity and sparks creativity. We want our children to be inquisitive, inspired and motivated, willingly sharing their discoveries or 'light bulb' moments with others.

We encourage and guide all children so they develop into confident individuals who are prepared to tackle new things with increased independence. We recognise the importance of transition at each stage of schooling.

Please spend a few moments browsing our school-website to see a sample of what we do and how we organise ourselves. If you are new to the area you are most welcome to contact the school to arrange a visit. We are pleased to welcome children in all year groups. For our existing families and Friends of the School we hope the website gives you a means of sharing and celebrating all that we do.  Please take a look to see what's coming up and let us know if would like to get involved.

We very much value and enjoy our partnership with parents and the local community as we continue to work together.


Patricia Ruff



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Hackthorn C. of E. Primary



Our gardeners made triumphant return to the vegetable garden at Hackthorn Hall earlier this term to harvest some magnificent pumpkins which had grown from the seeds they had sown earlier in the year. The glorious summer weather with its lack of rain had had an effect on the overall size of some of the crop, but there were still a good few which tested the muscles of our young growers! We are extremely grateful to Keith, the gardener, for all his help and support, not to mention his enthusiasm for coming along to our school to judge the pumpkins after they have been carved and decorated for Hallowe’en

 A second trip was made by the whole school later in the term, under clear blue skies, to take part in the annual apple picking. It was a joy to witness the older children ‘buddying up’ with their new, younger friends on the way down to the Hall. It is always a revelation for the newcomers to see just how many different varieties of apples are available if you know the right places to go and find them – and we are immensely thankful to all at the Hall for allowing us the privilege of going to such a place.

 Thanks go out also in great abundance to the ‘Friends of Hackthorn School’ for their unceasing efforts to raise funds for the school. Great fun was had by all who took part in the treasure hunt, but perhaps an even greater triumph was the cake stall at the Hackthorn Dog show the week before which attracted loads of cakes and raised over £300 for school funds, despite being overshadowed by a very ‘iffy’ weather forecast beforehand.


 Their next event will be the Winter Fayre which will be taking place on Tuesday 27th November after school. There will be a huge array of crafts and gifts for sale as well as games and competitions, so make a date in your diary for this one.

 You are also invited to come and witness another of our proud traditions when the youngest and oldest pupils lay a wreath at the Hackthorn War Memorial – this will be taking place at 10:45am on 9th Nov

 Contact the school on 01673 860295 to arrange a visit, request a School Brochure or enquire about vacancies.




Welton Pre-school

The summer has now sadly gone and with the Autumn upon us, we have had a great start to the new term, welcoming new and old faces. The children have settled into pre-school well and we are already seeing lovely friendships developing already.

We started the term with the topic of all about me and getting to know you. We have painted self portraits, looking at similarities and differences between us. These made a lovely display in our classroom.

Also during the month of September the children have been learning about giving and sharing. Asking for donations of non perishable foods, to make our annual Harvest Hamper. The generosity of our families has been very humbling, as we managed to collect enough food to make two very large hampers. Thank you !

On Sunday 14th October, staff, children and their families attended a very warm and welcoming family service at Welton St Mary's church, where we celebrated sharing and giving. The children managed to carry our hampers and placed them in front of the altar. We have been informed that the hampers will be going to The Lincoln Larder which helps families less fortunate than ourselves. Carrying on our theme of giving and sharing we have asked each of our families to fill a shoe box with aged appropriate items for children age from 2 years-14 years, which when we have received all boxes Miss Alice will take to a designated drop off point to be distributed where needed around the world

Why not come and have tea with the Gruffalo on Friday 16th November 6-8 pm. Tickets are available priced at £5.00 for a family of four, with additional tickets at £1.00. This will include a gruffalo hunt followed by a Gruffalo theme feast, including Gruffalo Crumble. Tickets are now available from Welton Pre-school on 01673 860077 Welton Pre-School now offers wrap around care.

Early Risers breakfast from 7:30 - 9:00 at the cost of £7.50 which includes a choice of cereal, fruit and toast

After school late leaver 16:00-17:30 at the cost of £7.50 which includes a light tea of sandwiches, fruit and yogurt. Our session times are:

Morning 9.00-12.00  Afternoon 13.00-16.00  All day 9.00-16.00

We do have some spaces available, but these are filling fast. If you have a child who is of preschool age (2-4 years), and would like more information or to make an appointment to visit us, the contact detail are:

Telephone 01673 860077  Mobile 07856 752530 Email

Jane Watson-Lowne  Welton Pre School 01673 860077


Dunholme Preschool

 This term we will be looking at cultural festivities from around the world including Chinese new year and the Hindu festival of Holi, not forgetting St David's day and St Patrick's day. We will be looking at traditional stories and customs.

For Easter we will be holding an Easter craft session at preschool. This will be on Monday 26th March at 9am where will have an Easter egg hunt followed by lots of Easter crafts. The school Easter fayre will be held on Wednesday 28th March starting at 2.30pm. We will be holding a cake sale so all donations on the day will be very much appreciated. 

We were accepted by Tesco for their 'Bags of Help' scheme, this finished at the start of January and we have now been granted a massive £2000 towards our garden project. Thank you to everyone who voted. 

The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 8th March at the preschool, everyone welcome. 

Please like our facebook page- dunholme pre-school.

 Redmond Parker-Dunn


The Friends of Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School  (

Bag2School Collection

The Friends of Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School have organised a clothes and shoe collection with Bag2School, the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser.  As well as raising funds this scheme  also diverts unwanted textiles away from landfill and raises awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.  We would be grateful for any contributions to our collection, including good quality adults’ and children’s clothing, paired shoes, belts, handbags, jewelry, household linen, curtains, towels, bedding (sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers)  and soft toys.  Items that can’t be collected include duvets, blankets, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath mats), soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing, school uniforms (with and without logo), corporate clothing or textile off cuts.  (see for full details).

 Any  contributions (bagged please) can be dropped off in the school car park on Ryland Road, Dunholme LN2 3NE before 9am on Thursday 9th November.    Thank you for your support



Set in the Annex of the Dunholme Old School it provides education and training for all in the community but primarily adults who wish to improve there personal or work place skills. 

Computer Classes
Only specialised courses will now be run in the future.
These will include.
 Digital Photo Editing
Creating formal letters, forms, and graphics using Microsoft Word (2010 version)
Spreadsheets using Microsoft Excell (2010 Version)
Databases using microsoft Access. (2003 version)
Creating presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. (2010 version)

All these courses will be delivered as One-Day Workshops on Saturdays.
For further information cantact:-
 John Ritchie
01673 861172 or 07981 255423

Fusion Dance for Adults

7.30 pm - 8.30 pm on Mondays
£4 per session

Held at Dunholme Old School Centre
Learn different styles including Swing, Bollywood, Jazz, Charleston, Street dance and many other dance styles whilst having fun!

You won't find another class like it! Participant 2011
Contact Lisa Hurst on 07890 545372 or email for more information.

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William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School

Admission Appeals Panel Members

Do you like to make a difference?  Do you consider yourself fair and impartial? 

 If you think this describes you, the school is seeking volunteers to sit as panel members to hear its admission appeals.

 This successful school is currently oversubscribed.  Those making unsuccessful applications for places in the school have a right of appeal to an independent panel.  Panels are totally independent of the school and made up of a variety of people. The panels consist of 3 members and sit several times a year during term time. 

 Members act in a voluntary capacity and hear individual cases.  Full training will be provided. No previous experience is necessary. Appointments are made by the Governing Body.  Panel members are unpaid but may claim for expenses.

 Panel members are either:

 Lay members – people who have not been involved in the running of a school or teaching in one (although school governors or volunteers in schools may be used)

 Education members – people with experience of education or the educational conditions in the area or who are the parents of a registered pupil at another school.

 Please note that panel members need to be independent of the school and have no connection which might mean their ability to act impartially could be questioned.

 Application forms and further information can be obtained from Sally Coulter, Clerk to the Governing Body, at William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School, Lincoln Road, Welton, Lincoln LN2 3JB.  Tel: 01673 866900   Email:


"William Farr Church of England Comprehensive
School is one of the best schools in the country at outperforming expectations for their pupils and improving their future prospects. There is plenty that other schools could learn from William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School's success." -  Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT


William Farr C of E Comprehensive School aims to provide the highest quality of education whereby everyone is encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do and each student is known, valued and achieves as an individual. We will know that we have achieved our vision when:

Every student has the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding through a broad and balanced curriculum Every individual is confident and behaves in a way that reflects the Christian principles on which the school was founded.
Everyone knows they are valued.

William Farr Comprehensive School is a Church of England school for 11 - 18 year olds, located in the village of Welton, near Lincoln. It was opened in 1952 on the site of the RAF Dunholme Lodge, a WW2 bomber station, which had been bought for £600 in 1946 by William Farr, the vicar of Welton. The school was named after him when he died in 1955.  It acquired comprehensive status in 1974, and Grant Maintained status in 1992 - a scheme that was later abolished by the Labour government - and in 2000 William Farr signed up for the latest education initiative and attained Technology College status. It is also an associate school of the University of Lincoln. In 2001 William Farr achieved the distinction of having the best comprehensive school A-level results in England.
 In 2006 William Farr received an outstanding award in every category in an OFSTED inspection, the best in the country. In 2007 the school changed it Specialist Schools ad Academies Trust status to a Science College and added the additional distinctions of being a Leading Edge School and A Raising Achievement and Transforming Learning school. 
William Farr School is proud of its reputation for academic excellence and the high standards and expectations shared by all staff and pupils. We aim to provide a broad and balanced programme of study by which all pupils of whatever aptitude and ability can reach their highest standards of academic achievement and levels of qualification in public examinations and tests. 

We recognise that pupils mature academically at different times and that their interests change. We are concerned that pupils maintain as comprehensive a study base as possible and our curriculum is specifically designed to prevent over specialisation. In this way our pupils can keep their post 16+ options open. 

During the time pupils spend at William Farr the academic curriculum is organised to guide them into those subjects where they will develop the greatest sense of achievement and the best examination results 

The organisation of subjects in each year may vary because it has always been school policy to allow individual
Heads of Department and their staff the professional freedom to decide the most efficient way to teach their particular discipline from Year 7 to Year 13 and the GCSE and A level examinations.

Academic work is but one part of the `whole curriculum' at William Farr. It is essential that parents join the staff
in ensuring that pupil attitudes to their studies are supported by the school systems of welfare, guidance and care. The development and outlook of pupils are enhanced further by active involvement in the many ‘extra curricular' activities on offer at William Farr. 

A summary of each subject's curriculum is given below and we would emphasise to parents that they should always be aware that each year is not separate and isolated but part of a five or seven year integrated programme of study.

The result of the emphasis on quality and discipline can be measured by the consistency of examination success shared by all pupils at all levels of ability. In 2012, 77% of our entry gained 5+ GCSE‘s at grades A*-C including English and Maths, (the National average was 54%); and at A level, an average point score of 361 UCAS
points per pupil. 

DFE Performance Tables.

Inspection Reports.

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Dunholme Old School 

(The Dunholme Trust charity no 1160106)


Dunholme Old School has seen quite a few changes over the last couple of years and hopefully more in the future, The kitchen is completed now and users have plenty of room to prepare their food etc., the ladies toilets are much more modern with the inclusion of cubicles. A lick of paint in some areas has brightened the building up which I must say is ongoing, the main hall will be the next one to have a facelift and then we can get the old images of the village up again, strange actually because I took the canvas prints down whilst we were having the kitchen built and the doorway put in to accommodate access to the toilets without walking through the kitchen area (local users will know what I mean by the last sentence) and now we have a number of people asking when the canvasses will be going back up? The reason as mentioned earlier is that we will be decorating in the main hall over the next month or so.

 At the Old School we also have a very large building at the rear which accommodates space for businesses and at the moment we have a room which has become free. The area could be used for a number of purposes so if you have a need for more space then please get in touch and I can show you round and see if it will be suitable for you, ideal usage would be office type use, the area is approximately 7mtrs x 5 mtrs. Anyone interested then please get in touch


You can book the Old School by contacting Janice our booking secretary 01673 861172.

Bookings being taken NOW for Kids parties, birthday parties, Christmas parties (we have a family who regularly books the Old School for Christmas day) so whatever your requirements get in touch with Janice.


Graham Dunkin 01673 860469



Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School

Our Residential to Aylmerton Field Study Centre, Norfolk

 Written by Year 6:

 As many of you know, Years 5 and 6 from Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School travelled to Aylmerton, in Norfolk for 5 days to learn about nature and life on the coast. We all enjoyed it.


It was fun to make the vegetable soup, working as a team and making the fire on which to cook it. Whilst the soup was cooking, we completed some other team-building activities – like getting everyone through the spider’s web, completing an agility-course, building a bridge out of planks and boxes to cross a river, balancing the team on a see-saw and rounding up ‘sheep’, who were blindfolded.

In the evening, we went for a twilight safari, through the woods and fields. It was both exciting and eerie as we had to be silent for a better chance of seeing animals – the woods are beautiful at night.


On Tuesday, everyone enjoyed the 6 ½ mile walk along Blakeney Point although some were tired – walking wearing 7 layers plus waterproofs and a life-jacket isn’t easy! We enjoyed picking up different shells and stones. At the end of the walk, we enjoyed a boat ride and the first boat even saw a seal popping its head out of the water. We all slept well that night! Before bed, we all relaxed with a storyteller, who told fascinating stories. Not only this, he also played unique instruments and even let us try them!


On Wednesday, we orienteered our way through 2½ thousand acres of woodland on the Monster Trail – meeting terrifying monsters en route, solving clues whilst navigating our way using a map and compass.


We explored the rockpools at West Runton and many found lots of belemnites (squid backbone). We also played a game, where we had 2 minutes to build a tower of sand, then collect stones to defend our ‘village’ from the incoming tide. We named the villages after towns that may soon be gone due to coastal erosion. Cromer won!


Splash was the best swimming pool we’ve ever been to and the massive waves were fantastic- they sent you flying! It also had a slide that was really fast and dark; we all enjoyed it.


On Thursday, the pirate activities were brilliant; we did so many things we didn’t expect to be able to do. It helped us use so many skills, and to work as a team.

We visited Cromer Church and climbed 172 steps to find a stunning view on the roof. We were told the story of Harry Yaxley, who fell from the top but survived – it was cold and windy but we all enjoyed the view.

The final night was disco-night! We enjoyed dancing and buying souvenirs, returning to our dorms very hyper!


Our final morning was spent visiting a Victorian and Geology Museum and searching for clues on the town trail, to work out the code to unlock a briefcase full of lollies.

Everyone returned back to school on Friday afternoon with a bag full of muddy washing, a mind full of stories ready for a good night’s sleep after all the outdoor activity and staff are already looking forward to returning in two years’ time.