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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  January 2018

Welcome Back!

We welcome back all of our parents, children and friends on Wednesday 3rd January and are looking forward to the start of another exciting year!  We hope that all of our families have had a lovely break over Christmas and the New Year. We are looking forward to finding out what New Year’s resolutions the children have made.

 Short Ofsted inspection,

17th October 2017

We took part in a short inspection in October and are delighted to announce that the school continues to be good. Below is an extract from the report.  A full copy of the report is available on our website

 The leadership team has maintained a good quality of education in the school since their last inspection.  You are keen to ensure that pupils feel safe and happy in their school.  Much time and attention is taken so that the curriculum promotes pupils' skills, interest, knowledge and understanding. You said that you are determined that pupils gain the abilities needed to be well-prepared, confident, independent learners.

 Young Voices Concert

Mr Parkin, our Y6 class teacher, has been working really hard with our school choir in preparation for the Young Voices Concert at Sheffield Arena on 16th January 2017.  This is the third time we have taken part in this event, which is an amazing experience for all involved.

 Admissions – Reception Class - September 2018

The on-line system for admissions for September 2018 closes on 15th January 2018.  Please visit to complete an on-line application.  If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by phone or request a paper application by contacting the LCC Admissions team on 01522 782030.  You will be able to view your child’s offered school online from 16 April 2016. 

 As always, please do check out website for pictures and information on what we have been up to!

 Last Day of Term

The first day of term is Wednesday 3rd January 2018. 

The last day of term is Friday 9th February 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



 We are always proud of our pupils here at Hackthorn. They are, after all, what makes our school such a special and rewarding place to be. Of course, believing something to be the case is one thing, but having it set out in black and white by a Church Schools’ Inspector, really is the icing on the cake.

 After spending a day with us, Mr Gibbs went away to write his report, which as well as confirming that we are still ‘Outstanding in all areas’, also mentioned that “Relationships between all members of the school community are impressive. Love and honesty are at the heart of how adults and children treat one another “, “Children’s behavior is exceptional” and “Children feel valued, staff punch above their weight”.

 As if to reinforce all the great things that were said about our school in the report, Mrs Rawson received the shock of her life when she came to collect our children’s donations for the shoebox appeal – out of of a total of 61 children in the school, there were 61 shoeboxes for her poor husband to squeeze into their car. They said that they had never encountered such wonderful generosity from a single school before, as everyone proudly carried their boxes to the car!

 If  you are still wondering where to send your child to school next September, but haven’t managed to get to any of our activity afternoons so far, don’t worry, do try and come to our Christmas Activity Afternoon on 12th December from 13:30 – 14:30. Make sure you ring to book a place.  

 Our Carol Service will be held in the Church on 19th  December at 2pm. All are welcome, but get there early if you want a seat as it’s always a busy one.

 This year’s Key Stage 1 Nativity will be on the afternoon of the 7th December, with a special performance for the village at 11am on the 6th. Call us if you’d like to come and see it.

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


Dunholme Pre-school

Autumn is now truly here and at Dunholme pre-school we are looking at the changes within the environment and getting ready for Bonfire night. During October we did a Halloween fund raiser so thank you for everyone who took part. As many of you may know Dunholme pre-school is a charity and we depend heavily on fund raising, we do not get any funds from the government. This is why we are proud to announce that we have the backing of Tesco. Take time to read the press release below and please support your pre-school!.


Dunholme Pre-school calls out for votes to bag a share of bag fund

At Dunholme Pre-school we are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.


Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Dunholme Pre-school is on the shortlist and we are hoping to get the support of people in the local area to help improve our outside learning area.


 “We are thrilled to have been chosen to become part of the Tesco bags for life scheme. This is a big deal for our small charity and will enable us to give the children in our care, the outdoor learning environment they deserve.”


Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout November and December. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

For more information contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701


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.

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 Old School Centre


The Dunholme Old School Centre is not only available for a kids party or two but can be used for a multitude of activities, had you thought of trying to start up a social club of some sort? What about keep fit lessons? Maybe your into making jewellery or have a craft making skill that you need to get out to the community then what’s better than The Old School at Dunholme to get your group or business started? The main hall has tables and chairs available there is a large projection screen at one end so you could bring a slide show or presentation to show your guests.


If you’re wondering “but how will people know that I will be there” then get in touch with the editors of either the Dunholme and Welton Parish magazines they will either put you a small write up in the parish magazine or for a few pounds you can take out an advert to let people know what you are doing and when, don’t forget “Rome wasn’t built in a day” you may even be a bit of an entrepreneur and want to start your own small business what a better way to get going than in your own local community. One club that started at the Old School was The Dunholme Camera Club, the founder member got in touch with the Old School booking secretary, wrote an article in the 2 parish magazines and on the night of the first meeting had 16 people turn up of which 10 instantly started up the club and in 2016 will have been running for 20 years, all it needs is a little determination! There is also a dance class held at the Old School by Lisa Hurst, a Bible studies group, Luncheon club plus others.


The facilities at the Old School include the main hall, full kitchen, rear smaller meeting room and toilet facilities of course. The Centre can be booked for clubs and non-profit making organisation from as little as £7.00 per hour and you have the whole of the building for the time that you are there. Maybe there is a child minder among you that would like to expand a little but your home isn’t big enough? Well even if you hire the Centre and will be making a profit from the time you are at the Old School it will still only cost you £10.00 per hour. Maybe you have a club meeting and need extra space then do get in touch whatever the occasion small wedding or christening party please get in touch for details. You can find out further details from the booking secretary Janice Ritchie on 01673 861172 or go to our Facebook page “Dunholme Old School Centre” and send us a message, whilst you are there please “Like” and “Share” the page so family and friends know that there is somewhere local to hold that party.

 New things happening at the Old School, we will bring you further information in the coming months.


Janice Ritchie 01673 861172     

Visit the Facebook page   Dunholme Old School Centre    


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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The Friends of William Farr School

– News and Upcoming Events

The AGM of the Friends of William Farr School held in September was a good opportunity to encapsulate the previous year’s work and to start to make plans for the future. Events during the 2015-2016 academic year have enabled £3,500 to be donated to the school to fund projects and equipment such as the House trophy cabinet, Year 11 incentive scheme, the Artist Festival, the Author Day, Rock Challenge, new cameras as well as making a donation to Jake Shaw’s Climbing Wall Fund. 

The Friends of William Farr School is a voluntary group that aims to raise funds for projects which would otherwise not be available to the school and to promote social activities involving students, parents, teachers and the local community.  All parents of pupils at the school are automatically members of the association.  Our current team consists of Anne Davies (Chair), Lu Southwell (Vice Chair), Erica Ward (Treasurer), Janet Gibbs (Secretary), Samantha Ford (Website/Social Media and Promotions Co-ordinator), Adele Jackson, Caroline Swindin, Ann Court, Rebecca Hooton and Lorraine Heyes.  New recruits for the committee are always welcome from any part of the school family.  Being a member of our small and friendly group is thoroughly enjoyable and doesn’t involve too much hard work; you don’t even have to attend every meeting or event. Our next meeting to be held at the school is on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

As well as supporting official school events such as the Christmas Concert and the Extravaganza by providing refreshments and raffle prizes, the Friends of William Farr School also holds a number of social events through the academic year. Our very popular Family Quiz Night will be taking place again at the school on 3rd March 2017. Anyone can join in with teams of up to 8 people and if you don’t have a large team or want to come alone, don’t worry, we can help you to make up a team on the night. Children’s teams are welcomed as well as members of the local community. Booking is recommended to take advantage of the included ploughman’s supper by calling Anne on 07736 009221 or the School Shop. A bar is also available. Tickets are just £7.50 per adult and £5 per child. Other events in the pipeline include a Bingo and Bangers night and a Beetle Drive. If you would like to keep up with our news and events, please like our Facebook page:


If you would like to support the Friends of William Farr but do not fancy being part of the committee, then we are always grateful for some extra help at our events.  Alternatively, the 100 club is a small lottery held each month; for just £12 a year, your ticket will be entered into each draw for a chance of winning the prize money.  You can also register the Friends of William Farr School as your chosen charity to receive additional dividends every time that you shop at the Lincolnshire Co-op. This does not affect your personal dividend. Instead, as part of the Community Champions scheme, the Co-op will match your dividend points and donate them to the school. To join, ask in store or visit


Thank you for everyone’s support so far and we look forward to seeing some of you at the Quiz Night in March. If you have any questions or would like to make some suggestions for future events or activities, please contact Samantha Ford on 07753 963538.

Sam Ford


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.