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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  July 2017

Lincoln Knights’ Education Trail

We are delighted that ‘Sir Armour’ has now joined 44 other knights as part of the Lincoln Knights Education Trail.  We hope that if you visited the Lincolnshire Show last month you saw some of the Knights that were displayed around the showground.  The Knights, which have all been decorated by local Primary, Secondary and Special Schools, are now situated across 8 city centre venues until the 3rd September.  For details of the location of the Knights please see  All of the Knights will be reunited at the Waterside Shopping Centre on the 5th September.  The project has been sponsored by The Waterside Shopping Centre and Siemens with Ruddocks providing printing support.  Our school Knight was sponsored by Chestnut Homes and Core Architects and we are really grateful for all of their support.  We also have to say a huge thank you to Mrs Hackney, Mr Hopson and Mel Langton as well as the whole school team for all of their commitment to this fantastic project.

  Sports Day 2017!

We had another amazing sports afternoon last month and were blessed with the sunshine.  Combining the scores from our athletics morning and sports afternoon the winning house team were Vulcan with a total of 316 points.  However, it was a very close run contest this year with Spitfire scoring 312, Hurricane 290 and Lancaster 276. 

 Keith Alexander Trophy for Team Work

The Keith Alexander Cup is awarded in memory of Keith Alexander who was a parent of the school and Lincoln City Football Club Manager. The Keith Alexander Cup is presented for effective team work. This year our Eco Warriors received the cup for demonstrating a huge commitment, being motivated to learn and also sharing their knowledge with others.  They give up their free time to monitor the impact that they have and are passionate about their role.  They also gave an amazing presentation as part of Collective Worship at our recent Open Morning.

 As the academic year draws to a close, we are saying good bye and good luck to all of our year 6 children who are moving on.  We are also looking forward to welcoming new children to our school who are joining us both in reception and other year groups.

 Term Dates

The last day of term is Wednesday 19th July.

We re-open on Tuesday 5th September after the summer break.


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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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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



 Time is a funny thing, it seems to slow right down in the run up to the Summer Holidays, and then before you know it, here we are looking forward to a new School Year with all the exciting opportunities that come our way.

 Already the Leavers’ service is a distant memory for some as they prepare to head off to the next phase of their education, but everyone who attended was treated to some fabulous harmony-singing this year, along with the painstakingly prepared gallery of pictures showing just how far those pupils have already travelled on their journey through life. It is always very touching to hear them giving their speeches about their memories of Hackthorn, which leave us in no doubt about how much they will miss the School.

 In the world of education, though, we do have to plan well ahead and even as we welcome a new group of children to the start of their new journey along the Hackthorn Way, it will soon be time for parents to start thinking about choosing that all-important first school for children who are due to start in September 2018. We will be organising some activity days soon to give you an opportunity to see our school in action and allow your child to experience what we have to offer at first hand.


 Contact the school on 01673 860295 to arrange a visit or to request a School Brochure, or have a look around our website at


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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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.

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    


The Easter parade was a fantastic hit and we would like to thank everyone that came to our cake stall. We raised a fantastic £60 that will go towards ne equipment for the pre-school.  The committee meeting will be taking place on the 17th May @6.30 in the Black Bull. During this meeting we will be focusing on fundraising ideas. We are still looking for committee members so if you are interested in helping the pre-school please come along; there is no pressure to join, just come along for a chat and to support your local pre-school.

Sadly we are also on the lookout for a new chairman for the committee, as Redmond Parker-Dunn has been with us for over 2 years now and feels this is a good time to step down. We would like to thank Redmond for all his hard work and support over the 2 years. If you or someone you know might be interested in this role, please contact the pre-school.

 This year the pre-school will be having their annual school trip to Woodside animal park, we hope to have a fantastic time and hope to see lots of the parents there.

We still have spaces available for 2 year olds so please come and have a look around.

Please like our Facebook page. .uk.


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.