pupils speaking at the Harvest Festival in St Mary's Church

Dear Parents,

You will receive this email whilst I’m away with the Year 7 outward bound group.  They’re a characterful lot and I’m sure we will have a wonderful time.  As you know, I’m a great advocate for outdoor education and no doubt the children will gain much from the activities which are designed to take the children out of their comfort zones.  I just hope and pray I survive two nights away with them!


Open Morning

Thank you so much to those who supported this event.  We had an excellent turn out on both sides of the pond and the children were their usual, delightful selves.  Most people who visit say they know people here who recommend the school; thank you.  We also had families reconnect with us who we’ve met at various promotional events – the shows at Sedgefield and Stokesley, for example – which re-enforces the importance of these events.

Thank you for your donations towards the Macmillan coffee morning too.  We had lots of cakes donated, so much so that we held a cake sale for the children on Monday too.   Over £400 was raised for Macmillan which we will be sending to them this week.


School Photos

Monday is the absolute deadline for placing orders for the school photograph.  Please ensure we have your return by then if you would like a copy.


School Bags – Prep & Senior School

We have decided to be more flexible when parents are buying school bags.  The main requirement now is that the bag be fit for purpose and look like a bag to be used in school.  Oversized handbags, irrespective of their make, do not fit into this category.


Harvest Festival

Thank you for your donations thus far.  Monday is the last day you will be able to contribute towards this excellent initiative.


Restructure – N&I School

Thank you to those parents who have already provided feedback on the idea of creating a Junior School and a Senior School at Red House.  I look forward to seeing some of you at the meeting on Wednesday (4pm in the Barn).  Whilst only children currently on the N&I site will be affected by this change, all parents are invited to attend (please confirm attendance with Mrs Green).  I will provide further information about the proposal after the event.



We held the AGM on Wednesday.  Thank you to those who attended and who continue to support the efforts of the PTA.  Attached are details of the fireworks night (Friday 3 November) which is always a great success.  Please return your forms as soon as possible and invite your friends too; it’s a great night.


PTA Ball – Save the date – 27 April 2018

Please consider coming to this wonderful event.  Why not invite friends and take a table together?  It promises to be a fun night from which the children will ultimately benefit.


Have a great weekend;  I’m sure I will… I think…


With best wishes

Ken James


PTA Letters

PTA Firework Event Booking Form – 3 November 2017

Years 4-6 PTA Movie Night – 13 October 2017

Reception-Year 3 PTA Movie Night – 13 October 2017


P&S School Letters

Year 8 Trip to Butterfly World – 11 October 2017 – Miss C Reily

Years 6-11 Main Cast Joseph Rehearsals – 6 October 2017 – Mrs E Auty/Mrs S Lindsay-Symington/Mr G McReddie

Years 6-10 First Aid Training – 31 October 2017 – Mrs C L Blyth

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