Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter and could take advantage of the easing of some of the restrictions. It has been wonderful to have the children back in school this week and to see them happy and playing on the sports field in the glorious sunshine! This week has been a busy one, with the Year 11 summer assessments starting in earnest, as well as many Year 10 pupils writing their letters of application to become a Senior Prefect in the next academic year. Yesterday was Earth Day, and this was marked by an assembly in the senior school, a Greta Thunberg-themed game of ‘heads and tails’ with pupils in Years 6-8, and children in Year 2 learned about the importance of protecting our planet by suggesting ideas of how they, and their families, could recycle more.

Of course, much of this was eclipsed by the news on Tuesday that Mr James will be leaving Red House at the end of this term to work overseas again.  He has achieved phenomenal success at Red House during his time here and, although the children are hugely saddened by his news, they are fully committed to ensuring Mr James has a wonderful final term and is sent off in true Red House style!

‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Journals

This week, pupils from Year 2 to 11 were given an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ notebook by their form teacher. In form time every morning, pupils are being encouraged to jot down at least one thing that they are grateful for, as evidence suggests that starting the school day on an optimistic note, can really help make their day a positive and happy one!

Year 11: Leavers’ Hoodies, Prom and A level Bridging Programme

In order for our Year 11 pupils to take delivery of their leavers’ hoodies by the end of this half term, the deadline for receiving orders has been moved from 4 May to 30 April 2021. In addition, please could we have Year 11 pupil menu choices for the Year 11 Prom by Friday 14 May 2021. Please find copies of both letters and order forms at the bottom of Pupil Post.

As part of the process of consulting with Year 11 parents and pupils about delivering a 3-week A level/BTEC bridging programme from Monday 14 June 2021, please can Year 11 parents complete the following Survey Monkey questionnaire with their child by 4pm on Monday 26 April 2021. Please see a letter with the survey link enclosed at the bottom of Pupil Post.

Cleveland Police ‘Online Safety’ Parent Webinars

Next week, Cleveland Police are hosting two free webinars aimed at parents and carers of school age children to help them learn more about the risks within the online world and what they can do to keep their children safe. Both events are available for all to attend; however, the morning session is aimed more at primary school age and the afternoon session for secondary school age; however, both have many crossover details. Please see the invitation at the bottom of Pupil Post for more details.

Year 9 Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) and Catch Up Programme

The immunisation team will be in school on 5 May 2021 to vaccinate Year 9 pupils with the HPV vaccine. This is their second dose; therefore, if your child has received their first dose then they will automatically be called for their second dose, as you have already given consent for both doses. If you provided consent last year for the vaccines, but your child has not received the first dose, this will be given at this session. If you have not already consented for your child to receive these vaccines, and would like your child to receive them, please visit Year 9 HPV Vaccine Consent and use school code 111767   to give your consent or call the immunisation consent line on 01423 557693. If you have already given your consent for your child to receive these immunisations, then you do not need to do anything.

Years 7-11 Summer Examinations and Revision Skills Assembly

A reminder that the Year 7-11 summer examinations will take place on the following dates:

  • Year 11: 26-30 April 2021 and 24-28 May 2021
  • Year 10: 13-21 May 2021
  • Year 9: 7-11 June 2021 (after half term)
  • Year 8: 24-28 May 2021
  • Year 7: 24-28 May 2021

Ms Roberts, Assistant Head (Academic), is delivering an assembly to Years 7-9 next week on revisions skills and different methods of how to revise. The Year 10 pupils had a PSHE session with me on revision strategies just before the Easter holidays.

Junior School Parent-Teacher Meetings: Reception-Year 5

A reminder that Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place on Monday 26 April and Tuesday 27 April 2021 for pupils in Reception to Year 5. These will happen in the form of a telephone call. This will be an opportunity for staff to let you know how your child has adjusted to life back at school.

Summer Uniform

Summer uniform is optional from now until October half term and items are available from the uniform shop:

  • Boys can wear tailored shorts (charcoal grey) from Nursery to Year 6 with long or ankle grey socks.
  • Girls can wear their summer dress from Nursery to Year 6 with white ankle socks.
  • Girls in Years 7-11 can also wear white/navy ankle socks or continue to wear navy/black tights.
  • The red legionnaires cap can be worn from Nursery to Year 4 and the navy/red cap from Years 5-11.
  • Cricket sweatshirts are also optional for the summer term, as part of the PE uniform.

You can purchase the dresses, caps and cricket sweatshirt from the uniform shop by emailing Ann Morton on

Holiday Club and Sports Camp – May Half Term

If you would like to book a space on the May half term Holiday Club and Sports Camp, please follow the instructions on how to do so in Mr Haywood’s letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families.

With very best wishes

Rebecca Ashcroft
Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School

Senior School

Junior School

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