It’s been rather quiet in the Prep & Senior School this week.  Whilst exams have very much been the focus for the older children and they are important, I recently reminded the children of the quote attributed to Einstein:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

These exams are merely a snapshot of the level at which the children are currently working.  Most importantly, they inform us how we can help the children rather than defining who they are and what they can be.

The Nursery & Infant School is seldom quiet and I am always delighted by the enthusiasm with which the children greet me.  I’m not sure how many headmasters receive daisies to put in their hair; I try to oblige!

Minute’s Silence

We observed a minute’s silence yesterday to remember those affected by the atrocity in Manchester.  My message to the children was clear: live your lives to the fullest and show as much love to all as you can.  Good will surely triumph and the children will have a much happier life in the process.  As the children stood there in silence I was also reminded how lovely our children are.  I’m sure we all annoy each other from time to time but, boy, this is a wonderful place in which to work!


I told you they would be the hottest tickets in town and over 50% have been sold in less than a week.  Please see the attached letter which gives details of how you can book tickets.  With only two weeks of rehearsals left after half term, cast members must ensure attendance at rehearsals takes priority over other commitments.  Costumes for members of the chorus also need to be with us in school immediately after half term.   Should you have any questions, please email Mrs Auty:

Primary School STEM Day

We hosted a number of primary schools yesterday for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths…just in case you’re not up-to-date with the terminology!) Day.  Local children joined our pupils in Year 5 to try and find out who stole the chocolate.  It was a wonderful way for us to be seen as part of the community and for the local community to keep an eye on Red House; they were impressed with what they saw!  And who stole the chocolate?  I’m sure the children in Year 5 can tell you!  My thanks to the staff who organised this very successful day.

Year 10 Reports

These were despatched with the children today (I hope you receive them expediently) and there will be an opportunity to discuss them at the parents’ evening on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

French Café

It was lovely to see so many of you at our French café in the Barn this morning.  The children were, as we have come to expect, a delight and I was pleased to hear so many children and parents using French!  Many thanks to members of the PTA for their help with this event.

Mini Beast Stay & Play – Friday 16 June

Our next Stay & Play event in the Nursery & Infant School is next month.  Please promote the event to friends and family.  (You can easily share the post on our Facebook page.)  Further information is available from Rosalind Green (01642 535353 or

I hope you have a wonderful half term and manage to spend some time with the children.  Let’s hope the glorious weather stays with us too!

With best wishes


Ken James



Whole School Letters

Oliver! Booking Form

Oliver! Main Cast Extra Rehearsal Date & Reminder of Rehearsal Schedule – 26 May 2017 – Mrs E Auty


P&S School Letters

Year 10 Visit to Flamingo Land – 13 July 2017 – Ms J Smart

Year 10 Geography Field Trip – 7-9 June 2017 – Mr S Kears

Year 7 Visit to Warkworth Castle – 16 June 2017 – Mrs R Jones & Mr S Kears

Year 7 Outward Bound Trip – 6-8 October 2017 – Mr P Heaton

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition – 26 May 2017 – Mr M A Makin

Year 6 Puberty Talk – 26 May 2017 – Miss T J White

Years 3-8 Multi-Sport Camp – 30 May-2 June 2017 – Miss E Howell

Years 3-8 Summer Sports Camp – 17 July-1 September 2017 – Miss E Howell


N&I School Letters

Years 3-8 Multi-Sport Camp – 30 May-2 June 2017 – Miss E Howell

Years 3-8 Summer Sports Camp – 17 July-1 September 2017 – Miss E Howell


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