Language Games Winner 2022

Dear Parents,

In my whole school assembly this morning, I explained to the pupils that not only is this week ‘National Bike Week’, but it is also ‘National Growing for Wellbeing Week’ and I described that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health in 2022, and that there is strong evidence highlighting the mental health benefits (as well as the physical health advantages) of gardening, growing your own vegetables and cycling; in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief. I have given the children a challenge over the weekend to connect with others, acquire new skills and enjoy the great outdoors, either by helping out in the garden or by going on a bike ride.

Carbon Neutral Group (CNG) Meeting
On Tuesday lunchtime, we held our second CNG meeting over a delicious working lunch, and discussed some of the many actions which have been implemented since our last meeting in March. For example, making bug houses in Forest School, planting seeds and our Jubilee Orchard, collecting donations for local foodbanks, and the environmental surveys carried out by the Pupil Council pupils in both the Senior and the Junior School. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be introducing a ‘Meat-Free’ day, where only plant-based choices are available; a tech-free day, where we limit the use of electricity in school; and the installing of two RSPB camera-integrated bird boxes on both sites.

An area, suggested by the CNG pupils, where parents could help towards making us Carbon Neutral School, would be to avoid, wherever possible, ‘idling’ outside school. Idling means leaving a vehicle’s engine running, while it is stationary and increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air. These fumes contain a number of harmful gasses including carbon dioxide, which is bad for the environment and contributes towards climate change, as well as a range of other harmful gasses including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, which are linked to asthma and other lung diseases.

PTA Summer Fête
Fresh from the success of the PTA Jubilee Picnic, the PTA Summer Fête is taking place on the Senior School field on Saturday 25 June 2022 from 11am until 3pm, and we hope you will be able to join us for a fun-filled day! There will be something for everyone – giant inflatables, games, tombolas, competitions, stalls, a welly-wanging contest, food, refreshments, a licensed bar, DJ and karaoke and much more! Entry is £2 per person at the gate and everyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite family and friends. More information is included in the PTA letter at the end of Pupil Post.

Success in the National Language Games
Red House has been taking part in the National Language Games competition for many years and have always been very successful, with many former pupils getting through to the final. Last year, when Naina was in Year 5, she came 3rd, which was an amazing achievement. However, this year, out of almost 640 pupils across the country competing, and studying languages such as Greek, Swedish and the endangered language Cornish, Naina came 1st place! There were 31 pupils in the final round, and incredibly Naina did not drop a single point throughout. As her prize, Naina has received a well-deserved £250 Amazon gift voucher and lots of language apps to continue her language learning. What a phenomenal talent – well done!

Parent-Teacher Consultation Evenings and Parent Guides
Thank you to all parents in the Senior School who participated in the Parent-Teacher Consultations Survey over the half term holidays. We had over 100 responses, which was fantastic and lots of very positive comments! We will be using the survey data to inform our planning of parent-teacher consultation meetings and the Parent Guides sessions in the next academic year. We will be publishing the dates for the new Parent Guides in September in the coming weeks.

RHS Pride Week
We are hugely excited to be celebrating our very first Red House Pride Week in school next week, which will culminate in a whole-school rainbow run on the Senior School field on Friday afternoon. Please see more details in Miss Thompson’s section of Pupil Post.


I hope you all have a very relaxing weekend with your families.

With very warm wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft



Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

It has been a wonderful start to the new half-term. We’ve had some fantastic assemblies this week, starting with Issac (in Year 9) and Mr Butterfield giving an informative presentation about e-safety; this was followed by Form 7H teaching the children sign language as well as celebrating inclusion and diversity; and, yesterday, Form 7G talked about rewilding and the positive impact beavers can have on our eco-system. A great variety of important topics to share!

We have many exciting events planned this half-term, some of which are mentioned in today’s Pupil Post, and please check out our dates list below.

Whole School Pride Celebration Week: Monday 13- Friday 17 June 2022
We are very excited to be launching our first Pride Celebration week across the whole school next week, which will include a variety of activities, lessons and assemblies on both sides of ‘the pond’. The week will end with our Pride Rainbow Day on Friday 17 June, which is non-uniform day, where we are inviting the pupils to create a ‘living rainbow’ by wearing clothes in any colour from the rainbow! This will culminate in our afternoon ‘Rainbow Run’, where parents are invited to join us from 2pm on the Senior School field. Please do not enter school before this time as our Senior School pupils will be using the field for break time. During this event, there will be an opportunity for the children to buy rainbow flags, pins and whistles (for £1 – £2). Optional face paints will also be available as part of the run to celebrate the different colours of the Pride flag; if your child is unable to use face paints please let your child’s form teacher know. I have no doubt this will be a memorable week for everyone involved!

International Men’s Health Week: Monday 13-Sunday 19 June 2022
Next week it is also International Men’s Health Week (MHW), which always begins in the Monday before Father’s Day and ends on Father’s Day itself; therefore, this year, it will run from Monday 13 until Sunday 19 June 2022. The overall aims of the week are to address the following:

  1. Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
  2. Support men and boys to engage in healthy lifestyle choices and activities.
  3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be discussing this with the pupils in form time and PSHE lessons, with a particular focus on the ‘Can Do’ challenge (more information about this can be found via the following weblink):

Year 7 Visit to Warkworth Castle: Wednesday 22 June 2022
Mrs Jones has organised a trip to Warkworth Castle on Wednesday 22 June for Year 7 as part of their History and Geography studies. The children will spend part of the day in the castle, consolidating their work on medieval England studies and then they will spend the rest of their time studying the topography of the castle. A letter is attached with further information.

Year 11 GCSE Art, Graphics & Photography Weekend: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 September 2022
Mrs Fraser is organising a Photography and Graphics residential for the new Year 11 pupils to Seahouses in Northumberland, where the pupils will have the opportunity to take part in Photography and Graphics projects depending on their area of study. Please see letter attached for more details.

Current Years 2- Year 10 Gum Shield Fittings: Tuesday 6 September 2022
In order to be prepared for the Autumn Term sports, such as rugby and hockey, School is offering their usual service, which allows the pupils to be fitted and supplied with their gum shields. Please see the letter attached for more details.

Senior School Dates List

  • Monday 13-Friday 17 June: PRIDE Celebration Week
  • Wednesday 15 June: Year 6 Visit to Eden Camp
  • Wednesday 22 June: Transition Day (Year 6 into Year 7; Year 5 into Year 6)
  • Wednesday 22 June: Year 7 History Trip to Warkworth Castle
  • Friday 24 June: Years 4-6 Sports Day (12.30-4pm)
  • Friday 24 June: Year 11 Prom
  • Saturday 25 June: PTA Garden Fete
  • Monday 27-Tuesday 28 June: D of E Final Expedition
  • Wednesday 29 June: New Year 6 (current Year 5) Parent Information Meeting
  • Thursday 30 June: Summer Concert
  • Friday 1 July: Red House Has Got Talent
  • Monday 4 July: Years 7-10 Sports Day at Middlesbrough Sports Village (1-4pm)
  • Friday 8 July: Senior School Prize Giving
  • Friday 8 July: Last Day of Term



Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

It was lovely to see so many of you attend the Jubilee picnic at the end of half term.  The weather was certainly kind to us! I’m sure many of you enjoyed further celebrations throughout the duration of the week. The pupils have returned to school with a very positive attitude, in preparation for what is always one of the most exciting and busiest times of the school year. Trips, sports days and performances lay ahead of them but, as ever, I’m sure our pupils at Red House will rise to the occasion.

Year 5 Residential Trip to Robinwood: September 2022
We are excited to offer the opportunity for our current Year 4 Pupils to go on a 2 night residential trip to Robinwood in September. The itinerary sounds fantastic and I’m sure that they will have a fantastic experience. Please see letters attached for more details.

Summer Holiday Club and Forest School Week
Thanks to those of you who booked in to the May Half Term Holiday Club. Please find attached a booking form for the Summer Holidays, starting from Monday 11 July 2022. For pupils aged 8-12, we are delighted to offer a ‘Forest School’ week, from Monday 18- Friday 22 July 2022. Places will be limited on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please see the booking forms attached to this post.

Dates for your Diary:

  • Monday 13 June: Year 2 Trip to Saltholme
  • Wednesday 15 June: Reception & Year 1 to Blue Reef
  • Monday 20 June: Year 5 to Gibside
  • Tuesday 21 June: EYFS & Y1-3 Sports Days (1.50pm)
  • Wednesday 22 June: Transition Day
  • Friday 24 June: Years 4-6 Sports Day (12.30pm)
  • Wednesday 29 June: Year 3 to Hardwick Hall
  • Thursday 30 June: Parent Information Meeting for current Year 1 Parents
  • Thursday 30 June: Parent Information Meeting for new Nursery parents.
  • Friday 1 July: Parent Information meeting for current Year 4 parents
  • Monday 4 July: Parent Information meeting for current Nursery parents
  • Tuesday 5 July: Parent Information meeting for current Year 3 parents
  • Wednesday 6 July: Parent Information meeting for current Year 2 parents
  • Thursday 7 July: EYFS end of year celebration, followed by Parent Information meeting for current Reception parents.
  • Friday 8 July: Years 1-5 Festival of Achievement

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