It has been fantastic to welcome the pupils back into school this week for the start of the new term and to see so many happy, smiling faces. A highpoint for both me and Mr Haywood has been the ability to hold face-to-face assemblies again with our whole school community and have that sense of complete togetherness once more.
School’s Mental Health Award
I am extremely proud that Red House School’s delivery of high impact pastoral care has been recognised in our being awarded the School’s Mental Health Award over the summer. Working towards this prestigious award over the past eighteen months has allowed us to work strategically to improve the wellness of our pupils. It has highlighted many areas of success, as well as helping us to plan for the next stage of our emotional health and wellbeing provision. I am looking forward to building on this achievement and continuing to foster a culture of wellness and within School, where all members of the Red House family can thrive and flourish.
PTA Form Representatives – calling all parents!
If you are interested in becoming a PTA Form Representative for your child’s form, please would you be able to email me directly by Monday 13 September 2021 by clicking on the following link: Dr Ashcroft’s email address. As this is a new initiative, there are spaces available for all forms from Nursery to Year 11.
Unifrog and careers
Over the next few weeks we will be launching Unifrog to all pupils in Years 7-11. Unifrog is a fantastic online tool for pupils to use to search for careers, build a CV, learn to write a persuasive cover letter, record competencies, complete virtual work experience, search for Sixth Forms and universities, complete a free MOOC, and so much more! To find out more, please click on the following link: Unifrog Thank you to all parents who have already contacted me about being involved in our ‘Be Inspired’ programme. It is not too late to get involved. If you would like to participate, and deliver a talk to pupils in Years 10 and 11 about your chosen field, please could you email me at: Dr Ashcroft’s email address
I hope you have all have a wonderful weekend with your families.
With very best wishes
Dr Rebecca Ashcroft
Miss Claire Thompson – Senior School
The feeling of ‘normality’ has been welcomed by all at the Senior School and the pupils have made a determined start to the new school year, whilst quickly getting used to their new timetables and moving around again! I’m delighted with the way the new pupils have settled into life at Red House and the way they have been welcomed by the other pupils. Not only does this apply to our new pupils; I have also been made to feel very welcome in my first week back at the Senior School. If you would like to know more about your child’s studies this term, curriculum information has been attached for Key Stages 1-4.
COVID-19 Testing for Pupils in Years 7-11
The pupils (and staff!) coped remarkably with the two testing dates in school. The children have now been provided with two boxes of kits and should continue to be tested at home on a twice-weekly basis. Please remember that the type of LFT may be different to the ones you have previously used. Therefore, please read through the instructions carefully to ensure that the test is administered correctly. As before, you do not need to tell us if your child tests negative but please do so if they test positive; we are here to help.
The most recent Government guidance states that close contacts of any pupils who have tested positive via a PCR test will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace and as with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts.
Pupils are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. Pupils who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on school transport.
Whole School Photograph: Wednesday 15 September
This will take place next week and the letter is attached. Please take particular note of the uniform requirements: in short, winter uniform including blazers.
PTA Welcome BBQ: Friday 24 September
The PTA and staff would warmly like to invite all parents and children to a beginning of term BBQ on Friday 24 September, starting at 4pm. The venue is the Senior School field and there is no cost to attend. There’ll be a BBQ, refreshments and a bouncy castle for the children. Please email the respective secretaries (Junior/Senior School) to confirm how many will be attending and to put you on our guest list. A letter is attached with further details.
Open Morning: Saturday 25 September
Letters are attached inviting the children to act as guides next Saturday when we have our first Open Morning of the year. We can’t wait to showcase our wonderful school and we require lots of pupils to attend; I hope you will encourage the children to join us as they are our best ambassadors! This is very much a community event where the efforts of the staff, children, governors and PTA ensure we put our best foot forward. Please also share this with your friends and encourage them to come and see us.
I’m delighted that co-curricular clubs will begin again next week. Information on the clubs being offered on both sides of the pond has been sent, as has confirmation of places. There are still places available in some clubs so please get in touch if your child would like to sign up. For pupils beginning their D of E adventures, a letter is attached from Mr Heaton with some key dates.
Catering Team Vacancy at Red House
Red House is looking for a part-time kitchen assistant to join our wonderful catering team. Should you know anyone who might be interested in this vacancy, please direct them to our website.
Mr Simon Haywood – Junior School
It has been a pleasure to welcome everybody back to the Junior School for the start of the new academic year. We have all been incredibly busy over the holidays, preparing and ensuring that the school environment is as safe and welcoming as it could possibly be. Some refurbishment has taken place during the summer and we are delighted with the transformation in the Barn! It has been heart-warming to see the happy smiling faces of our pupils and I have no doubt that they will adapt to their new teachers and routines very quickly!
First Week Back
It has been wonderful to see the hive of activity taking place at the Junior School this week and our youngest starters have settled so well and quickly into their new Nursery surroundings. Reception have been busy learning about Transport and Journeys and how we go on holiday, whilst Year 1 have been looking for clues of animal activity within the local environment. Year 2 have been involved in map work as part of their ‘What a Wonderful World’ topic and Year 3 have been working both in and out of the classroom, tidying and preparing the new beds in the Enchanted Garden. Year 4 have started their topic on the Tudors and have already discovered many things about the most famous Tudor of all: Henry VIII, and in Year 5 the pupils have been learning about the Stone Age, with the help of a bow and arrow. It seems incredible to think that the pupils have only been back at school for a week!
In the Key Stage 1 and Reception assembly on Monday, Mrs Cooper discussed rules and rewards and introduced the children to their brand new teams and rewards system. They are extremely excited to earn as many stars as they can for their team! On Wednesday, I led an assembly to discuss feelings, focusing on the return to school and the importance of looking out for each other to ensure we all enjoy the best possible Red House experience! In the Key Stage 2 assembly, Mrs Ashton talked about being ‘eco–friendly’ and how we can all do our bit to look after the planet. After eighteen months, it has been delightful to join together as a school community for discussion and prayer.
Many thanks for the continued cooperation you have demonstrated when parking. We completely understand that parking can be difficult at the beginning and end of the day, due to the limited space. Please continue to park with thought and consideration for others when collecting your children. Also, unless you are waiting for siblings, please would you leave the school premises as soon as your child has been collected, to allow for other parents to enter the school grounds.
Please may I also remind you that the school car park is for staff only. Please do not use this car park when dropping off or picking up pupils, unless you require the disabled parking space.
Senior School Letters
Junior School Letters