Two Red House School children sitting together with a story book called Zog

Dear Parents,

In my whole school assembly this morning, I was blown away (not by Storm Eunice, I hasten to add) to read of the huge number of merits which have been awarded to pupils this week in school. In the Senior School, the pupils amassed a huge 2402 merits in one week, with Whorlton pipping Castle to the post with the accolade of ‘House of the Week’, with a stunning 828 merits. Over in the Junior School, I have been delighted to hear of the amazing success of the Red House Readers in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, and the awards for Good Work which were awarded to the pupils on Monday morning.

Save the Date: Ski Trip, 16-22 December 2022
We are delighted that we are in a position to announce the return of the annual Red House ski trip. We will be returning to the fantastic French resort of Les Deux Alpes, and the dates for the trip are the 16-22 December 2022. Of the 40 places available, there are 20 places reserved for pupils who had their last ski trip cancelled, with the remaining 20 allocated by return of the traditional reply slip, on a first come, first served basis. Full details of the trip will be available immediately after the half term break.

Year 11 Mock Examinations
A huge well done to all of the Year 11 pupils who have coped brilliantly with their second round of GCSE mock assessments this week. We wish them all the best for their week of assessments in the week after half term.

Events for Prospective Families
Many families join Red House through recommendations from current parents.  If you have any friends or family that would be interested in joining Red House, please feel free to tell them about our upcoming events:

Taster Week: Monday 14 – Friday 18 March
We are holding a number of taster days throughout the week of Monday 14 – Friday 18 March. This is a perfect opportunity for children to see what life is really like at Red House. The taster days are available for prospective pupils from Reception – Year 8. Further details can be found here: Taster Week Event Page

Early Years Stay & Play: Tuesday 22 March, 2-3pm
Children aged 2-4 can enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, singing and arts & crafts based on the wonderful world of Zog, the friendly dragon, in our Nursery.  Further details can be found here: Stay & Play Event Page

Parking – St Mary’s Church and Parish Hall Car Parks
After the half term holidays, please can I request that parents continue to avoid parking in the St Mary’s Church and Parish Hall car parks. Your support in this matter is hugely appreciated.

COVID-19 Measures after Half Term
Once I have heard from Stockton Public Health, I will be writing to you all over the half term holiday with an update regarding any COVID-19 measures in school from 28 February. We are very much hoping for a return to the pre-11 November situation.

I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing half term holiday with your families.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft


Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

It has been an action-packed half-term but one of the highlights for me this week has been visiting Maths and Chemistry lessons. The resilience of the pupils whilst tackling some tricky concepts was wonderful to see and the level of peer support between them was thoroughly heart-warming.

I have also spent time with Year 6 this week and what a lucky bunch they are! From baking bread in Forest School to creating city landscapes in the Senior School Art Room, they’re making the most of the varied curriculum on offer at Red House – certainly one of the perks of being a non-SATs focused school!

In my assembly this week, I reminded the pupils about the importance of sleep on both physical and mental health. If you would like any information about this, here is a useful link:

I’d also just like to thank all of the pupils for their hard work so far this term. The dark mornings and evenings are slowly brightening and I’ll very much look forward to seeing them back in school when they return after a good rest.

Year 9 GCSE Options
Mrs Roberts (Assistant Head – Academic) has attached the Year 9 GCSE option booklet, which is full of useful information about your child’s next step. Please can you complete the form, at the end of the booklet, with your child’s options and return it to the Senior School Office on or before Monday 14 March 2022.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening: Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March
On Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March, our Year 9 parents will have the opportunity to speak to their child’s teachers, via Teams, to discuss academic work and progress. The sign-up letter will be emailed to parents when we return after half-term.


Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

It has felt like an extremely long half term and credit goes to all of our pupils for their hard work, effort and enthusiasm this past 7 weeks. They certainly haven’t taken their foot off the pedal this week. In Nursery, pupils have been learning the colours of the rainbow and how to care for each other. Reception children have been polar explorers, learning about the animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic. Year 1 pupils have been writing the story of Ghanaian Goldilocks and investigating which material is the best for protecting ‘humpty dumpty’ when he falls off a wall, using real eggs! In Year 2, the children have been re-creating the Fire of London using the fire pit in the outdoor classroom. Year 3 enjoyed learning about Saxon laws and punishment. They even had a live demonstration of some of their methods! It’s been assessment week in Year 4. In Art sessions the children have been looking at the terracotta army from China and making their own army of ‘maquettes’ (body shapes made out of card). Year 5 have been learning about how to stay safe when using Social Media. They have discussed the risks and benefits of Social Media and talked about how to protect our health and wellbeing when we are online. In English, they have focused on developing their reading skills by focusing on a range of text types, including narratives, instructions and poetry.  In Science, their topic of Earth, the Sun and the Moon has ended with two short quizzes looking at planet Earth and Space. We have some budding astronauts, astronomers and scientists amongst Year 5. Well done everyone at the Junior school in making it to the halfway point of the school year!

Co-curricular Clubs
Thanks to those of you who took advantage of the date extension to modify your club choices for the second half term. You should have received confirmation of your places by now. Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next Half Term Events
Parent/Teacher Consultations will take place on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 March. It is hoped as restrictions are lifted that this will be a ‘face to face’ meeting with your child’s class teacher. Information on booking an appointment will come early next half term.

We are also hosting a Nursery to Year 6 Art Exhibition at the Junior School on Monday 28 March, where you will have the opportunity to purchase your child’s displayed work. All proceeds towards the school PTA. Further details to follow.

We hope to host other events in this half term. Please keep a close eye on Pupil Post for further details!

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.  Please may I also ask parents to avoid parking in the church car park at drop off and pick up times.



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