Dear Parents,

Red House has really been a hive of activity this week. Over in the Junior School, children in Year 4 really enjoyed their Mexican Day, and highlights included tasting some delicious Mexican tortilla, whilst listening to some Mexican music. Pupils in Year 4 have also enjoyed a singing session, accompanied by our talented junior guitar players. Whilst children across KS1 and KS2 have been super excited about practising for their sports days next week, and also enjoying some outdoor learning.

Across in the Senior School, a number of Year 11 pupils returned to school this week to participate in the Red House taught A level Bridging Programme. The pupils will be attending sessions over the next 3 weeks on Politics, Law, Mathematics, Physics, History and English Literature. Pupils in Year 10 had an opportunity in their GCSE Physics lesson to model radioactive half-life using Skittles; whilst in PSHE, they have been learning about County Lines and the associated child exploitation. It has been so lovely to see a return to some sort of normality, with all Year 7 pupils being taught in the science labs for the first time this academic year and lots of sporting fixtures and trips starting to run.

Year 11 Prom Change of date

As a result of the Government announcement on Monday, we have had to move the Year 11 Prom from Thursday 8 July to Thursday 12 August 2021, which is also GCSE Results Day. A big thank you to Mrs Craggs, from the PTA, for being so speedy and securing the date for us. I am sure it will be a tremendous night!

Year 11 GCSE Results Day

On GCSE Results Day, Thursday 12 August 2021, we will be inviting pupils and parents into school to collect their results and celebrate with their teachers from 10am. More information to follow in the next few weeks.

Results of the Year 7-10 Summer Exams

We are currently evaluating the exam data from the recent summer assessments in Years 7-10. From this analysis, we will be identifying any pupils who require bespoke academic support and putting together an action plan for those children. We will also be pulling together some resources for pupils who want to engage with some elective work over the summer holidays. Similarly, in the Junior School, Mr Haywood and his team will be compiling some optional learning tasks, which KS1 and KS2 pupils can access over the holidays.

Junior School Transition Day

Transition Day in the Junior School will take place on Wednesday 23 June 2021. On the evening of Tuesday 22 June, pupils will take home a letter informing parents of their child/children’s new class and new teacher. On Wednesday morning, teachers will collect their new class from the playground. Please can Year 5 pupils be dropped off at the Senior School at 8.35am, where they will be met by Mr Haywood, Mr Heaton and Mrs Coverdale. Any Year 5 pupils attending Breakfast Club will come to the Junior School, and be walked over to Senior School by Mr Haywood.

Meet the Prefects

Although the new Prefect Team for 2021-22 was announced before the May half term break, it has been lovely to watch them having their official photographs taken and listening to what their new roles mean to them. I am very excited about working with them next year and I know that they will be fantastic ambassadors of Red House. To find out more about the new team, please click on the following link: Prefect Team 2021-22

Year 8 HPV vaccines

The Childhood Immunisation Team are due to attend Red House School on the afternoon of Thursday 8 July 2021 to vaccinate Year 8 pupils with their first HPV vaccine. Please see more details about how to provide your consent in the letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.

School Uniform

If you would like to purchase any items of uniform from the uniform shop in preparation for the children returning in September, please email Mrs Morton via the following link: Uniform Shop email address  for an appointment. Mrs Morton will be holding appointments from the 9 August 2021 for three weeks. If you are not able to book an appointment within those three weeks there will be three drop-in days between 10am and 3pm on the 1, 2 and 3 September; however, there may be waiting times on these days and we will be strictly adhering to current government guidelines at that time.

COVID-19 Home Testing: Years 7-11

Please can your child continue to self-test twice a week, in line with current Government guidance. The testing should take place on Monday mornings and Thursday mornings.  Please click here to find a letter to secondary school parents from Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education.

I wish you all a wonderful Father’s Day weekend with your families.

With very best wishes

Rebecca Ashcroft

Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School

Senior School

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