A Red House School pupil leaning over a large sand tray filled with plastic dinosaurs and eggs

Dear Parents,

In my whole-school assembly today, I spoke to the pupils about the importance of being kind and also how small acts of kindness can really have a positive impact on someone’s day. I talked to them about the recent case in the news, of pensioner Edna Clayton, who spent her 100th birthday alone last year, because the country was in lockdown on the 31 January 2021, and the fact that her nursing home, Hector House, have made appeals to the public to help Edna celebrate her 101st birthday in style! I have set the pupils a challenge on Teams, to do at least one random act of kindness over the weekend. A copy of the challenge sheet is attached at the end of this week’s Pupil Post.

Face Coverings in School
From yesterday, pupils are not required to wear face coverings in the classroom, and from 27 January, the Government have announced that wearing face coverings in communal areas of school will no longer be necessary. We will be looking at cases of COVID-19 in school and any local public health data, ahead of making that decision for Red House pupils, and I will keep you abreast of any developments ahead of 27 January.

Over the past week or two, the Civil Enforcement Team from Stockton Borough Council have been monitoring parking outside of Red House at drop off and pick up times. This is following a complaint made to them, that wheelchair and pushchair users were unable to use the walkways along Mill Lane, due to vehicles parking on the restrictions and blocking the pavements at school drop off and pick up times.

I have been in contact with their Senior Community Protection Officer this week and he appreciates that the layout of the area is not conducive with the flow of traffic, due to the narrow roads and minimal parking, and he is pleased with the measures we have put in place e.g. staggered departures, to try to alleviate the issue. Please can I ask that you continue to be mindful of parking restrictions and accessibility when collecting your child from school.

COVID-19 LFD Home Testing
To keep COVID-19 transmission to a minimum, it is essential that all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week and any positive results reported to school.

Changes to the Self-isolation Period for those who Test Positive for COVID-19

From last Monday, pupils who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace: NHS Test and Trace link

Close Contact Daily LFD Testing

All pupils aged between 5 and 16 years, who are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, are strongly advised to take a LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result. Children under 5 years are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing.

COVID-19 Vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds
A reminder that children aged 12 to 15 can book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Bookings can be made via the following link: Link to the NHS Booking System.

I hope you all have a splendid weekend with your families and make the most of the glorious weather.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft



Miss Claire Thompson
Deputy Head & Head of Senior School

It has been another very productive week at the Senior School. Our Year 10 pupils have been busy preparing speeches for their English speaking exam and, whilst there were naturally a few nerves before presenting their speech, they all had smiling faces by the end! Our Year 6 pupils showed great resilience during their second Forest School lesson due to the chillier weather as, even with very numb fingers, they mastered a clove hitch and lashing knots! Our Year 7 pupils were also proud this week to ‘expertly’ show me how to fold filter paper in their Chemistry lesson; they are now keen to use this skill in their upcoming practicals.

The merits have continued to roll in all week and Year 6 are currently taking the school by storm with an impressive lead, followed by Year 7 and Year 11 – keep it up everyone!

Year 11: GCSE Dates and Prom
A full list of the Year 11 GCSE exams is now available via the following link: GCSE Examination Dates 2022. I am also delighted to announce a ‘save the date’ for this year’s prom, which will take place on Friday 24 June 2022, at Judges Country House Hotel in Kirklevington. Formal invitations from the PTA will follow soon. I know the pupils are very much looking forward to it and have no doubt it will be an enjoyable and well-deserved event. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed hearing about some of their planned outfits already!

Year 10 Year 10 Parents’ Evening: Monday 31 January & Tuesday 1 February 2022
On Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February, our Year 10 parents have the opportunity to speak to individual teaching staff, via Teams, to discuss their  child’s academic work and progress. The sign-up letter and live link will be emailed to parents next Monday. When signing up, please follow the instructions on the letter and sign up with your child’s name.

Year 6, 9, and 11 Parents’ Evening Dates 2022
Here is a reminder of our other Parents’ Evening dates this term (sign-up letters to follow nearer the date):

  • Year 6: Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 February (Mr Heaton & Mrs Coverdale only); Thursday 17 February (all other Year 6 staff)
  • Year 9: Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March
  • Year 11: Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March

Open Morning: Saturday 29 January 2022
A reminder that this is just over a week away! As mentioned last week, if you have any family or friends who are interested in joining our Red House community, please encourage them to book an appointment via the School Office. Our staff are very much looking forward to meeting our new, prospective families.

Mr Simon Haywood
Head of Junior School

Another busy week at the Junior school has seen many interesting lessons and activities taking place. Nursery have been thinking about rain this week, talking about puddles and the sounds rain makes. They also designed some super wellies! In Reception, the children have enjoyed exploring frozen dinosaur eggs! Year 1 pupils have explored mechanisms in DT and have made a sliding gingerbread man picture! In Year 2, the children have been learning about Samuel Pepys and even had a go at creating his curly wig! They have also been researching the question ‘does chocolate grow on trees?’. Year 3 children have been using their super imagination to create a dragon character and setting for their Viking Myths. Year 4 have been finishing off their lovely Chinese cherry blossom tree scrolls; the class have been looking closely at the social hierarchy of the Shang Dynasty and considering different roles in society. In Year 5, pupils continue to enjoy reading their class novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom, and are working on both comprehension and sentence structure activities. In History, they have been learning about rationing and in computing they have created chase games. In Science, they have used Oreo biscuits to form the different phases of the moon. It goes without saying that there is never a dull moment at the Junior school!

Mrs Cooper
Many congratulations to Mrs Cooper who welcomed Theodore Francis Cooper into the world last week! Mother and baby are doing really well and we can’t wait for a visit from them both when it is safe to do so.

February Half Term Sports Camp and Holiday Club
A reminder that Sports Camp and Holiday Club will take place during February half term from Monday 21 to Friday 25 February. Bookings forms were attached to last week’s Pupil Post.

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. 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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