Dear Parents,

Despite the erratic weather this week, it has not stopped the children getting out and about and participating in a range of sporting fixtures and outside learning. Pupils in the Senior School even managed to enjoy a very tasty barbeque lunch this week (although it did have to be brought indoors on Tuesday and Wednesday!)

In the Junior School, children in Year 4 have been creating some very sophisticated 3D shape models, as well as learning about the Aztecs and making some amazing sunset warrior scenes. Pupils across KS1 and KS2 have also been designing and drawing some wonderful images for the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp Design Competition, which is celebrating the work and achievements of heroes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Across in the Senior School, Year 10 pupils marked the first year of the murder of George Floyd, with a group discussion in PSHE about how much the civil rights movement, both in the USA and the UK, have achieved since his death on 25 May 2020. Years 7 and 8 have been working hard and completing their summer examinations, and the Year 11s had their final ‘Education for Leisure’ session on the high ropes at Air Trial at the Tees Barrage on Tuesday.

Year 11’s Final Week

This week has been a very poignant one for our Year 11 pupils, as it marks their final week at Red House. On Wednesday, many of the Year 11s met up with Mrs Summers, to say their goodbyes and discuss fond memories from their years in the Junior School. This morning, they watched their Leavers’ Assembly, an emotional slideshow of their years at Red House and a testament to the solid and lifelong friendships, which have been formed. Next came the rebranded and much anticipated ‘Reddies’ Awards, which were delivered with style, panache and much hilarity by Mr James. Later in the morning, 17 of the Year 11 pupils visited the Junior School and had fun meeting up with some of their former teachers and recreating photographs from when they were pupils there. At break time, they were treated to a brunch of their favourite food, before leaving school at 11.45am.

We, as a school, have been so proud of the Year 11s and how they have conducted themselves over the past year. As a year group, they have been most impacted by the current pandemic, but they have dealt with every twist and turn with grace, resilience and a great sense of humour. We wish them all the best for their next adventure and we are looking forward to celebrating with them at their prom on Thursday 8 July and on GCSE results day on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Year 9 Summer Examinations

A reminder that the Year 9 assessments will take place after the half term break and will run from Monday 7 June to Friday 11 June 2021.

COVID-19 Home Testing: Years 7-11

Please can your child continue to self-test twice a week during the May half term holidays, in line with current Government guidance. The testing should take place on Monday morning and Thursday evening.

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

With very best wishes

Rebecca Ashcroft

Deputy Head & Head of the Senior School

Senior School

Junior School

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