Dear Parents,

Red House looked as pretty as a picture postcard yesterday and it was absolutely joyful to see the pupils, on both sides of the pond, wrapped up warm and making the most of the snow. Indeed, there were snowmen, snowball fights and snow angels aplenty!

LFD Testing in Schools

After the Christmas break, we will be testing all pupils in Years 7-11 on their first day back into school, Thursday 6 January 2022. However, with cases on the rise in young people in the borough (and nationally), and where there are multiple cases in a year group, Stockton Public Health have advised schools to carry out ad hoc LFD testing on year groups or individual classes, if they have an outbreak. In light of this recommendation, it may be necessary to test your child in school. We have received parent consent forms from the ‘in-school’ testing in September; however, if you no longer consent to this, please contact the school office by 9am on Monday 6 December 2021.

COVID-19 LFD Home Testing

It is absolutely essential that all pupils in Years 7-11 continue to be tested at home twice a week on a Monday morning and a Thursday morning. Please continue to report their results on NHS – Test and Trace.

If you are ringing school to report your child has a positive LFD test, please can you provide Miss Ward or Mrs Serewicz with the following information:

  • Did your child have any symptoms
  • If so,  what was the first date of the symptoms
  • What date was the LFD and PCR test
  • We would also confirm with you the date you child was last in school

Updated DfE Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Second Doses for 12-15 Year Olds

Following the emergence of the Omicron variant, including confirmed cases in the UK, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation now advises that young people, aged 12 to 15 years, should receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, no sooner than twelve weeks after the first dose. They believe that vaccinating young people should help to reduce the need for pupils to have time off school and should reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools.

Year 11 Sixth Form applications

Hot on the heels of completing their mock examinations last week, many of our Year 11 pupils are finalising their Sixth Form applications and starting to be invited to attend interviews over the coming weeks and months. To support them in preparing for their interviews, I have compiled some potential questions which they may be faced, as well as some top tips in achieving success at their interviews. The pupils can access this document through the Year 11 Teams channel. I am also very happy to put the pupils ‘through their paces’ with a mock interview, should they like to have one!

Parent Portal 

This is a reminder that our new Red House Parent Portal is now up and running. If you have not yet subscribed, please refer to the email sent by Mr Butterfield last Friday, 26 November 2021, for details on how to start your account. This email contains your Parent Portal number, your Parent Portal password, a link to the portal and instructions on how to set up your account. As well as accessing your account via a desktop PC, you can also download the portal as an app to your mobile phone. The iSAMS iParent App is available to download via the iTunes and Android App Stores. If you use the Parent Portal app, you will be asked for a school code which is REDH. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Butterfield, our Network Manager, at Mr Butterfield’s email address if you are experiencing any technical issues. If you have not received the email, please contact Mr Butterfield and he will resend it to you.

I wish you all a fantastic weekend with your families.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft




Miss Claire Thompson

The festive season has arrived at the Senior School this week and a huge thank you goes to Miss Ward as she has certainly ‘decked the halls with boughs of holly’. Thank you also to Mrs Coverdale and Mr Heaton who have added lights to the stage area in anticipation of their Key Stage 2 Christmas Production recording of ‘Who Took All The Loo Roll?’ on Monday – break a leg (in the theatrical sense, of course!). Our Year 11 prefects also had a wonderful time decorating the Christmas tree where there was no holding back: it appears ‘more is more’!

Christmas Events

I would like to reassure you (and the children) that, even though we are facing restrictions, Christmas is certainly not cancelled. As well as the recording of the Key Stage 2 Christmas Performance (Years 4-6), pupils in the Senior School are working behind the scenes on our annual ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ service, which will be recorded for parents. We will also have a ‘Christmas Fun Day’ on the last day of term. On this day, the pupils will wear their Christmas jumpers in support of Save the Children (£1 each); the PTA will also be organizing a festive tombola at lunch time and a pizza lunch! On Wednesday 15 December, Christmas lunch will be served with all the trimmings and, of course, Christmas crackers! In the final week, we will also be extending our charitable efforts by grabbing our antlers and holding our very own Reindeer Run for Teesside Hospice and further details will follow next week.

Flu Vaccinations – Reception-Year 11

If you have not yet registered your child for this vaccination in school and would like to do so, the last day to register is Monday 6 December. The medical team will be coming to administer the vaccinations on Thursday 9 December.

Winter Weather

The children were reminded today that, as part of our uniform policy, hoodies are not to be worn with blazers. School jumpers are available from the uniform shop and we have encouraged them all to bring in a winter coat (this can be any black/navy coat without large logos).



Mr Simon Haywood

It certainly is beginning to feel very seasonal at the Junior School and it has been lovely to see tinsel and lights in the children’s classrooms.  Whilst the pupils begin to get in to the festive spirit, it has been wonderful to still see them working so hard.  Nursery have had great fun in the snow and I would like to thank Dr Moore for their ‘virtual appointment!’ Reception have been learning about the Three Little Pigs and made their own pigs and wolves from art materials. Year 1 have been on a winter nature walk and then used the things they saw and found to write a journal entry. Year 4 have been thinking about different jobs and the skills required. Year 5 pupils have been working hard in Science, learning about parts of the eye. As well as this, all classes are having fun making Christmas crafts and calendars. In spite of the atrocious weather, it really is a lovely time to be in the Junior school.

Staggered School Departure Times

Just a gentle reminder of the current departure times for pupils at the end of the day. This will remain in place until at least the end of this term:

The departure times will be as follows:

Nursery: 3.15pm

Reception-Year 3: 3.30pm

Year 4: 3.50pm (including Friday collection from Senior School).

Year 5: 3.55pm *collection from Senior School on Wednesdays.

                ** 3.45 pick up from Senior School on Tuesdays and Fridays (Games days).

Breakfast club and After school care will still be available for all pupils.

PTA Tea Towels

Thank you to all who have already purchased Junior school tea towels. They have sold extremely well and stock is now very limited. These are available to purchase at £5 each or 3 for £12. Please email to place an order. The cost will be added to your school bill.

Christmas Events

For your information, the following Christmas events will be happening in the final week.

  • Wednesday 15 December: Christmas lunch at school.
  • Thursday 16 December: Christmas party day (non-uniform)
  • Friday 17 December: Christmas Jumper Day.
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