Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces coming into school on Monday after the two-week half term holidays. These next seven weeks of term promise to be very busy and active, with a huge number of events, starting with our PTA Fireworks event this evening, Remembrance Day next week, Children in Need the following week, not to mention the build up to all of the fantastic Christmas activities and events which we will be hosting. More details to follow on the Christmas dates in next week’s Pupil Post.

PTA Fireworks Display

The fireworks display will start this evening from 6pm. There will be a selection of delicious food, hot and cold refreshments and illuminated toys and glow sticks to purchase. Please note that the PTA will only be able to accept cash on the evening.

Please may I remind you to arrive in plenty of time and to ensure that you have parked considerately. It is very important to our school that positive relations with our local community remain in place.

PTA News

A huge thank you to everyone who had a good clear-out of unwanted clothing over the holidays and brought in bags for the PTA’s Bags2School campaign. Bags2School is a brilliant way to raise funds for the school and we had in excess of 200kg of clothing collected!

To keep abreast of the wonderful array of PTA activities and to stay connected, please ‘like’ their Facebook page by searching for ‘Red House School PTA’ and follow the PTA on Instagram @redhouseschoolpta. Please also see a flyer at the bottom of Pupil Post.

COVID-19 Home Testing

Pupils in Years 7-11 should continue to be tested at home on a twice-weekly basis (Monday morning and Thursday morning). Please continue to report results on NHS Test and Trace.

Junior School Staffing News

I am delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Assistant Head for the Junior School from January 2022. Mrs Smith will also be the classroom teacher for 5SB. Mrs Smith is currently a KS2 teacher, Maths Lead, and member of her school’s Senior Leadership Team at Grange Primary School in Hartlepool. Mrs Smith is very excited about starting her new role at Red House, and during this half term, she will be popping into the Junior School to meet the pupils and start the transition into her new role.

I am really looking forward to welcoming many of you to the fireworks display tonight and I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your families.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft




Miss Claire Thompson

I have thoroughly enjoyed the first week back in school, particularly being involved in many lessons with the pupils. Your wonderful children have inspired me with their enthusiasm, resilience and determination when tackling their work. In-keeping with this theme, my assembly with Years 6-8 on Wednesday was on the topic of resilience and how to respond in the face of adversity. We discussed the quote, ‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it,’ and agreed that seeking help when we need it is not a sign of weakness but of strength. Form 8SB also delivered a wonderful assembly on Thursday and launched their ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’: they have challenged other forms in Years 6-8 to bring in an item of food each day that will collectively provide a Christmas family meal to those less fortunate than ourselves. They will put together a rota next week and then will no doubt be raiding the cupboards at home!

COVID-19 Vaccines and Home Testing

Please can I remind you that the Immunisation Team at Harrogate and District NHS Trust are coming into school on Wednesday 10 November 2021 to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to pupils aged between 12-15 years, who have not yet received the vaccine at an approved centre. The deadline for providing consent for the vaccine is midnight on 7 November 2021. If you have not already done so, please can you email Miss Ward by 4pm on Monday 8 November 2021 to let her know if your child has already received their jab. A letter related to the COVID-19 vaccination in school is detailed below.

Children will be given a supply of LFT home test kits to bring home next Tuesday 9 November and a further issue at the end of term to continue testing over the Christmas break. Thank you for your continued support with this.

Trainers in School

The children were reminded in assembly this morning to make sure they have both their indoor and outdoor trainers in school each day. This is essential for break times, particularly now that the weather is changing. Pupils in school uniform are required to wear their school shoes inside and outdoor trainers at break time; pupils in PE kit are required to wear their indoor trainers in school and outdoors at break time.

Remembrance Day

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 regulations, the British Legion has been unable to sell poppies in schools this year. However, if you would like to support the British Legion, you may do so by clicking here. Next week, on Thursday 11 November, the Senior School will be remembering Armistice Day by listening to the Last Post at 11am, followed by a two-minute silence. Form 8J will also be delivering an informative assembly about Remembrance Day.

Children in Need Appeal 2021: Friday 19 November

As many of you will be aware, the BBC’s Children in Need appeal will take place on Friday 19 November. We will be celebrating this event in school with a non-uniform day (£1) as well as running activities throughout lunch time (at a cost of 50p each). This year’s theme is ‘Get Your Strictly On’ so I’m sure I’ll be seeing lots of glittery faces around school! I have no doubt it will be a most enjoyable and successful event and would like to thank you for your continued support. Please see the letters attached for further details.



Mr Simon Haywood


I hope that you all had a lovely half term break. It is certainly proving a challenge getting used to the early dark nights! However, this always proves to be one of the most exciting half terms of the school year, as we lead up to Christmas.  I understand that many pupils have already taken home a script with lines to learn in preparation for their performances nearer the time.  However, ahead of this, I’m sure we are looking forward to the PTA Firework event tonight and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Sports Camp and Holiday Club

Many thanks to those of you who made use of Sports Camp and Holiday Club during October half term.  Due to finishing later this term, there won’t be Christmas Holiday Club or Sports Camp this year.  The next one will be during February half-term.

PTA Movie Night

We had a super turn out for our Movie Nights and these were enjoyed by all the pupils who attended.  If you booked late and have yet to pay for the event, please may I ask that you send any outstanding payment to the Junior Office as soon as possible.

Children In Need

Pudsey Day will soon be upon us again on 19 November and, as usual, we will certainly be doing our bit at the Junior School! Please refer to the letter from Mrs Waldock attached.

Senior School Letters

Junior School Letters

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