Dear Parents

Today, both sides of the school were awash with the colour yellow in support of this year’s #Helloyellow Day for the mental health charity Young Minds. Thank you to all parents for supporting this fantastic and very worthwhile charity. To find out more about the work of Young Minds, please click on the following link: Young Minds website

I have been hugely impressed by the pupil-led assemblies this week. On Monday, 10M talked about the importance of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and did an amazing dance on the stage to ‘Thriller’! Towards the end of the week, 7H impressed everyone with their fantastic presentation on the benefits of being grateful and shared with us some excerpts from their own Attitude of Gratitude journals.

PTA Fireworks Display

I am very excited to announce that the PTA are hosting a Fireworks Display on Friday 5 November 2021. The event will be held on the field at the Senior School, and the gates will open at 6pm with the display starting at 7pm. A selection of food and refreshments will be available to buy from 6pm. Tickets are £5 each (under 3’s are free) and are subject to availability. The deadline for all ticket requests to be received is Monday 1 November. Details on how to order your tickets can be found in the letter at the bottom of Pupil Post.

Black History Month

In today’s assembly, to continue marking Black History Month, I spoke to the children about another two people who inspire me: Kamala Harris, the first African-American, and woman, to be elected Vice President, and Jack Leslie, a professional footballer, who in 1925 was picked to play for England against Ireland and would have been the first capped black player for England. However, the invitation to play was withdrawn, almost certainly because of the colour of his skin, and it would take another 50 years for a black player, Viv Anderson, to play for England.

Wellbeing surveys 

This week, we have been super busy and all pupils and staff have been completing their wellbeing questionnaires. We will be evaluating the results, alongside the parent survey data, and comparing the statistics to the baseline data set by the October 2020 surveys. It is not too late for parents to participate in the survey as the deadline has been extended to 8pm tonight. Please click on the link included in Pupil Post sent via email to access the survey.

PTA AGM news

A huge thank you to all parents who attend Wednesday evening’s PTA AGM and for all of the support given to the PTA by the Executive and helpers over the past year. I am delighted to announce the following Executive roles for 2021-2022:

Chair            Karen Shaw

Vice Chair      Georgina Cowley

Vice Chair      Uzma Olbrich

Secretary      Claire Dalton

Treasurer      Janet Craggs

PTA Facebook Page

To help keep abreast of the wonderful array of PTA activities and stay connected, please ‘like’ their brand new page on Facebook by clicking here.

PTA Form Representatives

We are still looking for parents who would like to be involved in the PTA as Year Group Representatives for 2021-2022 and we have spaces to fill in the following year groups:



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 10

Year 11

If you are interested in getting involved and filling one of these roles, please contact Karen Shaw at PTA email address.

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). Recent guidance from the Department of Education thanks parents and pupils who are participating in home testing. They advise: ‘up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms.  Reporting test results is just as important as taking the test, as this allows the government to understand the virus and take additional action when needed. Please continue to report results on NHS Test and Trace.’

We will be providing pupils with a further supply of home test kits next week and these will be given to your child to bring home on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Following on from my message last week in Pupil Post, I have had no further communications from the Immunisation Team at Harrogate and District NHS Trust and no consent forms have been received. Therefore, it is safe to say that the children aged between 12-15 years will not be receiving their COVID-19 vaccine in school on Monday 10 October 2021. I will circulate another date, once I have received a reply from the Immunisation Team.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families and enjoy some of this lovely autumnal weather.

With very best wishes

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft



Miss Claire Thompson – Senior School

It has been wonderful to support and celebrate two charitable events this week. Ms Roberts led our Harvest Festival on Tuesday, informing us of its history as well as celebrating traditions from around the world and it’s been heartwarming to see the collection boxes fill up throughout the week; I know how grateful the Food Bank will be with the donations so thank you! In preparation for #HelloYellow Day, Form 7G focused their assembly on the Young Minds charity and shared their top tips on how to cope with difficult emotions, such as exercise, fidget toys, breathing techniques and talking about problems. Following this, Form 7H shared their ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ journal work and Benjamin hit the nail on the head when he read out that Red House is like his second family! It was then fabulous to see pops of yellow colour around school today for #HelloYellow Day! A big thank you to the Charity Committee for running additional activities at lunch time, including face painting, guess the name of the teddy and a colouring competition. There were lots of smiling faces around school!

I am now enjoying a weekend away with our Year 6 pupils at Carlton Camp. It is a beautiful setting here in the North Yorkshire National Park and the focus with the children is very much on immersing themselves in the great outdoors, teamwork, developing resilience and most importantly fun!

Year 6 Parents’ Meetings: Tuesday 12 October & Wednesday 13 October

A reminder that these meetings will take place next week. If you haven’t yet signed up, please could you do so by Sunday using the following link:

PTA Cinema Night Years 4-6: Friday 15 October

A reminder that this event will take place in Mr Heaton’s Year 6 classroom on the final Friday before half term. If you haven’t already, please let the PTA know if your child is able to attend.



Mr Simon Haywood – Junior School

It is a lovely time of the year at the Junior School when we contemplate the Harvest period and the pupils have certainly been busy in this area. It has been lovely to go around the classrooms and hear Harvest songs, poems and even raps coming out of the various classrooms! I know that the Nursery pupils are very much looking forward to performing for their parents next Thursday! The pupils have also really enjoyed ‘Hello Yellow’ day today and the cakes went down a treat. Many thanks to the Pupil Council for those delicious treats!

Holiday Club & Sports Camp

Many thanks to all of you who have booked places with Holiday club & Sports Camp.  Today is the deadline for bookings and we will not be taking any bookings beyond today.

Parent/Teacher Consultations

Just a reminder that Parent-Teacher consultations will take place online on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October. Please make sure you have booked a meeting using Microsoft Teams to speak with your child’s teacher online by Sunday 10 October. Please follow the link below;

As these meetings are taking place, the only clubs that will be operating on Monday and Tuesday are as follows:


  • MG Football Academy
  • Craft for Y5 at Senior School
  • Reception to Year 2 Performing Arts.


  • Year 1 to 3 Sports Club.

Food Bank

Many thanks to all those of you who have generously donated food for the local foodbanks.  A reminder that we will be accepting donations up to the end of term.

Nursery Harvest Celebration

Nursery children are looking forward to performing their Harvest celebration to their parents on Thursday October 14. If you are a Nursery parent and would like to attend, please contact Mr Barnbrook-McKay as soon as possible.

PTA Tea Towels and Christmas Cards

Once again, the Junior School will be producing a tea towel just in time to make a lovely Christmas stocking filler. This year the PTA have also organised for the pupils to produce their own Christmas card design that can be made into a set of Christmas cards. This is something the children can do during the half term holiday. Proceeds from sales of the cards will go towards PTA funds and, as always, your support and co-operations is greatly appreciated.

Key Stage 1 Teacher

We are currently advertising for a KS1 teacher to teach 0.6 maternity cover from January 2022.  For further information regarding the position, please click here.

Senior School Letters

Junior School Letters

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