Dear Parents

I can’t quite believe it’s nearly the end of the summer. For some of you, this will be your first pupil post from Red House: a very warm welcome to the Red House family. For those stalwarts of Red House, I hope you won’t mind me interrupting your Friday afternoon once again.

Renovations
It’s been a very busy time over the summer. The old vicarage is looking wonderful and the Year 3 classrooms (soon to be Year 4) are refreshed and have been fitted with new technology. The Biology lab in the Senior School has been fully refurbished, complete with a vibrant pink wall – for once, not my choice of colour! The boys’ changing room has also been refurbished; there can no longer be pangs of jealousy towards the girls’ facility. The new music school is also progressing well but, sadly, there have been a number of setbacks (including wasp nests and Japanese knotweed). This has slowed progress a little but we should have use of our new wonderful facility a couple of weeks into term.

Uniform
The uniform shop has also moved and can now be found in the main part of the Senior School. Ann Morton is running ‘drop in’ sessions on Monday and Tuesday of next week, from 9am until 4pm.

Exam Results
Many congratulations to the class of 2019 who achieved 99% of grades between 9 and 4 (A*- C in old money). I believe this to be the highest pass rate amongst all local independent schools and is a wonderful reflection of the efforts of the children, staff and parents. Well done!

Mental Health
Whilst I am delighted by the results above, I would like to reaffirm my commitment to an all-round education where the wellbeing of the children is of paramount importance. To this end nineteen members of staff undertook a mental health first aid course during the holidays. This, combined with our commitment to mindfulness, will strengthen our aim to give the children a happy, safe and enriched education. I also undertook my first aid refresher course during the summer: I think we can cover most eventualities!

90th Anniversary Event
Don’t forget to confirm your attendance at our family BBQ on Friday 13 September. I’m hoping the weather will be kind and we can all enjoy this light touch celebration of 90 years of Red House. Please book by clicking here.

Open Morning
Our first event of the year will be on Saturday 14 September. With unprecedented interest being shown for Year 7 2020, please remind your friends they need to come and see us soon if they wish to secure a place for their son or daughter.

I hope you have a lovely weekend with the children and that they are excited by the thought of the beginning of term. I look forward to seeing them all on Wednesday.

With best wishes

Ken James
Headmaster

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