12 December 2014
The end of the Autumn term, with its lead up to Christmas, is always a special time in School. I do hope that you managed to find time to see one of the many School productions that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. The Early Years Nativity ‘Shine Star, Shine’ was, as always, charming, and the Infants retelling of the Christmas story in ‘A Midwife Crisis’, both entertaining and wonderfully executed. Over in the Main School the informal ‘Carols and Cocoa’ gave us not only a concert but an opportunity to join in with carols and seasonal songs. Finally the whole School was able to come together last night for the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Stockton Parish Church.
You may have by heard by now, through our Facebook or twitter feeds, that Red House School has had its academic status confirmed by, yet again, being the highest placed co-educational school in England, without a sixth form, in the Sunday Times Parent Power league table. I am immensely proud of all the hard work and dedication of our Year 11 leavers and the teachers at Red House which has led to this outstanding achievement.
We also recently heard that one of our Year 11 leavers, Aditi Rangan, has been awarded the Independent Schools Association’s (ISA) Whitbread Memorial Prize. This is a huge accolade and we send our congratulations to Aditi. The Prize recognises achievement at GCSE. Aditi achieved A* grades in all 11 subjects she took at Red House last summer. In addition she achieved much more besides during her time at School. She passed grade 6 on the violin and grade 7 on the piano and was a member of the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra. She also achieved grade 8 in speech and drama and on many occasions entertained us on stage with her sparkling personality and wit. She represented the School in the English Speaking Union’s Public Speaking competition reaching the finals in London. Likewise she represented the School in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of The Bench competition throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. Aditi played for the School in both netball and hockey. In February Aditi will travel, with her parents, to London to be presented with her prize by Lord Lexden, President of ISA, at the House of Lords. I have no doubt she has a very bright future ahead of her.
New legislation comes into force on the 13 December requiring all caterers to provide information regarding the contents of the food they serve. This is particularly important for those individuals who have allergies. Wilson Vale, the School’s caterers, have documentation on all the ingredients used within School and their staff have been trained in providing the information required. Our menus depend on the seasonal availability of food and therefore vary from week to week; they are available to view on the School website. If you have any queries about the ingredients used in preparing the food served to your child/children, then please contact either of the School Offices and we will pass on the information.
The School Council AGM in November saw three members stepping down from the School’s governing body: Mr Jamie Hill, who was also Secretary, Mr Simon Johnson and Mr David Webster. I thank all three gentlemen for their support of the School. At the same meeting, seven new governors, all of them current parents, were elected to School Council: Mr Sean Costigan,
Mr David Henderson, Mr Jeremy Henning, Mrs Kate Huddart, Mr Richard Jeavons, Mr Guy Taylor and Mr Sven Wright. I look forward to working with them over the coming years. Mr Vinay Bedi remains Chair of School Council and Mrs Amanda Mallen-Beadle has taken on the role of Secretary.
At the end of this term we say goodbye to Mr Tim Middleton. We wish Mr Middleton all the very best as he takes on the role of Head of Maths and ICT at Teesside High School. Mr Palmer will take over as Head of Maths at Red House; in January he will be joined by Mrs McGuire.
Mrs McGuire is a very experienced teacher of maths, and I have no doubt, will bring much to the department and School. In other staff news I am sure you will join with me in expressing congratulations to Mr McKay, Head of Early Years, on completing his Master’s Degree in Education, focusing on educational leadership and early years’ education.
I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
A R W Taylor