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The Community has two schools, one is a primary for children 4 to 10, which also has a pre-school facilities, the other is a comprehensive secondary for children from 11 to 18.
Adult education classes are held at the Area Community Education and Training Centre which is part of the Dunholme Old School Community Centre. The Welton Library also offer free computer classes from time to time.


Dunholme St Chads

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Dunholme St Chad's
Church of England Primary School
Ryland Road Dunholme LN2 3NE
01673 860597

Dunholme St Chad's Church of England Primary School is a good school with outstanding features (Ofsted 2012)

  • We are delighted those things at the very heart of our school ethos were fully recognised during our recent Ofsted Inspection (December 2012) which has been achieved through excellent partnerships with parents and the local community
  • Pupils' behaviour is exemplary and pupils enjoy coming to school
  • Relationships between adults and pupils are outstanding at all times, with pupils describing school as ‘home from home'
  • Provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding
  • In reception pupils make very good progress because leadership and teaching is consistently outstanding
  • In Key Stage 1 levels of attainment are above national averages and pupils make very good progress
  • In Key Stage 2, overall progress in all subjects is outstanding

For more information visit our school website: www.dunholme.lincs.sch.uk

The school is a relatively new school being built in 1984.  From 1864 till then they used what is now the Old School Community Centre in Market Rasen Road.
It has recently been extended again to meet the needs for the ever growing community.


Dunholme St Chad’s  Church of England

Primary School July 2014


Lincolnshire Show


Our Y6 children worked really hard to prepare an entry for the Lincolnshire Show in June.   Their entry was about reducing the school's carbon footprint as well as producing a web-site page of advice for local families on how to make a difference to looking after the planet. All children were great ambassadors for our school and were able to answer various questions from the visiting public.  They also had to make a presentation to the judges!  Well done Y6!  Please visit our school’s website and select the tab for ‘Our Carbon Footprint’ to view the work our children have been doing to help reduce our carbon footprint.


Y5 Tudor Museum Morning


Parents of children in Year 5 are invited into school on the morning of Thursday 3 July to share their work which they have been doing on their subject of ‘Tudors’.   


 Annual LCA Primary School Swimming Gala

Our Year 3 and 4 children will be taking part in the Annual LCA Primary School Swimming Gala at Lincoln Castle Academy on Friday 11th July.  We are sure they will do really well and wish them good luck!


 Teddy Bear’s Picnic


Our new reception children who will be joining our school in September have been visiting us one afternoon each week, taking part in activities in the school hall and spending time with their new teacher.  In addition to this we are looking forward to them joining our current Reception class for a Teddy Bears’ picnic in July. This is always a hit with the little ones with lots of fun and games.


 8th July – Tutor day for Y6


Our Year 6 children will spend their first school day at William Farr when they will find out which Tutor Group they will be in when they start in Year 7 in September.  We are sure they will have a wonderful time and this day is sure to help them feel confident in their move up to Secondary school.


Monday 21 July – Leavers Service


Parents of our Year 6 children are invited to St Chad’s Church on Monday 21 July at 9.30am for the Y6 Leavers Service.  This is always a special service and is an opportunity to see Year 6 children in their final days at Primary School.


 Hartsholme County Park Visit


Our Reception and Key Stage One children visited Hartsholme Country Park in June and had a fantastic time.  Please visit our school website to view photographs of what they did.


Bee Sanctuary


Our Year 2 children have been working really hard making a Bee Sanctuary in the school garden as part of their topic ‘Green Fingers’.  Please look at our school website to view photographs of their hard work.


  End of Term


The end of the academic year is fast approaching.  The last day of term for pupils is Wednesday 23rd July and they return to school on Thursday 4th September.


 If anyone wishes to visit the school or would like information about our school, please telephone the school office on (01673 860579, alternatively information can be found on our website:  www.dunholme.lincs.sch.uk


 Dunholme Kids Club, who operate in our school hall, offer both breakfast and after school child care.  For more information see the school web site or call Kids Club direct on 07958 305144.




We’ll Meet Again Mobile Museum and St Chad’s Museum

On Monday the 2nd of December, Paul and Linda from the 'We'll Meet Again Mobile Museum' came to our school to show us artefacts they had found or bought from the Second World War. Paul told us he had been collecting historic objects since he was 8! They had bombs, helmets, guns, ammunition, uniform, grenades and lots lots more. He told us about the Home-Guard who guarded their home (Great Britain!). He told us a fabulous story about one Home-Guard officer who, when he signed up, wasn't given a gun or grenades or anything at all! He was only given a baked bean tin and some stones inside. He asked, 'How are these meant to save the UK?' and the man replied, 'If you see a boat approaching Kirkstead Bridge, shake it really hard and from far away it'll sound like a machine gun and should make any invading Germans retreat!'                                              

Also, Linda told us about the rationing and how much food civilians would have been given each week. Lots of us stated we could definitely not have survived with that amount of food during the War. We were all handed a hard-boiled sweet as our weekly ration and most of us hated them. The options to have were known as the 'big four'. They were: pear drops, jellybabies, mint humbugs or lemon sherberts. Linda also told us about the average sort of toys and Christmas presents of 1940s. Some of us said that we should've invented PlayStations before the 40s! We had a go with some of the wooden toys and most of us enjoyed playing with them and put them on our Christmas lists!

Overall everyone agreed it was a very good day and would do it again anytime.


Two days later, we made our own museum in the hall. Lots of people, including some from the village generously loaned objects and brought in information about their ancestors or friends. We had 3 speakers come in to tell us their stories of the War: Nancy, John and Miriam. After learning more about the War from the objects and speakers, we enjoyed a VE-Day celebration, sharing food made from rationed items such as: vinegar cake, custard biscuits and honey cakes. Everyone looked spectacular in their 1940s costume. 

Written by Josh and Reuben Y6



William Farr School Web Site





Admission Appeals Panel Members

Do you like to make a difference?  Do you consider yourself fair and impartial? 

 If you think this describes you, the school is seeking volunteers to sit as panel members to hear its admission appeals.

 This successful school is currently oversubscribed in most year groups.  Those making unsuccessful applications for places in the school have a right of appeal to an independent panel.  Panels are totally independent of the school and made up of a variety of people. The panels consist of 3 members and sit several times a year during term time. 

 Members act in a voluntary capacity and hear individual cases.  Full training will be provided. No previous experience is necessary. Appointments are made by the Governing Body.  Panel members are unpaid but may claim for travel expenses.

 Panel members are either:

 Lay members – people who have not been involved in the running of a school or teaching in one (although school governors or volunteers in schools may be used)

 Education members – people with experience of education or the educational conditions in the area or who are the parents of a registered pupil at another school.

 Please note that people, who have a connection with William Farr, would not be eligible to be panel members, as their ability to act impartially could be questioned.

 Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Clerk to the Governing Body at the above address. 

William Farr Church of England

Comprehensive School

Welton, Lincoln, LN2 3JB

 Tel: 01673 866900

Fax:    01673 862660

E-mail:  wfarr@williamfarr.lincs.sch.uk

William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School

"William Farr Church of England Comprehensive
School is one of the best schools in the country at outperforming expectations for their pupils and improving their future prospects. There is plenty that other schools could learn from William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School's success." -  Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT


William Farr C of E Comprehensive School aims to provide the highest quality of education whereby everyone is encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do and each student is known, valued and achieves as an individual. We will know that we have achieved our vision when:

Every student has the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding through a broad and balanced curriculum Every individual is confident and behaves in a way that reflects the Christian principles on which the school was founded.
Everyone knows they are valued.

William Farr Comprehensive School is a Church of England school for 11 - 18 year olds, located in the village of Welton, near Lincoln. It was opened in 1952 on the site of the RAF Dunholme Lodge, a WW2 bomber station, which had been bought for £600 in 1946 by William Farr, the vicar of Welton. The school was named after him when he died in 1955.  It acquired comprehensive status in 1974, and Grant Maintained status in 1992 - a scheme that was later abolished by the Labour government - and in 2000 William Farr signed up for the latest education initiative and attained Technology College status. It is also an associate school of the University of Lincoln. In 2001 William Farr achieved the distinction of having the best comprehensive school A-level results in England.
 In 2006 William Farr received an outstanding award in every category in an OFSTED inspection, the best in the country. In 2007 the school changed it Specialist Schools ad Academies Trust status to a Science College and added the additional distinctions of being a Leading Edge School and A Raising Achievement and Transforming Learning school. 
William Farr School is proud of its reputation for academic excellence and the high standards and expectations shared by all staff and pupils. We aim to provide a broad and balanced programme of study by which all pupils of whatever aptitude and ability can reach their highest standards of academic achievement and levels of qualification in public examinations and tests. 

We recognise that pupils mature academically at different times and that their interests change. We are concerned that pupils maintain as comprehensive a study base as possible and our curriculum is specifically designed to prevent over specialisation. In this way our pupils can keep their post 16+ options open. 

During the time pupils spend at William Farr the academic curriculum is organised to guide them into those subjects where they will develop the greatest sense of achievement and the best examination results.

The organisation of subjects in each year may vary because it has always been school policy to allow individual
Heads of Department and their staff the professional freedom to decide the most efficient way to teach their particular discipline from Year 7 to Year 13 and the GCSE and A level examinations.

Academic work is but one part of the `whole curriculum' at William Farr. It is essential that parents join the staff
in ensuring that pupil attitudes to their studies are supported by the school systems of welfare, guidance and care. The development and outlook of pupils are enhanced further by active involvement in the many ‘extra curricular' activities on offer at William Farr. 

A summary of each subject's curriculum is given below and we would emphasise to parents that they should always be aware that each year is not separate and isolated but part of a five or seven year integrated programme of study.

The result of the emphasis on quality and discipline can be measured by the consistency of examination success shared by all pupils at all levels of ability. In 2012, 77% of our entry gained 5+ GCSE‘s at grades A*-C including English and Maths, (the National average was 54%); and at A level, an average point score of 361 UCAS
points per pupil. 

DFE Performance Tables.


Inspection Reports.



Hackthorn C. of E. Primary School


 We had quite an emotional end to the summer term this year, what with one of the biggest groups of Y6 leavers saying goodbye – more than half of whom had been with us since reception. Not only that, but for the first time in many, many years, we have been left without a set of twins in school. Some say that this might have been one of the reasons that Mr Oyston decided to retire at the end of this year too, because it would have meant inventing some new visual gags for the annual production!

 Incredibly, some 60 pupils and assorted adults managed to plan his leaving ‘do’ at William Farr, in complete secrecy, including rehearsing songs and shooting videos. Apparently he had no idea what was in store until he was being driven into the car park where he spotted two pupils keeping a lookout near the entrance, but even so, nothing prepared him for the standing ovation he received from the throng which had gathered in the hall to wish him well. A thoroughly entertaining evening was enjoyed by all, particularly when the man himself stood up to tell us his life story to round off proceedings – a stand up routine worthy of Edinburgh!

 Our thanks go to William Farr School for allowing us to use their facilities, and particularly the staff at ‘Will’s Diner’ for staying behind to provide refreshments for everyone at the end.

 However, for all the impact which Mr O has had during his 20 years at Hackthorn, he has always been the first to point out that has never been a ‘one man band’ and so the rest of us are now looking forward to exciting times ahead under the guidance of Mrs Appleby who is taking over at the beginning of term.

 It will soon be time for parents to start thinking about choosing that all-important first school for children who are due to start in September 2015. We will be organising some activity days soon to give you an opportunity to see our school in action and allow your child to experience what we have to offer at first hand.

 It is more important than ever that you come and see yourself what we have to offer, because, for the foreseeable future, the only route into the school will be via reception now that all our other year groups are oversubscribed.

  Contact the school on 01673 860295 to arrange a visit or to request a School Brochure, or have a look round our website at www.hackthorn.lincs.sch.uk



 Dunholme Pre-school

This term at we are looking at travel and different places the children may have visited either at home or far away. This has involved us looking at maps of England and the World and discussing different modes of transport. It has had us talking about different foods from around the world and in the next few weeks we will be tasting the children's favourite dishes and introducing some new foods for them to try. We have set up our role play area as a travel agents and we are going to be busy making postcards.

Last week we had our annual parents evening which was very successful and had great attendance. In the next few weeks we will be moving away from our paper based learning journeys and over to online journals ready for September. We are all very excited about this and can't wait for the parents to access their children's books online.

We are also preparing for the Dunholme Fete where we will be having a lucky dip stall to raise money for the pre-school to purchase some new ICT equipment for the children and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Gayle - Dunholme Pre-school


Set in the Annex of the Dunholme Old School it provides education and training for all in the community but primarily adults who wish to improve there personal or work place skills. 

Area Community Education & Training

Computer Classes
Only specialised courses will now be run in the future.
These will include.
The use of The Internet
Digital Photo Editing
Creating formal letters, forms, and graphics using Microsoft Word (2010 version)
Spreadsheets using Microsoft Excell (2010 Version)
Databases using microsoft Access. (2003 version)
Creating presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. (2010 version)

All these courses will be delivered as One-Day Workshops on Saturdays.
For further information cantact:-
John Ritchie
01673 861172 or 07981 255423

Fusion Dance for Adults

7.30 pm - 8.30 pm on Mondays
£4 per session

Held at Dunholme Old School Centre
Learn different styles including Swing, Bollywood, Jazz, Charleston, Street dance and many other dance styles whilst having fun!

You won't find another class like it! Participant 2011
Contact Lisa Hurst on 07890 545372 or email
lisahurstdance@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

  Former Students of William Farr School
Thank you to all those former students of William Farr who have contacted the school to say that they would be interested in joining the new Alumni group .There has been a big response for which the school is very grateful.
The school is setting up the Alumni group to help trace former students and also record what they have achieved in their careers and travels.  The school hopes to use these stories to inspire and guide current students in their university and career choices.
So if you are a former student and you have a good story to tell or just want to join the group and meet up with old friends please contact Mrs Jenni West at   J.West@williamfarr.lincs.sch.uk  .  She will then get back to you with more details.
 Phil Cragg