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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



We were delighted to welcome our new reception class to our school in September.  They are all settling in really well.  In addition to our reception starters, we were pleased to welcome back all our returning pupils and families including a number of new pupils and their families.  The children have made an excellent start to the new academic year and have enjoyed catching up with and making new friends.  We were also pleased to welcome to our school team; Miss Jessica Gibson, Miss Stacey Freeman, Mrs Claire Thompson and Miss Rachel Worthington.  


 Head Boy and Head Girl!

Our new Head Boy, Akash Dhorajiwala and Head Girl, Georgina Flavell were elected at the end of summer term and they are already embracing their new roles in a very responsible and thoughtful way and have many ideas and new initiatives they plan to implement.


 Team Captains

Our newly elected Team Captains are Joseph Chaplin, Alyssa Cooper, Sam Edwards, Emma Robinson, Ellen Rowlett, Harriet Taylor, Jack Whittaker and Sophie Wood.  We are sure they will all step up to their role and prove to be responsible and hard working Team Captains.


 An insight into what we have planned for the children.



In Reception we have been very busy making new friends and learning how to use all the exciting resources in our classroom.  As Autumn approaches we will be celebrating Harvest Festival and making all sorts of amazing discoveries on our Autumn treasure hunt.


 Years 1 and 2 have settled back to school well and are busy looking at how Dunholme village has changed over time. They have been using map skills to locate different places and thinking about directional language in maths. They have also been designing a postcard to be sold in the local shop that shows all the good things Dunholme has to offer! 


 Years 3 and 4 are excited to be learning about the origins of food this term. They will be finding out about farming in Lincolnshire and where their food actually comes from. 


 Year 5 have got a fantastic term ahead.  Along with Year 6 they will also be exploring the theme: 'On a Plate'!  During this topic we will look at Lincolnshire farming, identify where our food comes from and how it arrives 'on our plates' and compare methods of farming around the world. This links nicely with our theme of 'Healthy Eating' in Science, where we will discover the benefits of a balanced diet and a range of exercise, establishing how we can ensure this in our own lives. In Literacy we will be studying the farming novel 'Harris and Me', using it as a baseline for narrative writing and creating a variety of recounts.


 Year 6 has begun its topic 'On a Plate' and is looking at produce of Lincolnshire and will be looking specifically at how sugar beet ends up in a sugar bowl. Our class novel is 'The Wall', which looks at the perspective of a child, living in Israel. We will be comparing farming in Israel to Lincolnshire. 10 of our Y6 will be attending a STEM RED Day at RAF Scampton, involving some workshops with celebrities from the world of science and engineering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Red Arrows.


 SEAL Assembly

Our first SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) assembly on the theme of “New Beginnings” will be take place on Wednesday 22 October.  Parents are invited to join us at 9.15am.  SEAL assemblies usually finish at about 10.00am


Open Mornings October 2014

We are delighted to invite parents and friends to our Open Mornings in October.


 Wednesday 1 October – is for our existing parents and parents of prospective children (mid-year admissions) who may be considering moving into the area and/or require a place for their children) in any year group.  Please note that this Open Morning is not for parents of children due to start school in Reception in September 2015.  We welcome all visitors from 9.10am until 10.30am.


Monday 6 October – is for parents, family and friends of children due to start school primary school in Reception Class in September 2015.  We welcome all visitors from 9.30am until 10.30am.

 Come along and meet the team and see our school in action!  Ask questions, take a look around and see for yourself what a warm and friendly school learning environment we have to offer your children).  It would be great to meet as many new parents as possible, refreshments will be provided! 



Dunholme Old School Centre

On Thursday 18th September years 2 and 3 with their teachers from Dunholme St Chad’s primary school went to the Dunholme Old School Centre. They all listened intently while the Old School Trustee explained that the Old School was of course their school from 1864 to 1984. Photographs of Dunholme school children and scenes of the village from the late 1800’s were displayed for the children to see what it was like living in the Victorian era.  The children asked many interesting questions and learnt what it would be like without electricity and motor cars. The school Trustee said he certainly would like to continue with these school visits as it gives the children a practical history lesson and makes them aware of the heritage within the village


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


 Normally at this time of year we make some comment about how quickly and easily the pupils at our school get themselves into gear and carry on from where they left off last year. We usually observe that this is partly attributed to the fact that, being a small school, the transition from one year to the next is not too much of an upheaval for the majority of the pupils.


 This year, with a bit of help from the government, we thought we’d put their adaptability to the test by throwing in one or two changes to the familiar routines and faces… you may remember, some time ago, when a particularly free-thinking member of our parliament came up with the idea of providing free school meals for every child in key stage 1. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth throughout the land, as various organisations threw up their hands at the prospect of feeding this extra multitude, for free, and with limited scope for the expansion of catering facilities. Many said that it couldn’t be done, others realised that it had to be done somehow, and with some brilliant help from Will’s Diner and a bit of creative thinking at our school, we came up with a plan.


 When the children were told that lunchtime was going to be different, they just said ‘okay’ and got on with it!


 Also, this year, as well as helping all our new reception children settle in, they also made our new Head Teacher, Mrs Appleby, feel very welcome. She, in turn, has made herself very popular by organising a school trip to RAF Scampton as part of their learning about World War I in the run up to Remembrance Day.


 If you think you’d like to come and join us in September 2015, or if you know any parents of pre-school children coming up to foundation stage age who might be interested then tell them about our Autumn Craft afternoon for pre-schoolers on 21st October from 1:30 until 2:30 pm.


 We see an afternoon like this as a way of enabling parents to make a more informed choice about their child’s education. These afternoons are always very exciting and enjoyable and places are limited, so please ring to book beforehand.


 We will be holding our Harvest Festival Service on 17th October at 2pm in the village church when the children will offering their traditional harvest donations. You are welcome to attend.


 Contact the school on 01673 860295 to arrange a visit, request a School Brochure or you can contact us via the website 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