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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 School


Learning about Learning Exhibition

We were delighted to host the Learning about Learning exhibition on Monday 10 March.  The exhibition attracted visitors from far and wide who were impressed by the display of enquiry based learning by the student teachers.  Kathleen Taylor exhibited the work in collaboration with Bishop Grosseteste University.  Visitors young and old enjoyed a delicious learning about learning celebration cake. 

 St Chad's Day

The whole school had a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine taking part in a PILGRIMAGE around Dunholme in celebration of St Chad’s Day on Monday 3 March.  We would like to thank all parents and friends of the school for helping us on the afternoon.  Photographs and a video of children singing can be viewed on our School’s website. 

 Golden Ticket Day

As part of the Mukherjee Trust project, we will be holding another Golden Ticket Day at the end of March.  All children will have an opportunity to take part in a variety of activities ranging from swimming, Easter baking, a visit to RAF Scampton and many more.  

 Dunholme St Chad’s School Ground Force Day

Thanks to the glorious weather, our second Ground Force day was a huge success. A big, big thank you to all the community members, staff and parents who gave up their free time to help us in our out door area. We achieved almost everything on the list so hopefully our next ground force day will involve the children. A massive thank you to Angela Hopson and Peggy Roate who kept the troops fed and watered with delicious homemade soup, bacon rolls and cakes!  Photographs can be viewed on our school’s website.  Please come to our next day if you can spare an hour or two.  The date for this will follow shortly. 

 Peace Child’ Production

Children in years 5 and 6 have been busy rehearsing for their production of ‘Peace Child’ this term.  Parents and guests will be in for a treat when performances will be held on 17th and 20th March.  

 Sports Relief - Friday 21 March

Children will be participating in a fun run around the school field.  Donations to this excellent cause can be made by visiting www.sportrelief.com.

 World Book Day – Thursday 6 March 2014

Thursday 6th March was World Book Day and all the children made a fantastic effort to dress up as their favourite book character to celebrate a love of reading.  Classes were involved in a variety of activities although some had trouble recognising their teachers!  Photos of our World Book Day can be viewed on our School website. 

 Raising the profile of reading – Inspiring a Love of Reading

We love reading at Dunholme St Chad's and there is so much happening that we thought we would share with you all the things we have been involved in recently. 

 Read for my School’ National Competition:

All KS2 children have been challenged to read as many books as possible until the end of March. There are 100 free titles that can be accessed online. Our KS2 children have read 452 in the first month of this competition! 

 Scholastic Book Fair - 27th February to 3rd March:

As part of its enterprise, Y6 did a fantastic job running this year's Book Fair. A target of £400 was set and purchases totalled £518.90!  

 New Book Scheme for KS1:

We have recently invested in a new ‘Collins Big Cats’ book scheme for KS1, which gives KS1 access to many exciting titles, including non-fiction. The children have been very excited about the new books.  


Thank you to those of you, who have already collected and handed in donations for the Readathon, which is raising money to support different children's charities. Thank you for your generosity. 

 Changing a Life Forever – Y6 set out on a mission!

Year 6 are supporting Visayans Spoonsor a Child Project.  These children are living on a dumpsite.  This is a global problem which our Y6 children would like to help with.  Their goal is to raise enough money for a child’s medication, education, well being and food.  They are doing this because of their class book, Trash, which has told them all about dumpsite children and they wish to stop this.  To learn more about the charity and how it aims to help a child who is living on a dumpsite in the Philippines visit www.visayans.org/sponsor-a-child.  So far our Y6 children have organised a non-uniform day and raised £113.91!  Other forthcoming fund raising events are an Easter Egg Hunt, The Great George Quiz and many more!               

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 C



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


 Sometime during the Christmas holidays Mr Oyston got to hear about knitting for ‘Chip Paper Babies’. It seems that in parts of Africa babies are being born to parents in such extreme poverty that their mothers take them home from hospital wrapped in old scraps of newspaper. Someone over here had heard about their plight and had devised some simple knitting patterns for woolly hats and vests to keep these poor babies warm.


 Mr O thought that this might make a good follow-up project for everyone who contributed so enthusiastically to the enormous blanket that was put together from knitted squares a couple of years ago, so he mentioned it in assembly one Friday at the start of  term. After a little more research we became aware that this project had been going for a while and it wasn’t clear whether anyone was still accepting contributions to send to Africa, so we didn’t push the idea any further. Luckily Mr O found a lady who lived near to him who was still collecting these items to send on to Africa, because, at the last count, the pile of vest and hat sets had grown to 63 – slightly more than the number of pupils in our school!


 Our Year 5 pupils would like to thank William Farr School for inviting them to see the production of Joseph last term. They had a fantastic time and the experience gave them all inspiration to make their own production something special – about which more next time.


 Straight after the Easter break we will be taking the whole school to Gainsborough for the annual  Friday swimming sessions. Not only is swimming and essential life skill (maybe even life-saving) but having the whole school take part at once teaches everyone about teamwork and looking after each other when going out and about.


 Have a look at www.hackthorn.lincs.sch.uk to keep up to date with other news. You can  contact the school on 01673 860295 to arrange a visit or to request a School Brochure.



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