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Dunholme Village


Background picture taken of havesting in a corn field on Honeyholes Lane August 2014

Dunholme St Chad’s

Church of England Primary


Dunholme Pre-school

Helping every child achieve their potential. Led by a qualified Early years professional

All staff level 3 qualified as standard All staff trained in pediatric 1st aid

3 trained SENCo’s Exceeded staff:child ratio as standard.

2yr funding, 3&4 year funding and 30 hours all available

 With our educational and inspiring activities for children aged 2 years and over and a large outside play area, why not pay us a visit?   Call: 01673 866583 for details or email: for details

Everyone welcome, any time, always

Charity no: 1105178  The Mobile,  In the grounds of Dunholme St Chads.

Ryland Road, Dunholme  LN2 3NE

The Friends of Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School  (

Bag2School Collection

The Friends of Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School have organised a clothes and shoe collection with Bag2School, the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser.  As well as raising funds this scheme  also diverts unwanted textiles away from landfill and raises awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.  We would be grateful for any contributions to our collection, including good quality adults’ and children’s clothing, paired shoes, belts, handbags, jewelry, household linen, curtains, towels, bedding (sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers)  and soft toys.  Items that can’t be collected include duvets, blankets, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath mats), soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing, school uniforms (with and without logo), corporate clothing or textile off cuts.  (see for full details).

 Any  contributions (bagged please) can be dropped off in the school car park on Ryland Road, Dunholme LN2 3NE before 9am on Thursday 9th November.    Thank you for your support


We have had another busy month at St Chad’s. All of the children have enjoyed many opportunities to further enhance their learning.

We are incredibly proud of the resilience of our Year 6 pupils (and staff) who braved the harsh elements during their residential to the Norfolk coast as part of their theme learning. Despite the bitter wind and cold temperatures, they took off their shoes and socks and headed across the bed of the river and through the marshes, crossing through the mud and small pools all the way back to Blakeney. Mr Parkin informed parents that the experience was ‘fantastic and very refreshing’ although I am not sure that Mrs Ackroyd agreed!

There were opportunities to join the crew of the Aylmerton Centre staff pirates who encouraged the children to don their bandanas and complete the bosun's chair, the rigging and the desert island challenges. All faced their fears and encouraged one other. The final day involved team building activities, designed to test the children’s communication, cooperation and skills of encouragement.

Here are some of the children’s reflections on the week:

“My favourite part of the residential was the zipline and the teamwork activities because they were great fun.”  Eliza

“I really enjoyed our residential to Norfolk. My favourite part had to be the climbing frame where we had to hook ourselves on so we didn’t fall. I also really enjoyed our night safari and listening to the storyteller. It was an amazing trip and definitely something I will remember forever.”  Ivy

“My favourite part was walking through the marshes and getting my feet stuck.” Elliot

“I had a great week because we had a pirate day and I got to go on a zipline across water.” Cassie

My favourite part was going on the night walk because it was really nice looking at the moon’s reflection on the water. The people were also really nice.” “Kayleigh

Overall the residential was AMAZING!”  Indy

Year 5 pupils have had a busy couple of weeks. They prepared an emotive and poignant Remembrance assembly, which reflected on some of their learning from their World War theme. By the next edition, they will have further consolidated their learning having visited the International Bomber Command Centre.

As part of Anti-Bullying week, our children were encouraged to wear odd socks to school. It was a fun and light-hearted way to encourage the children to embrace individuality and celebrate differences. 

This week, our 'French Club' started in Key Stage 2. This is run by Miss Bradshaw and six Year 12 and 13 students from William Farr. Our keen linguists loved their first session where they were playing games related to colours and items of clothing.


Our Year 3 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their Hindu experience day. The visiting speaker shared Hindu stories with the children. They had the opportunity to dress up in traditional clothing and performed Indian dances. During the afternoon they created rangoli art patterns. Christmas is always a special time in primary schools. We are really looking forward to the following upcoming events.

Upcoming Events


7 Dec – Christmas light switch on and carols around the tree 15:30 – 16:30

13 Dec – In-school pantomime (Cinderella)

w/c 11 Dec – Reception & KS1 Christmas performances

15 Dec – PE enrichment day with Premier Education

18-20 Dec – Class Christmas parties


The deadline for applying for a place in Reception 2024 is fast approaching. If you have not been able to attend one of our Open mornings, please contact the school office and we will organise a time for you to visit to see our school in action.

Primary applications need to be made online, by 15 January, via the following link:
For our latest news, you might like to check out our website, which has a fresh new look


Mrs K Appleby Headteacher


Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School —  

December  2023 

Hackthorn C. of E. Primary



Hackthorn School


What a busy month November has been here at Hackthorn.

Starting with a Key Stage One and Reception trip to Lincoln Castle for their history topic; designing their own shields, holding a banquet with entertainment of jesters, dancers and music too. The children walked the wall walk before looking at all the armoury and trying their hand at archery. Once back in the classroom the children then built their own motte and bailey castles from the construction materials available to them in school.


Reception children have been busy making a poppy display for the school entrance and again we all walked to the village war memorial where the community came together to pay respects and remember all the soldiers who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. Our traditional singing of Pack up your troubles and It’s a long way to Tipperary was welcomed by the community and it was lovely that everyone joined in too.


Year 5 have had bike ability training. We are pleased to say all children were presented with their certificates and badges in school by headteacher Mr Gibbons. Well done Year 5!

We were lucky to have a member of the Red Arrows display team come in and talk to the children during a special assembly. There was a real emphasis on how science and maths are crucial in the performance of all that goes into flying one of the famous scarlet aeroplanes. The children had some fantastic questions for the pilot, and everyone learnt something new.

Key Stage two have visited Gainsborough Old Hall for their history topic of the Tudors.

Our Friends of Hackthorn School have been busy. We held a Halloween disco on the last day of term which was a great night with spooky mummies being created from toilet rolls and apple bobbing, which was a great success.


We have a Christmas Fayre being held in school on Friday, December 1 at 3.30pm that our Friends of Hackthorn school are busy planning. Also Pre-school winter activities on November 30 from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

If you would like to come visit us, please ring 01673 860295 to make an appointment

Mrs Hartley -

Lindsey u3a (Welton)

December, 2023 Newsletter (

As the end of the year approaches we look forward to lots of Christmas festivities. For some it will be a very busy time and for others it will be quieter but however you spend Christmas we hope it will be peaceful.

Despite the troubles around the world we can still look forward to the New Year and hope for better times ahead.

Rest assured Lindsey u3a has lots of plans afoot. Our list of speakers is complete for 2024. Check it out on our website

Despite inflation we are pleased to announce our membership fee of £17 for the year will not change. Where else can you attend twelve monthly meetings, enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit followed by a Speaker plus the opportunity to join as many interest groups as you wish, all for £17? It’s a bargain!

We meet at Welton Village Hall on the first Thursday of the month. Doors open for a cuppa and a biscuit at 9.45am followed by a speaker at 10.30am. If you decide to come along for a look, tell someone on reception you are new and one of our friendly greeters will show you round and answer any questions.

Our next meeting will be on 7th December when our speaker Mark Walsh will entertain us with his ukulele and stories of being on stage with Danny La Rue and “The Good Old Days” when he ran the show at Leeds City Varieties theatre.

Our first speaker of 2024 will be Clive Wilson asking “What can WE do to save the planet?” on 4th January. “He is committed to the promotion of sustainable development that will leave the world a better place for the next generations. He believes that if we only do what we have always done we will only produce what we have already got and this is evidently not good enough in many ways.” Food for thought!

We offer a wide range of interest groups run by members for members. Check out our website to see if anything appeals to you.

u3a members can also join various online talks, workshops and courses. You can find out more from

If you can’t come to one of our general meetings you could join us at the ‘Gardeners’ Retreat’ tearoom at Scothern Nurseries for a  cuppa and a chat at 10.15am on the fourth Thursday of the month. There will be no get-together in December so the next coffee morning will take place on 25th January, 2024. Whether you’re a newcomer wanting to know more about Lindsey u3a or if you’re already a member and just fancy a cuppa, maybe a scone and a chat do come along. Everyone is welcome.

Everything you need to know about Lindsey u3a can be found on our website You will find a comprehensive list of our interest groups, where and when they meet plus news about visits of local interest or theatre visits and holidays arranged by members for members.

Should you require any further information about Lindsey u3a please contact Mandy Murphy Tel: 01673 565295 


Best Wishes

Sheila Nash




Welton Pre-School

Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales is how we start the new term.  Following the children's interests, looking at the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears with the children dressing up to act out the story. The children made flapjack which they enjoyed at snack time, making a mess using porridge oats and water in the tuff spot. They also compared size sorting bears, bowls and chairs into categories of small, medium and large. The second week we discovered that there are two more verses to Humpty Dumpty, asking the question was he pushed or did he really fall? could the kings’ men really put him back together again? The children investigated this further by pushing eggs off a wall, some cracked and others that had been hard boiled remained intact.

The children reached the conclusion that unfortunately Humpty Dumpty could not be put back together again, so used him to make egg sandwiches instead.  World Book Day the children were encourage to come dressed as their favourite book or film characters. We welcomed Peter Rabbit, princesses and super heroes along with Fern from the classic Charlotte's web.     As I write this the children are making houses for the 3 little pigs, using straw, sticks and bricks. These will be put to the test when the big bad wolf come huffing and puffing

We do have some spaces available, but these are filling fast. If you have a child who is pre-school age

(2-4 years), and would like more information or to make an appointment to visit us, the contact detail are:

Telephone: 01673 860077 Mobile: 07856752530



Friends of William Farr

The Friends of William Farr is a voluntary group that aims to raise funds for projects

within our school and to promote social activities involving students, parents and


It was lovely to see so many new/old faces and members of staff at the Bangers and Bingo night held in the main hall. It was eyes down on what was a fantastic night. It was so lovey to see the school hall full of people having a great time. The evening raised an amazing £754.20.  A big thank you to Starbucks Bakery for donating the bread rolls for the event it’s very much appreciated.

 We are looking at holding a Quiz night in February; watch this space for more details.

 By William Farr School Friends holding such events we are able to help with the funding requests from the school this term we were able to help with the funding of the following:

Y10 &Y11 Rewards Vouchers, Geography Reward Badges, Science-Skeleton, Art Festival and Ace Day.

 Extra helping hands are always appreciated. As well as organising our own fundraising events,

The Friends of William Farr provide refreshments and raffle prizes throughout the year at

School events such as the Extravaganza and Christmas Concert.

 Follow us and share our news on social media

Publicity is important to us so the Friends of William Farr share news and events on popular social media channels and would appreciate as many likes and shares as possible

 Facebook: @williamfarrschoolfriends

Twitter: @WFS_Friends     Rebecca Hooton


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.

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