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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

February at Dunholme St Chad’s


 One of our priorities this year is to provide our pupils with meaningful opportunities to share their experiences, views and hopes about school life. We have a strong commitment to pupil voice and are delighted to share some of the positive changes that the children have suggested and which have been implemented.


On entering the school, you cannot fail but notice the new ‘Pupil Voice’ display, which includes photographs of our School Councillors, Collective Worship Innovators, House Captains and Librarians with quotes of what they have already achieved.

The biggest change is the introduction of the new behaviour reward system which was launched on 3 January. The children earn house points when they follow the Golden Rules. There was great excitement when Lancaster was announced as the first team to win during the first Friday Shout out assembly. 


Our children know that what they say is valued and will be listened to and considered. Here are some of their quotes:

“We have chosen which charities we should support this year.”

“We meet regularly with Mrs Ackroyd to discuss our classmates’ ideas from the ‘Suggestion box’.”

“We asked for Pride cups to be purchased for each class…and they were!”

“We have suggested ways to improve lunchtimes and they are now more enjoyable.”

“We now have more play equipment to use at breaktimes.”


We are hoping that we can introduce further roles of responsibility, related to improving the environment, especially as we have been invited to help out with a Community Orchard Pilot Scheme. Hopefully we can update you on this in next month’s edition.



Upcoming events

Year 5 will be visiting Gainsborough Old Hall in February as part of their learning about the Tudors.

Year 6 will be having their Mayan workshop in school in late January.

7-8 March - Year 2 Residential to Rand Farm

School Book Fair in school will be running in March for 10 days

Year 5 will take part in the ‘Bikeability’ scheme (some of you may know it as ‘Cycling Proficiency’).


For our latest news, you might like to check out our website


Mrs K Appleby Headteacher




Hackthorn C. of E. Primary



Before we start looking at this term, we need to celebrate the incredible singing from the children at the end of the autumn term. 

On our last day before Christmas the whole school and community came together at Hackthorn church for our seasonal service. The children raised the roof with their singing, piano accompaniment and bell plates.  The choir’s first outing in front of a live audience was a joy and their songs, Seven Good Joys and the South African song Kuyimba were enjoyed by all.  The Friends of Hackthorn School group were so moved by the performance that they decided to treat the children to new playground equipment. 

The start of our new term has been full of laughter, as children try to master their new pogo sticks, stilts and other exciting playground toys.

As we write, the school is again alive with music, as KS2 prepare for their Young Voices concert in February.  It is an incredible opportunity to learn a variety of modern and classic songs whilst being able to eventually experience being part of a 5000+ children’s choir.  If all schools sound like Hackthorn, parents, visitors and other concert goers are going to have a very entertaining evening at Sheffield Arena.

KS1 and reception have enjoyed their first visit of the term to Witham Hill Gymnastics.  It was great to see the youngest members of the class gaining confidence in their own abilities from the beginning to the end of the lesson.  The coaches were blown away by their listening skills and perseverance.  KS1 and Reception will enjoy this opportunity until half term, when KS2 take over for their time at Witham Hill.

KS2 have embarked on their latest DT projects. Years 3 and 4 have started preparing for their pop-up books and have this week practised different mechanisms that could be used in their final design.  Years 5 and 6 were tasked with only a few items, including a 25cm piece of tape and art straws.  Working in teams, they had to design the highest structure they could.  Many managed to gain height whilst remain standing. Their bridge building structures will be something to look forward to.

Although we could just look out the window to give us our answer, KS1 have begun studying weather and the seasons.  Luckily, we are going to collect data for temperature and build a rain gauge. We feel we are going to make the most of these devices over the next few weeks!

If you would like to come and join us for an afternoon of craft and seasonal storytelling, we will be holding our Easter Preschool activity afternoon on Thursday 21st March from 1:30-2:30.   This is a stay and play session with lots to do.  Please contact the school for more details and to book a place.

Maxine Hartley


Lindsey u3a (Welton)

February, 2024 Newsletter (

Do you live in the West Lindsey area? No longer in full time employment? 

Looking for ways to keep your mind and body active as well as make new friends and have some fun? Then look no further! At Lindsey u3a we offer various interest groups plus a general meeting with a speaker every 1st Thursday of the month - tea/coffee at 9.45am in Welton Village Hall followed by a speaker at 10.30am. All of this for an annual fee of £17. Make the most of life once you’re no longer in full time work by exploring new ideas, skills and interests with your local u3a.

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.

On 1st February our speaker will be Tom Lane, well known local folk personality on Radio Lincolnshire and now on Lincoln City Radio. Along with folk singing duo Nigel & Teri their presentation “Re-imagining Lincolnshire” was first performed for a Heritage Lincolnshire Day.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on 7th March followed by a talk by Diane Grimshaw entitled “Being Joyce Grenfell” which should be very entertaining.

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. The next coffee morning will take place on 22nd February, 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



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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.

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