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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

April at Dunholme St Chad’s


Do you remember we told you FODS had arranged to raise funds for a new outdoor gym through the Tesco Community Champions Scheme? We were very pleased to be informed recently that they raised a staggering £1000! Sincere thanks to all who put blue tokens in the collection boxes at Tesco Wragby Road for St Chad’s.


FODS raised a further £100 with their book swap scheme. Children donated their old books. These were then sold during World Book Day. It was lovely to see the children looking through the wonderful range of books, dressed as their favourite book characters. They also raised £400 through the ‘Family Bingo Night’, which was held at the village hall on 8th March. Thanks to all who attended and especially to those who organised it.


The 4th of March was St Chad’s Day. We marked our namesake’s special day by holding a special assembly in his honour. Rev Paul took us on a virtual pilgrimage of the village in a second assembly, which focused on key landmarks related to St Chad. He was an amazing man who showed love, truth and humility, which inspires us all today!


Our Year 2 pupils had a fantastic time on their Rand Farm residential. They enjoyed lots of delicious food, which had been grown on the farm, but they had to work hard first. They were put into teams and completed jobs such as milking the cows, cleaning the chicken coops, feeding the animals and moving heavy wheelbarrows of hay from one area to another. They learned all about yarn making, carrot growing and baking carrot cakes. It was lovely to see their smiling faces as they held cute, fluffy chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs. There was even some time for jumping on the outdoor giant bouncy pillow and having fun in the indoor playbarn. The overnight sleepover gave them a feeling of independence and self-confidence being in a different environment away from their parents & carers and was truly character-building! Our visit culminated with a tour around the farm on a tractor.


A small number of our Year 5 & 6 pupils represented the school at a swimming gala at Yarborough. The boys’ team came 1st in their heat for both the 4x25m freestyle relay and 1st in the 4x25m medley relay. They came 2nd overall in the freestyle final and 1st overall in the medley final. The girls’ team came 3rd in the 4x25m freestyle heat and 2nd in the 4x25m medley heat. We were especially proud of the performance from both teams as 5 out of the 8 swimmers were only in Y5. Roll on next year!


Our final week of term was ‘egg’tremely busy! We held our Easter Fayre in the school hall. The children’s creations (Bonnets in Reception up to Year 2 and Egg Transformations Years 3-6) were showcased and FODS ran stalls & refreshments for everyone.


On the same day our Key Stage 2 pupils participated in their Easter service in the church, led by Rev Paul. It was wonderful to hear them singing so enthusiastically.


If you were fortunate enough to attend the Year 3 & 4 production of the ‘Bee Musical’, then you would know that the children in this age range love singing. For the past few weeks, I have struggled to focus on my work, while they have been rehearsing the catchy tunes. They worked hard to learn their lines and it was wonderful to see some of our quieter children taking on key speaking roles and shining onstage. They were all un'BEE'lievable!


We have more exciting events scheduled for next month. For our latest news, you might like to check out our website


Mrs K Appleby Headteacher



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Hackthorn C. of E. Primary



Another busy month at Hackthorn, including the whole school having a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day.

It was lovely to see everyone make such an effort with their costumes for a character from their favourite story book, or their favourite non-fiction book, it was also great to see historical figures and people from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Key Stage 1 pupils have been busy with design and technology this month, and have been investigating bases for a solid structure to make a windmill. They have been looking at different types of sails before designing their own windmill structure and there were high whoops of delight when their windmill sails turned with the wind.


Key Stage 1 have also started on their dance lessons and have been inspired by the themes of the Olympics and Silent Movies. All the children love this topic and take it very seriously, with all of them giving some input into their dance before performing it in front of their peers.

Reception have thrown their own party this month, celebrating ‘Friends Day’ – one child wrote invites to lots of people around the school to come and enjoy party games, food and a sing-song.


Years 5 and 6 have been to Rand Farm for their residential stay; they spent time looking after the animals, feeding, cleaning them at the beginning and end of every day, and loving every minute of it. They had hands-on experience with the lambs, handling the chicks and learning all about the life cycle of the egg before making meringues. The children enjoyed time in the play barn, having lots of fun, and also enjoyed a tractor ride to Goltho Wood, where they spent time investigating their environment.


Some Key Stage 2 children have taken part in a cross-country running event, competing against lots of other local schools: They have been outstanding in the commitment to their training and at the events representing Hackthorn School.

As part of National Science Week we spent a whole day on the theme of time, including how tall a structure they could build with marshmallows and spaghetti.

The choir is busy practising for our church service at the end of term and its members are working hard on their harmonies to raise the roof with their new song.

A ukulele club has also proved popular, with children giving up their playtimes to learn a few songs to play at church too.


As our local community may be aware, we recently embarked on recruitment for our new Headteacher. We are delighted to share with you all that Emily Lister will be joining the Hackthorn team from Monday, June 3. Mrs Lister embodies the 'Hackthorn Way' and we have no doubt she will be an excellent addition to our community and lead us in our new chapter. She looks forward to meeting everyone soon. 

If you would like to come and visit us or find out more about our special school, please ring the school office on 01673 860295.

Have a wonderful Easter.


Hackthorn School




Lindsey u3a (Welton)


April, 2024 Newsletter (

All the colour supplements are full of advertisements such as “The Big Year of Adventure” or “Reach your Peak”, enticing us to book an extremely expensive holiday. If “temple hopping by hot air balloon, sky diving or free climbing and kayaking” are your activities of choice then go ahead and have fun!

At Lindsey u3a we offer a more economical way to advance the education of middle aged and older people whilst providing facilities for leisure time and recreational activities. Just take a look at the list of interest groups on our website Sorry no hot air balloons or kayaking and we haven’t got a sky diving group yet but perhaps Walking, Bowls, Circle Dancing or Gardening might appeal. These are just some of our physical activity groups but there are also various Creative, Literary, Historical, Scientific, Discussion and Indoor Games groups - something for everyone!


You are invited with no obligation to one of our meetings on the first Thursday of every month. Doors open at 9.45am for tea/coffee followed by a speaker. 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 meeting on 4th April at 10.30am Paul Stafford will be telling us about “Real Life in North Korea” which should give us some interesting insights into a very mysterious and secretive part of the world.

Please note our meeting in May is always moved to the second Thursday to accommodate the Hall being used for local elections and the Farmers’ Market. Therefore on 16th May our speaker will be Keith Hanson talking about “British Kings and Queens from 1066”

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 25th April, 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.