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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


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Head Teacher Patricia Ruff with the Bishop of Grimsby Reverend Canon Dr David Court

Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School —October 2021




Off to a Flying Start – Academic Year 2021-22 

School is now fully open and up and running since COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Over the last month everyone has had to get use to all being back together after ‘Bubble School’ and welcoming parents and carers back to school too.

The children, including our new starters, have settled in to their new year groups, and are working hard. We are delighted to resume educational visits with our Y6’s visiting the Holocaust Centre and Aylmerton, Norfolk for their residential.

Rev Paul is now able to come into school each Wednesday to lead collective worship as we all come together in the school hall.  The school will be going to church on Monday 4 October for Harvest Thanksgiving, with harvest contributions in support of the Lincoln Community Larder. Our Y6 will continue to make a difference throughout year running the monthly Food Bank for local charities.

 If you are interested in joining our school we still have a small number of places in KS 1 and Y3.

Spaces Available for Reception Class September 2021

We do still have a few spaces left for our new reception class starting in September 2021. If you are interested in registering your child please either:

¨ Go to the school website under ‘Admissions’

¨ Go to the Lincolnshire County Council website under ‘Admissions’.

A virtual tour of reception class is available on the website or you can take part in an open morning detailed below.


 Open Mornings for Reception Intake 2022-2023

It’s so lovely to be able to open our doors to the public again. We have open morning sessions planned for prospective reception parents 2022-2023. 

These run from 09:30 – 11:00am:

Wednesday 6th Oct 2021

Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Monday 10th January 2022

These give you the opportunity to meet the headteacher and other members of our team, See the school in action, learn about our curriculum and ask any questions you may have. If you are interested in booking a place, please contact the school office on 01673 860597


 Would you like to join our team?  Co-opted Governor Position


Are you interested in contributing to our school as a school governor? We have a fantastic team of governors who work together to shape the strategic direction of the school. An opportunity has now arisen to appoint a Co-opted Governor. If you feel you would like to join our team please contact the school to find out more.  We particularly would like to hear from anyone who has experience of the construction industry and/or health and safety.

As an introduction to our Governing Body please visit our website and view the governor booklet for testimonials from each of our governors. If you are interested in applying for the position, please contact the school office at


Lincoln Imp Trail


The trail was a great success. The end of the trail was marked by an Evening on the 23rd September at the Waterside Shopping Centre.

Mrs Ruff and Mrs Tipping attended. They received a certificate for School for our Imp entry. The imp is now back at school in pride of place and will be sending time in each classroom before being on display in St Chad’s Church.


Follow us on Twitter! We regularly update Twitter with photos and information on what the pupils have been learning. Follow us here:  Dunholme St Chad’s @dunholmestchads   Contact the school on 01673 860597


Could you, or someone you know do this important role?

School Crossing Patrol

We are in need of a School Crossing Patrol to help keep our families and children safe.

For more information

please contact Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership on 01522 805800

Or Conctact Pam Street Road Safety Officer via email

School is concerned that there is no crossing provision, Please contact

01673 860597


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Friends of Dunholme School and our school librarians received a donation of £249 from Dunholme Co-op Community Champions initiative. The money will go towards funding furniture for the school's new library.

The School visit to the

Dunholme Old School Centre

Years 2 and 3 with their teachers from Dunholme St Chad’s primary school visited the Dunholme Old School Centre. They all listened intently while one of the Old School Trustees 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

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Hackthorn C. of E. Primary



The summer term is always busy at Hackthorn school but this year’s seemed even busier. COVID restrictions had prevented us from holding many of our ‘traditional’ events, but this summer, with restrictions easing, we were able to re-instate some of these and add a few new events.

 ‘Opportunity’ is one of our school values. As such, we are always keen to give the children a wide variety of experiences. We felt that the children deserved a treat because they had worked so hard during remote learning but had also missed out on many experiences so we had a ‘WOW’ week at school. On Monday, the children participated in Drumba (a high-energy workout session based around a mix of popular music whilst learning and playing a drum) and on Tuesday the children participated in interactive animal workshops run by Zoolab. Wednesday was most children’s favourite day as they all had the chance to attend a fun fair on the school field. Children were shocked to see that a large inflatable slide, a swinging chair carousel, bungee trampolines and traditional stalls had magically appeared on the field but the biggest shock was that Mrs Appleby had spent money! On Thursday, the school was filled with enticing aromas as KS2 made their own bread whilst KS1 created indian take-away delights. The week ended with the current Y6s and the lockdown Y6s having a Lasertag tournament against the staff. Once again, the staff retained their winning title! The current Y6s then returned to school for a sleepover. Such a busy week but one that the children (and staff) will remember for a long time.

 For the second year running, we held a socially distanced Leaver’s Day picnic and service on the field, attended by Y6 parents. As usual, there were lots of tears as the children and their teachers shared memories. 

 We have welcomed ten new children to our school this week. It was wonderful to see such happy faces on the first day as the children were able to reconnect with their friends after the holidays. Restrictions have eased so we are now able to ‘mix’ again and reinstate whole school assemblies. We LOVE singing at Hackthorn and have really missed it over the last two years so you can imagine the joy when we sang together inside for the first time – it was overwhelming. KS2 are hoping that we might even be able to attend Young Voices this year!

 We always ask the children to be observant at the start of the year as there is usually something new to spot! This year was no exception and it didn’t take long for the children to find the new outdoor gym. This has proved a very popular addition. Mr Tuplin’s memorial bench has now been installed in the reflection area and many children have been fascinated by the wonderful carvings of owls and a ukulele on it, thanks to the craftsmanship of Chainsaw Mick.

 It will soon be time for parents to start thinking about choosing that all-important first school for children who are due to start in September 2022. We will be organising some activity days soon to give you an opportunity to see our school in action and allow your child to experience what we have to offer at first hand.

 Contact the school on 01673 860295 to arrange a visit or to request a School Brochure, or have a look round our website at


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

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



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



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. 

Computer Classes
Only specialised courses will now be run in the future.
These will include.
 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

Dunholme Old School 

(The Dunholme Trust charity no 1160106)


Dunholme Old School has seen quite a few changes over the last couple of years and hopefully more in the future, The kitchen is completed now and users have plenty of room to prepare their food etc., the ladies toilets are much more modern with the inclusion of cubicles. A lick of paint in some areas has brightened the building up which I must say is ongoing, the main hall will be the next one to have a facelift and then we can get the old images of the village up again, strange actually because I took the canvas prints down whilst we were having the kitchen built and the doorway put in to accommodate access to the toilets without walking through the kitchen area (local users will know what I mean by the last sentence) and now we have a number of people asking when the canvasses will be going back up? The reason as mentioned earlier is that we will be decorating in the main hall over the next month or so.

 At the Old School we also have a very large building at the rear which accommodates space for businesses and at the moment we have a room which has become free. The area could be used for a number of purposes so if you have a need for more space then please get in touch and I can show you round and see if it will be suitable for you, ideal usage would be office type use, the area is approximately 7mtrs x 5 mtrs. Anyone interested then please get in touch


You can book the Old School by contacting Janice our booking secretary 01673 861172.

Bookings being taken NOW for Kids parties, birthday parties, Christmas parties (we have a family who regularly books the Old School for Christmas day) so whatever your requirements get in touch with Janice.


Graham Dunkin 01673 860469



William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School

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


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.  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 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 panel members need to be independent of the school and have no connection which might mean their ability to act impartially could be questioned.

 Application forms and further information can be obtained from Sally Coulter, Clerk to the Governing Body, at William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School, Lincoln Road, Welton, Lincoln LN2 3JB.  Tel: 01673 866900   Email:


"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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