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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 Lincoln Imp

Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School —July 2022 

It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of another school year! During our final few weeks before the summer break we will sadly be saying goodbye to our Year 6 class with a range of activities, including an end of term Year 6 party, a school production and a leaving service at St Chad’s church.

We are sure you will join us in wishing our Year 6 class all the very best in the next phase of their education.

We are also making preparations to welcome our new reception class, who will join us in September. The Reception staff have been introducing themselves to the children in their current pre-school/ nursery settings and will be holding transition activities including a picnic in school and a parents evening.


Sports Day 9th June 2022

It was so wonderful to be able to invite parents & carers into school without restrictions for our first full Sports Day in 3 years! The sun shone and it was so lovely to see the school field full of people having a great time.

Well done to all our pupils. You all participated with so much enthusiasm and all made such an amazing effort.

And thanks to FODS for providing refreshments and a wonderful BBQ. They worked so hard and managed to raise a fantastic £660!


Upcoming School Events

5-6th July: Year 6 transition days at William Farr

6th July: Year 5 De Aston School taster day

6th July: New Reception class afternoon tea

6th July: Transition evening – all year groups

W/C 11th July: New Reception Class home visits

18th July: Year 6 Leaver’s Service at Church

19th – 20th July: Years 5 & 6 Performance

21st July: School Discos for all year groups

22nd July: Last day of term


Friday Foodbank: Friday 1st July 2022

Our next foodbank collection is on Friday 1st July. Donations need to be handed to the class teachers or at the school office. The foodbanks are running low on supplies so really need our support.

Many thanks to all who donated for our previous foodbanks. Your continued support is really appreciated.


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



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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




Since our last update we have been very busy…our Year 2 children have had their ‘Milk and Cookies’ week and our Year 6 children have had ‘Toast week’…this is code for completing their National Standard Assessment Tests. We prefer to maintain a relaxed atmosphere during test week and the children were actually excited about completing their assessments. We were particularly proud of their positive attitudes after such a disruptive few years of learning.

KS1 pupils enjoyed their after school multi skills club and a Y3/4 and a Y5/6 team represented the school at an inter school football tournament. Unfortunately we did not win the competition but we would have won a prize for enthusiasm and encouragement.

We had an amazing last week before we broke up for half-term! We spent most of the week learning facts about the Queen, in the run-up to her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. All of the children contributed to a collaborative picture of the Queen and KS2 pupils produced artwork in the style of Andy Warhol. Cakes were baked and flags were made to be waved during the singing of our patriotic songs at our May Day/Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. Dances were perfected during the week and everyone appreciated the complexities of the interwoven ribbons which created intricate patterns. It was so lovely to see such a good turn out from parents and the local community, especially after the challenges of the last two years.

The enthusiastic performance from parents, staff and pupils of Pat-a-Cake Polka was a triumph and the ringing of the school bell by the Year 6s was a fitting final tribute to acknowledge 70 years of the Queen’s reign. We are grateful to FOHS for decorating the school, providing refreshments and presenting commemorative coins to each of the staff members and pupils.

 The week ended with an amazing performance from Miss Lee, our music teacher, on her harp. The children were mesmerised during her renditions and had many questions to ask her. Miss Lee ended her performance by playing the National Anthem, to which everyone joined in enthusiastically.

 Over the next few weeks KS2 pupils will be preparing for their summer production and KS1 will be visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park. This term is always a busy one involving swimming, transition days and sporting events so we hope the weather will be favourable.

We currently have a vacancy for a relief midday supervisor. If you would like to work with our wonderful children then please contact Mrs Walker or Mrs Bould, our school administrators, for more information on 01673 860295.



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

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


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



Lindsey u3a July Newsletter.

Lindsey u3a offers a large number of interest groups covering many subjects such as Architecture, Art Painting & Appreciation, Birds, Bowls, Books, Bridge, Computers, Family History, Gardening, Knitting, Papercraft, Play Reading, Poetry, Walking and a Zoom Coffee Morning to name but a few. Check out our website and go to ‘Interest Groups’ to see the full range of subjects. If, what you’re looking for is not listed, why not get in touch with us to discuss your suggestion? There may be others eager to pursue the same interest as you.

Last month at our General Meeting we listened to Chris Williams, a local retired teacher, talking about “The Class of 1881”. Our General Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month with refreshments from 9.45am in Welton Village Hall followed by a speaker at 10.30am.

Our next meeting will be on 7th July when Father Herbert Fadriquela will tell us about “Mission to Seafarers”. Do come along to find out what u3a is all about. You will be welcomed by one of our friendly ‘Greeters’ who will provide any information you require and then enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a biscuit.

Our regular coffee morning at Scothern Nurseries will be held as usual on the 4th Thursday of the month, 28th July at 10.15am. If you wish to join us please let me know at least one day before.


Details about our meetings, our many group activities and all up to date information can be found on our website:

Should you require any further information about Lindsey u3a please contact me, Mandy Murphy, Chairman


Tel: 01673 565295





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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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: