Winter Weather – Unavoidable School Closures

It’s the time of year again where the possibility of unavoidable school closures arises. Whilst we endeavour to keep the school open, we must always put the safety of our students and staff above all else.

Should Rhyddings be closed, announcements will be made via the following:

  • A text will be sent out to parents. Please ensure that your contact details are up to date.
  • BBC Radio Lancashire will be informed and will announce it.
  • A message will be posted here on our school website, on our Facebook page and our Twitter account.

If there are no announcements made via the methods above, then school remains open for all students.

World Book Day 2018

For World Book Day on Thursday 1st March we are inviting Year 7 and 8 students to come dressed up as a book character.

They need to bring in a copy of the book of the character they are dressing up as. The cost for dressing up is either £1 or they can donate a book from home to the library.

We are holding lots of activities throughout the day during library lessons and English lessons, as well as a year 7 Read-A-Thon sleepover this Friday to raise money for books for the library.

If any parents have suitable books they can donate to our library (both fiction and non-fiction) it would be much appreciated.

Chocolate House Visit

Our Year 9 Business Studies students thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the Chocolate House in Blackburn this week.

On arrival, they were treated to a delicious hot chocolate and got the opportunity to sample some chocolate before being given a demonstration of how the chocolate is made and a tour of the business.

Three lucky students even won some delicious handmade truffles they had just seen being made in the factory kitchen.

This visit was really helpful in understanding the pros and cons of being a sole trader and also how important it is for small businesses to constantly adapt to meet customer needs and remain competitive.

Business Studies teacher Lisa Bancroft said: “Real-life experience of local business gives the students understanding that you don’t get from a textbook or a presentation. They found it both engaging and inspiring.”

Matilda – Monday & Tuesday Raffles

Tickets have been drawn for both Monday and Tuesday’s shows. Please check your numbers!


  • 390 – Donna
  • 376 – Jane
  • 375 – Megan Murray
  • 383 – Jane
  • 377 – Jane



  • 768 – Thomas Johnston
  • 760 – Miss Hanson
  • 765 – Diane P.
  • 752 – KW

Choice of prize is first come, first served. Please ask for Miss Booth on Reception to collect your prize.

Tickets are still available for tonight and tomorrow – show starts at 7pm!

Battlefield Parents Meeting

Dear parent/guardian

WWI Battlefields (Ypres & the Somme) trip- February 8th-11th 2017

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hello! Just a quick update and extra information for you.

We will be leaving on Thursday 8th February (at approx. 12.15 am) and will return on Sunday 12th February (approx. 11pm). These times will be confirmed at the parents meeting. We will travel via coach and ferry and will be staying at 2 different hotels, one in France and one in Belgium; these hotels are not open to the public and are used for school groups only.

During the trip it is our intention to visit a range of museums, military cemeteries and battlefield sites and to participate in the ‘Last Post Ceremony’ which has been held every evening at 8pm since 1928 at the Menin Gate in Ypres whilst we are there. If your child is interested in laying our school wreath there, they will need to let us know beforehand and then take their school uniform for this, if we have a number of children interested in doing this, then we will make a draw to see which children have the honour of representing our school. A more detailed itinerary will be given out at a parents meeting which will be Monday the 22nd Jan in school at 4.30pm, so if you have any additional questions, we will be able to answer them for you. If your family has any ancestors who fought in the First World War could you please let us know the details- it may be possible to visit specific sites associated to your child’s own family history.

Please be aware that it will be cold (just like here) so your child needs warm clothing and coat. They will also need either a pair of wellies or walking boots that are likely to get muddy – these need to be in a carrier bag with their name on. A full kit-list will be provided at the meeting. Please remember that your child will need an ‘EHIC’ card; this is free and can easily be applied for. This then needs to be handed in to the staff at the parents meeting and we will keep hold of the card for the duration of the trip and return it once the trip is over. Use the website address below to apply if you have not yet done so. If you do not apply for a card, you will need to take out separate travel insurance for your child.

If you have any question at all, please email me on

Thank you

Mrs Crawshaw (trip leader)