We are very sad to announce that Grace Dieu Manor Main School and Pre-Prep will close at the end of the Summer Term in July 2020. The Nursery, up to and including Cygnets, will continue and is not affected by this closure. The School is owned by The Institute of Charity, and its Trustees had […]

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The Benefits of Forest Bathing!

Forest bathing or ‘shinrin-yoku’ was first developed in Japan in the 1980s, following scientific studies conducted by the government.  The results showed that two hours of mindful exploration in a forest could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and improve concentration and memory. They also found that trees release chemicals called phytoncides, which […]

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Our Fantastic School Council

This term the older pupils have been honing vital life skills in their School Council meetings; presenting ideas as well as discussing and debating which charities to support for the year ahead. “The School Council, which has been running for over 14 years now, is just one of many ways we encourage our pupils to […]

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A Day of Nativities!

Our pupils and parents have enjoyed two fantastic Nativity performances this week.  The first was our ‘Wriggly Nativity’ starring all our pre-school Cygnets children. They really did get into the spirit of Christmas with a wonderfully energetic show to a packed audience of proud parents and grandparents!  The children enjoyed showing off all the songs […]

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A Beautiful Christingle Service!

Our Year 3 & 4 pupils celebrated a wonderful Christingle service in our beautiful chapel to mark the run up to Christmas.  The Grace Dieu chapel feels particularly special when lit by candles at this time of year and for many pupils and parents this is a highlight of the School calendar. All of our […]

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Breakfast with Santa!

All of our Cygnets Pre-School pupils were treated to a wonderful morning of treats when they met special guest, Santa for breakfast!  Our pupils enjoyed delicious hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and cream and munched on hot buttered toast and fruity jam whilst parents were also treated to coffee and freshly baked pastries. Santa mingled […]

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A Most Wonderful Christmas Fair!

We enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Fair again thanks to our hardworking GDPA.  It is always a great success and this year was no exception with the event raising nearly £3,000! Hundreds of families and members of the local community visited Grace Dieu on a cold, crisp winter morning to support the event and to start […]

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Winners of a Festive Challenge!

On Thursday 28th November, 8 of our Year 6 pupils attended a Festive problem-solving workshop at Trent College. These budding engineers competed against other schools to build the tallest or most creatively decorated Christmas tree. The children had just 1 hour to create their tree, so time was tight. All trees were judged on their […]

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Spreading Joy with a Christmas Shoebox!

Grace Dieu pupils and their families have once again been busy collecting gifts for children all around the world to support the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal this year.  We collected 45 shoeboxes, each one beautifully decorated and filled with a collection of thoughtful gifts such as small toys and craft items as […]

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Our Remembrance Day Service

The Grace Dieu community gathered together this morning for our Remembrance Service.  We were joined by bugler and good friend, Mr Steven Reeves who played the Last Post after which we held a two-minute silence and lowered our Union Jack flag. We listened to readings and poems from the older children and to a recital […]

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Children go MAD at Ashby Care Home!

Pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School in Thringstone visited Ashby Care Home as part of their ‘MAD’ activities.  The children, who are all part of the School’s wonderfully named MAD (Make a Difference) Club, thoroughly enjoyed their visit – and so too did the residents. “The MAD Club is based on encouraging the values we […]

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Languages come to life at Grace Dieu!

Grace Dieu’s new languages teacher has brought languages to life across the school through an exciting European Day of Languages event! Held annually, this year’s event was the School’s biggest and best yet – with a wide range of language-themed activities held throughout the week, culminating on the day itself. “Languages play such an important […]

Harry Potter House Selection!

For the fourth year running, pupils at Grace Dieu have enjoyed their House Sorting Ceremony! In true Harry Potter style, all of our Year 2 pupils took part in an elaborate and truly memorable Sorting Ceremony – where they join one of our four Grace Dieu Houses – Bishops, Gentili, De Lisle, or Verdun. Our […]

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Our new Head of Outdoor Learning!

We are absolutely delighted and excited that, from September, our Outdoor Learning provision will be headed-up by Mr Richard Pickersgill. Known by many at Grace Dieu as a member of our Sports Department, Mr Pickersgill has, in addition to all of his sports coaching skills, a vast amount of outdoor pursuits expertise,   collected over decades […]

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Ballet begins at Grace Dieu!

From September Grace Dieu is offering a new club – a Ballet & Dance club for those children in Swans (Reception) to Year 1. “Ballet is a wonderful activity – for many reasons,” says Headmistress Margaret Kewell.  “As well as being a great additional physical activity for us to offer our pupils alongside all of […]

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Our wonderful new Cygnet Forest!

Our new Cygnet Forest has been officially opened by Caroline Scothern from the National Forest and the children have been busy enjoying the space ever since! Pupils have always enjoyed the Forest and there are now two specially designated areas for Outdoor Learning sessions – one for the older pupils and one for our youngest […]

Grace Dieu Annual Sports Day

We enjoyed a fantastic Sports Day at the end of Summer Term this year – always a highlight in the sporting calendar for the whole School.  All of our Pre-Prep and Junior Prep boys and girls took part in our Annual Sports Day which was held on our beautiful grounds surrounding School. We were lucky […]

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A Wonderful Prize Day at Grace Dieu!

We enjoyed celebrating a wonderful prize day at Grace Dieu this year where we reflected on each and every one of our pupils’ unique and individual achievements.  Our Head Girl welcomed us to the ceremony and led us into the Pre-Prep children’s fantastic rendition of ‘You’ve got a friend in me’. All of our children […]

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More 3M success for Grace Dieu pupils!

Pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School have, for the third time, won places in the Finals of the 3M Young Innovators Challenge!        Two teams of pupils won their places in the Final, which took place at Loughborough College on Friday 14th June with guest of honour Nicky Morgan, MP. Aliya, Olivia and […]

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Grace Dieu Prize Giving Guest of Honour

We are absolutely delighted to announce our Prize Giving 2019 Guest of Honour will be BBC Radio Leicester’s Mid-Morning presenter, Ben Jackson! Ben, who is a former Grace Dieu pupil, was born and brought up in and around Quorn and Barrow on Soar in Leicestershire.  He joined Grace Dieu in 1978 and is returning as […]

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Another Eco Award for Grace Dieu Manor School!

Pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School in Thringstone are delighted to have been awarded the highest Eco School status – the prestigious Green Flag Award! Impressively, the School has achieved all three Awards – Bronze, Silver and this new Green Flag – in just two years. Proving just how hard working the School’s Eco Committee […]

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Top Marks for Grace Dieu’s LAMDA pupils!

All of Grace Dieu’s LAMDA students are celebrating after being awarded top marks in their recent Speech and Drama examinations.  An impressive 10 pupils aged between 5 and 11 took part in the examinations – with each and every one of them passing with either a Merit or Distinction. The pupils took a variety of […]

Double Sporting Success!

We are celebrating a double sporting success for our very own talented sportswoman – Miss Emily Walne! Emily, in our Year 5, has been very busy with her sport over the last few weeks, both in and out of school. After her success in the recent Prestwold Hall Cross-Country Event, Emily has been invited to represent […]

Our Woodland of Wonder

In December 2018, the children in Years 3, 5 and 6 planted some trees kindly donated to us by the Woodland Trust. In doing so we created a new woodland that will not only enable wildlife to move through the countryside, but also protect soils from wind erosion and provide shelter and habitats for birds, […]

Lights, Camel, Action, Nativity!

We enjoyed two fantastic Nativity performances this Christmas starting with our first ever pre-school Nativity. Well done to our super Cygnets who put on a wonderful ‘Nursery Rhyme’ Nativity in our beautiful Chapel.  They all sang beautifully and performed their parts to perfection!  There were even some solo performances – it was amazing to see […]

House Selection: Harry Potter Style!

Each year, pupils at Grace Dieu are ‘sorted’ into their Houses – in true Harry Potter style! Our Year 2 pupils took part in an elaborate and truly memorable Sorting Ceremony – where they join one of our four Grace Dieu Houses – Bishops, Gentili, De Lisle, or Verdun. Our Houses are a great source […]

Wonderful Christingle Services!

Pupils and parents enjoyed wonderful Christingle services to mark the run up to Christmas. There were two different Christingle services, each special in their own way – one for our Pre-Prep pupils and another for our Years 3 & 4 pupils. The Grace Dieu chapel is at the centre of our community and feels particularly […]

A Fabulous Christmas Fair!

Grace Dieu’s annual Christmas Fair was a cracking success – all thanks to our hardworking GDPA. There were hundreds of families and members of the local community who visited Grace Dieu to support the event, to begin their festivities and to kick start their Christmas shopping! There was a vast array of lovely stalls, with […]

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A Special Remembrance Service

The Grace Dieu community gathered on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.  We were joined by bugler and good friend of Grace Dieu, Mr Steven Reeves, who played the Last Post as the Union Jack was lowered.  As we stood in silence hearing only the twitter of birds and the […]

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Charity at Christmas – pupils have it all wrapped up!

In response to the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox scheme, Grace Dieu pupils and their families have been busy collecting gifts for children throughout the world whose Christmas will not be like their own. 46 beautifully decorated shoeboxes were created and donated from pupils across the School. Each shoebox containing a collection of gifts – such as […]

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Grace Dieu’s Amazing Apple Pressing Activity!

Pupils and staff joined together to take part in Grace Dieu’s annual Apple Pressing – two days of hard work resulting in nearly 200 bottles of amazing apple juice! The whole Grace Dieu Community took part in the process in some way.  This included: washing, scrubbing, chopping and mulching the apples, pressing this mulch into […]

The GDPA FUNdraise to put the FUN into our playgrounds!

We are so incredibly lucky at Grace Dieu to have an amazing Parents’ Association who work tirelessly to put on fantastic events and raise funds for the School! The GDPA’s fundraising efforts, from last year, are certainly being enjoyed by the pupils – especially their outstanding NEW playground equipment – which cost £20,000! After researching […]

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New Term, New Staff!

As the Autumn term begins at Grace Dieu we are delighted to welcome a number of new teaching staff to the School. “This is another exciting year for developments at Grace Dieu,” says Headmistress Margaret Kewell. “With our new staff we are able to further develop the education on offer at Grace Dieu – they […]

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Grace Dieu pupils are officially award-winning actors!

It’s official – pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School are award-winning actors after the film they starred in, The Unquiet Grave, won the Bringing Heritage Alive award at The Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Awards ceremony last night! The Unquiet Grave, a short drama produced and directed by Pudding Bag Productions, was based on Roesia de […]

Special Guest Rachael Mackenzie at Grace Dieu Prize Day!

We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating a wonderful Prize Day this year! All our children were awarded with certificates or trophies in recognition of their amazing achievements this past year.  Both our Pre-Prep and Junior Prep children had worked hard to prepare musical presentations and we were treated to some fantastic songs. Our Guest of Honour Rachael […]

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A Film Premier at Grace Dieu!

This month saw the premier of ‘An Unquiet Grave’, a short drama by Pudding Bag Productions based on Roesia de Verdun and starring some of our very own Year 6 pupils.  The children were treated to a special screening at Grace Dieu and Wendy Freer from Pudding Bag praised the children and their professionalism throughout […]

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A Very British Tea Party!

Pupils and staff at Grace Dieu enjoyed a very British tea party – to celebrate the Royal Wedding! “It was lovely for the children and staff to celebrate the Royal Wedding – and we were blessed with such glorious weather!” says Headmistress Margaret Kewell. The children all thoroughly enjoyed the day – wearing red, white […]

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Nuneaton Arts Festival Winners

Congratulations to all our pupils who took part in the Nuneaton Arts Festival, in the Reading for Performance class.  Pupils not only won the Martin Thompson Cup for Prepared Verse and Prose Reading and the Michelle Owens Trophy for Comic Verse but also came an impressive 2nd place in Creative Writing, 3rd place in Poetry […]

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A fresh approach to food arrives at Grace Dieu!

We are delighted to announce another exciting development at Grace Dieu – a new approach to our School catering that starts at the beginning of the Summer Term that will ensure all of our pupils enjoy freshly cooked and deliciously nutritious food each and every day. “It is vitally important that children both enjoy and […]

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The Lampedusa Cross – A Symbol of Hope

  When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing South Africa drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, an Italian carpenter called Francesco Tuccio gathered the driftwood from the wreckage which he carved into crosses and gave to the survivors as a powerful symbol of hope. Inspired by his actions, CAFOD asked Francesco to carve a cross […]

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Whole School Mass

The School Community came together today to celebrate our first whole-School Mass of this term. The message of the Mass was that Jesus’ door is open to us all; all we have to do is enter. Father Denis also blessed the prayers that were written by the children during Wednesday’s Chaplaincy Group Liturgy, the subject […]


Pupils and parents enjoyed wonderful Christingle services to mark the run up to Christmas. The Grace Dieu chapel is at the centre of our community and feels particularly special when lit by candles at this time of the year. The Cygnets were captivated by their first Christingle as they listened to Year 2 tell the […]

Promenade Nativity

Our Promenade Nativity saw Year 2 move around Grace Dieu to re-enact the Nativity – from the Outdoor Learning classroom through to the Chapel. It was a wonderfully unique Nativity, which was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff.

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Dancing success brings Greek topic to life!

Congratulations to one of our Year 6 pupils whose dancing talents saw her win an astonishing 8 trophies at the All England Championship Finals for the British Theatre Dance Association. Hattie’s amazing dancing talents won her the following awards: Character Dance – 1st Place Modern Dance – 1st Place Greek Dance (Pandora’s Box) – 1st Place Ballet […]

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CAFOD appeal raises funds for a cow!

We are delighted to announce the final total raised for the CAFOD (the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) World Gifts appeal. The children were asked to bring in any change that they had around the house. Given that our challenge was to try to buy a cow which cost £100, we are delighted that the children […]

A special Remembrance Service

Everyone at Grace Dieu was delighted to welcome back former Head Boy, Leo Parry, to play the Bugle at the School’s special Remembrance Service held on Friday.   Leo, who left Grace Dieu in 2015, now attends Repton School.  He began playing the instrument whilst at Grace Dieu, so it was very fitting that he […]

Science Taster Morning

On Monday, ten Year 6 Grace Dieu Manor School pupils and their teacher, Mrs McDermott, visited Ratcliffe College to spend the morning in the Science Department in a series of  exciting and thought provoking workshops related to the topic of Forces.  The day began with a trio of demonstrations, led by Mr Chorley, Head of […]

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Supporting CAFOD

Grace Dieu are delighted to have raised £232 for CAFOD by holding a home clothes day. The School Council organised a visit from Maria Lee, a CAFOD volunteer, who spoke to us all about the amazing work CAFOD is doing around the world. We learned how even our small donations can make a big difference to other […]

Construction Club!

Construction Club is one of our many popular (and free!) after school clubs. A highlight of the club so far this term has been the task of constructing a freestanding bridge (it didn’t have to be weightbearing!) out of 6 sheets of newspaper and 2 strips of sellotape. They had just 30 minutes to plan and build. […]

From Patch to Altar!

Grace Dieu pupils were, today, able to place vegetables they have planted, tended and picked onto the altar at the School’s Harvest Mass. These fresh offerings sat perfectly alongside all of the other wonderful food donations that had been kindly donated by parents, staff and the Grace Dieu community, as well as prayers written by the children. […]

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Pupils enjoy European Day of Languages

On Friday Grace Dieu celebrated its 10th European Day of Languages – with all pupils and staff, from Nursery to Year 6, joining in the fun! Each year group chose to represent a different country from one of the 47 countries in the Council of Europe (the body that created European Day of Languages), and […]

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Year 6 hone their communication skills

Year 6 are working on the sense of sight during their weekly Outdoor Learning Sessions. During one session the pupils were reduced to only two senses: touch and hearing. Children worked in pairs and took it in turns to wear a blindfold. The blindfolded pupil is then guided through a natural obstacle course by their partner’s […]

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From Patch to Plate!

Grace Dieu pupils have been enjoying cooking with ingredients freshly picked from their own veg patch. Whilst Autumn is clearly on its way, with cooler temperatures and shorter days, the Grace Dieu veg patch is still producing – in fact, we are very much ‘in harvest’, ready for Harvest Festival! Our giant tomatoes have ripened […]