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Christmas Fair set to be a ‘cracker’!!

Grace Dieu’s annual Christmas Fair is on the 1st December. Organised and run by the hardworking GDPA, it’s set to be another fantastic event! Each year the event attracts families and members of the local community to the School – to begin their festivities and to kick start their Christmas shopping. “It’s always a highlight […]

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Grace Dieu gets a ‘thumbs-up’ from Muddy Stilettos!

The glossy lifestyle blog, Muddy Stilettos, has given Grace Dieu a wonderful review after recently visiting the School. Billed as ‘a witty but indispensable local guide’, Muddy Stilettos reviews schools across the country – and Grace Dieu is their latest! Keya, the Leicestershire Editor, gives her ‘insider’ guide, following their national blog’s mantra of ‘unique, independent, […]

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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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A Summer of fun at Grace Dieu Nursery!

It has certainly been a summer of fun at Grace Dieu Nursery. Open all year round, the Nursery has been busy whilst the School is off on holiday! The Summer highlight (for parents and staff) was Sports Day. There was an amazing turnout of parents; all keen to see their children enjoy their first Sports […]

The Greatest Showman to be screened at Grace Dieu!

Grace Dieu is hosting its first Outdoor Cinema event – showing The Greatest Showman in its great grounds! The event, organised by Grace Dieu Parents’ Association (GDPA), is taking place on Saturday 15th September.  As well as the cinema commencing at 7.30pm, the School will be alive with a variety of family fun and entertainment […]

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An exciting new era for Speech & Drama at Grace Dieu!

Starting in September, Grace Dieu is welcoming a new Speech & Drama teacher – Felicity Curtis. Felicity brings with her a wealth of educational experience that she will be passing on to pupils across all the years at Grace Dieu.  She also has a string of professional acting credits to her name, having played a […]

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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 […]

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Grace Dieu pupils receive John Muir Awards!

As part of their Outdoor Learning programme, Year 6 achieved their John Muir Award – a national environmental award that encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.  We celebrated this wonderful achievement with our very first John Muir Award Ceremony when our pupils were all awarded their certificates. “The John Muir […]

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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Grace Dieu pupils reach the 3M Finals!

Congratulations to Alisha and Megan for reaching the Finals of the 3M Challenge with their fantastic marble run! The girls worked really hard and are now very excited about the Presentation Evening which takes place tomorrow. It will certainly be a busy day for them as they will be whizzing off to attend this straight after […]

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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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Rugby Rascals launches at Grace Dieu!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Rugby Rascals –  a uniquely designed Mini Rugby programme focused on developing coordination, motor skills and knowledge of the game. Rugby Rascals sessions take 
place on Saturday mornings at Grace Dieu,
 using the School’s outstanding indoor and outdoor sports facilities (depending on the weather!) Our two Rugby […]

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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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GDPA auction winners enjoy their prizes!

This term, our GDPA Winter Ball auction winners were invited in for their exciting day at School! There were four prize winners in total – two pupils won the chance to be ‘Head for Half a Day’, and two parents were able to experience a day in School with the children. Both children enjoyed being Head […]

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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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Introducing our new Deputy Head!

We are delighted to introduce our new Deputy Head, Victoria Darby, who joins Grace Dieu in September. Currently, Victoria is the Assistant Head at Christ the King Catholic Primary in Leicester, where she has also been acting Head of School. “Victoria joins us with a wealth of experience in teaching and in leadership and management […]

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Diocesan inspection celebration!

Grace Dieu is celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ Diocesan Canonical Inspection Report. “I am delighted that Grace Dieu has been rated, overall, a ‘Good’ Catholic school in this inspection,” says Headmistress, Margaret Kewell. “It certainly has been a busy year for inspections for the School – having already passed our Compliance inspection and been awarded […]

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#AllGraceDieu video launches!

What better way to celebrate All that is amazing about Grace Dieu than to have a series of six videos that encapsulate All that we offer our families?! Having initially launched the videos on Facebook, parents can now watch all six videos here on our website. ·      Our first video shows how Grace Dieu offers […]

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Another Eco Award for Grace Dieu!

Pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School in Thringstone are delighted to have been awarded their second Eco School flag – the Silver Award! Impressively, this second award has been awarded just six months after the pupils were awarded their Bronze Award – proving just how hard working the School’s Eco Committee are! This internationally recognised […]

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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 […]

Opera singers fly in to perform at Grace Dieu Manor School !

Three tenors flew in from the Rome Opera House to perform a concert of famous Opera and Neapolitan songs for a ‘Night at the Opera’ event at Grace Dieu Manor School in Thringstone. The tenors, Antonio Sorrentino, Corrado Amici and Cristiano Amici, who were accompanied by pianist Nicholas Durcan, captivated the audience with their outstanding performances. There was also an amazing operatic performance from Tilly […]

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Grace Dieu welcomes its new Director of Music!

We are delighted to announce that Anna Hill will be Grace Dieu’s new Director of Music. Anna, who has been teaching singing at Grace Dieu for the last year and has championed many recent projects including taking part in Young Voices, joins the School full time as of September 2018 in the role of Director […]

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How old are Grace Dieu’s trees?!

Year 5 got together for Outdoor Learning and went looking for veteran trees around our grounds. Armed with a ball of string and a metre stick to measure the circumference of the trees, we started in Nursery, where we found a lime tree, identifiable thanks to its red buds; with a girth of 574 cm, […]

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A Gold ‘Green Tree School Award’ for Grace Dieu!

Grace Dieu is delighted to have been awarded a Gold ‘Green Tree School Award’ from the Woodland Trust! This fantastic scheme rewards schools for completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning.  Whilst Grace Dieu only began taking part in the scheme in January, within a matter of just a few weeks the School has impressively […]

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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 […]

Viking visit inspires our Year 3 & 4 pupils!

Year 3 & 4 are busy studying Vikings as part of their Creative Curriculum. To compliment all of the work they have being doing in class, the children enjoyed an entire day of Viking activities today! The children had an amazing day filled with facts about how Norsemen raided, traded, and entertained themselves.  It was delivered in a fun practical […]

Starring roles in history film!

Today was an exciting day for our Year 6 pupils – as they began their dramatic journey to starring in a film! The short film, which is intended to be shown at the Ashby Arts Festival, is based around the mystery of Roesia de Verdun.  It is being produced by local film company, Pudding Bag Productions, who […]

It’s official – the Grace Dieu Nursery is Outstanding!

Grace Dieu Manor School and Nursery are celebrating after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ inspection! The quality and standards of Grace Dieu’s Early Years provision in the Nursery was rated as “Outstanding” in every category in the Inspection, undertaken by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. “To be awarded ‘Outstanding’ across all areas of our Early Years provision, given […]

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Learning brought to life…

Each and every week, learning is brought to life at Grace Dieu. Last week is a good example – here’s just a very small sample of how learning was brought to life for our pupils: Pupils enjoyed interesting hands-on Science lessons on a range of topics – including Light – in our Science Lab. Swans […]

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First Headmistress’ first term at Grace Dieu!

The start of the Spring Term was the start of Mrs Margaret Kewell’s first term as Headmistress at Grace Dieu Manor School. Appointed as Acting Headmistress in the Autumn Term, Mrs Kewell officially took up the role of Headmistress this week. Having previously held the position of Deputy Head for three years, Mrs Kewell’s appointment […]

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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 […]

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End of term concert

The chilly weather did not stop Grace Dieu putting on a fantastic concert on the last day of term showcasing the musical talents of our pupils in Years 3 – 6 along with a group from Year 2.  It may have been cold outside but the Christmas spirit, reflected in the wonderful singing, instrumental work and recitation, […]


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 […]

Team Maths Challenge!

On Friday the children in Years 1-6 had great fun taking part in a Team Maths Challenge! They worked in pairs to solve problems with a mathematical vent. They worked together, communicated effectively, adapted their approaches and, as usual, our older children did a fantastic job of supporting our younger students. Of course the children […]

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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 roots to wings – our new Nursery crest!

To celebrate Grace Dieu Nursery’s first birthday, we have designed a beautiful new Nursery crest! The crest is a wonderful representation of what happens when children join Grace Dieu Nursery – as they grow they move up through different rooms, each tailored to the needs and interests of that specific age group.  All of our […]

Pupils enjoy Egyptian Day!

Pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School saw history ‘come to life’ during their Egyptian Day. The children in Years 3 & 4 learnt about all aspects of life in Ancient Egypt. They even discovered, first hand, how they mummified bodies! They pupils certainly enjoyed taking part in some Egyptian dancing – a snippet of which can […]

GDPA Events this term!

Our wonderful GDPA are incredibly busy this term, organising two major events at Grace Dieu. Firstly, the Winter Ball, which takes place on Saturday 25th November.  This year’s ball will take you on a beautiful journey through the wardrobe and into the whimsical world of the stunning Narnia forest. The evening will start with a […]

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Imagination alights at Grace Dieu!

Our Year 1 and 2 pupils have, literally, set fire to their imagination! They recreated Pudding Lane by making Tudor houses and the infamous bakery where the Great Fire of London started.  Members of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service then started a fire in the bakery to show the pupils just how quickly it […]

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 […]

Programming comes to life for Years 5 & 6

Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed a fantastic day of programming and app development using the micro:bit – a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning about computer programming easy and fun. Ali Maggs, a specialist micro:bit trainer who is also well known for producing games and applications, spent the day at Grace Dieu teaching the children how […]

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First Female Head at Grace Dieu!

For the first time in its 84-year history, Grace Dieu Manor School has a female Head. Mrs Margaret Kewell officially took up the role at the beginning of term, having previously held the position of Deputy Head for three years. It is certainly an exciting week of ‘1sts’ for Grace Dieu,” says Mrs Kewell. “I’m […]

3M Challenge Success!

Well done to all of the pupils who took part in the 3M challenge! We had a record number of pupils taking part in three different challenges: The Echo challenge, where pupils had to make a musical instrument out of recycled material. They also had to be able to play a tune on it – […]

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A successful 500 words for Layla!

Layla successfully made it through to the first round of the BBC’s renowned 500 words competition!   Layla’s success is particularly impressive given that her entry was selected from 131,798 entries. Her piece, entitled ‘Ooops – I’m off!’ was one of the 5,000 entries selected to go to the Reading Agency for the second round […]

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100% success rate for Grace Dieu pupils!

Year 6 pupils at Grace Dieu Manor School are celebrating after they were all offered their first choice of secondary school! We are absolutely delighted that every single one of our Year 6 pupils who took entrance exams were offered a place to their first choice secondary school We are particularly thrilled that two pupils, […]

Opera singers fly in to perform at Grace Dieu Manor School !

Three tenors flew in from the Rome Opera House to perform a concert of famous Opera and Neapolitan songs fora ‘Night at the Opera’ event at Grace Dieu Manor School in Thringstone. The tenors, Antonio Sorrentino, Corrado Amici and Francesco Giannelli, who were accompanied by pianist Nicholas Durcan, captivated the audience with their outstanding performances. […]

Book your space on one of our Open Days!

We are delighted to be holding a number of Open Mornings this Autumn: Thursday 21st September 9.30am-1pm Tuesday 10th October 9.30am-1pm Friday 24th November 9.30am-1pm All visitors are welcome to come along to enjoy a tour around the beautiful, stimulating, educational environment of Grace Dieu Manor School and Grace Dieu Nursery. A warm welcome awaits… Meet […]

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The Romans have taken Grace Dieu by storm!

Pupils from Grace Dieu Manor School saw history ‘come to life’ during their Roman Day. All of the pupils, in Years 3 and 4, had a fantastic time learning all about the Romans – from the way they fought, to the way they lived their everyday lives. During the day, the children had a chance […]