Dear Parents, Carers and School Community
Well it’s been a very, very busy year and we are now counting down the last few days to the holidays. I think we can safely say that all the children and the whole school team deserve a well-earned rest and a huge thank you for all the work they have put into making this year a great success!
This year we have seen lots of changes at Tithe Barn School and some great new initiatives. First and foremost, we have welcomed the drive, innovation and enthusiasm of Mrs Muncaster. Mrs Story has successfully joined the team, and we look forward to benefitting from Mrs Kelly’s IT and English skills in September. We wish Miss Boffey success in her new role as teacher. Good luck to Miss Brown starting her new adventure as a Mum and thank Mrs Maher for her contribution in providing the school’s Stay and Play over many years.
The whole school team have really focused on improving progress through assessment, monitoring and support, especially in reading and SPAG. This has led to great progress at KS1 and KS2. Indeed, our SPAG results were fantastic, with nearly 60% of Year 6 children working at greater depth – one of the top scores in our local authority, let’s see if not the country! Well done to all. We have introduced Growth Mindset and talk partners and will continue to embed next year. As a result, we are all learning that mistakes just mean you’re trying hard and there is no such thing as ‘I can’t do that!”
On a different level, the new school meals have been very well received by all. The children and staff are enjoying the tasty dishes.
Next year we will launch new initiatives to further improve progress, with Team teach in Year 5 and 6 and a whole school focus on writing – The Big Write, which I know you will be hearing lots more about. We want to ensure that Tithe Barn Primary School continues to grow and develop, constantly improving teaching, learning and the school environment. we want to help our cheerful, confident pupils develop a lifelong love of learning and have fun whilst progressing. On reflection, next year may be just as busy!
As you all know, being a small school with big ideas, but a very small budget can be very challenging! The current funding formulae and cuts in real terms have a marked impact on single form entry schools in non-disadvantaged areas. But we do not want our pupils education to suffer. As a Governing Board, we have to be more creative with what we do have and also make some tough decisions about how our limited budget is spent. We couldn’t do this without the support of Friends of Tithe Barn and the efforts of the whole school community, so thank you so much for your continual support.
In order to maintain improvement the Governing Board have decided to take a loan from the Local Authority, to be repaid through the funds raised from managing the Breakfast and After School clubs. We shall invest much needed income into improving the whole school environment and learning. For example, over the summer holiday we will be rewiring the whole school’s IT network and improving security. This will enhance the computing skills of all pupils and allow the teachers to harness IT for effective learning. So – fingers crossed – we will have a new computer suite for September, allowing the AVIVA bid computers, the interactive white boards and the chrome books to be effectively used.
We shall also be improving the security throughout the school and at the front entrance and perimeter fencing, to ensure we have a safe and secure environment for our little learners to grow.
Finally, we wish all the Year 6 pupils success and happiness as they move to secondary school, and the warmest greetings to our new reception children starting their learning journey in September. For everyone else, we wish you all a very happy restful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all at the start of the new school year.
With best wishes on behalf of The Governing Board,