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TITHE BARN NEWS: March 1st 2019

Half the Year has Flown By…

We came back to school after our half term holiday to fantastic weather. The warm sun brought smiles to the faces of the children as they walked back in to the playground. Or was that the parents as they dropped them off?

As you are aware, we are working hard to make the process of getting the children into school more efficient. The school day starts at 8.50 and ideally we would like to have the children in and active as close to this time as possible.

We want to maximise their learning time!

To this end, the children are being asked to get ready to enter school with the whistle being blown outside just after 8.45am. Having watched the process in operation for the last few days, when this happens we get most classes in by 8.50.

Staff outside will start to move the reception class first. Please do not worry if the class is not their when your child arrives. We will happily slip younger children in to school and give them priority over the older children.

I have been approached by parents supporting the changes we have made to the start of the day. Staff too feel the process is working well.

Thank you for your co-operation in making this system better for all.

Alistair Blackburn

A Mouse Took a Stroll in the Deep Dark Wood…
I had the pleasure of watching the best production of the Gruffalo in town. Year 1 were amazing!

The story was brought to life with great costumes, wonderful acting and brilliant singing.

I know the many family members watching the performance were as impressed as I was. Thank you for encouraging the children with learning their lines, the actions and coming dressed for the part.

The best efforts of the children, the parents and carers and staff produced a spectacle that will be remembered for some time to come.

Reception Show he Way…
Our youngest members of the school showed off their talents in their class assembly recently. After exploring what makes a hero ‘super’, the children worked hard to understand their own talents and those of the special people they know. Every child spoke and enjoyed their new song.

Ah, Ah, Ah Choo!
Not to be outdone by the younger members of key stage 1, Year 2 wowed a large gathering of family members this morning. Their production had GERMS as its focus. Thanks to Dr. Pattison for her expert input; the children were then inspired to find out as much as they could.

I can safely say that everyone left a little more knowledgeable than when the y arrived. Who knew that germs from a sneeze could travel up to 10 metres!

A busy week for the Upper juniors:

Wednesday 27 Feb: Crucial Crew for Y6
This is a multi-agency event organised, through schools, by the police and supported by the fire service. They aim to raise awareness of safety issues to school children in Year 6.

Thursday 28 Feb : Romeo and Juliet for both Y5 and Y6
An amazing production. A big thank you to Saskia (Z-arts) for organising the tickets for us to watch the show. A fantastic stimulus for the children and the work they are completing this term.

Playleaders are on their way:

Miss Heap has spent time this week training up a very enthusiastic group of volunteers from Y3 and 4.

The children will be out at playtime and lunchtime to lead children in small games on the playground. We are looking forward to watching how they perform.

We are sure they will be a real asset and help some children have a more enjoyable time outside.

Wake up and shake up on its way. Watch this space!

Message From Mrs Muncaster

Hello All

I just wanted to say thank you for all your kind wishes. I’m now starting to feel much better and looking forward to returning to school in the next few weeks. I’m missing all the children and can’t wait to get back. I hope you all have a fantastic World Book Day. In know you will be dressed in your snuggly pyjamas or characters from your favourite books and I’m really looking forward to seeing the photographs!!

Have Fun reading, sharing stories and swapping books.

Best Wishes Mrs Muncaster


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TITHE BARN news march 2019

Newsletter: 22nd July 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

 I cannot believe that this is my final newsletter of the school year and as Headteacher at Tithe Barn – where indeed does the time go?

 It has been an absolute privilege and honour to serve as Tithe Barn’s Headteacher for the last five years. There can be few roles as a public servant that are as fulfilling as being the headteacher of a primary school but above all, being the headteacher of Tithe Barn Primary School.

 Tithe Barn is an especially unique school. There can be few schools where the children are so confident, enthusiastic, well-mannered and high achieving. The children of the school consistently live up to the school’s strapline of ‘Cheerful, confident achievers’ and I have been constantly overwhelmed by the things that they achieve. Our children have again performed brilliantly in the End of Key Stage Assessments this year but their successes and the success of the school runs far deeper and broader than mere test results. The children achieve highly in so many areas, academically, in sport, in music, creatively and socially. This week’s performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the music concerts are real testament to the breadth of the curriculum and their experiences with children performing to a standard that is way and above that of their chronological ages. However, we must never take these things for granted. Children achieve at this level when they have a fantastically nurturing and aspirational environment around them, extremely hard working and dedicated staff and governors and wonderfully supportive parents/carers. Tithe Barn has all of these attributes.

 I would like to pay tribute and give my thanks to our amazing children, my dedicated team and to you as parents. I will miss you all.

 If I do not have the chance to speak to you before the end of term, have a wonderful summer holiday.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw, Headteacher


We would like to wish all of our Year 6 children a fabulous transition to secondary school when they start in September. This year, we have children moving to Priestnall, Castle Hill, Stockport Grammar, Withington Girls’, St Ambrose and the USA. They have been a remarkable year group and have performed above and beyond our expectations in all areas. They have very bright futures ahead of them indeed.

On Wednesday, we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Babinska who started work at Tithe Barn on 01/09/2006 as a teaching assistant before taking on the role of a class teacher three years ago, working with Year 5 initially and then Year 6. Mrs Babinska has been an incredible and dedicated teacher at Tithe Barn and we wish her well as she takes up her second teaching post at Egerton Primary School, Knutsford in September. Our loss truly is their gain!

We also have a number of children moving to different places at the end of term and we wish them well for the future.

End of Key Stage Assessments

The children in Year 2 and Year 6 attained very high results in their assessments and tests. This year, there was a new assessment regime and the children have been tested on the new curricular expectations for the first time. The results are exceptional and we are very proud of the children (and their teachers!)

End of Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment – Percentage Achieving Expected and Above


  Reading Writing Mathematics
Expected Exceeding Expected Exceeding Expected Exceeding
Tithe Barn 83 48 79 59 83 48
Stockport 76 26 68 15 73 19



End of Key Stage 2 Results 2016 – Percentage Achieving Expected Standard


  Reading Writing (TA) Mathematics Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling Overall Reading/Writing/ Maths
Tithe Barn 86 79 93 90 79
Heatons 77 77 78 82 65
National 66 74 70 72 53


These results represent a remarkable achievement given the changes to assessment this year and the raised expectations of the new assessment regime.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Well done to Year 6 for a fabulous production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The audience witnessed excellent acting and singing – we have some amazing thespians! Thank you to the United Church for hosting our end of year performance for the first time.

Friends of Tithe Barn Summer Fayre

We are absolutely delighted to report that our Summer Fair raised a whopping £3,250, dwarfing last years’ total and smashing the £3K mark which I don’t think has been done for many years!! Thanks again to everybody that donated, helped out and flashed their cash on the day, we hope you had fun!

Mrs. Muncaster is a lady with big plans for Tithe Barn and she is happy for us to share with you her priority for our fundraising as quickly as possible – interactive, touch screen whiteboards in every classroom, just like in our Reception classroom and thus building on the ipads and ipad minis across the school that FOTB has already supported. This technology will have a massive impact on our children’s learning and as each class gets theirs you’ll be able to see exactly where your money is being spent and how it will benefit your kids.

More details to follow from school but in the mean time, let’s hope the weather is kind to us again for the Family Festival on the afternoon of Saturday 24th September – with another record fund raising event we could have the first couple of whiteboards installed in school before we know it…..

Summer Term Concerts

Yesterday, our children performed in a concert to parents and to each other to showcase our achievements in strings and brass. The Tithe Barn Strings Ensemble, Brass Band, Year 5 and Year 6 children all performed. The children all did so well and the standard was incredible. Mr South said that most secondary school bands are not as good as our brass band! Well done to everyone and our thanks go to Carolyn Tregaskis and Mr South for their hard work over the last year.

France Visit – Year 6

Our Year 6 children had a brilliant experience in France, travelling on the ferry, visiting the Somme battlefields and memorials, going to a chocolate factory, market, goat farm, the beach, a sea life centre, competing in archery and taking part in water sports! Phew, that was just a few of the things they got up to, as well as listening to French and soaking in a Jacuzzi! We have booked to go again next year, so watch this space. Thanks to Mrs Babinska and Mrs Stewart for being amazing!

Sports Awards

Today, the school has been presented with a number of sports awards for commitment to sport and physical development across Stockport. We have won awards for commitment to high quality PE, commitment to sporting competitions, commitment to leadership and volunteering and for commitment to participation in PE, School Sport and Physical Activity. We are very proud to receive so many awards.

Reception Visit to Stockley Farm

Yesterday, Reception children were very excited to be going to Stockley Farm and had a wonderful time there. Mrs Patton said that the children were very, very good!

Year 2 Visit to Blue Planet

Year 2, not wanting to be outdone by Year 6 going to the sea life centre in Boulogne, had a wonderful visit to the Blue Planet Aquarium. The staff at the aquarium remarked on how wonderful our children are!

Awards Assembly

All parents of Year 6 children are warmly invited to our awards assembly next Wednesday at 0930 in the school hall.

Diary Dates


July 2016
Friday 22nd 19:00 Year 6 Leavers’ Party, Lucas’ Garden
Monday 25th – 26th All day Continents Days – whole school
Wednesday 27th 0930-1030 Year 6 Leavers and Awards Assembly
Wednesday 27th 1330-1430 End of Year Assembly
Wednesday 27th 1515 End of Term
September 2016
Monday 5th 0850 Term starts for children
Thursday 15th All day Dot Day in the Heatons







































Newsletter: 06.05.16

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to school for the Summer Term. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the school year was starting and now we are in our final term. I have been delighted to see the children developing so much this year in all our classes, with the children in Year 2 and 6 really rising to the challenges of the new curriculum and assessment arrangements.

In this newsletter, you will find key dates for this term and some of the exciting and enjoyable activities that our Friends of Tithe Barn have arranged.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely

Mr MJ Shaw

Morning Start

School starts at 0850. We are still experiencing a number of late arrivals to school and whilst we appreciate all the delays that can occur at the beginning of the day, we ask that parents/carers do all that they can to ensure that children are not late to school so that they do not start the day upset and are not missing out on their education.

Tucassi On-line Payments

As you will know, the school operates an on-line payments system and we encourage all parents/carers to use this service. When using the payment system, we will be grateful if you could try to avoid using credit cards and business charge cards as they incur a significantly higher charge to the school. We do understand that in some circumstances this is not possible but we will benefit from the increased use of debit cards where possible.


We would like to remind parents that when parking near the school, to be mindful of our local residents and the safety of pedestrians and other road users. Where possible, please try to walk to school.
Golden University – University of Cheerful, Confident Achievers!

Last week, we introduced a new Friday afternoon regimen for the children whereby they sign up for different activities that they can take part in which they wouldn’t normally be doing during class lessons. This is a reward for the children as well as to develop their skills in different areas such as cooking, sports, outdoor activities and mindfulness.

Big Brekkie

We will be hosting a Big Brekkie on 20th May from 0800 jointly with the United Church for Christian Aid Week. If you would like to prepare any breakfast treats and help with the event, please let Mr Shaw know.


Increasingly, we are using our Teachers2Parents service to email you information and letters rather than printing off copies. If you do not receive emails from school but would like to, please provide Mrs Barrett with your email address.

Safety and Wellbeing Questionnaire

You may remember receiving a questionnaire in November about safety and wellbeing. Attached to the newsletter is a safeguarding newsletter from Mr Shaw and Mr Steve Inch (Safeguarding Governor) to feed back on the information received from the questionnaire. Governors and staff have been working hard to address any issues of concern, so later in the term we will be sending out an update in the form of ‘you said….we did…’

Friends of Tithe Barn (FOTB) – our PTA

FOTB PTA has new Co-Chairs at the helm – Alison Kellett (mum of Tom and Sophie) and Freya Morton (Tom and Hamish) and a new Treasurer – Amy Law (mum of Stan, Elsie and Fred).


Hello! We are keen to continue building on the great work of our wonderful FOTB and raise lots of money to help school buy great resources to benefit all of our kids. Importantly, we really want to ensure everybody sees the results of their fundraising efforts and understands where the money raised is being spent.

We’ve been working with Mr. Shaw and school governors to set some fundraising priorities. Our next target is to raise £800 to get the new Forest Zone up and running during this Summer Term.

Eurovision Sweepstake

£2 a go – pick your country and cheer them on in Eurovision for the chance to win! 1st place wins £20, 2nd place £10, 3rd place £5. Countries on sale Friday and Monday morning in the playground, after school on Friday.

Family Bingo

Family Bingo was such a great success last year we hope to run this again on Friday 20th May. This is a provisional date to be confirmed asap.

Summer Fair

The Summer Fair is always a great event but putting it on is a mammoth task and we need to start planning soon. If you usually take the lead on a stall and are happy to do so again this year please let us know. If you have never helped out before but are keen to start please come along to one of our planning meetings. We realise it’s not always easy for people to attend in the evenings so this time we’re hoping a coffee morning might attract some more recruits!? There’ll still be the evening meeting for the regulars who prefer a glass of wine to help with the cerebral flow.


Join our Facebook group (Parents and Friends of Tithe Barn School PTA) to stay up to date with dates and info on ways you can help. Alternatively, get in touch by email or grab us in the playground.

alisonkellett@live.co.uk, freyasemail.morton@gmail.com,

FOTB Dates for your Diary


6th & 9th Eurovision Sweepstake before and after school Friday 20th – Family Bingo – provisional date tbc Wednesday 25th 9.30am FOTB PTA Coffee Morning (Summer Fair Planning) Wednesday 25th 8.00pm FOTB PTA Drinks (Summer Fair Planning)


Friday 17th Second Hand Uniform Sale for new parents TBC – Piggy Bank – bags of clothes to school


Sunday 17th July Summer Fair


Saturday 24th Family Festival

Summer Term Diary Dates

May 2016
Monday 9th – 13th All week Year 6 SATS and KS2 Assessment Week
Tuesday 17th Al day Year 3&4 Tennis Tournament
Friday 20th 0800-0930 Big Brekkie (Christian Aid Week)
Thursday 26th 1530 Rotary Year 6 Public Speaking Competition
June 2016
Monday 13th- 17th All week Year 1&2 Phonics Screening Week
Friday 17th All day Year 4 Viking Day – Tatton Park
Tuesday 14th 1800-1900 Year 6 France Residential Meeting
Friday 17th June 1400-1500 New Reception Parents Meeting
Monday 20th June 0900-1200 Individual and Team Photographs
Monday 20th June All day St John’s Ambulance First Aid Training – Year 5&6
Tuesday 21st June All day Sports Day (Reserve 22nd June)
Thursday 23rd June Year 5 Maths Competition, Stockport Grammar School
Thursday 23rd June 1900 Year 5/6 Reading Celebration Evening – Priestnall
July 2016
Friday 1st July 0915-1215 Year 6 Priestnall Transition Morning
Monday 4-8th All week Year 6 Residential to France
Monday 4-8th All week Year 5 Bikeability
Friday 15th 1510 End of Year Reports out to Parents/Carers
Monday 18th All day Reception VIP Day 1
Monday 18th 10am Year 6 Performance Dress Rehearsal in school
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Tuesday 19th All day Reception VIP Day 2
Tuesday 19th 10am Year 6 Morning Performance (United Church)
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Tuesday 19th 1830 Year 6 Evening Performance (United Church)
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Friday 22nd 0900-1200 Class swap morning
Monday 25th – 26th All day Continents Days – whole school
Wednesday 27th 0930-1030 Year 6 Leavers and Awards Assembly
Wednesday 27th 1330-1430 End of Year Assembly

Newsletter: 15.01.16

Dear Parents and Carers

 If I have not already done so in person, may I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year on behalf of the staff and governors.

 The children have been settling back into the school routines very well after the Christmas holiday every day; impressing their teachers greatly by the amount and quality of their work. The children should really feel proud of how well they have settled back into school and of the amazing work that they are doing.

 In the newsletter, you will find some of the key dates for this term.

 My best wishes for the weekend


Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw



Collection from School


We have recently had quite a number of children who have not been collected from school until a considerable amount of time has passed after the end of the school day. Just to remind you, the collection times for the end of the school day are:

Reception/Key Stage 1: 15:10

Key Stage 2: 15:15

School Car Park

The school car park is for staff and deliveries only unless you have permission to use the disabled bay. We would be grateful if parents and carers did not use the car park, as some staff cars have recently been damaged by visiting vehicles.

Leave of Absence

If you are requesting Leave of Absence during term time for your child, please could you ensure where possible that you provide the school with at least four weeks’ notice by completing a form from the school office. This does not apply in a small amount of circumstances, such as for children attending independent school examinations as it is not always possible to obtain such advance notice.

E-Safety Consent Forms

We are still awaiting some e-safety consent forms to be returned to school. If you have not already done so, please can you talk through the e-safety rules with your son/daughter, sign the forms and return them to school by Friday.

Local Delivery!

We are very pleased to announce that Mrs Gholinia had a baby girl on Friday 8th January. Josephine Gholinia was born weighing a very healthy 6lb 8oz and both baby and mum are doing very well. Our congratulations go to Mr and Mrs Gholinia.

Spelling Bee

At the end of term, the children in Years 3-6 will be taking part in a spelling bee competition as part of our drive to raise the profile of spelling. In addition, today and on Monday, staff will be taking part in a mind-blowingly difficult test in front of the children. Best wishes to Mrs Babinska, Mrs Bridgehouse, Mrs Fraser, Mr Shaw and Mr Donaldson who are taking part in today’s round. We will let you know how they get on.

Reducing Sugar

With this new year, we are taking the opportunity to reduce our sugar intake. We all know the dangers of too much sugar from dental decay to diabetes. Therefore, we would like to encourage parents and carers not to bring in sweets on their children’s birthdays but if you do want to bring in a gift for the children, it would be great to bring in something creative or practical. An example of this was seen in Year 1 with some fabulous bubble blowers.


Sports News

Lacrosse Team

Last week, our lacrosse teams travelled to Reddish Vale School for the commencement of the Stockport Lacrosse Tournament. A team of eight children took part in the competition against seven other teams. Our team played brilliantly and showed a very high level of skill, coming third overall. Next month, we will travel to Reddish again for the open final of the wider Stockport competition. Congratulations to lacrosse player of the tournament, George Smith, who also received a special commendation for determination.

Dates For Your Diary

Wednesday 10th February – Pop-Lacrosse Open Final

Thursday 25th February – Stockport Tag-Rugby Final (Years 5/6)

w/b 14th March 2016 – Parent Teacher Meetings Reception to Year 6 (Tuesday/Wednesday evenings)

w/b 14th March 2016 – Science Week

29th / 30th March – Year 4 Residential to Tattenhall

Friday 1st April – Non-Uniform Day

Newsletter: 22.05.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 At school, we can hardly believe that the final half term of the year is upon us as the year has passed by so quickly. It has been incredible to see the children developing so quickly and growing in confidence, particularly our wonderful Reception children in Antarctica class who have changed so much since September.

 I thought it would be helpful to remind you that the children will be returning to school on Tuesday 9th June as Monday 8th June is a First-Aid training day for all staff.

 I hope that your children have a very well-deserved Whitsuntide holiday over the next two weeks and we look forward to seeing them on Tuesday 9th June.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Fundraising for Nepal

 We have now revised upwards the amount of money that was raised by the school community for the disaster relief fund in Nepal. In total, an incredible £380.34 was raised which is an exceptional effort for the six of our school. The money has now been sent off to the government’s Disaster Emergency Committee.

Year 2 Swashbuckle

On Wednesday, our Year 2 children went to Media City to take part in the BBC Swashbuckle programme. They were extremely excited to be dressed up as pirates and taking part in the show and they had a fabulous time. Gem, Line, Cook and Captain Sinker thought that they were amazing and have declared them to be the cheeriest cheerers ever to set foot aboard the Scarlet Squid. We will let you know in due course when the show will be aired on CBeebies.

Year 1 Hatworks

Year 1 went off to the Hatworks Museum this week in the pouring rain and returned in yes…the rain! However, they had a superb time learning all about hatmaking as part of their topic. Violet commented that the visit was ‘fabulous’ and Caleb stated that it was ‘spectacular!’

Year 3 visit to Chester Zoo

Last week, Year 3 (Africa) went to visit Chester Zoo as part of their summer term topic to look at different African animals. The children enjoyed the visit immensely and were inspired to create incredible African Animal fact-files in class which they share with each other. Who would have thought that two children would have chosen to write about the incredible okapi – relative of the giraffe?

End of Year Awards

If you have any children who were in Year 6 last year and received one of our annual awards, please could you return it as soon as possible so that we can use them in our Leavers’ Asssembly.


At the end of each week, we announce which of our houses has won the leaf point competition – Jacaranda, Oak, Willow or Palm. The children really enjoy this and the house captains record the positions on our Leaf Point spirals which reside in our Globe Zone. Mr Roberts who originally made the spirals some years ago, has recently revamped them beautifully with wooden plinths. These will now last for many more years, so we would like to thank Mr Roberts for his hard work yet again.

Reception Mud Kitchen

Mrs Patton and her class would like to say a great big thank you to all the parents who have donated equipment for the Reception Mud Kitchen and to the parents and staff who have helped to create it. A  particularly special mention goes to Mr Tonge who has helped so much in its creation. The Reception outdoor classroom is looking great with all the equipment, plants, beds, gazebo and mud kitchen.

Sports Day

Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 17th June (the second week back after half term). Information about the day will go out shortly after the holiday but this year, there will be refreshments available for parents by Stay and Play. The proceeds will be in aid of our Lucas Garden by the side of our Year 6 classroom.

Lucas Garrity Smile Award

Each week in assembly, we give out a Star trophy to reward a child in school who has demonstrated a really positive attitude in their work and around school. If you visit the school entrance, you will notice that we now have a Lucas Garrity Smile Award board which has been donated by the Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter. This board was presented to the school by the Rotary Club and was gratefully received by Mr Shaw and Mrs Garrity. Each year, we will record the names of one boy and one girl in Year 2 who have demonstrated an exceptionally positive attitude and smiley demeanour, just like the shining example that Lucas set for us.

Friends of Tithe Barn

On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June, FOTB will be selling Father’s Day gifts after school. There will also be a clothes collection (bags going out today) on the Friday and a Kids Cinema Night.

Dinner Money – next half term

The cost of dinner money for next half term will be £73.80 for Years 3, 4 and 5 and £63.55 for Year 6.

Playing Before and After School

Please could we remind everyone that the children may not play on any school playground equipment on the school grounds before or after school. Play equipment is not intended for use outside of the school day as it requires staff supervision.

Sports News

Tennis Competition

Four children in Year 4 had the opportunity to take part in a tennis competition this week at West Heaton’s Tennis Club. Well done to Gustav, Eve, Harry and Lauren who played really well and came second overall out of the three teams represented. Keep up the great work!

Forthcoming Dates for Your Diary



Friday 22nd May – Break up for Whitsuntide Holiday


Monday 8th June – School closed for In-service training (First Aid)

Tuesday 9th June – School reopens

Wednesday 10th June – Year 3 visit to Manchester Art Gallery

Thursday 11th/Friday 12th June – FOTB Father’s Gift Sale

Friday 12th / Saturday 13th June – FOTB Clothes Collection

Friday 12th June – Kids Cinema Night

w/b 15th June – Year 1 Phonics Screening check

Wednesday 17th June – Sports Day

Friday 19th June – New Reception Parents Meeting

Saturday 20th June – Tithe Barn Quiz and Chip Supper

Monday 22nd June – Class photographs

Thursday 25th June – Year 6 Residential Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday 30th June – KS2 Summer Concert, 1830


Thursday 2nd July/Friday 3rd July – Year 3 Sleepover

Thursday 2nd July – Year 6 transition visit to Priestnall

Tuesday 7th July – Year 6 production , 0930

Wednesday 8th July – Year 6 production, 1830

Friday 10th July – End of Year Reports out to parents

Monday 13th July – Year 6 visit to France

Sunday 19th July – FOTB Summer Fayre

Monday 20th July – Class swap morning

Thursday 23rd/Friday 24th July – Continents Days

Tuesday 28th July – Children break up for the summer


Newsletter: 02.04.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 Easter is here and the signs of Spring are heralding the arrival of our holidays. This week in school, we have been very fortunate to share some wonderful experiences. Year 4 went to Tattenhall, Chester on Monday for our first residential trip there, where they concentrated on willow weaving, team games and map work. They were a real credit to the school and to their parents, with the staff at the centre remarking on their high standards of behaviour and work. They were also impressed by our impromptu piano recital during dinner and the children’s amazing appetites!

 Yesterday, our strings ensemble performed some excellent French music whilst the rest of the school sang along under the tutelage of our fabulous French teacher, Mademoiselle Llaneza and Pia Oliver. Thank you to the children and adults for their hard work and to Carolyn Tregaskis who practised the music with her strings group.

 This morning, we had a very enjoyable and informative Year 3 Egyptian Exhibition for parents where the children were able to show all the amazing work that they have been doing in their History lessons – well done to Year 3 and Mrs Gholinia.

 Finally, Year 2 children were able to showcase their amazing efforts in music to mums and dads by performing ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on their instruments. In fact, it was so good and so well attended, that they had to perform twice just to make sure that everyone got to hear their great performance. Thank you Year 2 and Mr Donaldson.

 May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very happy and peaceful Easter.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Friends of Tithe Barn

There will be an informal Friends of Tithe Barn meeting on Tuesday the 28th April at the Kro bar. If you are willing to help or lead an event in the summer term, you are warmly invited to attend.

Please can we say a huge thank you for the hard work to raise much needed funds for our school.

Michelle Sinclair and her team created a wonderful Mother’s Day gifts stall. Michelle worked really hard to create some beautiful mothers’ days flowers and gifts and raised over £250 marvellous work –  thank you so much. Another big thank you to Hayley Townley and her team for the brilliant Bingo night!!   We had an amazing event with over 100 happy bingo players, it was a fabulous family night and raised over £450.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported these two fundraisers it really makes a difference. Funds will be spent on new cookery equipment and provisions, St John’s ambulance first aid training for the kids, new art supplies and seeds for the allotment, plus lots more.
If you would like to organise a school fundraiser we are always looking for new ideas and help.


If your child is going home with someone other that who they usually go home with, please can you let Mrs Barrett or their class teacher know. If they attend Stay and Play after school and are not attending one evening, please can you ensure that Mrs Maher knows that they will not be there.

Heaton Mersey Music Festival

The Heaton Mersey Music Festival was a huge success for Tithe Barn this term. The children were amazing in all their performances in Brass, strings and singing with Laurel Lane. If the school trophy cabinet is anything to go by, they were absolutely incredible. Well done to all the individual and group performers and thank you to the many parents and adults who helped out with this.

Top Gear Cards

Every now and then, schools are hit by a sudden craze such as Loom Bands and Football cards. These are on the whole great but sometimes can go missing and this then impacts upon learning time. Some children have been bringing in vast amounts of cards to swap and some of them have gone missing. We therefore ask that the children do not bring them into school any more as they are impacting upon different areas of school life.

After School Clubs

Judo restarts on Tuesday mornings after the Easter Holidays (Yrs 1 – 6). The new five week course will start at 8.00am on Tuesday 21 April and will run until Tuesday 19 May. The lessons stay at £20 per block with payment to be made online or cheque made payable to Tithe Barn Primary School.

Lacrosse continues Wednesdays after school but with a new coach. Sean Smith (who came over as part of a Lacrosse development programme with English Lacrosse) has returned to his college in America. Chris Peacock will take over the Club after Easter. Chris, who is also part of English Lacrosse, has already been teaching Lacrosse in the school so knows the children well. The cost stays at £4 per session (£20 for the half term).

After the Easter holidays there will be a new Athletics Club starting on Thursdays after school for Yrs 3 and Yr 4.  The club will be ran by our Year 4 Teacher Miss Heather Ainsworth until 4.30pm and will be free.  If you would like your child to attend this club – or indeed start any of the other clubs we are currently running – please fill in the Permission Slip attached and return it to school on the first day back after the Easter holidays.

Fundraising for Francis House Children’s Hospice

Thanks to Niamh, Grace and Sam in Yr 6 who showed their entrepreneurial skills helping to sell over 360 knitted chicks for Francis House (raising over £360). Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

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Lacrosse Team

Last week, the Lacrosse team went to the Greater Manchester Winter Youth Games to take part in the regional lacrosse competition. The team performed amazingly well and conceded the least amount of goals in the competition. They have therefore qualified for the national lacrosse finals in June. Well done everyone for your brilliant display.

Newsletter: 27.02.15

Dear Parents and Carers


I hope that your children all had a great half term holiday; they have certainly seemed refreshed and ready for the run-up to Easter this week.

 Yesterday was a very exciting day in school as Howard Rose (our guitar and ukulele teacher) came into school with the BBC to perform his song from The Voice. The children really entered into the spirit of the event with their banners and t-shirts – they didn’t even seem put off by filming the same part several times! Many thanks to Mr Blackburn and Mrs Barrett for enabling Howard to come in and perform for us.

 We have several events coming up over the next few weeks which will be outlined in the newsletter such as World Book Day, Science Week, Red Nose Day and Parent-teacher consultations.

 My best wishes for the weekend

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Private Fostering Arrangements

Is your child living with someone else, or is someone else’s child living with you? If this is the case and it has lasted more than 28 days, you will need to let Stockport Children’s Social Care know about the arrangement so that you can gain the right kind of advice and support. If this applies to you, please call them on 0161 2176028 or email cyp@stockport.gov.uk

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March 2015

Next Thursday is World Book Day — a celebration of all things wonderful about books for all ages, with author events and a £1 book token given to all schoolchildren under 18.

Ten children’s books are being published for just £1 — they can be exchanged for the token, or it can be set against a full-price book in local bookshops. There’s also a range of great books for adults that are also priced at just £1. In school we will be celebrating this opportunity to raise the profile of reading. On Thursday, your child may like to come dressed as their favourite book character or bring a prop from their favourite book for their classmates to guess which book it is from. We will also like to encourage the children to bring in a book from home as during the day, we will be ‘dropping everything and reading.’

Science Week – 9th-13th March 2015

From the 9th March, we will be holding our annual science week. Many thanks to the four parents who have already contacted us about coming in to talk or deliver workshops to the children – we are so fortunate to have so many scientists in our school community. If you would like to be involved, please email Mr Shaw – headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Red Nose Day – Friday 13th March 2015

We will be joining in with the Red Nose Day theme of ‘Make your face funny for money’ on Friday 13th March. Children and adults may come to school with a funny face and may like to make a donation of £1 to this charity. More information can be found at http://www.rednoseday.com/

Big Dig – Thank you

Friday 13th February was the first of our Tithe Barn Big Dig. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped to start this year’s growing season. The children and adults had a great time preparing the allotment, digging over the beds and clearing away. We also had some great learning moments whilst planting the bulbs, which were very kindly donated. The children were very knowledgeable about the difference between seeds and bulbs. We learnt all about the different parts of the bulbs and guessed what they would grow into. They also figured out which way up they should be planted and learnt about different growing conditions for plants. We discussed how squirrels liked to dig for the bulbs and what we needed to do to stop them. We even had some great conversations about what plants need to grow and that Nitrogen fixation occurs naturally in the air by means of lightning, I think we have some budding scientists !! But most of all we all had fun getting dirty and getting out in the fresh air.

We will let you know when the next Big Dig will be and everyone is welcome. It was wonderful to see so many Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles. So if you can spare an hour to join in with the learning and growing please come along. Thank you to everyone who made this such a fun great afternoon.

Growing School

Next month, we will be having some hedgerow plants arriving from the Woodlands Trust to develop our hedgerow along Laurel Lane and we have obtained potatoes from the Potato Council who have an excellent website. If you are a childminder or work in an educational setting, you will also be able to make use of this project by registering on their website http://gyop.potato.org.uk/

This week, the teachers have been planning their growing activities for Spring planting in the allotment. If you are able to donate any compost, gardening tools and gloves or plants to school, we would be very grateful for all items received.

Staff Changes

Unfortunately at the end of next week, we will be saying goodbye to Miss Hay who has been working 1:1 in Reception, Year 1 and last year in Year 3. Miss Hay has gained a fabulous and exciting new position at a school much nearer to where she lives. We would like to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication in her role at Tithe Barn and wish her well for her new position. Today, we have been interviewing candidates to fill her position in school but we know she will be a hard act to follow.

Rotary Public Speaking Competition

Just before half term, we were delighted to be hosting the annual Rotary Public speaking competition for Primary school children for the second year running. Our fabulous team of Grace Brimage (Chair), Rebecca Roberts (Speaker) and Vijay Delange (Vote of thanks) did a great job in informing the judges and audience of their topic ‘Are footballers paid too much?’ Congratulations to Broadstone Hall who were this year’s first placed team. Our thanks go to Mrs Babinska for hosting the event and to Stockport Lamplighter Rotary Club for organising the competition.


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 Lacrosse Team

 Our two lacrosse teams performed magnificently in our recent qualification tournament at Priestnall with both team scoring victories. One of our teams qualified for the Stockport Lacrosse Final on Wednesday 4th March and we will be aiming to retain the winners shield and progress to the regional finals later in March. We will be joined by Norris Bank at the final with our two schools representing the Heatons’ Cluster of schools. Well done to all of the children involved; we are very proud of your achievements.

Swimming Team

We will again be participating in the Rotary Swimathon on 7th March with children from Years 5 and 6 participating and raising sponsorship money for local causes. We are delighted by the number of children taking part and it is likely that we will be the largest group taking part for the second year running.







Newsletter: 19.12.14

Dear Parents and Carers


Christmas is finally upon us and the children and staff are filled with festive cheer and excitement! I would like to thank everybody for attending our school nativa… plays and sharing the children’s achievements with us. I am sure that you will agree that the standard of singing and acting in both the Infant and Junior productions was incredibly high. My thanks go to the children and staff for all of their incredible endeavours in ensuring that the standard of our plays was so high.

 I would like to take this opportunity in thanking the Friends of Tithe Barn and Laurel Lane for our festive event on Monday. It was very well received and enjoyed by everyone who attended and I know that a great deal of work had been put into organising the event and all of the fabulous functions this term; Santa was exhausted too! Laurel Lane subsequently went on to carol sing around the Heatons and raised a fantastic £205 for Khensani, our link school in South Africa.

 I would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and thank you for your incredible support this term

 Yours sincerely

Mr MJ Shaw



Staffing Changes

Today we say a sad goodbye to Mr Craven who is taking up a new position at Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow. Mike has worked at Tithe Barn for just over three years and has made an enormous contribution to the life of the school particularly in the extra-curricular life of the school and music and his support in Years 2, 3 and 4 has been hugely appreciated by the teachers and children alike. We wish Mike the very best for starting at his new school.

This week we interviewed for a replacement for Mr Craven. The standard of the applications was extremely high and we were very impressed by the interviewees who taught some of our children in Year 4, met with the school council and were interviewed by the panel. In January, we will welcome Miss Natasha Daniels back to the school to work predominantly with Year 3 and 4. Some of you may remember that Miss Daniels supported Year 2 for a term last year.

Building Work in Reception Outdoor Classroom

If you have been dropping off and picking your children up from school in daylight hours, you will have seen the work progressing at the front of school. The work on the play equipment will be completed today and the path has also been finished. All the builders have left to do is to put in a new gate by the front entrance and then the path will be ready to use for accessing the school office and entrance.

Play DVDs

Many of you have ordered DVDs of the school nativities but unfortunately we have been unable to secure permission for all of the children who are featured on them. This will mean that we will be unable to sell them and any orders will be reimbursed. We apologise for this as it will be incredibly disappointing for anyone who was expecting a copy or two.

The Heatons’ Trio

This term, the three schools of Tithe Barn, Norris Bank and Mersey Vale have been looking at boys’ writing in the three schools and this week, the maths leaders in each school met to share ideas and discuss progress with the implementation of the new curriculum. Mr Donaldson reported that it was a very useful meeting and that the three leaders had enjoyed the opportunity to support each other. In the new year, the schools will be having writing training on 9th January.

Toast and Dinner Money

Toast money for the Juniors will be due at the beginning of term and will be £5.80. Mrs Jones will be sending out a text to let you know the cost of school dinners for the term.


Please could we remind parents that the school car park is not to be used as it is incredibly full and we have had a number of people stuck in the car park and requiring assistance to reverse their cars out.

Admissions Consultation for September 2016

The Local Authority published its annual Consultation on Admission Arrangements, in this case to take effect in September 2016. The documents can be accessed on the Council website www.stockport.gov.uk by inserting ‘Admissions Consultation’ in the Search box. Paper copies can be available on request if you do not have internet access.

It is of particular interest this year because, consequent on the determination from the Office of the School’s Adjudicator in November 2013 and the opening of the additional Key Stage 2 provision for St. Thomas’s at Peel Moat, it proposes to reduce the size of the Tithe Barn and Norris Bank catchment areas. It also proposes to add an additional admissions category for a temporary period for younger siblings of current pupils who live in the area affected by the proposed change.

The closing date for responses to the Consultation is 8 February 2015 and any final decision will be taken by April 2015. It is a public consultation, and individual parents and others can respond to the Local Authority.

The Governing Body will also be considering the likely impact on the School, and responding to the Local Authority in the new year. In order to help inform that response it would be helpful if any parental responses to the Local Authority could be copied to the Chair of Governors (mikefitzjohn@aol.com). Mike will also do his best to answer any questions.

In passing, I would remind parents/carers intending to apply for the admission of a child to Reception in September 2015 that the closing date for such applications is 15 January 2015. All relevant details are on the Local Authority website.

Key Dates for your Diary

Monday 5th January                             Term starts for Children

Friday 9th January                                 In-Service Day – school closed


Monday 12th January                           Visit from Stockport Mayor

Wednesday 14th January                    Happy Puzzle Maths Workshops

Thursday 15th January                         Deadline for Primary School Applications for September 2015.

















Newsletter: 05.12.14

Dear Parents and Carers


It seems that Christmas is certainly drawing near with the wonderful decorations around school that the children have made, our Christmas tree in the hall and the fabulous preparations for our Christmas Nativity and play. The children and staff have excelled themselves this year and are really looking forward to putting on their performances for you.


Today we have had a visit from Mr and Mrs Fraser and their lovely baby, Callum Michael. It was great to see them and Year 4 really enjoyed their special time meeting Callum and talking to Mr and Mrs Fraser.


With our best wishes for the weekend


Yours sincerely


 Mr MJ Shaw


 Admissions Consultation for September 2016

The Local Authority last week published its annual Consultation on Admission Arrangements, in this case to take effect in September 2016. The documents can be accessed on the Council website www.stockport.gov.uk by inserting ‘Admissions Consultation’ in the Search box. Paper copies can be available on request if you do not have internet access.

It is of particular interest this year because, consequent on the determination from the Office of the School’s Adjudicator in November 2013 and the opening of the additional Key Stage 2 provision for St. Thomas’s at Peel Moat, it proposes to reduce the size of the Tithe Barn and Norris Bank catchment areas. It also proposes to add an additional admissions category for a temporary period for younger siblings of current pupils who live in the area affected by the proposed change.

The closing date for responses to the Consultation is 8 February 2015 and any final decision will be taken by April 2015. It is a public consultation, and individual parents and others can respond to the Local Authority.

The Governing Body will also be considering the likely impact on the School, and responding to the Local Authority in the new year. In order to help inform that response it would be helpful if any parental responses to the Local Authority could be copied to the Chair of Governors (mikefitzjohn@aol.com). Mike will also do his best to answer any questions.

In passing, I would remind parents/carers intending to apply for the admission of a child to Reception in September 2015 that the closing date for such applications is 15 January 2015. All relevant details are on the Local Authority website.


Festive Family get together and a chance for your little ones to visit ‘Santa’s Grotto.  

On Monday 15th December at 3.15 pm we would like to invite you to join in a festive family get together and a chance for your little ones to visit ‘Santa’s Grotto.

Bring along friends and family to celebrate the festive season and join the school community to enjoy some traditional festive fun. Mince pies, mulled wine, gingerbread and treats will be available. You will be entertained by some traditional wassailing from our fabulous Laurel Lane choir and you can join in with a few old favourites to toast this festive season. Our school orchestra and musical talents will share a few songs and some festive treats and stocking fillers will be for sale.

Father Christmas will be joining in the fun and children and siblings can visit his grotto, where you can tell Mr. Claus all your Christmas wishes before leaving with a lovely gift. Visits are £2.50 and all proceeds will help our school. We hope to see you all so hurry to book your slot as Santa will be very busy!  Tickets are available to buy tonight at the school discos and next week in the playground at the end of the school day. However, please book soon so we can make sure Santa has all the presents!

Everyone is invited to join in and there is no age limit on visiting Santa. Please join us in celebrating this festive season and looking forward to a wonderful and successful new year at our school.

 Parent e-Safety Workshop

 Last week we had an excellent workshop on keeping your child safe online and the Stockport School Health and Wellbeing advisor, Tanya Cross, gave parents some really invaluable advice about your children’s safety. She recommended that all parents make use of the materials on the CEOP website and share them: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parentsold/ On the CEOP website, you can also download a CEOP Report button so that we can all help children stay safe online. If someone has acted inappropriately towards your child online, or to a child or young person you know, you or they can use the CEOP button.

We also strongly advise that the children do not use social networking sites, particularly those that are aimed at older people, such as Facebook. Whilst there are very few children in the school who do access such sites, our work during Anti-Bullying Week did highlight a number of children who were doing so. The minimum age for many of the sites is 13 years and as such, are not aimed at younger children.

Winter Wonderland Hair and Fashion Show

Next week at 1930 in the Town Bar, there will be an awesome hair and fashion show at the Town Bar. The fashion show is a charity night to raise funds for our Lucas memorial garden. If you would like to attend, tickets are available from Eternal Envy at £6 each.


Christmas Dinner/Christmas Cracker

Our school Christmas dinner will be held on Wednesday 17th December. If your child normally has a packed lunch and you would like them to have a cooked Christmas dinner, please return your request slip by 10th December. We would be grateful if you could provide your child with a Christmas Cracker for this lunch.

Christmas Performances

 If your child is taking part in the KS2 Christmas performance on Wednesday evening, they will need to arrive at 1800 to get into their costumes for a 1830 start. Thank you.

School Development

You will notice that work is well underway in our Reception Outdoor Classroom on our new path to the school entrance. The path should soon be finished and Ground Designs will then start work on installing the new play equipment in this area.


Next week Laurel Lane, Karate and football club will not be taking place.


We are collecting Flora and Stork vouchers which are available from Tesco stores now. If you send in your tokens, we will be able to exchange them for Samsung Galaxy Tablet devices.

Key Dates for your diary


Monday 8th December                        School Pantomime visit to Stockport Plaza

Tuesday 9th December                        Year 2 visit to Staircase House

KS2 Christmas Play matinee performance, 2pm

Eternal Envy Fashion Show, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10th December               Reception/KS1 Christmas Nativity, 9.30am

KS2 Christmas Play evening performance, 6.30pm (performers arrive 6pm)

Thursday 11th December                    Reception/KS1 Christmas Nativity, 2pm

Friday 12th December                         Year 3&4 Christmas Party


Monday 15th December                     Infants Christmas Party

FOTB Festive Family Get Together and Santa’s Grotto, 3.15pm

Laurel Lane Carol Singing

Tuesday 16th December                     Year 5&6 Christmas Party

Wednesday 17th December               Christmas Lunch


Monday 5th January                             Term starts for Children

Friday 9th January                                 In-Service Day – school closed


Monday 12th January                           Visit from Stockport Mayor

Wednesday 14th January                    Happy Puzzle Maths Workshops

Thursday 15th January                         Deadline for Primary School Applications for September 2015.































Newsletter 21.12.12

Dear Parents and Carers

 What a wonderful fortnight we have had since the last school newsletter. The children of Tithe Barn have once again proved themselves to be the ‘cheerful, confident achievers’ that they are with their wonderful Christmas productions. Our amazing ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ from our Reception and Key Stage 1 children was a huge hit. The children performed brilliantly and it was a huge feat to perform so many actions. The production of Mr Humbug in Key Stage 2 highlighted the wonderful achievements in creativity, drama and personal confidence that our children achieve by Year 6. I’m glad that like Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr Humbug learnt his lesson in the end! My thanks go to all the children for working so hard this term and I congratulate each and every one of them for their superlative performances – ‘Encore!’

I am sure that you will all join me in thanking the teachers and staff for their immense efforts in making the productions and Christmas parties so successful. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support, for attending performances, buying raffle tickets and for all your lovely cards, presents and messages to the staff.

 On behalf of all the staff at Tithe Barn, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Christmas Fundraising

 Thank you for all the raffle tickets that you sold. Our Christmas fundraising has helped to provide party treats and prizes for the children, Christmas crackers during our lunch and the Christmas production from visiting actors

 School Dinner Money

 Mrs Jones has sent out all letters about school dinner money for next term. If you have not received the letters or would like further clarification, please let her know.

 Snack and Toast Money

 Snack money for Reception and Key Stage 1 next half term will be £5. Toast money for Key Stage 2 will be £2.50. If your child receives either of these, please could you send the money to your child’s class in a marked envelope with their Year group marked on it. Thank you.

Christmas Lunch

 The Christmas lunch was very successful this year and the children enjoyed themselves. I even think there were more Brussels’ Sprouts eaten than last year. Many thanks to Christine and Mandy for their scrumptious cooking and to all the midday assistants and staff for their waiting on.


As you will be aware from the reports in the national press there has been an increase in the numbers of norovirus cases across the country and in care homes, hospitals  and schools. This is surprisingly early for an outbreak as this usually occurs from January through to February each year. For the signs and symptoms of the virus and what to do if you suspect a case in your family, please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx


 There have been a couple of cases of headlice reported to us in the last week, so it seems that they may be rearing their ugly lice-like heads again. If you could please be vigilant at home with checking your child’s hair, we would appreciate it.


 The children in Years 2 and 5 really enjoyed their respective visits to Staircase House and Bramall Hall. Our children were once again complimented on their lovely manners and behaviour.

 Blog Site

 Year 5 have added a festive performance that they recorded for our school community. If you would like to listen to it, please visit http://www.tithebarnschool.com/blog/. I would also like to encourage you to add your comments to items on the blog by filling in the comment boxes at the bottom of entries. This option is now fully working.

 Christmas Pudding Competition

 The children are invited to take part in a Christmas competition which is now up and running on the My School Lunch website. There are prizes to be won such as a £50 WH Smith gift voucher and the children will learn some facts about the history behind Christmas puddings.

 The children can enter by accessing www.myschoollunch.co.uk/stockport and the password is ‘healthy.’ The closing date is 7th January 2013.

 Global Citizens

 As part of our global citizenship, we are going to using the map in the Globe Zone to show where all the different families in our schoolhave their roots or their relatives. If your family originates elsewhere in the world other than England, or you have close relatives living in a different country, please can you complete the slip at the foot of the newsletter and return it to school so that we can plot all the locations on our map.




 Global Citizens

To Mr Shaw


Name of Child:         ____________________________


Year Group:                          _____________



We have family or close relatives who live in: (please state country)