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Tithe Barn Times 28th April 2017

Please excuse our appearance

We are developing a new website, so over the next few weeks this website will not be functioning or look quite right. We apologise for any information that is not available or not displayed correctly. If you need to access or read something that is hard to find please contact Mrs Ceri Barett admin@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk or call tel: 0161 432 4941

We should have our new improved website up and running soon so watch this space…

Welcome Back

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break; the children have all returned to school and are busy starting to learn about their new topics.

I would like to welcome our new member of teaching staff Mrs Denise Storey to Tithe Barn. Mrs Storey will be teaching Year 2 whilst Mrs Fraser is on maternity leave and is enjoying working with her new class.

As you may be aware, we are currently in the process of transferring to a new website and communication system. You will receive information regarding our new systems over the next few weeks. Hopefully we will have a smooth transition but please let us know if you have any difficulties.

Have a lovely weekend. Katherine Muncaster

Save the Date


19 MAY 2017, 7.30 pm ONWARDS

Get your team together, your babysitter booked and get swotting up in

the hope of being crowned FOTB quiz champions.

Tickets £5 per person (to include platter of nibbles for the team).

Tickets will be on sale at the end of next week our ticket sellers will be: Rachel (mum to Nathan in Year4, and Isla in Reception); Liz (mum to Eve in Year 6, Grace in year 4 and Alice in Year 1); Helen (Mum to Daniel in Year 4 and Nathan in Year 1); Sara (Mum to Sonny in Year 2) and Jo (mum to Nancy in Year 5)

Key Dates

  • 1st May- Bank Holiday School is closed
  • 3rd May- Visit from the Storyteller
  • 8th May -12th – Year 6 SATs week
  • 19th May- Year 4 Class Assembly
  • 19th May- FOTB Quiz Night

Campfire and Story Teller

On Wednesday 3rd May we will be having a visit from Eric Maddern, a professional story teller who will be telling stories around a campfire to every class.

Mr Blackburn has arranged this special day with support from Mrs Morton and Jane Sebire. It is being funded by a grant from the Ernest Cook Foundation. We are looking forward to an amazing day.

Reel to Reel

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the recent screening of Lego Batman. It raised a fantastic £273.96.

Thanks again, to FOTB for organising a lovely evening. The next Reel to Reel screening will take place on Friday 7th July.


We had a fantastic day with our Eggstravaganza last term and raised and amazing £329.15. This will be shared between Cancer Research and School F und.

The children organised some amazing stalls and there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day


As a school we are committed to the Safeguarding of all our children. Our school policy can be found on our website. All staff have recently attended Safeguarding training and both Mr Blackburn and myself are trained Designated Leads for Safeguarding.

If you ever have any concerns regarding safeguarding please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Blackburn

Holidays out of term time

I am writing to update you about the latest developments regarding the Education Penalty Notice system. Please be aware that-

Following the Supreme Court’s judgement in the case of Isle of Wight Council v Platt on the 6th April, it is now clear that EPNs can be issued in relation to unauthorised term time holidays/leave of absence even where a pupil’s attendance record is otherwise good.

In other words, the restriction we had to impose following the original High Court decision in May 2016, which limited EPNs to cases where attendance was below 88% for 12 months, can now be lifted and for instances of unauthorised leave of absence occurring after the 6th April 2017, we will be reverting to the rules in place prior to May 2016.

This means that:

  • EPNs can be issued in relation to any continuous period of unauthorised leave of absence of 5 days (10 sessions) or more
  • Schools can still authorise leave of absence for any purpose if satisfied that “exceptional circumstances” exist
  • Where schools use the system it should be used consistently and in relation to all cases of unauthorised term time holidays
  • The threshold for using the EPN system in cases of irregular attendance over a period of time (as opposed to “one off” instances of unauthorised leave of absence/term time holiday) will continue to be 10 sessions of unauthorised absence over a 3 month period.

Tithe Barn Times 24th March 2017

School Dinners

Following extensive consultation with parents, children, governors and staff we have made the decision to seek an alternative provider for our school dinners.

Following a thorough review of alternative providers we have decided to go ahead with Dolce school dinners. Myself, Miss D Vose and a parent governor Laura Whillans visited a local school to taste their dinners and we were all extremely impressed.

Examples of their menus can be found at www.dolce.co.uk and they operate an on-line ordering system along with a payment system using direct debit. One of the many benefits of this company is the ability for parents to select school dinners for their child in advance, to see the nutrition contents and also to have great flexibility. Parents can choose to give their school dinner when it is convenient for them. Children are also able to select their choice for dinner at home or at school.

We will also have the facility in the future to invite parents’ to join us for school dinners and partake in a lunch with their child. We are very excited about our new provider and will provide further details next half term.

Have a lovely weekend.

Katherine Muncaster


This year we will be holding an Eggstravaganza in school on Friday 31st March 2017. The aim is to raise money for the children’s chosen charity; for school and to have some fun!
The junior children will be running stalls in small groups, whilst the infant children will run a stall or activity as a class.

We will also be holding a decorated egg competition; we will be looking for entries where we can see how independent the children have been in their creations! A secret judge will be awarding prizes in the following categories:

A character from a children’s book or a film
A famous sports personality

Challenging yourself – growthmindset in action

Children in Year 4 can bring their entries to school on Wednesday 29th and everyone else who wishes to enter can bring the entries in on Friday 31st.

Children do not need to bring large amounts of money into school, each stall will cost 10p-20p a turn and we would appreciate it if the children brought change.    We are looking forward to a successful day and thank you for your support.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 28th March – Year 6 Parents’ Evening (all day event)
  • Thursday 30th – 31st March – Year 4 Residential
  • Friday 31st March – Eggstravaganza
  • Friday 21st April – Reels on Wheels Cinema Night
  • Friday 28th April – Year 5 begin swimming lessons

Science Week

Last week saw the children exploring a range of exciting activities as Science was brought to life at Tithe Barn. From exploring space with the Tim Peake Project, workshops from Mad Science, Year 4 visited the lab at Priestnall and a wide range of activities led by our amazing parental volunteers.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Patton for organising the week and all our parents who gave up their time to share their work and Science with the children. If you would like to see further photographs from our adventures please visit our twitter account or the FOTB Facebook page.

FOTB Bingo

Thank you to everyone who attended the fantastic FOTB Bingo night. It was lovely to see so many families enjoying themselves.

It was a great evening with everyone having lots of fun and raising over £500 for school. I would like to say a huge thank to everyone who helped organise the event, to the volunteers in the kitchen, the people working behind the scenes and Hayley who ensured that the evening ran smoothly.

The Jungle Book

On Tuesday 21st March we had a visit from a touring theatre company who performed The Jungle Book. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it was great to see the story brought to life in our hall.
The children are now completing further learning based around the story.

Google Chrome Books

As part of our continued development of IT at Tithe Barn, our next phase is the purchase of a class set of Google Chrome Books. These will be used to facilitate the children’s learning across the curriculum and are extremely flexible devices. They have touch operated screens as well as keyboards.

Following the recent newsletter, a local company has kindly offered to sponsor three Chrome Books, which is fantastic news and we are extremely grateful.

Each Chrome book costs approximately £259 and to assist in their purchase we are continuing to seek sponsorship from local businesses. If you know of a local business who would be willing to sponsor a Chrome Book or you work for a company that would like to please can you send the contact details to:

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Tithe Barn Times 10th March 2017

World Book Day

Last week, we had an amazing and eventful week celebrating World Book Day.

The children all wore some fantastic costumes and a major crime was solved. The mystery of the disappearing gingerbread men captivated the children’s interest and inspired some amazing writing.

If you wish to find out more please take a look on our twitter page or FOTB Facebook page. Thanks to all the staff for their amazing efforts preparing for the day, particularly Mrs Fraser and the ever so guilty Snow White.

We are looking forward to Science Week next week and again will be sharing all of our exciting experiences through twitter and Facebook so please follow us.

Have a lovely weekend. Katherine Muncaster


Please can I politely remind parents to ensure that they collect their children on time at the end of the day. Whilst I understand that sometimes events are beyond parents’ control and our first priority is our children’s safety, we have an increasing number of children who are late to be collected on a regular basis. School finishes at 3.10pm for KS1 and at 3.15pm for KS2.

If you are going to be late please contact the office.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Red Nose Day

On Friday 24th  March 2017 we will be raising money for Red Nose Day.  We have been selling red noses in School but they are now sold out!

In addition to this on Friday 24th March we will be having a non-uniform day. Children can come to school in their own clothes for a donation of £1

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 14th March – Bags to School will be collected
  • Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March- Science Week
  • Tuesday 21st March – Visit from a theatre company performing ‘The Jungle Book’
  • Friday 24th March – Non-uniform Day for Red Nose Day
  • Thursday 30th-31st March – Year 4 Residential


As a school we are committed to the Safeguarding of all our children. Our school policy can be found on our website. All staff have recently attended Safeguarding training and both Mr Blackburn and myself are trained Designated Leads for Safeguarding.

If you ever have any concerns regarding safeguarding please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Blackburn

Bid Writing Working Party

Following on from our success with the AVIVA bid, we are now looking into alternative sources of funding for school.
As part of this process we are setting up a working party . If you feel that you could support the school and contribute to this we
would be delighted if you could attend a meeting on Friday 24th   March at 2pm.

If you are unable to attend and would like to help support the school, please email headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk.

Google Chrome Books

As part of our continued development of IT at Tithe Barn, our next phase is the purchase of a class set of Google Chrome Books. These will be used to facilitate the children’s learning across the curriculum and are extremely flexible devices. They have touch operated screens as well as keyboards.

Each Chrome book costs approximately £259 and to assist in their purchase we are seeking sponsorship from local business. If you know of a local business who would be willing to sponsor a Chrome Book or you work for a company that would like to please can you send the contact details to headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk
Thank you for your support with this matter.

Rotary Club Debate

Tom, Jessica and Isabelle were all fantastic and presented an informing debate examining the benefits of the NHS and private health care

Tithe Barn Times 20th January 2017

Welcome Back

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely break. The children have all settled back into school and are working hard.

We have some exciting activities coming up this term including, Science Week, a visit from a touring theatre company who will perform Jungle Book, and finally World Book Day on 2nd March.
Once again we will be asking the children to come to school dressed as a character from a book and we will be having some exciting activities to encourage a love of reading.

We will be showcasing all of the exciting events this term on our new website which will launch later this term.

Katherine Muncaster
Follow us on Twitter @TitheBarnPri


A huge thank you for all your support with our application for funding for new computers. We are extremely excited that our bid was successful and will be installing fifteen new computers in the GCC after half term, once we have received the funding.

We would like to invite you to join us on Friday 10th February at 3.15pm for cake and a demonstration of what our new interactive boards can do to enhance your child’s learning at Tithe Barn.

Science Week

We are currently in the process of planning a week of exciting activities as part of the National Science Week. It will take place in school from Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March.

Mrs Patton is currently looking for volunteers and scientists to support our special week. If you are interested in volunteering please contact her on angela.patton@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Key Dates

  • 10th February 3.15pm – Open classrooms and interactive board demonstration
  • 17th February 9am – FOTB Meeting
  • 2nd March – World Book Day
  • 8th March – Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 13th-17th March – Science Week

FOTB Next Meeting

The next meeting of FOTB will take place on Friday 17th February at 9am. Everyone is welcome and I do hope you can join us and share your ideas and opinions on Tithe Barn and how we can continue to work together to develop the school.

We will be having an evening meeting after half term for those who are unable to join us during the day. The date will be announced  shortly in the next newsletter.

Bags to School

On Tuesday 14th March we will be collecting clothes to be recycled and to raise funds for school. The more bags we collect the more we raise!

Bid Writing Working Party

Following on from our success with the AVIVA bid, we are now looking into alternative sources of funding for school.

As part of this process we are setting up a working party. If you feel that you could support the school and contribute to this we would be delighted if you could attend a meeting on Friday 3rd March at 2pm.

If you are unable to attend and would like to help support the school, please email headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Recycling Batteries

The Eco Warriors and Mr Tongue have now organised a collection point for batteries that are ready to be recycled. If you wish to bring any batteries to school you will find the box in the main entrance.

Thank you

Skipping Workshop

On Wednesday we had an action packed day with a Skipping workshop for every class. The children learnt a variety of different skipping techniques and games.

Our new Year 4 Play Leaders and Mid-day Assistants also received training on different techniques and games they could lead at playtime. On Friday lunch time the playground was full of skipping ropes and children actively engaged in a range of games.

A huge thank you to Mr Blackburn for organising such a fantastic day which seems to be having a great impact already.

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.


Sports News – Sponsored by SGM Solicitors

 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.







Safer Internet Day

Today, 10th February is Safer Internet Day, so let’s create a better internet together. The children will be looking at how we use the internet safely, rules for keeping safe online and when using technology and looking at different scenarios that involve internet safety. Why not go on www.saferinternet.org to find out more about keeping your child safe online.

How to Make the Web Safer for Your Child

The BBC, linked with the UK Safer Internet Centre have produced an excellent guide on how to make the internet safer for your child. To access the site, click on the link below:



e-Safety and Safer Internet Day: 11.02.14

The children at Tithe Barn are all ready for Safer Internet Day 2014. This morning, they had an assembly all about making the internet a safer place and tomorrow, they will be taking part in planned ‘SID’ activities within the classroom. As part of the school’s work on e-safety, we have reviewed the school’s e-safety rules for children and these can be viewed as a PDF in from the links in this blog.

e-safety_rulesKS2 e-safety_rulesKS1 e-safety_consent_10.02.14

Safer Internet Day

Are you ready for Safer Internet Day?

At Tithe Barn, we will be marking the day on 11th February 2014.


Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2014 will be celebrated on 11 February 2014. The strapline for the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”.

Visit www.saferinternet.org.uk or www.childnet.com to find out more

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)