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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