Principal’s Blog

September 2021

The children have come back to school after a restful six weeks holidays in the finest of forms. 

This half term is always a tough one as we set our expectations and switch back to ‘learning mode’!

An exciting half term has almost passed us. We have had visitors from a local museum, the local MP Nicola Richards, world class author Chris Lloyd, Olympic athletes and trips to The Think Tank. These are exciting times at Tameside for staff, parents and children. 

The whole school site is looking fantastic. We have shown around many parents over the last few weeks and they are all very impressed with the way site has been developed.

Thank you for your support in making Tameside a great place to be.

Mr Hill


Ms Nicola Richards MP, West Bromwich East

January 2022

Where did that half term go? The children have as industrious as ever, working hard to catch up and enjoy their learning. I’m very proud of each and every one of them.

We opened our well-being room in school. I’m sure you’ll agree that it looks quite stunning. It helps our pupils immensely. The children of Tameside showed great humility and compassion too by helping to create a wonderful Remembrance garden on the front of school to commemorate our fallen heroes. 

The children of Year 6 went on a residential visit to Plas Gwynant where the children worked on Teamwork and also how to be more independent. Wonderful memories were made and key lessons learnt.

We also had a visit from Paralympian and inspirational figure, Arron Phipps. Not only has he won gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, he has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro- on his hands! What a legend and hero. Please take time to research his wonderful achievements. 

Reception and Year 1 went to the Hippodrome to see Dear Santa and had workshops in school making puppets. A great opportunity to see alive performance at the theatre. The children even had a visit from the man himself… Father Christmas! Year 5 had a visit from a group to support in their E3L topic, Bloodhound, where they designed and made cars so compete against each other. They felt the need for speed! We had  climbing wall for Year 6 to reinforce cooperation and let’s not forget that Reception visited Sandwell Valley. Loudmouth touring theatre company visited us in November and December to teach the children about bullying and appropriate relationships. The performances and workshops were brilliant. 

We had quite a serious flood in Reception class too, but the Tameside community pulled together to minimise the damage to our children’s education. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. 

Next term, we have lots of fun and exciting opportunities for the children to get involved in with their learning, including reading competitions with Britannica, exciting after school clubs with world class gymnasts and a residential trip for Year 4. Exciting times for the children of Tameside Primary Academy.

Thank you to all of our teachers, staff and families who support our children and school. It is very much appreciated. 

Please keep up to date with everything Tameside by visiting our Facebook and Instagram page. 

Thank you for your support

Mr Hill


Wellbeing Room
Plas Gwynant 2021
Arron Phipps, Paralympian

KS1 flood – Reception

March 2022

Thank you as ever for the support shown last half term. The pandemic decided it was not quite     finished with us and delivered the omicron variant to us. We seem to have come out of the other end now which is great for our school   community and families. Attendance is improving.

Despite the pandemic complications, we still   managed to carry on as much as we could with school life for the children. We have continued with swimming, trips for children, visitors in school, after school clubs and also residentials. This is testament to the support from families and also the resilience of the staff here at    Tameside. I’m forever indebted to the commitment shown to our children.

I’m hoping for a much settled half term in Spring,  and resumption to a much more normal life where we can safely invite families into school more often as we learn to live with Covid-19.

Please keep your eyes open for invites for safer internet training, Year 2 SATs meetings, Year 4 multiplication test meeting and parent workshops this half term.

Mr Hill


April 2022

It has been a pleasure to welcome parents back inside the Academy this last half term. Thank you for your cooperation and attendance in Nursery and Reception for the Phonics and Flipp learning opportunities, our Cultural Journey launches in years 1-5, our SATS meetings in years 2 and 6, our SEND coffee morning and also our parents’ meetings. We are forever grateful for your support and efforts.

As we move into the next phase of the Pandemic, living with Covid, we hope to further open up school for our parents and families so you can see the superb work that is being completed by our children and teachers.

All of our teachers and children are working extremely hard and have no doubt earned their Easter break. Good luck to years 2 and 6 in their upcoming exams—I’m sure they will be absolutely fine as they have been well prepared. 

Mr Hill


July 2022

Where do I start? This has been a half term that has gone by in the blink of an eye. We have had a residential in Year 2 and a beach fun day in Reception. This is all on top of drumba, skip 2 b fit and a performance from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. It has also been great to   invite parents back into school for various curriculum celebrations and also Sports Day.

A huge well done must also go to our Year 2 and Year 6 pupils who took part in their end of Key Stage exams. You all performed wonderfully well and we are very proud of you. When the results are validated next term, it will prove to be a record year.

We have also produced a promotional video of Tameside  Primary Academy too, which showcases all of the  wonderful changes that we have made in recent times. It is available here:

The link can also be viewed on our various social media outlets including Facebook and Instagram.

More changes are coming too within the school! We are planning to refurbish the outside stairs on Walton Road, there will be new toilets in Key Stage 1 and not forgetting our exciting immersive room which will enhance various subjects taught.

I must end by thanking all families for their support over the last year. It has been difficult coming back from the pandemic, but the children really are a credit to each and everyone of us. We will go from strength to strength next year and be even better!

Have a restful Summer recharging those batteries in preparation for next year. Enjoy the Summer.

Mr Hill


December 2022

Thank you again for your support over the last half term. It has been great to see parents in school supporting workshops and visits, it is really appreciated. Your dedication with supporting ourselves and the children is invaluable.

This year has been hugely successful for Tameside in many ways. This half term we have had residentials to Plas Gwynant, trips to the church, coffee mornings for attendance. We have also continued with swimming and have had our immersive room completed. Please sign up to our social media pages for lots more information.

Our results continue to take huge leaps in all Key Stages—we are above Sandwell averages and also national averages. This is testament to our children, teachers and support from families.

In January, I want to ask a huge favour. That favour is to help us raise our attainment further by helping us raise attendance. It is vitally important that the children are in school everyday so that they can learn important skills and thrive when they are older. Every missed day really is a missed opportunity to learn something new. I thank you in advance in your support on this.

We look forward to a prosperous new year in 2023. Have a restful and safe Christmas break.

Mr Hill