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Ollie, one of our fabulous Year 6 boys, has decided to make good use of his time away from school during lockdown and is raising money for a very special charity called TippyToes Baby Bank, which runs just like a food bank but with baby essentials. He has set himself a challenge to run a marathon over 14 days in the local area where he lives in Hesketh Bank and raise at least £1500!
A GoFundMe page has been set up if you would like to donate to this very worthy cause and show Ollie your appreciation at: https://gf.me/u/xyr585
To find out more about the work TippyToes Baby Bank does, go to:   https://www.facebook.com/TippyToesBB/
Thank you so much for your support. Let’s see if we can smash his target


Autumn Term 2019

Christmas Fayre - Thursday 5th December at 3.30pm - 6.00pm

Come and join us for some family festive fun and start some early Christmas shopping. There will be various stalls, home baking, refreshments, gifts, crafts, raffle and much more!

Don't miss it, Santa himself will be there!

Base Dance Hip Hop Assembly

We had the best start to our day with special guests and talented dancers in our assembly this morning. Tom and Ivon from Base Dance Performing Arts Academy visited us to demonstrate their breakdancing skills. Mrs Ng did a fantastic job introducing the assembly by explaining how breaking could be an Olympic sport in 2024, how it's for b-girls as well as b-boys and about how you can have a taster of this form of dance on Sunday 24th November at Base Dance in Burscough from 12pm. Our very own talented TCP breakers showed us a break battle and the audience chose the winning crew. Will Mrs Higson be spinning on her head soon?

Click here to find out more information about Base Dance

NSPCC Wear Green Day


On Monday 18th November, School Council invited everyone to come to school wearing green in support of the NSPCC. They also designed an obstacle course that the whole school completed as part of Buddy's Big Workout. School Council were fantastic helpers throughout the day. Thank you for everyone who supported this event and we raised a fantastic £574 for the NSPCC.

Open Mornings

The Big Red Bus

The award-winning catering service at TCP offered our children a unique dining experience. Mellors Big Red Bus arrived on our playground to make our dining experience even more fun. Whilst munching lunch on the bus, children enjoyed learning about healthy eating and nutrition.

Click here for more information.

The Magic of Science

Our Science Day was launched with an assembly by Steve Rossington, a Bio-Medical Scientist. We were spell-bound by his imaginative experiments using solids, liquids and gases.Throughout the day, children experienced many fantastic activities which helped to develop enquiry skills and promote a love of Science.

Summer Term 2019

Performance Poetry Workshop with Ian Bland 

We welcomed Ian Bland, a professional performance poet to an assembly. He entertained us with a variety of poems and we really enjoyed joining in. Highlights included, ‘The dinner lady dance’ and ‘All the teachers are asleep!’ Following the assembly, Ian worked with year 3 & 4 to help them develop their skills to effectively perform poems themselves. What a fantastic afternoon! Over the coming weeks, Year 3 & 4 will be taking part in a performance poetry competition where our school winners will compete against finalists from other local schools. Watch this space to find out how we get on....

Spring Term 2019

Year 4 Borwick Hall Residential

Year 4 had a really busy time at Borwick Hall! They've been canoeing, walking, pond crossing, caving and climbing. They also had a tour of the hall and sat around the campfire.

World Book Day 2019

Thursday 7th March is the day when we all get to dress up as our favourite book character. To celebrate the event this year, we are asking children to donate a book they have enjoyed to our TCP library. A sponsored ‘Read for Good ‘scheme will also be launched to raise money for books for children in hospital and parents and carers are invited to come in to school and read with children at 3pm.

Autumn Term 2018

Narnia Trail

What an amazing experience our children had at Hesketh Bank Christian Centre's Narnia Trail. We had tea with Mr. Tumnus, visited Beaver Lodge and even managed to avoid the White Witch.

It's amazing what's hidden inside a wardrobe!

Enterprise Week 2018

The Dragons are back!
The launch of TCP Enterprise week was a huge success! Children had the opportunity to work with individuals from different business sectors - our very own local Dragons.
Each class bid for a budget to advertise and make a product that can be marketed for sale at our Christmas Fair on Thursday 13th December.

Special thanks to MellorsGBA and Fluent Money who have given up their time to inspire and work alongside our children.

We are celebrating achieving Eco-Schools Green Flag Status

Following our recent Green Flag award assessment, we received the news that our application has been successful! The assessor recognised how much time and effort our school invests into environmental education. We are delighted and can't wait to build on this further. We have lots of projects in the pipeline...!!

Open Morning - Wednesday 14th November 2018

Thank you to all who attended our Open Morning, it was wonderful to welcome so many of you. Children and families were treated to 'Stay and Play' with Reception, guided tours of the school with our brilliant School Council and tasty refreshments in the hall whilst listening to Mr. Upton's address. It was a huge success and our visitors received a full flavour of life at TCP!

Remembrance Week 2018

Royal British Legion

Four of our Year 6 were invited to the Royal British Legion to exhibit some of our work, alongside other local schools, for Remembrance Day.

We were privileged to meet the mayor and tell him about all the work we do in Remembrance week and our trips to France.

We learnt so much, had our picture taken for the newspaper and were invited to sit with the mayor for tea and ate the most incredible biscuits!

X Factor Live at TCP!

2018 X Factor contestant Georgia Burgess visited us on Tuesday 23rd October.

Georgia has showcased her skills as the support act for a series of internationally renowned artists, from Little Mix and Clean Bandit to Dua Lipa.

Children and Staff were treated to a live performance, an opportunity to meet Georgia and purchase signed A3 posters.

Visit http://www.itv.com/xfactor/news/georgia-burgess-bring-the-house-down 

Summer Term 2018

Bee in the City

Our Year 5 bees created a big buzz in the City of Manchester on Wednesday 4th July. We found our very own 'Little Superstar' bee in Manchester Cathedral. What a lovely way to celebrate our beautiful Saffie's birthday.

For more information, click here.

Science Week

Monday 2nd July is the launch of another amazing TCP Science Week!

Lots of exciting activities and events are planned including Relax Kids workshops, Sleep Science sessions and Science themed fancy dress on Friday 6th July. Our 'Great Science Draw' will be on Thursday 5th July which will take place on the playground straight after school. Also, each class will be embarking on an investigation to find out how many children are Supertasters!


Summer Ball

It's time to dust down your summer frocks and dig out your best suit to join us at the TCP Summer Ball on Friday 29th June. If you haven't already signed up it's at the Ramada Hotel, Southport and is a celebration of all things TCP. Everyone is invited - there are spaces for individuals, couples and groups of friends on our tables of 10.
Bucks Fizz, 3 course meal, auction, raffle and dancing can be all yours for £30 pp.
If you would like to book please give the school office a ring.
Thank you


- Celebration of childhood - 

What a truly wonderful way to mark such a difficult anniversary. We painted pebbles, baked, sang, celebrated and ate ice-cream. The children were amazed to greet a large group of bikers led by Andrew and Lisa Roussos (with Chesney from Corrie), who pulled up at the front of school and joined us for a minutes silence. Click to view 'Harley bikers ride to remember Saffie.'

Saffie-Rose, you are forever in our hearts.

Celebration of Life - Saffie-Rose Roussos

Thank you to our wonderful school community for joining us to celebrate the life of Saffie. Your love and support this year has been very much appreciated. Our thoughts are with the Roussos family at this impossible time.

Planting for wildlife

The Eco Team, with Mrs Rhodes, have been working really hard to clear a raised bed in our school garden so that we can sow some wild flower seeds. The bed was full of long grass and gravel which made the job very difficult...but we persevered and managed to clear most of it!  Watch this space for developments...

Manchester Resilience Hub

On Tuesday 8th May, we hosted a parent session with the Manchester Resilience Hub to work together to support our children and help us to identify reactions to trauma and grief. For more information click here.


We are offering a Yoga after school club for our Year 6 pupils. As well as being a good form of exercise, it is a great way to relax and has proven health benefits. We are hoping to equip our children with strategies to help them to relax fully and feel calmer in difficult or stressful situations. We hope Yoga will prove beneficial to children in the run up to SATs. The club is for beginners so no prior experience of Yoga is needed. The children have a very positive attitude and willingness to learn something new.

Spring Term 2018

Sport Relief - Thursday 22nd March 2018

Throughout the day, Team TCP took part in fun House Team Competitions. The winning House Team were presented with the House Team Cup during our Celebration Assembly.

Thank you for your continued support. 

World Maths Day - Thursday 15th March 2018

World Maths Day kicked off with a whole school  Assembly  about the golden ratio and 'how perfect a person can be!' then the following problems were given out to each class for them to solve:
Y6 The Largest organ in your body
Y5 & 6 Paper, paper everywhere
Y5 My Legs Hurt
Y4 The Broken Calculator
Y3 & 4 Big Foot
Y3 A 24 leg potion
Y2 Card Sharp
Y1 & 2 Snakes and ladders
Y1 Bean bag Buckets
REC Four pin bowling
N Number or shape hunt
During the afternoon, we enjoyed Maths games and solving a mystery. Parents joined us to complete Maths trails and each class shared their activities in our celebration assembly on Friday.

World Book Day - David Walliams Theme

On Thursday 1st March, all children (and staff) came dressed as a character from a book written by our friend David Walliams.
What a fantastic day we had! It began with a whole school assembly led by Mrs Gaskell. During the assembly, Mr Upton (aka Grandpa) climbed up to the top of the highest climbing frame and read us an extract from 'Grandpa's Great Escape! It was lovely to see  parents or grandparents popping into to school to share stories with our amazing children. Thank you to everyone involved - we've had a great time!

Charles Darwin Day - February 9th 

During Darwin Day, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (12 February 1809). Throughout the day, we highlight Darwin's contribution to science and promote science.

Safer Internet Day 2018

A very warm welcome to our Tiny Treasures who have joined our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). For more information about our Nursery Provision, click the image below.

Autumn Term 2017

Operation Christmas Child 2017

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children's lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

Enterprise Week 4th - 8th December 2017

The Dragons are back!
TCP Enterprise week was a huge success! Children had the opportunity to work with individuals from different business sectors - our very own local Dragons.
Each class bid for a budget to advertise and make a product that can be marketed for sale at our Christmas Fayre on Thursday 14th December.

Special thanks to Sara Brookes (Manager of Jollie's Barn) and Jollie, Jenny Bird (Owner of Jenny Bird Holistic Beauty Therapy) and Kevin Hindley (CEO Fluent for Advisers) who have given up their time to inspire and work alongside our children.

Hollins Homes Health & Safety Visit - 24th November 2017

What a brilliant morning French Horns had! With the sun shining, we set off to Tarleton Green (Hollins Homes) with our home-made Christmas decorations in hand. As we arrived, we were greeted by our lovely friends Anita (Sales Consultant) and Paul (Senior Project Manager) who invited us into the Show Home to share delicious treats. Armed with our very own Hard Hats and Hi Vis Jackets, we were ready to set foot on the construction site! 

During the walk around the house under construction, Paul told us how much water is in a house when building it, what you call a person who draws the house plans, how long it takes to build and even how to get Santa's sleigh marks off your drive! 

We returned to the Show Home to finish off the yummy treats and the Winner of the Christmas Decoration competition was announced: Well done Isaac! Hollins Homes are so impressed with all of our decorations and, from the 1st December, children and families will be able to visit any day of the week between 10am and 5pm to see their decoration on the tree. 

Well done French Horns, your behaviour was outstanding and a huge 'Thank you' to Hollins Homes for making us feel so welcome.

Open Morning - Tuesday 21st November


Thank you to all who attended our Open Morning, it was wonderful to welcome so many of you. Children and families were treated to 'Stay and Play' with Reception, guided tours of the school with our brilliant School Council and tasty refreshments in the hall whilst listening to Mr. Upton's address. It was a huge success and our visitors received a full flavour of life at TCP!

Bad Dad Event

Our amazing friend David Walliams has given us 5 sets of family tickets for an event at Manchester Palace Theatre. Your child will receive a letter with more details of how you and your family could win a set.


Anti-Bullying Week

13th - 17th November 2017

Click the image below to visit our fabulous class pages and find out more details about this week.

Remembrance Week 

6th - 10th November 2017

During the week EYFS heard the story of the poppy and produced a poppy wreath, KS1 imagined they were an Evacuee and even dressed up, LKS2 went back in time to the Summer of 1914 and created a living picture of Archie Dobson's war and UKS2 investigated what life was like in the trenches. We all came together, with Parents and Carers, for an emotional Remembrance Assembly on Friday 10th November led by Year 2 and 3 pupils.

Halloween Meal

On Thursday 26th October, children and family members enjoyed a special Halloween meal together. Over 100 Parents, Carers, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles sampled our delicious school meals washed down with 'Ghouls Gloop' from a pedal powered smoothie bar! A huge thank you to all who attended and to our fabulous kitchen staff for making it possible.

How do fireworks and bonfires affect pets and wildlife? 

The Eco Team delivered a fantastic assembly today, during which they explored how fireworks and bonfires can frighten pets and wildlife. They shared some top tips for helping animals to feel safe on bonfire night.

France Residential

A 59 strong group of Team TCP has spent an action packed four days in France,staying at the fabulous Chateau d'Ebblinghem.


We visited the Passchendaele Museum to find out all about World War One, particularly the conditions the soldiers experienced.  We explored trenches and dugouts and saw many artifacts.  Next we traveled to the town of Ypres and visited the Menin Gate to pay our respects.  We even sampled some Belgium delicacies - chocolate and ice-cream. Yum! Later on we visited the Essex Road cemetery and the Dressing Station where the famous poet of  'In  Flander's Fields' worked as a surgeon.


Food and Language

 First we visited l'Escargotiere du Choquel, a snail farm.  We learnt some interesting facts about snails and snail farming; got up close to some of the snails; and even tasted them!  We traveled onto Boulogne to visit the hypermarket to try out our language and maths skills before finishing our day at a boulangerie.   We met Bruno the Baker and learnt how to make croissants and baguettes.  Back at the Chateau we then made and devoured some crepes!


Take a look at our photographs to see all the fun and learning we have done!

Speak out Stay safe...

With the help of the NSPCC and their mascot Buddy, we have been learning about safeguarding in a lively, interactive and memorable way. 

We've identified trusted adults who we can speak to if we are worried about ourselves or a friend. We also learnt about Childline and how the service can support us.

During our Year 5 & 6 workshops, we explored the definitions of abuse in greater depth. We took part in engaging exercises, including looking at different scenarios and deciding whether they are OK or not OK.

For more information please click here.


Summer Term 2017

The Interactive Planetarium landed...

Our learning about Space was hugely enriched through the 360° immersive experiences in the Planetarium.

Reception and KS1 enjoyed the  show 'The Little Star That Could' - a story of Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to warm and protect.

LKS2 were fascinated by the 'Astronaut' show in which they discovered that the exploration of Space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. They considered what it takes to be part of the incredible journey in becoming an astronaut.

UKS2 questioned 'Are we alone?' and joined Scientists in the hunt for real aliens. They considered how we know which planets could harbour life and reinforced the understanding of what is essential for life. They discovered how robots are programmed to fly to alien worlds, land on their own and then are driven by remote control from Earth. Will we ever encounter intelligent life in our galaxy or are we alone?

David Walliams LIVE at TCP!

On Wednesday 28th June, our lovely friend David Walliams popped in to TCP to cheer us up. We asked him to read an extract from Windy Mindy using incredibly funny voices. He even demonstrated the 'naked yoga' pose from Gangsta Granny! David has generously donated a gift for each child in school: copies of 'The World's Worst Children 1 & 2.'

Thank you David for making us all giggle and for the kind gifts you donated.

David Walliams Visit

Is the Moon made of cheese...?

Following our 'Wow' Science Assembly yesterday, we held another assembly to think about the Moon. We agreed it wasn't made of cheese but rock! To prove this, our very special delivery was unveiled...

Pupils had the opportunity to hold the oldest thing they will ever hold in their lives... lunar rock and meteorites. Frankie was the first to hold a piece of the moon - she didn't fancy tasting it unlike Wallace and Gromit. Freya was intrigued to hold a piece of Mars!

If you would like the opportunity to view these very amazing lunar rock and soil samples then come along to our 'Night with the Stars' event on Thursday evening (7 p.m. start) during which we look forward to welcoming Solar System experts who are giving a presentation.  

Science Week Launches...

What a fantastic start to Science Week! The children did us proud wearing Science themed fancy dress! They enjoyed an assembly first thing, before all the class activities began, in which we defied gravity with Mr Upton's favourite mug (phew - it's still in one piece) and knocking cups of heads with a vortex cannon! Brilliant! Watch this space for news of many other exciting events we are undertaking this week and see the class pages too...!!

Science Week 2017

Science Week

Monday 26th June is the launch of our spectacular TCP Science Week. Children are invited to join us in Science themed fancy dress and we are looking forward to a top secret delivery!

Lots of exciting activities and events are planned including an experience into an amazing, interactive Planetarium Dome.

Year 5 are looking forward to attending the UCLAN Science Festival and there'll be a Rocket Competition for all classes.

Join us on Thursday 29th June at 7pm for 'An Evening with the Stars' at which special guest speakers will be presenting.

A Musical Inspiration

Many thanks to Chris Bannister (a parent of TCP) who offered to come and entertain the children in assembly last week. A fantastic performance providing inspiration and motivation. The children received great tips on dealing with nerves and preparing for a performance which will be helpful as we near our Summer Concert. Thanks Chris, we loved it.

Story Festival

On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May, Year 1 to Year 6 children took part in a story festival in partnership with Tarleton Library and the TARDis Cluster (local primary schools).

Children wrote stories about a giant. We look forward to hearing who will win prizes and attend a special celebration event in July. 

TCP Election 2017

As part of our work on British Values, our fabulous Trombones class held an election on Wednesday 24th May where every child in school had the opportunity to visit the TCP Ballot Box and vote for the political party of choice. To support this, Trombones split into political parties and presented their parties' manifesto in whole school assembly on Tuesday 23rd May.

The results were counted and announced on Friday 26th May. The winning party, with 48% of the votes, was Labour.

Silly Hair Day

On Friday 19th May, TCP held a 'Silly Hair Day' to raise funds for children in Syria. This was due to the efforts of one of our children who was moved by the plight of the children and, with the support of Mr. Upton, she planned the day. We raised £190.00! 

Rainbow Ramble

Team TCP at the Rainbow Ramble raising money for Legacy Rainbow House


Spring Term 2017

Hollins Homes Health & Safety Poster Competition

Health & Safety Competition

Congratulations to Alfie - Winner of Hollins Homes Health & Safety Poster competition. Look out for the winning poster which will be displayed at Tarleton Green Sales Site (Hesketh Lane). Many thanks to Hollins Homes for their inspiration and to Splash World for donating the prizes.

For more information visit Hollins Homes.

Rainbow House

Rainbow House

On Tuesday 28th February, Sonia from Rainbow House visited us to lead our whole school assembly. She shared some of the work that the charity does, the difficulties they face and their success stories. We're looking forward to working in partnership with Rainbow House and joining in with some of their fundraising events. For more information, please click here.

World Book Day

We celebrated our favourite stories once again on World Book Day  (Thursday 2nd March).

There was a fabulous assembly at the start of the day, during which we experienced class catwalks

(a boy and girl from each class were awarded prizes).

After lunch, teachers enjoyed visiting another class to read with them.


Charles Darwin Day

We celebrated International Charles Darwin Day on Friday 10th February. Year 6 led our whole school assembly with the story of Charles Darwin's life and how his theory of evolution changed the way we understood our place in the world. Click the link below to find out more...

Charles Darwin: Evolution and the story of our species

E-Safety Day

Safer Internet Day took place worldwide on Tuesday 7th February 2017. The theme this year was:

'Be the Change: Unite for a better Internet'

Click the image below for tips & resources to support your child.

Autumn Term 2016

Operation Christmas Child

Many thanks to all who donated a shoebox, TCP collected a fantastic 114 boxes this year!

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. If you would like to find out more about Operation Christmas Child then click the link below.

Samaritan's Purse

Operation Christmas Child

Enterprise Week


Enterprise Week: 5th - 9th December.

Our aims were to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of different types of jobs, how money is spent in designing and making products and primarily how they can contribute to a range of activities that help them to become more enterprising.

In preparation for the week, each class was allocated a budget of £20.00 with a remit of designing, advertising and making a product that can be marketed for sale to members of the school community at our Christmas Fayre (Friday 15th December). Each class was challenged to  make a profit on their original £20.00 budget.

To support them in their challenge, throughout the week the children had the opportunity to work with individuals from different business sectors. These included project management and marketing, local small business owners and solicitors.

Just Giving...

One of our Year 4 pupils, Angus Turner, volunteered to have his long, blonde locks chopped off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust Charity. This is a charity that provides real hair wigs to children throughout the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or through other hair loss conditions such as alopecia.



Angus' hair was chopped off last Tuesday in the playground after school. Thank you for attending and supporting the event and for your generous donations. We are excited to announce that a total of £800 was raised which Vodafone has agreed to MATCH! So a total of £1600, well done Angus we are very proud of you.

Proud New Headteacher! 

News of our new Headteacher's aspirations for all pupils appeared in the Champion Newspaper.

To view this issue online please click here.