Welcome to Thornton Dale C E Primary School


Mission Statement:

"Excellence for all, aspire high, achieve – work hard, work smart, no excuses."

Our mission is to promote a safe, creative, dynamic community that nurtures and educates the whole child, providing the skills necessary to succeed in a changing society within the context of the living Christian faith.

Message from the Headteacher

Our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves in developing our children as individuals who are encouraged to take ownership of their learning.  By 'nurturing, growing and believing' we promote core values that can be shared and valued by all regardless of faith or belief. These distinctive values of thankfulness, generosity, resilience, forgiveness and respect are the values we want our children to embrace and are woven into the Christian faith through our daily collective worship and in the way we live our lives.

We aim to educate the whole child placing an emphasis on social skills, developing confidence, resilience and self-esteem leading to confident individuals who have a love of learning. 

The children decided that our class names should be named after inspirational people in their lives.

Nursery - Donaldson Class, Reception/Y1 - Earhart, Y1/2 - Attenborough Class, Y2/3 - Meadows Class,

Y4/5 - Peake Class, Y5/6 - Hillary Class.

Our bespoke curriculum, which follows the National Curriculum (September 2014), is designed for the context of our school. Topic based planning offers opportunities for child led learning delivered in a practical and exciting way.  Each new topic is planned around a different theme which ensures coverage of all subjects in depth across the school year.

Personal, Social and Health Education

At Thornton Dale CE Primary School we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through responsibilities, school councils, subject ambassadors, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE & C, lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

We teach PSHE & C in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through PSHE lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, Literacy, Maths and Science, as well as through educational visits, community work and activities.

Nursery Class

 Children attend our nursery class (Donaldson Class) from two years old and transfer to our Reception/Y1 Class (Earhart) when they become school age. Prior to starting nursery the staff will usually arrange a home visit in order to get to know your child and their interests. Children (and their parents) from other settings are encouraged to take part in transitional activities by Early Years staff.

For admissions to nursery please call into the school office or contact school on

01751 474345

​Click here to access our Collective Worship Plan.

Click here to access our British Values statement.

Click here to access our most recent SIAMS report.

Lorna Karetnyk




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