Welcome to Thornton Dale C E Primary School
"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. We promote core values that can be shared and valued by all regardless of faith or belief. These distinctive values of kindness, resilience, respect, thankfulness, tolerance and trust, are the values we embrace and live out in our day to day interactions with each other.
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.
We have decided that our class names should be named after inspirational people.
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. Our curriculum is built around a Core Book Approach - The Power of Reading - which influences our learning, using high quality novels/picture books to inspire topic based learning.
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 such as learning ambassadors, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in school and community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE, lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through PSHE lessons/circle time, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, English, Maths and Science, as well as through educational visits, visitors, community work and activities.
Children attend our nursery class (Donaldson Class) from two years old and transfer to our Reception 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 by Early Years Staff to take part in transitional activities to help settle them in to the nursery.
For admissions to nursery please call into the school office or contact school on
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.