About Thornton

Thornton Primary School has been serving the local community in Ward End since 1930. Generations of families have entrusted the education of their children to the school which is very popular and oversubscribed in every year group. The school is unique in as much as we have a one form entry Early Years and Key Stage 1 but in Key Stage 2 we have four forms of entry (150 children in each year group) as we take 120 children each year from Sladefield Infant School. This extension of the school from a Junior School to Primary School has led to overcrowding on the main school site and we currently rent a small Annexe on Thornton Road which houses our youngest two classes (Reception and Year 1). This is not ideal and therefore we are currently consulting with the local community on reducing pupil numbers by not admitting Reception pupils in 2017 and gradually over time reverting back to a Junior School.  This would give us much needed space on the main site.

This year the children’s playgrounds have had a complete refurbishment, in order to create a safe and exciting place for the children to play and have their PE lessons. There is also more work that is scheduled for 2016 to instal new fencing around the school site and further develop the school reception, outdoor space, corridors and classrooms.

At Thornton, we are very proud of the relationship that has developed between the parents and the school. We welcome parents’ views and support and have an open door policy. Parent workshops are a regular feature of our work and we also have lots of parent volunteers who support teachers in class. The Headteacher, Mrs Sue Simmons, holds regular coffee mornings for parents and there is also a parent group – The Friends of Thornton – who actively support the school in a range of ways, including recently leading our inaugural Community Day which was really well supported and a resounding success.

Within the last year, a Pastoral Manager, Learning Mentor, Sports Coach and School Nurse have all been appointed to provide enhanced support for pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. The introduction of these staff members also helps to ensure the overall health and well-being of all the pupils in school. For example, the quality of Sports both within the curriculum and also extra-curricular activities, has also been vastly improved by our Sports Coach and a healthy lifestyle is strongly encouraged for both staff and pupils. Weekly Tea parties, held by the Head teacher for Star Pupils, are designed to motivate children in positive ways and promote overall high expectations.

Our computer hardware and software is constantly being updated to ensure that children have access to the latest technology. Every class has a 75” interactive, touch screen computer and 15 iPads so that technology is a high focus in class teaching. We also have a well-equipped ICT suite where children can develop their IT and computing skills.

At Thornton Primary School we pride ourselves on a friendly environment where all staff and pupils treat one another with respect and form positive relationships which ensure a happy and safe atmosphere.