Over the last few years we have totally overhauled the school environment including all the children’s playgrounds, adding a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in 2019 and a fantastic outdoor classroom; installing new fencing around the school site to improve security; extended and improved the school reception; redeveloped and upgraded corridors and classrooms. We now have an amazing school library, stocked with a wide range of splendid books.
At Thornton, we are very proud of the relationship that has developed between the parents and carers 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. As covid restrictions have eased, we are keen to continue the fantastic work undertaken by our parent group – The Friends of Thornton – who actively support the school in a range of ways, including leading our popular annual Eid Mela and Christmas Fayre events which are always incredibly well supported and raise a lot of money for charity.
Our school staffing structure has been developed to maximise pupil support both academically and pastorally to ensure pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare is prioritised. The overall health and well-being of all the pupils in school remains of the utmost importance. 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.
Our computer hardware and software is constantly being updated to ensure that children have access to the latest technology. We are in a cycle of maintaining our interactive, touch screen boards in classrooms and have at least 15 iPads or laptops in each classroom (more in many) so that technology is a high focus in class teaching. We also have a well-equipped ICT suite where children can further 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: we are very much a Thornton Family!