Over the last four years we have totally overhauled the school environment including all the children’s playgrounds, adding a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in 2019; 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. We are thankful to the Foyle foundation for providing a grant of £5,000 to enable this dream to be realised.
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. 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 popular Eid Mela and Christmas Fayre events which are always incredibly well supported and raised over £300 for charity.
Over the past two years the school staffing structure has been developed; two Pastoral Managers, 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. We are currently upgrading our interactive, touch screen computers and have at least 15 iPads 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 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.