The School's last Ofsted Inspection was in October 2017 when the school was judged to be good in all areas.


 Please click the link below to read the full Ofsted Report.

If you want a printed copy of the report please ask at Reception.

This is a good school

  • The passionate, informed and determined leadership of the headteacher successfully unites the whole school team. There is a concerted focus on progress. This has secured significant improvements in the past two years.
  • Senior leaders share the headteacher’s vision and provide high-quality support to teachers. As a result, the quality of teaching is continuing to improve.
  • Governors have effective skills and a clear understanding of the school. They make a strong contribution to the vision and rigour that are driving the school forward.
  • The vast majority of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, are now making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Pupils’ conduct in classrooms and when playing on the playground is good. Instances of poor behaviour are very rare.
  • Effective safeguarding ensures that pupils are safe. All staff have a clear understanding of how to keep pupils safe.
  • Pupils have a good understanding of British values and of different faiths and cultures. 
  • The curriculum is broad, and pupils enjoy a wide range of experiences. As a result, the pupils are keen to learn.
  • Parents are very supportive of the school. They feel that the teachers are ‘always there to talk to’. They say their children are making progress and ‘get the right amount of homework’.  
  • Phonics is taught well and standards are now above average. Pupils enjoy reading and make good progress. However, pupils are not always making good use of skills such as inference and deduction to read at greater depth.
  • Leaders recognise the need to provide further training for leaders who are new to their role in order for them to contribute fully in improving the quality of teaching and pupil progress. 

The Governing body are very happy with the inspection report following the Ofsted visit in October 2017.  The report indicates a positive external endorsement of all the actions we have been taking to make sure we are moving towards becoming an Outstanding school. I would like to congratulate all the staff, our leadership team, parents and most importantly the pupils for this very positive report. The desire to make Thornton into an outstanding school has been lived by everyone.  The report mentions how effective our Leadership team really is in making sure our school moves forward. The governing body would like to thank the team for all their hard work and leadership into making sure that Thornton is moving forward rapidly. It has been a tough and challenging couple of years and all the hard work done by everyone has really put Thornton school into a good position. Now we must continue this drive and really push for excellence in all that we do and only then we will reach our goal of becoming an outstanding school for everyone.

Amjid Ali, Chair of Governors.

Ofsted Parent View

Under the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, parents will not be asked to fill in a questionnaire about the school. Views can be shared on the Parent View page of the Ofsted website.

Parent View will ask for your opinion on twelve aspects of our school. By sharing your views, you are helping us to make improvements to Thornton Primary school.