In preparation for our “Summer parade” around school, we have been working with 2 local artists on creating stunning artwork on our theme “TEAM.” All the children in school belong to one of 4 teams…

T – Tigers

E – Eagles

A – African elephants

M – Mantaray

Each letter in TEAM stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More.”

The materials for the project are all recycled products that you have sent in from home – empty cereal boxes or old newspapers etc.

Currently KS2 children have had the opportunity to create these sculptures – they are not finished but the attached pictures show you how hard they have been working on the project!


Unfortunately school was closed on the real book day due to snow.  However, as many children had been looking forward to dressing up, we arranged it for the last day of term. As you can see from the photos, lots of children and staff entered into the spirit of the day and came dressed up as a book character.  How many characters do you recognise?

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Autumn 2017 events

During the Autumn term, the children took part in several whole school events.  Our Harvest Festival performances were very well attended and parents kindly donated foods.  Many children enjoyed the Halloween disco, getting dressed up for the occasion.  They also had spiders and snakes – imitation of course – on their buns at lunch time.  Children in Baking club decorated, and sold, biscuits to raise money for ‘Children in Need’.  And finally, the children in all classes made items to sell in the Christmas Victorian Fayre.  

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Newsletter : September (2)

Breakfast Club.

Mrs Garbutt has now retired from running Breakfast Club which she has done for many years. We would like to thank her for all her hard work. Mrs Abdul will now be coordinating Breakfast Club.

Dates for your Diary.

Thursday 28th September Non – uniform day / coffee morning for parents – contributions towards Macmillan Cancer Appeal.
INSET – Friday 29th September so school closed to children.

KS2 Harvest Festival – 2.15pm Monday 23rd October. Foundation and KS1 Harvest Festival – 9.30am Tuesday 24th October.
Nearer the time we would welcome contributions of tins, boxes and packets (no fresh produce thank you) which will be given to the Rush House.

Halloween disco – 3 – 4.30pm Thursday 26th October Y1 to Y6.
Break up for half term – Friday 27th October.
Start back – Monday 6th November.

Open evenings – 7.12.17 or 11.12.17
Christmas Fayre – Thursday 14th December. Break up for Christmas – Friday 22nd December. Start back – Monday 8th January

Newsletter : September

Welcome back everyone.

A new school year and new Parents to Thornhill so with this in mind this is information that we feel is useful to share.
Should you have any issues at all with the school, or positive comments, then there are lots of opportunities to speak to us:

  • Senior leaders at the gates every morning and tea time
  • Make an appointment to see the Head by contacting the school,
  • Talk to your Elected Parent Governor,
  • Contact the Chair of Governors through the school,
  • Email the school with your concern,
  • Send a letter in to school.

Whilst we would love to have an open door policy we can’t due to the safety and wellbeing of all the pupils and staff in the school during opening time.

Clubs, Clubs, Clubs.
There are many clubs that have just started or will be starting in the next few weeks. See below for days, times and member of staff running them.


We were honoured this week to be winners at the prestigious Yorkshire Primary P.E and School Sport Premium Sport awards. Two pupils that are highly involved in both school sport and our School Council were invited to accompany Rob Lyne and Mr Little at the awards ceremony which took place at the Pavilions of Harrogate.  We were the winners in the category of Whole School Improvement and received an honourary Plaque which will be proudly displayed in school.

Ofsted Report 2017

Ofsted Report 2017

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KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests – Information for parents

The DfE have produced 2 videos and a leaflet for parents with a child at primary school, in year 2 or 6 and the videos give further details about specific arrangements for key stage 1 and key stage 2

Children created dream jars after reading The BFG. The children recorded what their ‘ideal’ dream would be and drew an image to match that. Some examples of what they chose are as below.

22 March 2017

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of Thornhill Primary School by Ofsted

We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 23 March 2017. The lead inspector will be Amraz Ali. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at:

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 23 March 2017 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 23 March 2017.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000131222. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully

Susie Woodhead

As well as completing the survey, you can use Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at any time during the school year to give Ofsted your opinion of your child’s school. You can also use Parent View to see survey results for schools across England. Visit or look for the link on the main Ofsted website: