Hello everyone! This will be my final communication with you all as the Head Teacher of Thornhill Primary School. I begin my retirement on Friday 17th July.

It has given me the greatest pleasure to serve you and your families as the Head Teacher, but now it is time for me to relax and chill more! I have been a teacher and Head Teacher for a total of 39 years working in Rotherham. I left university and started teaching at Wath Victoria Primary. Then I was promoted to Canklow Juniors before becoming the Deputy Head at Thornhill and then the Head Teacher.

My key focus has been to nurture and develop your children to be the best they can be. Each and every day they have made me proud in their lessons and in their studies. Each year the progress of each pupil has been phenomenal and I have loved being a part of their achievement journey.

I wish the leaving Year 6 children every success as they move to the Comprehensive School. To all our families and children thank you for amazing times – good luck for the future!!!!

I wish Mrs Hill and the team here at Thornhill every good wish for the future. You can find out about staff for September under the “School staff tab” on our website. Thank you x

Mrs Benton



Information, and Risk Assessment for the return of all children in September.

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Risk Assessment 

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Can all families take extra care when accessing learning based websites with their children during this critical coronavirus lockdown period.  If you find any material that is concerning, please report it to CEOP (Child exploitation and online protection) https://www.ceop.police.uk/ which can also be accessed through our ‘E-Safety’ link on our website.  In addition, whilst spending prolonged periods in self isolation, if you have any concerns around safeguarding, please don’t hesitate to contact 01709 382121.


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Suggested website links for home schooling can be found on the April Newsletter and under Class Blogs. 


Thornhill Primary – our curriculum……

At Thornhill we say ‘Every child, every lesson, every day’. We believe that regular attendance, inspirational school staff and focused learning will secure ‘Lifelong learners’ who make the right choices based on being a good citizen in our learning community. Having a varied, relevant and stimulating curriculum supports all children to achieve our vision. But our curriculum intent is more than this.

We know that the decision made about subject content and the way the themes are constructed and delivered creates the ‘what’ will be taught and learnt.

Our staff have created a clear pathway for all the children at Thornhill. This is ignited by the themes the children engage with over a week, a term and a year. Time has been well spent on designing a curriculum that gives breadth and depth, knowledge and investigation, resilience and empathy. The sequencing of themes have also been important in matching ‘quality first hand visits’ to local, national and world wide issues and to engage the imagination of all children. Teaching is planned and sequenced for excitement and engagement and the management team believe the right people are leading the right curriculum areas.

Staff know the curriculum works well for our children, and coordinator position statements tell the SLT and Governors how they know. All subject leaders are confident in sharing what requires improvement and the actions they are taking with the whole school to implement the best changes. The choices around the themes that are taught centre around inclusivity – we ensure all the new English language learners in school – (we have 34 languages) – have supported learning. Our core business is adapting the curriculum we offer to support those children on School action or on an EHC plan.

Newsletter : February 2020

Term Dates for this academic year. Break up – Thursday 13th February. Start back – Monday 24th February.   Polite Reminder. School finishes at 3pm. A big thank you to all the parents who do pick their children up on...

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