About Us

Thornford Primary School Prospectus

Welcome to Thornford School. We are a small rural Church of England primary school set in beautiful grounds in a small village, close to the market town of Sherborne. We have strong links with the local church, St. Mary Magdalene and our golden thread:  Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself,  is used to promote positive attitudes and behaviours amongst our pupils. From their first day in Reception, our children come into a safe, happy learning environment, where they are nurtured. Hard work and a growth mindset are encouraged and there is provision for the children’s individual needs in order for pupils to achieve their potential. They are well-prepared socially and academically for the next stage of their education by our dedicated staff.

We teach a creative curriculum based on the 2014 National Curriculum. All the staff have a shared ethos about child-centred education, working together to develop the whole child, encouraging lively enquiring minds; the ability to question and argue rationally; apply themselves and therefore learn, effectively. We teach the children to become responsible, caring individuals, who respect the values of others. Furthermore, we foster a positive attitude towards the local and global community; developing in the children a sense of their place within it. I am proud to say that Thornford has been judged as, ‘Outstanding’ in its last two Ofsted inspections (May 2007 and 2014) and also in our SIAMS church schools inspection (July 2017). We know the importance of a close partnership between home and school, based on trust, confidence and honesty. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our school.

Thornford School was founded in 1874 and moved to the present location in 1975.

We are a Church of England Voluntary Aided School maintained by Dorset County Council. As such we are supported by the Dorset Education Partnership and the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education.

The School has the advantages of a greenfield site with a spacious playing field and playground.

We are part of the Sherborne Rural Cluster and the Sherborne Pyramid.

The Sherborne Pyramid is the structure of Primary Schools from which children move at age 11 to the Gryphon School in Sherborne, a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Secondary School catering for the age range 11-18 years.

If you have questions or enquiries concerning our school please contact Mrs Louise Heath our school administrator.

As a school we have achieved many national awards, although the high standards of education at Thornford Church School are our most important aim:

Click here to view Thornford School performance tables

Click here to view our latest Ofsted Report

Click here to view Thornford CE Primary School latest SIAMS report

Click here to view Thornford School Prospectus Part 1       Thornford School Prospectus Part 2

Click here to view Performance congratulations letter from the Minister of State for Schools 2015

Click here to view Outstanding Achievement in 2016 phonics letter from the Minister of State for Schools 2016

National Eco-Schools Awards (Bronze /Silver / Green Flag x 3 & now ‘Eco-Ambassador School’

National Healthy Schools Award

National Artsmarks Gold Award

UNICEF International Rights Respecting Schools – Level 1

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