Our Values & Ethos
We welcome you and your family to our school and to the successful partnership of children, parents and teachers which is the foundation of the caring and learning community that is Thorn Grove Primary School.
Schools vary enormously in achievement and atmosphere. Our distinction lies in the children in our school. Being polite, hard working and well behaved does not necessarily set them apart from other children in the district but when this is allied to the sense of order and calm that prevails the school, the quiet confidence and caring attitudes which are the hall mark of our children, Thorn Grove becomes a very special school.
The adult community of Thorn Grove – teachers, non-teaching staff, Governors and parents are committed to our children and to maintaining standards and attitudes that have made Thorn Grove the school it is.
Aim high, succeed and fly!
OUR SCHOOL AIMS
Thorn Grove School aims to create an environment where all pupils will have full opportunities to develop their intellectual, social, physical, moral and aesthetic qualities in accordance with age, aptitude and ability.
In order to achieve this the school to provides :
- an orderly secure and stimulating environment in which to work and play;
- a caring community, which will enable every child to understand and appreciate both their value as individual members of the school community and their potential contributions to their local community;
- a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum which recognises that every child requires a programme, through which they will proceed at different rates during the various stages of development;
- a suitable curriculum for those children with special educational needs (gifted or less able);
- a set of school rules which will promote safety and consideration for others;
- the development of attitudes which will promote co-operation and self-discipline, and which encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning and performance;
- the development of moral values, and appreciation of other races, religions and cultures;
- those opportunities and experiences which will help every child’s understanding and enjoyment of the environment in which they live;
- equal opportunities for all regardless of gender, race, religion or ability;
- for the participation of parents in the education of their children.
Thorn Grove is an average-sized primary school for children from 3-11 years. It includes a deaf base resource provision run by the local authority. Many pupils from this unit are taught in the mainstream classes as inclusion lies at the heart of the school’s ethos. The school was built in 1951 and benefits from generous accommodation. The main building has eight classrooms, an ICT suite, a spacious library entrance foyer, an assembly hall, separate dining room and an administrative area. Two pairs of demountable classrooms provide valuable additional teaching space. There are two separate playgrounds, two outdoor learning areas (Nursery and Reception) and extensive well maintained playing fields. A private day nursery (Elm Cottage) also operates on the site looking to provide wrap-around care for babies to 3 year olds. The school occupies a 5 acre site.