Thank you for taking the time to visit the website of Thurston Church of England Primary Academy. 

We are pleased to announce that Thurston Primary became an academy on January 1st 2016.  
We are proud to be part of the Thedwastre Education Trust.

Thurston Primary Academy follows Suffolk County Council’s admissions procedures and details of these can be found on the local authority school admissions pages of its website:

In-year applications should be made directly to the school office using the ADM1 application form, which is available on-line.

This website gives details of dates when you need to apply by, how you need to apply and when you will hear if your child/ren have a place at our school. 

Don't Forget - 'Bags 2 School' on 10th October raises vital funds for our school and your children. 
Please fill your bag with clean good quality clothes, soft toys, belts, handbags and shoes (tied together).

We are a friendly village school, with a strong Christian ethos, situated close to the Parish Church of St Peter's ( 
Currently our school has 203 pupils, from Reception to Year 6.

As Thurston CEVC Primary, the most recent Ofsted inspection judged our school to be good (December 2012).

The governing body takes an active interest in the school with several governors occasionally helping on a voluntary basis in the school.

Thurston C of E Primary Academy has very strong links with Great Barton C of E Primary Academy, Rattlesden C of E Primary Academy and Woolpit Primary Academy, having become part of a Multi Academy Trust on January 1st 2016. Please use this link to go to 

We are also part of the Thurston Partnership, sixteen primary schools and Thurston Community College working together for all our children.Go to  Thurston Partnership for more information.

Parents are interested and supportive, with some parents helping on a regular basis in the school. Other parents take an active role in 'FOTS' - Friends of Thurston School. They work in partnership with the staff and School Council to help to improve the school in various ways, including subsidising trips and visits and have recently purchased £1000 of new reading books, with a particular focus on boys' interests. This year, FOTS members refurbished the library.

The school has an active School Council and Eco-Council. This year the School Council have focused on raising funds to help purchase classroom books and help with various local and global charities.

Informal visits to the school are warmly welcomed, by appointment. We look forward to seeing you.

Kathy Lambert



The Governing Body
♦ is committed, through its Safeguarding Policy, to ensuring that the school meets all statutory regulations in this area and follows relevant local procedures. 
♦ recruits staff and volunteers in line with safer recruitment processes. 
♦ ensures that the necessary procedures are followed for dealing with any allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers 
♦ monitors the appointment of a designated senior member of staff for dealing with issues concerning the safeguarding of children. 
♦ accesses appropriate safeguarding children training as required.
♦ meets the Prevent Duty in our school as described in thCounter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. See our Safeguarding Policy.

The Designated Lead Professional for Safeguarding and for Prevent is Mrs. Kathy Lambert (Headteacher)
The Alternate Designated Professionals are:
Mr John Bayes (Deputy Headteacher) 
Mrs Genevieve Gladding (Early Years Co-ordinator). 
Mrs. Frances Pointer is the governor with responsibility for safeguarding and Prevent.

Recent Announcements

  • New School Council Representatives in the 'School Council' page - see tab on left of page.

    Our seaside trip to Southwold - Please check out Class pages for photos over the next few days.

    High praise for Ben and Ross - they have shown great community spirit as described in this email from a member of the public.

    Daisy, Charlotte, Barney, Lucie, Hazel and
    William raised money for West Suffolk Hospital last weekend by running a 'Guess the name of the teddy' stall at the Beyton Fair and they also made loom bands to sell. Brilliant community spirit from this lovely family.

    Our artwork and poems were displayed at New Green Centre as part of the village celebrations of the Queen's 90th Birthday.

    New photos on Osprey Page of Thorpe Woodlands - more to come!

    Our fabulous Year 6 pupils in Red Kite Class showed enormous resilience and courage as they completed a Reading paper, a Grammar and Spelling paper and three arithmetic papers last week for SATs. They did their very best - we could not ask for more. They were relaxed, confident and positive and enjoyed the challenge.
    We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic death of TCC Year 9 student 
    Ben Wragge. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

    Please see the FOTS page for details of up and coming events!

    We now have a Twitter Page @ThurstonPSchool

    Congratulations to Loren in Red Kite Class for this great news:
    Congratulations! Caracal's Diary by Loren Mcdonald is through to the next stage of 500 WORDS!
    We received over 123,400 entries and this story has been picked - as one of just 4,500 - to go to the Reading Agency for the second round of judging.
    Well done and good luck! We will be back in touch in early May to let you know if Caracal's Diary has been shortlisted for our Final 50.
    In the meantime, enjoy your certificate!
    Best Wishes
    The 500 WORDS Team
    The Chris Evans Breakfast Show - BBC Radio 2 -
    We have also heard that Hugo from Osprey Class has been chosen for the second round - we have some talented authors at our school!

    Parachute games in Kingfisher Class - see more photos on the class page:

    We celebrated World Book Day with a Book Swap and raised £226 for St Nicholas Hospice with cakes and wearing purple - see the Gallery for photos.

    E-safety at Home

    an ‘essentials’ checklist for parents of children using online technology we have copied a link which we find very useful:
  • Kingfisher Junk Model Castles Have a look at our castles on Kingfisher page:
    Posted 11 Feb 2016, 13:44 by Kathy Lambert
  • Untitled Post New photos of Eagle Class Share afternoon designing sleighs for the 'Pugs of the Frozen North' on Eagle Page.
    Posted 28 Jan 2016, 14:25 by Kathy Lambert
  • Mathletics and Reading Birds - Friday Celebration Assembly Look how proud we are of our Mathletics and reading achievements! A week's home learning celebrated on January 22nd.
    Posted 25 Jan 2016, 14:55 by Kathy Lambert
  • Caring Plate and Effort Cup Gracie was awarded the Caring Plate and Molly was awarded the Effort Cup at the end of the Autumn Term 2015.
    Posted 3 Jan 2016, 14:53 by Kathy Lambert
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New photographs added to Wren Class Page