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

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 211 pupils, from Reception to Year 6.


As Thurston CEVC Primary, the most recent published Ofsted inspection judged our school to be good. 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 part of the Thurston Partnership, sixteen primary schools and Thurston Community College working together for all our children. Go to  the Thurston Partnership link 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

and John Bayes


We are pleased to announce that we remain a Good school following

our recent inspection.

The report has been published on the Ofsted website.

A copy of the report can be found under 'school information'.

Safeguarding of Children


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 the Counter 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 (Joint Headteacher) and Mr Anthony Rushbrook (Year 5 Teacher). 


Mrs. Christine Woodard is the Governor with responsibility for safeguarding and Prevent.

The lead for online safety is Mr Bayes.

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Autumn Term

4th September - 17th October

28th October - 19th December

Spring Term

6th January - 14th February

24th February - 3rd April

Summer Term

20th April - 22nd May

1st June - 17th July​

PD Days

2nd & 3rd September 2019

18th October 2019

20th & 21st July 2020


Autumn Term

3rd September - 23rd October

3rd November - 18th December

Spring Term

4th January - 12th February

22nd February - 26th March

Summer Term

12th April - 28th May

7th June - 16th July​

PD Days

1st & 2nd September 2020

23rd October 2020

19th & 20th July 2021

Please find details of Friends of the School's planned Events in the FOTS tab (drop down from School Information)

Lots of exciting things happening this year!

M&M Theatre Productions (@MandMTheatrical) visited our school last week and we watched the fabulous Jack and the Beanstalk panto. Thank you to FOTS for subsidising the event and parents for contributing. Pupils really enoyed the performance.

Some of us dressed up as pantomine characters.

We have a new tab called 'New School'

Please read the consultation details and view the floor plans. Consultation begins on Monday October 28th and lasts for 6 weeks - Friday December 6th.

Thurston Church of England Primary School was 150 years old

on Sunday 28th April.

We celebrated by holding a Victorian Day on Monday 29th April.

Travel Plan

We are very grateful to all those parents and carers who completed our survey to complete our travel plan. We are particularly grateful for the comments about your child's journey to and from school. The Travel plan and analysis of the survey can be found below. 

Contact Details

Key Documents

Thurston Church of England Primary Academy

School Lane


Bury St Edmunds 


IP31 3RY

Headteacher: Mrs. K. Lambert

Finance Officer/Office Manager: Mrs. J. Taliku

Telephone: 01359 230444


Please be aware that you may request any page from this website to be printed out from the office. This service is free of charge. 

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