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


Prospective Parents

To all our prospective new parents who are considering whether to be part of the Thurston C of E Primary Academy community. Please click on the links above to see what Thurston C of E Primary Academy can offer you and your child. Due to these uncertain times, unfortunately the school cannot offer you an invitation to see the excellent provision that we offer during the school day but hope you get a good indication from the videos. If you require any more information regarding school life then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school office.


Christian Value 

This half term the Christian Value is TRUST. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Christian Value TRUST page for Home Learning tasks. 

Our Beautiful Entry to Bury in Bloom 2020

Photographs of the finished sculpture made out of recycled plastic bottles which was displayed in the Abbey Gardens. Some of the flowers were painted by Key Worker children who were in school on Thursday 21st May. We had two bubbles open at this point and Mrs Nichol arranged for both bubbles to participate in the activity. Many thanks to all the staff involved: Mrs Nihol, Mrs Wiseman, Mrs Hillyer and Mrs Coleman. 

A little story about Dave the Dog and Coronavirus written and illustrated by Molly Watts

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 Mrs Gemma Pollard (Year 2 Teacher). 


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

The lead for online safety is Mr Bayes.

School Supply

We were thrilled to send our video message to say how much we missed you all and have been overwhelmed by the positive responses from all our lovely parents and pupils. Below are just a few of your emails.

I hope you are all well. 


I just wanted to say how much I loved the video. It made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes at the same time.  It looked like you all had such fun making the video too.  I’m sure the children miss you all as much as you miss them.


Hope to see you all soon.


Stay safe

It’s absolutely beautiful and I’m a sobbing mess

Hello everyone,


I must say that video was incredible. I had tears! So lovely and a great way to communicate with the whole school.


Fantastic. Thank you

Hi Everyone,

C  has just watched the video and wanted to say how much he enjoyed it and that he is missing school to. Thank you so much it looked like you all really enjoyed making it and thank you for your hard work over these challenging times.

Stay safe and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Warm Regards

Oh my god I’m an emotional wreck after watching that! 

It’s lovely- thank you to everyone involved. Mia was so excited to see everyone.


Thank you

We have just watched the video! Well done to all you lovely staff! You have made our day (and made me cry! Haha). It was such a lovely thing to do for the children. 


Stay safe and thank you for what you are doing

Oh wow, what a beautiful video, we loved it (even though it was really emotional). Thank you for putting this online for the children. It was lovely to see you all, we miss you too

Thank you so much for the video. We watched it several times. It's amazing and uplifting.

Thank you to Mrs Miles for putting it together so expertly, and to all the staff for their contributions. 

I think it possibly meant slightly more to the parents in our household than the children! Having to try to home school and work full time isn't the easiest thing to juggle but you've made me feel more cheery through your video.

We appreciated you all before, but we definitely have a renewed admiration for the job you do for our children day in, day out, and the enthusiasm and passion you bring to the school environment. It takes a special type of person to do what you do.  Suffice it to say that we're missing you too!


Best wishes

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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​

Bank Holiday Mon 3rd May

PD Days

1st & 2nd September 2020

23rd October 2020

19th & 20th July 2021


Autumn Term

1st September - 22nd October

1st November - 17th December

Spring Term

4th January - 18th February

28th February - 8th April

Summer Term

25th April - 27th May

6th June - 21st July

Bank Holiday Mon 2nd May

PD Days

To Be Confirmed

Immy and Blake made the staff this lovely card, we are very touched.

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/Mr J. Bayes

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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