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 www.thedwastreeducationtrust.co.uk
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.
and John Bayes
Please read your lovely emails below!
A little story about Dave the Dog and Coronavirus written and illustrated by Molly Watts
Our children responded with a video to school.
Go Wild with Suffolk Wildlife in June. Activities to complete at home under the button below.
Our Christian Values this term are Friendship and Respect. Please click on the buttons below to find some activities to do at home.
Home learning tasks will be updated weekly with any appropriate resources to support activities set. All home learning tasks can be found on each separate class page with links to specific websites to support learning. We are constantly finding new ideas and websites which we will post regularly on each class home learning page.
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.
It’s absolutely beautiful and I’m a sobbing mess
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
This summer home learning term we are focusing on FRIENDSHIP as our Christian Value. The diocese has helpfully added some ideas for Collective Worship both at school and in the home (below).
20th April - 22nd May
1st June - 17th July
2nd & 3rd September 2019
18th October 2019
20th & 21st July 2020
3rd September - 23rd October
3rd November - 18th December
4th January - 12th February
22nd February - 26th March
12th April - 28th May
7th June - 16th July
1st & 2nd September 2020
23rd October 2020
19th & 20th July 2021