Thornhill Primary School

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About Thornhill Primary School

Name Thornhill Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Bernice Waite
Address Grove Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5PE
Phone Number 01582863516
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 294
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Key findings

This is a good school which has improved considerably and is extremely well placed to improve further.

The leadership and management are outstanding. The headteacher and the governing body have demonstrated an unrelenting drive to provide the best for the pupils. Together with the staff they have created an ethos which promotes very positive attitudes to learning and an environment that allows the pupils to feel safe and happy.

Their consistently high expectations of the pupils are rewarded with excellent behaviour and application in lessons. The pupils are achieving well. They are making good progress from relatively low starting points.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage making good progress through a wide range of activities, both those led by the teacher and those they choose themselves. There is a strong trend of improvement in attainment, which is now in line with expectations by the end of Year 4. This is because the school has systematically focused on developing teaching and learning, and the curriculum, in reading, writing and, more recently, in mathematics.

As a result, progress in reading is rapid and attainment has risen to well in excess of expectations. The pupils are making good progress in writing, but their progress in mathematics is not as rapid or as consistent throughout the school. Some lessons are outstanding, notably in Year 4.

In most lessons the teachers take full account of the needs of the groups within the class, but occasionally the work for a few is a little too easy or too hard. The teachers talk to groups and individual pupils a great deal. They help them to understand how well they are doing, and carefully assess how successful the pupils have been.

The curriculum interests and motivates the pupils through a wide range of exciting topics.

Information about the school

This is an average size-school. Pupils are mainly from White British backgrounds.

One quarter of the pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals, which is well above average. The proportion from minority ethnic groups is well below average – a very few pupils are of African heritage. Very few speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities has fallen and is now in line with the national average. There are before- and after-school clubs managed by the governing body. There have been many changes of staff since the last inspection, some of which have been recent.

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