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  • Thurton Primary School
    Ashby Road
    NR14 6AT
  • Head: Mr Jonathan Barber
  • T 01508 480335
  • F 01508 480478
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Norfolk
  • Pupils: 105
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: Open days are in November and January each year. However, appointments at other times of the year are available.
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 10th March 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 8th March 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Thurton is an outstanding school, where: 'not only does the school nurture pupils intellect and academic prowess; the outstanding teaching also develops the whole child through sport, visual and performing arts, design technology and cooking food.'

The staff and governors are proud and humbled to be graded as outstanding in every area, but also told by the Ofsted inspectors that the school had met every single part of the outstanding judgement in the Ofsted framework.
The schools work to keep pupils safe and secure was judged to be outstanding. The inspectors spent a long time looking at safeguarding and during the inspection, the school was told that the work of safeguarding practices, including monitoring behaviour of pupils, risk assessments and ESafety was exemplary.
The governors of Thurton Primary were pleased that the Headteacher Mrs Cassandra Williams, who is ably supported by the assistant headteacher Mr Jonathan Barber, were recognised to have created a culture and ethos that is outstanding in the way that it focuses relentlessly on teaching and learning and strives for excellence now and the future. Being able to develop a Team Thurton spirit where staff and pupils work together harmoniously. Where everyone is immersed in a can-do culture, where nothing is seen by pupils or teaching staff as a potential barrier to successful learning. As part of the outstanding leadership and management, the governors were praised for fulfilling their core responsibility and statutory duties very effectively.
The inspectors said that the broad, balanced and superbly enriched curriculum is outstanding in promoting effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and provides valuable opportunities for pupils to experience life beyond Thurton, including a residential to London. This ensures that pupils not only appreciate and understand fundamental British values they live by them and develop an excellent understanding about life in modern Britain.
In her report, the lead HMI inspector Linda Killman stated: 'Well judged and often inspiring teaching methods and approaches promote pupils exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. Pupils love to learn.'
The school was particularly proud that the behaviour of the pupils was judged to be outstanding. The inspectors found the children to be 'polite, well-mannered, respectful and extremely keen to talk to inspectors about their work and school life generally. They are exceedingly confident young people but at the same time they demonstrate humility and celebrate their own and each others achievements with equal pride. The children live up to their value statement of doing my best, being my best and trying my best.' Mrs Killman was particularly impressed as the children show resilience in learning and are unafraid to make mistakes because they know they will learn from them.
At the start of each day children come into school smiling with a spring in their step because they enjoy it so much.
The local authority describe this outstanding school as inward looking and outward facing.
We aim to be even better!
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