The family is at the heart of our ethos. It is important in a busy world to get the right balance between school and home life. At Thorngrove we help families in the morning by offering a breakfast club every day from 7.30am. On Friday we have our ‘big fry up’ with over eighty children and parents enjoying a delicious cooked breakfast. This is a real treat and of course a lovely way to end the week. Our after care facility, at the end of the day, is also available for children whose parents need to pick them up a little later. We do not have Saturday school because we believe that weekends should be spent with the family. Our very active Friends of Thorngrove Committee (PTA) is keen to promote friendships and socialising amongst the children, parents and staff as well as raise money for charity.
Our most recent inspection states that ‘the effectiveness of the teaching is strengthened by the excellent relationship between teachers and pupils’. At Thorngrove the rapport between the teachers and children is built on mutual trust and respect. Children have fun in their lessons and want to do their best for the teacher and themselves. Our active School Council provides children throughout the school with a forum for discussion, inclusion and change. Our clear, fair and effective rewards and sanctions system works hand in hand with issues raised in PSHE lessons as well as section and whole school assemblies. The older pupils act as ‘buddies’ to the younger children, helping them in the morning at registration and seeing them at different times during the week.
Thorngrove has always been and will continue to be a warm and friendly school, built on the premise that family and feeling part of a community matters. Children leave the school happy, well-rounded individuals ready to take the next exciting step in their education.