It is always a sad letter to write about the end of a year. We are sadly saying ‘Goodbye’ to a number of remarkable students as they move on to West lakes’ Academy. They are all different characters who have made a lasting imprint on Thornhill Primary, you will all be missed….
Alivia Cameron, Najia Guo, Adam Melvin, Harvey Moore, Mikayla Simpson, Summer Smale, Tristan Walker and Miley Watson.
Good luck in your new school and all your future endeavours.
This year has been one which I am exceptionally proud of, a short OFSTED Inspection in the Spring term confirmed that Thornhill continues to provide a ‘Good’ education and keeps children safe. I would like to thank all staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown this year, they are a special group of people, who I feel privileged to work with.
This year we have made some changes which have helped us to improve outcomes for learners in class. These have been fully embraced by staff, children and parents and we thank you for your support. These include the introduction of the Read, Write Inc Phonics Scheme, Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed. We have lots of ideas for next year, especially in terms of improving reading comprehension outcomes and we will share these with you in September.
The school will be a busy place over the summer break as there will be lots of building work taking place in order to ensure we are able to address key areas of focus for the new term. Our school library is being renovated to provide a space for breakfast and after school care for parents. School staff Miss Byrne and Miss Glaister will be staffing this provision under the oversight of Mrs Hawley and myself. We hope that this will meet the needs of our whole community and encourage all children from Thornhill and the local area to make this their first choice of provision. Alongside this, we will be offering a 30hour Nursery provision from September for children aged 2 or over. Some families may be eligible to a free place and private payers are also welcome. You can help us by letting all your neighbours and friends know about our wonderful school whenever you can.
In September, the school will open a new chapter in its history. We expect to open in the new term as an Academy, as part of the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust. During the holiday period, the trust will be investing in our building in terms of some decoration, this forms part of a long-term plan and vision to update our building to make it a better place for learners. In many other respects, families will not expect to see a huge difference, staffing remains the same and you can expect the same quality of service as before. We believe this change will help us to future-proof our school, develop our staff and retain high standards. It is an exciting time.
Lastly, I want to say a special thank you to the children of Thornhill Primary, who are an absolute delight. They have developed in a million ways this year and we have seen them all grow and achieve. Not all our children are academically able but all have made progress of which they should be proud.
Enjoy your summer break, keep safe have fun and we will see you back in school on Wednesday September 4th.