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We are a growing friendly village school, with a strong Christian ethos, situated close to the Parish Church of St Peter’s.

On January the 1st 2016, Thurston C of E Primary Academy became part of a Multi Academy Trust forming stronger links with Great Barton C of E Primary Academy, Rattlesden C of E Primary Academy and Woolpit Primary Academy. We also work closely with a number of other primary schools in the area as part of the Thurston Partnership along with Thurston Community College; as a group of Headteachers we collaborate to provide the best education and opportunities for all our pupils.

In September 2021, Thurston CE Primary Academy relocated to a new site on Pond Field Road to cater for the growing population of the village through new housing developments. The school is currently in transition from being a single form entry (July 2021) to becoming a two form entry school over time.

The most recent published Ofsted inspection (October 2018) judged our school to be good. We are fortunate to have a very active governing body which takes an interest in the school with all governors regularly fulfilling their role through monitoring teaching and learning as well as supporting the school on a voluntary basis.

Parents take an active role in ‘FOTS’ – Friends of Thurston School. They work incredibly hard in partnership with the staff to help to improve the school in various ways, including subsidising trips, purchasing new reading books across the school and are currently raising money for new outdoor equipment.

As a school we strongly welcome pupil’s opinions and give pupils the opportunity to be involved in decision making to continually reflect and develop our school ethos. This is done through Collective Worship Leads and small working parties focusing on specific aspects of our school environment.

I am very proud to be part of the development of Thurston CE Primary Academy and look forward to welcoming you to join our school community.

Informal visits to the school are warmly welcomed, by appointment. I look forward to seeing you.

John Bayes