About Our School
Thurlton Primary School is situated in a small rural village, in south Norfolk, close to the Suffolk border and 14 miles south east of Norwich.
Thurlton Primary School is in the village of Thurlton, close to the church and within easy walking distance of the village centre. Our pupils mostly come from Thurlton and the surrounding villages of Norton Subcourse, Thorpe-Next-Haddiscoe, Raveningham, although some of our families do travel from further afield in order to benefit from our warm, inclusive environment. Many of our families have had links with the school for generations, and we are proud to be an integral part of the local community.
Most of our children start their educational journey at the nearby Thurlton Pre-School and, at the age of 11, our pupils usually transfer to Hobart High School in Loddon.
The original school was opened in 1875. This historical building is now fully integrated into our more modern establishment, first extended in 1973 to provide more up to date facilities, and then, in January 2003, extended further.
At this time the school transferred from being a ‘first’ school to being a ‘primary’ school and with this new status came two new classrooms and a re-modelled central teaching area. In 2011 further improvements were made to our Early Years area so that our youngest pupils can safely access continuous provision and the outdoors at all times.
Our extensive school grounds contain playing fields, a hard play area and an environmental area with a pond, bird hide and gardens.
The school draws its pupils from Thurlton, Norton Subcourse, Thorpe-Next-Haddiscoe, Raveningham and other surrounding villages. The school is smaller than the average and has 60 pupils on roll. At the age of 11, many of the pupils transfer to Hobart High School in Loddon.
The school is housed in a Victorian building (1875), which was extended in 1973 to provide modern facilities. Further building work started in January 2003, to accommodate the transformation from first to primary school status. The new accommodation provides the school with two new classrooms, one of which is a DFES ’Classroom of the Future’, a re-modelled central teaching area and new storage facilities. The Reception/Year 1 classroom was extended in 2011 with its own outdoor learning environment.
The extensive school grounds contain playing fields, hard play areas, car park for staff and an extensive environmental area including pond, bird hide and gardens.
The staff team of Thurlton School is experienced, hardworking and supportive. Each member of the teaching staff, including the Headteacher, has responsibility for at least three areas of the curriculum.
Although the school does not have facilities to cook meals on site, hot lunches are delivered daily from the excellent kitchen team at Hobart High School, for those who would like them.
Throughout the year we offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from sports such as football, cricket and gymnastics to choir and forest schools.
Parents/carers are warmly encouraged to involve themselves in school life and we welcome help with activities such as reading, clubs and on school visits.
We are very fortunate to be supported by an incredibly active and hard working Parents and Friends Association (PFA) which organises a number of fund-raising and social activities throughout the year. Please do let us know if you would like to be involved and we will put you in touch with them
The school has established close links with Thurlton Pre-school. Pre-School children come and visit us throughout the year for stories and activities and we ensure all pupils are ready for their transition to us when they reach Reception age.