The school is situated in a large village in a rural area approximately 17 miles South East of Norwich and close to the Suffolk border. The village has a mixture of private and local authority housing and it is continuing to grow.
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 children 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.
The school does not have facilities to cook meals on site. The school meals service provide children with cooked meals which are delivered to the school.
A wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as reading, rugby, football, tennis, knitting, choir, computers, cricket, and bowls are offered to the children both at lunch-time and after school.
Parents are encouraged to involve themselves in school and they help with a variety of activities, including reading, healthy eating project and school visits. We are also very fortunate to be supported by a hard working PFA which organises a number of fund-raising and social activities.