From the Ofsted report 2010
‘Pupils enjoy being at the school very much. This is shown by their excellent behaviour in lessons and around the school.'
'Parents are very supportive - they wrote many highly complimentary comments about the school, which were echoed in conversations with inspectors. It was not unusual, for example, to read, ‘Thornhill J&I is a fantastic school. All the teachers are excellent and work very hard with the children.'
'The inclusive ethos is fundamental to all the work of the school and is reflected also in the outstanding level of care, guidance and support provided to pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.’
Thornhill Junior and Infant School is a two form entry school, situated in the village of Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The school serves a large residential area of private and local authority housing. The school's planned admission number (PAN) is 420 and the school's admission limit is 60 per year group. Our school is 'home' to a Local Authority Resourced Provision unit. A small percentage of pupils come from homes where English may not be the first language.
Our school day runs from 8.55am until 3.30pm.
We offer a wide range of extra curricular activities, which currently include: street dance, latin/ballroom dance, ICT, football, rounders, green club, ukulele, choir, recorders and steel drumming. Peripatetic music tuition is offered by Kirklees Music Service. PE, Music, French and Personal and Social Education are taught by specialist teachers.
There are 14 spacious and well equipped classrooms. The school has a large hall which is used as a gymnasium, dining room and assembly hall. Our school is surrounded by secure playgrounds and a large grassed area which includes an orchard. The building is a mixture of old and new and there has been much renovation and interior development over the last five years.
Parents are made very welcome in the school and provide much valuable support; they run the ‘Friends of Thornhill’ group which organises social and fund-raising activities.
Our school is popular with local families and has a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. There are good links with the local community through various activities and positive relationships with neighbouring schools, including the local High School.