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Thorners C E V A Primary School
Litton Cheney, DT2 9AU, UK Dorchester
+44 (0)1308 482410


Thorner’s School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School for children aged 5 to 11 years old from West Bexington, Little Bredy, Long Bredy, Litton Cheney, Puncknowle, Swyre and Kingston Russell. At 11 they generally transfer to Sir John Colfox School in Bridport.

The original foundation of the school goes back to 1690. For over 300 years, the children of this area have been educated in the name of Thorner’s.

The school is extremely fortunate in being situated within the Bride Valley, we have a dedicated and caring team who work with the pupils placing great importance on the individual child. Thorner’s has a welcoming and calm environment for your child to grow, learn and develop to the best of their ability.


Christian values permeate all aspects of our communal life, providing our children with a firm moral foundation and sensitivity to the needs of others. We aim to give each individual a feeling of security and value, acknowledging their unique aspirations and characteristics, enabling them to reach for their highest possible standards in work, attitude and conduct.


A copy of the admissions policy is available for viewing in the school office. Our standard intake is 15. Generally the Governors will admit to the school, pupils who live within the catchment area of Litton Cheney, Puncknowle, Long Bredy, Little Bredy, Swyre, West Bexington or Kingston Russell to any class. Parents who live outside this area can request a place from the Headteacher or Governors, if unsuccessful they can appeal to Dorset County Council.


The National Curriculum, including the Literacy and Numeracy guidelines provides a framework for all the activities we do with our children. We aim however, to provide opportunities over and above the minimum laid down.

Our aim is to help each child to fulfil his or her potential. We have a happy school environment with well-qualified and experienced staff. We use praise and encouragement with children of all abilities to ensure academic progress and achievement.

In a school of this size each child will spend more than one year in each class. Much effort goes into the planning of each term’s activities to provide children of all ages and abilities with a suitably challenging and stimulating programme of work.

We provide a balanced curriculum with opportunities for group work and class work. Competence in the basics of number, reading and writing receives high priority throughout the school.


We are lucky that here at Thorner’s parents and friends voluntarily give up valuable time to run clubs both for parents and pupils.

Clubs include netball, computer, football, handball, art and gardening.

If you have a skill that you would like to pass on to others and the time to commit on a regular basis please come and talk to us as we would very much like to expand the range of these clubs.

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