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Thornsett Primary School
Aspenshaw Road, Birch Vale, SK22 1AT, UK High Peak
+44 (0)1663 744391

Thornsett Primary School

Hello and welcome to Thornsett School's Web Site. We hope you can find your way to all the information you need. If you have not visited our school before, and would like to, please phone to arrange a time. We would love to meet you. At Thornsett our ethos and sense of community are very important to us. We offer a warm welcome to everyone.

We are very proud of our pupils who are kind, caring, responsible members of our school and the wider community. We have an active school council which takes real decisions about issues which affect the children. The children not on School Council also know they are listened to and that their opinions matter.

The whole team at Thornsett, staff, pupils, governors and PTA have had an input into this site and all hope you like it.

Alice Littlehailes


We aim to help children to develop into happy, caring, well adjusted achieving individuals who will be able to cope with life in the twenty first century. In order to do this we try to:

  • provide a broad based balanced education that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum
  • provide equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, social and economic factors
  • help parents to feel involved in their children's education because we value their support
  • involve ourselves in the local community of New Mills.


The maximum number of children to be admitted each year is 25. In the event of over-subscription priority will be given to:

  1. children living within the school catchment area
  2. children outside the catchment area with siblings already in school
  3. children outside the catchment area who live closest to the school.

Parents considering applying for a place for their child are welcome to visit the school by appointment with the Headteacher. We encourage parents to put their children's names down for school as early as possible. This helps us to plan ahead and ensures that parents are sent information at the right time.

The governor's admission meeting will be held during the last week in February. Letters advising parents of their position will be sent out as soon as possible after this.

Admission Arrangements

We admit children at two points in the school year:

  1. Children born between 1 September and 30 April will be offered a full time place in September
  2. Children born between 1 May and 31 August will be offered a full time place in January.

There will be no part time provision.


We aim to provide a broad curriculum in accordance with the statutory guidelines of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is delivered through a mixture of subject based and topic approaches.

Policy Statements
The school staff and Governors have policies on all subject areas. Copies of our policies are available in school for inspection by parents, as are documents and regulations relating to the National Curriculum.

Teaching Groups
Children are taught in a variety of ways. They may be taught as a class, in a group or individually depending on the subject and the needs and abilities of the children. Children may be grouped by ability for some subjects (e.g. Mathematics). Careful planning and assessment ensures that work is provided at an appropriate level for the full range of ability in each class.


Plain Black Skirt/Trousers/Shorts
Red Polo Shirt
Blue checked summer dress
School Sweatshirt
Sensible low heeled shoes

Uniform items are available from Headmasters in New Mills indoor market.

P.E. Kit
All children need to have elasticated plimsolls, shorts and a 'T' shirt in a drawstring bag. The kit should be kept in school as it will be used regularly. Junior children also need a spare jumper or tracksuit for outdoor P.E in the colder months. It is essential that they have plimsolls or training shoes to change into for outdoor P.E. For safety reasons we cannot allow them to wear shoes or boots for P.E.

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