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Glastonbury Thorn School
Piggott Drive, Shenley Church End, MK5 6AB, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 504648

This is the Official Website of:
Pigott Drive
Shenley Church End
Milton Keynes



Hello and welcome to Glastonbury Thorn School. If your child is to join us for the first time we welcome you as parents/carers and look forward to a happy and successful partnership over the coming years. If you already have a child here, we are pleased to renew the links between us.

Confidence in a school comes from knowing and understanding what is happening within it. We hope you will develop your knowledge of Glastonbury Thorn through contact and discussion with our members of staff and governors. We invite you to take advantage of the many opportunities we offer for you to come into school. It is important that mutual understanding and trust should be the basis of our shared responsibility.

We believe Glastonbury Thorn is a very special school. We hope that when you have visited us, you will want to come and join our school community.

School History

Glastonbury Thorn School opened in September 1993 and from September 2002 became a Foundation School. It was named after the Glastonbury Thorn tree which grows in the local churchyard.

Glastonbury Thorn was originally built to serve the Shenley Church End and Crownhill grid squares. However, we are a popular school with a high profile both locally and further a field - currently 36% of our children live outside our defined area.

The school underwent an Ofsted inspection on 21 st March 2007 – the inspectors report was extremely complimentary and we were judged to be outstanding in every area. (The report can be viewed on the Ofsted website – or can be downloaded here in pdf format). We are very proud of our school and it was wonderful to have our many strengths validated in this way. However, we are not complacent, and are always looking for ways to further improve – we strive to achieve our mission statement “Every day getting better in every way”.

The design of the main building is open plan with a large teaching area, three practical areas and home bases for each class. We have a library, ICT suite, staff workroom, spacious hall and a music/drama room. In 2006 we held the official opening of our new purpose-built Foundation Stage annex. This includes three home bases, a large shared area, and a secure outdoor area.

The external environment includes children's seating in the playground, grassy areas and a large natural pond within a landscaped garden which provides a superb on-site resource for environmental studies. A fence is positioned around the pond area for safety. We are currently improving the outside of the school and the Friends Association recently funded the installation of a new wooden activity trail and basketball net for the children.



At Glastonbury Thorn we are committed to clear open communication with all members of the school community. We have an open door policy where there are many opportunities for you to come into the school and speak to members of staff. Furthermore we have a range of approaches to allow for simple and effective communication.

Parent’s Board
This is a designated area in the school where all parent’s and visitors can find a whole range of documents and information on the school. It is situated opposite the Reception Desk in the reception area.

@ Glastonbury Sign
This sign can be recognised throughout the school and is a information sign for all parents and visitors. Examples around the school at present are:

  • Staff @ Glastonbury: Shows photographs of all staff in the school and their job role. Situated in the reception area.
  • School Council @ Glastonbury: Shows photographs of all School Council members and their work. Situated in the school hall.
  • Assemblies @ Glastonbury: Information on assembly programme being followed in the school. Situated in the school hall.

School Newsletters
Informative and detailed school newsletters are published regularly throughout the term. They include latest curriculum, staffing and miscellaneous news items. Updates on events and forthcoming events are also included in these. A copy of all newsletters are kept in the ‘Letters File’ on the reception desk.

Curriculum Newsletter
Each year group publish a Curriculum Newsletter once every half term. They include all necessary information on the themes to be studied that half term and any research or resources required. Additional copies of these publications are available at the Parent’s Board in the reception area.

Life @ Glastonbury Brochure
This is a termly publication and is designed to inform the whole school community about new initiatives and activities taking place in school. Copies of this publication are available at the ‘Parent’s Board’.


TERM DATES FOR 2007/2008

School Opens morning of:
School Closes at the end of afternoon session on:
Autumn 2007 Wednesday 5th September
Tuesday 30th October
Friday 19th October
Friday 21st December
Spring 2008 Tuesday 8th January
Monday 25th February
Friday 15th February
Friday 4th April
Summer 2008 Monday 21st April
Monday 2nd June
Thursday 22nd May
Wednesday 23th July


We have a Friends of Glastonbury Thorn group which organises social events and fund-raises for the school.

The committee meet regularly to:

  • Plan fund-raising events
  • Arrange social events
  • Provide links with the wider community

The Annual General Meeting is held in the Autumn Term.

Regular newsletters publicise events and other information.

All parents, friends and staff of the school are members of the Association and it is hoped that you will become actively involved in the life of the school.

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