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Thorneyholme Roman Catholic Primary School

About the School

Our school is very fortunate to have been given by the Forestry Commission, an area within Black Planting Forest, for our Forest Schools activities. Our children are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.


Whilst at Thorneyholme, pupils have the opportunity to participate in many different educational visits to enhance their learning experiences. For example, Hothersall Lodge Outdoor Adventure Centre, the Duke's Theatre pantomime in Lancaster and Liverpool Museums.  The school also attends conservation events such as Let's Learn Moor and the National Curlew Festival.


Sporting activities play an important part of life at Thorneyholme.  Sports coaches come into school each week to ensure that the children all receive first class sports coaching and to run FREE after school sports club sessions, every evening Monday to Friday, 3.30pm - 5.30pm.  Children also attend weekly swimming lessons during the spring term. An active running group trains regularly on the local tracks and the children compete in the local annual cross country running competition.


We enjoy entertaining our parents and friends, particularly at Christmas when the whole school takes part in a musical production. Smaller scale events take place throughout the year with musical performances and parents' assemblies on a regular basis, as well as 'themed' afternoons.


We are an important part of St Hubert's Parish and our Parish Priest, Canon Paul Brindle comes in very regularly to see us. We encourage our children to share what they have with others and we endeavour to be worthy guardians of God's creation not only by being careful with how we use the world's resources but also by recycling, composting and walking to school.


Our Parents' Association: The Friends of Thorneyholme (FOT) runs lots of fundraising events throughout the year. The money they have raised has made a big difference to our school. They have provided coaches for school visits, bought additional equipment for the school and much more!


Thorneyholme is committed to offering the best education possible to its pupils and have been accredited with several awards over the past few years.



RRSA Accreditation Silver Report December 2018

What makes us unique...


  • Our small size (individualised learning)
  • Mixed-age classes allowing for deeper learning experiences
  • Junior & Infants buddy system (Gardeners & Seedlings)
  • Fresher Plus’ Kitchen
  • Forest Leader (Infant Teacher)
  • Outdoor Learning & Forest Skills
  • FREE after school Sports Club
  • Adventure Playground
  • Global and Rights Respecting School
  • Parish Involvement
  • PTA Fundraisers
  • Links with other schools


OUTSTANDING! ‘The children are nurtured into caring for their locality and the wider world in an exemplary manner.’ Salford Diocese 2017


'Opportunities for effective pupil participation and engagement are extensive at Thorneyholme. 
The voice and participation of the pupils is taken seriously by adults across the school. 
Inclusion and the celebration of diversity are key features of the school. 
Children and adults described very positive and mutually respectful relationships across the school. 
Numerous structures are in place to promote mental health as well as physical wellbeing. 
The children have regular and well planned access to current news which becomes a stimulus for discussion and action.'   UNICEF RRSA 2018