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Thorneyholme Roman Catholic Primary School

About the School

Here are some Parents' views of what makes us unique...


  • Great ethos.
  • The indoor/outdoor provision for the infants is excellent to see, with thoughts about children’s different learning styles in an holistic manner.
  • Children encouraged to learn outdoors.
  • Each child is made to feel special and important.
  • School offers more than an academic education, it teaches an array of life skills including an emphasis on nature and the great outdoors.  It’s truly a special school.
  • Bespoke personalised learning that maximises what my child does well, but also makes available any areas which need reinforcing.
  • For a small school, they have a huge sense of community, global responsibility and enriched opportunities.
  • Lunch is excellent.
  • Outdoor and sports activities are excellent.
  • Installs confidence, develops a love of learning, provides a broad curriculum, has a real family feel, high expectations, makes lessons fun, learning takes place both inside and outside.  Staff get to know children really well.
  • Communication is very good with the parents and we are always informed.
  • The school focuses on the child and their needs and happiness, the school really does make them happy learners.
  • Very good channels of communication, open at all times and the thoughts/concerns/issues are welcome.
  • Child-led learning, forest school and family atmosphere are what Thorneyholme does well.
  • If our child had come sooner to this school, it would have made a bigger difference on their confidence and learning.
  • Extra curricular clubs and pupil voice.


 ‘The children are nurtured into caring for their locality and the wider world in an exemplary manner.  Thorneyholme R.C. Primary School is a good school with many outstanding elements. The executive headteacher, with excellent support of the school team, has created a warm, welcoming family atmosphere where all children, irrespective of their own faith background, are given a very positive experience of Catholic education.'         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

Our children move on to Bowland High School, St Augustine's RC High School, Ripley High School and even independent schools like Westholme.

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 twice a week to ensure that the children all receive first class sports coaching and to run FREE after school sports club sessions. These take place on a Monday and Thursday 3.30pm - 5.30pm.  Children also attend weekly swimming lessons during the Autumn term. 


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 Celebration 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 March 2022