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Thorneyholme Roman Catholic Primary School


Headteachers' Welcome


A very warm to welcome to the Thorneyholme R.C. Primary School website. 

Our school is situated in the small rural village of Dunsop Bridge, within the Forest of Bowland and is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty.  We are very fortunate to be able to use this location to enrich the curriculum with outdoor teaching and learning. The Forestry Commission has provided the school with a designated area of woodland for our Forest School which we attend at least once a month.  Throughout the year, we attend other events linked to environmental conservation, such as the Curlew Festival and Let's Learn Moor. Other activities include cross country and orienteering along the local tracks and fields, along with geographical river and terrain studies.


In contrast, we ensure that children are aware of the wider world and feel connected to it; that it is their home.  Global learning is taught in our school and we seek opportunities to link with the wider world.


Thorneyholme is a very special place where each child is encouraged to reach their full potential, both academically and personally, in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. At Thorneyholme, we teach the children growth mindset in order that they themselves have high expectations of their own work and behaviour, as well as a life long love of learning.  We aim to foster in our pupils their own beliefs and dreams, along with a curiosity of the world around them and a desire to contribute to the wider life of the school and beyond, using their gifts and talents.

The quality of welcome extended to all at Thorneyholme Roman Catholic Primary School is outstanding and the school is rightly proud of its local reputation as ‘The small school with the big welcome!’ 
Section 48 RE Inspection Report June 2017

As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils. Notably, pupils are taught that God loves everyone. John 15:12: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." Love is also part of our mission as a whole school and is embedded in our ethos: ‘We love, dream and believe under the umbrella of God.’   As such, we are an inclusive school, where differences are celebrated and we openly welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds.


If you would like to visit our school, please contact the school office to make an appointment or email me:

I'd love to show you around and let you see what a magical place this is.

Thank you for taking time to visit our website.


Claire Halstead

Executive Headteacher