Thornlie Primary

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Thornlie Primary School is located in the heart of Pather in Wishaw and is accessible from the M74 or the M8 via Motherwell. Public transport is available through road and rail facilities which operate frequent services from several neighbouring towns as well as from Glasgow; it is a non-denominational co-educational school teaching children from primary one to primary seven.

Outside view of Thornlie Primary school

The main building consists of a one-storey traditional building which dates from 1957. The school has eight classrooms across two corridors, and outside each classroom are working bays where small groups of children can work. We have a purpose built gym and assembly hall which has a large stage. The dining hall is spacious and also serves as a general purpose room.

As well as class teachers and office staff, staffing includes two music specialists who visit the school one day per week, a parent support worker, an early years worker and a learning support teacher. There are also two classroom assistants who are timetabled to provide support in each classroom as well as two Additional Support Needs assistants who work with specific children on an agreed basis.

The school plays an active role within the immediate community and through liaison with the wider community and other educational establishments, including strong links with its associated secondary, Clyde Valley High. In addition, all Thornlie teachers offer after-school activities to our pupils: these have included arts and crafts, rugby, digital photography, animation, dance, drama, baking, netball, football, singing and pottery.

The Parent Council was formed in 2010, is extremely supportive of the school and takes an active interest in the school community. Parent involvement in learning is vital to the aims of the school. Parents are kept informed of school activities through termly Class Learning Letters, newsletters, Pupil Booklets, Parental Assemblies, Information Evenings, pupil drama and music performances, Class Open Days, Parents' Evenings and Report Cards. Parents also help at outings, sports festivals and Clubs.

The school offers a high standard of educational provision to its pupils and all members of staff are expected to provide meaningful, relevant and challenging teaching in line with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. The school has been recognised at a National Level for its work in Enterprise, Eco schools and International Education, and pupils have presented their work at conferences in Perth, Findhorn, Edinburgh, Glasgow and New Lanark.

The school became a Gold Health Promoting Schoolin 2007 and gained its third Green Eco Flag in 2010. In 2009 it won the Touchstone Award for Inspirational Learning and Teaching, a Social Enterprise Award from 'Determined to Succeed', and a Neighbourhood Award from 'Keep Scotland Beautiful'. These awards have all been based on pupil involvement.

Thornlie has official business partnerships with the RSPB at Baronshaugh and with the charity Mamatsi Guli. The school is twinned with the Temi orphanage in Eastern Georgia.. Again, these links were created by the pupils.

Values and aims

Equality of opportunity is a philosophical approach, which should permeate an institution or community affecting all aspects of its operations. Thornlie is a community which endeavours to provide free and equal access to education with an ethos which ensures all children and adults are respected and valued as part of that community. No person in Thornlie should be disadvantaged due to colour, creed, gender, background or any other cultural difference. We actively seek to empower all of our children by providing a context that enables them to fulfil their potential and to develop academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from Thornlie primary normally transfer to Clyde Valley high, Wishaw.

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