THORESBY PRIMARY SCHOOL PROSPECTUS by Levone

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									      THORESBY PRIMARY SCHOOL PROSPECTUS.
                                       2009-10

                         SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT


Our vision for Thoresby is to create an inclusive school community
which enables pupils to attain their own highest levels of achievement,
and to make full use of potential and opportunities. They will be
equipped to make informed choices and decisions on a sound basis of
knowledge, skills, and understanding, avoiding prejudice. Pupils will
then be able to move confidently into the next phase of their education
and meet the challenges of the 21st century.


History
The school was instituted in 1902 as an Elementary School and has undergone
several changes in its character since then, ranging from being a mixed Infant and
Junior school, to an all girls’ High School, to a 5-9 years primary , and finally, from
1988, to a 3-11 years primary school , including a 20-place Foundation 1 class. The
school’s official classification now is ‘Community Primary School’.

Number on roll.
The school currently operates with around 330 pupils plus 40 part-time Foundation
Stage 1 pupils, attending either mornings or afternoons.

Admissions.
The school follows the criteria laid down in the Hull schools’ guide.
There is a catchment area for each primary school. Pupils may be admitted from
outside of this area, provided there is room in the year group required. Pupils may
be admitted to the Foundation Stage 1 class from any part of Hull. There is a waiting
list for admission. Children are admitted to school at the start of the academic year
in which they become 5 years old. In line with Local Authority guidelines we may not
admit above our admission limit of 50 pupils in each year group. The Local Authority
will manage any appeals arising from this.




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Induction Process
Parents who would like their child to attend Thoresby are encouraged to visit the
school to meet the Headteacher, who will arrange a tour of the school and answer
any queries.

The induction of new entrants begins in the Foundation Stage 1 with a pre- visit for
parents to meet the Head and Foundation Stage 1 staff. Foundation Stage 1 children
attend some assemblies in school, use the Hall for P.E. lessons and are made to feel
they belong in the school from the very start.

The transition between Foundation Stage 1 to 2 is made as smooth as possible for
the children. The staff team work closely together and prepare detailed transfer
reports. The children make visits to their new classrooms to familiarise themselves
with the new surroundings and staff. The Headteacher and staff meet parents who
are given welcome booklets and a tour of the school.

Once the children are settled in school the staff maintain daily contact with parents
and carers at the beginning and end of the school day.

Children who start Thoresby after the Foundation Stage are made very welcome.
The Headteacher meets new parents. All staff work hard to ensure the children feel
at home quickly. Classmates are selected to 'look after' newcomers. Should any
child experience difficulty settling in then staff will set up a support group, involving
a group of children, who will look specifically at ways in which they can help the new
child.

Thoresby also has 'playground pals'. These are children specially trained in helping
others at playtimes, playing with children and helping to sort out any problems.

Ofsted Inspection.
Thoresby Primary School had a very successful Ofsted Inspection in February 2008.
We were delighted with the judgements that were made:

‘This is a good school..... In this diverse and friendly school, where cultural
development is outstanding, pupils feel safe and well cared for’

The full report is available from the school or online from Ofsted.




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Partnership with Parents.
 "Parents’ commitment to their children’s learning is essential. The opportunities
parents give to young children for acquiring language skills from birth onwards have
a major influence on their later success in learning to read." (DFEE. National Literacy
Strategy. 1997).

Thoresby recognises the crucial partnership between school and home in developing
pupils’ skills in all areas of the curriculum. This involves responsibilities on both sides
of the partnership. Quite simply, children achieve their best when their parents
support the work of the school, both in the curriculum and in matters of discipline.


"Parents need to instil in their children a respect for education and those who deliver
it." (DFEE. “School Attendance” 1994).

When your child is admitted to Thoresby you, as parents/carers, and your child will
be asked to sign the Thoresby Primary School 'Home-School-Child Agreement'. We
will also sign it. The agreement covers certain reassurances on our part coupled
with a commitment from you and your child to uphold the rules and ethos of the
school.

For our part we will endeavour to:-
       ensure your child is safe, happy and secure
       give her/him equal access to the opportunities on offer
       do our utmost to see your child reach his/her potential
       keep you well informed of your child’s progress and any
       concerns the school may have
       inform you about what the teachers intend to teach the
       children each term


We would expect you as parents/carers, for your part, to:-
   send your child to school, regularly and on time, prepared to learn
   support your child's learning at home
   support the school's ethos, discipline policy, anti-racism policy and
   anti-bullying policy
   take the opportunities on offer to consult teachers about your child's progress
     at least once a term
     keep to the school's dress code




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Your child would be supported by you and prepared to:-
     Work hard

     Keep the school rules

     Respect teachers and fellow pupils

      Keep to the school's dress code

Friends of Thoresby
A group of parents meet every Friday morning (9.15 – 10.30). This is a chance to
meet informally and the group endeavour to raise funds for the school. All parents
are welcome.

Meeting with and Reporting to Parents
Once your child has entered school there are at least 3 formal opportunities per year
to meet their teacher. In the autumn term is the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening
designed as an introduction to a new class. There is a mid-year ‘Progress Evening’ in
the spring term, and the year-end presentation of the annual report in the summer
term.
Children are now closely involved in these consultations and take time with teacher
and parents to consider their own 'personal targets'. In addition to these occasions
you may, of course, arrange to see your child’s teacher or Headteacher at any time.
This could be after school or, by arrangement, during school time. Day to day
informal contact between parents and teachers is very important so that any issues
can be addressed at an early stage.

Security
Regrettably, we have to be very conscious of the need for security and checks on
people entering the school. Parents raised over half the cost of installing Yale locks
on all doors, and of an entry system for the main entrance. We have also installed a
camera at the main entrance so that visitors can be identified in the office before
gaining entry. This reduces the risk of any intruders entering through one of the
many external doors to the school.
We do stress to the children that they must not open any doors, even to people they
know, as we require all visitors to report to the office and sign in the visitors book.
(Locks on exit doors have been checked for fire safety as acceptably low for small
children to open in emergencies).
However, we do not want to put off parents from coming in to school, as long as
they follow these procedures. It is clearly in the best interests of our children to keep
to these, and indeed, when possible, to increase the security measures in school.
Supervision at playtimes and lunchtimes is very close and any visitors to the school
are stopped and asked to report to the office to state their business.
CCTV cameras are in place to deter damage and vandalism in the school grounds and
security patrols are often engaged at weekends and holidays.




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Insurance liability:
Please note; the school does not have insurance to cover the loss of personal items.
It is recommended that valuable items are not brought to school. Staff may not take
responsibility for their safe-keeping.


Homework
    The school’s policy on homework mainly includes an expectation of regular
support from parents in helping their child begin to learn to read, to learn weekly
spellings and the multiplication tables. Teachers will give an appropriate amount of
additional homework to support the curriculum.

Children take home; reading books, free choice books, and library books on a regular
basis, and, indeed, sometimes bring in their own books to assist their learning.

Pupils on the SEN register may also take home parts of their individual programme
to follow up with parents at home. All of these activities depend, of course, on the
support of parents.

Thoresby Kids' Club

      A management committee have been operating a 'Kids' Club' for the care of
children after school for a number of years.
This is run as an independent business, having received grants from a number of
sources, and charges reasonable fees. This is a very beneficial facility for local
families. Although it is a separate entity there is close liaison between the school and
the Centre. The contact names and telephone numbers can be obtained from the
school office.


      We operate our own breakfast club for the care of children before school. This
takes place in the main school building from 8am to 9am on school days. The last
admission is 8.30am every morning.




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                         THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

                                  School Aims

The ethos and curriculum of the school are created to enable pupils to:-

      use language effectively and imaginatively in speaking, reading and writing

      gain a good basis of mathematical, scientific and technical knowledge ,
       acquiring and being able to apply essential skills

      develop lively , questioning minds, able to argue rationally and fairly,
       exercising tolerance and empathy

      develop an awareness and understanding of their environment

      develop creative skills and an appreciation of the arts

      promote their physical development and enjoyment of physical activity

      acquire a positive self-image and a confident personality

National Curriculum.
 The school follows the National Curriculum for the core and foundation subjects
and religious education. The school is not affiliated with a particular religious
denomination. There may be rare instances when parents wish to withdraw their
children from Collective Worship. If this is requested the pupils are allowed to
withdraw at that point in assemblies when the act of worship takes place.

The Foundation Stage covers the early years of schooling delivered in the
Foundation 1 and 2 classes. It is based on the 6 areas of learning; social, physical,
linguistic, mathematical, creative and knowledge and understanding of the world.
Collaboration between Foundation 1 and 2 is an important feature of the Foundation
Stage.

On entry to Year 1 teachers begin to cover the National Curriculum. This is a phased
transition and children who are not yet ready for more formal programmes of
study will still work within the 6 areas of learning from the Foundation Stage. The
National Curriculum programmes of study cover English, Mathematics, Science,
Information and Communication Technology, Geography, History, Design and
Technology, Physical Education, Music, Art, and, in line with the local agreed
syllabus, Religious Education.

In addition to these subjects a course in Personal, Social and Health Education is
followed throughout the school which also covers Sex Education, Drug Education and


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Citizenship. The aim is to help with the development of self-esteem, assertiveness
and the ability to make informed choices in relation to questions of ‘right or wrong’.

The Governing Body approves the teaching of Sex Education in school, and it forms a
part of the PSHE programme. Parents of pupils in Y5 are invited to view the videos
and materials to be used in these specific lessons, before they are shown to the
children. The Governors review this each year at one of their termly meetings.

Friendships.
In short, we wish to make it clear to all that bullying will not be tolerated at
Thoresby. The school has developed an anti-bullying policy, which is available to
parents from school. Members of staff record any incidents and return the Head or
Deputy are informed. Parents are involved at an early stage and their support
actively required. Children are encouraged to communicate their concerns to
teachers who will deal with the matter sensitively.

Anti-Racism.
Closely linked to the school's ethos on bullying is the issue of racism. There is a clear
policy in place. The school responds very swiftly to any reports of racial abuse, name-
calling and other forms of racism. We make it clear to our children that, even when
angry or provoked, there is no place for such behaviour, in or out of school. Any such
incidents are recorded and reported back to parents and the LA.
We also plan special events to celebrate the diversity of our community, starting in
1999 with our multi-cultural 'celebration of diversity', known as Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope has now become an annual feature on our school calendar reflecting
our ethos and offering diverse experiences of ‘The Arts’ and culture to our pupils for
2 weeks each summer term.

Child Protection.
Every school is required to appoint a Child Protection Co-ordinator to fulfil the clear
guidelines around these issues. In our school the co-ordinator is Mrs. M. Milner, the
Headteacher. All staff, teaching and non-teaching, receive regular updates in
procedures and the co-ordinator undertakes detailed training. Any serious concerns
we may have regarding the safety and wellbeing of children have to be shared with
Parents and Social Services or other agencies.

Special Educational Needs.
The school caters for the full range of children’s educational needs and aims to
identify any particular difficulties a child may be experiencing at the earliest possible
point in her/his education. These needs may be short-term or longer lasting, but the
policy and procedures laid down within the school will offer programmes to support
the child. These are in line with the government's 'Code of Practice' for Special
Educational Needs. Close communication with parents is essential to this provision.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Miss E. Sirel, and there is a team of
teaching assistants to support children in following their Individual Education Plans
under the guidance of the class teacher.



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Regular reviews are held to update children’s individual education plans. Advice is
sought from the Special Educational Needs Support Services, the Schools’
Psychological Service, School Health and other support agencies as appropriate.

The DFCS Code of Practice for SEN is followed closely and there are named
Governors with responsibility for the oversight of SEN.

The SEN committee of the governing body meets each term and reports back to the
full governing body.

Behaviour and Discipline.
There is a policy on discipline in our school which sets out the positive ways in which
good behaviour is encouraged and reinforced. We expect high standards of
behaviour and application to work at Thoresby and every member of the school
community is involved in supporting this expectation. Every class works out its own
set of ‘positive rules’, and there is an agreed set of school rules.

However, things do go wrong at times and we have agreed sanctions to impose in
cases of persistent and serious lapses of behaviour, including:-

       ‘time-out’ from lessons,
       missing part or all of playtime,
       report to Headteacher
       call in parents
       daily reports (within school and between home and school) ,
       suspension or exclusion from school

Rewards.
We aim always to praise the good and to this end a number of rewards are available:

   Daily merits (two per class), leading to:- Bronze, Silver, Gold certificates for 5, 10,
   15 daily awards.

   Weekly ‘Good Work’ assembly; (includes out of school achievements)

   Gold and silver awards for lunchtime behaviour from Senior Supervisor

   Termly certificates for subjects, effort, improvement, consistency, courtesy,
   behaviour and other special categories

   End of year medals for achievement

   Sports medals, badges

   Awards for music

   Special recognition for other ‘unforeseen’ matters…



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Organisation within the school.
Children are grouped in mixed-ability classes with their own class teacher
responsible for their pastoral care. At the moment there are 13 classes and a
morning and afternoon Foundation 1 class.

There are a high proportion of our children for whom English is an additional
language. They are supported by a specialist teacher, Mrs. S. Hurd, for 2 days a
week. We also have the services of Mrs .R. Ahmed, who spends 3 mornings a week
with us as a bilingual assistant.

Mrs. S. Hurd is the school’s co-ordinator for this area.

Work is planned by class teachers and Key Stage or Year teams to cover the full
range of the National Curriculum, RE and aspects such as PSHE, Environmental
studies, and links with the community.

The school fully implements the 'National Primary Strategies' for literacy and
numeracy. Pupils are taught in ability sets for Mathematics in Y2/3/4/5/6, and, some
of the time, for English. Within each class work is prepared to match the needs of
pupils of a wide range of abilities, extending the able and supporting the less able.

As stated in the section on ‘Partnership with Parents’ the importance of the full
involvement of parents in their children’s education cannot be stressed strongly
enough. From their earliest days of taking home reading books through to
researching their family history in Y6, home and school depend upon each other to
support the children’s achievement.

Extra-Curricular Activities.
There is a School Fund built up through many and varied fund-raising activities,
including an annual Christmas Fair, Gingerbread stalls, Book Sales, sponsored events,
raffles and so on.

We celebrate ‘Grandparents’ Day’ each year by entertaining the grandparents of our
younger children with a concert and refreshments. Our local ‘Senior Citizens‘ attend
the Christmas Tea and receive Harvest gifts from our families. Parents are invited to
special assemblies and concerts, all very popular events.

After school sports clubs cater for basketball, soccer, rugby, cricket and others. Links
with the Hull Schools Sports Partnership have been hugely successful in the past.
Activities have been provided on the Community Play Area after school and during
holidays by the local residents association.

Mrs Winfield trains the school choir and orchestra for 2 concerts a year and the
‘Environment Club’ meets at lunchtime with Mr. Mason.
Extra-curricular use of the ICT suite is being developed at present through a school
website. Other extra curricular clubs include a craft club, football (girls and boys),
basketball and a modern foreign language club.


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Visits out of School.
Each class will usually go out on educational visits during the school year. To give
you a flavour of these visits, in 2007-8; the FS1 and FS2 children visited Little
Monkeys, Year 1 went to Honeysuckle Farm, Year 2 to the Owl Sanctuary, Year 3 to
Elsham Hall, Year 4 to Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Year 5 to Flamborough and
Blades’ House. Year 6 to IMPS and Kid Alert. Also the year 6 pupils are given the
opportunity to participate in a residential visit to the outdoor pursuits centre –
Kingswood near Durham.

In addition we have used our own ‘Thoresby Trail’ in the cemetery and the various
town trails in Hull.

There is, sadly, an ever-increasing cost to some of these outings. This has meant
requesting more from parents in voluntary contributions and, in almost every case
now, subsidising the cost from the School Fund. Once again we depend on parents’
continuing support.

Music
A particularly strong feature of the school is its provision for music. There is a long-
standing tradition in both singing and in playing instruments. The school has around
40 pupils receiving peripatetic instrumental tuition from the Kingston-upon-Hull
Music Service peripatetic tutors, topped up by the school to considerably more than
its entitlement.

This fact, coupled with the recorder tuition provided within school, by
Mrs. W. Winfield, enables the school to form an orchestra to perform for parents
and friends at Christmas and during the summer.
Our children work hard at and enjoy singing. This is shown not only through the
choir’s performances, but also on any opportunity that we have to sing together.

Links with the Community and Industry.
Thoresby enjoys a good reputation in the local area and cultivates contacts with local
churches, business, senior schools and colleges, which request placements for their
students on a regular basis.

The LEA Road Safety section supports pupils learning in this important area
throughout the school. We are currently part of the IMPS project (Injury
Minimisation in Primary Schools) at Hull Royal, and ‘Smoky Joe’, fire safety
programme and Kid Alert for Y6 pupils. Good links with local shops have been
established. We are also part of the Hull Schools Sports Partnership and benefit
from this in many ways.




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Sport.
Thoresby aims to give its pupils the opportunity to develop the skills needed to take
part successfully in a range of sports, including soccer, netball, basketball, cricket,
and tag rugby. Pupils take part in matches and tournaments in the city.

Pupils in Y5/6 are taught athletics and take part in outdoor and adventurous
activities. Year 4 pupils have a 3- week, intensive swimming course.

The school shares a community all-weather pitch with Hull City Council Leisure
Services which allows for all year activities. A bid is currently being considered by
the Football Foundation to create a new pitch.

Charging for School Activities
Under the Education Reform Act parents may not be charged for the cost of
activities taking place during school hours. School visits are arranged to enrich the
curriculum and costs are ever-increasing. Parents are therefore asked to make a
voluntary contribution towards the costs of such visits. School Fund is also used to
subsidise these crucial activities. There is a charge to schools for instrumental tuition
for those pupils who take it. The Governing Body have agreed a policy to request
parents to pay towards the cost of this. There is no restriction on pupils taking part
in this if their parents are unable to pay in full. Some fund-raising and sponsorship is
devoted to this aspect of school life.

The Dress Code
Thoresby has a school uniform code consisting of navy or red sweatshirts, grey, navy
or black skirts/trousers.

There are some items of clothing available to purchase in school:
    Sweatshirts (red or navy)
    Polo shirts (red, navy, or white)
    T -shirts
    Shorts
    Gingham summer dresses
    Ties

School PE kit is now available at a very reasonable price and all children are strongly
encouraged to obtain it. Only PLAIN tops and shorts can be worn in school colours.
Sports gear, named 'designer' items and soccer team shirts are not allowed.

Book Bags for reading books are also on sale.

Jewellery.
The wearing of jewellery of any kind is not allowed in school. Watches may be
worn but must be removed for PE. If pupils have pierced ears then small studs may
be worn, but again, must be removed for PE. Please note:- If children are unable to
remove studs themselves they should be removed at home on PE days.



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Pupils’ Performance in National Tests

2007 results
Key Stage 2 2007   L4+ %           L5%
results
Reading            74              24
Writing            67              14
Eng overall        79              17
Maths              74              24
Science            77              21

Key Stage 1 2007   L2+            L2b+               L3
results
Reading            84             30                 11
Writing            80             20                 0
Maths              82             73                 7
Science            80                                16

The School sets targets for English and Maths at both Key stages in its annual School
Improvement Plan, and the Local Authority also sets overall targets for its schools.

The school undertakes an assessment of Foundation Stage pupils during their time in
FS1 and FS2. In addition the optional National Tests in English and Maths are given in
Y3/4/5. These scores help inform our teacher assessments, identify areas for
improvement and set our annual targets. They are also of value in identifying
children with Special Educational Needs and children who are particularly ‘able or
talented’.

Thoresby continues to maintain good standards in these tests at the same time as
providing for the individual needs of children. Careful monitoring of pupils in
vulnerable groups (such as SEN and EAL) is carried out by the school to ensure we
provide for the needs of ALL children.




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                         IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Timing of the School Day.

School begins:-        8.55 a.m.

Playtime:-             10.35 -10.50 a.m.

Lunchtime:-            12.00 - 1.00p.m.

Afternoon school:- 1.00 - 3.00p.m.
              (There is a daily assembly either in the Hall or in class.)

Attendance and Punctuality.
It is very important for children to make a good start to their day and to begin to
develop good habits of attendance and punctuality. The day’s work begins promptly
and children arriving late cause disturbance to themselves and to others. Our annual
attendance figures for the year 2007-8 was 93.9%. We are giving great emphasis this
year to improving attendance and punctuality. A close partnership with parents is
essential. In order to encourage good attendance and punctuality the school's
governing body has established a clear policy which :-

      keeps records of reasons for absence and follows up any that are explained
      sends out notes to the parents of children who regularly arrive late
      refers promptly to the Educational Welfare Officer for support
      gives class weekly awards
      gives individual awards for termly and yearly good attendance

The school office staff check registers daily and will telephone the parents of any
children who are absent without explanation.

Absence for reasons other than sickness.
Parents are strongly discouraged from keeping their children off school for family
holidays, and these may only be classed as authorised if the child's attendance
records are good. Holiday forms can be obtained from the school office.




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                   SCHOOL STAFF

Teaching Staff (with curriculum responsibilty)

Mrs M Milner            Headteacher
Mrs C Corner            Deputy Head / Science            6C
Miss D Millward         ICT                              6DM
Mr A Mason              Geography                        5M
Mr C O'Malley           MFL                              5O'M
Mrs S Hurd              Literacy / EAL                   4S/H
Miss E Sirel            Special Educational Needs        4S/H
Miss A Mercer           D&T                              3M
Mr S Langthorp          Art / Display                    3L
Miss A Chapman          PE                               2C
Mrs S Foreman                                            2F
Ms J Driffill           PSHCE                            1D
Mrs L Dodsworth         Numeracy
Mrs W Winfield          Foundation stage / Music         F2 W
Miss L Friend           History                          F2F
Ms J Butcher            RE                               FS1
Miss L Ellis       Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Blanchard    Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs R Ahmed             EAL support

Support Staff.

Mrs G Whitehurst         Nursery Nurses
Mrs J Hibberd
Mrs N Palethorpe

Mrs H Potts              School Administrative Officer
Mrs D Langthorp          Clerk/Welfare/First Aid

Mrs M Winfield           Teaching Assistants
Mrs J Ellis
Mrs A Miller
Mrs J Wright
Mrs T Cutsforth
Ms A Ross
Mrs D Dawson
Miss K Mullins
Mrs R Medcalf
Ms V Wilkinson
Miss E Giblin
Mrs S Umpleby
Mrs J Ellis



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       Miss C Gillard               Senior Lunchtime Supervisor
       Mrs G Butler                 Lunchtime Supervisors
       Mrs S James
       Mrs A Cook
       Mrs E Dosdale
       Mrs M King
       Miss K Mullins
       Mrs. H. Day
       Mrs. K. Smith
       Miss M Bennett


       Mr P Beech                 Caretaker
       Mrs J Irwin                Charge hand Cleaner
       Mrs G Small                Cleaners
       Mrs S Chapman

       Mrs C Powell               Kitchen Supervisor
       Mrs S Douse                Kitchen Assistants
       Mrs A Witty
       Mrs Greening



                             SCHOOL GOVERNORS.
       The School Governors meet every term.
       These may be contacted through the school

       POSTAL ADDRESS:
       Thoresby Primary School
       Thoresby Street
       Kingston-upon-Hull
       HU5 3RG

       TEL. 01482 342972
       FAX. 01482 492213

Complaints:
All complaints should be made in the first instance to the Headteacher. Under
Section 23 of the Education Reform Act the procedure for dealing with complaints
relating to the National Curriculum is available in school.

Disclaimer:
The information contained in this prospectus was valid at the date of publication,
October 2007. You may wish to check details at the school.




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Pupil destinations:
Most of Thoresby’s pupils transfer to Kelvin Hall School. The option of single sex
education remains in Newland School for Girls and for boys, Trinity House. A few
pupils also transfer to Endeavour School, Sidney Smith, Pickering High, Cottingham
High, Wolfreton and, in the private sector, Hymers College.




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