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            In July of the Summer Term, the children, who are due to start in the Autumn term are invited
            into school to meet with Foundation Stage staff and the Head Teacher.  The children can spend
            time in their new classroom and parents can take the opportunity to talk with staff.

            In the case of other children moving into the area parents are encouraged to arrange a visit to
            the school before they are due to transfer.

            About Thorns Pre-School

            The Pre-School was opened in 1989 and operates from a self-contained building within the
            grounds of Thorns Primary School which has a ramped disability access.  The pre-school is a
            privately run business, but maintains very close links to the main school.

            Children attend from the local community and a maximum of 18 children aged 3-5 years
            attend the pre-school per session.

            The Pre-School is kept very secure with appropriate arrival and departure routines for parents
            to follow when collecting their children.  There is also a secure enclosed outdoor play area
            and a forest school area has been developed where children enjoy the challenge of
            accomplishing new things at their own pace in a natural, outdoor environment.

            There are excellent links with multi-agencies concerning children with special educational
            needs and/or disabilities.

            Children’s health is promoted very well through weekly PE classes and a variety of cooking
            and food tasting activities.  The Pre-School regularly visits local woodlands and parks as part
            of their ongoing commitment to a healthy lifestyle and have extremely close links with the

            What Ofsted had to say:

            The Pre-School was last inspected by Ofsted in January 2015 and achieved an “Outstanding”
            overall grade.

            “Staff have an exceptional understanding of how children learn and develop.
            Children enjoy varied and challenging play and learning opportunities.  Children
            make excellent progress over time.” - Ofsted report January 2015

            If you would like further information or wish to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs
            R Dalgleish during opening times on 01384 818312 or via email on

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