Starting School at Thistle Hill?
Everything you need to know...
Make sure you have read our Why choose Thistle Hill? page before you start!
If your child is going to be starting school with us in September, scroll through this page for lots of useful information for new parents.
Who we are
Ms R Handebeaux
Miss L Conway
Mrs B McIntosh
How we communicate
We use a parent communication app called Weduc as the primary method of communication with our parents.
We use Weduc to:
- Send and receive messages (which parents receive as app notifications)
- Share letters and newsletters
- Share key dates on our calendar
- Share what’s been going on at the school in our newsfeed
- Share useful links in ‘The Hub’
We have thought carefully about our school uniform and have chosen it to be comfortable and practical for primary aged children whilst also being affordable for families. The sweatshirt/cardigan is the only part of the school uniform that requires the School logo.
We offer a balanced and nutritious school meals menu where children are encouraged to try a variety of new foods.
Wrap around care
We recognise the importance of providing childcare options to assist working parents.
Thistle Hill Academy is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.
As well as our Breakfast Club and After School Club, we offer a range of free Extra-Curricular Clubs every term that children can take part in after school.
Timings of the school day/term dates
Over a school year, pupils are required to attend school for 190 days. Children do not come into school on Staff Development Days or Bank Holidays.
Thistle Hill Academy is open from 7.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
Compulsory times for children are 8.45am – 3.15pm which equates to 6 hours 30 minutes a day, or 32.5 hours per week.
8.45 – 9.00
9.00 – 9.10
9.10 – 9.30
9.30 – 9.45
9.45 – 11.30
10.40 – 10.50
11.30 – 11.45
11.45 – 12.00
12.00 – 1.00
1.00 – 1.15
1.15 – 2.45
2.45 – 3.00
Child initiated learning and registration
Teacher input and Child initiated learning inc. snack
Teacher input and Child initiated learning
Reflection time Story/songs/
Parent Support Advisor
We have an in-school PSA who can support parents both practically and emotionally with any issues they may have regarding their children and/or school.