Why choose Thistle Hill Academy?
At Thistle Hill, we envision a vibrant learning community where every individual is recognised as a shining star. Our school values – support, togetherness, ambition, respect, success – serve as the guiding lights that illuminate our path toward academic excellence and personal growth. Together, we form a constellation of learners, each contributing their unique brilliance to the collective radiance of Thistle Hill.
At Thistle Hill we are all STARS!
We embrace a culture of unwavering support, fostering an environment where every student feels nurtured and empowered to reach for the stars. Teachers, staff, and fellow students collaborate to provide the assistance and encouragement needed for everyone to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.
We are STARS!
In our school and community, we believe that everyone possesses a unique brilliance. Thistle Hill is a place where every child is encouraged to shine brightly, showcasing their talents, passions, and potential. As we collectively illuminate the path to knowledge, growth, and success, we recognise that together, we are stars.
A fully inclusive environment
An engaging Curriculum that prepares children for the future
Our thematic creative curriculum challenges our children to be well informed, critical and creative. Enriched through powerful experiences, children are inspired to produce their own personal and meaningful responses so their learning stays with them for the rest of their lives.
A modern approach to teaching and learning
Most other schools teach children by direct instruction – where the teacher stands in front of a classroom, presents information and then gives the children a task to complete.
We believe that in order to provide our children with an education fit for the 21st century, teaching by direct instruction should only form a part of our children’s learning experience.
Instead, our teachers focus on teaching using more flexible, interactive and personalised methods that allow children to become more involved in the learning process and develop the collaboration, communication and creativity skills that our children will require to thrive in our modern society.
Devices for every child
To enable us to deliver a truly personal learning experience for every child, technology is readily accessible in every single year group.
Once a child enters Year 3, they will each receive an iPad and iPad pen which will be taken with them all the way until they leave for secondary school.
If children are excited about a topic and wish to carry on with their own independent research or even complete digital homework, they can take their device home!
Purposeful integration of technology
Our children have access to a variety of technology to use in their learning such as green screen recording, QR codes, video recording, 3D world builders, audio recording and much, much more!
This technology is readily accessible in the classroom to allow children to produce highly personal and powerful responses to tasks through joyful and memorable experiences.
For example, children may take advantage of a green screen to produce a video response to a topic or even use Minecraft to demonstrate their learning in an interactive, online world!
A child-centred, collaborative environment
In traditional classrooms, children are sat at front-facing desks and for the most part, do not move from that space all day.
In our child-centred classrooms, children are able to take advantage of our flexible classroom furniture to move around the class to suit the current learning activity. This gives children more opportunities to work with others, be social or work independently.
A close-knit community
We firmly believe in the importance of strong collaboration between our school and parents, as we understand the vital role that parents play in their child’s education. We are dedicated to fostering a close-knit community where parents feel welcome, involved, and valued.
We regularly invite parents to our school to celebrate their children’s achievements and witness their progress. Our regular parent events provide parents with the opportunity to witness the growth and development of their children’s skills, knowledge, and creativity. These events also serve as a platform for children to take pride in their accomplishments and share their learning experiences with their families.
A caring, supportive and responsive EYFS
Our Early Years environment is caring, supportive and responsive to children’s individual needs. We allow our children to play and explore with a particular focus on the outdoor environment.
Playing outside gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons, and the natural world, and outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and curious.
Our school grounds and buildings are large, modern and clean – fit for a 21st century education!
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
A commitment to well-being
At Thistle Hill, we envision a community where well-being is the cornerstone of each child’s journey, and every individual feels valued, supported, and equipped to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Our commitment to well-being encompasses the cultivation of self-esteem, the nurturing of meaningful relationships, and the development of essential emotional regulation skills.
Our vision is for each child to shine brightly at Thistle Hill Academy with a sense of self-assuredness, a network of meaningful relationships, and a robust set of emotional regulation skills. We believe that a focus on well-being is the key to unlocking the full potential of every student, paving the way for bright and promising futures.
We use a number of ways to recognise if a child is struggling with their relationships or self esteem and use these to determine what support a child needs – based on their individual profile.
- Boxall profiles
- Wellbeing referrals from teachers or parent
- 1:1 mentoring
- Regulation strategies
Safe, Nurtured, and Protected
The Click CEOP button (above) is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.
Internet safety is always high on the agenda at Chilmington Green Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place, which are constantly monitored both internally and externally, to prevent our pupils from coming into any potential danger or accessing unsuitable material.
Lessons are taught from EYFS upward explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe when using the internet and working with technology.
A smooth transition to Reception
Do you want to help your child’s transition into their first year at school?
We are running sessions every week to help familiarise children of pre-school age with our school.
Memorable residential trips
Every year, all Year 4 children in The Stour Academy Trust are given the opportunity to attend a free residential camping weekend.
Organised and financed by the Trust, the residential, which is set over two weekends in June, sees Year 4 children experience what for many is their first time away from home.
Set in the grounds of Sturry CE Primary School in Canterbury, children camp for two nights in large 8 person tents and experience a variety of exciting activities with their classmates and new friends from other schools.
- Whole camp team games
- Groups team games
- Laser Tag
- Woodland survival skills
- Bouncy castles
- Songs and roasting marshmallows on the campfire
At every mealtime, children receive hot cooked food provided by the school catering team (and served up by staff!), whilst every evening sees hot chocolate and biscuits served before bedtime!
Hot Food typically consists of an English breakfast, baguettes and salad for lunch and an indoor BBQ for dinner!
With no charge to parents, the year 4 camping residential is a popular and fantastic memory making experience for our children.
Part of a transformative Multi Academy Trust
Thistle Hill Academy is a school in The Stour Academy Trust, a Multi Academy Trust of 8 Primary Schools across Kent.
The Stour Academy Trust has set out to transform schools to better prepare our young people for the 21st century.