Why choose Thistle Hill Academy?
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.
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 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.
A smooth transition from EYFS to KS1
We believe that expecting our 5-year-old children to settle down to formal lessons as soon as they move into Year 1 is wrong.
We passionately believe that young children learn best through play and exploration and therefore follow a ‘Continuous Provision’ method to ensure that children experience a smooth transition into more formal teaching.
This results in happier, more engaged children, who are able to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Our school grounds and buildings are large, modern and clean – fit for a 21st century education!
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.
Keen for Ofsted to return
Our last Ofsted Inspection at Thistle Hill Academy took place on May 22nd 2018. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused major disruption to schools and subsequently the reinspection of Thistle Hill (which is now overdue).
There have been many improvements since the last Inspection and as there hasn’t been an Ofsted Report to confirm this, we firmly believe that Thistle Hill is a GOOD school and we are keen for Ofsted to come and celebrate this fact with the school community.
A fully inclusive environment
We are committed to providing a fully inclusive environment.
We believe that all children have the right to succeed and we aim to meet the individual needs of our pupils at all times. We are able to provide a range of interventions and strategies which will minimise barriers to learning in a fun and stimulating manner.
A commitment to well-being
We prepare children to succeed in their personal and professional lives by nurturing both their thinking and social-emotional skills.
A smooth transition to Reception
Do you want to help your child’s transition into their first year at school?
We run sessions every week to help familiarise children of pre-school age with our school.
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.