Why choose Thistle Hill Academy?

A new approach to teaching and learning

Our teaching approach is centred on student voice, choice and collaboration. We deliver personalised and self-paced learning for children that is required for a 21st century education system.

A 21st Century Curriculum

Our curriculum is enquiry-based and integrates directly into real world applications. Meaningfully combining technology into our teaching and learning provides children with joyful experiences that broaden their horizons.

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A child-centred, collaborative environment

Our classroom environments are child-centred and designed to allow for flexibility, collaboration and independence. The aim is to shape our environment to better reflect a 21st century workspace that promotes social interaction, communication and self-regulation. 

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.

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Modern facilities

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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A smooth transition to Reception

Do you want to help your child’s transition into their first year at school?

From Term 2, we are going to be running 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.