Thorney Island
Community  Primary School
To excite, challenge and support all learners to progress, make a positive contribution and achieve their potential.




Latest News


Thorney School football team in semi-final match  - HERE


Newspaper Article – Thorney Island Primary School – Ofsted - HERE

9th March 2018

 New National Funding Formula

National Funding Formula – Headteachers’ response - HERE

Funding information and factsheet – January 2018 - HERE

15th January 2018



A fun day in the sun

The sun made a welcome appearance when pupils of Thorney Island School went on their annual trip to the island beach. Not forgetting the 'Slip, Slop, Slap' which accompanies sunny days, the pupils enjoyed taking part in fun activities, such as a scavenger hunt, rock pooling, orienteering, sand art and cricket.

The day, which is just one part of  the schools creative and enriching curriculum went down positively with every child. The day was supported by the Army, parents, staff and governors; who all contributed to a very educational and fun experience for all who attended.


The EMS July 2017
(The bimonthly paper published by the
Emsworth Residents Association)



Thorney Island school is heart safe

Thorney Island Primary is the latest school to receive a defibrillator from The Connor Saunders Foundation.

The charity was set up in memory of a man who died aged 19 after a single punch during an argument in Rottingdean in 2012.

Connor’s mother, Darran Saunders, and sister, Courtney Saunders-Jones, presented the gift to head teacher Dean Clegg.

Mrs Saunders said: “It was an honour to spend time in the school to help make it heart safe. We hope they never have to use it but should they need to in an emergency, it is there to help save a life.”

More than 50 schools have now benefited from the foundation’s campaign to continue the legacy of life-saving.

Sarah McCrossan, school business manager, said: “It was an extremely emotional assembly. We are incredibly proud to be a Heartsafe School and thank the Connor Saunders Foundation for providing us with a defibrillator and training to make this possible.”

Connor died on April 14, 2012. He loved life and his family set up the foundation to keep his memory and legacy alive. It supports three causes close to Connor’s heart, supplying defibrillators and the required training, providing professional football coaching for children with disabilities and learning difficulties, and raising awareness for organ donation. It also presents the anti-violence One Punch Workshop at secondary schools to raise awareness.

Chichester Observer May 2017




Thorney Island Primary School  wins Green Waste Poster Competition.


The Woodhorn Group is delighted to announce that Thorney Island Primary School was one of  the three winners of its green waste poster competition for schools.

Launched in February, the competition received over 100 entries from school children aged between 4- and 11 in West Sussex. To enter pupils had to create a poster showing how peat free compost helps the garden in order to raise awareness of the importance of recycling green waste.

The students who submitted the winning entries were; Naomi Wollett aged six from Trafalgar School in Horsham; Bebe Duncan aged eight from Camelsdale Primary School in Haslemere; and Arron Killen aged nine from Thorney Island Primary School.

The winners were picked across three different age groups and will each receive a mini gardening set as well as a behind the scenes tour of The Woodhorn Group’s organic dairy farm for their class.

On top of this, each winning students’ school will receive all the support and materials needed to create a raised bed or vegetable patch for students to enjoy.

John Pitts, Managing Director of The Woodhorn Group, commented, “We’d like to say thank you to all the students who entered our poster competition, we are delighted to have received so many wonderful poster designs.

We’ve really enjoyed seeing all the imaginative entries and hope that our competition has helped raise awareness of green waste recycling. We are now looking forward to showing the schools round our organic dairy farm and seeing the garden bed projects come to life.”

On the judging panel alongside John Pitts were Jim Buckland, Gardens Manager at West Dean Gardens, Kate Goddard and Stuart McGinley from Spirit FM and Gloria Robinson of Tawny Nurseries in Birdham.

Kate Goddard, Presenter at Spirit FM, commented, “It was a great competition to highlight the importance of composting and we were very impressed by the quality and variety of posters entered. Well done to everyone that entered.”

The Woodhorn Group has been recycling local garden waste at their sites in Tangmere and Runcton since 1998. Over 74,000 tons of garden waste is recycled each year and turned into their Earth Cycle range of peat free compost. This is then reused for gardens, football pitches, golf courses and playgrounds around the country.

Managing Director of The Woodhorn Group, John Pitts, was recognized for his commitment to sustainability at the national Farmers Weekly Awards last October where he was named Sustainable Farmer of the Year.

The organic farming and waste management company is passionate about contributing in a positive way to the local community and is involved in various charities and local projects including The Aldingbourne Trust and Transition Chichester.

Visit www.woodhorngroup.co.uk or www.earthcycle.co.uk to see the winning poster entries.

30th June 2016


Letter from Nick Gibb MP December 2015


A new Tennis court for Thorney School (and Netball and Football pitch) December 2015

The children were extremely excited on their return to school in early autumn to see the newly refurbished tennis courts which now include netball and football pitches.

The court and pitches have been used every day that the children cannot use the school field due to bad weather. This enables the children to remain physically active throughout the school day. Many parents have also enjoyed using the tennis facilities and it is hoped that the newly formed netball team on the island will benefit from these facilities too and other visiting school and netball teams.

Thanks go to Major Chris Hallam (retd), our Chair of Governors who applied for grants to refurbish the tennis courts next to the school. Along with the Station Staff Officer Lt Comd (Retd) and Tim Kenealy

With the support of our community the new sports facilities were completed over the summer break at the cost of approximately £36,000.

Financial contributions were received from SSAFA, 12 Regiment and 16 Regiment, a Military Community Covenant Grant, Emsworth Residents Association and Thales. The school contributed the sport grant.

Lt Col Gary Jones the Station Commander was also instrumental in ensuring these improvements were made for the benefit of the families, children and soldiers living on Thorney Island.

Dean Clegg, Head Teacher




Scout Day 2014

View the photos HERE


New classrooms open

Peter Griffiths, cabinet member for education and schools, attended the opening of our new classrooms which allowed pupils to showcase their work since moving into the new room at Easter, school governors were also present, and builders from Frank Sandell Building Contractors.

The extension was built with a grant of £175,000, which was added to funding of £116,000 from the school’s own budget.

The new room is equipped with a dedicated IT area, including six new desktop computers and an interactive whiteboard, and all of the art materials have been replaced.


6th June 2012



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